Three changes for Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 29 May 2014 at 09:18
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The Vodacom Bulls have made three changes to their starting fifteen for this weekend’s derby against the Lions – a game that Frans Ludeke’s men have to win in order to stay in Super Rugby play-off contention.

Given the importance of the fixture, it’s perhaps a little surprising that this is the week that’s been chosen to rest Victor Matfield. Grant Hattingh shifts from number 8 to lock in place of Matfield, with Jacques Engelbrecht moving into the starting loose trio after a few weeks on the bench.

Marcel van der Merwe rotates into the starting lineup, at tight head prop ahead of Werner Kruger.

Three further changes on the bench see Wimpie van der Walt, William Small-Smith and Louis Fouche come into the squad, the latter as replacement for Junior Bok captain Handre Pollard, who is currently in New Zealand.

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 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Wimpie van der Walt, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Louis Fouché, 23 William Small-Smith.


  • Bulls better hope JLP does not get injured. I still can’t figure out how Ludeke preferred Fouche over Pollard at the start of the season.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.14 09:43:26 by Bokhoring Reply
  • What’s the bet he was told to rest Matfield so that we don’t lose another Bok captain.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.14 09:48:43 by Seth101 Reply
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  • I cant see the Lions beating this Bulls side. Matfield will definitely be on the field with his water bottles at every possible stoppage

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.14 09:50:36 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : I expect 5 points in the bag for the Bulls

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.14 09:53:35 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : Yeh i think i tend to agree with you. Lions have been poor lately especially on defense and their handling.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.14 10:18:41 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 4) : @SheldonK (Comment 5) : Yup…Bulls to challenge strongly for a playoff spot…

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.14 10:42:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : Fouche was the encumbent flyhalf after Steyn for a while now. I think he felt it was only fair to give him a shot – especially after the flyhalf disaster of the currie cup last year. Thankfully someone had the sense to contract JLP.

    @Seth101 (Comment 2) : I heard an interview last night where Ludeke explained that part of the deal with Meyer to get Matfield back was to consistently rest him, and now was good opportunity to do so.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.14 12:30:36 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • Off the subject a bit, I see Goosen is off to Racing Metro end of this season.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.14 15:38:46 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 8) : there’s some doubt as to whether that’s actually confirmed or not. His agent says it’s not finalised yet.

    It will happen, IMO, but just want to make sure I don’t jump the gun (even if everyone else does) 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.14 15:40:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Your lack of faith has clearly driven off THE NEXT BIG THING®

    Thanks a lot Rob! 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.14 16:26:22 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : tch. When will I EVER LEARN? 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.14 16:49:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Caratacus (Comment 8) : @robdylan (Comment 9) : that will be a big loss for the Cheetahs if he goes.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.05.14 18:22:11 by JD Reply
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