Team for the Bulls

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :Rainbow Cup on 10 Jun 2021 at 21:01

Sean Everitt has announced the starting team for the decisive game against the Bulls. Makazole Mapimpi has picked up a calf strain and is replaced by Anthony Volmink with Werner Kok moving to 14.

The Sharks have a very daunting task if they want to win the Rainbow Cup SA. Not only do they have the beat the Bulls while scoring four tries, but also have to prevent the Bulls from ending within 7 points or score more than 3 tries.

Van der Mescht, Kolisi, Bosch, Am and Fassi are back in the team. Young Khutha Mchunu will have to anchor the scrum from tight head with Khwezi Mona getting a start at loosehead.

15 Aphelele Fassi
14 Werner Kok
13 Lukhanyo Am (c)
12 Marius Louw
11 Anthony Volmink
10 Curwin Bosch
9 Jaden Hendrikse
8 Phepsi Buthelezi
7 Thembelani Bholi
6 Siya Kolisi
5 Hyron Andrews
4 JJ van der Mescht
3 Khutha Mchunu
2 Kerron van Vuuren
1 Khwezi Mona.
16 Dan Jooste
17 Ox Nche
18 Thomas du Toit
19 Reniel Hugo
20 James Venter
21 Grant Williams
22 Manie Libbok
23 Jeremy Ward.


  • Not sure on Kolisi, Bosch, and Am, I think the guys who have played in their stead are in better form. Hell of a back three and I’m looking forward to seeing Phepsi more. Would have liked to seen more of Henco.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.06.21 23:31:31 by Here be dragons Reply
    Here be dragons
  • Is boeta or libbok on the bench. Really feel that both had stellar performances against the lions

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.06.21 06:00:06 by jdolivier Reply
  • Libbok could not have done more to stick his hand up to start, disappointing.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.06.21 15:06:21 by Here be dragons Reply
    Here be dragons
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 3) : agreed.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.06.21 15:35:13 by jdolivier Reply
  • Mapimpi out, Kok in.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.06.21 05:40:39 by Here be dragons Reply
    Here be dragons
  • We just can’t finish 5m out

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.06.21 18:30:10 by jdolivier Reply
  • Scrums are a lottery

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.06.21 18:31:17 by jdolivier Reply
  • How was that inside?

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.06.21 18:31:50 by byron Reply
  • Bulls player 10m offsides we lose 40m territory, not looking promising

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.06.21 18:32:52 by jdolivier Reply
  • @byron (Comment 8) : Am never uses his captain challenge, does he forget he is captaining the side. Our young guns last week would really do better

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.06.21 18:34:17 by jdolivier Reply
  • Bulls loosehead not supporting his weight at all

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.06.21 18:34:46 by byron Reply
  • Why does AJ Jacobs always talk down to our players, not professional

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.06.21 18:36:06 by jdolivier Reply
  • Sad to see Marcell in a Bulls jersey

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.06.21 18:37:11 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Since being captain, Am has really shrunk as a player.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.06.21 18:37:40 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • Another big offside

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.06.21 18:39:24 by byron Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : it will only be for 3 games before he is injured again

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.06.21 18:39:26 by jdolivier Reply

  • Bulls offside and all of a sudden we commit obstruction, offside, knock on …….. dear fuck aj Jacobs is not on the same field

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.06.21 18:41:21 by jdolivier Reply

  • Predictably, bulls get away with offsides all day long. Peyper is vile

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.06.21 18:41:26 by SeanJeff Reply
  • All sharks players were retreating, bulls out of the blocks before Jaden even passes

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.06.21 18:42:29 by jdolivier Reply

  • @SeanJeff (Comment 18) : toilet Peyper dishing up his usual shit

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.06.21 18:43:01 by jdolivier Reply

  • Big high tackle there ref

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.06.21 18:48:09 by byron Reply

  • Stupid kick from Bosch there gifting the ball to Hendricks

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.06.21 18:50:43 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Can’t handle Bosch anymore

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.06.21 18:51:01 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Oh just go away Bosch.

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.06.21 18:51:12 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @byron (Comment 21) : Am has to be the most useless captain we’ve ever had

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.06.21 18:51:14 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 22) : Hendricks is slow, just shows you unfit and bad Bosch has become

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.06.21 18:51:54 by jdolivier Reply

  • Everitt reminds me of RdP Sr with his undroppables.

