Steenkamp to start for Bulls

2012-05-22 10:20

Cape Town - Vodacom Bulls lock Wilhelm Steenkamp will start at lock in his side’s final Super Rugby tour match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

The 46-capped player will swop places with regular lock Juandré Kruger in the only change to the side that came up short against the Highlanders in Dunedin last weekend.

Kruger will play off the bench in this rotational switch, with Steenkamp, who started against the Lions in week eight, combining with Flip van der Merwe in the engine room.

Dewald Potgieter and CJ Stander, who sustained injuries in the 16-11 defeat in the Forsyth Barr Stadium, has recovered and will take their places in the loose trio.

“We have a rotational policy and have a buy-in from all the players about it. Wilhelm has played very well of the bench this far in the competition, so I have no problem in starting him. Juandré will obviously play an important role as substitute, which will be crucial against a classy side like the Chiefs,” Ludeke said.

“They are a very difficult side to play against, especially now that their set piece has improved. This helps them to play an all round game and we will have to be on the money with our execution if we want to achieve a result. They are not pace setters for nothing”, Ludeke said.

Vodacom Bulls captain Pierre Spies is keen to end the tour on a high.

“Our work is not done and a good result will make this tour a very successful one. We disappointed ourselves against the Highlanders by not using our opportunities and need to get it right this time around. We will have to be up for it against a very respectable opponent.”




Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht


  • henri.lombard - 2012-05-22 10:30

    Kan die stormers net asb bo die bulle bly die seison en die koppie terug birng, Lions Groete :)

      Harold - 2012-05-22 10:52

      Well said René. Ha ha Zoolie, are you a Stormers supporter now that your team will not be playing Super rugby anymore?

      René - 2012-05-22 10:59

      @Harold, he is just one of thousands, anything BUT the Bulls. So by the way, did you read this article:

      Harold - 2012-05-22 11:13

      I just did, René. A couple of years ago BMI also said that there are about 550,000 Bulls supporters in the Western Cape alone.

      Charl - 2012-05-22 11:17

      @rene. That stats only show that there are a lot of idiots watching very boring kicking rugby

      Papa-storm - 2012-05-22 11:20

      EK stem saam jou zoolie die koppie moet terug kom na sy huis hier in die kaap op Nuweland

      Harold - 2012-05-22 11:23

      Charl, which team has scored the most tries in the S.A. conference? Just a name, nothing else.

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-22 11:23

      @zool- nee moemfie, hulle kan ni asb bo di Bulle bly ni...jammer ou zool maar di lewe werk ongelukkig so vir jo en di stoomers daar onder. -"You can't let a good man down" and "a good man won't let himself down?? and "a leader stays a leader, even if have to follow for a short period?? so geniet di week of 2 wat julle sitbokke bo is, vir di opwinding wat dit werd mag wees....

      Melt - 2012-05-22 11:30

      Hi Rene, Het jy wraggies weer besluit om jou veer op te neem en te skryf? Se vir my dit is nie omdat jy eina het oor die Stormers se Vosacom beker en of die Bulls se verloor nie? Jy is n goeie sportman/vrou moet nou nie jou maniere vergeet nie. As ek dit iewers mis gelees het sorry. Verlede jaar toe ek se Sadie gaan sukkel was ek gestenig. Ek glo egter vas hy gaan nou een of ander tyd sy voete vind en die Bulle waarde vir hul geld gee. Se nog julle moes vir JP du Plessis gekoop het die WP mors met hom. Wat die Bulls onderst betref ek kan glo daar is soveel onderst in die Kaap. Die hele Knysna, George, Mosselbaai is vol afgetrede Transvallers. Weet egter hulle is welkom al onderst hulle nie die plaaslike spanne nie, is hulle goed vir die ekonomie. My Stormers het n groot taak voor, net soos ek weet die Bulls kan daardie Chief slag so weet ek die Stormers het die skietgoed om die Sharks te slag......mits......iemand nie weer slaappille in hul waterbottels gedurende die breuk gooi nie. Gte

      Papa-storm - 2012-05-22 11:32

      presies wat jy se japjap die a leader stays a leader ons het julle kans gegee om bo te wees en toe besluit ons maar dis genoeg toe lead ons maar weer

