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Bulls suddenly facing bulk shortage


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 22 Feb 2010 at 10:53
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Was it Shakespeare who wrote something along the lines of “Neither a lender nor a borrower be”? Pretty sure that one comes from Hamlet, but we could well apply it to the Sharks and the Bulls looking ahead to this weekend’s Super 14 action.

I’m referring, of course, to the strange decision taken by both parties to send Bulls lock Wilhelm Steenkamp to the Sharks on loan. The youngster (who bares a freakish resemblance to actor Mark Wahlberg, hence my decision to name him forever after “Dirk Diggler”) was a late inclusion on the Sharks bench against the Cheetahs and was subsequently named in the tour party, at the expense of local boy Alistair Hargreaves.

Somewhat ironic that, not five minutes after the deal was announced, another Bulls hardman, Danie Rossouw, went down with an injury that subsequently ruled him out of Saturday’s game. Fresh news from Pretoria is that Vic Matfield is now facing suspension, having been cited on two counts of foul play. It’s the sort of situation that, if it happened in Durban, would have the hacks shouting “lock crisis”. Fact is, though, that without Steenkamp, the Bulls are now looking at having to pick Flip van der Merwe and Fudge Mabeta as their starting lock combination against the Waratahs. Bringing Pedrie Wannenberg into the second row is not even an option for them, since the returning Dewald Potgeiter may need to replace another injured forward – start eighthman Pierre Spies.

So while the Steenkamp move may (initially) have seemed to favour only the Bulls, it would now appear that it might hurt them too. Let’s just hope, for their sake, that the famed “lock factory” manages to turn up another gem in the nick of time. If they can’t find anyone suitable, then I’m sure we can arrange to send Hargreaves up to Pretoria for the next month or so!

Speaking of the former Baby Bok skipper, I see the latest story doing the rounds is that he’s lacking fitness, having suffered glandular fever in December. Surely, if the Cheetahs match was such a crucial one, we shouldn’t have picked an unfit player in the starting team? My take is that if he’s fit enough to play a home game, he’s fit enough to tour. Rather expose our own players to the rigours of touring than develop those who will be playing against us in the Currie Cup.



40 Comments

  • So why was Hargreaves left out?

    Is he injrued?

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.02.10 10:56:15 by Morné Reply
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  • i did not expect to say this but i actually feel for the bulls

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.02.10 11:00:23 by war1 Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 1) : apparently lacking in fitness

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.02.10 11:05:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 2) : so do I. It’s a weird feeling.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.02.10 11:07:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • wonder now if they will win you c even a captain of his talent can do thinks wrong so we arn’t so bad are we but that move with Hargreaves it might be a good idea we’ve got one of theirs and they got one of ours so its equal to whats going to happen in the cc don’t you hink aaahhhh ;-)

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.02.10 11:09:04 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Well that is a load of bullocks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.02.10 11:10:26 by Morné Reply
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  • matfield is a big loss to the bulls, especially with the ‘tahs coming up next

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.02.10 11:11:17 by war1 Reply
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  • Glandular fever in December and playing in Feb? LIES :!:
    Paul Delport was on his death bed because of glandular fever, he lost something like 15kgs, and he is a small dude.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.02.10 11:12:27 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • thats my point also now what about the week-end :lol: ;-)

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.02.10 11:13:14 by Charmaine Reply

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  • in other news, it seems the force are alleviating their backline injury crisis by signing former chiefs flyhalf david hill as well as former wallaby scott staniforth on short-term contracts

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.02.10 11:15:33 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 10) : wonder if they will loan one of the sharks’ plethora of talented vodacom cup loosies

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.02.10 11:17:24 by war1 Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 8) : was not just glandular fever, was some super-virus that gave him 3 serious diseases at the same time, poor guy

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.02.10 11:18:31 by war1 Reply
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  • aaahhhh ;-) ;-)

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.02.10 11:18:37 by Charmaine Reply

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  • Morning all. Steenkamp does resemble ”Dirk Diggler” -bulch shortage though- :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.02.10 11:23:40 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • morning he does does’t he

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.02.10 11:25:22 by Charmaine Reply

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  • The Bulle can have Steenkamp back, Hargreaves shouldve been in the squad, IMO he didnt play bad at all.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.02.10 11:25:53 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 12) : Aaah ok then.My bad

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.02.10 11:27:22 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Hi everyone!, hope you all had a great weekend and will have a great week ahead!!!. Well, where do we go from here????

