Vodacom Bulls hoping for history to repeat itself

Vodacom Bulls hoping for history to repeat itself

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The Vodacom Bulls will face the defending champions, the Chiefs from New Zealand, in a rare 15h00 match in Pretoria.

The last time a match kicked off this early at Loftus Versfeld, was last year’s semi-final against the Brumbies, and before that in 2010.

The Vodacom Bulls have won four of their last five Vodacom Super Rugby encounters against the Chiefs, which includes their record win in the 2009 final, the team from Waikato won the last match between these sides, in 2012.
Looking at the Vodacom Bulls’ home record against teams from New Zealand, it’s clear that they are more comfortable against the Chiefs than three of their Kiwi counterparts.


The Vodacom Bulls have won six from eight at home against the Chiefs (75%), which is exactly the same as their winning ratio against the Blues and higher than against the Crusaders (63.6%) Hurricanes (50%) and Highlanders (44.4% from four wins, four defeats and one draw).


Overall against Kiwi sides, the men from Pretoria have won 61.4%, which is worse than against teams from Australia (69%) or their fellow South Africans (64.9%).


But they have been very good at Loftus in recent years, losing only three of their last 20 home matches.
“We managed to pick up some good momentum over the last couple of weeks and with no new injuries, we can look at maintaining that,” said Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke earlier this week.


But Victor Matfield, the Vodacom Bulls’ third captain this season following injuries to Pierre Spies and Flip van der Merwe, warned that the Chiefs will provide a stern test at Loftus Versfeld.


“They are not the champions for nothing,” said Matfield. “They are well-balanced with a lot of strike power at the back, but also have a solid and strong first phase in their play. We will have to be very accurate and use our changes if we want to be victorious.”


The Chiefs made eight changes to their side.


Anton Lienert-Brown (18) is given his debut on the wing.
Tim Nanai-Williams experienced a minor hamstring tweak in Perth and will move to the bench, being replaced by Andrew Horrell.
Ben Afeaki will start off the bench and is joined by Jamie Mackintosh, Mahonri Schwalger, Michael Fitzgerald, Sam Cane and Gareth Anscombe.


The teams are:


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


Chiefs: Mils Muliaina, Anton Lienert-Brown, Andrew Horrell, Tom Marshall, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden (c), Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Kane Thompson, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Matt Symons, Ben Tameifuna, Rhys Marshall, Pauliasi Manu. Replacements: Mahonri Schwalger, Jamie Mackintosh, Ben Afeaki, Michael Fitzgerald, Sam Cane, Augustine Pulu, Gareth Anscombe, Tim Nanai-Williams.


Kick-off: 15h00 (SA Time)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Marc van Zyl (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Credit: SARU Corporate Affairs

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Mar 27, 2014
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(23) Vodacom Bulls hoping for history to repeat itself

  1. gravatar FRANNABUL says:
    Sal dit verkies as ons 'n oorsese skeidsregter kon gehad het. Hoop Craig Joubert bewys my verkeerd.

    GO BULLS - vat more 'n Belgiese uitruil student Loftus toe! Ek dink hier kom 'n grootte!
  2. gravatar FRANNABUL says:
    En daar wen die Canes die Saders op die Saders se veld. Saders is nie meer die span wat hulle was nie! Ons speel nie Saders die jaar nie....
  3. gravatar Max says:
    Just one tip for the Bulls if you want it. I think we can get easy three point when in the half of the other team. you know when sometime you get a free kick, then we use it for a scrum or an aerial bomb. what if the scrum half taps is and then pass it back to the fly half for a drop goal there should be more then enouch time for a drop goal. three easy point i think.
    Go BULLS!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. gravatar Cornelius says:
    VAT HOM BOETIE, HOU BY DIE BLOU
  5. gravatar Jimmy says:
    'n Paar 70's songs vir die laatnag..

    You can see it in my eyes I can feel it in your touch, you don't have to say a thing just let me show how much. Love you, need you, yeah… Kiss You All Over - Exile
  6. gravatar Jimmy says:
    She was morning and I was night time, I one day woke up to find her lying beside my bed. I softly said, come take me…. Play Me – Neil Diamond
  7. gravatar Jimmy says:
    No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound, nothing to eat no books to read, making love with you, has left me peaceful warm inside…The Air That I Breath - Hollies

  8. gravatar Jimmy says:
    Mexican girl don't leave me alone I got a heart as big as a stone and I need you to believe me to be here and love me tonight… Mexican Girl - Smokie
  9. gravatar Jimmy says:
    You sheltered me from harm kept me warm, kept me warm. You gave my life to me set me free, set me free. The finest years I ever knew were all the years I had with you…Everything I Own - Bread
  10. gravatar Jimmy says:
    When your baby leaves you all alone and nobody calls you on the phone. Don’t you feel like crying, don’t you feel like crying, c'mon baby, cry to me… Cry to Me – Staccatos
  11. gravatar Jimmy says:
    You're the light in my deepest, darkest hour. You're my saviour when I fall and you may not think I care for you when you know down inside that I really do…How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
  12. gravatar Jimmy says:
    Nou vir die Chiefies....

