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Bulls at full strength for Newlands trip


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 12 Oct 2009 at 15:01

The Blue Bulls will be at full strength when they travel to Cape Town on Saturday to tackle Western Province in the much-anticipated Currie Cup semifinal.

Rugby 365 reports that Bulls team doctor Org Strauss confirmed on Monday morning that there aren’t any casualties from the weekend’s 61-24 rout of the Leopards.

The Bulls received a further boost with the news that star Springboks Bryan Habana and Pierre Spies have been cleared to make the trip to Newlands.

“We did not pick up any serious injuries in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium and I am confident that Pierre Spies [finger ligaments] and Bryan Habana [hamstring] will join up with the team on Monday,” Strauss said.

Spies injured his finger ligaments against the Griquas in Week 13, while Habana injured tendons in the upper part of his hamstring in the same game.

“There is also a slight possibility that [hooker] Chiliboy Ralepelle [stress fracture] might play, but a final call on his eligibility will only be made later,” the doctor added.

If Ralepelle is not fit to play, then Bandise Maku will be on the bench as a replacement, with Derick Kuün expected to start.

The return of Habana and Spies will add spice to a semifinal that is one of the most anticipated showdowns every year -0 the traditional north-south derby.

The Bulls have made it clear the trip to Newlands holds no fear for them.

In fact it may have come as a relief that they are not travelling to Durban to face the Sharks, who remain a powerful unit – despite some hiccups with the re-introduction of their Springboks.

The Bulls, who last failed to reach the play-offs in 2001, are well aware that Province have not advanced past the semifinals since 2001 – when they edged the Sharks in the Final.

Province, who last reached the semis in 2006, lost to the Bulls and Free State Cheetahs (twice) in their last three semifinal appearances.

But those stats are meaningless, according to Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.

“Games against Western Province are normally closely contested affairs and we don’t expect anything different this coming weekend,” said Ludeke.

“There is a lot at stake and we will have to quickly realise that we must make use of the one or two scoring opportunities created.

“This game will be the ultimate pressure situation for us this season and it really doesn’t matter where and who we play.

“It will be about which team can adapt to the pressure the best and which team can apply the pressure on their opposition to yield the necessary result,” he added



18 Comments

  • We are gonna get killed!!! :cry:

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.10.09 15:06:59 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Pull up your skirt wpw

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.10.09 15:15:14 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • No mention of Fourie . I assume he’s fit to play then??

    @wpw (Comment 1) : I fear you’re right. The Bulls team from no 4 – 12 are pure class.
    If you can’t beat the Bulls, at least make sure that Bakkie, Matfield FdP and Meisiekind are injured for the final :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.10.09 15:16:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Somebody, please buy ‘ol Wes a papsak virrie pyn :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.10.09 15:18:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : :shock:

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.10.09 15:22:30 by diablo Reply

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  • :oops:

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.10.09 15:25:45 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : wesso – why not try get into the spirit of things and support your team net so biekie?

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.10.09 15:40:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @diablo (Comment 5) : What???? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.10.09 15:41:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @diablo (Comment 5) : Just showing some respect to a very good Bulls team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.10.09 15:42:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • games against Western Province are normally closely-contested affairs… and games against the Stormers usually aren’t! (75-14) :)

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.10.09 15:42:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : It’s not about support, it’s about reality :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.10.09 15:42:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : you rate Deon Stegmann as pure class? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.10.09 15:43:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) : since when has reality ever mattered to the WP boys? They’ve been telling the selves all year that Brok Harris is a proper tighthead :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.10.09 15:44:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : He’s been better on average this year than Botes :roll:

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.10.09 15:47:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • At last I broke into the ‘Top 20 commentors’

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.10.09 15:50:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : nice

    @Pokkel (Comment 14) : Botes has been pants. Not a great comparison

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.10.09 15:51:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Voldy is officially an ASS!! :mrgreen:

    They just put up a thread confirming that Bismarck’s injury is not that serious!!! :roll:

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.10.09 15:52:09 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : slow on the uptake much? :)

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.10.09 16:16:51 by robdylan Reply
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