Spies excited about new era

2012-02-07 22:20

Cape Town - New Bulls captain Pierre Spies is excited about starting a new era at the union after they lost several key players.

Despite losing key players in Springboks Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw and Fourie du Preez, Spies is positive as they prepare for a warm-up game against the Cheetahs in Polokwane this weekend.

"A lot of adaptations were needed, but it wasn't so difficult. Everyone, the players, the management and coaches all started to pull in the same direction which made the transition easy. It's something that I'm really grateful for as the new captain," Spies told the Beeld newspaper.

And the skipper is goal-oriented about where they're headed as a team.

"We want to start something new. We realise it was the end of an era but we're keen to start building another one. Everyone's energy is positive and we are keen to get going."

He assured that his team-mates also share his sentiments. "The guys are quietly excited and one wonders how things could turn out. I'm full of confidence and I have faith in the players that we have and I'm sure we can make a good season of it," said Spies.

Spies also said the change in this year's competition has altered their approach slightly as the competition will break for international matches. "We had to (change approach) because the format is different. It (the break in between) changes the picture considerably. Our preparation takes it into consideration, but the secret will be not to get too far ahead of ourselves. Do the first things first and focus on the week that lies ahead," said Spies.

A largely second-string Bulls team defeated the Kings 16-12 in Port Elizabeth last week but they are expected to name a full strength line-up for Saturday's clash against the men from Bloemfontein.





15 Willie le Roux, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.

Substitutes: TBA


  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-07 22:25

    Legend awaits.

      Marcell - 2012-02-08 00:16

      'n Nuwe era van goeie, wen rugby vir die magtige Blou masjien is hier. Ek kry eindelik die laaities van die Kaap jammer. "Ons is dom maar probeer weer". Bulls 4 Life.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-08 00:48

      As hulle smoele nie so groot was nie, dan het ek hulle ook jammer gekry. Jy is n beter mens as ek.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-02-08 08:36

      and he's exited about the new boys

      Jenny - 2012-02-08 09:26

      I think the Bulls are better off without their old has-beens. Victor Matfield - A physical burden on the rest of the team, being good in lineouts doesnt make up for being poor on the field. Bakkies Botha - Domkrag is all he ever had going for him Danie Rossouw - Have you ever seen a player give away so many penalties at crucial times? He tops Schalk Burger Fourie Du Preez - Was completely out of form after his layoff and was never really gonna be the same again. So this "new era" might be better for them, but unfortunately not good enough..

      Ron - 2012-02-08 09:59

      @Jenny You go Girl.... Go SHARKS

      roboman1 - 2012-02-08 11:23

      Jaja, and another year without the Currie Cup for the Bulls, may the Lions go from strength to strength

  • Paul - 2012-02-07 22:56

    Hey Dozey, how's that new Pierre Spies blow-up doll of yours holding out?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-07 23:01

      Tough as teak. Thanks for asking.

      Paul - 2012-02-07 23:32

      I thought you were going to say: I love it to bits! Gotta say Dozer, you're one of the few guys around here who can take a joke.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-07 23:43

      Thanks buddy. Some of our friends on this forum struggle a bit with the humour side of it.

      Bambie - 2012-02-08 03:10

      Bull...This Paul is a laugh ain't he... Hy is sekker daar van Piesang ville af... Het sekker n M03rs3 hartburn in die oggende..

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-08 04:56

      Bambie, ons kan hom 5 punte gee vir probeer nice wees.

      Paul - 2012-02-08 09:14

      Hmmm... if you've supported the Lions for as long as I have, you have no choice but to develop a sense of humour.

      Bambie - 2012-02-08 14:51

      Lol...Paul..nou praat jy... en nou will hulle ons bulletjies met julle welpies mix....praat van n skop in die knatters... Nee dis reg Bull ons gee hom daai punte...lyk my ons sal weer die klomp besig hou die seisoen...

  • greeff.kotze - 2012-02-07 23:30

    Thumbs up if you read the first word in English: "Spies excited about new era" (as in secret agents...)

      Alan - 2012-02-08 08:11


      Hoo - 2012-02-08 13:26

      @greeff are you part of the homo invasion on rugby blogs??

