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One change to Vodacom Bulls for Perth match


Jaco Pretorius is back as the outside centre for the Vodacom Bulls for their tour-opening clash against the Western Force in Perth on Saturday.

Pretorius replaces Stephan Dippenaar in the 13 jersey to resume a very profitable midfield combination with fellow Springbok Wynand Olivier in the only change to the side that beat the Hurricanes last weekend in Pretoria.

Pretorius last played in the opening week of the Vodacom Super 14 and was injured in the win over the Vodacom Cheetahs.

Dippenaar took his place and stood his ground well, with the 22 year old scoring his first try of the competition against the Waratahs.

“It is great to have Jaco back,” coach Frans Ludeke said in announcing the team.

“He is one of the senior players and offer us a lot, especially on attack. I am very happy with Stephan, as he took his chances well when given the opportunity. It is good to know we have that kind of depth in the squad.”

Ludeke indicated that Fourie du Preez will be fit to start after injury worries early in the week.

The Vodacom Bulls team (with Super caps) is:

Zane Kirchner (31), Gerhard van den Heever (9), Jaco Pretorius (22), Wynand Olivier (62), Francois Hougaard (8), Mornè Steyn (63), Fourie du Preez (90), Pierre Spies (46), Dewald Potgieter (22), Deon Stegmann (30), Victor Matfield (100), Danie Rossouw (93), Werner Kruger (33), Gary Botha (64), Gurthrö Steenkamp. Replacements: Bandise Maku (12), Bees Roux (21), Flip van der Merwe (11), Derick Kuün (47), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (22), Jaco van der Westhuyzen (48), Pedrie Wannenburg (103).

Notables:

  • It will be the first time ever that the Bulls have two centurions (Victor Matfield and Pedrie Wannenburg) in the match 22.
  • Matfield will lead the Bulls for the 52nd time in Super Rugby, equaling Cornè Krige (Stormers) record in this regard.
  • All of the Bulls backline have scored tries in 2010.
  • Mornè Steyn was the first player to score 100 points in the 2010 competition. He has scored 106 points so far and 600 in Super Rugby.
  • Werner Kruger scored the last of his 3 Super 14 tries against the Western Force last year.
  • 12 players were also involved in the Bulls last visit to Perth, which the Force won 15-14.



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    1. Tellings vir Saterdag:

    BULLE 36 - 17 force - Boel
    BULLE 31 - 19 force - Bl@de Runner
    BULLE 38 - 21 force - Las
    BULLE 31 - 00 force - Richie Mc Caw
    BULLE 32 - 12 force - DarrinH
    BULLE 27 - 17 force - BlousteBlou
    BULLE 49 - 23 force - CR
    BULLE 24 - 19 force - Bloublitz
    BULLE 48 - 16 force - B1
    BULLE 32 - 18 force - Bluedog
    BULLE 28 - 21 force - LB
    Posted by Ligblou Baron (Pretoria) Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:22
    2. Ek is bly om vir Jaco Pretorius terug in die span te he. Dippenaar het goed gedoen, maar Jaco se ervaring gaan baie help.
    Posted by Noord-Transvaal (Pretoria) Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:49
    3. Alle sterkte manne ons staan agter julle
    *telling bulls32-15 force
    Posted by mon17lcd (cape town) Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 12:13
    4. bly jaco is weer reg en dat fourie kan speel. dippenaar het egter waardevolle 'game time' gekry teen van die beste senters in die reeks en die toets geslaag. hoop die bulle bly op die wenpad die naweek
    Posted by baby bull (garsfontein) Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 12:45
    5. BULLE 36 - 17 force - Boel
    BULLE 31 - 19 force - Bl@de Runner
    BULLE 38 - 21 force - Las
    BULLE 31 - 00 force - Richie Mc Caw
    BULLE 32 - 12 force - DarrinH
    BULLE 27 - 17 force - BlousteBlou
    BULLE 49 - 23 force - CR
    BULLE 24 - 19 force - Bloublitz
    BULLE 48 - 16 force - B1
    BULLE 32 - 18 force - Bluedog
    BULLE 28 - 21 force - LB
    BULLE 42 - 28 force - Frik
    Posted by Frik (Boksburg) Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 12:58
    6. Ek dink ook Jaco versterk die agterlyn - Dippenaar was OK maar nie juis "aan die brand" nie. En Israel Dagg het hom darem maklik weggehardloop - hy is toe nie so vinnig soos wat daar al oor hom vertel is nie.
    Posted by Blyblou (Middelburg) Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 13:14
    7. BULLE 32 - 15 force
    Posted by Jou_Ma (Centurion) Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 13:31
    8. @6
    Blyblou

    Ja maar jy moet onthou, raak moeg en herstel heeltyd gedurende die helfdes. Dit gaan oor ATP vlakke, wat maar net 6-8 sekondes of so hou.

    M.a.w. net 10 minute later kon ons gesien het dat Stephan Dippenaar Dagg weg hardloop as Dippies herstel het (soos "interval" oefening) en Dagg was heeltyd aan die beweeg.
    Posted by Las (Pretoria) Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 16:02
    9. ek dink ou Dippenaar was te bang om vir Dagg te tekkel toe maak hy of dagg hom weghol.
    sy verdediging kort rerig werk. Gelukkig vir hom pass nonu nooit 'n bal nie anders het Conrad Smit oor hom gehardloop.

    Ons mis ook Ndungane se verdediging. Wanneer is hy weer reg?
    Posted by Bomskok (Prince Albert) Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 21:55
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