Blue Bulls on a double mission

2011-08-12 07:30

Cape Town - The Blue Bulls have two clear goals in mind when they head to the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit to face the Pumas in a Currie Cup encounter.

The Bulls unexpectedly came unstuck by 22-21 there last year, and are on a mission to avenge that shock defeat.

But that won't be the only motivation for Pine Pienaar's charges come 17:00 on Friday afternoon. The men from Pretoria are currently bottom of the Currie Cup log - an unacceptable position for a team that has set the benchmark in South African rugby for the best part of a decade.

Therefore, the Bulls have made it their aim to not only avenge their embarrassing defeat of last season, but also to rise from their current position of basement dwellers.

"We certainly won't forget that one (last year's loss to the Pumas), but an even more important driving force will be our position on the log. A team like us, cannot be bottom of the log," Pienaar told the Beeld newspaper.

The Bulls mentor is nevertheless confident that he knows the Pumas' blueprint and prepared his players accordingly.

"The Pumas get good momentum with their forwards which they use effectively. If you give them time and space, you will struggle against them.

"They also never give up, so you have to play for 80 minutes," said Pienaar.


15 Carl Bezuidenhout, 14 Deon Scholtz, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Tian Meyer, 11 MJ Mentz, 10 Ricardo Croy, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Doppies le Roux, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Eduan van der Walt, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1 Dawie Steyn

Substitutes: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Rudi Mathee, 19 RW Kember, 20 Hendrik van der Nest, 21 Tiaan Marx, 22 Johan Jackson

Blue Bulls:
15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Zane Kirchner, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Francois Venter


  • docraven - 2011-08-12 07:40


      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-12 08:17

      .....still no cups.... .....he he he he ...!!!

      docraven - 2011-08-12 09:17

      Dozer rolled over in bed this morning and the first words that came out his mouth was"Johnny, you complete me"!

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-12 09:17

      Bulls also got no cups, and they are top of the log thanks to Heyneke Meyer who should be coaching the Bok team. That's funny.

      Oukoos - 2011-08-12 12:22

      @JohnnyBB Jy is te hard op jou span. Ja dit is waar dat die Bulls nog geen bekers in 2011 verower/behou het nie, maar daar is nog die U19, U21 en die Curriebeker wat op eienaars wag. Ek glo dat die Bulls tog 'n klein kansie het om een van voorgenoemde bekers huistoe te bring. Intussen voorspoed vir vanmiddag se wedstryd teen die Pumas. Met baie geluk kan die Bulls wen

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-12 13:01

      PUMAS by 50!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Pumas Go!!!! Trap daai STINK VOET BULLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-12 07:43

    Bulls by 20,

      René Müller - 2011-08-12 07:54

      @Agent, hope you right, but I doubt. At this point I will be happy with a win (even by 1 point). It has been nauseating watching the Bulls play lately. There is just no cohesion, everyone in the team on his own! The team lack heart & guts, without that there's no glory. Common Bulls, waiting for the team to 'click' patiently.

      docraven - 2011-08-12 08:00

      All jokes aside, I think this next game might sum up the Bulls Currie Cup.If they cant pull this off by a minimum of 20 points then they going to have to really look at their systems.They have the players, the facilities, the fans , the whats missing, maybe a strong leader??

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-12 08:34

      @Rene,ek glo dat die haakplekke is uirtgesorteer en dat die skop en jaag taktiek nie vanaand deel van die Bulle se spelpatroon gaan wees nie,gaan mooi hardloop rugby wees,as hulle dit nie maak nie sal ek eerste wees om Jimmy Stonehouse en sy span geluk te wens @doc,i have to agree,if we lose this one we might just as well stop playing for the rest of the season

      Tantrum - 2011-08-12 08:46

      Het jy van P-Divy se TIK in die hande gekry?

      Coach18 - 2011-08-12 08:48

      Doc i agree with you, as a Bull supporter i must say that that there is no glue holding the team together, leadership is the most important although i have no doubt in Dewald Potgieter to be the front man for the Bulls but he needs to bring the team closer. The way i see it at this point, Pine is using all his under 21 's and Voda player to see where they rank in the scheme of this, he is also giving the guys that may have gotten comfortable in their positions an eye opener so that they can work on their indivdual games. But a new team is being structure and have to say i have come to terms with the Bulls loosing majority of their games in order to achieve and develop a new winning unit.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-12 08:09

    Ek sal happy wees as hulle net by die regte veld opdaag.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-12 08:31

      LOL,Dozer jy is op jou stukke weer vanoggend

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-12 11:31

      AGENT, ek is altyd op my stukke.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-12 13:02

      @Bull - PUMAS by 50!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • - 2011-08-12 08:13

    The primary mission of the Bulls in Nelspruit tonight will be to ensure that they dont slip to 9th on the log. Heh heh heh.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-12 08:17

      He he he....aap.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-12 08:19

      ....losers since 2001.... .......DHL Sucker team.....

      MaestroX - 2011-08-12 08:20

      Tee hee hee, I see Lloyde enjoyed that one!!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-08-12 08:32

    You have some work to do. Bulls forever..