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.06.21 18:52:29 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @jdolivier (Comment 25) : great player, useless captian

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.06.21 18:52:30 by jdolivier Reply

  • Has anyone told Bosch we need tries not up and unders

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.06.21 18:53:03 by jdolivier Reply

  • If we kick for posts, we’ve given up

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.06.21 18:54:04 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 25) : tackle was kok

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.06.21 18:54:52 by byron Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 29) : If we couldn’t change game plan after gifting Bulls the CC final, we never will.

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.06.21 18:56:08 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • That’s a red

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.06.21 18:56:22 by byron Reply

  • Come on red for another high tackle. You saw the head crack back

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.06.21 18:57:20 by byron Reply

  • This is painful.

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.06.21 18:58:31 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • Wtf ref … How can you miss so much

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.06.21 18:58:58 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 34) : And yet again Am doesn’t challenge, bring ward and libbok on, those 2 don’t have the pride for the jersey anymore

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.06.21 18:59:46 by jdolivier Reply

  • @byron (Comment 36) : if our kit was blue he would notice everything

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.06.21 19:00:09 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 30) : Agreed, they know what’s required. Kicking for posts a capitulation

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.06.21 19:00:20 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 32) : sadly very true

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.06.21 19:00:24 by jdolivier Reply

  • Bholi and JJ working really hard

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.06.21 19:03:25 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Lineout going really well, plus the scrum actually holding up

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.06.21 19:04:29 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Just need to hold onto the ball

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.06.21 19:05:06 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 43) : so Bosch can kick it away

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.06.21 19:05:50 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 42) : set pieces looking good, our forwards are playing their hearts out

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.06.21 19:06:32 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 45) : We dropped our best backs from last week, the ones who played with heart.

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.06.21 19:07:48 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 46) : damn straight.

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.06.21 19:08:28 by jdolivier Reply

  • Our wings last weekend were running every second phase, jas volmink even recieved a pass tonight? Or just the let’s lose to the bulls by 40 up and under chasing

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.06.21 19:09:41 by jdolivier Reply

  • Never looks like van staden is supporting his own weight

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.06.21 19:18:39 by jdolivier Reply

  • Never going to win if we collapse 5 out every time.

  • Comment 50, posted at 12.06.21 19:21:37 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • Nice and sporting there bulls

  • Comment 51, posted at 12.06.21 19:22:11 by byron Reply

  • Bulls score after we are caught napping, nyakane butchering our props.

  • Comment 52, posted at 12.06.21 19:22:28 by jdolivier Reply

  • Was that tap on the mark??

  • Comment 53, posted at 12.06.21 19:23:06 by jdolivier Reply

  • We missing Mapimpi

  • Comment 54, posted at 12.06.21 19:23:38 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Am not looking that bad now hey guys

  • Comment 55, posted at 12.06.21 19:24:01 by byron Reply

  • Good work from Am and Kok to allow Kolisi to score

  • Comment 56, posted at 12.06.21 19:24:20 by Bokhoring Reply
  • That’s more like it boys. Bosch passed instead of kicking.

  • Comment 57, posted at 12.06.21 19:24:20 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 57) : and we score, Am started the move

  • Comment 58, posted at 12.06.21 19:25:08 by jdolivier Reply

  • Back row playing well.

  • Comment 59, posted at 12.06.21 19:26:48 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • How do you form a ref infront of the ball? Wtf

  • Comment 60, posted at 12.06.21 19:27:42 by byron Reply

  • Ruck not ref

  • Comment 61, posted at 12.06.21 19:28:24 by byron Reply

  • Bosch misses tackle, bulls score. I’m tired of Bosch

  • Comment 62, posted at 12.06.21 19:28:39 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Poor tackling there

  • Comment 63, posted at 12.06.21 19:28:48 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Bosch didn’t want to tackle

  • Comment 64, posted at 12.06.21 19:29:01 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • And the bulls score under the posts off another fuckup from AJ Jacobs. He has made such shit calls tonight

  • Comment 65, posted at 12.06.21 19:29:08 by jdolivier Reply

  • Curwin should legally change his name to revolving door

  • Comment 66, posted at 12.06.21 19:29:47 by jdolivier Reply

  • So you’re allowed to throw a player headfirst into the ground at kickoff ruck

  • Comment 67, posted at 12.06.21 19:30:53 by byron Reply

  • So tipping a player on his head at a ruck is legal if your a bulls player

  • Comment 68, posted at 12.06.21 19:30:55 by jdolivier Reply

  • That’s truck and trailor

  • Comment 69, posted at 12.06.21 19:31:47 by byron Reply

  • Bulls have their tales up, here comes another 40 point massacre if we don’t change the plan now

  • Comment 70, posted at 12.06.21 19:32:00 by jdolivier Reply

  • That is it for the Sharks – Bulls win the rainbow cup

  • Comment 71, posted at 12.06.21 19:32:18 by Bokhoring Reply
  • It’s technically a spear tackle

  • Comment 72, posted at 12.06.21 19:32:20 by byron Reply

  • That’s enough. We never learn.

