Vic back in Bulls team



Victor Matfield is back in the Bulls starting team for their Super Rugby match against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.

It was initially hoped that Matfield would not have to play on tour, but injuries force the hand of coach Frans Ludeke.

With Deon Stegmann and Dewald Potgieter out injured, there are some changes to the back row. Grant Hattingh starts at No 8, while Jono Ross and Jacques du Plessis are on the flanks.

Kick-off at Forsyth Barr Stadium is scheduled for 09:35 (SA time) on Friday.


15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 J J Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel vd Merwe, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 William Small-Smith, 23 Morné Mellet

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  1. Ha ha just heard the comment on the Farming Show here in NZ: “Its the battle of the geriatrics in Dunedin this Friday night – the 36 year old Matfield v the 38 year old Brad Thorn contesting the lineouts!”

  2. As much respect as I have for Victor and what he means for the Bulls, not sure he is going to make a difference. Our loosies with the loss of both Potgieter and Stegmann is just too unbalanced. Is there no other fetcher type player in the Bulls structure, whom we can try and push to make the step up?

  3. I wonder when Bongi will get his chance at 2? And we have Maku as well, both of whom in my view are better than Callie Visagie. He has done nothing to justify the continued backing he is getting from the coach. Both him and Ross to me shouldnt be there.

  4. @Aldo:

    Bongi- good point.

    Never seen him have a bad game, and I look attentively because he is a Bethlehem boy. He can be a bit overzealous at times but I think his lack of gametime and constant need to prove himself add to this.

  5. Agreed Brendon, when you get 10 min’s here, 5 there, you tend to be over eager and try and prove yourself. We’re really messing with talent there. He apparently worked really hard in the off season on his lineout throwing, which was my only concern in his game.