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Matfield wants revenge

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news on 18 Sep 2008 at 09:17

Wounds from the past may have healed but the pain of losing the Currie Cup title to the Free State Cheetahs in the dying seconds in 2005 at Loftus Versfeld still runs deep for Blue Bulls captain Victor Matfield.

Vata Ngobeni writes for the Pretoria News that that game was the last one in which Matfield faced the Cheetahs in Currie Cup rugby and admittedly that was the lowest point in his rugby career.

That in itself should be enough motivation for Matfield and his teammates to beat the Cheetahs. But the Blue Bulls will travel to Bloemfontein tomorrow highly charged up to fight until the death to secure themselves a home semi-final anyway.

Matfield believes that his team is two victories away from guaranteeing their place in the last four and three wins away from a certain home semi-final berth and maybe by some luck even top spot to seal a home final, if the Sharks falter and lose top spot in the final straight.

“That final loss was a long time ago. It is more important for us to get two more wins to get into the semi-finals, or even three wins. That is more motivation than what happened three years ago. That game will always be in our minds, it is probably one of the lowest points in my career but that is long forgotten and other things motivate us for this game,” Matfield said on Wednesday.

True to expectation, Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke selected Bryan Habana and Danie Rossouw in his starting 15 declaring that both players had made a full recovery and there were no more lingering doubts about their fitness.

Habana and Rossouw missed last week’s encounter against Boland and were doubtful starters on Monday but have miraculously fully recovered in less than 48 hours.

“They are fit. They had a great session on Tuesday morning and both of them have been cleared. There’s not even a little bit of doubt about that,” said Ludeke on Wednesday.

Ludeke stood firm in defending his team selection and in justifying playing an out of sorts Habana instead of giving him another week to recover and exercising the option of utilising John Mametsa who has hardly put a foot wrong this year.

“He (Habana) is the best in his position in the world at the moment even though he is not in his best form, he has proven over and over again and we must give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s eager and looking forward to it and we back him. John is doing great work for us and is having a good season. John knows where he stands and we back the guys that we have picked can do the job for us,” Ludeke said.

Ludeke also explained his persistence with wing Marius Delport at centre instead of partnering Springbok Wayne Julies, who is reportedly still overweight, with in-form Wynand Olivier.

“Wynand at the moment is really doing some special things. We have no doubt about Marius, I back him 200 percent and in his channel nobody is going to get passed him and his attacking abilities are improving every week.

“We don’t want to chop and change. I know that there is a lot of questions. But in our system we back him (Delport),” said Ludeke. “Wynand and Marius played well against the Sharks, they had a lot of line breaks.

“Wayne is also a good player but I also think Wynand prefers 12 and it is difficult to pick him out of position. Wayne is a great player and he will be the first to admit that he is not in the shape that he would like to be in.

“He’s got two more weeks to work hard before the semi-finals to get into shape,” said Matfield.


  • it is probably one of the lowest points in my career

    Yeah i know which one should be THE lowest.

    South Africa 0 – 19 New Zealand Cape Town

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.09.08 09:19:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • woulda thought that resorting to cheating to win a trophy would also be pretty low…

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.09.08 09:24:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • 200 percent…. 🙄 👿 If you’re gonna make things up why not go big, like a thousand or even a million percent. 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.09.08 09:55:32 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : i was thinking Australia 49 South Africa 0
    (did he play that day)

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.09.08 10:03:15 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 4) :

    Not sure let me check.

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.09.08 10:14:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yes he did.


    click on 2006 and click on 0- 49 will list the team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.09.08 10:17:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Wayne Julies has always been overweight… 😆

    Jeez do they not give these guys propers nutritional ‘eat-sheets’ and conditioning?

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.09.08 10:20:13 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 7) : he is not overweight, its just that saartjie baartman is his great aunty.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.09.08 10:25:40 by PJLD Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :
    I wonder who was the captain that day?

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.09.08 11:36:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Look 49-0 was not a pleasue but people carry on about it on and on and on…Frankly for me the worst was 53-3 against Eng all that time ago…and then headline shots of Krige taking Pretoruis out 🙄

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.09.08 13:29:55 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : johno

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.09.08 13:36:33 by PJLD Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

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    That site is very useful.


    You only moaning cos Andre ‘Sindane’ Pretorius got knocked out and he just happens to play of the Kittens. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.09.08 14:01:27 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 12) : Happy Sindane! Now I know who “skeefkyk” Pretorius reminds me of!

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.09.08 14:09:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : hehehe


    Is the wife doing ok??? 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.09.08 14:12:45 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 14) : fine thanks. How’s your little one? 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.09.08 14:25:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : he is fine…

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  • Comment 16, posted at 18.09.08 14:29:49 by wpw Reply
  • Hi all!! Quick ‘allo from me from behind my books… 🙁

    Did you check round 13 of the Fantasy league.. 😀 😀

    And i see I have gained MEGA places in the overall standings…you go Ice! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MAD!!!! Dudette – may you have a super-funfilled-fabutastic day!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.09.08 14:37:08 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : awesome

    @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 17) : Andries Bekker work out ok for you this week? 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.09.08 14:43:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    The players try/game ratio needs updating since this season…

    Whose site is that… great stuff!

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.09.08 14:47:04 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @PJLD (Comment 8) :


  • Comment 20, posted at 18.09.08 14:50:49 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    He’s a 10 out of 10…about time he does something for me for picking him… 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.09.08 14:52:08 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • Anyways – anough break, back to the books….cheers all!! 🙁 🙂

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.09.08 14:52:52 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    Awesome site that.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.09.08 16:30:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 19) :

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  • Comment 24, posted at 18.09.08 16:32:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 19) :

    Why do you say it needs updating? it seems okay to me?

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.09.08 16:35:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) :

    No Nokwe… surely he would be top of the list?

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.09.08 02:36:41 by bryce_in_oz Reply


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