Tough challenge in Forsyth Barr Stadium

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The Vodacom Bulls will continue their Australasian tour with a tricky encounter against the Highlanders in Dunedin - a venue where they have not won since 2007.

It’s been seven long years since the Vodacom Bulls last tasted victory over the Highlanders in New Zealand – something the three-time champions form Pretoria would want to change on Friday morning (SA time).

However, it won’t be easy. Coupled with the fact that they normally struggle during the second match on their Australasian tours (they’ve won only three second tour matches since 1998), the team based at Loftus Versfeld find the Highlanders their toughest Kiwi opponents.

The Vodacom Bulls have beaten the Highlanders only five times since the franchise started in 1998, which is their lowest number of victories against any New Zealand side – they’ve beaten the Blues, Chiefs and Crusaders seven times each and the Hurricanes eight times.

The last time the Vodacom Bulls beat the Highlanders away was in 2007, the year in which they won Vodacom Super Rugby for the very first time. But since then, it’s gone downhill and the team from Otago won this corresponding fixture in 2012 by 16-11.

It shouldn’t be all doom and gloom for Flip van der Merwe’s team though – in the last decade, South African teams have done generally well in Dunedin, winning eight out of 17 matches deep down south.

Vodacom Bulls prop Werner Kruger will become the 26th South African Vodacom Super Rugby centurion in Dunedin.

Kruger, who made his debut in the opening round in 2008 against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town, has gone on to anchor the Vodacom Bulls’ scrum in two championship winning campaigns and play four Tests for the Springboks.

He played in 99 of the Vodacom Bulls’ last 100 matches – 40 and then 59 consecutively – only missing out in 2010 when the Pretorians went to Cape Town with a so-called “B-team”.

Kruger is a very good scrummager and someone who is never shy to do the donkey work on the field. He will become only the fifth SA front ranker to reach 100 appearances at this level, following in the footsteps of John Smit, Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis and Ollie le Roux.

The teams are:

Highlanders: Ben Smith (captain), Richard Buckman, Malakai Fekitoa, Shaun Treeby, Patrick Osborne, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, Elliot Dixon, Shane Christie, Gareth Evans, Joe Wheeler, Brad Thorn, Chris King, Liam Coltman, Kane Hames. Replacements: Ged Robinson, Craig Millar, Ma'afu Fia, Jarrad Hoeata, John Hardie, Fumiaki Tanaka, Trent Renata, Nasi Manu.

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

Head to head (since 1998)

Vodacom Bulls won 5, lost 10 (one draw)
Points for Vodacom Bulls 382, against 478 for Highlanders
Tries: Bulls 43, Highlanders 57
Average score: 30-24 (Highlanders)

Kick-off: 09h35 (SA Time)
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Referee: Rohan Hoffman (Australia)
Assistant referees: Kane McBride (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
Television match official: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

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Apr 10, 2014
Grant Hattingh

(20) Tough challenge in Forsyth Barr Stadium

  1. gravatar Cornelius says:
    Vergeet van die tawwe wedstryd, gaan wen net
    Sterkte Bulle
  2. gravatar FRANNABUL says:
    GO BULLS!!!!!!!
  3. gravatar FRANNABUL says:
    Go Bulls. Goeie breek Jan Serfontein
  4. gravatar FRANNABUL says:
    Halftyd 13 elk! Vasbyt Bulls! Ons MOET wen!
  5. gravatar passdiebal says:
    Ek het gedog Jono Ross is nie op die veld nie - toe sien ek hom toe hy n strafskop afstaan vir onkant spel..
  6. gravatar nitronic says:
    passdiebal en om te dink hy is die ccurie cup kaptein. Swak speller en Swak kaptein wat nie reels ken nie

    Bulls besig om die een weg te smyt!!!!
  7. gravatar passdiebal says:
    ek sien hom nou aanmekaar - twee tackles gemis - twee driee vir die Highlanders!!!
  8. gravatar nitronic says:
    Bulls tackle soos moffies
  9. gravatar Deon says:
    Ek is vas oortuig die Bulls oefen sonder Rugby balle. hulle kan nie vang nie nog minder pass , pateties is 'n kompliment
  10. gravatar Lekkerblou says:
    ROSS?????????????????????????????????????
    ROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    TWEE K........ TACKLES 14 PUNTE

    SEKER VROTSTE SPELER IN S15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SAL NIE EERS PLEK IN SKOOL EERSTE SPAN KRY NIE.

