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.