      Charl - 2012-05-22 11:44

      Dnt knw harrold. I dnt watch borin kicking sa rugby

      René - 2012-05-22 11:47

      @Melt, jy't iewers mis gelees - apology accepted. Ek dink ons Bulle is OK met spelers, daar is 'n paar goeie ouens (senters/vleuels) wat nou vir die V/Cup gespeel het, wat een v.d. dae Wynand Olivier en Ndungane se skoene moet volstaan. Ek is redelik benoud vir die Chiefs game, maar hoop my span doen dit. Ek sien ook uit na die Stormer/Sharks game, uit die aard v.d. saak gee ek nie om wie wen nie - en geniet natuurlik 'die' tipe wedstryde meer.

      hanjo.overes - 2012-05-22 11:47

      Rene, when exactly were the Bulls in possession of the Super15 trophy? the only team to have won this trophy is the Reds? even the Stormers came closer, much closer.

      René - 2012-05-22 12:28

      @hanjo, unless I'm going BLIND AND/OR SENILE, where did I make reference to Super 15 Trophy??? Skipping school???

      Trav - 2012-05-22 12:37

      @ Rene "Added to the successful television audiences, is the recent growth of the team’s social media platforms. Having recently increased their presence on social media platforms Twitter and Facebook, the results are something to ride home about with a 300% growth on Facebook." And there I was thinking that results was something to WRITE home about. 300% growth on Facebook? WOW, let's compare: Blue Bulls - 20741 likes; Lions - 20869 likes; Stormers 106230 likes; Sharks - 280998 likes. Shame, I actually feel sorry for you. Just because the gets excited about the 20000, doesn't mean it's anything to brag about!

      hanjo.overes - 2012-05-22 12:38

      wel Rene, kom ons wees gou eerlik, die enigste koppie waarna Zoolie hier bo in die initial comment moontlik na verwys is die Super15 koppie of die SA conference koppie, want dit is die enigste koppies wat die Stormers moontlik kan terug bring....en ons albei weet die Bulls het nog nie een van hul twee in hul possession gehad nie...

      René - 2012-05-22 13:09

      @Trav, "shame I actually feel sorry for you", WHY would you feel sorry for ME??? I am a very HAPPY, very CONTENT and extremely SATISFIED individual... Spare you sympathy for someone who really needs it, like a .... never mind... Whatever queries you might have regarding the STATS from BMI, please refer it back to them or take out your old STAT101 book for further explanation. Good luck!!

      René - 2012-05-22 13:12

      @Hanjo, hoekom wees jy nie eerlik met jouself nie. Wat is die verskil tussen Super 10/ Super 12/ Super 14 of Super 15 behalwe dat daar elke keer meer spanne by is. Suck it up - Bulls 3 x SUPER CHAMPION. Get over yourself, it seems hatred and jealousy is your downfall in life.

      hanjo.overes - 2012-05-23 08:25

      Rene, are you being serious? it's literally a different trophy? you judged Zoolie's comment because you felt technically the Stormers can't bring back any trophy, seeing that they haven't won it then quickly pointed to the bulls, but that was just as silly, the current trophy(a physical trophy) has only been won by the reds and sit in their trophy cabinet. - it hasn't been at Loftus before, so similarly the Bulls can't bring it back, these are mere facts, seeing that people thumbs up your comment shows a general lack of knowledge.

      Kenny - 2012-05-23 12:43

      Hanjo gaan terug kleuterskool toe!

  • René - 2012-05-22 10:51

    Sadie jong man, jy gaan die game van jou LEWE moet speel kom Vrydag, anders gaan SBW jou/Bulle vernietig. Kan ou SBW nie 'n ou 'maag-aandoening' opdoen vroeg Vrydag-oggend nie? Komaan Bulle, eindig julle toer op 'n hoe noot en moenie dat myne sleg begin nie.

      Lionel - 2012-05-22 11:08

      I must admit I was one of the guys sad to see Sadie go but jees lately I am very glad that he has left.That boys confidence is at an all time low and he is running around like a headless chicken.SBW must be licking his lips hahaha.....Sterkte !!!!!!!!!!!!

      René - 2012-05-22 11:14

      Lionel, there's no denying that he has heaps of talent, I believe his confidence has taken a knock, and the fact that he hasn't be 'dropped' from the team, will eventually get his confidence where it belongs. I have also seen him getting better and better with each game. SBW had a horrible game against the Cheetahs, I hope he has one of 'those' games again. He is a bloody freak of nature!

