First Bulls start for Bongi

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 23 Apr 2014 at 13:25
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The Vodacom Bulls appear to have finally lost patience with hooker Callie Visagie, as the former Lion is nowhere to be seen for this week’s game against the Force in Perth. Bongi Mbonambi earns a first run-on cap, with springbok Bandise Maku providing cover off the wood.

Victor Matfield is reinstated as captain and will no doubt wear that armband for the foreseeable future, with Flip van der Merwe landing a 3-week suspension for punching against the Waratahs. Paul Willemse replaces the suspended lock in the number 4 jersey in the only other change to the starting pack. Wimpie van der Walt makes a first appearance in the match 23, as one of two loose forwards on the bench.

A slew of changes at the back see Francois Hougaard replace injured Piet van Zyl at scrumhalf, with fit-again Akona Ndungane replacing the former at wing. Jurgen Visser, who was a late casualty ahead of the Waratahs game, is back at fullback for Ulrich Beyers, who drops to the bench to replace William Small-Smith.

Vodacom Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Mornè Mellett, 18 Wimpie van der Walt, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Handrè Pollard, 22 Ulrich Beyers, 23 Marcel van der Merwe,


  • So basically same team and same result? !?!?!?!

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.04.14 13:28:16 by JD Reply
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  • I’m backing to be the first SA team to win across the Indian ocean here.

    Fingers crossed! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.04.14 13:51:16 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • Is it just the Bulls that gives the one reserve prop the number 23? The others teams seem to number the reserves starting with all the forwards and then the backs.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.04.14 13:56:49 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : Hey all props wish they could have a number belonging to the backline on their backs :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.04.14 13:59:33 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 4) : A real prop would never want to associate with backline players. 😛

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.04.14 14:15:47 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Said before the compitition started the Bulls have problems at hooker. He isn’t quite in Deon Fourie’s class, but he is far from being a great hooker like Bismarck.
    Too bad about Beyers, thought he had a good game last week, not just a kicking full back.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.04.14 14:33:15 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 6) : Jip, Beyers made the most line breaks in the competition last weekend. Too bad the Bulls like their fullbacks to kick as first option.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.04.14 14:41:12 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : it’s only them and I wish to goodness they’d stop.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.04.14 14:49:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : @robdylan (Comment 8) : If I remember correctly that’s how the French did it in the trial period as the no23 prop was only for injury replacement, but knowing props they got “injured” after 60min or so. Don’t know if they still use 23 for the prop replacement?!

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.04.14 16:19:29 by JD Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 7) : and his reward for all those line breaks is a place on the bench, servers him right for making the other backs look bad ;-P he really surprised me last week at 15 did not look bad at all, but maybe the coach has other ideas for his 15?!?!?!

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.04.14 16:22:51 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : Seemed a bit slow to me for 15, but a good performance nonetheless.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.04.14 21:47:13 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 11) : in the parts of the game that I saw he looked way better than the rest of the backs.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.04.14 22:43:21 by JD Reply
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