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Bulls face second row crisis!!!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content on 15 Jul 2010 at 09:31
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Once there was a Bulls lock (well, actually a Griquas lock) called Victor Matfield and he was considered good enough to be picked for the Springboks. Shortly after that, another Bulls lock (actually originally from Newcastle, via the Valke) was also picked for the Boks.

Thing got a little murky after that, but over the last few years, an established trend seems to have emerged. Young second rowers from all over the country go to Pretoria and are picked for the Boks not long afterwards. The latest beneficiary of this magical success formula is young Flip van der Merwe, a product of the Free State who has been summoned to New Zealand as a replacement for the one from Newcastle, who keeps getting himself suspended. This leaves the Bulls without all four of their first-choice locks, while their fifth choice (Juandre Kruger) is injured and this unavailable to face the Sharks this weekend.

The Bulls have also, in recent times, lost the services of other useful second-rowers in Francois van Schouwenberg, Adriaan Fondse and Cliff Milton.

Their team names for this weekend’s clash contains a relatively weak second row, including Wilhelm Steenkamp (who ironically was released by the Bulls during the Super 14 to play for the Sharks on loan – a sure indication that he has fallen down the Pretoria pecking order), weed-lover Fudge Mabetha and the unknown young Bêrend Botha. We’re reliably informed that the last-named is no relation to the one from Newcastle.

Now the ironic thing here is not that the Bulls are missing 5 locks; it’s more the fact that nobody, anywhere in the rugby world, is referring to a crisis of any sort. Their depth will see them through, of course, because they have a world class system and unmatched depth, etc etc. That’s what the papers will say. Cast your mind back, however, to just a few months ago, when both Gerhard Mostert and Johann Muller were injured in the Super 14 and suddenly there was a “lock crisis” in the Sharks tank. At the time, I recall pointing out that the Sharks had something like 5 locks in their system who had all played for the Baby Boks and were just waiting to take the step up. Then again, perhaps the real difference here is that the Bulls have established a precedent for backing their youngsters to deliver, while the Sharks buy in has-beens instead…

That said, I’m pretty glad that the Sharks are going to field a second-row unit this weekend that, at least on paper, should be far better than the one from Pretoria.

Blue Bulls team: 15 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 John Mametsa, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Derick Kuün, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Fudge Mabeta, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (c), 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Bêrend Botha, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Danie Faasen, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Hayden Groepes.

* Please note that the multiple exclamation marks in the title are meant to be ironic… you knew that, right?



37 Comments

  • Where the hell did Cliffie Milton go to? Good man that Fudge Mbetha :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.07.10 09:39:01 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • This is still a strong team though :twisted: GO SHARKS!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.07.10 09:54:32 by Jarson Reply
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  • Steenkamp not that weak methinks. Judging by this exclamation marks we get bit desperate :|

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.07.10 09:55:21 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 2) : agreed.

    though sharks should win this one so should they last week’s one :|

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.07.10 09:56:28 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • My SB picks: :razz:
    Springboks by 6
    Griquas by 3
    Pumas by 18
    WP by 12
    Sharks by 4

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.07.10 10:07:01 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 5) : i would go with cheetahs and not too sure about Boks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.07.10 10:10:55 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • I can’t see the Sharks winning this one despite the Bulls ‘crisis’.
    The Bulls overall has a better team except maybe in the second row. The rest of the Bulls team are superior to the Sharks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.07.10 10:13:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : but I’ll wait to hear the Sharks team announcement before I make my picks

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.07.10 10:14:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • The article on sharksrugby does indicate a move for Lambie…exciting times :cool:

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.07.10 10:18:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : you want the Sharks team?

    Don’t tell anyone, but it’s the same forwards as last week… backs sees Mcleod at 9, Lambie at 12, JP at 14 and Ludik at 15

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.07.10 10:28:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Show off!! :roll: :???:

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.07.10 10:44:16 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Mmmmnnn I like….I just hope the forwards can give the backline some decent ball.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.07.10 10:45:21 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Lambie will distribute better but then what happens when Oupa gets the ball??

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.07.10 10:46:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) : Lambie to skip pass to JPP or Ludick :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.07.10 10:47:35 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I’m pretty sure Bakkies was from Vryheid and not Newcastle.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.07.10 10:50:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : could be a nice backline if Mapoe(when fit) could move into 13.

    S15 Possible backline.

    15 Ludick.
    14. JPP
    13. Mapoe
    12 Pat
    11 Mvovo
    10 JLP
    9 McLeod

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.07.10 10:54:02 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : I’m pretty sure it’s Newcastle

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.07.10 10:56:58 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Bakkies went to highschool in Vereeniging.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.07.10 11:10:39 by Jarson Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 17) : Damn that thug lived in my hometown :oops:

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.07.10 11:19:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) : Well he has now been sent to Coventry ;-) :smile:

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.07.10 11:26:40 by diablo Reply

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  • Sharks team officially announced. as Rob said.

    15. Ludick
    14. JPP :cool:
    13. Oupa
    12. Lambie :cool:
    11. Mvovo.
    10. Steve Meyer
    9. Charl McLeod :cool:

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.07.10 11:31:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : Forwards the same

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.07.10 11:31:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 22) : Ross Skeate on the bench

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.07.10 11:32:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 18) : bakkies was in HTS Middelburg up until std 9 or std 10, upon receiving an offer from the principle of HTS Vereeniging to move to V-town, and a promise of a SA Schools place for his trouble, as the SA Schools selector was from HTS Vereeniging that year…

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.07.10 11:36:24 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 24) : Didnt know that :oops: but interesting though

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.07.10 11:46:20 by Jarson Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 24) : Did he also pass Matric? :twisted:

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.07.10 13:05:21 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • Fudge Mabeta . . . music to my ears!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.07.10 13:39:45 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 26) : Bakkies never passes anything without stopping to donner it on the way

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.07.10 13:54:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.07.10 14:17:27 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : Flip’s call up throws a spanner into my FL selections… do we get a free trade for “unforseen stupidity by a Springbok player resulting in an unforseen call-up to a CC player”?

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.07.10 14:28:53 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 30) : what would YOUR guess be? :)

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.07.10 15:03:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : I was afraid that would be your answer… I was hoping you were in a charitable mood today ;-)

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.07.10 15:09:03 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 32) : sorry pal… that’s part of the unique challenge of fantasy league. You really need a crystal ball to try and figure out who’s likely to play most of the games

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.07.10 15:31:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : I learned that lesson the hard way, had about 8 Boks in my squad back then :oops:

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.07.10 17:25:52 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 34) : just not worth it.

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.07.10 17:26:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 34) : remember the first CCFL (back in ’08)? There were no trades then.

    I remember I eventually buckled to the pressure from Hmmmmm and allowed everybody to make some.

    It was all manual back then. MAN, what a lot of work

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.07.10 17:27:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : thats a bit before, I 1st played in the 2009 CC, so ja, I sucked big time :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.07.10 17:29:52 by Jarson Reply
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