Spies expects 'physical war'

2012-02-22 22:30

Cape Town - Bulls captain Pierre Spies says their Super Rugby opener against the Sharks will be like any other clash between the two teams: A physical war.

Both teams have a fair number of new faces in their squads, as they introduce a new crop of talent into Super Rugby.

But Spies told the Beeld newspaper that the "usual confrontations" will be the same as in years gone by.

"It's going to be a physical war," said Spies.

But he's confident that the troops are ready for the battle ahead.

"We're approaching the match with a good energy. We've worked hard to get here, now we have to take the next step and put all the hard work done on the practice field into action."

Meanwhile, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said even thought they have some new faces in the team, a few old aspects of their game and personnel will remain.

"Our technical decision makers are full of confidence and find themselves in the most important positions on the field. Not much has changed in the way we want to do things. There are fresh ideas, but the old values have remained intact," said Ludeke.

The coach did, however, admit that the Sharks' current form is a bit of a mystery.

"We couldn't gain much for the Sharks' pre-season because it was tough to judge the quality of their opposition (The Sharks played against Boland and the Kings in pre-season matches).

"But it isn't hard to predict that they will carry the ball, attempt to get it into space and then keep it there," said Ludeke.

And Ludeke believes the game will be won by the team that dominates the advantage line.


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

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 JJ Engelbrecht

Sharks: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Louis Ludik, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Frederic Michalak, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Keegan Daniel (captain), 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Ross Skeate, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Paul Jordaan


  • Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 22:33

    Bulls by 18, minimum

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-23 02:33

      Jy weet dit.

      Rene - 2012-02-23 07:16

      Can we stop the talking and start the 'doing' already??? Seriously cannot wait anymore for kick-off. Go BULLS, make your supporters proud!

      Jason - 2012-02-23 07:30

      Someone need to tell him that a peak cap is meant to keep the sun off your face and isn't a fashion statement..............................Im just saying!

      Rene - 2012-02-23 07:42

      @Jason, Someone need to tell you that the attire they wear (including the cap)..... all sponsored and is a requirement as part of their sponsorship deal..... I'm just telling you!!

      Danny - 2012-02-23 07:53

      In jou fairy drome..................

      Jason - 2012-02-23 10:05

      @Rene, then why is the plank wearing it backwards for a photo so the Sponsors get no coverage......................Im just saying!

      Rene - 2012-02-23 10:29

      @Jason, Jason, the Super Captain of the Bulls are photographed from all different angles - coverage is needed! Hope that clarifies it!! Enjoy

      David - 2012-02-23 11:13

      What are you smoking

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-02-22 22:45

    Blue Bulls Rule!!!

      Bielie - 2012-02-22 23:22

      And what exactly is it that they rule, Wilma? Your dreams?

      Benmica - 2012-02-23 07:27

      In our dreams, on Loftus, and when they play....

      malcolm.molver - 2012-02-23 07:45

      You Bulls supporters are scum. See why the whole country hates you?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-23 07:58

      I'm gonna cry myself to sleep, because Malcolm called me scum.

      Paul - 2012-02-24 14:01

      Hey Malcolm, "the rest of the country" isn't Durban and Cape Town, okay?

  • Tertius Coetzer - 2012-02-23 04:48

    wat weet oupa spies? Hy het in 2007 laas rugby gespeel! Ongeag dat kankowski vrydag vir hom sal wys hoe mens rugby/8ste man speel, hoop ek net dat meyer nie al wat 'n ou blou bul is 'n springbok maak nie!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-23 06:08

      Gebruik jy ook een van daai Verimark skeermessies vir jou baardjie? Bly jy miskien in Brakpan?

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-02-23 12:30

      bulldozer, nie dat dit enigsins enige iets met rugby te doen het nie, soos jou brein, maar nee, ek bly in pretoria oos, dit is hoekom ek niks van die bulle hou nie. Dalk sal jou cortina dit vanaf sannieshof af tot by loftus maak vrydag dan kan jy sien watter tipe mense braai buite die stadion en maybe sal jy verstaan!

