Second-row change for Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 19 Feb 2014 at 07:47
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Frans Ludeke has opted against wielding a heavy axe, after his Bulls charges came unstuck in Durban at the weekend.

The squad named to face the Cheetahs in round two’s Bloemfontein clash features only a single personnel change, with Grant Hattingh coming straight into the starting line-up to displace Paul Willemse.

Former Lions man Hattingh will play in his usual number 5 jersey, meaning a positional switch from 5 to 4 for Bok Flip van der Merwe. Pierre Spies again leads the side, with former captain Victor Matfield remaining on the bench.

15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht , 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Marcel van der Merwe ,19 Victor Matfield,20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers


  • Fouche and Hougaard together. Maybe Handre Pollard with Fouche on the bench and someone, anyone as scrumhalf.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.02.14 08:40:35 by Caratacus Reply
  • Having Hattingh there is actually a step backwards. The front row surprised me a bit last week. I expected plenty of penalties around the scrum. Would prefer a change at 2, 9 and 10, but lets see what happens.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.02.14 08:53:58 by Blue Centurion Reply
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  • If the team only has 1 change, the only advice I’ll give them is patience. Plenty of it. Especially from Fouche and Hougie. You can’t attempt a drop goal every time the ball gets to you in the opposition’s half.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.02.14 08:57:19 by Blue Centurion Reply
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  • So much has been said about Morne Steyn and his lack of everything from vision to a decent tackle, but hell how the Bulls must wish they still had him..

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.02.14 09:05:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Starting van Zyl and Pollard will be a major improvement.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.02.14 09:15:46 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 3) :
    Personally, I fear that rumours of the Bulls’ demise may be exaggerated.

    The fact that they are playing the same ole rugby makes sense given their strengths as well as the other changes they have had to cope with. They will find the old rhythm soon.

    Also, Wilemse was pretty ineffectual since starting for the senior side – Hattingh isca pretty abrasive option to have.

    I think the Bulls will take this.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.02.14 09:26:49 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Pierre Spies is a pissy and useless. Hougaard socialite that should stop playing rugby and become a model. I would choose Piet at 9 and Potgieter at 10. At the moment he is a better bet than Pollard (totally overrated) and Louis Fouche. Long season for the CAMO Bulle anyway! There real problem is the useless administrators and management. Compare that to ours Chalk and FFFF Cheese! Go Sharks

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.02.14 09:29:32 by Observer Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 5) : I would tend to agree. @Big Fish (Comment 6) : To be honest the Bulls didnt really seem to have a game plan last week. They kind of wanted to kick it but there were no chasing lines etc and u could see the outside backs wanted to run it. They dont have the pack to play kick and chase, they would be better off playing Cheetah rugby and running the ball.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.02.14 09:34:50 by SheldonK Reply

  • How about positional switches for Hougaard and Visser? A few cameos in last year’s CC suggest that Visser could be a much better scrumhalf than he is a fullback…. Likewise, Hougaard has proven over the years that he’s a much better outside back than scrumhalf. Just a thought.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.02.14 09:37:14 by Mpandla Reply

  • @Mpandla (Comment 9) : Def not Visser at 9. He is good at 15 though-best they have. Hougaard is a make shift 9, doesnt do basics well. would be better suited to wing or 13.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.02.14 09:43:02 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) :
    Their issue was execution. Half backs kicking especially was hopeless.

    But they still have a strong secondary phase game and big backs. Some proper play from scrumhalf is what they need. And there I think everyone sees the issues with Hougaard.

    I think they will do better than most people expect.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.02.14 09:50:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) :

    Jesse Kriel is the best fullback they have, pity he’s injured. The biggest mistake they ever made was to switch Spies from wing to no. 8

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.02.14 10:09:21 by Mpandla Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : Definitely a 13!! He’s explosive and steps really well!

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.02.14 10:11:33 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Mpandla (Comment 12) : I agree! Spies has the body of a forward but not the mindset. If you put Keegan Daniel, Duane Vermeulen or Ashley Johnson’s mind into Spies’ body you’d have the best eighthman in the world.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.02.14 10:13:03 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : No for sure they not bad players by any means. When you see the side on paper its actually very decent. It just seems they not all on the same page or are just not clicking. Execution of kicks were not good but opposition will now be ready for the Bulls to kick majority of their ball so wont be rushing up on defense.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.02.14 10:13:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • with a potent backline why note lose it, well they do have threats in the backline. We also need to blame the coaching for the gameplan.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.02.14 10:14:20 by Dunx Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Yeah I agree with that. Hougaard did not appear to have enough confidence in Fouche and maybe tried to much. I can compare Hougaards performance with Cobus’s game against Sarries.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.02.14 10:32:02 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 2) : Spot on. I reckon at the very least JLP should have been given a bench spot. He’s the sort of experienced, reliable 10 you want at the moment who will allow Hougaard to play more to his strengths.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.02.14 11:57:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Apparently Spies has an Elbow injury and won`t play. Engelbrecht will come in for him.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.02.14 16:44:49 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 19) : Who will be captain?

    My guess would be (and I can already hear HM wetting himself with sheer delight) Matfield. 🙄

    If not, then probably Jono Ross, in which case I’d back the tsietas for a win.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.02.14 17:00:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 20) : Flip . . . . :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.02.14 17:02:18 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 20) : Just saw, Flip vd Merwe will be captain…not sure what to make of it, might actually be an improvement on Spies.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.02.14 17:02:48 by FireTheLooser Reply


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