Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Vodacom Super Rugby

Newlands clash to be 'a classic' – Ludeke



Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke added his voice to those expecting a rugby classic this weekend ahead of his side’s showdown with Vodacom Super Rugby leaders, DHL Stormers at Newlands this weekend.

Ludeke named an unchanged team – unsurprisingly after a 61-8 win over the defending champion Reds last weekend – and is looking forward to his side continuing their form and momentum against the current log leaders this weekend.

Ludeke believes the teams will entertain and give fans a real north-south derby, one that will go down as a classic, as both sides manage “to bring the best out of each other.”

“Both teams get the best out of each other. For us it is an away game against the top team in the competition who will want to stay on top. We know what their capabilities are and we want to be accurate on the day. We are looking forward to the challenge over the weekend,” Ludeke said when naming his team.

The Bulls coach has been keen to label his opposition as favourites, and while the Stormers are unbeaten in this year’s tournament, the Bulls haven’t been slouches themselves with their 60-point victory last weekend.

“They (the Stormers) are a very good side. We respect what they have done in the last two to three seasons, they topped our conference last year,” Ludeke explained.

“It is a totally different campaign this year because we also feel like we have prepared well and a lot of things are working well for us.

“That is what makes this contest important because we are playing against a good side and the right time to use those opportunities at the beginning of the game and start off on a high.”

The only change in the match-day 22 is Bongi Mbonambi’s elevation to Super Rugby after some good play in the Vodacom Cup. Mbonambi replaces Willie Wepener, who has a facial infection.

BULLS TEAM: Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, Johann Sadie, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies, Jacques Potgieter, CJ Stander, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Frik Kirsten, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Arno Botha, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche, JJ Engelbrecht.

Shop

SA rugby Annual 2014
The 2014 SA Rugby Annual is the official record of the South African season and is widely considered to be one of the finest yearbooks in world rugby
R175.00
Victor - My Journey
As the most capped Springbok ever, Victor Matfield is a national hero who transcends rugby provincialism and has fans across the world
R198.44
The Poisoned Chalice
The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure
R157.00
Coach - Marco Botha
At 34, Heyneke Meyer was fired as head coach of a Super Rugby team for the second time
R110.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Great Goals Of European Football - Show 2
Cycling - Time Trial: Men's Individual
Diving - Women's 10m Platform Preliminary
Lawn Bowls - Women's Pairs Qfs/men's Sgl Qfs/open Triples B6,B7,B8 Bronze & Gold Medal Match

Sports Talk



Brendan Venter
The art of execution
With the reality of an all-Australasian Super Rugby final scheduled for Saturday, I believe now is...

Tony Johnson
Winning means rising above adversity
Winning a big rugby tournament is usually about the ability of a team to produce its best in the...

Brenden Nel
Time for Sevens to up the ante
Sunday night’s amazing Commonwealth Games win by the South African Sevens team has only served to...

Gavin Rich
A flawed plan
A third-place finish, a semifinal exit and the South African conference title may, to some, be fair...

Super Wrap
It's a Wrap, and a Super one at that
Only one side in a six-team playoff series and the rest of our teams comfortably in the bottom half...