    GEE DIT BLOUBULHORINGS BULLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. gravatar JRJ says:
    @Max. According to the laws of the game, a ruck must first take place before you may take a drop kick from a free kick.
    Vandag gaan baie taai wees jong. Sterkte bulle! Roer daardie chiefs!
  14. gravatar nitronic says:
    Ag nee Matfield kom nou reg, twee miss tackles deur Vic en twee driee teen ons
  15. gravatar nitronic says:
    Ag nee Bulle skrik wakker die is soft tries wat ons weg gee en ook die Chiefs vang ons elke keer met die offloads.

    Agressie is dringend nodig
  16. gravatar Theo says:
    Skop die flippen bal in die skare in. Ons lynstane is goed genoeg om druk op te sit. Agressiewe verdediging is nodig soos Nitronic gese het.
  17. gravatar Theo says:
    Wat het die Vodacom span gemaak?
  18. gravatar nitronic says:
    ek wil nou nie te vroeg praat nie maar, ek dink die regte "fire cracker" is onder ons sterre aangesteek
  19. gravatar nitronic says:
    Paterties, Frans weet nie hoe om sy subs te gebruik nie toe steggies af gaan is ons in moeilikheid

    Die draw is soos n verloor kry net 2 punte en chiefs 3.

    Vrot vrot vrot
  20. gravatar Theo says:
    Kan jy dit nou flippen glo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ek dink Frans moet nou besluit hoe hy sy plaasvervangers gaan gebruik. Ons skrums oorheers maar as plaasvervangers opkom sukkel ons. Dit was ook verlede week die geval.
    Dit is nou 2 punte op 'n skinkboprd weggee.
    Ag nee man Bulle.
    Ek sou eerder vir Ndugane vervang het i.p.v Serfontein. Skuif vir Engelbrecht vleuel toe en speel Beyers buite senter.
    Maar nou ja, dit voel nou vir my of ons 'n kafferpak gekry het.
    Hoop die Tahs wen vir Jaaik Whaaait se span
  21. gravatar Loftus says:
    We'll done frans ludeke,jou sinnelose replacements het uiteindelik jou in die alie kom byt. Hoe voel dit frans ,om jou span 3 punte te kos? Ons moes geen reserwes op die veld gehad het voor ons ons bonus punt drie gee druk het nie. Al ons momentum in sy x***x in. Vir hoveel games kom jy al weg met 4,5 reserwes op n slag op bring -heeltemal onnodig.? Patetiese verdediging die hele game lank ook-maar ons almal weet mos ou pine is verantwoodelik daarvoor. Maklik die swakste wedstryd wat ek in 3 jaar gesien het van die bulls. PATETIES. O ja.net 1laaste ding - hopelik sal mense nou hul fassinasie met beyers stop -hy lyk soos n 2de span klub speler vir die vallei
  22. gravatar Loftus says:
    Mnr van Graan,as jy dit lees -is jy happy daarmee dat jou hoof afrigter elke wedstryd sy beste doen om die bulls te laat verloor met sy sinnelose plaasvervangings? Is jy happy met incompetence?
  23. gravatar bluedog says:
    Janee Loftus, bb23 sal jou nie antwoord nie. Hy het skielik verdwyn van die web af. Die span met die breedsre smiles is die Chiefs vanaand. 3 punte op loftus is nie te versmaai nie en die twee punte wat die bulle gekry het gaan ons nog in die terug byt soos n mak hond. Waar begin ek. Verdediging. Dit bly nou maar ons swak punt in westryde. Indien ons nou driee kon druk was dit dalk n ander storie. Soos Pine Pienaar se afrigting kan sy hand in die verdediging van die bulls gesien word. Wat maak julle nog met die man daar. Hy is pateties verby. Frans Ludeke, ons voorspelers werk hard om wedstryde te wen en dan kom neuk jy alles op met die opstuur van jou reserwes wat totaal onbevoeg is vir hierdie vlak van rugby. Ons moes nooit gelykop gespeel het nie en die Chiefs moes afgeslag gewees het. Pier Rossouw het dalk skills gehad as vleuel op sy tyd maar sy afrigting van die agter lyn laat veel tewense oor. Al die talent daar maar onafgerig. Ons sit hier met n span wat ontplof van potensiaal en wat weer Super beker sukses kan proe maar iewers bly n skroef los. Ek blameer bb23 en die afrigting span van die bulle vir wat aangaan. Ons het nie n reserwebank nie. Die bulle gaan nou toer en ek is glad nie positief daaroor nie. Jy is so goed soos jou laaste wedstryd en vanmiddag was ons nie op standaard nie. Die highlanders, hurricanes, force en rebels wag op ons. Almal potensiale wen westryde maar ook moontlike verloor wedstryde. Die bulle toer nooit goed nie en hulle is nou in n posisie van verloor kan ons jaar verongeluk. Hierdie draw was so goed soos verloor. Dit is ook tyd dat die reserwe bank hand in eie boesem steek en besef dat hulle die bulle in die steek laat met elke wedstryd. Ek wil bitter graag positief wees oor ons kanse vanjaar maar die sards lyk na die span vanjaar. Ek sê dit met my tong in die kies en swaar gemoed. Hulle wil speel en goed doen.

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