Steenkamp at lock for decider

2012-07-11 12:44

Pretoria - Vodacom Bulls lock Wilhelm Steenkamp is back in the starting line-up of the team for their final group match in the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament against the MTN Lions at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Steenkamp replaces the injured Flip van der Merwe from the Bulls side that lost to the Sharks in Durban last weekend.

The 27 year old lock has last started for the Bulls in their clash against the Chiefs in Hamilton earlier in the season and will play in his 51st match at this level after  stints with The Sharks and Toyota Cheetahs.

His place on the bench will be taken by fit-again opensider Deon Stegmann who has fully recovered from a broken arm suffered earlier in the season.

Jacques Potgieter will provide cover at lock, Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said.

“We don’t need to tell the players at this stage of the competition what is at stake. Everyone knows that the rewards for the hard work that we have put in can be justified with a good win. We had the play-offs as our first objective for the season, but definitely not our only one,” Ludeke said.

“We respect the Lions and is expecting them to come at us with everything they have. They have nothing to lose, so will be a very dangerous side. We need to focus on what we want to achieve, go out and execute that. The pressure will be on us to improve from last weekend.”

The Bulls match will be the last one of tournament play and the team will know exactly what is needed to make the play-offs, but according to Ludeke, it does not change the way they approach the game.

“Our take has been to take it one game at a time and focus on those 80 minutes ahead of us. It will not change and we will still be going for the win first and foremost. We are not going to try and dictate any permutations. If you try to do that, you can lose focus on the task at hand. If we lose we are out, so the win will be the only focus for us.”

• Mornè Steyn has scored more points than any other South African player in Super Rugby (1181 points) and could extend that record against the Lions. He also holds the record for penalties (214), conversions (206) and the tournament record for drop goals (24).
•Wynand Olivier will play in his 102nd Super match for the Bulls and is the most experienced South African midfielder in the competition.
•Bjorn Basson has scored nine tries in2012 and need one more try to become the record holder for tries in a season. He currently shares this record with Bryan Habana.

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Deon Stegmann),  19 CJ Stander, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouchè, 22 Francois Venter



  • tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 12:47

    always loved this guy. do it steenkamp! u biscuit! missed u when u went to the cheetahs!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 14:30

      yeh a victory over the rebels is going to turn their season around man wow.

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-11 15:55

      Well the lions have won more games in the last 5 than the bulls. Even the last 3 to be exact. You are so one eyed it's not even funny. I Still believe anything can happen, and would not be surprised if an of the top 6 would win the whole thing. This year is a lot closer than the rest, and it might be one of those cases, where the team playing away wins the whole thing. Waiting on the stormers, and personal attacks like usual. Go for it, that is all you got, no rugby brains as usual.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 16:25

      im one eyes? hahahahaha rich coming from u. all u can talk about is the bulls and compare everything to them. everything, all the time. r u the most one eyed person here? do u constantly just have brain farts? how does the victory against the rebels turn their season around and how is me stating that me being one eyed? idiot. go back to replying blah blah blah blah to everything, at least that was more comprehensible. please illustrate your rugby knowledge lean sadie. all i see from u is blah blah blah as usual.

  • Ettiene - 2012-07-11 13:16

    ok as a bulls supporter all i can say is go bulls! but on the other hand lets hope all the so called senior players deserve their match fee's this time!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 13:25

      spies should donate his captaincy to juandre and his match fee to victims of domestic abuse because he goes into contact like a housewife cowers when her husband comes home. steyn might play better maybe his wife's pregnancy has been stressful. hougaard i hope will stop looking at the big screen and adjusting his hair. that guy needs to focus more on the game than his tats and hair which looks like it is in fact receding and he keeps patting it forward in the games. the front row need to eat their jungle oats on saturday morning. the locks are awesome i love them both. kirchner, jj, basson, always immense. wynand i really hoped would just sit on the sideline and practise eating boiled eggs and miso soup and a side of teppinyaki. looks like he is going to hog the ball again. ndugane doesnt deserve money for his performances. flanks are fine if they can hold on to the ball. they need more of that sticky spray they give them before the game. chiliboy i hope has practised throwing the ball in this week. horrible. maybe he should stick to playboy parties and durban julys. still got my cash on these studs to bring the trophy home. *gulp*

  • bulla.loftus - 2012-07-11 13:25

    Ek sou drie veranderinge gemaak het: Vermaak in vir Hougaard, Cj in vir Spies en Kirsten in vir W.Kruger.

      Ettiene - 2012-07-11 13:28

      klink na n goeie plan

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 13:30

      kirsten was way more solid last week CJ for sure, what a star vermaak ugh maybe, but only by a ball hair

      Ettiene - 2012-07-11 14:42

      ai ou sakkie jyt alweer vroeg in daai tik ingeklim ne

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