  • Comment 73, posted at 12.06.21 19:32:31 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • I hope Benetton nail the cheating bulls

  • Comment 74, posted at 12.06.21 19:32:38 by SeanJeff Reply
  • @jdolivier (Comment 68) : I was wondering about that

  • Comment 75, posted at 12.06.21 19:32:40 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Fucking truck and trailer, infront of the ruck pickup, 2 phases before the try. But hey let the Pretoria bitches have another great ref win. Sickening that no ref has the balls to go against Jake the snakes team

  • Comment 76, posted at 12.06.21 19:35:11 by jdolivier Reply

  • He sees a mm marginal offside but can’t see a 10m one

  • Comment 77, posted at 12.06.21 19:35:16 by byron Reply

  • AJ now magically finding reasons for the bulls to have the ball

  • Comment 78, posted at 12.06.21 19:36:08 by jdolivier Reply

  • Geez miles offsude

  • Comment 79, posted at 12.06.21 19:36:30 by byron Reply

  • @SeanJeff (Comment 74) : depends if a RSA ref is blowing the match

  • Comment 80, posted at 12.06.21 19:36:43 by jdolivier Reply

  • And then asks offside to who? Wtf

  • Comment 81, posted at 12.06.21 19:36:48 by byron Reply

  • Phepsi needed a winger in support twice now

  • Comment 82, posted at 12.06.21 19:38:15 by jdolivier Reply

  • So van zyl kicks it 20m forward on a knock-on advantage, and no advantage, wtf AJ, just stop the match if you’re going to cheat blatantly

  • Comment 83, posted at 12.06.21 19:40:44 by jdolivier Reply

  • Blue hooker pops and then tighthead fills the gap and we get penalised …

  • Comment 84, posted at 12.06.21 19:40:50 by byron Reply

  • Just when Bosch has helped lose it, they chuck Libbok in

  • Comment 85, posted at 12.06.21 19:41:21 by SeanJeff Reply
  • 7 man bulls scrum us backwards, bring ox on now

  • Comment 86, posted at 12.06.21 19:41:28 by jdolivier Reply

  • No ox

  • Comment 87, posted at 12.06.21 19:43:05 by byron Reply

  • Bulls have been pretty filthy tonight, with no sanction

  • Comment 88, posted at 12.06.21 19:43:19 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Volmink held back, nothing, AJ is officially worse than toilet peyper, to add insult to injury, fassi not passing costs us a definite try

  • Comment 89, posted at 12.06.21 19:44:18 by jdolivier Reply

  • @byron (Comment 87) : missed that

  • Comment 90, posted at 12.06.21 19:44:37 by jdolivier Reply

  • That’s synical

  • Comment 91, posted at 12.06.21 19:46:36 by byron Reply

  • Wow a yellow …

  • Comment 92, posted at 12.06.21 19:47:21 by byron Reply

  • High tackle too ref

  • Comment 93, posted at 12.06.21 19:49:46 by byron Reply

  • 6 minutes to win, even though the bulls are still going

  • Comment 94, posted at 12.06.21 19:50:12 by jdolivier Reply

  • But wait …let’s look at the grounding 100 times

  • Comment 95, posted at 12.06.21 19:50:37 by byron Reply

  • Another high tackle

  • Comment 96, posted at 12.06.21 19:52:58 by byron Reply

  • Another non penalty

  • Comment 97, posted at 12.06.21 19:53:18 by byron Reply

  • Libbok is so exciting, really hope that Bosch does go to cape Town that manie and boeta can rule the roost

  • Comment 98, posted at 12.06.21 19:53:21 by jdolivier Reply

  • More wasted time by bulls

  • Comment 99, posted at 12.06.21 19:53:37 by byron Reply

  • Seat belt tackle by morne goes away without even a look

  • Comment 100, posted at 12.06.21 19:54:36 by jdolivier Reply

  • Bholi and phepsi have been amazing

  • Comment 101, posted at 12.06.21 19:55:28 by jdolivier Reply

  • Fassi has actually been kak tonight, given away 3 penalties for holding on, wasted 3 opportunities for tries by running himself

  • Comment 102, posted at 12.06.21 19:57:34 by jdolivier Reply

  • Bulls come across as whooping immature school boys. Really bristles to hear Butch James smooching bulls backsides