    It feels like our fans are at a crossroad and most of us don’t know wich way to go.(not meaning supporting another team)
    It feels like some of us expect the worst, some expect a massive comeback and some haven’t made up their minds yet.

    Well i have now decided to pick the the 2nd road, a road where i expect one hell of a comeback!!!. We will see the Sharks like we used to again, we will be jumping up and down shouting in the name of victory!!!.

    SHARKS FOREVER!!!!

    Who is coming down that road with me?!!!!.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.02.10 11:47:38 by The Shark Reply

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  • @The Shark (Comment 18) : yes yes now yoy are talking and gee i’m with you 100% on that road it time to leave the bad comments and heart sore behide us and focus on the games ahead still say the guys have got something up their sleeves its just not working at the moment but they will get focus and then we will have our old team back with alot of steam :lol: ;-) ;-)

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.02.10 11:53:59 by Charmaine Reply

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  • Afternoon all,

    Well I do feel for the Bulls. Just think though they will still beat the Tahs without Danie, Bakkies ,Matfield and Spies. D. Potgieter will fit in well for the injured Spies at 8. F.Van der Merwe looked in fine for to me. They will do fine. Tahs looked dismal against the stormers. Although it was all Tahs in the last 20min. Stormers defence there was outstanding to stop them from crossing their line.

    Anyhow good on Bulls for loaning us Steenkamp.

    With Glandular Fever it takes a long time to get the fitness back.

    Think they will do fine with D. Potgieter coming back, he will fit in well for the injured Spies.

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.02.10 12:33:02 by Puma Reply

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  • @The Shark (Comment 18) : Yes, I am with you on that. Let us get behind our team and support them. The tour is hard enough without us going on and on about them. They could still surprise us.

    See McCaw is back for this game against the Sharks. Just at I said a few days ago here they would bring him back. He was only supposed to come back next week. He does make all the difference to the Saders. To top it off they also have a kiwi ref.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.02.10 12:35:44 by Puma Reply

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  • Victor has been found “not guilty” – :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.02.10 12:42:59 by diablo Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 22) : on both counts? Good news for the Bulls

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.02.10 12:50:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Yes (Whoo-Hoo) and Pierra cleared to play. Danie should also be back, Dewald Potgieter as well, so things looking “up” :smile:

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.02.10 12:56:23 by diablo Reply

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  • yes very good news for the bulls but will they still win this week-end we’ll have to wait and c :grin:

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.02.10 12:57:15 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 24) : Fantastic news for the Bulls.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.02.10 12:57:28 by Puma Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 24) : my famous Bulls “anti-jinx” worked again. You guys should thank me

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.02.10 13:01:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen: ;-)

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.02.10 13:01:40 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 25) : Too true, but I’m feeling optimistic about our chances of winning ;-)
    @robdylan (Comment 27) : Thank you very much, mr Rob, and my “anti-jinx” should start working in the not too distant future – Sharks to turn their season around soon ;-) ;-)

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.02.10 13:19:20 by diablo Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 29) : Now don’t feel too guilty that we have Steenkamp. ;-)

    Another 5 pointer coming up for Bulls. Think they would have got it even without Victor. Playing some superb rugby Bulls are.

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.02.10 13:27:54 by Puma Reply

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  • Theres just no way the Bulls are gonna lose to the Waratahs. They were rather pathetic against the Stormers.

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.02.10 13:51:28 by wpw Reply
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  • funny thing is the sharks cannot loan hargreaves or give back steenkamp because both were in saturdays starting line up and therefore are not allowed to play for another union this season.

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.02.10 15:18:42 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 32) : is that so? Didn’t realise there was such a rule

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.02.10 15:35:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • yes it stops teams from bulking up other sides if they are out of the competition for a spot in the playoffs. almost all competitions have this rule.

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.02.10 15:46:25 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 34) : it makes sense.

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.02.10 15:53:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Im really grateful they lent him to us (Steenkamp) and even happier they cant have him back. Although it does feel a tad selfish.

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.02.10 16:10:01 by billy Reply

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  • Sharks are a proffesional outfit (like all the other teams), with doctors and fitness experts. How do you risk/allow Hargs to play in a S14 game IF he is indeed unfit? If he is indeed fit, the younger Sharks locks are sure as hell going to be upset and discouraged! Just like how I am feeling now.

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.02.10 16:15:30 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 37) : kneejerk decisions left, right and centre.

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.02.10 16:18:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • :smile:

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.02.10 05:50:19 by Charmaine Reply

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  • steenkamp still has to prove himself as a sharks player even if it is just fr the s 14 :smile:

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.02.10 05:56:19 by Charmaine Reply

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