Flip, Dean return for Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 2 May 2012 at 09:07
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Frans Ludeke has named his Bulls side to face the Rebels in their first tour match, with two first-choice forwards returning to the fray after missing out against the Brumbies due to injury.

Dean Greyling comes in at loosehead prop, displacing former Puma Dawie Steyn for the Melbourne clash, which kicks off just before 11 on Friday morning. In the other change to the starting pack, Bok lock Flip van der Merwe comes in for Wilhelm Steenkamp, with Juandre Kruger moving from 4 to 5 as a result.

The backline is unchanged, with JJ Engelbrecht preferred at centre to star signing Johann Sadie for a third week.

On the bench, Willie Wepener has recovered from his weird viral thing and takes over from Bongi Mbonambi, while Steenkamp’s demotion sees Gerrit-Jan van Velze drop out – although this was to be expected since the latter is not even in the tour party! Ludeke has opted not to bring Deon Stegmann in just yet, even though the player is now available for selection.

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Johann Sadie.


  • Bulls 40 – 10 Rebels

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.05.12 09:23:15 by JarsonX Reply
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  • The Bulls and Stormers are flying high.

    Makes what we`re going through so much more difficult to swallow.

    Times like these I wish I lived in KZN. Better to be surrounded by fellow sufferers than celebrating Stormers . . .

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.05.12 11:27:44 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 2) : let’s hang back a few months to see if they’re still celebrating once the trophy gets handed out…

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.05.12 12:03:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think the Bulls will pass the Stormers on the log this weekend by virtue of getting a bonus point – but it will be interesting to see who tops the SA log in the end.

    SA team only has a real chance if they finish at top of the log, or second with another SA team at the top.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.05.12 12:10:38 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : can’t have SA teams in 1st and 2nd

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.05.12 12:12:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • True – thinking of 2007 here 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.05.12 12:15:23 by Bokhoring Reply
  • i don’t know why everyone is tripping about fetchers when the highlanders handled the cheetahs with heinrich brussow without employing a fetcher as they played thomson, haskell & manu.

    the sharks’ defensive plan needs to be clear: we tackle low & go over the top & pilfer or we tackle high, hold em up & blitz over the ensuing numbers – a defence specialist would clear these things out & define roles.

    highlanders were dumbfounded playing the stormers as they were not anticipating the stormers plan of shifting the point of breakdown & buying themselves seconds when it comes to entering the ruck as the support runners of the tackled player have to get back & enter through the gate thus delaying or risk being pinged for side entry.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.05.12 21:35:44 by Megatron Reply

  • Cheetahs lost to the highlanders because they allowed some breakout tries through piss-poor tackling, another by leaving a defensive hole the size of two barn doors and a backup fly half whose kicking boots deserted him

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.05.12 21:50:59 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : point is they didn’t out-pilfer the landers. jimmy cowans’ try had five or six phases in front of cheetahs try line. are you suggesting thst their so-called balanced loose trio was a boon for them?

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.05.12 22:22:25 by Megatron Reply

  • True – Brussouw was not as effective in this game as the Landers are very good at protecting their ruck ball. They also play at speed and have two very nippy scrumhalves who quickly move the ball away from the rucks

    However the Cheetahs did not loose due to their trio – they lost because in the last 30 minutes they forgot how to tackle

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.05.12 07:58:18 by Bokhoring Reply

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