Bulls' starting XV unchanged

2012-03-28 12:44

Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has named an unchanged run-on team to face the Stormers in their Super Rugby encounter in Cape Town on Saturday.

One change was made to the bench when Ludeke named his team on Wednesday, with replacement hooker Willie Wepener ruled out due to an infected nerve in his face.

Wepener was replaced by 21-year-old Bongi Mbonambi, who could earn his first Super Rugby cap.

Ludeke was pleased with his side's crushing 61-8 victory over title holders the Reds in Pretoria last week, but he admitted they expected a stiff contest from the Western Cape outfit this weekend.

"We did well last weekend against the defending Super Rugby champions, but now the only undefeated team in the competition waits," Ludeke said.

"The Stormers are an established outfit with a lot of experience and it will take a massive effort from us to beat them at home."



15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nick Koster, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Gerhard van den Heever


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

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 JJ Engelbrecht


  • Lionel - 2012-03-28 12:55

    BRING IT ON............!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Jason - 2012-03-28 12:58

      Cant wait!

      Lionel - 2012-03-28 13:00

      This week is really dragging for me:):):)

      Saffa - 2012-03-28 15:29

      @Jasoneye Treadmill fatso

  • verweyc - 2012-03-28 13:00

    This going to be a massive game, and I do feel a lot more comfortable after seeing the changes made to the Stormers team for Saturday with Deon Fourie on the bench and Elstadt in the no 7 jersey with koster dropping to the bench. Bulls may have the advantage come scrum time with a well established Springbok front row, but I do believe the Stormers can match them at the breakdown and should have the better of them at line-out time. The backlines are evenly matched, so it will come down to discipline and kicking accuracy. Stormers by 5.

  • Hanjo - 2012-03-28 13:03

    Good move by Coetzee bringing in Elstadt for Koster...

      Lionel - 2012-03-28 13:06

      What a lot of us have been calling for whole week already,also another lineout option!!!!

  • Hendrik - 2012-03-28 13:33

    BIG game comin this weekend.......

  • John - 2012-03-28 13:44

    Looking forward to head to head's at lock. Meyer will be watching closely. Proudfoot told www.Keo Victor's influence on the Bulls locks is evident & what makes it worse is he has more time to analyse the opposition now he is not playing. With Elstadt at 7 the Stormers are looking to be very physical. Great to see Deon Fourie back in the mix. Go Stormers!

  • John - 2012-03-28 13:56

    This group of departed veterans, along with Gerhard van den Heever, accounts for 640 Super Rugby caps that are no longer available to guide the team through stormy weather. Conversely, Coetzee’s side has improved since the teams last met. Prop Wicus Blaauw and lock Rynhardt Elstadt find themselves on the outside looking in, having been supplanted by the 20-year-old duo of Steven Kitshoff and Eben Etzebeth. Pieter Louw made a rare appearance in the starting line-up when a knee injury kept Burger out of the road match against the Bulls last year, but the Stormers have since unearthed an outstanding replacement for the crocked skipper in Siya Kolisi. And, instead of facing up to the competition’s heaviest artillery with a gun-shy Conrad Jantjes at fullback, cocksure Joe Pietersen is back to hold the fort. The Bulls were at full strength when the teams met in June, while the Stormers ran on with hooker Deon Fourie, scrumhalf Ricky Januarie, flyhalf Kurt Coleman, and Jantjes at fullback, and they nearly won. Aside from the Bulls halfback pair of Francois Hougaard and Morne Steyn, the Stormers are superior in every department – nowhere more so than in the front row where Kitshoff, Liebenberg and Malherbe will have an opportunity to show up a suspect Bok trio. – Cape Argus

      pieterduplessis - 2012-03-28 14:25

      @Pienkraven, this is not only a mere opinion but the facts. It will be the game sofar in Super Rugby 2012. Stormers by 5.

      RetiefC - 2012-03-28 14:54

      The Stormers looks good on paper. The game is played on grass. There the Bulls are superior.

      Schaun - 2012-03-28 17:19

      hell john, as i started to read ur mail i thought here is some rugby sense, for once we read something out the top draw, but then again, same as your stormer team u choked... i could nt read the end since half way u started to talk crap and i fell asleep, nice try johny boy, but ur talk is same as john smits rugby game last year, no knoladge of whats the truth and no idea how this game is actually played

  • RetiefC - 2012-03-28 14:54

    The Bulls were playing the Stormers, at half time the Bulls were 50-0 ahead, with Pierre Spies getting 8 tries. The team decided to head for the pub and leaving Pierre to go out on his own. After the game Pierre headed for the pub where he told his teammates the final score 95-3. What said a furious Jacques Potgieter, how did you let them get 3 points? Pierre replied apologetically, I was yellow carded and send off for 10minutes!

  • Saffa - 2012-03-28 15:24

    Who are the DHL Stormers? DHL= DIS HEELTEMAL LEEG

  • Pieter - 2012-03-28 15:31

    I can't wait to see the Bulls in pink !

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