Stander drops out for Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 18 Jul 2012 at 09:08
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CJ Stander, on his way to play in Ireland once Super Rugby concludes this year, may well have played his last match for the Bulls.

Coach Frans Ludeke has named his side to face the Crusaders in Saturday’s qualification game in Christchurch and while all South Africans will, I’m sure, get behind the boys in blue (or pink), few would be all that optimistic about their chances against a side who simply do not lose play-off games at home. The odds, in other words, are firmly in favour of this being the Bulls’ last game of the season, hence Stander unlikely to have too many more chances to pull no that famous blue jersey.

Ludeke has opted to bring Bok lock Flip van der Merwe back into the starting line-up, after he missed out last week due to a hip injury. Juandre Kruger retains his place at 5, with Wilehlm Steenkamp dropping to the bench. With the coach opting for a rather orthodox 4-3 split, it came down to a choice between Stander and Deon Stegmann for the number 19 jersey, with the latter’s experience trumping the former’s versatility. It’s a harsh call indeed, it must be said, because Stander’s form in his maiden Super Rugby campaign has been consistent and impressive.

Pierre Spies leads an outfit that is otherwise unchanged from the one that beat the Lions at Loftus on Saturday.

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Deon Stegmann, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouchè, 22 Francois Venter.


  • Look at these play-off stats from Supersport for the top 6 teams. Even the Crusaders have only won 2 from 7 in away play-off games.

    Stormers: Played five, won one (0/2 away)
    Chiefs: Played three, won one (0/2 away)
    Reds: Played five, won two (0/1 away)
    Crusaders: Played 24, won 19 (2/7 away)
    Bulls: Played nine, won six (1/4 away)
    Sharks: Played ten, won three (1/7 away)

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.07.12 09:17:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I don’t want to sound negative but it’s going to take a miracle for the Sharks to win this competition while flying across the Indian ocean 3 times.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.07.12 09:22:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) :
    @Pokkel (Comment 2) :

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.07.12 09:32:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Just like the Sharks, us supporters must also take it one game at a time.

    Main hurdle – beat the Reds

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.07.12 09:34:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Im really hoping for a Bulls and Sharks win over the next 2 weekends. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.07.12 09:41:46 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    Thanks! :grin:

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.07.12 09:43:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Happy Birthday Madiba! :grin:

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.07.12 09:46:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Happy birthday Midaba! Thanks Pokkel.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.07.12 09:59:37 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • I won’t be rooting for the Bulls… never! I won’t mind meeting them in the final, but won’t root for them.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.07.12 23:35:28 by Letgo Reply
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