Ludeke has sympathy for Sadie

2012-04-11 20:38

Pretoria - You have to feel a bit for Johan Sadie.

Brought up country from the Cape with a weight of expectation on his shoulders, talk of Springbok colours and a desire to succeed, his 2012 season has not gone as well as he would have liked.

Contrast this to his former Province team-mate and fellow trekker JJ Engelbrecht, who sneaked in under the radar, leaving the Mother City with the Western Province Players Player of the year award under his arm, and arrived at Loftus to a good welcome, but nowhere near the same expectation and pressure that Sadie finds himself in the Capital City.

The two, who share a house with Blue Bulls fullback Jurgen Visser, have all but made themselves at home in Pretoria, but their differing fortunes are an interesting contrast on how opportunities can go to some and not to others.

This became even more apparent on Wednesday when Sadie dropped out of the starting line-up to be replaced by Engelbrecht alongside Wynand Olivier as the Vodacom Bulls made two changes to their side to face the MTN Lions at Coca Cola Park on Saturday.

The other changes may raise less of an eyebrow, especially as Flip van der Merwe was rested after struggling with a hamstring in training this week, leaving Wilhelm Steenkamp to move into the starting line up at five, with Juandre Kruger donning the No 4 jersey.

Interestingly the other change on the bench sees Dewald Potgieter return earlier than expected, especially after he lacerated his tendon in his arm by putting it through a window at a wedding around a month and a bit back. Potgieter initially was scratched in for the tour to Australasia in a fortnight, and then was cleared to play next week against the Brumbies.

As Van der Merwe dropped out, Potgieter came onto the bench a lot earlier than expected, as the medical staff believe he is ready to take the field again.

But back to Sadie, whose run of luck has been desperately unlucky in Pretoria, especially after getting injured in the first game against the Sharks. When he returned he has put in decent performances, but far from the gamebreaking abilities we know he has.

Engelbrecht, on the other hand, has been exceptional as a substitute, grabbing his opportunities as the game opened up in the latter part of the match, and has now staked a claim for a starting spot that is hard to ignore.

Even coach Frans Ludeke has some sympathy with Sadie’s plight.

“He has played well, but it has been difficult for him. It’s a pity but in every game where its opened up we had already made the substitution and taken him off the field, so he hasn’t had the opportunity to get the ball when the game has become open,” Ludeke said, reiterating that they back Sadie and believe while he may take a little longer to get into the game, he certainly will be back with a vengeance at some point in the near future.

Ludeke and his management are hoping that by taking some pressure off Sadie, and bringing him in at a later stage, they may help him settle in a bit faster.

But even he knows that with a margin of error so small, taking chances is what counts at this level. Engelbrecht has taken his, and thus starts against the Lions.

Sadie has some ground now to make up.


15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 James Kamana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Christo le Roux, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Butch James, 22. Lionel Mapoe

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Dewald Potgieter, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Johann Sadie


  • FeF - 2012-04-11 21:10

    Stronger,faster,better......I was very sad when he left WP...but know that hes gone I dont care if he sits on the bench more than Shimange!

  • Japjapjap - 2012-04-11 22:00

    Hy IS definitief sterker EN vinniger EN beter EN skerper EN.. ens ens. hy moet nog net daai weepee verloor mentaliteit afskud en siedaar, 'n kampioen in wording-nog 'n rat in di BLOU MASJIEN??

      Melt - 2012-04-12 06:38

      @ Japgrap............reeds vroeg na sy skuif na die Noorde het n klompie van ons al voorspel dat hy nie tuis gaan wees by die Bulle nie. Hy is besig om homself te bewys as ongelukkig.....hy is n uitstaande speler met onsttende goeie vermoe, maar..............J.P. du Plessis, Jean de Villiers en J. de Jongh is strate beter ....Vir jou informasie Sadie was in die WP se o 21 span wat die beker n keer of wat gewen het so hy het uit n wenkultuur Noorde toe gegaan. Ons verlekker ons nie in sy swak spel nie en hoop eerlik hy kom tot sy reg hy is nog jonk en kan beter word. Sterkte

  • Saffa - 2012-04-12 06:55

    “Everything has changed since I came to the Bulls 13 weeks ago. I’m stronger, fitter, and mentally tougher and I’m burning to put all the last few months’ hard work into action.” Say no more.................

      Melt - 2012-04-12 12:22

      Ja en ek sit op die bankie,

  • Dewald - 2012-04-12 08:38

    Groot pakslae wag op die Lions die Naweek!

