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Matfield to make playing comeback


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 13 Jan 2014 at 10:25
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It has apparently been confirmed that 36-year-old Victor Matfield will indeed return to the playing field this year, as was widely rumoured towards the end of 2013.

The lack of a credible option at 5-lock for his beloved Bulls this year, coupled with a similar lack of depth at national level, is apparently the reason behind this strange decision, with the hope of somehow smuggling himself into the 2015 World Cup squad the carrot that Matfield is chasing.

There’s a famous theatre in London called “the Old Vic” and while the epithet may, in that case, be considered something of a compliment, it’s hard to argue that the same would apply to a once-legendary rugby player who, it is generally felt, is in serious danger of damaging his own legacy with this move. Two years is a very long time to spend on the sidelines, especially at that age and one wonders how long it will be before Matfield realises exactly how much ground he has lost – and other younger players gained – in terms of conditioning over those two years.

Should it pan out as anticipated, though, it could be a masterstroke and you can understand the Bulls’ rationale for wanting to hang on to at least one player from that “special era” towards the end of the last decade, which saw them capture the Super Rugby trophy three times. With so many stalwarts having left and serious questions now asked about the mettle of the Bulls pack, both at set piece time and in the loose, Matfield could be just the sort of imposing figure that they need.

That’s of course assuming that someone like Pieter-Steph du Toit or Willem Alberts doesn’t end his comeback within minutes of the season kicking off, with the sort of crunching tackle that 36-year-old bodies simply aren’t meant to withstand.



32 Comments

  • This might be a masterstroke for the bulls, but Im scared HM will pick him regardless of what happens in Super15.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.01.14 10:35:48 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Stupid move. This will, most likely, seriously jeopardise his ‘legend’ status.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.01.14 10:43:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • “with the sort of crunching tackle that 36-year-old bodies simply aren’t meant to withstand.” That’s been my concern the whole time, besides the fact that he’ll tarnish his reputation.

    Schummi was the best, left the best, and now he will be remembered more for his average return than for what he did before.

    I can’t see this as being a good idea, more so if it costs PSDT valuable game time for the Boks!

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.01.14 10:44:15 by StevieS Reply
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  • Another backwards step for Bulls and Bok rugby.

    The Bulls have Flip, Jacques du Plessis, David Bulbring, Dennis Visser and Grant Hattingh as options at 5……so the need for a 36 year old is just plain rubbish

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.01.14 11:17:25 by Saffex Reply

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  • From another site (Ruggaworld) “Matfield was unable to grant an interview on Friday, but confirmed that the Bulls and the Springboks will release a join press release in due course.

    A Bulls press release I understand, but why a joint release with the Boks.

    Worrying.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.01.14 11:48:25 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • Loved vic, but this is just wrong!

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.01.14 11:48:39 by KingsArmy Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 5) : i saw that too. Scares the living piss out of me

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.01.14 11:55:01 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • I don’t mind this, just more reason to point and laugh at the bulls, we get to see Matfield in camo trying to save his beloved drowning bulls…be ready to hear about their 3 SR trophies for the next 10 years. :twisted:

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.01.14 12:16:59 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Will wait and see. Trust it was well thought through decision. Wish him all the best.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.01.14 12:27:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : Oh boy…you’re really taking your HM fanboy position very seriously this 2014. :roll:

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.01.14 12:46:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : Just being nice. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.01.14 12:48:24 by McLovin Reply

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  • I think with the lack of experience at nr 5 for the Bulls, this is excellent. I hope he doesn’t disappoint.
    For the Bulls I’m happy, but I don’t think it is necessary to bring him back into the Springbok side.

    I view this much like the Anton Leonard episode a couple years back when injuries forced Heyneke to pull him out of retirement for a couple of games until balance was restored.

    I am waiting on the edge of my seat for any news regarding Derick Hougaard’s possible comeback…

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.01.14 12:50:58 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 12) :The Bulls have Flip, Jacques du Plessis, David Bulbring, Dennis Visser and Grant Hattingh as options at 5……so the need for a 36 year old is just plain rubbish

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.01.14 13:17:31 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 13) : Happy new year Saffex. I think your list of options is exactly the reason why the bulls are bringing him back.

