Richard Ferguson

Bulls make changes for Waratahs outing

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 8 May 2012 at 11:59
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The Bulls have made several changes to their starting line-up for their clash against the Waratahs this weekend, with four changes to the starting team that beat the Rebels last weekend.

Dean Greyling, who flew back to South Africa for the birth of his first child (who was born and named Dean MacGuyver Greyling) is replaced by Dawie Steyn, with Rayno Gerber on the bench for the injured Frik Kirsten.

Jacques Potgieter, who has been ruled out for between 6 and 8 weeks, is replaced by Deon Stegmann in the starting fifteen, with the loose trio shuffled to play CJ Stander on the blindside, with Pierre Spies captaining the side from the back of the scrum.

Thetwo changes to the backline sees Wynand Olivier ruled out of the clash, after earlier reports speculating that he might be fit for this clash, being replaced by Francois Venter, while Johann Sadie comes into the midfield from the bench, replacing JJ Engelbrecht, apparently a rotational change.

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 CJ Stander, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dawie Steyn.

Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht


  • With all their injuries, the Bulls can still name a pretty strong team?!

    Bulls to take this comfortably, especially after reading that the Waratahs will be making extensive changes after their embarrassing loss to the Brumbies last week.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.05.12 12:05:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • STEGGIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.05.12 12:17:43 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 2) : Our bok no. 6 is finally back in action!! 😀

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.05.12 12:39:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : marcell, kolisi, stander can all take a back seat!

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.05.12 12:41:10 by Megatron Reply

  • I’m really sorry to say this, but we actually need the Tahs to deliver a BIG hiding here.

    I doubt they will, cos they’re a pretty shit team, but if they could get that right, it would be great

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.05.12 12:48:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : its a bit of a catch 22. If the Bulls win then the Tahs move further down the log and makes the ausie conference look like crap. Tahs win then we move in closer (hopefully) to catching them. At this stage I would rather see the bigger picture and root for the Bulls to take the win 😕

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.05.12 13:28:01 by Viking Reply
  • @Viking (Comment 6) : ha ha… as you say, there is no clear best scenario here. We’re not going to catch the Bulls unless they lose at least 2 on tour… by the same token, a Waratahs win bring them right back into contention

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.05.12 13:38:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 6) : but what is the bigger picture? That’s a good question, I think. Is the bigger picture the greater good of the Boks and SA Rugby? In that case, it’s vital for the Bulls to win.

    If the picture we care about is what’s good for the Sharks, then again we have a quandary. Do we want the Bulls to win to increase our slim chances of topping the conference? Or will it be better for the Sharks in the long run if we don’t make the play-offs at all, prompting a house-cleaning exercise?

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.05.12 13:40:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    I think the Sharks are too big a Union with way too many talented players to have to rely on other teams to make the play offs..

    But yes, I’d like a bit of a Spring-cleaning exercise to be done..

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.05.12 13:43:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Although I like the idea of house cleaning, for me the bigger picture has to do with the format of the super rugby and its stupid conference system. The ausies need to keep losing and the rest keep on winning. Its the best amunition to drop the conference system and go back to everyone plays everyone else.

    As for the Sharks topping the log, I think that ship has sailed my friend. making the playoffs is slim at this stage.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.05.12 14:00:19 by Viking Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I say let the Aussies lose as often and badly as possible, if, come playoff time, the Aus leader is again below all 5 others on plain points, the conferences may die the slow, painful death they deserve!

    Also wouldn’t mind a house cleaning

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.05.12 14:18:32 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 10) : while I agree with you, I think it shows bad faith to give up on them with so many games still to be played.

    Will assess on a week-by-week basis and only give up when there really is no hope left.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.05.12 14:29:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Safety first, Bulls must win without getting a 4 try bonus point and at the same time prevent the Tahs from getting a point from the game. The top teams still have to play each other, if we win our remaining games we should finish in a good position. 7,8,9 and 10 placed teams are very close on the log, we need to break away from these teams.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.05.12 05:28:31 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Any loss by an Aussie team, but in particular the ‘Tahs is a thing of joy and wonder, and cause for celebration!

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.05.12 08:07:14 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I think it`s quite clear we need to pull for the Tahs in this one.

    Okay we probably won`t top the conference anyway but at least it gives the Stormers a chance.
    Even if the Tahs move up and somehow becomes a threat to us they`re not exactly the Crusaders are they? I`d rather face them than any of the Bulls, Stormers or Crusaders in a play-off.

    But your ” Sharks House Cleaning ” idea sounds tempting . . . 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.05.12 09:25:24 by Original Pierre Reply
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