Dangerous Blues awaits Vodacom Bulls

Dangerous Blues awaits Vodacom Bulls

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The dangerous Blues arrive at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday afternoon looking for their second successive Vodacom Super Rugby victory in Pretoria – something not a lot of overseas teams can boast.

On their last visit to the South African capital city, Gareth Anscombe scored all of the Blues’ points as they shocked the Vodacom Bulls by 29-23. But last year, the Pretorians won in Auckland.

Anscombe is no longer with the Blues, but they still have one of the most dangerous backlines around – which is underlined by the fact that, of all the teams to play more than one fixture this season, the Blues have averaged more defenders beaten (22.5) than any other side.

However, if the Vodacom Bulls can keep up their strong performances in the scrums and line-outs, they should put the visitors on the backfoot, negating their dangerous attackers.

The Vodacom Bulls have a 92% success rate at scrum time and 90% in the line-outs, which puts them in the upper echelons when it comes to these set pieces. And the Blues have not started the season well in these aspects of the game – 57% in the scrums and 78% in lineouts.

But the Pretorians have scored only two tries in three matches and the Blues seven in two. This is the big difference between the two teams.

“We know what the Blues will bring this weekend,” said Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.

“They are a quality side and as we saw in the first two games, they can move the ball around, the players are good in the offload and they have good skills in contact situations. They keep the ball alive very well.

“We would like to improve on last week’s performance. The focus is again on the way we controlled the game and converted opportunities into points.”

Akona Ndungane will join his twin brother, Odwa, and 21 other South Africans on a special list when he plays in his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby match this weekend.

They are the second set of brothers to achieve this feat, following in the footsteps of Odwa’s team-mates at the Cell C Sharks, Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis.

The teams are:

Vodacom Bulls: Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Francois Hougaard, Jono Ross, Jacques du Plessis, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield, Flip van der Merwe (captain), Werner Kruger, Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling. Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Morné Mellet, Marcel van der Merwe, Paul Willemse, Jacques Engelbrecht, Piet van Zyl, Handré Pollard, Ulrich Beyers.

Blues: Charles Piutau, Frank Halai, George Moala, Jackson Willison, Tevita Li, Simon Hickey, Piri Weepu, Peter Saili, Luke Braid (captain), Steven Luatua, Tom Donnelly, Liaki Moli, Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: James Parsons, Sam Prattley, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Brendon O’Connor, Bryn Hall, Chris Noakes, Pita Ahki.

Kick-off: 17h05
Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Sieg van Staden (South Africa)
Television match official: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Credit: SARU Corporate Affairs

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Mar 07, 2014
Frans Ludeke

(26) Dangerous Blues awaits Vodacom Bulls

  1. gravatar Gazza says:
    Team, on paper and on field, getting better by the week.

    I see Dewald Potgieter is on the bench. Great news!!!..... But why drop Jaque Engelbrecht and keep Jono Ross....

    Somethings I battle to understand....
  2. gravatar Werner says:
    Hoe de ......... reverdig FL ROSS se insluiting bo ENGELBRECHT ?????????? Bly om Dewald terug te sien!!!! Raak ontslae van Ross speel Dewald of Jaque !!!! ASB word wakker Frans. die span begin beter lyk by die dag nou moet FL net die lig sien oor Ross. Sterkte aan Kirsten jammer oor jou besering. Kom Bulle wys die Blues al het julle n paar passasiers in die span.
  3. gravatar nitronic says:
    Ross is daar sodat hy die taal van die Blues kan verstaan in lynstane ens. ; )
  4. gravatar Blouland says:
    Stadig maar seker 'n paar goeie dinge wat gebeur by Loftus, soos die besluit dat ons een afrigter het vir albei reekse.

    Nou nog net 'n paar spankeuses wat moet regkom (Bongi vir Visagie, Dewald vir Ross, Vleis op die bank, Kriel vir Visser) en 'n goeie paar wenne, dan lyk dinge heelwat beter.

    Hopelik sal ons Saterdag ook ons wedstrydplan aanpas dat ons nie al die balbesit wegskop sodat die Blues ons deurmekaar hardloop met teenaanvalle nie.

    Sterkte Bulle !

    Vraag, het Dewald Vleis op die bank vervang vir Saterdag, of is dit 'n tikfout ?
  5. gravatar blouland says:
    Hierdie game is season defining. Ons het sleg begin, na die Blues is dit 'n loslootjie en dan die Sharks.

    As daar ooit 'n tyd is om die seisoen om te draai, is dit more.
    Hoop Loftus is vol, Bulle !
  6. gravatar FRANNABUL says:
    Moet tik fout wees. Jacques Engelbrecht was in die span met Woensdag se aankondiging!
  7. gravatar FRANNABUL says:
    Net 'n wen - dis al wat ons vra. Dan moet ons oor 2 weke revenge vat op die Sharks! chiefs daar na - word nie makliker nie!

    Ons oorsese games:

    Canes - behoort te wen
    Highlanders - gaan tough wees
    Waratahs - moeilikste game oor see
    Force - kan wen!

    Ons speel nie Saders en Reds hierdie jaar nie! Speel egter Chiefs, Blues, Brumbies en Rebels tuis!

