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Experienced Vodacom Bulls side to face Chiefs


The Vodacom Bulls will not lack experience when they take on the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday evening, with two more players hitting the 50 mark in the blue jersey.

Pierre Spies and Gurthrö Steenkamp will join eight other team mates with 50 Vodacom Super 14 caps against the losing finalist from last year’s competition.

Spies, who debuted as a wing in 2005, will continue his impressive form at no 8, while Steenkamp, who played 10 matches for the Cats before joining the Bulls in 2005, is arguably the form prop in the competition. Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made two changes to the side that suffered their first defeat in the competition last week, with both being forced on him by injury.

Stephan Dippenaar will replace Jaco Pretorius (eye socket) and Heini Adams, who just joined the side after recovering from a rib injury, will replace Derick Kuün (ankle) as Ludeke revert back to a more traditional bench of four forwards and three backs.

The coach welcomed back Dippenaar, who last played against the Hurricanes three weeks ago and Adams, who last played against the Waratahs.

“Dippies is working hard during training in order to be ready when his chance comes. He has shown that he can play at this level and he is keen to give it a go. Heini brings positive energy to the team and is an experienced campaigner at this level. We welcome him back.”

Commenting on Spies and Steenkamp, Ludeke said both players are blessed to achieve these milestones. “It remains something special for a player and listening to them, they are proud to achieve this in this team environment and for this team.”

The team (with caps) is: Zane Kirchner (33), Gerhard van den Heever (11), Stephan Dippenaar (7), Wynand Olivier (64), Francois Hougaard (10), Mornè Steyn (66), Fourie du Preez (92), Pierre Spies (49), Dewald Potgieter (24), Deon Stegmann (32), Victor Matfield (102), Danie Rossouw (95), Werner Kruger (35), Gary Botha (66), Gurthrö Steenkamp (59).
Replacements: Bandise Maku (14), Bees Roux (23), Flip van der Merwe (13), Pedrie Wannenburg (105), Heini Adams (32), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (24), Jaco van der Westhuyzen (50).

Milestones:

• Pedrie Wannenburg will play in his 106th match, a Bulls record. It is also his 92nd consecutive match, another franchise record.

• Victor Matfield will play in his 102nd match of Super Rugby, 94 of those for the Bulls. He captained them in 53 of those, a SA record he shares with John Smit (Sharks).

• Pierre Spies and Gurthrö Steenkamp will play in their 50th matches for the Bulls. Steenkamp played 10 matches for the Cats before he joined the Bulls.





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1. go bulls. hoop dit gaan goed die naweek.
Posted by baby bull (garsfontein) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 09:02
2. Loop met hom!
Posted by Kwagga3 (Pretoria) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 09:11
3. Goeie dag Bulle

Ek het net een vraag.........Waarom moet Jacques Louis heeltyd bench as hy dudielik 'n baie beter en meer profesionele speler is as Stefan Dippenaar.Kan enigiemand my dalk inlig wat ek mis sien asb.Ek raak nogal frustreerd vir jaques Louis se part. Di eprobleem wat ek sine is dat ons dalk hom kan verloor as dit so aangaan.
Posted by Bloubul Gebore (Blou masjien!!!!!!) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 09:33
4. Maak seker julle disspline is op die dag reg - ons kan nie weer met 2 geelkaarte sit nie..dit sit die res van die span in 'n ongemaklike posisie..

Speel soos ons almal weet julle kan..en trap daai Chiefs nog 'n keer!
Posted by Willebul (Pretoria) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 09:35
5. #3 As jy JL wil speel moet jy begin om ouens uit posisie te kies.

Dippies is 'n 13, Wynand en JL is 12... om JL op 12 te speel moet Wynand 13 toe skuif - ek weet mense sal sê 12 of 13 is dieselfde - maar glo my dit is beslis nie.... ek is 'n voorstaander van speel elke ou in sy regte posisie.... Hougaard is egter 'n freak en kan enige plek speel - as jy dan nie vir Dippies wil speel nie - speel Hougaard op 13 en JvdW op 11.
Posted by zet (Pretoria) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 10:45
6. Hi Zet

Dankie vir daai comment.Dit maak nou vir my meer sin.Soos jy se 12 en 13 lyk dalk dieselfde maar daar is 'n verskil,en miskein is JL nie gemaklik op 13 nie ja.Thanx. Hoop net die Bulle kan die naweek weer hulle ou self wees.Hulle is nou al ir seker 4 weke nie vir my lekker op stoom nie.Weet nie wat gaan aan met Morne se skoppe nie.Kan nie rerig se dis druk nie want hy was al onder baie meer druk gewees.Sien ook nie meer dat hy skepskop nie,sal goed wees om dit wer te sien