  • Rinus - 2012-04-12 09:15

    So Sadie word "gestraf" agv non-performance maar Spies kom weg met 9 missed tackles!!?? Die Bulls is nou presies waar die Bokke laasjaar was - ons sit met 'n Kaptein wat nie in die beginspan hoort nie en dit gaan ons kos. Waar is die dae toe hy bo-oor spelers gehardloop het - hy kan nou nie eers verby die Crusaders fullback kom nie? En die opposisie hardloop bo-oor hom? Check vir Josh die naweek ... ons 2 flanke moet all die tackle-werk doen en dis hoekom ons balle by die afbreekpunt verloor want hulle is nie by nie en nr 8 staan op fullback!

      Saffa - 2012-04-12 09:29

      @Rinus: OH MY WORD!!! I don't believe this. You agree with everything I say about Spies??????????????????????????????? And you are a Bulls fan. Mate, I would buy you a drink ANYTIME. I actually can't believe this!! HUGE CREDIT to you - you my friend are rugby fan.

      Rinus - 2012-04-12 09:51

      Hehehe Saffa - trust me, not the only one that shares this view North of the Jukskei!! Spies was making some ground in the first few games to make me think I might be wrong but last week's play and both last week and the match against the Stormers where we could not change our stupid up-and-under tactics on the field (someone had to tell them half-time to change our game plan!) just confirmed my opinion. Making him Captain was SO wrong ... posters with "This is your Captain speaking", releasing a book BEFORE you're a legend, listening to his speeches after a match, the general over-emphasis on religion .. this man is bigger than rugby!! And we've created our own John Smith at the cost of someone like CJ (who is not a flank and will just go back to the bench). Was surprised that it is Johnson that is going to England and not CJ! And while many will agree, I promise you that there are many more that are "blinded by Blue (and pink)" and will probably line me up in front of a firing squad! Lol!

      Saffa - 2012-04-12 10:22

      @Rinus: It is a glorious day in CT, but I am expecting rain clouds any minute :) You my friend, have summed up 100% what I have always felt about Spies. At most I believe he would be a great impact player, getting a 25 minute run once the game has opened up and the opposition forwards are pap. And I must be honest with you, I have always though the man is a touch too arrogant for what he has 'actually' achieved. You chaps are blessed with some of the finest young loose forwards in the country - Botha, Stander etc and you have Dewald Potgieter (who I believe is captaincy material all round, and who IMHO should be playing 8 for the Bulls....just think he would be really special at 8, with his mongrel, the way he READS the game etc) and I believe Spies (as he did with the Boks for a few years) is stunting seriously talented players careers. I'm not sure what the fascination with the man is, and I will never understand it.

      Rinus - 2012-04-12 10:42

      Hold the clouds back Saffa - flying down for the weekend at 13:00!!! Btw, I think religion plays a big role in the fascination.... no problem with it, but problem with "overly" or "too much". I've still got his dad's signature from my ball-boy days @ Loftus and he always signed "One Way, Pierre Spies" .. but that was where it stopped. Everyone knew what he promotes but he just scored the tries en there were no "antics" off the field. Good luck too your team this weekend - they managed to silence me last weekend, unlike Spies! :-)

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-12 11:02

      ontspan @rinus, ou spies is 'n SPIESiale wapen,.. hy word net uitgehaal vir groot geleenthede en wanne dit nodig is...

      Saffa - 2012-04-12 11:38

      @Rinus - you are in for some glorious weather. It is a stunner of a day with more to come the weekend. Have a great trip - and good luck to the Bulls as well (not that they need it this weekend, sad to say)

      Facts - 2012-04-12 11:45

      @Rinus Jy is 100% reg oor Spies. Die dag toe ek gehoor het dat hy kaptein word het ek onmiddelik geweet dit gaan teen die Bulle tel en tot die ander SA spanne se voordeel wees. Die grootste probleem is dat dit nie maklik is om van 'n kaptein ontslae te raak nie so dit gaan maar 'n probleem bly vir die res van die jaar.

  • Arno - 2012-04-12 12:40

    Julle gaan my kwalik neem vir dit maar julle stormers het nou op die berig soos n klomp wolwe toegesak!!!!!Gee die man kans dit gaan tyd vat man!!!!!En isak watse trots sluk gemors raak jy kwyt?Julle het dan 2 'wings' by die bulle gekoop????Habanna en van den heever?En julle kan saam stem dat habanna julle stormers grys hare gegee het die feit dat hy ook nie vir n lang tyd by julle kon inpas nie!!!ons almal is suid-afrikaners kom ons raak nie persoonlik met sulke twak kommentaar nie!!!!Sterkte aan die stormers,bulle,cheetahs,sharks die naweek!!!!nie die lions nie he he he

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