Richard Ferguson

Bulls unchanged for Kings

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 17 Apr 2013 at 12:43
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The Bulls take on the Kings in Port Elizabeth this weekend with an unchanged starting team.

The Bulls came through their encounter with the Cheetahs without any injuries and will go for consistency in working their way up the South African conference. There is a single change to the bench though, with Basson back from injury. He replaces Ulrich Beyers in the match 22.

The Bulls now head to Port Elizabeth for their first encounter with the Kings, fully aware of what the Kings have achieved on their tour. The momentum that the Kings arrive with, as well as a full house crowd, will make life difficult for the Bulls.

Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Lionel Mapoe, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Morne Mellett

Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Bjorn Basson


  • Go Bulls!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.04.13 13:14:39 by Mutley Reply
  • Bulls to take this one by at least 30……

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.04.13 13:17:42 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 1) :
    @Lassy_lion (Comment 2) :

    You guys are in for a big surprise..

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.04.13 13:21:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 2) :

    I’ll take that bet if your up for it.

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.04.13 13:24:21 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 2) : don’t you mean firty?

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.04.13 13:26:32 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Comment 6, posted at 17.04.13 13:27:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 5) :


  • Comment 7, posted at 17.04.13 13:29:43 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 5) : HAHAHA…. You are so funny…. We wil see wount we…..

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.04.13 14:25:49 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 8) :

    I wount hold my breath!

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.04.13 14:33:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 1) : @Lassy_lion (Comment 2) : been following your comments all day, hahaha, you peepz have got jokes, get over it

    Kings have shown more potential in the few months of Super Rugby than the Lions have in 10 years, Bulls by 30 hahaha, dream on

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.04.13 23:38:49 by Ludz Reply

  • Go Kings. Rather support the kings than the bulls

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.04.13 07:26:33 by Dunx Reply

  • Richard, any further news on why Kanko is likely to be dropped from the Sharks touring squad.
    Because of poor form apparently.

    Stupid move by Plum, we have NO loosies left because of injury and he drops someone who, I think, has actually done alright given that he’s been forced to in a position that doesn’t suit him.
    Bizarre move.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.04.13 08:11:37 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 12) :

    Where does that come from?!

    The Sharks have had no press conference this week, because of the Bok training squad, so not sure where that would have come from.

    I highly doubt Plum will leave a fully fit Kanko behind, not even taking into account all the injuries?!

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.04.13 08:40:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) :
    Yeah exactly!

    This from another poster on the other blog.
    by Gavin Rich 17 April 2013, 22:12

    Sharks coach John Plumtree is set to ring the changes as players reap the consequences of poor form ahead of Saturday’s top of the South African conference Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Toyota Cheetahs at Kings Park.

    Springboks Ryan Kankowski and Frans Steyn could well be in the firing line as Plumtree runs out of patience, with the Sharks mentor having already told the Durban media that Kankowski, one of the stars of the 2012 season once he regained fitness after injury, won’t be going on tour with the squad next week.

    “Ryan won’t be travelling with the squad as he’s not in good form at the moment,” said Plumtree after a training session in Durban on Wednesday evening.

    “We are putting a plan in place for him going forward. I think he’s still feeling the effects of the Japanese season and just hasn’t come right. Mentally he’s a bit stale, so it’s frustrating for him because he is trying his best but it’s just not working.

    “It’s alarming for me because he’s one of our better players, but at the end of the day there are standards and there are consequences for not reaching those standards.”

    It seems the Sharks are suffering a bit from having key players who play overseas, where the conditioning standards might not fit what you would expect for Super Rugby. Frans Steyn has struggled with his conditioning ever since he returned from France last June, and while the injury that ruled him out of the second half of last year didn’t help, there is understandable concern over his lack of concern and match sharpness.

    Plumtree says he is being patient with Steyn, but clearly that patience is starting to wear a little thin, and if it weren’t for the injury swathe that has cut through the backline resources, Steyn would almost certainly be sitting out the Cheetahs match. As it is, he won’t be lining up at fullback, where he played in the last two matches for the Sharks.

    “Frans won’t be playing at fullback this weekend, but I’ll consider him off the bench or in the midfield,” said Plumtree.

    “As I said at the start of the season, Frans was coming back from an injury and wasn’t in great condition. So he’s battling to get back to his best. We’ve had long talks and I’m going to be patient with him, but he’s got to be patient as well. We’ll get there, it’s just going to take some time. He was out of South Africa for a while, so he’s just got to rediscover his form and the conditioning necessary for Super Rugby.”

    The form and conditioning of Kankowski and Steyn should be of concern to more than just supporters of the Sharks, for both players were part of Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s national training squad that attended a camp in Cape Town earlier this week.

    The lack of form of the above players is made more serious by the injury toll, which has been added to by JP Pietersen, the star Springbok wing and one of the few Sharks backs to have played with any confidence this season. Pietersen was hobbling after the 22-15 loss to the Stormers and Plumtree has confirmed that he won’t be going on tour.

    With the injuries and the Bok training camp eating into the Sharks’ build-up week to the Cheetahs, Plumtree reckons the past few days have been among the toughest of his long career as a coach.

    “It has been really difficult to get a team together to play the Cheetahs on Saturday, never mind get the right 26 players for the tour departure the next day. It’s distracting and not fun at all. I’ve never experienced something like this in my coaching career so it’s a good test for me, but we’ve got to focus on whose fit and keep on functioning well so that we can win at the weekend.

    “JP definitely won’t tour and it is a big concern for us because he is probably one of our best players and to lose him is a massive loss. Injuries are really doing their best to derail our bid to win the trophy it is becoming stressful for everyone – the coaches, the players and the medical team. We’ve just got to dig in and get on with it.”

    On the positive side of the balance sheet, Plumtree would have been pleased to learn that Willem Alberts and Bismarck du Plessis, two key players who have yet to play this year, ran with the Boks on Monday, although they didn’t take any contact. Both are set to return during the tour. The team for the Cheetahs game is due to be announced later on Thursday

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.04.13 08:48:27 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 14) :

    Wow okay..

    Seems a bit silly. Will see if he actually has the balls to drop Steyn as well. As for Kanko staying, either Deysel or Alberts must then be fit to travel.

    Either that or this Jaco Kriel character is a good thing.

    Silly not to take him at all though..

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.04.13 08:53:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 14) : Bit late for an April fools joke

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.04.13 08:56:40 by Bokhoring Reply

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