    NOU MOET VRAE OOR SY KONTRAK WRAGTIG WAAR GEVRA WORD?

    OP WATTER GRONDE KRY HY N KONTRAK BO SPELERS MET TWEE KEER SY VERMOENS?
  11. gravatar Deon says:
    Useless, useless useless
  12. gravatar bloukaap says:
    14 aanslane in 2e helfde. Belowende bewegings met geen momentum nie want FETCHER is in absentia. Hoe die bulle gedink het Ross is die man om steggies se skoene vol te staan gaan my verstand te bowe.


    Elke ref blaas die rolmale van lynstane af verskillend.

    Dankbaar oor bonuspunt. Elke puntjie help. Bly die bulls het nie gaan lê nie.

  13. gravatar FRANNABUL says:
    Verloor 27 vs 20. Darem 'n bonuspunt maar ons moes die ene gewen het. Sagte driee af gestaan en met baie dryfmale nie kon score nie. As ons al die strafskoppe pale toe gevat het ons dalk 'n beter kans gehad!

    Reg het die Landers met moord laat weg kom! 2 de game is tradisioneel ons swakste!
  14. gravatar RuggaFanToo says:
    Ek haat dit om negatief te wees maar net soos wat die geval met Fouche was - hoeveel kanse gaan Ross nog kry om te wys dat hy nie goed genoeg is nie? Ons is gekortwiek met beserings en daarom te meer is daar nie plek vir passasiers in die span nie!
  15. gravatar deon says:
    Wanneer gaan Frans verantwoordelikheid neem vir swak spel , swak afrigting swak span keuses
  16. gravatar FRANNABUL says:
    Jammer, moet lees "Ref het die Landers met moord laat weg kom". Ander spanne druk ook nog makliker driee as ons. Backline het genoeg bal gekry en moes meer gescore!
  17. gravatar nitronic says:
    Vrot pateties, die goed hoort nie op n rugby veld nie. Maybe is die kwota sisteem nie so bad nie, want Soweto se laerskool spelers is beter as die klomp patete.

    Wen teen Blues, en Sharks was maar lucky.
  18. gravatar Bullebakkies says:
    Ek het nie game gekyk nie, maar van wat ek kan aflei het ons ALWEER baie balle aangeslaan! Dit kom nou al n paar seisoen aan! HOEKOM word sulke foute net nooit reggestel nie? N Speler wat n tackle mis wat uitloop op n drie moet GEDROP word!!!!!!!

    JONO ROSS HOORT NIE IN ENIGE SENIOR BULLS SPAN NIE!!!!!! HY IS NIE GOED GENOEG NIE MNR LUDEKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  19. Het glad nie die game kon kyk nie en maar op live scoring gevolg. Gaan nie eers die getapede game kyk later nie want as ek die comments so lees is die manne omgekrap oor die ref en swak spel van sekere spelers. Klink egter of daar meer speel met die backline was??

    Die forwards het ook in die skrums orraait gedoen maar klink of individuele briljantheid ons gesink het?? Swak tackles deur Ross ook???

    Volgende week die WARATAHS.

    Is Flippie se besering ernstig. Dalk moet Hattingh dan maar volgende week slot cover en Wimpie speelkans kry. Ek dink nie Ndugane gaan reg wees nie so Piet gaan weer kans kry.

    Iewers op hierdie toer moet ons 'n game wen!!!! Jy kan nie alles op toer verloor en verwag om in die top 6 te eindig nie.....

    Die WARATAHS het ook die strompies on nieweland afgestof so daar wag 'n lastige ene.

    Ek dink ook dis tyd vir 'n nuwe coach. Se nog steeds wens ons kon Nick M kry. Hy sal ons regruk. Die warm gevoel om die hart dae van HM is gone. Ons beter dit aanvaar en hierdie kompetisies ernstiger begin opneem.
  20. gravatar FRANNABUL says:
    Bloubefoeterd, as Nick Mallet in stap, stap die meeste spelers weg. Hy sal glad nie in pas by ons kultuur nie, Hy was die ene wat by die Bokke die gebruik wou stop om voor die game te bid en toe het die spelers saam gestaan en hom tee gegaan en dit het gebly!

    Ek wens ons kan Jimmy Stonehouse iewers betrek, hy is bereid om self as hulp afrigter te werk!

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