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Matfield confirms that a B – Team will be going to Newlands

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 10 May 2010 at 20:09
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The Bulls will not be fielding their best XV when they face the Stormers in their final Super 14 league match of the season at Newlands on Saturday.

Bulls captain Victor Matfield, on his Twitter page, confirmed that some of the team’s stars will not make the trip.

“We have decided to rest a few of the guys, but it is still a good team,” Matfield said in his tweet.

The Bulls can afford to rest most of their frontline players, as they have already secured first place on the standings – which brings with it a semifinal and possible Final at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium.

The Stormers need to win the game to book their place in the play-offs and secure a home semifinal.

* Meanwhile the Bulls captain, Matfield, was again given the team’s Bumble Bee team management award, following his side’s 40-35 win over the Crusaders at the weekend.

The award, given by team management to the player who contributed in a special way to the team’s performance, was given to Matfield for his exceptional leadership, ability to stay calm under pressure and the fact that he completed the match, despite suffering from severe stomach cramps.

The other awards are:
Bison (most cleans): Stephan Dippenaar (eight in 35 minutes)
Sniper (most tackles): Deon Stegmann (12 in 65)
Hitman (biggest hit): Fourie du Preez
Ant (best back): Francois Hougaard
Workhorse (best forward): Gary Botha/Deon Stegmann
Bumble Bee (exceptional effort): Victor Matfield

Forwards coach Johann van Graan described the encounter with the Crusaders as a ‘Test match’.

“The Crusaders played for survival and we played for a home semifinal,” Van Graan said.

“There was a massive battle at first phase and we are quite happy with the outcome. We had a 100 percent line-out and had the better of the scrums where we faced an All Black front row.

“Both teams tested the defences in a big way and we showed massive character to win the match in the last minute. The Crusaders only kicked 17 times [the Bulls 34] which is unusual for Super Rugby. We had to adapt to that as well.”

Article Courtesy of Rugby 365


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  • Comment 1, posted at 10.05.10 20:10:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    The reason(s) behind sending a B side make perfect sense it is just a let down to have what was going to probably be the SA Derby of the season effectively reduced to a sham

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.05.10 20:21:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    Couldnt agree more but I’m still pretty thanful the bulk of the bok side will play one less game this year.

    Glad theyre still playing Bakkies.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.05.10 21:41:55 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : We should have the (second) best for the final…this will make the final so much sweeter, neither team having faced each other’s best.

    Gonna have a huge audience draw……I bet the ozzies and kiwis aren’t impressed though.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.05.10 21:49:05 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) :

    Yeah thats true but that game will be in the bullring!

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.05.10 21:50:09 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 5) : More like the pirate ship….who’s gonna walk the plank at orlando stadium?

    I think it will be neutral ground actually with only the altitude favoring the Nulle. Of course the Streamers must first secure their home semi and actually manage to win it this time around for us to see them choke the Nulle for the S14 cup.

    Go Streamers!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.05.10 21:57:50 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) :

    Oh yes thats right!

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.05.10 22:00:05 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) :
    Go Streamers ❓
    Are they going to a confetti party, with tea and thongs, what ❓

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.05.10 08:31:27 by lz Reply

  • Once a Pirate . . Always a Bull :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.05.10 08:31:40 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • aren’t you stormers fans a little worried. if the bulls kept quiet and then announced a b squad, at least the stormers players would have put 110% into training. the stormers could now get lulled into a false sense of security and think they just need to turn up. i have seen this a few times where the top team gets beaten due to over confidence. the boks almost lost a pool game in the 2007rwc, had it not been for john smit being sent on to steady the ship.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.05.10 08:49:41 by try time Reply

  • sharks cheetahs and crusaders reds come to mind of recent examples.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.05.10 08:51:12 by try time Reply

  • @lz (Comment 8) : No….it’s a drag party, do you know nothing about the capetonians? 😉 :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.05.10 09:07:41 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Morning all….

    Crusaders to win the FINAL

    ….it will crack me up when neither side makes the FINAL.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.05.10 09:24:40 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • …looks fairly straight forward how to beat both teams.

    ….don’t kick it out

    ….keep the ball in play

    ….and most importantly get a neutral ref that it not Dickinson !

    But then again you don’t have to be a genius to work that all out.

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.05.10 09:28:24 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • ….oh and i forgot to mention neutral touch judges !

    ….again not an original thought ! 😎

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.05.10 09:29:59 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 13) :

    We all know about your predictions and how inaccurate they are!! :mrgreen:

    The Stormers might not make it but I can’t see the Bulls not making the final.

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.05.10 09:34:49 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 16) :

    Stormers will have more chance than that lot (Bulls) …

    …unfortunately for them (Bulls) they will get the Crusaders

    … and one thing is for sure prediction wise, they won’t get the same three officials they were dish up on Saturday….or Dickinson !

    Stormers v Warratahs obviously a lot closer.

    ….the sour grapes in me is looking forward to a Final at the Sydney Football Stadium 😎

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.05.10 09:42:59 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : I see we could be sharing a Barbecue ❓ 😎

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.05.10 09:46:19 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 18) :


    Nah, I don’t think either of us will win it. 😥

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.05.10 09:59:52 by wpw Reply
  • LMs is now officially a balls up thanks to the useless sodding Lions. I mean, how can a team seriously lose every game?

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.05.10 10:47:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 15) : This from the guy who said that the Stormers play “rubbish” rugby? 😈

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.05.10 11:45:37 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 21) :


    I suppose he will NEVER live that one down!! :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.05.10 11:52:20 by wpw Reply
  • @Just a Fan (Comment 21) : @wpw (Comment 22) : You two are never going to let me forget that one ! 🙄

    Don’t panic they well deserve a home semi.

    Let’s just hope they can go the whole way …. so you can really rub my nose in it.

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.05.10 12:41:29 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Afternoon everyone :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.05.10 12:53:18 by Chaz Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 6) : Oh yes and my its going to be good to see the Nulle loose 2 games in a row 😕

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.05.10 12:54:51 by Chaz Reply

  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 23) :

    Nah bro, I won’t remind you again!! 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.05.10 12:55:56 by wpw Reply
  • @lz (Comment 8) : more like beer and wine when the streamers take a win eeee 😆

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.05.10 12:56:14 by Chaz Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 24) :

    Good afternoon Chaz!! 😎

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.05.10 12:57:15 by wpw Reply
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 9) : now thats the spirit 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.05.10 12:57:27 by Chaz Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 28) : Are you and the team going to let me and some Sharks Fans down 🙁 or can we count for a Home semi and Final 😉

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.05.10 12:58:41 by Chaz Reply

  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 23) : don’t forget me TO or are you going into hiding again and ther eason toooo busy mmmmmm 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.05.10 13:00:12 by Chaz Reply

  • Well i hear from all around that the nulle are sending a B team to help the stormers to win so they can have a home semi oh my know what where they thinking if so true it is thoughtfull of them to even think so 🙄 but my word did they think the stormers are going to lay a win on a platter for them 👿
    Now i’m not a bad looser at all but i would just lv to see the B team loose to the Stormers this week-end and then a home semi for them and the A team Bulls Loose against who ever goes through to the semis and my a home final in NEWLANDS now how about that

    eeeeaaaahhh 😉

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.05.10 13:12:10 by Chaz Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 30) :

    I don’t think we will make the final but who knows.

    We might not even win this weekend. 🙄 😕

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.05.10 13:14:34 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 33) : now now have a bit of faith my friend you might just be wrong 😆 And just think of it this way the Whole of the Sharks teams are going for Stormers :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.05.10 13:23:57 by Chaz Reply


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