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Bulls send joke of a team to Durban


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 3 Feb 2009 at 12:24
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The Bulls are sending such a radically weakened side to Durban for a supposed Super 14 warmup against the Sharks that one has to wonder what the point now is. Not a single one of the players named in the Bulls 22 could realistically hope to be anywhere near the Super 14 squad. In fact, the outfit, on paper, is barely stronger than the Pumas team the Sharks played against in Witbank.

John Plumtree will no doubt be incensed as yet another fellow South African Super 14 coach conspires against him in his quest to provide his first-choice team with a proper pre-season hit-out. After Naka Drotske’s cowardly decision to renege on playing the Sharks, Frans Ludeke has added insult to injury by sending his Vodacom Cup team to take on the Currie Cup champs.

Don’t for a second believe the spin on the Bulls website. This side is a joke – a ragtag bunch of no-hopers, with only John Mametsa,Tiger Mangweni and Wayne Julies able to claim any sort of established pedigree. Forgotten man JP Joubert, who is not even skilled enough to qualify for a UK Work Permit, is at scrumhalf. Former Sharks man, Sangoni Mxolil, makes a rare appearance in Bulls colours at tighthead prop. I’m a big fan of Mox’s, but Beast is going to eat him like a mielie.

Here you go, guys. Here is the Bulls team. I challenge you to find any redeeming features in it at all. Let’s hope that next year, the Sharks opt to rather go offshore in their quest for suitable Super 14 warmups, because the local bunch remain as myopic as ever.

Vodacom Bulls: Tiger Mangweni; John Mametsa, Braam Gerber, Wayne Julies, Rocco
Jansen; Francois Brummer, JP Joubert; Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Vince Gwavu, Okkie
Kruger, Willem Serfontein, Bêrend Botha, Sangoni Mxoli, Bandise Maku, Dean
Greyling. Reserves: Zane Botha, Corné Fourie, Rossouw de Klerk, Bosman Grobler,
Francois Hougaard, Ruan Boshoff, Gerhard van der Merwe, Dries van Schalkwyk.



47 Comments

  • Buzzkill :evil:

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.02.09 12:27:54 by blackshark Reply
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  • F…king Blue bastards :evil:

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.02.09 12:28:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well I count 6 players that could possibly see some S14 game time this year.

    Where I fail to see the point in Ludeke’s madness is how in the hell he plans to sort out their breakdown woes, which by all accounts is in shambles against teams like the Lions and Cheetahs, ahead of their campaign?

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.02.09 12:29:18 by MorneN Reply
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  • Trying to avoid injury is one thing, but neglecting an obvious weakness ahead of the competition makes no sense.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.02.09 12:30:07 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 3) : name them, please?

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.02.09 12:30:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 4) : never mind the fact that they’ll go into the competition with a 0 from 3 record…

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.02.09 12:31:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • What are the Bulls trying to do here …except sabotage our “momentum”… ha ha ha…

    I expected a weakened side – but this is disappointing really.
    Bring on the Sharks XV again or something…

    Ah- I guess there’s no turning back now- let’s hope these guys will surprise everybody and give us a bit of a show.

    I’ll be watching this —and I’ll try to write an article…if I don’t fall asleep.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.02.09 12:32:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • Well at least we still have warm-up games against the Stormers and Lions before the serious competition starts :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.02.09 12:32:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Mangweni, Mametsa, Julies, Jansen, Hougaard, Van Schalkwyk.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.02.09 12:32:53 by MorneN Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    I’m guessing Tiger, Mametsa and Francois…but I get stuck there…

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.02.09 12:33:55 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : Attaboy! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.02.09 12:35:43 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 11) : :lol: stirring :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.02.09 12:37:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Flippen disgrace IMO.

    Maybe he is secretly hoping that some of the Sharks get injured in the match (i won’t call it a S14 Warm-up) what other reason is there to see these players play.

    is Ludeke even going to bother joining them on the trip to Durban.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.02.09 12:42:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 7) : at this rate, our Sharks XV will be better conditioned and match fit for the Vodacom Cup than our Sharks team will be for the Super 14.

    @MorneN (Comment 9) : yeah, ok… so all of those players (except v Schalkwyk and Hougaard) are the second choice. Everyone else is third at best.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.02.09 12:44:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : I wonder if Moxie and Wouter Moore are missing Durbs yet…

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.02.09 12:46:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) :

    He better join them…this is an attempt to save his face.

