Bakkies starts for Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news on 7 Oct 2009 at 07:57
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The Blue Bulls’ enforcer, Bakkies Botha, has made a full recovery after injuring his medial ligaments in the Tri-Nations and was included by coach Frans Ludeke in his starting XV for Friday’s match in Rustenburg against the Leopards.

Botha is going to play in the second row alongside captain Victor Matfield and due to the injury of Pierre Spies, Danie Rossouw was selected at No. 8.

Spies injured some of his finger ligaments against the Griquas and will not be able to play on Friday but Dr Org Strauss is confident that the monster number 8 will be fit for the play-offs.

As a result of Bryan Habana’s hamstring injury (he injured tendons in the upper part of his hamstring) Gerhard van den Heever regains the No. 11 jumper, but Fourie du Preez will ease his way back into the team by playing off the bench.

Ludeke said at the weekly press conference which was held at Loftus on Tuesday that he kept the core of the team that played in the previous two matches unchanged because at this stage of the season continuity is of utmost importance.

“We know that we are in a semi-final and therefore our focus will be on our own game.

“We want to fine-tune some aspects of our game for the reason that everything must be 100 percent before we go into the play-offs.”

Ludeke added that the Leopards have been playing some quality rugby during the course of the last month and he and his team aren’t expecting any favours from Chaka Willemse’s team.

“It is going to be very tough in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. The Leopards will take us on physically, but we will only focus on the goals that we set for ourselves.”

Mafield said that the Blue Bulls are slowly but surely starting to gel as a team and he was pleased with the improvement that the team has made since the Boks have returned.

“The most important thing is that we keep our heads for the full 80 minutes.

“We do not have a lot of tricks up our sleeve – our game plan will be more or less the same that we have become accustomed to over the years, but our goal will be to improve in the execution of that plan.

“Our defence will also be a focus area come Friday and we should refrain from making any stupid mistakes.”

Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier , 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Danie Rossouw, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Derick Kuün, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp
Replacments: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Pedrie Wannenburg, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Fourie du Preez, 21 Burton Francis, 22 John Mametsa


  • after injuring his medial ligaments …I read “Medal Ligaments”, was wonderingif they are in the Neck by any chance.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.10.09 09:06:09 by GI Ice Reply
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  • “It is going to be very tough in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. The Leopards will take us on physically, but we will only focus on the goals that we set for ourselves.”

    Statments like that from a Super team liek the Bulls really really get on my nerves.. 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.10.09 09:07:18 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Comment 2) : Would be nice if every now and again they say what they actually think. But I suppose they’ll get in trouble. 😐

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.10.09 09:24:23 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    eggsacketilie!! LOL

    Ag nee wat ons is nie bang nie – dis net nog ‘n ou k*k spannetjie wat saam met die groothonde wil pieps..ons grawe hulle in die eerste 5 minute.. 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.10.09 09:41:16 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : it will be awesome, almost like a tyson lewis fight, where matfield says: we are gonna beat the shit out of them and then eat their babies :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.10.09 09:58:35 by willa Reply

  • @willa (Comment 5) : Certainly will spice things up a bit. 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.10.09 10:14:25 by McLovin Reply

  • A little off subject, but your guys’ new stadium is looking AWESEM:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.10.09 10:16:35 by molly Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) :

    Talking spices…I am hungry…

    GUESS WHAT THOUGH???? ONE more sleep and I we are out of here!!! OOH LA LA!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.10.09 10:16:46 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 7) :

    I presume the bath tubs are for the players and not the spectators?? 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.10.09 10:20:56 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Comment 8) : Going on holiday? 😎

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.10.09 10:22:33 by McLovin Reply

  • @GI Ice (Comment 8) : what time are you leaving tomorrow?

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.10.09 10:23:38 by willa Reply

  • @molly (Comment 7) : looks like a circus tent 😳

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.10.09 10:24:41 by willa Reply

  • @willa (Comment 11) :

    We fly out 8h50… 😎

    @McLovin (Comment 10) :

    Just a bit of a long weekend break really!

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.10.09 10:26:47 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Comment 13) : lovely, i have to work until 13:00 🙁 and then i drive down to durbs 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.10.09 10:32:11 by willa Reply

  • @willa (Comment 12) : I think you guys should be proud, its looking cool. Not sure why the random seat colours, but other than that its hawt.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.10.09 10:34:07 by molly Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 14) :

    Ja – but today you are playingf golf…so what you complaining about you spoiled brat!! 😆

    For the weekend?