Go bulle!!!!!! Ek glo nogsteeds ons gaan die Super 14 die jaar wer vat
Posted by Bloubul Gebore (Blou masjien!!!!!!) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 10:58
7. Tough one on Saturday - I think that jet lag was setting in. Hopefull on Friday we can do to the Chiefs what we did to them in the final - GO BULLE - you know you can do it!!!
Posted by Bulls r best (Johannesburg) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:03
8. Tellings vir di naweek:

BULLS 31 - 17 cheefs
Posted by Bulls r best (Johannesburg) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:04
9. Geluk met julle verjaarsdae Jaco vd W en FH.
Sterkte vir die week BULLE, onthou ons eet nie van die vloer af nie!!!
Karakter word gemeet aan hoe jy kan opstaan na jy geval het.
NOU DIE BLOU!!!!!
Posted by Bloumens Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:13
10. Ek sal graag wil sien dat JvdW op 15 begin. ZK speel verbeeldingloos en een dimensioneel.
JLP op 12 en Wynand op 13 is nie `n slegte gedagte nie.
Wynand stagneer die laaste 2 games op 12. Hy is nie meer die spelbreker van `n paar weke gelede nie. Net my beskeie onkundige opinie......
Posted by Bloumens Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:17
11. Good luck Bulls - dont let 'the Blues' get you down :-)

I am sure the Bulls will bounce back against the Chiefs.

BULLS 22 - Skeefs 13
Posted by Sharko (Petoorsfontein) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:28
12. Die Bulle is bevoorreg om week na week so sterk span in die veld te stoot. Die reserwes is verseker die sterkste in S14.
Ek dink JLP het teruggekom omdat hy wou,welwetende hy gaan in die S14 op die bank speel. Sy waarde gaan deurkom in die CB wanneer MS by die Bokke is.
Wat ZK betref stem ek saam, hy doen die uitgewerkte bewegings maar die onvoorspelbaarheid kom deesdae bietjie kort. Ek dink FL sal maar wag vir die Leeu wedstryd voor hy verander aan die span!
Posted by Bloubosvelder (Bosveld) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:31
13. Ek sien darem die voorspelling vir Hamilton Vrydagaand is mooi weer maar net 9 grade!
Ek reken die Bulle gaan met 20+ punte wen.
Posted by Bloubosvelder (Bosveld) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:38
14. The only thing that is beginning to concern me is that the Bulls have become slightly predictable. Although there is no other team in the Super 14 that executes a game plan as well as the Bulls can, I was just wondering who else here thinks (if we remain completely objective) that perhaps a couple of the 'cleverer' Antipodean teams have figured the Bulls out ?

You guys all know I like the Bulls, so please dont take this as an attack on them but with all great sides like the Crusaders and at test level the All Blacks have to continually vary their game plan, creating strengths in new areas. To an extent I think that has happened at the Bulls this season, but their basic platform - especially when they are under pressure remains the same.

Because we have all seen that although a team can be succesful for a couple of seasons playing one pattern, once your opposition has you figured out it can become more and more difficult to be dominant.

The Blues are a VERY clever team - of all the teams in the Super 14 they have always struck me as a team that rely a lot on analysis and approach their opposition technically.

I really wish the best for the Bulls, but this fairly convincing loss they have just suffered makes me worry a little bit. Specifically also because it was the Blues. If it were any other team, I would say the Bulls just had a bad day.

And if the Blues have the formula, it wont be long before everyone else figures it out as well.

What do you guys think ?
Posted by Sharko (Petoorsfontein) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:41
15. Sharko, baie ondersteuner het dit so 4 weke gelede reeds sien kom, so ek stem saam die opponente het ons definitief klaar uitge-"figure". Die Blues het byvoorbeeld laasweek in die pers gese hulle het `n oplossing vir die Bulle se rolmaal, en dit was toe ook so. Nietemin - BULLE BO!!!!! Eenmaal `n Bul, altyd `n Bul!!!
Posted by Bloumens Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:49
16. You are correct, Sharko. The Blues had us wet with their pick-and-go tactics from the beginning of the match. We do not commit enough players to the mauls when this happens and is the main reasons why our fetchers were punished by penalties. If the Chiefs picked this up we're in trouble!
Posted by Ligblou Baron (Pretoria) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:54
17. Sharko, geluk met julle wen! Darem een ligpuntjie die naweek.
Posted by Bloumens Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:58
18. Tellings vir Vrydag:

BULLE 31 - 17 chiefs - Bulls r best
BULLE 22 - 13 chiefs - Sharko
BULLE 25 - 23 chiefs - LB
Posted by Ligblou Baron (Pretoria) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 12:58
19. Bloumens and Ligblou - The Bulls are luckily a side packed with world quality players, and so I dont think there is any immediate danger, not from the Chiefs at least - BUT - they need to start thinking how they can use the quality that they have to create a few genuine variations to their defensive as well as attacking patterns.