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.01.14 14:01:57 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 13) : Visser hasn’t even played Currie cup yet, Hattingh I wanted to throw out of the Currie Cup last year. Bulbring is an able back up for Flip – who is a 4 and du Plessis played flank last year.
    Incedently, I would look at du Plessis as the future 5 for the Bulls. But none of the above I would use in Super Rugby as first choice nr 5 lock.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.01.14 14:12:08 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • well, more often than not, comebacks dont work out the way its dreamed out to be; but i guess VM wont die wondering.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.01.14 14:31:39 by Jeremiser Reply

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  • me finks its about time for our captain to be announced

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.01.14 14:39:08 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Personally I say let him play then let us judge. If he is good then acknowledge that, but if he is crap then we must also acknowledge that. The guys obviously loves his rugby and whether he makes an impact or not wont tarnish his legend status for me. If you good enough you old enough….

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.01.14 14:48:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : absolutely, as long you’re not green enough cause you’re blue enough

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.01.14 14:56:43 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : Any news on how the Impi side is panning out?

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.01.14 15:10:54 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • Who cares what the Bulls do anyway.

    Just hope he doesn’t get near a GnG jersey.

    Nothing wrong playing at the age of 36 – plenty have done it before him, including Simon Shaw who went on a Lions tour and acquitted himself well.
    The two years out is the problem.

    Personally I think he’s an idiot. If you wanna play on after you’ve officially retired, then do it out of the publis’s eye. Bit like what Juan Smith has done.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.01.14 17:32:58 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 14) : Wrong…..there are some good options there. Jacques du Plessis is going to go far in SA rugby.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.01.14 17:54:56 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 15):

    I’d rather see investment in a player like du Plessis for the Bulls than a 36 year old, long past his prime.

    The Bulls got it wrong playing du Plessis at 7, Ludeke needs to wake up to the fact that he is not a flank

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.01.14 17:59:05 by Saffex Reply

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  • Must say I think it’s a bad idea to come back at that age. Really hope the youngsters does not hurt him in the first few matches.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.01.14 21:28:51 by JD Reply
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  • Right now du plessis isn’t a flank or a lock. Hasn’t done anything yet,but to early to judge. Right now the bulls need vic, hope it works out for them.

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.01.14 11:15:04 by KingsArmy Reply

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  • In my opinion du plessis should play vodacom cup till he find his spot….

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.01.14 11:17:09 by KingsArmy Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 20) : To be honest I havnt heard from from them, i guess they going to let the performance do the talking. The Impi have always had decent backs but its in the forwards where they get shown up a lot so thats the main area for concern for Mitch and co.

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.01.14 11:34:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 27) : Thanks, I guess its wait and see as to what direction the team takes.

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.01.14 12:26:31 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @KingsArmy (Comment 25) : Started for the Bulls out of position at 7 in all the CC games……pretty impressive for a 19 year old.

    But at 2.01m and 119kg, he is not a flanker

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.01.14 13:43:46 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 29) : Hear u, and agree at 19 he got a bright future ahead of him. Just think its not necessary to rush him. A Botha should play 7 and either vic,flip,bulring or hatting should play 5…..

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.01.14 14:47:39 by KingsArmy Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 29) : Agree with you. He is a much better lock than flank. With all the flank injuries of last year, I think his move to no 7 was necessary. I hope he gets played at 5 this year and only 5.

    I hear Victor’s role will be mostly back up in the beginning until he gets used more accustomed to playing again. They will give him more game time as the tournament progresses, so that he would be ready for the Boks in June.

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.01.14 15:02:04 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • Nr4 lock at bulls should be either flip or paul willemse. So instead of sitting on bench let du plessis play vodacom cup. If its at lock let him play 80min lock and prove it.

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.01.14 15:25:30 by KingsArmy Reply

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