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.10.09 10:37:20 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Comment 16) : he he, ja teeing off just after 1, yes coming back on sunday again, just for the weekend,

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.10.09 10:49:34 by willa Reply

  • @molly (Comment 15) : It’s awesome Mols, but a complete waste of money. Upgraded KP would have been fine. I went to the B&I Lions game when they were here and it’s completely stupid. You drive down from Berea and these two MASSIVE stadiums are sitting right next to each other a couple of hundred metres apart. Have a look. You may need to click “Satellite” on the top right of the map.,+durban&hl=en&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=2691505662449428876&iwloc=A

    It’s apalling what eThekwini have done there. Worse is that Sutcliffe and pals are basically going to force KZNRU to move there by not giving match day support if they stay at KP cos they know that the stadium will end up as a white elephant if the Sharks don’t bail them out.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.10.09 10:55:14 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 18) : Oh one other thing I noticed was that the stands on the new stadium are tiers far lower than KP which means that it’s squatter and wider. That means that if you’re in the cheap seats you’re going to be like 100m away from the action. At KP, it’s more like 70m and it’s a cool bird’s eye view which makes up for the distance.

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.10.09 11:03:37 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 19) : Actually, it’s more like 140m from the middle of the pitch at the MM.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.10.09 11:05:45 by klempie Reply

  • @willa (Comment 17) :

    Kla ook maar lekker met die witbrood onder die arm!! 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.10.09 11:06:43 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 18) : oh ok, so the same problems as all the other stadiums they’ve built for this thing?
    Newlands cricket and rugby stadiums are right next to eachother, I don’t think of it as that much of a big deal.
    It’ll all work out alright, don’t stress so much. WP aren’t being forced into the Green Point stadium, I’m sure there’ll be a compromise.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.10.09 11:07:09 by molly Reply
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  • i guess there wont be a “Good Luck Bafana Bafana” boeing flying over there in the world cup. would take a pretty brave pilot, and besides, bafana would actually have to make the semi`s to play there, and we all know what the chances are for that to happen…

    i like the new stadium… looks like your in jamaica… 😯

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.10.09 11:15:46 by VanWilder Reply

  • @molly (Comment 22) : The cricket and rugby grounds have different purposes so I’ve got no problem with that. They’re part of a mini sports precinct. My issue is that rugby and soccer stadiums function the same and there is no reason to have them separate. I’d have less of an issue if MM had been built across the city and service different suburbs but having them on top of each like that is just stupid. MM’s only redeeming factor is that it’s also an athletics stadium but again, build it somewhere else.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.10.09 11:26:32 by klempie Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 23) : I’ve been to stadiums in Jamaica…trust me, looks nothing like them. 😉

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.10.09 11:28:16 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 19) : i agree with you, same with loftus if u are at the back u have to watch the screen, my season tickets at kp is in the middle at the top, and i love them u see all the action

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.10.09 11:56:38 by willa Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 18) : klempie you need to realise that the stadium had to be made to european safety standards. that is why the gradient of the seating isn’t as high as kp. but even you have to admit that if you climb those stairs to the heaven seats at kp, you are in kak if you slip. unfortunately humanity has become so soft we have had to substitute spectacular for safety. kp wouldn’t have been able to upgrade to the extent needed to host a world cup game. i was like you two years ago, but i have slowly moved onto the fence over which stadium is better. i do know that during the 2004 tri nations match against australia (that we won the tri nations) i didn’t feel safe on the top east stand. there was far too much movement for my liking. and now imagine rowdy football supporters filling that stand. i have decided to take a wait and see attitude regarding the stadium. look it is here to stay, we have to make it work. it definitely isn’t the eyesore on the skyline that kp is.

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.10.09 13:13:36 by try time Reply

  • Western Province – 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Frikkie Welsh, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Luke Watson (c), 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 JC Kritzinger, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
    Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 JD Moller, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Matt To’omua, 22 Gio Aplon.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.10.09 13:37:00 by McLovin Reply

  • Copy & Paste @try time (Comment 27) :

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.10.09 13:53:36 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @try time (Comment 27) : still looks like a circus tent, but apparently the roof is designed to clean itself

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.10.09 14:17:38 by willa Reply

  • @willa (Comment 30) :

    Are,t you suppose to beplaying golf??

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.10.09 14:20:44 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Comment 31) : ja im leaving now, had a few things to finish off first, well im out of here, have a great weekend and be good 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈 😈

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.10.09 14:24:23 by willa Reply

  • @willa (Comment 32) :

    or good at it!! Enjoy!

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.10.09 14:33:57 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @willa (Comment 30) : but isn’t that its purpose. its there to entertain.

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.10.09 15:13:34 by try time Reply


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