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Ludeke make changes for Cell C Sharks


Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke named Sampie Mastriet on the wing and Dewald Potgieter as no 8 in his team to play Cell C Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Both players will make their first appearance in the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament this year. Mastriet comes into the team in place of Akona Ndungane after a highly productive stint with the Springbok Sevens team and Potgieter joined up with the team following a season with his Japanese club Yamaha Jubilo and will take the place of Jono Ross.

Ndungane is still on humanitarian leave following the passing of his father last week, whilst Ludeke opted for the 66 Super Rugby caps experience of Potgieter at the base of the scrum.

Ross moves the bench, with Jacques Engelbrecht missing out in the only other change to the match 23.

“We have always maintained that you need a squad to win this competition and I am pretty please about the depth we have in ours,” Ludeke said.

“Sampie has shown tremendous form with the Springbok Sevens team and brings a lot of pace into the backline and Dewald has test match experience on top of being part of our system for many years. It is very pleasing to have them in the squad.”

Vodacom Bulls captain Flip van der Merwe said the recent upsurge in form is something the team is keen to continue with.

“Our first two away outings were pretty disappointing and everyone stepped up after that. We are keen to continue with the positive way we performed against the Lions and Blues. The Sharks are not topping the log for nothing, but we have prepared well for this one. We will be ready,” Van der Merwe said.

The team (with Super Rugby caps) is: Jurgen Visser (15), Sampie Mastriet (1), JJ Engelbrecht (37), Jan Serfontein (16), Bjorn Basson (59), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (44), Francois Hougaard (60), Dewald Potgieter (66), Jacques du Plessis (5), Deon Stegmann (76), Victor Matfield (128), Flip van der Merwe (67, c), Werner Kruger (96), Callie Visagie (27), Dean Greyling (42). Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi (5), Morné Mellett (13), Marcel van der Merwe (7), Paul Willemse (8), Jono Ross (8), Piet van Zyl (35), Handré Pollard (3), Ulrich Beyers (4).

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  1. This will be a test for the C-Cells.

    1) They don’t have Pieter Steph du Toit. Boy that was a tragic loss not just for Sharks but the Nat. Team.

    2)Paul Jordaan – also known as “The Shifty Gypsy” is out for C-Cells.

    3) Sharks aren’t playing @ the Tank. They have to venture to “The Heart of Darkness”….Bulls Field. No doubt this will be a sell-out & Bulls gholish fans are sure to make it resemble Halloween eve for the C-Cell visitors.

    My prediction is for Sharks to win by 6 – against all odds.
    One word….

  2. Haha Americano, interestingly home field advantage counts for nothing between these 2 teams. The Bulls have a good record at the tank and the Sharks at Loftus. There are really a lot of Sharks fans in PTA and you’ll probably see a 50/50 spread on the stands come Saturday.

  3. I wonder if Ross has increminating photos of Ludeke stashed away in a secret location to be posted to social media if he gets dropped? For the life of me I cannot see why he gets picked ahead of Engelbrecht. Am I missing something? He wasnt good enough at cc level and now this? Maybe Im just blind.

  4. It’s never difficult getting a team ready for a game against any team Jake coaches. He does the work of firing up the opposition for the opposition coach.

    Apparently it is easy preparing to play the Bulls as they bring no variation to their game and hasnt evolved their game in 30 years. You can watch a game from last week, a year ago or 5 years ago and we play the same. I reckon he hasnt really watched enough rugby as it is a massive rumour that we allways play the same. Allways in the top teams when it comes to try scoring. Yeah we play boring old rugby.

    Watch out Jake, #invisibull, you wont see them coming.

  5. Alda Aldo, take your blinkers off mate. He did not say boring, just predictable. And he is spot on – whole rugbyworld knows that, just as Stormers are predictable (focus only in defence) and Cheetahs ( do not focus on defence ever). Stop playing a martelgat en steek bietjie jou kop uit die laager uit.

  6. Only if you promise to stop making stupid comments and start using your brains.

    Oh wait, you are allready at maximum usage.