Strong Bulls named for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 3 Jul 2013 at 12:42
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Well, when it comes to their quest to secure top spot on the Super Rugby log, the Bulls clearly aren’t messing around. Frans Ludeke has named a powerful line-up indeed for Saturdays’ Loftus clash against the Sharks.

Last week’s outfit, which dispatched the Kings with ease, was under strength in a few key areas. There’s no such thing this week, with Morne Steyn back at flyhalf in perhaps the most significant change. The loss of Wynand Olivier and Juandre Kruger to French sides looks to have been absorbed with relative ease; Boks Jan Serfontein and JJ Engelbrecht start in midfield, while Flip van der Merwe, Grant Hattingh and Wilhelm Steenkamp provide sufficient steel in the second row.

The Bulls have opted to include a full front-row on the bench, a clear indication that they view the SHarks’ scrum as a point of real strength for the visitors ahead of the game.,

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip vd Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Jurgen Visser, 22 Morné Mellet


  • As much as id like…. I just don’t see the Sharks taking it.. Sharks should do the right thing and lose for SA’s sake 😀

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.07.13 12:45:23 by Uli Reply
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  • we can take these guys for sure, all we have to do is watch our dicipline because steyn will kick us out of the game.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.07.13 12:53:28 by jovner Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 1) : bwahahahahahaha!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.07.13 12:56:39 by Ice Reply
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  • We can take them up front. MBC

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.07.13 13:03:08 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 1) : Hiabo!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.07.13 13:03:52 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @jovner (Comment 2) : I completely agree. If Keegan’s playing, hopefully he has a error reduced game and Lambie needs to have his kicking boots on, because last weeks performance isn’t going to be good enough against this Bulls side. Their centers are what’s really worrying me, there is loads of pace there.

    Also, I’ve been reading the site for years now, just first time I’ve commented.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.07.13 13:04:23 by Michael Campbell Reply

  • BELIEVE in yourself sharks BELIEVE!!!
    You CAN do this!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.07.13 13:11:09 by R Hayward Reply

  • @Michael Campbell (Comment 6) : Welcome!

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.07.13 13:16:50 by Ice Reply
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  • @Michael Campbell (Comment 6) : welcome …. good to have you “on the record” 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.07.13 13:18:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • The bulls rely heavily on their set piece, if we out scrum them the way we murdered the Blues, and make sure we win our own lineout ball, we’d have won 80% of the battle.

    The only other requirement is to catch the ball WHEN they kick those bland up&unders.

    Once we’ve got the ball, keep it, that’s why the Bulls struggle against NZ teams, they can’t kick up&unders without the ball which means their only means of attack has been blunted.

    Easy peezy lemon squeezy 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.07.13 13:31:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : who needs Brenden Venter? 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.07.13 13:33:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • I agree, we can take them if we keep it up front, as their backline looks potent.

    Alos if Pat hasn’t got his boots on again, there needs to be a quicker switch to Butch, unlike last week.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.07.13 13:36:22 by stevovo Reply
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  • Sharks will keep it tight and try and beat them upfront.

    I reckon itll be a low scoring game where the most disciplined side will take it.

    Money on Keegan Daniel doing something stupid and gifting them the win.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.07.13 13:46:23 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 13) : if he plays

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.07.13 13:54:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Rob, any idea when Sharks name their line up???

    Still believe ‘we can’ beat these blokes….but naturally that “never know which Sharks team will pitch” situation is still upon us.

    Will not win if:
    – Kanko is not starting / Keegan is
    – Lambie does not step up
    – Bismarck doesnt start and skipper the side

    Another thing that could play a role is if we dont play an openside. Botes has always done well against the Bulls – Marcell is NO OPENSIDE.

    I want the boys to win, but still dont want to qualify for play offs…if that makes sense haha

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.07.13 14:04:19 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 15) : I would imagine it will be named tomorrow.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.07.13 14:12:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bulls rely on their set pieces. If we put them on the backfoot at scrum time their backline will be less of a threat. If we dominate the mauls/scrums i believe we should take it.

    My loose trio:

    6. Coetzee
    7. Deysel (Shirtless or not)
    8. Alberts

    Kanko on the bench

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.07.13 14:14:13 by DBOY Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :
    Oh, didn’t know he was in doubt. Is he injured?

    Or being ‘rested’?

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.07.13 14:20:23 by John Galt Reply

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  • @DBOY (Comment 17) : I would prefer to move Alberts to 4, then use 6. Botes, 7. Deysel and 8. Kanko with Coetzee on the bench for that Duracell Bunny from hell tackling he does right at the end.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.07.13 14:22:54 by Michael Reply

  • @Michael (Comment 19) : Now that combo I like…players will compliment each other well

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.07.13 14:29:16 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @Michael (Comment 19) : @pienaar111 (Comment 20) : Yes please, I’ll third that.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.07.13 14:31:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @DBOY (Comment 17) : nice one!

