Strong Bulls announced for Kings Park

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 16 Apr 2015 at 13:36
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Handre Pollard returns from his enforced rest to start at flyhalf in the only change to the Bulls backline for Saturday’s game against the Sharks.

Frans Ludeke, however, has made wholesale changes to his pack, with the return of Springboks tight forwards Adriaan Strauss and Flip van der Merwe bringing a formidable feel to the tight five. Jacques du Plessis moves out to flank to accommodate the latter, while a further change see Marcell van der Merwe come in at tighthead prop for Trevor Nyakane.

Arno Botha joins Nyakane and Callie Visagie on the bench this week, while there is a return to the squad for Lappies Labuschagne, who will also play off the bench.

Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 HandrΓ© Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 MornΓ© Mellett, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Pieter Labuschagne, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Jurgen Visser.


  • Good run on side and bench…

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.15 13:40:00 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : It’s a strange feeling when a Bulls backline scares one. Can’t they just bring back Kirchner? πŸ˜€

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.15 13:45:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Very tough game ahead – esp with that backline compared to ours and our defence..

    Funny how Dean Greyling didn’t get cited for that elbow on the Reds nr 2 last week..

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.15 13:49:33 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • Strong looking team, but our boys did well last week. A second week in a row will see them gel further and we could be in for a great game.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.15 13:53:49 by StevieS Reply
  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 3) : What elbow?

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.15 14:10:27 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • I like the side. The back row worries me a bit and of course the soar eye wearing 13. Hope we can see some good running and no cards.
    Of course now that ol’ Flip is back the odds of having a cardless game has just shrunk to being slightly higher than the odds of John Smit making a comeback.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.15 14:18:00 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 6) : Do the Bulls have any promising 13’s on the books that you know of?

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.15 14:22:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : Small-Smith isn’t too bad. But I would prefer the move of Serfontein to 13 with Odendaal on his inside. Sadly they are both still injured.
    Dries Swanepoel who played u/21 last year is also available.
    Kriel can also play 13.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.15 14:30:39 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 8) : Forgot about Small-Smith and that Kriel can play there. That utility value will surely aid his World Cup ambitions.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.15 14:33:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 8) : So can his twin brother.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.15 14:33:30 by The hound Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : Kirchner, Hougaard, Olivier…aah the good old days when they would kick it to you so that you could have a chance to attack…

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.15 14:37:58 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 5) : Saw it on Twitter, here’s the link

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.04.15 14:39:33 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : Pity they rate Kriel ahead of Jurgen Visser. He was well on his way to be the next Kirchner.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.04.15 15:17:15 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : He was a lot worse than Sideshow Bob,remember watching him go for a highball in the middle of the game when he was sitting on the bench.A serious rocket surgeon that boy.
    Looking at him he looks like he could be Slappies bastard son,same totally vacant15 km stare,thats the only reason I can see that he is still in the team

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.04.15 15:23:16 by The hound Reply
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  • One thing I can say for the bulls is that they made the right decision to back paige at nr 9 and not Hougaard. At least both our and their nr 13’s are equally crap at defense, plus theirs has trouble holding onto a pass.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.04.15 15:26:34 by coolfusion Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : @The hound (Comment 14) : At least we still have JJ 😈

    @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 12) : 😯

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.04.15 15:27:44 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 14) : When having Ludeke as coach you learn that there are things which defy logic. Like jono ross in previous years. How he managed to get selected game after game of being the worst player in the comp is still a mystery.
    Visser is another.
    But I still love the Bulls regardless.

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.04.15 15:32:04 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Yup.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.04.15 15:33:07 by coolfusion Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : I think someone scared the crap out of JJ…kid looks like he is about to sh*t bricks any minute….hey mayb he can play for the Cell C Sharts?

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.04.15 15:35:51 by SheldonK Reply

  • That is one serious lineout. Without Kanko at the back they’re going to dominate.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.04.15 15:39:01 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : They need to move him back to wing so that the guy can regain his confidence. I wonder if a positional switch with Hougie would be the worst thing in the world?