    The Bulls are scared of what we were gonna do to their Super 14 team…

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.02.09 12:46:21 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 16) : he he

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.02.09 13:00:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Jeez Rob weren’t you complaining about how the Bulls don’t ever let there juniors and non name players game time… Now Frans gives it to them and its a joke.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.02.09 13:01:47 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    Yeah, just that they (other two) can cover other positions.

    But point is…

    There is no point in this team.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.02.09 13:02:43 by MorneN Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 18) :

    Bwahaha, true.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.02.09 13:03:15 by MorneN Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 18) : the irony occurred to me as I was typing this up…

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.02.09 13:04:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 18) :

    They should’ve done this with the Lions/ Cheetahs…

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.02.09 13:06:53 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : It clearly had no bearing on the outcome judging by the article :twisted:

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.02.09 13:08:00 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 22) : Why? I suspect it has something to do with the CC result.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.02.09 13:09:28 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 23) : When it hurts the Sharks…all else goes out the window :wink:

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.02.09 13:09:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    Ludeke reads your articles…

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.02.09 13:11:14 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 26) :

    Now if only he can get Plum to do the same… :razz:
    Oh wait – Plum knows what he’s doing…so…

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.02.09 13:15:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 26) : he can read? That’s progress…

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.02.09 13:15:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 26) : :smile: :grin: :razz: :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.02.09 13:15:48 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • damn that ruins my evening tomorrow. I am going to watch, but it isn’t going to be as good now.

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.02.09 13:18:10 by try time Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : :lol:

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.02.09 13:20:31 by blackshark Reply

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  • i do see the bulls game plan though. they are viewing their opening game against the reds as a warm up game. how the egg could end up on their faces.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.02.09 13:21:24 by try time Reply

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  • What does myopic mean??? :oops:

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.02.09 13:25:55 by wpw - Take that Chelsea!!! Reply
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  • @wpw – Take that Chelsea!!! (Comment 33) :

    short: lacking foresight or scope; “a short view of the problem”; “shortsighted policies”; “shortsighted critics derided the plan”; “myopic thinking”

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.02.09 13:32:18 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @wpw – Take that Chelsea!!! (Comment 33) :

    narrow-minded, bigoted, intolerant, blue bulls.

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.02.09 13:32:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : Dam, i left out the last two words…. :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.02.09 13:35:02 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 36) :

    hehehehe

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.02.09 13:36:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : LMAO

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.02.09 13:38:45 by billy Reply

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  • Cant believe the jump Rossouw de Klerk is doing at the moment. Two years back in school and now SA U20 straight into the Bulls backup side. Not bad for a fatty that should be wearing Stormers colours. Vok dit. :oops:

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.02.09 15:05:30 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 39) : Junne,what laaities dont you know?

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.02.09 15:06:57 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 39) : PB – you know what has become of Ignus Prinsloo?

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.02.09 15:18:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 40) : Know Rossouw’s parents quite well. Rossouw was hoofseun in matrix and also Gimmies captain 2 years ago, played WeePee Cravenweek, the team that lost to the Cheetahs in the final on Stellenbosch, the Ebersohn Twins match.
    @robdylan (Comment 41) : Rob somewhere rings a bell. Oh I see he is a x Kwagga (Outeniqua). He and Joe Snyman, the lock should be pelle. I do now Motorbike, Jakobs who played with them very well. He is from Melkbos and was in the same class as my oldest son.

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.02.09 16:11:45 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • I notice no Aussie & Kiwi sides playing understrength teams in their warm up matches this weekend…..

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.02.09 16:19:03 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • I think Frans L. has lost the plot entirely. What is the point of sending a Vodacom Cup side when one is actually preparing for international games in the S14. It would not surprise me at all of the Reds do not come along and beat the Bulls at Loftus on Valentines evening.In fact I hope the Reds put one over the Bulls, it may just spepd up Heyneke’s return to the Bulls setup?

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.02.09 17:22:59 by Fierce Allegiance Reply

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  • Well then at least they will have an excuse for losing….

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.02.09 17:38:33 by Hmmm Reply

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  • I do think that Tiger/Julies/Jouvert have a shot to make the squad….

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.02.09 17:40:01 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Fierce Allegiance (Comment 44) : dude – that’s one freaky picture :) I love it!

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.02.09 18:14:51 by robdylan Reply
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