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‘Test Match’ fever grips Loftus


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 27 Apr 2010 at 04:45
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The Bulls are preparing for a game of Test-match intensity when they face the Sharks in their all-South African Super 14 derby in Pretoria on Saturday.

Rugby 365′s Jan De Koning writes that having raced back to the top of the table in emphatic fashion, a 51-11 drubbing of near neighbours the Lions, the defending champions know they face a far sterner test this week, and the weeks to come.

With three Springboks back from injury and available for selection, and only outside centre Jaco Pretorius a doubtful starter, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke admitted his squad is indeed in a “very healthy” situation.

Pretorius, who suffered a foot injury in the victory over the Lions, is awaiting the results of scans.

“We’ll know [the result] by Wednesday,” Ludeke told rugby365.com, when discussing his team’s encounter with the Sharks.

The Bulls coach also confirmed earlier reports that veteran Bok lock Bakkies Botha, who has been training with the team since last week, will be available and considered for selection this week.

Two other Boks, wing Akona Ndungane and hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle, who played 80 minutes of Vodacom Cup rugby at the weekend, will also come into consideration.

However, despite the positive news on the injury front, Ludeke was cautiously optimistic, ahead of what will be another intense and brutal domestic derby.

“The guys are looking forward to these kind of games,” he told rugby365.com, adding: “As always, it will be really tough and demanding.

“It is indeed another very big derby and we are gearing up for a tough battle, a game of Test-match intensity.”

Ludeke felt that the Sharks had shown, after a slow start, that they are a far better than the team which lost their first five matches.

“Like us, they are a very balanced team,” the coach said, adding: “They have a set of forwards that do the basics very well and backs who have the ability to create scoring opportunities from broken play.

“That is why I say it will be like a Test atmosphere.

“That is exactly what Test rugby is all about, neither team gives the other any space and time.

“This game will be all about using your opportunities, about discipline and limiting mistakes … these are the big games.”

However, with the Bulls having returned to the form that saw them collect three 50-pointers and 48 points in their first four games.

It is their ability to shut out the opposition in the second half, even under intense pressure, that makes them so dangerous.

While the Lions, like so many teams earlier this season, held them close in the first half and trailed only 8-12 at the break, it was the final quarter in which they showed their true class – scoring five of their six tries.

“In that second half at the weekend we were very clinical and accurate,” Ludeke said, adding: “The guys showed the necessary urgency to ensure that every opportunity we get we turn into points.”

While Ludeke was “pleased” with the team’s effort, he said it is now important that they build on that – with the Sharks, Crusaders and Stormers looming in the final run-in to the play-offs.

“The more the pressure the more important it becomes to turn every opportunity into points.

“It [the Lions] was a good game to have after that last game on tour against the Reds, to not just get our campaign back on tract, but also create momentum and build confidence within the team.”



46 Comments

  • MUST be a full house.

    Go Sharks

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.04.10 04:46:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Did you hear how the Aussie spectators have improved this year. O’Neal must be smiling again!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.04.10 06:27:13 by Whindy Reply
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  • :mrgreen: Well if i could i would of been there but me got camping again just hope there is a tv otherwise going to listen on the radio :oops:
    :mrgreen: GO SHARKS GO :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.04.10 09:04:22 by Chaz Reply

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  • :shock: Well where i stay its all bulls valley but some don’t even know who their captain is :roll: and :shock:

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.04.10 09:12:24 by Chaz Reply

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  • Gonna be a very tough one and someone (meaning the fans) will be hurting VERY bad afterwards…..Please Sharks, I can not bare my sister rubbing my nose in a defeat to her precious Nulle. :|

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.04.10 09:22:26 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Still waiting in suspense to see if I have a ticket or not … as usual have to put up with the Bulls supporters the whole week befoere the derby. Come on Sharks supporters … Lets get there in numbers … make the Bulls think they’re at The Tank. GOOOOOOO SHARKS !!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.04.10 07:45:28 by Flintshark Reply

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  • We are eight guys going to the game. 7 Sharks supporters and one bulls supporter. I just hope we can do it!

