Richard Ferguson

Double change for Bulls to face Sharks

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Mar 2016 at 12:45
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Bulls coach Nollis Marais has opted to give winger Jamba Ulengo his first start for the Bulls against the Sharks this Friday night. Ulengo is the only change to the backline that beat the Rebels in the first half two weeks ago.

Ulengo made name for himself in the Currie Cup last year, scoring 11 tries in a successful tournament for the Sevens player. This will be his first Super Rugby start as he replaces Travis Ismaiel on the wing.

Amongst the forwards, Roelof Smit gets a start while Nic de Jager enjoys a break from the bench.

Also on the bench is Jesse Kriel, who missed the Rebels match through concussion. He is sure to make an impact in the second half.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Nic de Jager, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Jesse Kriel


  • Not that scary on paper. I think our biggest threat is complacency.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.03.16 12:57:05 by Seth101 Reply
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  • “that beat the Rebels in the first half” πŸ™‚

    I’d be somewhat disappointed if this Sharks team cannot beat this Bulls team.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.03.16 13:00:29 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • Jut like any other side the Sharks must first do the hard work before they try to run then to pieces!

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.03.16 13:05:36 by JD Reply
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  • To me, these games where the Sharks are hands-down favorites will show exactly how far the Sharks have come.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.03.16 13:10:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @JD (Comment 3) : That’s what I enjoyed about Rob’s “A B C D” article….can’t get to “E” unless you first went from A to D. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.03.16 13:11:59 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 2) : same here. think Sharks should play them the same way they played the Kings, take them on with hard running and even harder tackles in the first half and then if the Bulls get tired start running wide!

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.03.16 13:13:36 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 3) : Would love Bulls style of old (pre kick and hope) of physical bruising and breakdown and then run them raggid! If we just try and run them off their feat it might play into their hands.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.03.16 13:14:22 by Kabouter Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) :

    Let’s hope we give the Bulls the D……

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.03.16 13:14:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • One wing has never played SR and the other struggles with defence. We need to put those two under loads of pressure.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.03.16 13:15:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 7) : yes Sharks must earn the right to go wide!

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.03.16 13:26:44 by JD Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : one thing is Sharks must not kick on Basson as he can catch a ball and run, would be better to run at him.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.03.16 13:27:53 by JD Reply
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  • Whilst this may not be the Bok laden Bulls of the past there are a good few players in that side. Would be silly to think of this side as bad or even close to the calibre of the Kings. There are no easy games in Super rugby…if you arent on your game you will probably lose.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.03.16 13:29:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • @JD (Comment 11) : We should let one of the twins loose on him very early in the game and rattle him, then you can kick on him all day and fear of life will be on him to catch it again

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.03.16 13:30:17 by Henkb Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : For the first time I agree with you. Never ever ever underestimate any Bulls team in Pretoria. Those guys are going to be pumped and very confident. This is not a bad Bulls side by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.03.16 13:38:44 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : Top effort. Give that man a Bells!

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.03.16 13:40:00 by Hulk Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 14) : well, the Bulls will no doubt be a tough prospect – they always are at home. But let’s not shy away from some simple observations.

    The Bulls were pumped by the Stormers and made to look rather ordinary by the Rebels of all teams in that 2nd half.

    I think the Sharks should be mature enough to accept they are favourites (rather than play silly games to claim the underdog tag) and go out there and play with confidence. Meet the expectations head on and make a statement on the field.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.03.16 13:46:50 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : @Henkb (Comment 13) : not thinking this Bulls team is bad I just liked the way the Sharks pounded the Kings in the first 40 before starting to spread the ball to the wings and would like a see a similar approach to this game. Like I said in another comment Sharks must earn the right to go wide.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.03.16 13:49:01 by JD Reply
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  • Haha I see Stransky says the TMO decision was shocking. No surprise there. Jeepers can you imagine if Stransky had been commentating with his WP fan boys Skinstad and Cowley?

    Surprised Stefan Terblanche agrees though.

    Both of their reasoning was a little too emotional, focusing on Kolisi’s supposed lack of intention, which we know by now is irrelevant anyway.

    Kobus Wiese and Mark Andrews are thinking straight and without emotion and hit the nail on the head.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.03.16 13:54:03 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 14) : haha i do fully agree with you there. Beating any Bulls side at loftus is not easy

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.03.16 13:55:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : true.need to guard against complacency.sharks lost 2 from 2 vs bulls in sr 2015.did not beat them in the it has been more than a year since the sharks last beat a bulls team.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.03.16 14:06:21 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @JD (Comment 17) : Look i do agree with your approach. But lets also not forget the Kings came hard at the sharks in the first 20min and were ontop for that period.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.03.16 14:09:30 by SheldonK Reply

  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 20) : hopefully that just makes them more hungry.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.03.16 14:09:40 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 16) : the bulls were still in it with 30 mins to go down in ct.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.03.16 14:10:23 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 18) : Im not sure why people are still commenting in the press on that decision…whether it was fully right or horribly wrong it still wont change the fact that the score still stands and nothing will come of saying it was right or wrong

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.03.16 14:12:58 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 24) : People like to try and stay relevant.

