Contrasting news for Bulls, Stormers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Stormers, Super 14 on 23 Feb 2010 at 00:39
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While the Bulls’ charmed season looks set to continue, Allister Coetzee’s Stormers will have a few fresh hurdles to overcome as they face the dangerous Brumbies in round 3.

When you start the week faced with the prospect of being without both Victor Matfield and Pierre Spies, finding that just one of them would be able to play would be a huge relief. For Bulls coach Frans Ludeke, though, it’s like Christmas has come around all over again. Not only was Matfield cleared on two separate cases of foul play for which he was cited, Spies has also been passed fit after a worrying knock to his knee against the Brumbies on Saturday.

Add to that the fact that the injured duo of Danie Rossouw and Dewald Potgieter both returned to full training and the Bulls find themselves just two players short of a full-strength pack. Bakkies Botha and Chilliboy Rallepele are still on the sidelines, but the Pretoria team look set to rack up a third successive fifty-pointer against a Waratahs team that was simply woeful against the Stormers last weekend.

Speaking about the Stormers, though, who look a little short of depth n the pack at the best of times, this weekend’s fixture has “banana peel” written all over it. Talismanic skipper Schalk Burger has been ruled out – possibly even for two weeks – while regular loosehead Wicus Blaauw will also miss out. To add to the concern, tighthead Brok Harris was also forced to miss training yesterday, along with flanker Francois Louw and hooker Tiaan Liebenberg. Should just one of these three fail to recover in time, the Stormers will be dipping pretty deep into their reserve pool against a Brumbies pack boasting a fair bit of beef.

Andries Bekker will step up and captain the team in Burger’s absence, with Pieter Louw occupying the vacant position at the side of the scrum.


  • Eusebio is good enough to hold his own at 3. I hope Flo and Liebenberg make it though!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.02.10 07:20:38 by wpw Reply
  • just heard that Goode will play Sat….and Ruan will be back at 9…

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.02.10 08:00:21 by grant10 Reply

  • @grant10 (Comment 2) : That must be in a practice match, Sharks playing on Friday 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.02.10 08:09:08 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 3) : well still good news isn’t it, 😉 if its true 😀

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.02.10 08:28:01 by Charmaine Reply

  • Grant
    How about you post comments about the Sharks on a Sharks thread and NOT a Stormers one!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.02.10 08:39:16 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : a little petty, perhaps?

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.02.10 09:15:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Stormers looked good saturday night. Seems Habana`s making a real difference for them.

    The Brumbies took such a knock against the bull, I think they`ll be a walkover for the Stormers, or if the cape town press is to be believed . . certain semi finalysts.

    Storm Saam!

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.02.10 09:43:04 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : a little?

    @Charlie (Comment 3) : Lol

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.02.10 10:00:17 by billy Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :
    Nah Rob, theres hardly any Stormers threads of late what with this being a Sharks site. Pisses me off when folks post stuff that can be done ON a Sharks thread

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.02.10 10:01:50 by wpw Reply
  • GO SHARKS !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.02.10 10:17:23 by Charlie Reply

  • Brumbies realise they will need to get something out of this one if they are realistic about being contenders for the semi.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.02.10 12:11:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Rob how do i submit an article …………. may draft one up before the Sharks v Highlanders match !

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.02.10 12:13:59 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 12) : send to me, please… [email protected]

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.02.10 12:15:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Brilliant may try and throw some light on the team for some of your readership.

    Issac Ross out for the Crusaders a big blow !

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.02.10 12:22:22 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • 😛 😛

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.02.10 12:23:34 by Charmaine Reply

  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 14) : it is indeed!

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.02.10 12:27:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • 53,000 Blue Bulls meet at Loftus for a “Blue Bulls Are Not Dumb” convention.

    Victor Matfield addresses the crowd “We are all here today to prove to the world that Blue Bulls are not stupid. Can I have a volunteer please”.
    To loud applause Steve Hofmeyr gingerly works his way through the crowd and steps up to the stage.
    Victor asks him “What is 15 plus 15?”
    After 15 or 20 seconds Steve says, “Eighteen!”
    Obviously everyone is a little disappointed. Then the Blue Bulls start chanting “Give him another chance! Give him another chance!”
    Victor says “Well since we have a capacity crowd, world-wide press and global broadcast media here, I think we can give him another chance”.
    So he asks “What is 5 plus 5?” After nearly 30 seconds he eventually says, “Thirteen?”
    Victor looks down and just lets out a dejected sigh. Everyone is disheartened and Steve starts crying.
    But then the 53,000 Blue Bulls begin to yell and wave their hands shouting “GIVE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE ! GIVE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE !”
    Victor, unsure whether he is now doing more harm than good eventually says, “What is 2 plus 2?”
    Silence hangs over the stadium.
    Steve Hoffmeyer closes his eyes, and after a whole minute eventually says, “Four?”

    Pandemonium breaks out throughout the stadium as the Blue Bull crowd stand as oneman, wave their arms, stomp their feet and scream… “GIVE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE ! GIVE HIM ANOTHER CHANCE !”

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.02.10 13:14:53 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 17) : 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.02.10 13:16:06 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 17) : 😆 😀 😛 😀 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.02.10 13:42:05 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 17) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.02.10 13:47:05 by war1 Reply

    Billy was at school this morning and the teacher asked all the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came out; fireman, policeman, salesman, businessman, manager etc, but Billy was being uncharacteristically quiet and so the teacher asked him about his father.

    “My father is an exotic dancer in a gay club and takes off all his clothes in front of other men. Sometimes if the offer is really good, he’ll go out with a man, rent a cheap hotel room and let them sleep with him.”

    The teacher quickly set the other children some work and took little Billy aside to ask him if that was really true.
    “No” said Billy, “He plays rugby for the Bulls but I was just too embarrassed to say.”

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.02.10 14:06:12 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 21) : 😈 😈 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.02.10 14:06:36 by Charlie Reply


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