Niggles halt Bulls' plans

2012-03-06 09:01

Cape Town - Several Bulls players picked up injury niggles in their 51-19 Super Rugby massacre of the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The Beeld newspaper reports that several players did not train on Monday ahead of their clash against the Blues at Loftus Versfeld this weekend.

Lock Flip van der Merwe injured ankle ligaments but according to team doctor Org Strauss it won't keep him out of the Blues clash.

Van der Merwe's replacement, Wilhelm Steenkamp, is sick with flu and will only start training on Tuesday.

Props Frik Kirsten and Dean Greyling, flank Deon Stegmann and captain Pierre Spies were the other players absent from training.

Greyling injured his elbow against the Cheetahs while Stegmann is struggling with a sore hamstring. Kirsten also has flu.

Spies has a deep cut to his eye and won't be able to train this week.

Meanwhile, the Blues arrived in the country without the injured loose forward Jerome Kaino (shoulder) and wing Rudi Wulf (knee).

Peter Saili replaces Kaino. It's his fourth Super Rugby season.

The Blues will welcome All Black centre Ma'a Nonu into their team after he returned from club rugby in Japan.

The clash against the Blues kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday night.


  • Bootman - 2012-03-06 09:14

    I always thought that Pierre Spies was just absent from the game. Now he's absent from training aswell. Why is the bulls still paying this guy? I also heard that Wynand Olivier will only start training on Wednesday. Apparently he broke a nail.

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 09:49

      Sorry @Raven - Spies is not awesome. He's kind of like Caster Semenya, so MUCH potential but then it turns out she is a he. In Spies's case, so much potential, but then it turns out he is a she on the field of play.

      S - 2012-03-06 09:58

      Welcome back REAL Saffa! The Fake Kanadoos Saffa went ape while you were gone. But then, he IS an ape.

      Jason - 2012-03-06 10:00

      I picked the Blues to beat the Bulls on my Superbru before i saw this article..............Im Telepathetic! lol

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-06 10:03

      Spies is 'Inpector ruck and maul' ....jus ckeckin if efryfing is ok! Play Stander and see how much better the team performs!

      Jason - 2012-03-06 10:12

      @BlueRaven, ok i guess, got all my SA sides right but Crusaders really let me down over the weekend. I picked Bulls to beat the sharks and i picked them to hammer the Cheetahs but after a drumming like that the Bulls will be over confident this week and the Blues have something to!

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 10:18

      @Stirrer - the good doctor really should make better use of his time. I was reading a few of his 'patient' reviews online last year (after he was exposed) and it seems as though he really is lacking in the 'sparkling personality' dept.

      Jason - 2012-03-06 11:37

      @Jaco.........what do you think?

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 16:15

      @Bootman Our stand up comedian. Do you charge cover?

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 18:03

      @fake Saffa After I was exposed, bwa ha ha ha ha. After I simply gave you my details. You also "exposed" the fact that I have a android phone: WRONG You also "exposed" me as the fake profiler who found pleasure in Duane's knee injury:WRONG Maybe your immature brain was "exposed" for too long at birth. And for the comments, why don't you copy and paste it here, pretty positive I'd say

  • Saffa - 2012-03-06 09:29

    Morning sportsfans. I hope you chaps have all assigned to memory exactly where you were when Pierre Spies MADE a tackle on Saturday...HISTORY folk, history (like where were you when lady Di passed away, when Mandela was released etc etc) But wait, there is MORE, not only did he make that historical 1st tackle, but he bled for the 1st time on the field of play after executing said tackle. Speechless. Well played on Sat Bulls - a very complete performance indeed (apart from a few MIA moments), very keen to see how they weigh up against a clearly underperforming and under pressure Blues team(Seriously, pre season I was certain the Blues would be leading the Kiwi charge this year....) Stormers woeful - YET still won, and the young guns continue to repay Allistair for his faith in them. Sharks - oh boy, they are killing off any Bok career Lambie was hoping for, PLAY THE MAN AT 15, he is not a 10 in the same class as Elton, Morne and even young Goosen(who proved he has a long way to go still) As for Doctor Death faking my profile left right and inside centre......continue old chap, no worries from my side, although I do suggest you brush up on your grammar and basic literacy (I shudder to think that the few readers who are not aware of your scam would associate me with your continued rape of the English language - Ta)

      Jack - 2012-03-06 09:43

      Elton is young and will get much better while Morne reached his peak a while ago. It's just a matter of time before Morne becomes a distant memory. I wouldn't be surprised if your Bulls try to buy Goosen for next year and drop Morne to the bench in 2013!

