Bulls coach: Play smart rugby

2012-04-04 18:25

Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has called on his charges to play “smart rugby” when they face up against seven time champions, the Crusaders at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The Bulls suffered in their narrow loss at the hands of the Stormers last weekend when they let the emotion of the occasion overwhelm them in the first half, making silly mistakes as they allowed the Stormers to rack up a big first-half lead.

While there was a big fightback in the second half, the Bulls know a similar situation on their home ground would be fatal against the Crusaders, especially as the New Zealanders are masters at exploiting mistakes of the opposition, as the Lions found out to their peril last weekend.

The Bulls know they face a very hungry Crusaders team this weekend, and after losing in Cape Town, they will want to rectify matters with a solid performance on home base.

“On Saturday discipline cost us, and it was the major difference between the two sides. We addressed those things on Monday and we stress accountability and we help players to make better decisions there. There were definitely some silly penalties and that is the thing you want to limit. We have the commitment of the players and we know discipline will be vital again,” Ludeke explained.

“Guys are eager and want to add value, make a difference and sometimes they get it wrong. We can definitely be smarter.”

Ludeke said the Crusaders were a team that would pose very different challenges to the Bulls this weekend, and the way they control their own ball and use it across the breadth of the field would be a major factor in the Loftus battle.

“It was a huge contest on the weekend.The Stormers were smart in the first half and we were definitely there and had our opportunities in the second half. We had some situations where we didn’t capitalise but in the end one big moment from a player could have won it for us,” Ludeke added.

“This week is a different contest and the Crusaders are definitely a side who bring the best out in us. Like Pierre Spies (Bulls captain) said we respect them and what they bring to the contest. Ball movement will be vital to us this weekend; to make sure we are disciplined and control the ball.”

While the Crusaders have endured their regular slow start, they certainly have a championship pedigree about them and sit just a few spots below the Bulls at the moment, having flown rather under the radar during the first six rounds of the competition.

“They have played against sides that played well. The Crusaders have lost away from home, so you can’t take too much from the log at the moment and the performances of some of the teams. Every team will lose at one stage. We have had a good week’s preparation and our focus is spot on. We’re looking forward to the game on the weekend.”

With that in mind, Ludeke has kept the same side for the clash, mainly as reserve hooker Willie Wepener is still suffering with a facial infection, while Deon Stegmann’s hamstring injury has ruled him out for a fourth week now.

This means Bongi Mbonambi will deputise for Chiliboy Ralepelle for a second week in a row, while CJ Stander will need to continue in Stegmann’s place, leaving the Bulls without a fetcher against the very dangerous Matt Todd. 



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




  • Saffa - 2012-04-04 18:33

    All we ask for is a neutral ref each game and it will be a walk in the park for the Bulls on their way to their 4th title. ( 4 more than the Stormers for those who are new on here)

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 19:43

      I think Saffa is right. The Bulls have WON 3 Super Rugby champsionships. I don't think the Stormers have won one ... I think the Bulls set the pace and professionalism for SA Rugby, the rest just follow.

      Johan - 2012-04-04 20:19

      You dont have to 'think' Charles, it is a FACT

      mario.borchards - 2012-04-04 20:40

      If there was a neutral ref the Bulls would loose more games. The refs were influenced by Fourie Du Preez and now Hougaard is trying to imitate Du Preez. It was amazing how the forward pass was "missed" by the linesman and ref in the build up to bulls second try against the Stormers!

      Terence - 2012-04-05 06:15

      Wow Alan.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-04-05 09:25

      @fake saffa - troll much?

      1amAlan - 2012-04-05 13:08


  • Simon - 2012-04-04 18:58

    Hoe kan 'n dom span smart rugby speel?

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-04 19:41

      I didnt know that the Bulls want to play smart rugby. They have and only play one style. Dom Duane choked Miss Piggy Spies, Brok and Tiaan made Dean and werner bitches, and Gio is better than a whole lot of your backline put together.

      Saffa - 2012-04-04 19:45

      Really Stormkaap, and the Queen can probably outsprint Hougaard

      Johan - 2012-04-04 22:24

      Saffa....Dit maak seer ne om teen so 'n dom span te verloor...maar ek sien jy ken amper die hele Stormer span. Hoe gaan dit nou weer...Die hoe bome vang die meeste wind

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-04 22:44

      Hougie learnt to step in our backyard..

      Simon - 2012-04-04 23:15

      Saffa : Die woorde is "hier is" en nie "hier's" nie. Ek sal jou vergewe vir daai een. Dankie

      Simon - 2012-04-04 23:16

      Kies ook een taal om in praat. Dankie

      Saffa - 2012-04-04 23:25

      @Simon Wat is verkeerd met hier's? Jy het "smart" in 'n andersins Afrikaanse sin gebruik? Pasop vir horribale translasies

      Simon - 2012-04-04 23:31

      As julle "slim" afrigter dit gebruik mag ek seker ook

      Simon - 2012-04-04 23:32

      raadpleeg die woordeboek,menner. dankie

      Simon - 2012-04-04 23:33


      Saffa - 2012-04-04 23:39

      @Simon Jy is die een wat die meng van taalgebruik opgebring het, en nou doen jy dit self. En as jy mooi gaan lees (as jy kan lees) sal jy sien die afrigter se stelling was alles in Engels. Engels is 'n ander taal as jy nie weet nie, en "smart" is 'n Engelse woordjie. "smart" vang sy baas??? Of is dit slim?