I recall Jake White having a discussion with John Smit on rucks and mauls and I was amazed at how technical the game had become at that level. I am pretty sure its just as technical for the Bulls, but perhaps they need to just add one or two new 'plays' to their list.

In American Football, its the team with the most diverse play book (and of course their ability to execute all those plays) that usually end up at the Superbowl. Just a thought.

I wish the Bulls all the best. Its a small hiccup - thats all. I am sure they will beat the Chiefs quite easily.

And thanks for the good wishes on the Sharks win. My poor nerves though...:-) I think the Sharks are slowly turning the corner and I think will be a difficult side to beat come Currie Cup.
Posted by Sharko (Petoorsfontein) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 13:09
20. Attitude, attitude!! AS dit reg is dan gaan die Bulle wen, maar ons kan dit eers sien as die game aan die gang is. Waarom is ons oordonder by die afbreekpunte, by tackling, dryfmaal bewegings ens ens. Die Bulle het toegelaat dat dit gebeur. Danie Roussouw wys dit sommer baie duidelik, as hy maak of hy iemand duik, dan weet jy die attitude is nie reg nie!
Posted by Paarlbul (paarl) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 13:20
21. Ek dink die Bulle sal dit doen teen die Chiefs, mits hulle nie die Chiefs ligtelik opneem nie... onthou wat het teen die Reds gebeur twee jaar terug.... minder as `n jaar na daardie reuse pakslae op Loftus. Die Chiefs het baie goeie agterspelers en onderskatte voorspelers. Speel 80 minute soos `n span wat wil regmaak vir laas naweek en die wen sal kom. "Jet lag" sal gelukkig nie weer `n faktor wees nie. Dit sal weer taai wees. Bulle 36 - Chiefs 28
Posted by FaanFaan (Pretoria) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 13:21
22. Bloubulbloggers - TDM na rondte 7. In die volgende volgorde: Posisie, TDM, blognaam.

01 – 044 - LB
02 – 046 - Zet
03 – 054 - CR
04 – 056 - Bloublitz
05 – 058 - GreGorGy
06 – 059 - Bl@de Runner
07 – 063 - Bluebullsbabe08
08 – 064 - Jimmy
08 – 064 - Vaskophaker
10 – 076 - CC
10 – 076 - WilleBul
12 – 078 - Bloubefoeterd
13 – 081 - Rissiepit
14 – 083 - Axeman
14 – 083 - Bloubloed
16 – 084 - ALS BLOU
17 – 085 - Bluedog
18 – 086 - Frik
19 – 087 - Bloumens
20 – 089 - Bulzak
21 – 090 - Bloubul-mal
22 – 091 - Sterreteken Bul
23 – 092 - BlousteBlou
23 – 092 - Jou Ma
25 – 094 - DarrinH
26 – 099 - B1
26 – 099 - Las
26 – 099 - mon17lcd
29 – 104 - Sharko
30 – 105 - Boel
31 – 108 - N-Transvaal
31 – 108 - blue from Cape town
31 – 108 - Buller
34 – 110 - tjokkie
35 – 113 - Richie Mc Caw
36 – 115 - BullsRBest
37 – 118 - Lekkerblou
38 – 131 - hammer01
39 – 152 - Rifrug
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 13:31
23. Dankie Jimmy

Hoop ek is DIE KEER in die kol !!

Bulle 24 - chiefs 21
Posted by Bl@de Runner (Krugersdorp) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 13:58
24. Ek sien Miluiaina is uit vir 8 weke. Ek dink dit tel in die Bulle se guns. Ons moet hulle van meet af onder druk plaas en dit uitbuit.

Ervaring help niks as 'n span nie opdaag om te wen nie!

Fourie en Morne - ons het 'n groot Omdraai van julle nodig. Dippenaartjie - jy is weer saam met groot hinde ou maat. 2010 is jou jaar van slypskool.