      Bootman - 2012-03-06 09:46

      They should drop the bench on Morne.

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 09:47

      @Blueraven - that is not history...NON-events don't count. @jackblack - I am a Stormer fan......I am not, and will never be a Bulls fan - in this life, or my next.

      Jason - 2012-03-06 10:02

      Welcome back Saffa, how was your weekend?

      Bootman - 2012-03-06 10:09

      Blue Raven I heard that the Bulls players got real exicted when they heard that they were getting a "bi" until it was explained to them that it wasnt "that kind of bi" but actually a week off.

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 10:12

      Awesome weekend thanks Jason. The West coast is STILL my fave place on earth.

      PietSnot - 2012-03-06 12:41

      @Saffa, Jy maak of Pierre Spies nooit tackle nie. Ek onthou nog soos gister toe hy in die 2009 Curriebekerwedstryd teen die WP vir Geo Aplon getackle het. Ja, OK die tackle was mis en Geo het gaan druk, Maar hy het darem probeer

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 16:18

      @fake Saffa And I guess your extremely boring Spies/WO/Bulls bashing will carry on and on and on. Anything else you can add?

  • S - 2012-03-06 10:03

    Now we will see if the Bullerinas are really any good. Not exactly the Blind School they are playing against on Saturday. Can't wait...

      Jason - 2012-03-06 10:14

      LMFAO @ Blue, asses on a stick????? wtf dude..........................Asses on a plate or Jalapeno on a stick...............roflmao

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 10:22

      Kebabs @Jason...... @Stirrer - the Blues have really disappointed thus far - Sooooooooooo, one can expect a brilliant performance from them this week or next(eish) - I hope it's this weekend though.... PS: anyone else think this white trash looking Hurricanes flyhalf Barret is seriously making a HUGE statement? Damn.....gifted player.

      Jason - 2012-03-06 10:31

      We are special i tell ja, even the refs think so ;)

      Bootman - 2012-03-06 10:31

      Saffa I think that rather offensive. Just because he looks like he belongs in the crowd at Loftus, doesnt make him white trash.

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 10:38

      @Bootman - ROTFLMAO :)

      S - 2012-03-06 11:33

      @BlueRaven: The Cheetahs "team" (I use the term with some trepidation) I saw on Saturday didn't nearly look like the team that had some flashes of brilliance last year. No game plan, no skills, no team play, no leadership. I don't know what happened there. The Bulls might as well have played against 15 tackle bags.

  • Deon - 2012-03-06 10:21

    Most people thought that the winner of SA region would come from the Stormers or Sharks but the Bulls are the form team. Who would have thought they would score 6 tries?

      Bootman - 2012-03-06 10:28

      Actually it was 5. The first one was a brainfart from Meuwesen and Joubert.

      Bootman - 2012-03-06 10:49

      Raven you are right my friend. The Bulls played one hell of a game. We all know it. Just having a bit of fun.

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 10:53

      Even I conceded the Bulls were impressive on Saturday.......(twas not an easy thing to do...) Watched the game with a few Bulls fans, and funny.....most of them feel Stander should be starting at 8 - well whaddya know :)

      S - 2012-03-06 11:40

      I agree that the Bulls looked good, but don't forget the (lack of) opposition. It's like a boxer doing shadow boxing during training - looks mighty impressive, but his shadow doesn't hit back. Once he gets into the ring with real opposition it's a different story. I would love to see the Bulls beating some of the top teams. If, and only if that happens, I'll concede that they are the same team of two years ago.

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 13:23

      @Blueraven - dare I say that the Bulls are BETTER OFF without all the 'stalwarts'? For so many years Matfield, du Preez and co literally ran the whole shebang up north. They decided on gameplan, team selection and everything in between......Suddenly the youngsters are 'to an extent' free to experiment, try new things, step out of the shadows and into the light etc etc etc. Personally - I think Matfield and co should have left a year earlier.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-06 16:15

    Desn't matter, our 4th team can win this competition

  • Saffa - 2012-03-06 16:20

    Bulls will win their 4th cup this year, 4 more than the Stormers

  • Alexander - 2012-03-06 19:42

    I thought that SARFU dished up the soapies in SA rugby, now I see it is actualy Saffa and fake Saffa, go on then son, great reading!

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