  • Comment 103, posted at 12.06.21 19:59:46 by SeanJeff Reply
  • Congratulations to AJ Jacobs for qualifying for the Rainbow cup Final, hope vodacom and the blue bulls rugby union give him his performance award

  • Comment 104, posted at 12.06.21 20:00:14 by jdolivier Reply

  • Luckily the bulls will lose 3 players for head high shoulder charges and dumping a player on his head, without AJ amd the boks, they will not win the final

  • Comment 105, posted at 12.06.21 20:02:07 by jdolivier Reply

  • I find it so pathetic that Am has used 1 captains challenge in 6 games, a few of them really would have changed our target tonight, unfortunately as good a player as he is, he is horseshit as a captain

  • Comment 106, posted at 12.06.21 20:03:34 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 106) : some players really step up as captain. I remember Ruan Botha maturing a lot when handed the armband. Unfortunately others don’t do great when given the role. I think moving skipper to someone else might help everybody. Notshe was my choice before injury. I feel they’ll go to Kolisi.

  • Comment 107, posted at 12.06.21 20:05:18 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 107) : Phepsi or James Venter could also work, kolisi will be gone too often with Bok duty

  • Comment 108, posted at 12.06.21 20:06:58 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 108) : Yeah that’s my feeling, I just wonder if they want a big name like Kolisi as captain for branding and such as part of the new venture.

    I feel like I miss so much Sharks news these days, just saw we’ve confirmed a few more players. I still love it here, but I miss checking the site daily for rumors and updates. Social media really has taken a chunk out of dedicated forums and whatnot. I live in the US so for a decade this has been my link to the Sharks.

  • Comment 109, posted at 12.06.21 20:10:30 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • Guys as much as I hope we win each match, the reality is that we always buckle under pressure, the coaches do not have any innovative ideas, there is definitely a player selection bias(Bosch prime example) and zero leaders when the going gets tough. It breaks my heart to watch how far we’ve fallen in 18months. Sharks for life. Hopefully the young guns get more opportunities

  • Comment 110, posted at 12.06.21 20:11:35 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Here be dragons (Comment 109) : the sharks own social media is sometimes lacking. The sad part, that you mention is how wonderful this site was with news, but now, what is there to get excited about, on game day we have hope and we believe, then the players put in 40 minutes. Never a full match. I personally have been toxic in my comments to which I owe each member here an apology. I just hate mediocrity, and that is what we are being given

  • Comment 111, posted at 12.06.21 20:14:24 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 111) : I try to make sure I comment on the good too. It’s just hard especially when (I know I keep saying it) before covid we were playing such good rugby! The hardest part is we HAVE the players to succeed, but we play the game plan and not the conditions when things change. Since 2014 it’s been hard to get too chuffed. The Goldmember years were dull, I had brief hole under RdP Sr. I genuinely believe the Smit CEO era was a full on disaster we are still struggling to climb out of. I also believe our new owners are overall a net positive, and it will take some time to patch us up, but man, the Bulls were in a pit a year ago and look at them now, playing for their third title in 8 months.

    Staff are failing our players. Bosch IS a world class prospect, and he is off form. He cannot be “broken” from the bad form by playing him out of it. Give him a break and let him get confidence back.

    Our forwards have developed well in the last few months. I think we forget how bad our scrum was in the SR Unlocked/CC era. Baby steps. Even lineout has improved in a few weeks. I’m honestly an optimist in life, and I do think there’s the stuff here to turn us around. Back row was an issue a few months back, and Bholi for one has come on leaps and bounds!! The Venters also look superb when playing. We’ve got quality locks too, and some nice young props.

    To me our issues still are halfbacks and midfield. We just can’t get the combo right. Andre and Am worked great together, as well as Bosch and Andre. We miss a linking 12. I’ve hoped to see Murray Koster more, but he only gets given a run now and then. Having someone to take some relief off Bosch, as well as able to step in at first receiver would be a good move. Right now we want to use Louw as an Andre2.0 crash all but much smaller (no disrespect to Louw, he plays admirably).

    Wow, typed a lot more than I thought, but it’s cathartic and I think I’ve managed to avoid pointing fingers. I back our boys every week, for a decade+ and living thousands of miles away, and know they can do it.

  • Comment 112, posted at 12.06.21 20:25:51 by Here be dragons Reply

    Here be dragons
  • @Here be dragons (Comment 112) : in full agreement with your entire write-up

  • Comment 113, posted at 12.06.21 22:40:04 by jdolivier Reply


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