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.04.10 07:54:38 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @Flintshark (Comment 6) : the key is to make sure we’re ahead at half time. That way Loftus is guaranteed to be completely empty of Bulls supporters by the time the final whistle goes :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.04.10 09:47:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Robbed in 2005/2006 (cant remember the exact year) from a semi with points difference – Because of the Bulls.
    Robbed in 2007 from the trophy with an oportunistic try and some crap refereeing – Because of the Bulls.
    Robbed in 2009 with a one point victory in Durban, although we shouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place, but never the less. – Because of the Bulls.

    MAN, I REALLY THINK ITS PAYBACK TIME!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.04.10 10:52:54 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • Fans must get there in droves.

    Steven Sykes once said he loves playing at Loftus “because it feels like a home game” with all the support the Sharks get there.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.04.10 11:05:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 9) : 2006. I was there for the Bulls-Sharks game that year… what a match.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.04.10 11:05:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : hey, now there’s an interesting name.

    Would it be unfair of me to single Steven out as having a bit of a quiet season? Seems to me he just hasn’t been as visible as he usually is this year.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.04.10 11:10:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :
    You may be right in the visibility comment but he has never been the flashiest of locks. Im sure the hard graft that he gets through though is still there. He has been more promoinent in open play previously and I recently remember a few knocks and ball spills in the carry.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.04.10 11:23:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) : I guess when an engine-room as a whole works as well as the Sharks one is now, it’s really petty to single out anyone, particularly in the tight five, for a lack of visibility.

    BTW, anyone else noticed how much better our lineouts look when Hargs is on? Still battling to come to terms with him making the calls in Afrikaans, though :)

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.04.10 11:26:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Agreed Rob, line outs are looking much better with Hargreaves. He really is turning into a quality lock for the Sharks. Lets hope he continues the growth and we can see him in the Green and Gold some day!

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.04.10 12:43:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Some great matches coming up this weekend.

    I’m secretly hoping for a Sharks win. :twisted:

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.04.10 20:33:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) :

    Do miracles still happen? I thought they were a thing of the past. :oops:

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.04.10 20:39:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : You never know. ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.04.10 21:40:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • RF
    I think Hargo will be selected for the Boks much sooner than you we think as Divvie does rate him highly. He also played under him while Div was U21 coach.

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.04.10 21:41:27 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw

    That’s really good to hear, I think he deserves to wear the the green and gold, he has really been putting in a lot of work.

    Go sharks!

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.04.10 21:47:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I haven’t been on SharksWorld for a while and I must say I’m a bit disappointed – same old rethoric, knocking the Bulls, talking the Sharks up. Gosh guys, I can knock you and your team as well but I think it is rather petty. Let’s see what happens on the park come Saturday. @Rob, I think the halftime joke is particularly lame. I’ve been at Kings Park while the Sharks were losing

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.04.10 01:02:51 by eckard Reply

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  • @eckard (Comment 21) : :sad:

    I forgot we changed the name to Bullsworld. :oops:

    Let me see if I can say some nice things about the Bulls then.
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    Thinking
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    Still thinking
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    AH!!!!!!!!! They have nice “megs” on their 1400 Bakkies
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    there MUST be something else
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    AH I FOUND ANOTHER ONE!!!!!!!!
    They have an awesome captain with excellent leadership skills.
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    No wait scratch that last one I can’t just go around making things up.
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    HA I HAVE FOUND ANOTHER
    They brought a Lady Gaga CD back with them from NZ/Aus and played some tracks from that at the last game.

    AHHHHHH FOOOK IT let’s change the name back to Sharksworld!

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.04.10 05:13:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @eckard (Comment 21) : ah gee, come on, dude… it doesn’t have to be so serious all the time! Of course we’re going to knock the Bulls, cos that’s just what we do. If it makes you feel that bad, just go have a look at the log and I’m sure you’ll feel better about things :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.04.10 07:07:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) :

    :lol: :twisted:

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.04.10 07:31:12 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) :

    They have nice cheerleaders?? :roll: :grin:

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.04.10 07:31:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) :

    If you are into the 1 ton of foundation make up poppie from Pretoria look.

