Du Preez, Spies, Habana back for Bulls

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 13 Oct 2009 at 14:19

Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has included Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies and Bryan Habana in his starting XV for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup semifinal against the WP at Newlands.

The Bulls official website reports that Du Preez resumes his halfback partnership with Morné Steyn and Habana, who has battled a minor hamstring injury, is back in his number 11 jumper in a back three with Zane Kirchner and Francois Hougaard.

Spies had some trouble with finger ligaments but he has made a full recovery and takes over from Danie Rossouw at number 8.

Ludeke said at the weekly press conference held at Loftus on Tuesday that the Bulls are in a privileged position to have so many Springboks available and he added that Rossouw will have a vitally important role to play in the last 30 minutes.

“Danie has been playing excellent rugby throughout the season and he will be called upon to do something special in the last 30 minutes.”

Ludeke said that the Bulls need to be on the top of their game in the set pieces at Newlands and he is expecting something very similar to test rugby come Saturday.

“It is not without reason that the WP almost finished on top of the log.

“They have been playing quality rugby throughout the season and I expect them to follow a very tactical approach against us.

“They would like to stay out of their own half and once they are in our half they are going to try and put us under immense pressure, but we are ready for whatever they throw at us.

“We need to play for the full 80 minutes and we must continue to create try scoring opportunities. We also need to protect our possession better than in the previous two games.”

The captain Victor Matfield said that it doesn’t really matter whether it rain or not at Newlands, because the Blue Bulls have learned over the last few season to quickly adapt to any circumstances.

“Our game plan stays mostly the same in dry and wet conditions and our focus will only be to win the match.

“The only thing that matters is the 80 minutes on the field and we are not going to worry about the weather or the hostile crowd. We’ve got a job to do and we will not bother about the things that we can’t control.

“We have cut out all the hype and we are not going to look beyond Saturday’s match.

“We have put in some hard work to reach the semifinals and hopefully it goes our way. We believe in ourselves and if we play to our potential, we can make it.”


Zane Kirchner; Francois Hougaard, Jaco Pretorius, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Morné Steyn, Fourie du Preez; Pierre Spies, Dewald Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield (captain), Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger, Derick Kuün, Gurthrö Steenkamp.

Reserves: Bandise Maku, Rossouw de Klerk, Danie Rossouw, Pedrie Wannenburg, Heini Adams, Burton Francis, Gerhard van den Heever.


  • The author of this article seems to have translated this directly from Afrikaans!! 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.10.09 14:34:55 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) :
    I see you are starting to get over your “Fear of the Bulls!”…

    Good for you… 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.10.09 14:54:14 by blackshark Reply

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  • kak front row, and weak outside 12…

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.10.09 14:56:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Pardon the pun, maar hierdie is n ‘Bul’span.With Fourie du Preez back I see a very hard day at the office for WP.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.10.09 14:56:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) :

    The Bulls better pray FDP has a good game or Ricki will make him his biiiaatch!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.10.09 15:03:41 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : Jy dink??? hehehe. Ek hoop vir jou part jy’s reg!!!Ek sal nie omgee om die WP in die finaal te speel nie. Dit sal darem die treurmara vir nog 2 weke uitstel ander moet ons al volgende week begin hoor hoe skelm die ref was en hoe die Bulls verneuk het. 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.10.09 15:14:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) : 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.10.09 15:19:19 by diablo Reply

  • This is nogals a Bul span…

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.10.09 15:22:29 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @GI Ice (Comment 8) : copy cat 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.10.09 15:25:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) :

    There’s that Sharks arrogance again!! 🙄

    Julle het nog nie die finaal gemaak nie ou tjom!!

    Die Cheetahs kan nog wen hoor!!! 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.10.09 15:27:09 by wpw Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) :

    I meant it in this way …that IS nogals a bul span…just giving your post some more credibility! 😆

    @wpw (Comment 10) :

    eeeee….ditto… 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.10.09 15:29:23 by GI Ice Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 10) : Moenie jy worry nie, ek is bang vir die Cheetah’s, hulle het al baie moeilikheid gegee

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.10.09 15:30:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • its gonna be interesting game to watch – don’t matter who wins. If the Sharks wanna CC they need to be able to beat second best team.

    having said that I would mind bruising encounter where both teams get very tired, injure themselves in the process (how horrid of me 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.10.09 15:56:52 by rekinek Reply
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  • This is going to be a fantastically good game, should be very hard upfront and if wp can hold their own there . . .

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.10.09 16:01:43 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 14) : with Bekker in the engine room? No chance, I fear.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.10.09 17:23:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • What a quality side the bulls are…I personally think that if WP were clever thyd target the frontrow come scrum time… Guthro n Kruger are overated and often give away far to many penalites…Besides this Bulls are guna rape WP in 🙂 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.10.09 21:02:24 by bulletjie Reply

  • @bulletjie (Comment 16) : you are too smart to be a real Bull 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.10.09 21:21:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : lol im smart enough not to be a sharks supporter i knw tht much

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.10.09 21:47:19 by bulletjie Reply

  • @bulletjie (Comment 18) : got more brains than your brother? 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.10.09 22:10:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • WP can`t exactly ” target” the front row if you take into account bulls will have Bakkies behind them.
    Also it`s virtually impossible to put pressure on Steyn because of Fourie`s long pass.

    Maybe pile the pressure on Fourie, if possible and hope for a mistake?

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.10.09 08:37:08 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : look the bulls have matfield as well, so it depends on who partners bekker in the 2nd row i think

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.10.09 08:51:22 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 21) :

    Anton Van Zyl!!! 😎

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.10.09 09:24:39 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 22) : i think province have more of a chance than ppl give them, they may just thrash the bulls at the breakdown, and then . . .

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.10.09 10:23:03 by war1 Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 13) : i was thinking along those lines but they have a 2 week break between semis and final again 👿

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.10.09 10:24:47 by war1 Reply
  • From JJ Harmse.

    Pierre Spies is satisfied that he and his loose forward team-mates, Deon Stegmann and Dewald Potgieter, know one another well enough for cohesion not to be a problem in Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final against Western Province at Newlands.

    And yes, he is looking forward to his showdown with Luke Watson, said the strongly built No 8.

    The 24-year-old has been included in the Bulls’ line-up for the knockout match in Cape Town after missing last week’s game against the Leopards with an injured finger.

    Spies, who has played 28 Tests for the Springboks, sustained the injury against Griquas in his only other Currie Cup match this year.

    He believes the numerous matches the youthful loose forward combination – Spies is the oldest of the three – have played together, will work in their favour.

    “I think we played well together in the Super14 and complement one another well, so I don’t foresee any problems. Province have a good loose-trio and we’ll have to see how things go against their world class No 8,” he answered when quizzed about his showdown with Watson.

    Bwhahahahahha Now the question remains, was that a Sarcastic remark, or was it said with disdain. I am “c$%k on a block” sure there was no sincerity in there. 😆

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.10.09 14:40:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) :

    You think?? 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.10.09 15:02:57 by GI Ice Reply
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