  • hannesenbrianda - 2012-02-23 05:40

    Gebou soos Tarzan maar speel soos Jane...

      Dick - 2012-02-23 06:37

      En jy is gebou soos n' Hippo met n' visbrein.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-23 07:09

      En hy is so slim soos n hippo sonder n visbrein.

  • Dick - 2012-02-23 05:52

    The physical aspect of the game is no worries for Spies, he is the most physical rugby player on the planet today. The Bulls are going to maul those Sharkies tomorrow. Bulls by 15.

      Jed - 2012-02-23 07:02

      Bwhahaha, Spies, the only time he looks physical is when his on OUTsurance Ads. Sharks by at LEAST 20..... First of many games they will lose this season.

      Lionel - 2012-02-23 07:23

      Vallem,they actually used a body double in those ads,to much contact for

      malcolm.molver - 2012-02-23 07:47

      Spies hasn't played a decent game of rugby in at least 4 years! He's a poofter. I heard that some Aussie rugby players saw him smashing through walls in that OUTsurance ad last year and had a good laugh at it!

      Jed - 2012-02-23 08:47

      LOL, Rene admittedly it was one of those moments , when you wish that life had a rewind button.

      Rene - 2012-02-23 08:57

      @vallemj, it happens! Had a good laugh though, but you know, if you cannot laugh at yourself, not worth living then. Sometimes the fingers are faster than the brain.

      Dick - 2012-02-23 09:37

      Rene,,, If you're from Cape Town, then everything is faster than the brain.

      Saffa - 2012-02-23 10:27

      As you found out for yourself last year @Dick/Brannas? When someone hit you with an uppercut that came from nowhere in that club down here?

  • Kevin - 2012-02-23 06:37

    A walk in the park for the Sharks. Tell me , Did the Pienk Poppe beat the Leopards last season?

  • Trokkie - 2012-02-23 07:03

    Spies expects 'physical war' - daar is geen einde aan spies se wysheid nie

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-23 07:13

      Ek kan nie wag tot die Cheetahs julle weer pakgee nie. Dit moes belaglik embarrasing wees, laasjaar.

      Marcel - 2012-02-23 08:37

      DIt beteken hy gaan actually a tackle moet maak om n physical war te he

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-23 07:16

    Prediction : Gonna be a tough game, but in the end the Sharks will find their stride and win by 20+. 7 tries to 2. Sharks backline looks way too strong, and will run off quick ball, and their counter attacks will be deadly. Go Sharks...... ... and don't panic Bulls.... the season is long and you will be able to make up for it 8)

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-23 07:24

      Is jy Zandberg Jansen se laaitie? Jy maak mos of jy vreeslik baie weet.

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-23 15:27

      Nooit. But time will tell ...... and u have no place to talk, cos u do seems to be a bit blindly biased towards your team as well... 8)

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-24 21:21

      munch... munch.... munch... I eat my words 8[

  • Benmica - 2012-02-23 07:25

    Ek het my comment uitgevee toe ek sien hoe hierdie ander ondersteuners ons manne aanvat. En hulle ken hulle nie persoonlik nie. Baie swak smaak. Ek wander nou net waar het hulle uitgekruip want dit wys baie duidelik dat hulle geen selfrespek het nie. Verder is hulle baie deurmekaar. Ek hoop hulle is daar vir die game. Want hulle sal hulle woorde eet. Hoe se die afikaans sprekendes daar innie Kaap. Jealousy makes you nasty.

      Saffa - 2012-02-23 07:55

      @Rene, I take it you are talking about the Bulls blogger from Canada here? I agree, his behaviour truly is shocking.

      Rene - 2012-02-23 08:30

      @Saffa, once again you 'take it' wrong!! Do you also have something to say??? Not interested though!! Some comments seriously don't interest me at all!! Maar gooi 'n klip in die bos en snaaks genoeg die een wat getref word, huil altyd eerste!! Funny that! Have a nice day!