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.04.10 08:36:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @eckard (Comment 21) : Dude.. Seriously.. What you did right there is exactly why we don’t like you!! You can dish it out, but can’t take a bit of your own medicine!

    Personally, I dont hate the Bulls, they make up half the Springbok team, it would be silly to not like the players, yes you have a few brutes who don’t know how to read and thus don’t understand the rules of the game, but it’s the typical dutchman supporter like you that I dislike. You are big mouth when your team is doing well, but heck, let them lose, and we won’t see you around here!! I’m a true dutchman, born and bred, but its Afrikaans Bulls supporters that make me cringe when I make that statement!!

    If you don’t like what we do here, dude, with all due respect, take a hike! We don’t need you here!

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.04.10 08:45:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : i know that it should not be coming from me – but I reckon bulls babes ain’t that bad :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.04.10 09:28:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 28) : Have you seen who they had to replace their usual babes with? Couldn`t afford to pay the babes they had last year so they`ve had to settle for their ” Vodacom ” babes now :mrgreen:

    But lets face it, the Felions have them all whipped.

    Getting back to the minor challenge that is the Bulls this weekend. I hope Plum takes a leaf out of the Reds` playbook this weekend. Run those big forwards of the Bulls all over the park in the first half then strike hard in the second half when they`re panting.
    Problem is . . . our forwards are just as big at the moment. . .
    But if we can bring Kankow on for the last 20 minutes, which isn`t impossible according to cape news papers, we can hit them hard in the second half.

    Our backline is a bit of a worry though . . . :x

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.04.10 09:54:14 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 29) : i didn’t look thaaat closely :mrgreen:

    Who’re Felions ??

    Apparently the Blues provided the blueprint ow to beat the Bulls. Just smash into them, take physial contact. This is pretty much how Sharks beat them in 2008 CC final – so let’s hope tehy will revert to it.

    It won’t be a high scoring affair methinks so not worried that much about backline – they just need to defend. Swannie will have his work cut out and hopefully he will cover Goode’s channel as well.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.04.10 10:04:56 by rekinek Reply
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  • Yes guys, I must admit I sometimes get foot-in-mouth disease. Please accept my apologies

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.04.10 10:21:28 by eckard Reply

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  • @eckard (Comment 31) : ;-)

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.04.10 10:31:15 by rekinek Reply
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  • Sharks team is up guys.
    Good news Ruan, Alberts and Swannie all fit to play. No Kanko though and Mvovo in JPP’s place

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.04.10 10:35:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • No Kankow ?! There goes my tactics out the window . . . sigh

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.04.10 10:41:59 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) : uhhhhh (that was a sigh of relief :grin:

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.04.10 10:42:34 by rekinek Reply
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  • GO SHARKS!!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.04.10 10:52:49 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) : Its a shame Kanko isn’t playing, but great news Ruan is playing.

    Just a thought, might the Kanko exclusion be a bit of mind games?

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.04.10 10:58:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 30) : Who are the Felions :?: You must be the only sharks ‘supporter’ who doesn’t live in Johannesburg (best city in the country, judging by the expats from around the country that live here)

    Have a look here:
    http://www.lionsrugby.co.za/index.php/fanzone/galleries/category/8-felion-dancers

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.04.10 11:00:52 by Greg Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 37) : no… his hand is not right yet

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.04.10 11:17:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • well its going to be one helluva game, too close to call!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.04.10 11:21:43 by eckard Reply

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  • @eckard (Comment 40) :

    Hi Eckard,

    Hope you don’t mind me asking you this but how did you find out about the site?? ;-)

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.04.10 11:27:22 by wpw Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 38) : :razz: thanx for explanation.

    BTW: I do live in the best city in the country :roll: but for my defence – I am not that interested in girls. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 29.04.10 11:30:09 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 41) :

    Hi there, I accidentally came upon it while using google.

  • Comment 43, posted at 29.04.10 11:32:21 by eckard Reply

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  • ”Clash of the Titans”

  • Comment 44, posted at 29.04.10 11:33:47 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 42) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 29.04.10 11:35:06 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 42) : Yet you still support the sharks :roll:

  • Comment 46, posted at 30.04.10 09:19:08 by Greg Reply

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