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.03.16 14:21:15 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 17) : Take nothing away from the Bulls, they have a lot of youngster in the team that will want to prove themselves and this will charge the old guard, this as always will be a grueling battle, and we must just be the better team on the day, do everything better than what they do, they are in reality nor a bad team, and loftus is always a hum dinger

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.03.16 14:37:32 by Henkb Reply
  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 18) : @SheldonK (Comment 24) : @Seth101 (Comment 25) : and guess who’s the TMO down in Cape town this weekend?!?!?!?! Let me give you a hint his initials are MJ!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.03.16 14:40:43 by JD Reply
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  • How is brummer the first choice flyhalf at the Bulls – surely, there must be better flyhalves than him, he is worse than kak. Great news for the Sharks!

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.03.16 14:44:24 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : but worth so much joy……

    although quite a few simularites between CC sides from last year, the coaching additions and mongrel in Sharks should win this, by little I suspect

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.03.16 14:46:21 by Kabouter Reply

  • brummer is an accurate goalkicker.

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.03.16 14:46:24 by 50shadesofshark Reply

  • Andre will have to be spot on again this week. Odendaal and Serfontein are physical runners and can offload. If our centre pairing keeps on improving, we will be golden and their pacey back three wont be as dangerous.

    the front row will be another test for us as no matter how you look at it, it will be a full Bok frontrow facing the Sharks. I cant wait for it! Victory would be so sweet!! Brannas en Coke soet!!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.03.16 14:51:39 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Vonno13 (Comment 28) : Should be Schoeman as 1st Choice in my opinion he is playing second fiddle now for a while and they should invest more in him re game time, he is a decent player and I think they are miss managing him, he was the flint that sparked their back line during the CC

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.03.16 15:08:11 by Henkb Reply
  • @Henkb (Comment 32) : Ja for sure, to be honest with you, I would not even play Brummer on the bench, to me, he is a typical old fashioned south African flyhalf – deep in the pocket putting pressure on the centres, not my cup of tea at all.

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.03.16 15:18:27 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Kabouter (Comment 29) : My superbru is going with that theory as well

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.03.16 15:57:27 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 18) : How can there be any doubt anymore, cant these people comprehend what is written.

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.03.16 16:23:22 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 35) : Kaplan’s obfuscation didn’t help. A lot have taken his view (which isn’t really an answer to the question Jonker was asked) as gospel, Skinstad included.

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.03.16 16:34:15 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • A quick question. When did Skinstad drop the ‘by’ from Bobby?

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.03.16 16:35:48 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • I don’t know why I care so much but I’m astounded at Kaplan’s continued lack of reasoning on his twitter account. I guess we are all human after all.

    Now he’s agreeing with some dude who’s trying to suggest it wasn’t a kick by asking:”so what if reinach placed the ball on siya’s foot and then the ball rolled loose? still a kick then?”

    To which Kaplan replies: “exactly !!!!! That wouldn’t be a kick unless it rolled a visible distance .. What a joke !”

    What has this scenario got to do with what ACTUALLY happened? What blatantly happened, whether Kolisi intended it or not (and the jury is still out on that) is the ball was kicked out of Reinach’s hands in the process of scoring a try. Why is Kaplan still trying to deny this outcome?

    I’m beginning to wonder if Kaplan might be looking at another incident.

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.03.16 18:03:04 by Sharks_have_Character! Reply

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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 38) : Kaplan trying to cash in on the controversy….he’s become irrelevant and he can’t accept it.

    By the way time the Play-offs will roll around, he’ll still be Bea ing this drum in an attempt milk his last bit of fame out of rugby.

    I’ll tell you this, whatever weight I used to put on his opinion, has now disappeared…. never shall his opinion, on a questionable refereeing call, carry any weight for me.

  • Comment 39, posted at 15.03.16 18:37:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 38) : it is dragging on a little to long to be drunk tweeting or that man has one hell of a liver

  • Comment 40, posted at 15.03.16 21:47:56 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 40) : If that’s the case, then his liver is so big, it’s starting school next year.

  • Comment 41, posted at 15.03.16 22:03:45 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 38) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 39) : @vanmartin (Comment 40) : maybe he’s still applying old rules or he’s just showing his ignorance as even the SAReferee website has backed both the penalty try and the yellow card!
    But then again that also say empty vessels makes the most noise!!

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.03.16 00:34:30 by JD Reply
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  • @Sharks_have_Character! (Comment 37) : When he realized that his second name “Jan” was causing him some embarrasment when used in conjunction with his first.

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.03.16 06:40:14 by coolfusion Reply

  • Kaplan, clearly, is one of those people that cant accept they got something wrong. He would do well to step back and take a breather because all he is managing to do right now is to a make a fool of himself, but if he wants to keep digging then he must just be careful that the walls of of the hole dont collapse in on him while he is still in the hole.

  • Comment 44, posted at 16.03.16 08:46:37 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 44) : This is the man who for years we held up to the world as a paragon of impartiality,our number one unbiased referee

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.03.16 08:56:06 by The hound Reply
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