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.07.13 14:34:16 by Ice Reply
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  • @Michael (Comment 19) : Marcell, the bunny from duracell! LMGA

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.07.13 14:37:33 by Ice Reply
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  • Bulls have good tall locks and line outs is their strenght. Otherwise i would also move Alberts to lock to beef the pack up. Just my opinion.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.07.13 14:38:51 by DBOY Reply

  • @DBOY (Comment 24) : True, but I’m sure we used Alberts at 4 vs Stormers in the Semi-Final last year. Think they had Etzebeth and Bekker at lock that game so Alberts should be able to hold his own vs the Bulls.

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.07.13 14:57:23 by Michael Reply

  • @Michael (Comment 25) : in all honesty, the combo is useless! Those two blokes should be able to contest every line-out, yet they don’t. Don’t forget, the Bulls have Matfield, and he is a master where line-outs are concerned.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.07.13 15:03:57 by Ice Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : Only NZ side Bulls lost to this year was the Crusaders. The rest tried to run – remember Hurricanes at Loftus.

    The Bulls have been functioning with bad scrum ball since Guthro left, and it remains their biggest weakpoint, yet this year they win their matches despite their bad scrum.

    Adapting almost like Aus did a few years ago when they also had no scrummagers and were under pressure

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.07.13 15:40:42 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 26) : I did forget the Matfield factor. Well, we will just have to wait and see how they operate at line out time.

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.07.13 15:42:03 by Michael Reply

  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 27) : also got to bear in mind that in the final analysis, our overpowering scrum ended up helping us next to nothing against the Blues. Still had to scrap very hard for a desperate win

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.07.13 15:43:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Michael (Comment 28) : last time we played the Bulls, they read our supposedly “new” lineout like an old book. Franco is the guy who’s devised all the calls and frankly, he’s just not in Victor’s class.

    We must remember, though, that the Bulls are without their on-field lineout general (Kruger) and won’t have Spies there either. I guess they’ll go to Flip to call their lineouts this week – can’t say I see Hattingh taking on that responsibility.

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.07.13 15:45:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : I still envy the quality depth at prop the Sharks have.

    If you had better luck with injuries, the props would have had more than capable partners in the backs to help them close out any team.

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.07.13 15:57:16 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 27) : Oh yeah, I forgot that this year was the first time in yonks that the bulls actually beat the Blues.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.07.13 16:39:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • If Keegan play Sharks will lose. Sharks need Deysel and Alberts to start with Botes or Kanko (if he’s fit and ready) with Marcell on bench.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.07.13 16:58:14 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 32) : First time in Auckland. Plenty of times on Loftus.

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.07.13 16:59:47 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 34) : Past few years the bulls have struggled against the Blues, only team to lose against them last year…and that in Pretoria.

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.07.13 17:04:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Does anyone know if Bismarck has been seriously considered as captain? I know he made a cameo last week but is he a serious contender for the captains band? I have nothing against Daniels, just think the guy needs a rest, get his head back in the right space and prove all his critics wrong. Ease the pressure on him a bit.

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.07.13 19:43:30 by superpenguin Reply

  • @superpenguin (Comment 36) : I think there’s a very good chance Bismarck will captain this weekend.

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.07.13 19:53:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • That would be awesome! Also hopefully it will play a part in contract extensions for the du plessis brothers.

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.07.13 20:21:14 by superpenguin Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 35) : First loss against Blues at Loftus since 2003. In 2009 we put 50 past them. But agree, it was a sin losing to them last year, much like losing to the Highlanders this year.. 😉

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.07.13 20:23:17 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • Yes Blue Centurion that one is really going to come back to bite the Sharks!!!!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.07.13 22:31:07 by JD Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 39) : Ja, definitely just as bad…what can we say, it’s difficult to support the French Sharks.

  • Comment 41, posted at 04.07.13 09:07:09 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • We need to target their midfield. Serfontein and Engelbrecht are both equally overrated.

  • Comment 42, posted at 04.07.13 09:10:16 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Who carries the ball at the back of the rolling maul for the bulls? Potgieter or Slegman?

  • Comment 43, posted at 04.07.13 10:34:46 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 43) : Stegman.

  • Comment 44, posted at 04.07.13 10:57:46 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 44) : Sure Sure? I can get 16 to one odds on him.

    Need another banker like Deon Fourie!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 04.07.13 11:30:12 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 45) :

    To score a try?

    That’s pretty good! Where do you bet?

  • Comment 46, posted at 04.07.13 11:34:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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