      Wynand - 2012-05-23 13:22

      Op watter toer gaan jy dan, Rene?

      Pomene - 2012-05-24 13:31

  • Jack - 2012-05-22 10:51

    I say between 20 and 30 minutes before they bring Kruger on. It's gonna be a good game, but not as good as the Stormers v Sharks game. We're gonna soften them up for the Bulls. If we beat them, I guarantee that the Bulls won't beat them!

      René - 2012-05-22 10:58

      @Jackblack, why would Steenkamp only be on the field for 20/30 minutes? What is the reason behind that statement?

      Bossie - 2012-05-22 11:27

      @Rene- ek wou se dis omdat wilhelm useless is.. maar kom ons behou liewer die vrede en se liewer: Want Juandre is baie beter

      René - 2012-05-22 11:32

      @Bossie, no way is WS useless, hy is sterk op verdediging, steel lynstaan balle ens, hy doen wat van hom verwag word om te doen en hy het nog nie sy span teleurgestel nie. JK is die beste, dit maak nie WS 'useless' nie.

  • Isikhulu - 2012-05-22 11:07

    Aaaai foietog Zoolie. You sound a bit schizophrenic. You talk up the Stormers then send Lion's greetings? Firstly, ending on top of the S15 log does not mean you have won the trophy, you actually have to be winning team in the S15 final on the 04/07/2012. Please note this is real time and not Fantasy League, XBOX or Playstation 3 or LaLa land. Sorry to have to burst your bubble; but facts stay facts.

      René - 2012-05-22 11:17

      @Isi, very true, however the Final will be played a month later 4 August 2012.

      johan.hattingh.5 - 2012-05-22 11:22

      Stormers think that four Conf. Cups brings one S15 Cup. Sorry guys, that only applies to 1 bonus point for four tries scored!

      Master - 2012-05-22 11:30

      Wow Johan, is your CD player on repeat?

      Isikhulu - 2012-05-22 11:41

      Thanks Rene, have to take that on the chin.

  • Master - 2012-05-22 11:18

    Sy broer is beter as hy.

      Kenny - 2012-05-23 12:48

      @ Master - En enige iemand is beter as jy!!!

  • steven.chiaberta - 2012-05-22 11:19

    Nice, Zoolie

  • Schalk - 2012-05-22 11:25

    @ Rene thats exactly it - die kopie W A S in Pretoria, party van die Bulle supporters gaan aan asof die Koppie nogsteeds daar is of asof die kopie oppad terug is...Ek dink dit was die laaste beker wat die Bulle gewen het en dit was 3 jaar terug was dit nie?

      René - 2012-05-22 11:38

      Nee @Schalkie, dit was in 2010 - ons is nou in 2012 - en ja die Bull supporters gaan tekere of die 'koppie' nogsteeds daar staan, want dit doen, en sal vir EWIG daar staan... (dis nou die Super 14 ene) maar dis nou nie die punt nie, is dit? As iets 'terug' gaan beteken dit dat dit ALREEDS daar was, en sorry to disappoint you, geen Super beker was al in die KAAP nie - slegs PRETORIA. I know the truth hurts... Don't concern yourself about the Bulls/or their supporters, we will fight our own fight and I suggest who ever you support, must do the same. Enjoy the rugby

      Isikhulu - 2012-05-22 11:40

      Schalk, rather a has been than a never was. The whole cold front started in RSA when somebody opened the trophy cabinet @ Newlands to put in the first legitimately Rugby trophy won by any WP team over the last decade; namely the Vodacom cup. When the 2007 RWC was on show at Newlands, please understand that the country won the cup and each province had a chance to display it. Normally only won trophies get displayed and boasted about. Which team do you support......... oh ATBTB (any team but the Bulls.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-05-22 11:33

    Actually I thought Kruger looked tired on Saturday past as well as Rallepelle..

