Engels and Nel cop bans

Written by Jonathan Burt (VinChainSaw)

Posted in :Bulls, Super 14 on 4 Mar 2008 at 00:37

Morris Gilbert reports for the Beeld.

The Bulls, last year’s Super 14 champions, took a double blow on Monday night when prop forward Jaco Engels was suspended for three weeks while centre JP Nel will sit out for one match.

The Bulls, who play the Lions in Pretoria on Friday night, will now have to do without Nel, who spear-tackled Sharks fullback Frans Steyn at Loftus Versfeld last Saturday, and Engels, who punched Sharks captain Johann Muller.

However, there was some good news for the Bulls on the Blue Monday. World Cup Springboks Bakkies Botha and Bryan Habana have recovered from their injuries and are expected to return at lock and on the wing.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said on Monday his side should not be written off after successive defeats at home.

The champions have won only one of their first three matches of the year and are eleventh on the log. With four points, they are one behind the Lions, who are ninth on the log.

However, the Bulls were also slow out of the blocks during their best seasons of Super rugby.

In 2005, they lost their first three matches – to the Cats, the Brumbies and the Highlanders – but finished third before losing to the Waratahs in a semi-final in Sydney.

In 2006, they won two of their first three matches, against the Cheetahs and the Waratahs, but lost to the Brumbies. They reached the semi-finals and then lost to the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Last season, they won only one of their first three matches but finished second on the log to qualify for a home semi-final before beating the Sharks in the final in Durban.


  • And rightly bloody so.

    Seems the bully boys dont take losely very nicely.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.03.08 00:38:41 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Brain dead morons

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.03.08 00:41:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • I have vented enough about what amounts to no more than a slap on the writs, so will steer clear of this thread today.

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.03.08 06:35:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • lions should have this game if benjamin doesn’t play. and earl rose doesn’t go to fly half.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.03.08 07:44:03 by try time Reply

  • robo agree. south african adjudicators are far too lenient. then we whine when i guys get ridiculous bans when they play overseas we cry because it is an out rage. strict guidelines need to be set and no grey areas allowed. if a player gives a spear tackle and gets a yellow 1 week. spear tackle no yellow card 3 weeks etc. no looking at the situation. and if a player is on a 3rd strike dbl sentence.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.03.08 07:49:48 by try time Reply

  • Digby Ioane got a three week ban for a similar offence this weekend.

    Ioane’s sentence was REDUCED to three weeks because of his exemplary record to date. It seems maybe he should have been playing dirty for his whole career that way he would only have gotten one week.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.03.08 07:53:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Nel is the poster boy of how not to be a rugby player, the man needs a straight jacket, a padded room and a tackling bag. One week? Pathetic

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.03.08 09:01:50 by Sauce Reply
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  • They should check Nel for a brain tumour. Or just a brain…

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.03.08 10:42:20 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • I think it’s cool. Leave him playing. He weakens the side.

    If the Bulls continue to pick Olivier and Nel in the centre, they will be looking at a bottom 4 finish this year.

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.03.08 11:12:26 by robdylan Reply
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