Ndungane pulls out for Bulls

2014-04-10 12:09

Dunedin - The Bulls were forced into a late change to their backline and bench on Thursday when Akona Ndungane pulled a hamstring during the team's captains run ahead of their Super Rugby match against the Highlanders in the Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday.
Ndungane's place will be taken by Francois Hougaard, who was picked at scrumhalf for this match. Piet van Zyl moves up from the bench to start at scrumhalf. Van Zyl's place on the bench will be taken by Ulrich Beyers.

It will be Van Zyl's first start at scrumhalf since he moved from the Cheetahs at the end of last season.

The match will also see Werner Kruger becoming the 10th Bulls player to reach a century of Super Rugby caps for the team.

The other centurions for the franchise are Bakkies Botha (100), Akona Ndungane (102), Pierre Spies (103), Wynand Olivier (108), Fourie du Preez (112), Pedrie Wannenburg (113), Danie Rossouw (116), Victor Matfield (122) and Morné Steyn (123).

Kick-off for Friday's game is at 09:35 (SA time).



15. Ben Smith (captain), 14. Richard Buckman, 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Patrick Osborne, 10. Lima Sopoaga, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Elliot Dixon, 7. Shane Christie, 6. Gareth Evans, 5. Joe Wheeler, 4. Brad Thorn, 3. Chris King, 2. Liam Coltman, 1. Kane Hames

Substitutes: 16. Ged Robinson, 17. Craig Millar, 18. Ma’afu Fia, 19. Jarrad Hoeata, 20. John Hardie, 21. Fumiaki Tanaka, 22. Trent Renata, 23. Nasi Manu


15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 J J Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi , 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht,21 Handré Pollard, 22 William Small-Smith,23 Ulrich Beyers


  • Tyrone Woods - 2014-04-10 11:30

    Wheels coming off at a staggering rate bwahahahaha!

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-04-10 11:33

      We are running on run flats ou, no stopping for the Bulls, not even for your tart sister.

      Neels Bester - 2014-04-10 12:00

      At least there are still wheels left to come off you idiot. Now run along and play with your Trenam and Jacey buddies, OK.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-04-10 12:13

      VERY TRUE John!!!

      NickvanGraan - 2014-04-10 12:18

      Good, at least Hougie will now be forced to run with the ball instead of booting it to the opposition every time it comes out of the scrum or ruck.

  • Conrad Pieterse - 2014-04-10 12:05

    The headline sounds a bid sexual."LOL" -form a bulls supporter.

      Neels Bester - 2014-04-10 13:02

      Only if you are bi sexual, will it sound that way......................

      Barney Barnato - 2014-04-10 13:29

      So he is the frontline sheep shagger for the boele team over there, but pulled out, the sheep got the better of him..................hahahahahahehehehe

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-04-10 13:40

      Barney, sheep are more of a Karoo or Aussie thing, your joke falls flat. Again Blerbek makes his name gat all by himself. Hahahahahahahahahahahehehehehe.

      Smurwe - 2014-04-10 13:51

      barney Jou ma is seker nog n virgin want jy is n drol...

  • Conrad Pieterse - 2014-04-10 13:40

    All I meant was I hope he pulled out in time and did'nt got anyone pregnant it's all."LOL".

      Barney Barnato - 2014-04-10 15:47

      Yes Conrad...................hahahahaha.......imagine what a cross between him and a sheep would look like.............frightening.....................hahahahaha

  • Hydronamix Airtowater - 2014-04-10 13:48

    Sorry to hear, but Hougie is an accomplished wing. maybe Piet van Zyl's big break to show his metal

      Barney Barnato - 2014-04-10 15:48

      Hopefully Piet won't pull out too...............hehehehehe

      Smurwe - 2014-04-10 16:02

      Barney. Having fantasies again hey??

      Barney Barnato - 2014-04-10 16:07

      No having FUN...................hehehehehahahaha...................sheep shaggers letting the sheep get the better of them........................BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Smurwe - 2014-04-10 16:20

      Barney IN your dreams maybe. But by al means enjoy yourselves

      Barney Barnato - 2014-04-10 16:28

      Nog net 17 ure om te gaan en dan................... "I hear sheep shaggers cry………I watch them getting whipped you know they're gonna suffer A lot more than we'll ever know And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world Yes I think to myself .......what a wonderful world" BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.................

  • Martin Pienaar - 2014-04-10 14:50

    Does Victor Matfield have a twin brother perhaps?

  • Genio Deporte - 2014-04-11 00:04

    With Hougaard slotting in on the wing the Bulls' defence has improved on the side lines and may help them in this game, Piet van Zyl will hopefully grab this opportunity to his full advantage and give Hougaard some competition on scrumhalf. Hope that the Bulls will end SA's unimpressive showings in NZ and win this game. Good luck Bulls, also hope to see Small Smith get some game time. Exciting youngster.

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