  • Dawie - 2012-02-08 01:10

    Spies, a world rugby legend. See him leading the mighty Bulls to a 4th title. (4 more than the Stormers)

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-08 09:55

      A legend in his own lunchtime.

      Hugh - 2012-02-08 13:22

      Blue thanks, rub it in. At least we've been down but never out.

  • Dawie - 2012-02-08 04:11

    His dad was great - he is a pissy !!!!

      Dawie - 2012-02-08 04:33

      @Fake Dawie Get a life

      Dawie - 2012-02-08 05:41

      @Dawie - Nee pella jy moet wakker word. Ek post al onder die naam met dieslfde profile sedert Julie 2011 - Gaan weg !!!

      Christopher - 2012-02-08 09:24

      I think that Spies should move to the wing. He has no aggression as a forward. He's probably one of the most naturally-gifted athletes in the world but doesn't have the mindset to be a forward. If any of Keegan Daniel, Ashley Johnson or Duane Vermeulen had his pace, size and strength they'd be the best eighthman in the world!!!

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-08 05:51

    Lets hope it is a great year for SA rugby! Nou die Blou!

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-02-08 06:26

    Hier kom weer n groot jaar vir die Bulle. Ek hou daarvan om te sien dat nie Spies of Frans grootbek in die media is nie maar hulle woorde versigtig posetief kies, man dis sommer net lekker om die Boelle te ondersteun :-)

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-08 06:32

      Frans en Pierre is so humble. Actually die hele coaching staff en management. Actually die supporters ook.

      Lionel - 2012-02-08 06:50

      More Julle!!!!!Kan nie wag vir die seisoen om te begin,Dozey,waars daai tert,Brannas????

      Stefan - 2012-02-08 07:25

      @Lionel. Brannas soek nog vir 'n comeback na Jason sy selfbeeld geknak het gister.

      Lionel - 2012-02-08 07:31

      @Stefan,damn,so spuit ek het dit gister gemis!!!!

      Stefan - 2012-02-08 07:41

      Die berig is nog op: "Heyneke's method to madness"

      Lionel - 2012-02-08 07:47

      Absolute Classic,dit behoort daai tert vir n ruk stil te hou!!!!!!!!!

      Brannas - 2012-02-08 09:11

      Stefan, Nattes(Lionel) en al my ander bewonderaars en volgelinge van die Kaap. Ek is jammer om julle so lank te laat wag vanmore, maar ek was in n' belangrike vergadering met Heineke Meyer en SARU en ons het die patetiese vertoning van die stormers vir die afgelope 11 jaar bespreek, en daar is eenparig besluit dat die springbokke nou net Blou Bul wen rugby sal speel met geen quota stormers in die span nie. Wat Jason betref, julle moet erken die man is darem maar donners lelik, Ek het voorheen sulke mense gesien maar toe het hulle my n' toegangs fooi gevra vir die "Freak Show".

      Saffa - 2012-02-08 15:07

      Not humble @Dozey - DOFF. Huge difference.

  • malcolm.dale - 2012-02-08 08:45

    I have to admit being duffus because when I read the headline I immediately related it to the ongoing saga and the current affairs news in terms of the info bill etc. etc and I wondered "What the hell? how can they know that spies (as in Jame Bond) are excited about a new era!! Just shows you how fixated one can get with politics!!

  • Jenny - 2012-02-08 09:15

    Bulle het goed gedoen teen Earl Rose se Kings laast naweek, mooi man.

  • Justin Ghuna - 2012-02-08 10:33

    U go boy... Soos j glo so sal dt wees.

  • Jason - 2012-02-08 12:37

    ho hum zzzzzzzz

  • Fatu - 2012-02-08 12:39

    Spies, the most overrated Springbok in recent times.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-08 12:42

      No, that's Jean de Villiers.

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-02-08 13:25

    Bulls supporters - cant think of a worse bunch of supporters anywhere around the world Loftus on game day is an embarresment to South Africa. Even them in numbers against the Kings in PE last year was a total embarresment How great would it be to see them take the wooden spoon this year in the South African conference. Anyone but the Bulls please

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