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.04.15 15:40:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • We could beat them on the backline as long as we commit to the tackle even if it takes us out of play. Odwa has enough gas to challenge Jesse Kriel, Esterhuizen is a decent match physically and on speed for Odendaal. Reinach more than a match for Paige if he distributes and forgets to kick. Zeilinga might struggle with Pollard but I have faith in Fred that he will shine, he did so against the best last year in the supers. Basson no match for Mvovo’s jets. Sithole more than quick enough for Hougaard (although we could have had more punch if we outclassed Engelbrecht by putting Sithole up against him and a big JP or Wilson on wing to cover Hougaard) As i see it we should come out ahead in a one on one. Oh and I did mention that the two defenseless girls (Waylon-Anne Murray and Engeltjie) will probably cancel each other out in uselessness.

    But give away penalties and Pollard will punish us…..

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.04.15 15:44:06 by coolfusion Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 21) : On attack no but defense i dunno if Hougie has the mental capacity- tends to go walkabout. Not saying JJ better just ya. Would love to see Hougie kept at wing and lay there for the Boks…serious X factor. Basson can play up and under but id still pick JJ over him. Odendaal and Serfontein at centre.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.04.15 15:50:05 by SheldonK Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 22) : I really hope you using serious Sharks bias for those match ups. Kriel would lap Ndungane in a 50m sprint. Basson just as quick as Mvovo. Hougaard far more street smart than Sithole. Are you Gary Gold in disguise?

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.04.15 15:52:51 by SheldonK Reply

  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 12) : Oh my word!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.04.15 15:55:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • last I checked Mvovo could do 100 in 10.32 (a 10.27 he won’t admit to) and Basson all time best was 10.6 so no not just as fast 0.3 is a lot to a sprinter. So Mvovo wins. Street smarts on Hougaard? Not really he has some moments but not all the time he aint a Wille le roux. Sithole is faster and probably safe from that x-factor most of the time. However I did recommend Wilson or Jp be on wing to cover Hougaard so Sithole can harrass JJ I read somewhere he did 100 in 10.5 so can even match JJ there. Jesse I don’t know too much so I’m betting Odwa has enough gas (I may be wrong).

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.04.15 16:13:34 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 26) : I would seriously doubt Mvovo would run close to his best time at the moment and Basson has been very sharp. X-factor and street smarts are very different…both Sithole and Hougaard have x-factor but Hougaard often in the right place to exploit it. Not a chance Odwa and Kriel are same pace im afraid. Although in rugby these days it very seldom becomes a 1on1 match up…its often what happens on a players inside or outside that influences the outcome of the 1v1

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.04.15 16:20:15 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 27) : I dunno about that did you see what happenned last week when he opened those taps? I think he still can.

    My comment however is that we can come out ahead in a 1 on 1 and afford to commit to the tackles, as opposed to the tackling we have been doing so far where the lions drew 2-3 players on almost every match up because the tackling was non committal since we were hunting the ball and not stopping the man.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.04.15 16:27:22 by coolfusion Reply

  • Very good Bulls team with the exception of JJ Engelbrecht, Bjorn Basson, Pierre Spies, Deon Stegmann, Flip van der Merwe, Dean Greyling, Callie Visagie, Piet van Zyl and Jurgen Visser of course. 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.04.15 16:33:22 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 29) : Maybe Dean’s trip to Kings Park will earn him his well deserved red card 😈

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.04.15 16:37:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 30) : If the Sharks are smart they will get someone to provoke that vuilgat! 😈

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.04.15 16:53:44 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 31) : “…if the Sharks are smart…” πŸ˜† 😐 πŸ™ πŸ˜₯

    But maybe they’ll get some tips from Bismarck, surely he’s an expert in the art of baiting by now. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.04.15 17:50:35 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 32) : I’m sure they will, Deysel might even have some pointers too. 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.04.15 17:58:31 by Ben Reply
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