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Bulls unchanged for Jaguares


Vodacom Bulls coach, John Mitchell named an unchanged run-on team to face the Jaguares at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday in what will be the last home match for his team in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

The same starting side that lost to a late score against the Sunwolves in Singapore last weekend will thus get a chance to redeem themselves.

Mitchell made some changes to the bench though, with the most prominent the inclusion of Springbok scrumhalf, Ivan van Zyl, in place of Andre Warner.

“We are determined to close out the season at home with a solid performance,” Mitchell said.

“We have grown as a team and our supporters started believing again, and we would like to reward that trust in us. In the end, the season did not quite finish the way we wanted, but I am happy that we took some important steps in the right direction. We will reap the benefits of that in future.”

The team will again be captained by Handré Pollard. “We only need to look at the log to see how tough the Jaguares will be. They are playing some exceptional rugby at the moment. That said, they are coming into our backyard and we need to show who is boss in our house. We owe the Loftus faithful a good show.”

The team (with Vodacom Super Rugby caps and points) is:

Warrick Gelant (32, 60), Jamba Ulengo (21, 35), Jesse Kriel (59, 65), Johnny Kotze (33, 35), Divan Rossouw (12, 15), Handré Pollard (c; 45 424), Embrose Papier (7, 0), Hanro Liebenberg (26, 15), Jannes Kirsten (16,10), Marco van Staden (14, 5), RG Snyman (37, 10), Jason Jenkins (40, 35), Conraad van Vuuren (15, 5), Jaco Visagie (33, 0) Pierre Schoeman (33, 15).

Replacements: Edgar Marutlulle (31, 20), Simphiwe Matanzima (0, 0)/Matthys Basson (1, 0), Mornay Smit (1, 0), Thembelani Bholi (28, 5),Nick de Jager (27,20), Ivan van Zyl (15, 0),  Manie Libbok (8, 6), Dries Swanepoel (10, 10).


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  1. Apparently the Bulls might be getting the services of Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Brits, Kyle Brink, Dylan Sage, both the u20 centers and the biggest shocker JLDP next year.

  2. I wonder what excuses Mitchell will make after this game. After the last it was not having enough quality players. Strange he never made those excuses at the Force that had almost no Wallabies in the starting squad.

    Sad state of affairs when every Aussie team is expected to whip the Sunwolves and the South African sides are lucky to not lose let alone get a hiding.

  3. Bulls expectations are to win the thing. If they want to do that they need a team contains at least 4 to 5 worldclass players. They have 1 in pollard. The others are all developing and even pollard has been injured and is young. The bulls are my the force and Mitchell will develop the talent , but if they don’t get some ready-to-go topclass haardebaarde, forget it.

    Koch, marcel v d merwe, JLDP would all be outstanding buys along (vermeulen not so sure how committed at club level). Mitchell wants committed players that are also good. Saffas too laidback, go for easy gold in NH where they can coast. Needs to balance young hunger talent with a few real experienced stars (none of the latter).

    Mitchell’s sides are always younger (dropped Cullen) cos he want that hunger and commitment, but he and everyone knows you need 3-5 big names if you want to win the thing.

  4. @cab:

    Rubbish… he inherited a team full of capped players that had several seasons in the team before him.

    He’s a dud… and now one that is making excuses…

  5. @bryce_in_oz: Look, Mitchell really hasn’t got a great record. But I’m willing to give him this year, as we were really poor last year and the basic errors would take time to fix. We have a couple of blatant shortcomings, depth and prop one major issue and leadership another. This year I wrote off before we even started.

    I know a guy like Jake White would maybe have gotten us firing sooner, but I’ll still give him this year and should next year be the same as this year, I’d be the first to jump on the fire Mitchell bandwagon

  6. Rubbish my gat. That team is full of no-makers apart from de jäger and pollard both of which are injured and both were foisted on him. Mitchell probably don’t want either. As a forward he wants hard-working committed players – dejager don’t fit into that.

    Come on name me all these stars – the one star they had, serfontein went auf wiersehn tata.

    I like JW as a coach, but his got nothing on Mitchell. It’s like comparing a beach buggy to a Porsche – don’t be ridiculous .

  7. De jäger great if you want a lock who can gallop like a giraffe. But Mitchell wants brad thorn. That engine who hits ruck tackles and superfit pro. Our boys too lazy, loads of talent, but will not compete with pros until they take the Mitchell medicine.

    If you on any doubt on his talents – check out the other thread – apparently he’s walked on water.

  8. Our guys used to be like thorn – in days of army etc. Nowadays, not so much, maybe it’s a good thing but not for our forward play. I dunno what’s happened, we used to have mal mullets – now they want to go nightclubbing.

  9. @cab:

    You really are outing yourself like a dunder-head… Mitchell inherited both capped players and promising non capped players and added jack-shit… and now he is in the media slagging off his own players…

    C’mon Cabbo… you are better than that pal…

  10. Well he shouldn’t be slagging his own players but it’s reality I’m afraid. He’ll still do well but will take longer

  11. @cab:

    That is a whimper if ever I have heard it… at least the Muslim country-shopping youths in France show their force…