  • jacobisschoff84 - 2011-08-12 09:24

    Ons gaan heel moontlik nog terug kyk na die finaal aan die einde van die jaar en sê, "ek kan nie glo die Bulle was na 4 weke heel onder aan die log nie, en kyk nou net, daar wen hulle wragtig die Currie Beker vir 2011!".

      Tiger - 2011-08-12 14:45

      Skud jou kop...hoor jy iets...niks? Ek is nie verbaas nie. Skrik wakker ou maat julle is van volgende jaar heel moontlik in die B-Afdeling!!!

  • Kaapie - 2011-08-12 09:34

    What a centre pairing?

      kosie - 2011-08-12 09:56


  • Corradup - 2011-08-12 10:50

    Hoe kry jy die bulle bo aan die curriebeker log...........................Draai die tv om.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-12 11:53

      ...hoe kry jy die Stormers/WP on bekers te wen... Alister Coetzee...

  • jk - 2011-08-12 11:03

    bulls to play play-offs against kings...luke & cheeky making loftus headoffice...

      DeonL - 2011-08-12 11:12

      No play offs this year, last 2 teams on the list is going down. Play offs only from the end of 2012. Kings might find it even more difficult to go to the top division now.

      jk - 2011-08-12 11:16

      bulls for playoffs- kings to take over loftus...

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-12 11:57

      ...EP Kings cannot beat Worcester Blind School rugby team.... .....EP Paloooookas....

  • BlueSilver - 2011-08-12 11:45

    @ JK - Kings to take over Loftus! LOL! En as jy wakker word is jou koffie koud!

      jk - 2011-08-12 11:51

      cheeky for ceo and luke for ontwikkeling manager in mamelodi... loftus & bulls= DOOM!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-12 11:59

      ....Stormers/WP doomed for the last 10 years ........and counting....

      jk - 2011-08-12 12:09

      kings to make hatfield a old agr home, with bakkies as opsigter... luke will pay his salary..., victor for bingo king...

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-12 12:24

      ...Luke (Kotse) Watson to take over from Alister (no cups) Coetzee.... .....he he he he ..!!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-12 12:58

      Hi jk is jy terug stert tussen die bene en al? Lmga! So hoe voel jy oor julle game later teen die Sharkies??? You think you can do it?

      jk - 2011-08-12 13:06

      wp to win by 7 ore more, forwards to score all tries... tonight heroes will be crown...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-12 13:11

      Mmmmm jk are you sure about that? Do you want to bet your sport24 life on it again? lmao!!!

      jk - 2011-08-12 13:18


      BlueRaven - 2011-08-12 13:32

      So you betting your sport24 life on it or not?

      jk - 2011-08-12 14:31

      raven- as ek jy is praat ek nie van my lewe op die spel plaas; as die huidige bulle maar net hul lywe op die spel wil plaas, dan kan julle miskien relugasie vermy, en vermy dat die watsons loftus oorvat..

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-12 14:40

      Jk I am not the one making ridiculous statements and prediction on the site my dear. Here you go again, first beating the Cheetahs, now the Sharks... gosh you already have the trophy in the cabinet and the Bulls out of the CC 2012! You go big boy! Probably used to eating your words and walking around with your tale between your legs by now. Clown.

      jk - 2011-08-12 14:46

      raven- wp by 7. c/cup win against the sharks, win by 8-10. WP VICTORIOUS...bulle vir relugasie.. watsons vat loftus oor en maak hatfield n struggle basis..

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-12 14:51

      Ai jk you are adorable my boy! Such dreams you have, so sweet! Just remember to be back on Monday! I see you don't care to bet, good boy, you learn, slow learner, but hey, at least you learn. Now the next step is to congratulate your opponent when they beat your team. We call it good sportsmanship.

      jk - 2011-08-12 14:55

      raven- how does it feel to be the bitch of the currie cup standings?

      jk - 2011-08-12 15:07

      pumas to win, wp to win france to win

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-12 15:07

      Jong dis nogals n nuwe ondervinding, ek vind dit maak dit net soveel lekkerder wanneer my span weer opstaan, jy behoort beter te weet jk as om die Bulle af te skryf, hulle is ander span hierdie Bulle van my, net sodra mense dink hulle is nie n bedreiging nie bewys hulle die teen deel. Juis hoekom julle mense hulle so haat ne?

      jk - 2011-08-12 15:11

      haat niemand nie- kan julle net nie vattie!!! pasop vir daai swart amarok van my... ek ry mos bo oor n tappet bul.. weet jy dit ravenkie??

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-12 15:24

      Ai so voorspelbaar! Ek het gewonder hoe lank dit jou gaan neem om van jou garmin en amarok te begin praat. Se my, is dit die beste goed in jou lewe? Gee dit jou n sense of self worth? lmao

  • Punani - 2011-08-12 18:40

    Come on Pumas! It would be GREAT to see the Bulls playing in the B-section of next years Currie Cup. No more comments from Bulls supporters for at least a full year! Awesome!

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