    GO BULLS

  8. gravatar Brett Bull says:
    Stem saam met BLOULAND en met FRANNABUL, ons gameplan moet anders wees. Kan eenvoudig nie hulle op hul sterkpunt aanvat nie, vat hulle liewer aan op ons sterk punt, LYNSTANE, dus skop die dêm balle uit in hul halfgebied. Hul sukses met lynstane is 78% teen ons 90%, ons kan groot druk hier op hulle plaas dan praat ek nie eens van die sielkundige voordeel wat dit jou gee as jy as voorspeler jou kop optel en sien die volgende vaste faset is `n lynstaan 50 m voorentoe nie. Vra maar die ouens wat in Naas se tyd gespeel het.

    En ja FRANNABUL, hierdie game is voorwaar `n waterskeiding vir die BULLE in vanjaar se kompetisie. As ons teen hulle verloor gaan die game teen die SHARKS baie moeilik wees.
  9. gravatar Bloukaap says:
    Tuisgames is 'n moet wen. Twee jaar terug het ons die Blues dalk onderskat nadat hulle nie goed begin het nie. Ek glo nie dit sal weer die geval wees nie. Ons het nog baie harde werk wat voorle.

    Verdediging sal moet meer as goed wees.

    Sterkte Bulle, staan bankvas agter julle.
  10. gravatar Jimmy says:
    'n Paar BLOU songs vir die laatnag..

    In the twilight glow I see her blue eyes crying in the rain when we kissed goodbye and parted I knew we'd never meet again… Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Willie Nelson
  11. gravatar Jimmy says:
    Bitterblue, Bitterblue breaking up is hard to do bitterblue you know that I'm too proud to cry. Bitterblue, Bitterblue I can't take my eyes off you that's no way to say goodbye… Bitterblue – Bonnie Tyler
  12. gravatar Jimmy says:
    No more sadness, I kiss it good-bye the sun is bursting right out of the sky, I searched the whole world for someone like you. Don't you know, don't you know that it's, true love… True Blue - Madonna
  13. gravatar Jimmy says:
    Blue light flashing down the railroad track Blue smoke boiling from the ole smoke stack oh Blue Train don't leave me behind…. Blue Train (Of the Heartbreak Line” - John Loudermilk
  14. gravatar Jimmy says:
    Night falls on the city, baby feels the beat, slick and sexy angel of the street. The queen of all the night birds watch her when she walks she don't say nothing but, baby makes her blue jeans talk… Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk – Dr Hook
  15. gravatar jimmy says:
    As die skemer kom en hy vang my by jou en hy stuur jou terug na jou huis toe, wie sou verstaan hoe ek sou voel, wie sou verstaan. Oral om, om my heen is dit Blou… Blou - Andre Swiegers & Riana Nel
  16. gravatar JRJ says:
    Span lyk elke week beter. Net jammer vleis kry nie sy kans nie. Het saterdag met hom gesels op loftus. Het vir hom gesê dit is tyd dat hy die nr8 trui antrek en begin. Sy antwoord was "ek dink ook so".
    Kyk, ek sal seker nie beter vaar as Ross in daardie span, mar FL sal moet begin besef dat die oukie net 'n passanger is, en nie sy kant bring nie.
    As ons balbesit behou, is my telling 26-22 vir ons. Maar as ons alles doelloos wegskop, is my telling 29-15 vir die blues.
  17. gravatar Jimmy says:
    Al lê die berge nog so blou…. sy woorde sal ek steeds onthou. Al woon my bokkie nog so ver… dan troos ek my aan die môrester… Al Lê Die Berge Nog So Blou - Johannes Kerkorrel
  18. gravatar Jimmy says:
    GOOI MIELIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  19. gravatar Bully Beef says:
    Lekker Jimmy Lekker!!!!!! Iets van Depeche Mode?
  20. gravatar jimmy says:
    When I'm with you baby I go out of my head I just can’t get enough I just can’t get enough. All the things you do to me and everything you said I just can’t get enough…. I Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
  21. gravatar JRJ says:
    Gooi hom Jimmy! Wat van 'n lekker Def Leopard treffer!
  22. gravatar jimmy says:
    @ Bully Beef: Ek moet bieg, ek was eers nie ‘n fan van Depeche Mode nie. Om die waarheid te sê, ek het nie eers rock songs geluister nie. Dit was eers nadat ek my vrou Blousissie ontmoet het dat ek regtig na die ouens begin luister het. Sy het in die tyd wat sy op Kosskool by Ferdies in Potch was ‘n mean versameling imports opgebou. Die eerste keer wat ek vir haar op die plaas gaan kuier het, het sy vir my Master and Servant op haar pa se Kenwood in die dominee se sitkamer gespeel. Verder sê ek eerder niks nie. Ek sal binnekort ‘n behoorlike tribute vir die ouens doen.. Terloops, haar gunsteling is Strangelove.
  23. gravatar jimmy says:
    Pour some sugar on me, ooh, in the name of love. Pour some sugar on me c’mon fire me up, pour some sugar on me… Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard

    YES JRJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  24. gravatar Jimmy says:
    NOU DIE BLOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  25. gravatar JRJ says:
    Thanx Jimmy! ! ! Jy weet net hoe om 'n man se nag by die werk op te kikker!! Soos jy sê. . . . NOU DIE BLOU!!!
  26. gravatar Brett Bull says:
    JIMMY en JRJ, waar val julle uit, hierdie is `n rugby blog, is julle seker julle is op die regte plek?

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