      Saffa - 2012-02-23 08:39

      What now @Rene? Oh I get is only when someone 'attacks the Bulls' that you get upset......(the gutter behaviour from certain Bulls bloggers is acceptable........ No problems, I was just hoping for some clarity on the issue. So for the record folk, the Bulls fans stance re: crude and personal attacks is as follows: if it is the Bulls being attacked - such behaviour is unacceptable, horrific, scandalous and should be stamped out immediately. If it is a Bulls fan behaving in this manner - it is just a 'joke'. Ok folk - I think we've got it now. Thank you. Have a great day 2.

      Dick - 2012-02-23 08:56

      Well said said Rene, But somehow I don't think Saffa will get it. she's a little short when it comes to brains.

      Rene - 2012-02-23 09:01

      @Saffa, now nothing! You know exactly who I was talking about - I don't know about you, but when I wake up and enjoy my cup of coffee, the last thing I want to read is some of the vulgar rubbish some of the bloggers write (in particular on guy), I'm sorry, it spoils my day - its one thing having a 'go at one another in a good/clean/fun way' its another when that line is crossed - you try to 'skip' it, but its just everywhere - I think these blogs are for everyone, but seriously, there are limits (especially when its a public blog). But that's just me!! Meant no harm dear!

      Saffa - 2012-02-23 09:12

      @Dick - Brannas? Oh dear hobbits and hooligans is it you?

      Dick - 2012-02-23 09:18

      Hi Saffa. You can't get rid of me babes.

      Saffa - 2012-02-23 09:37

      Why would I want to @Brannas? Glad you are still here, now just get that other Bullsbabe, Alwyn back, and all will be complete on these forums.

  • steenekamprobbie - 2012-02-23 07:41

    En al wat jy sien is die swart masjien!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Saffa - 2012-02-23 07:54

    PHYSICAL WAR and Spies in the same sentence? It's like Bulls fan and matric in the same sentence......(Then again, the Sharks are fielding that other showpony Kanko, so it's about even on the "physicality" stakes....) Hehehehehehe, Kanko and Spies pouting at each other until one backs down.....TERRIFYING.

      Dick - 2012-02-23 09:12

      Saffa, you still going to eat your words about Spies. I see you like all the brawn and no brain type of players like Dom Duane. That is not how to win games, you and the rest of your stormer clan must wake up, Spies got what you call a rugby brain, he reads the game and place himself where he can be most effective, Do you need 8 players brawling for the ball at the same time. Spies has that X factor, anything can happen when he receive the ball, and please don't talk like that about your future Bok Captain

      Saffa - 2012-02-23 09:28

      @Dick. Pierre Spies can NOT read the game, hence his failure as an 8th man - end of. To quote you: " Spies places himself where he can be most effective" - the sidelines or locker room would be a good place to start, because he disappears at kickoff in any event.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-02-23 12:04

      Now that was funny LMGA

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-02-23 07:59

    I back the Sharks for a win. Never liked Spies, all brawn and no rugby savvy.

  • Francois - 2012-02-23 08:05

    Grootste losskrum inspekteur in SA

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-23 08:20

      Grootste grapjas in SA.

      Saffa - 2012-02-23 08:41

      @Dozey - Spies lyk nie soos 'n vreeslike grapjas my maat?

  • toppy81 - 2012-02-23 09:01

    go bulls ... yay .... not

  • Mathew - 2012-02-23 09:27

    Strange seeing physical and Spies in the same sentence.

  • martin.bouwer - 2012-02-23 10:40

    Two very good teams which will make for a great game of rugby. Hope the sharks play there A game and we should win but not by a big score.

  • ultragert - 2012-02-23 11:01

    Bulle bulle!!

  • Dewald - 2012-02-23 11:30

    I predict missed tackles on outside centre for the Sharks!

  • Josh - 2012-02-23 12:11

    Bulls will not make it easy for the Sharks, Loftus is no easy place to get a win and although they lost allot of key players, I think the Bulls wil take it....

      Paul - 2012-02-24 14:10

      Personally not a Pierre Spies fan at all, BUT if you want to talk about being overrated, the first loosies that come to mind are Kanko and Keegan. Did you see them pretending to be ball boys in the CC final?

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