  • Schalk - 2012-05-22 12:05

    @ Tannie Rene, ons almal weet die koppie was nog net in Pretoria en niemand het oor dit gestry nie, of oor die feit dat die kopie nog nie in die kaap was nie - en wie wil fight? Julle moet ophou so agresief wees ek is seker Steve Hofmeyer en Ge Korsten gaan dit niks like nie, ek is net amper seker die kompetisie wat tans aan is word Super Rugby 2012 genoem en niemand het die beker nog gewen nie, en al is my span WEER bo, en al kan my span langer as 2 WEKE bo bly sien ek nerens die arogansie soos aan die aander kant van die Jukskei?

      René - 2012-05-22 12:31

      En jou Afrikaanse onderwyser/es is seker bitter teleurgesteld in jou.

      Wynand - 2012-05-23 13:16

      Sê hom Rene... Amper so teleurgesteld soos jou Engelse onderwyseres in jou was...

  • Schalk - 2012-05-22 12:10

    @ Isikhulu, I am really hoping that you are not a Bulls supporter as you will be pointing out the obvious, that you don’t know anything about rugby. If the Vodacom Cup was the first trophy for WP/Stormers over the last decade please tell me which team won the U19 & U21 Currie Cups 2 years ago, because our records show WP, Please don’t tell me that this is trophies that don’t matter as our records also show that if you open the current trophy cabinet at Loftus that there is only 1 trophy in there and that is the U21 Currie Cup which you won last year, and what about the Conference Cup won by the Stormers in 2011? So Newlands Trophy Cabinet = 2 trophies, Loftus Trophy Cabinet = 1 Trophy, yes i am a Stormer, but i am a fair supporter and not denying that the Bulls USED TO be the powerhouse of rugby over the last 7 – 9 years, but living in the past won’t win you anything now....

      Isikhulu - 2012-05-22 12:26

      Fair comment, now your reasoning has substance.

  • Schalk - 2012-05-22 12:45

    @ Rene, i do agree with exactly what you said, and being a Stormer i have to admit that i am nervous - a loss to the Sharks and a loss to the Bulls (not saying it will hapen) will almost certainly see us 3rd in S.A confrence and thats nerv wrecking...I for one can confirm that i think the Sharks caught form at the right stage and for us and the Bulls we have to really watch out...

      René - 2012-05-22 13:16

      @Schalkie, relax jou spannetjie doen nie te sleg nie, as hulle die jaar "2012" nie die S15 wen, dan het julle probleme. Keep the faith, your team is doing well. 'n Paar harde wedstryde vir julle, die Sharks en die Bulle wat voorle, en ek glo dat julle 'n goeie kans staan om die jaar suksesvol te wees. Ek is 'n geharde Bul ondersteuner so glo vir my, ek se nie dit sommer maklik nie, maar ek bedoel dit.

      Wynand - 2012-05-23 13:20

      Might not happen Schalk, but Stormers are going to choke... AGAIN!!! Bulls stand a better chance my friend. Enjoy the Vodacom Cup though...

  • Schalk - 2012-05-22 13:24

    @ Rene Dankie, Ek weet, en glo my as hulle hom nie die jaar wen nie sal ek maar begin sokker kyk.

  • Melt - 2012-05-22 17:28

    Sjoe maar die blog is vandag darem warm? Ek verwys graag na n paar opmerkings in vandag se skrywe. Ja die Bulls het die Super beker reeds 3 keer gewen en dit is mooi en reg so. Die Crusaders het dit reeds 7 keer gewen? So kan ons aangaan. Feit is die Stormers het dit nog nie gewen nie maar soos met Manchester City is daar altyd n eerste keer. As iemand skryf die Stormers moet die koppie weer terug bring...neem ek aan die persoon se terug SA toe. Vir my as Stormer onderst is dit die belangrikste ja natuurlik gaan ek goed voel as dit Kaap toe kom maar ten eerste huis SA toe. Dit is vir geen Kapenaar lekker as hy verneem van die politiek in WP rugb y en al die probleme met die administrasie en of spelers wat die Provinsie verlaat nie, maar na alles is dit tog lekker om te weet dat ons spanne in 2012 vir Affies, Waterkloof, Monument, Grey Kollege geklop, tweede in die Vaserty beker geeindig het , die Vodacom beker gewen het en tans heel bo op die Super 15 en Conference cup le. Iewers doen iemand iets reg of het iemand iets reg gedoen want dit wil beslis gedoen wees om sulke prestasies te behaal.

  • Arno - 2012-05-22 17:40

    My spelling suig!!!!

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