Big Vic is a great 'teacher'

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:32
Large victor matfield points Large pierre spies   victor matfi

The impact of record-breaking retired Springbok Victor Matfield as a coach is already being felt by the Bulls.
 

The impact of record-breaking retired Springbok Victor Matfield as a coach is already being felt by the Bulls.

Matfield - who last year served as a line-out consultant in an advisory capacity at Loftus Versfeld - was appointed the forwards and attack coach for the franchise this season.

The 35-year-old, who led the Bulls to all three of their Super Rugby titles, is rated as "phenomenal" by head coach Frans Ludeke.

"It is great to have him back in the inner circle of the team, where the things are happening," Ludeke told this website in an interview ahead of the Bulls' first pre-season match - the Gauteng Challenge encounter with the Lions at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.

"It may be in a different capacity, but he is making a very big impact - the players are enjoying having him here.

"His knowledge is phenomenal and he comes across very strongly as a coach.

"He is a great teacher and his sessions are very interesting - there are lots of game-related things."

Ludeke said one of the advantages of Matfield the coach is that he played for such a long time and worked under many coaches.

"He has a great feel for how to put a [training] session together," Ludeke said, adding: "There is no doubt he is making a huge impact."

Matfield, who retired from playing after the 2011 World Cup, featured in 110 Tests for South Africa - bettered only by John Smit's 111 internationals.

* Meanwhile the Bulls head coach, Ludeke, said a number of frontline players will not feature in the Orlando showdown.

Players like Francois Venter, Zane Kirchner, Werner Kruger and Callie Visagie all suffering from minor strains.

Venter (groin), Kirchner (back), Kruger (back) and Visagie (hamstring) will miss the clash - as will Tony Jantjies (compassionate leave after the death of his father), Wilhelm Steenkamp (AC joint, five weeks), Marcel van der Merwe (knee rehab, four months), Dean Greyling (foot, three weeks) and Basil Short (AC joint, two weeks).

Grant Hattingh (ankle), Akona Ndungane (groin), Wiaan Liebenberg (hamstring), Dewald Potgieter (back) and Louis Fouchè (ankle) has been declared fit - although the two loose forwards, Liebenberg and Potgieter, will only train on Tuesday.

Ludeke said he will field two different line-ups in the pre-season matches against the Lions (this week) and the Cheetahs (in Polokwane next week).

Veteran midfielder Wynand Olivier will also not be considered for selection this week, although he returned from his stint in Japan without injury.

By Jan de Koning

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 14h00 Paris
Fri, 28 April 2017
Ospreys v Ulster 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 22h00 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Connacht v Scarlets 22h00 Sportsground
Edinburgh v Dragons 22h00 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 RDS Arena
Treviso v Munster 22h00 Stadio Monigo
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
Bulls v Jaguares 26 | 13
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10
RELATED ARTICLES