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Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Super 14: Heyneke has reason to be optimistic

Article by Brenden Nel

Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer learned a few things from Saturday's two games against the Cats at Ellis Park.

The Bulls won both games (15-11 and 30-14), but the results weren't as important as the performances.

Heyneke learned that Derick Hougaard is back on song, Dries Scholtz is a destroyer in midfield and that in Chiliboy Ralepelle he has a future Springbok. He also learned that captain Victor Matfield will be out for between two and four weeks with a knee injury, but should be okay for the opening game of the Super 14 against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on February 10.

In the early game, Pedrie Wannenburg was exceptional, Morne Steyn impressive under heavy fire and with poor service in front of him, while others such as Danie Thiaart (tighthead) and Adriaan Fondse showed there is a lot of fight in the young blood at the franchise.

Rudi Coetzee struggled in defence and missed two tackles that led to the only Cats try, but then rectified it with a sensational run.

The late game gave a more settled look to the Bulls machine, with Scholtz trampling everything in midfield, while Hougaard's striking ability with his boot was a feature.

Danie Rossouw rumbled up on attack and looks at his fittest yet, while the never-say-die attitude of Tim Dlulane also should be commended. A special mention should also be made of SA under-21 lock Cliffie Milton, who stepped into Matfield's place with pleasing ease.

This coming weekend's friendly against the Stormers at Newlands will see the Bulls revert back to a traditional pre-season game with a squad of 26 making the trip to Cape Town. Hooker Gary Botha and winger Bryan Habana should be back to further bolster the Bulls.
Yeah I think the Bulls can be fairly confident. I've written a short article on OORB, stating my reasons. It's in English, so don't look at the spelling in it!  

Dries Scholtz may be a trampler in midfield against questionable defence of the Cats close in defenders, but the problems will come when he faces guys who are big, fast and twinkle toes in Tana Umanga and Aaron Mauger, Matt Giteau etc.

Besides, I still believe these warm-ups are no more than PR exercises and we can read nothing but nothing into them...... but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
of course they are pr excersizes davids, hell even the stormers beat the bulls in games like this  
Dont be too optimistic, waite untill DavidS has got hold of him.  
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