Ludeke ain’t given up yet

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 7 Apr 2008 at 08:25

The Bulls’ Super 14 campaign has not ended even though they are second last on the points table after the weekend’s rugby.

Morris Gilbert reports for

Coach Frans Ludeke says his team will go flat our in their remaining five matches “to show why we were the champions last year.”

Conceding that the Bulls were out of contention for the semi-finals, Ludeke said on Sunday there was still much at stake.

“A lot can still happen and we won’t dwell on our log position. This is certainly not where we will finish. I expect a strong run.”

Ludeke did not want to comment on calls, even on the Bulls’ own website, that he should be fired.

“The team’s supporters are fanatically proud and therefore also mercilessly critical when the Bulls lose. The only way for me and the players to reply to criticism is by starting to win,” he added.

The turn-around is expected to begin when the Bulls play the Hurricanes in the first of four consecutive home fixtures at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

“We have a high regard for the Hurricanes but our performances in our last two tour matches provided a solid base on which we must now build,” the coach said.

The Hurricanes played a similar game to that of the Blues, whom the Bulls should have beaten in Auckland, he said. “We will have to use a similar game plan against them.”

Ludeke said the drastic improvement in the team’s competitiveness was largely due to the way the seniors had begun to play to their potential against the Blues and the Western Force.

He was hesitant when he was asked whether he could start introducing younger players to Super 14 rugby, given the present circumstances.

“It is certainly something to contemplate but such a mind shift will be made only after much deliberation.

“In the interest of continuity I’d like to make as few changes to the starting lineup as possible. Only once we start winning again will I consider giving some of the stalwarts a rest and to make changes with a view to the future.”

He also announced that Stephan Dippenaar, Danwel Demas and Hilton Lobberts, who were in the team that toured Australasia, would not be considered for the match against the Hurricanes.


  • Sometimes you have to cut your losses… πŸ™„ He is a little persistent oukie…with eye patches on.. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.04.08 08:33:22 by Ice Reply
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  • you mean he’s a pirate? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.04.08 08:35:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ja – Rob – but he’s a bit confused…instead of one he is wearing Two!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.04.08 08:40:30 by Ice Reply
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  • Ewan McKenzie now 5 from 7 and he’s getting shown the door… Ludeke 2 from 8… go figure!

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.04.08 08:46:59 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Coach Frans Ludeke says his team will go flat our in their remaining five matches β€œto show why we were the champions last year.”

    Last i checked he was not involved with last years victory…

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.04.08 08:52:33 by wpw Reply
  • And not gonna be involved in this year’s either… πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.04.08 08:54:18 by Ice Reply
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  • Well look at it this way.

    if the Bulls maintain their “maximum points from remaining games” stance they may eventually get it right if they win the last game. πŸ˜†

    Although their last match is against the Cheetahs so they ain’t going to get maximum from that game either.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.04.08 09:07:07 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • I am 100 percent responsible – Ludeke
    Vata Ngobeni
    April 07 2008 at 08:56AM

    Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has put his head on the block and taken full responsibility for the poor performances by the Bulls during their recent Super 14 tour of New Zealand and Australia where they failed to record a single victory in four matches.

    It was the first time since the 2002 season that the defending Super 14 champions could not conjure up a win overseas.

    Ludeke, who joined the Bulls at the end of last year already under a heavy cloud of criticism because of his indifferent time as coach of the Cats and Lions, openly admitted that his team had failed to compete and all they had to play for in the next four games at home was pride.

    However, Ludeke is not the only one who has come under fire from the Bulls faithful, with captain Fourie du Preez’s leadership also coming under scrutiny as well as the commitment shown by the senior Bulls players.

    ‘I am 100 percent responsible’
    In their opening match of the tour against the Reds (they lost 40-8) the Bulls lack of commitment prompted forwards coach Pote Human to call it “the worst display I’ve seen by any Bulls team in my time”.

    It was only on their third match of the tour against the Blues (which they lost 23-21) and with their survival on the line that the reigning champions showed their potential and narrowly lost, courtesy of some questionable decisions made by Australian referee James Leckie.

    Leckie will be in charge of the Bulls game against the Hurricanes at Loftus on Saturday afternoon.

    In last Friday’s 15-14 loss to the Western Force, the Bulls could not find the killer instinct required to wrap things up and eventually lost in the last minute.

    Ludeke at the moment, though, is shouldering the blame.

    ‘We just need to grow’
    “I take full responsibility as the leader of the pack. We had a few hiccups at the start and if a team is not competing by the seventh round of this competition then they are out of it. I am 100 percent responsible and it is a pity that we are here. Hopefully we will make our supporters proud in the our next games at Loftus. Our aim now is to make sure we win all our remaining games,” said Ludeke.

    With all hopes then of making the play-offs a distant pipe dream, Ludeke is seemingly looking at next season.

    “We just need to grow from this and I believe we will. In the last two games of the tour we played some good rugby and we can really grow from that,” said Ludeke.

    The Bulls play the Hurricanes this weekend followed by fixtures against the Highlanders, Waratahs, Brumbies and finally the Cheetahs away in Bloemfontein.

    These five matches could determine whether Ludeke sees out his contract.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.04.08 09:26:06 by wpw Reply
  • We need the Bulls to take out with the Stormers the HorrorCanes, Tahs and BumBoys. As easy as that and they can do it in the Ring.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.04.08 09:49:54 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Hopefully the Sharks, Lions and Cheetahs will take out the Chiefs.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.04.08 09:51:17 by PaarlBok Reply


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