Oor Jac Louis op buitesenter: Pieter Rossouw is baie spesifiek oor die tipe buitesenter wat hy daar wil sien. Ons tackling is vir my die groot kopseer, en die youngsters het soms nog verdwaalde koppe op die veld in krisissituasies. 'n Ou hand sal verwelkom word daar. Ai hoe verlang ek nie na JP Nel nie.
Posted by mossel (Hout Bay) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 14:07
25. Die verloor kom al vir twee weke aan.Ek is nie negatief nie.Net realisties.Dit is tyd om Jaco V/D West n kans te gee in die beginspan.Al is dit op 15,14,13,11 .Hy gaan by tye droogmaak,maar kan iets spark.Ons is besig om te voorspelbaar te raak.Wynand crash ball of ZK hoe skop of Fourie of Steyn skop net veldaf.

Hoe skoppe het in die verlede vir ons gewerk want Habana en Ngungane is briljant onder die hoe bal en om besit terug te wen.Ek se dit weer baie mense sal nie saamstem nie,maar Van Den Heever het geen hart op defence nie.Die maak die spelers in sy binne en buitekant onseker,want hulle weet nie of hy sy man kan vat nie.

Gee Heini ook n kans op nege.Fourie maak te stadig skoon.Miskien kort hy n ruskans.Ek se weer ek glo ons kan ons titel verdedig,maar sal n bietjie meer flexible moet raak.
Posted by Lekkerblou (Durbanville) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 14:14
26. Verskoon tog Jimmy, Waarvoor staan "TDM"

Dankie
Posted by Frik (Boksburg) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 14:24
27. BULLE 31 - 17 chiefs - Bulls r best
BULLE 22 - 13 chiefs - Sharko
BULLE 25 - 23 chiefs - LB
BULLE 35 - 28 chiefs - Frik
Posted by Frik (Boksburg) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 14:25
28.
BULLE 31 - 17 chiefs - Bulls r best
BULLE 22 - 13 chiefs - Sharko
BULLE 25 - 23 chiefs - LB
BULLE 36 - 28 chiefs - FaanFaan
BULLE 24 - 21 chiefs - Bl@de Runner
BULLE 35 - 28 chiefs - Frik
BULLE 24 - 19 chiefs - Bloumens

Posted by Bloumens Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 14:48
29. Tellings vir Vrydag:

BULLE 31 - 17 chiefs - Bulls r best
BULLE 22 - 13 chiefs - Sharko
BULLE 25 - 23 chiefs - LB
BULLE 36 - 28 chiefs - FaanFaan
BULLE 24 - 21 chiefs - Bl@de Runner
BULLE 35 - 28 chiefs - Frik
BULLE 24 - 19 chiefs - Bloumens

Posted by Bloumens Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 14:50
30. Tellings vir Vrydag:

BULLE 31 - 17 chiefs - Bulls r best
BULLE 22 - 13 chiefs - Sharko
BULLE 25 - 23 chiefs - LB
BULLE 36 - 28 chiefs - FaanFaan
BULLE 24 - 21 chiefs - Bl@de Runner
BULLE 35 - 28 chiefs - Frik
BULLE 24 - 19 chiefs - Bloumens
BULLE 38 - 23 chiefs - Boel

Posted by Boel (Mooinooi) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 15:38
31. BULLE 32 - 14
Posted by BlousteBlou (Centurion) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 16:44
32. Tellings vir Vrydag:

BULLE 31 - 17 chiefs - Bulls r best
BULLE 22 - 13 chiefs - Sharko
BULLE 25 - 23 chiefs - LB
BULLE 36 - 28 chiefs - FaanFaan
BULLE 24 - 21 chiefs - Bl@de Runner
BULLE 35 - 28 chiefs - Frik
BULLE 24 - 19 chiefs - Bloumens
BULLE 38 - 23 chiefs - Boel
BULLE 32 - 14 chiefs - BlousteBlou
BULLE 29 - 25 chiefs - hammer01
Posted by hammer01 (Suid Gauteng) Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 21:35
33. GO BULLS!!
Posted by Bulls r best (Johannesburg) Wednesday, April 07, 2010 - 13:17
Happy birthday to:
8 April - Ettienne Botha (Oorlede)
8 April - Dirk de Vos
9 April - Tjaart Coetzee
9 April - Kerneels Erasmus
9 April - Charles Rossouw
9 April - Bennie van Huyssteen
10 April- Rudi Röhrs
11 April - Piet Kruger
11 April - Johan Schoeman
11 April - Senithemba Zweni