  • Pierre - 2012-04-04 19:02

    Ja not sure how that will work when the whole Bulls set up and all their supporters are about as smart as a flea

  • Inky - 2012-04-04 19:03

    Did this guy not say that there are only two types of rugby. Winning or losing so how does smart rugby fit into his plans if it does not exist according to him ?

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-04 19:41

      I think it was Heynecke that said that..

      Inky - 2012-04-04 19:46

      Thanks Stormkaap. My mistake.

      Saffa - 2012-04-04 19:58

      @Inky So this is where you apologize now and then go clean out your empty trophy cabinet

      Simon - 2012-04-04 23:18

      @ Saffa : Geluk met julle vertoning van laasjaar...o nee wag,jammer

      Terence - 2012-04-05 06:17

      Simon, geluk met julle vertonings oor die laaste 11 jaar.... o nee wag, jammer.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-04-05 09:32

      @fake saffa - troll much? - How many trophies are currently in the bulls cabinet? apart from obsolete trophies that are no longer being played for.

  • Miko - 2012-04-04 22:08

    Sien ons hoofseun/meisie Saffa of so iets mufs is weer aan die komplimente uitdeel. Dis net copy en paste met dieselfde ou storie. Klein blou breintjie met baie gif in die pyle en droom steeds dat sy/haar pen magtiger sal wees as die swaard.

      Saffa - 2012-04-04 22:11

      Pragtig Miko, chirp van die maand

  • Henk - 2012-04-04 23:44

    To all Stormers/WP fans who claim the Bulls always has and still plays the same style of rugby. 2001 was your last Currie Cup win, since then the Bulls won it 4 times, shared it once and won the Super Rugby title 3 times! Oh yes, I almost forgot, you also played in 2 finals (yes only 2) since then, and managed to lose both with your oh so brilliant variety and exciting rugby! I feel sorry for you okes. A team in their prime (without Schalk) against a team who is still building after losing a lot of key players and barely scraping through in a home game, must be very exciting come the future. Scoff, laugh, insult or do whatever you want but even if you don't want to admit it, there must be a lot of worries in the Cape camp. Maybe your game plan should change boys...

  • Saffa - 2012-04-05 02:20

    Ek sien ons Stormer ystertjies reken hulle is die beste verdedigende span in die kompetisie, ek het my weer laf gelag vir die klomp se totale wanpersepsies. Points against: Bulls: 89 Stormers: 91 Tries against: Bulls: 6 Stormers 7 En dan sommer vir die lekker, die Stormers se mos hulle score tries en die Bulls skop net: Tries for: Bulls 19 Stormers 8 Maar anyway, hulle reken ook hulle is SA se mees suksesvolle Superrugby franchise met hulle ZERO koppies.

      Peter - 2012-04-06 03:18

      @fake SAFFA I see you are still on News24 posting a lot of snot with your usual arrogance and intellectual brillance Don't you have anything better to do or don't you have a job ? and of course you will blame it on the ref especially after all the 'grootbek' comments on friday Who are you going to blame if they lose against the Crusaders , the man in the moon You seem to like trophies so much , why don't you go buy a box full , paint them pink and engrave them with ' SAFFA' best rugby analyst since 1940 Tell me are you now going to paint those balls hanging from your Tow Bar pink (they are most probably all shrivelled up now)

  • Colin - 2012-04-05 07:47

    Saffa.. maybe you should look at the two titles you have stoles in the Super series.. First the one aginst the sharks in 2007 with walsh as ref.. yest he same ref your fans hated not so long ago when they threw bottles on the pitch... and then when this Craig joubert gave you the 2010 title with penalties... WP/ Stormers have won 2/7 games with graic joubert as ref in the last 5 years.... so do not blame the ref... as for neutral refs.... the bulls in 2009 after winnig the title got 12/ 15 refs SA refs to win the title.... something to think about how legitimate your titles were... Last year the bulls got not near to that amount of sa refs and where did they finish?????

  • Colin - 2012-04-05 07:51

    Saffa Saffa.. .stats get you nowhere... how many games did the stormers lose this year?? how many did the bulls lose?? What was the outcome last saturday? Just do not get into bed tonight with your wife wearing a pink bulls jersey.. .cause she wil ltell you you are not going to score....

      Terence - 2012-04-05 07:57

      Colin you are right about stats. How many trophies did the Stormers win last decade?

      Gerda - 2012-04-05 11:25

      o colin we are already starting to stack some trophies check the juniors etc, you poor stormers are so deprived of your own doing, as the wallabies rightly call you " go ye chokkers", seems you believe the cup is in the cape already according to you. a trend or rather a mistake you keep making (its getting old comming from the so called clever oaks).

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