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Chiliboy finally get’s his start

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 25 Feb 2009 at 08:04
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Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle will start his first rugby match for the Bulls on Saturday.

JJ Harmse writes for Rapport that Ralepelle, who made his debut as long ago as 2006, has made all his appearances as a substitute. He will replace Derick Kuün for the Super 14 derby against the Lions at Coca-Cola Park.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said it was a rotational move and is not being done with the opponents in mind.

“It was always part of the plan and it’s a good opportunity for Chiliboy to stake his claim. We have several players that we can rotate and this is the first example of it,” he said.

Ralepelle and Kuün complement one another well and the move by Ludeke can definitely benefit the Bulls.

Ralepelle is a strong scrummager and Kuün, who has played for the Sevens Springboks, can be a major asset with his mobility in the second half.

Ludeke is also expected to pick Rayno Gerber as a substitute in the team he will announce on Wednesday. He will replace Frik Kirsten.

Gerber was full of energy at Tuesday’s training session, but Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw did not participate. Botha has a sore back and Rossouw has flu.

However, the lock pairing will be fit to play.

Ludeke expects a very hard match. “I don’t think there’s a secret between the teams. The guys know one another too well and have played one another too many times. Both sides play direct rugby, so it will be really hard,” he said.

Ludeke believes the game can develop into one similar to the clash against the Blues.

“There was a lot of broken play and I expect the same against the Lions. They will try to move the ball around, but we’ll be ready for that,” he said.

“The Bulls paid a lot of attention to their ground play this week.

“We had to attend to a few faults with an eye to this game,” said Ludeke.

Meanwhile, several other Bulls contenders will get the chance to convince Ludeke of their value when the Blue Bulls start their Vodacom Cup campaign against the Griffons in Welkom.

Jacques Burger, Wayne Julies, Gerhard van der Merwe and Tiger Mangweni all get the opportunity to stake a claim.


  • this only happened because I traded Kuun into my Fantasy League squad to replace the broken Flynn

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.09 10:14:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    trading the guy before you know this weeks teams is a ROOKIE mistake dude. 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.09 10:40:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Vodacom Cup side.

    Vodacom Blue Bulls: Tiger Mangweni; John Mametsa, Marius Delport, Wayne Julies, Gerhard van den Heever; Francois Brummer, Francois Hougaard; Gerrit-Jan van Velze (captain), Jacques Burger, Okkie Kruger, Willem Serfontein, Bêrend Botha, Frik Kirsten, Bandise Maku, Jaco Engels. Reserves: Henri Bantjes, Dean Greyling, Dries van Schalkwyk, Vincent Gwavu, JP Joubert, Ruan Boshoff, Rocco Jansen.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.09 13:26:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Chiliboy in starting XV against Lions
    25 February 2009 (12:50)

    The coach of the Vodacom Bulls Frans Ludeke has only made one change to his team that thrashed the Blues by including Chiliboy Ralepelle at hooker for Saturday’s clash against the Lions in Johannesburg.
    With Ralepelle in the starting XV Derick Kuün will be used as an impact player and he will sit at the side of Rayno Gerber, who has recovered from his groin injury.

    With Gerber in the match 22, Frik Kirsten will play Vodacom rugby for the Blue Bulls on Friday after he made a highly satisfactory debut against the Blues.

    Ludeke said that the Bulls are very privilege to have two high-quality hookers available and it is because of the team’s rotation policy that Ralepelle gets game time against the Lions.

    “In order to do well in the Super 14 you need two first-rate players in each position and I think the match against the Lions is a great opportunity for Chiliboy to show his worth.”

    Ludeke added that Gerber is one of the most reliable players in the squad and that it is great to have him back.

    “We have waited for Rayno and his experience will be worth a lot against the Lions.

    “He is one of those players who you need when things get rough hence we are very glad that he is fit and ready to play.”

    Vodacom Bulls: Zane Kirchner; Akona Ndungane, Jaco Pretorius, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Morné Steyn, Fourie du Preez (captain), Pierre Spies, Dewald Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Gurthrö Steenkamp.
    Reserves: Derick Kuün, Rayno Gerber, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Pedrie Wannenburg, Heini Adams, Burton Francis, JP Nel

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.09 13:33:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I’m afraid this team may just be to strong for the Lions.

    Will be nothing like the massacre of the Blues though.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.09 13:37:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : well, apparently neither Spies nor Ndungane can tackle… they might have some issuse.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.09 14:29:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • That Bulls VC side is a bugger nuh!

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.09 15:05:19 by Claytie Reply
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  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.09 17:29:15 by Hmmm Reply

  • Is this a Sharksworld FL again?

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.09 17:29:46 by Hmmm Reply

  • Bulls don’t have a bad front row…think it is going to be hard up front…

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.09 17:31:41 by Hmmm Reply


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