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Eight home games for Vodacom Bulls in new Super 15 series

The Vodacom Bulls will play at least eight matches at home in 2011 in the new Super 15 series.

The fixtures have been announced in Sydney earlier in the week.

Away matches against the Lions and Cheetahs will start the season for the Bulls, with the first home game against the Highlanders on March 5th.

The fixtures are:

19 Feb: Lions in Johannesburg
25 Feb: Cheetahs in Bloemfontein
5 March: Highlanders in Pretoria
12 March: Bye
19 March: Stormers in Pretoria
26 March: Lions in Pretoria
2 April: Hurricanes in Wellington
9 April: Crusaders in Christchurch
16 April: Reds in Brisbane
23 April: Western Force in Perth
30 April: Chiefs in Pretoria
7 May: Bye
14 May: Rebels in Pretoria
21 May: Sharks in Durban
28 May: Cheetahs in Pretoria
3 June: Waratahs in Pretoria
11 June: Stormers in Cape Town
18 June: Sharks in Pretoria

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1. Hi ,

I have a few concerns with all the rugby being played currently, not to mention all the new games added next year.

We have see already that to win the super 14 you needed a large group of players with experience, you needed to be able to rotate and manage your players.
In SA rugby i have sadly little faith in SARFU looking after the players best interest, if one look at past experiences and recent ones where players of the stature of Victor and John Smit had to play against Italy (no disrespect but these games should be used to blood new talent).
Add to this the recent case of Bakkies, Bismarck, januarie , Jacobs ... these guys need game time...

Have we not reached the point where we need to accept you cannot win each and every test, but rather work towards winning trophies Tri-Nations, World Cup, Lions Tours ... sad to say but it seems that gone are the days when people can even remember who won the last tests agains England, Wales...
Maybe an answer to this is to stop the annual year end tours, and reather have a return to the old test series format, and then use games against smaller nations , as well as against weaker teams usually send to us from the northern hemisphere when they have their year end tours primarily for blooding the young talent.

The currie cup also can no longer honestly be seen as the competition it use to be, not is we keep getting to the point where the boks are pulled out at certain times ... If this continues the currie cup has become the new vodacom cup , which as I understood it was meant for development of new talent...

It would be nice if they retain the super tournament , but bring the currie cup into it . similar to the way they do with the Mandela Cup during the Tri Nations. Then again that won't ever happen because what about the sponsors...

In closing I am very concerned about the number of games we expect our top level players to play... we are going to see a lot more injuries, a lot more earlier retirements. Which begs the question "What were the real motives behind all the new changes".

As a rugby supporter, and bulls fan I hope the bulls management will at least from their side do their utmost to look after our players management and conditioning. I reckon smaller unions will now suffer even more, for in future you are going to need at least 30 top quality players ...

Good day everyone
Posted by Aiken Drum (Pretoria) Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 09:49
2. Look for me it's simple if i was ludeke i would rested all the senior boks from playing currie cup rugby even the semi-finals included.Instead i would have blooded the likes of brummer,marnus schoeman,sampie mastriet,dippernaar,watermeyer,cj stander,ruan snyman and juandre kruger to build depth for the super 15..................Believe me we can not play spies,dupreez and co for the whole super 15 tournament.......SA will not win the world cup the boys will be very tired come world cup time.
Posted by Muzi (Johannesburg) Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:17
3. Aiken het 'n punt beet. Ek reken egter manne soos HM besef hierdie dinge en beplan om te verseker dat daar diepte is.

Somtyd is daar hope beserings in een posisie en dan raak jy dun maar jy kon tog nie 4 skrumskakels kontrakteer nie om vir alle moontlike situasies voorsiening te maak nie.

Om kompetisies van hierdie aard te wen is dit nodig om 'n bietjie geluk te he met beserings. Mnes verminder die kanse op beserings natuurlik met goeie kondisionering en speler management.
Posted by bloubefoeterd (Pretoria) Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:18
4. 16 games en 2 byes? Is dit regtig nodig die home en away storie
Posted by bloubefoeterd (Pretoria) Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:20
5. Anyway my second team for the super 15 would look like this.........

15.Clayton Blommetjies 14.Sampie Mastriet 13.Dippernaar 12.Watermeyer 11. Deon Helberg 10.Francois Brummer 9.Ruan Snyman 8.Stander 7.Marnus Schoeman 6. Kuun 5.Juandre Kruger 4 .Flip 3.Rossouw De klerk 2.Chilliboy 1.Dean Greyling........

I would have played these players in this years currie cup and rested all my bok what do you think guys................
Posted by Muzi (Johannesburg) Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:23
6. Webbie, jy moet leer tel ou maat... ek tel 8 home games

Jyt die game mis getel.

3 June: Waratahs in Pretoria

Ek bied wiskunde lesse aan in ruil vir blou bul handtekeninge. hehe :D
Posted by BaberBok (Jacarandastad) Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:26
7. Ek verstaan die Super 15 nie so lekker nie. Daar is gese ons spanne sal minder reis, maar dis nog steeds vier weke weg na Australasia. NZ en Aus spanne is nog steeds net vir twee wedstryde in SA. Iemand verduidelik vir my dit of het NZ en Aus weer ons Saru manne ore aangesit, vas aan die slaap. Ons het vyf spanne, moet party spanne dan nie dalk drie wedstryde hier speel nie, ons speel drie anderkant, dit balanseer mos. Op die oog af is ons weer vir n pop gevat.
Posted by (Durbanville) Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 14:13
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