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Botha to skipper Blue Bulls

2011-07-13 13:11

Pretoria - Gary Botha was named Blue Bulls captain on Wednesday for the weekend's first Currie Cup clash against the Sharks.

The 29-year-old captained the Blue Bulls during the 2006 season when they drew the Currie Cup final with the Free State.

The Blue Bulls start their 2011 campaign against the defending champions in Durban on Saturday without a host of regular starting players involved at the Springboks.

Newly appointed Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar named former Tuks Varsity Cup player Jurgen Visser at fullback with regular starters Akona Ndungane and Gerhard van den Heever on the wings.

Loosehead prop Corne Fourie will also make his debut for the Blue Bulls.

Former Lions hooker Willie Wepener - who has just moved from French club Clermont - will play from the bench.

Standout Baby Bok centre Francois Venter has been included on the bench.

Teams:

Sharks:

TBA

Blue Bulls:

15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Dustin Jinka, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Derick Kuün, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Fudge Mabeta, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Corné Fourie

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Okkie Kruger, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Francois Venter

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Comments
  • Anneleen - 2011-07-13 13:16

    The heading of this article necessitated me to look twice...

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-07-13 13:18

      And now they changed it. People will wonder what you on about.

      GILLBERT - 2011-07-13 13:25

      haha

      jk - 2011-07-13 13:34

      lol

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-07-13 13:17

    Good centres and good wings. Wonder what the Sharks team will look like.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-13 13:20

      Bulls pack of forwards look good on paper. Gonna be interesting to see how Brummer and Jinka handle the pressure. I thought we'd see van den Heever at 15.

      Anneleen - 2011-07-13 13:21

      Glad it was corrected...go Sharkies!!!

      GILLBERT - 2011-07-13 13:24

      jinka is a plank.....

      Malcolm - 2011-07-13 14:26

      Could look like this: Louis Ludik, Mark Richards, Stefan Terblanche, Meyer Bosman, Sbura Sithole, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Frederic Michalak, Keegan Daniel (C), Marcell Coetzee, Jacques Botes, Ross Skeate, Anton Bresler, Wiehahn Herbst, Craig Burden, Eugene van Staden

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-13 16:14

      @Malcolm - interesting to see you slot Freddie in at #9, I think he's played a couple of internationals for France in that position. If this is the team, I think Sharks 9 and 10 will be a little too strong for Bulls newbies. Talking of newbies, has anyone seen Wiehahn Herbst in action? What's he like?

  • jauzy19 - 2011-07-13 13:20

    Does anyone know if Botha will join Toulouse after the Currie Cup ? No journalist in SA to ask him ?

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-07-13 13:34

    It's half exciting to see these youngsters in action with some experienced guys like Botha, Potgieter etc. Same goes for my Sharks. My biggest question is when will the Sharks field Paul Jordaan. He is so talented. If you wanna see what he can do check him on Youtube. I also think Marcell Coetzee is gonna stand out this season. Wonder who our scrumhalf will be.

  • jk - 2011-07-13 13:36

    heard a roomer about france, why dont someone give him a call- 074 172 9244

  • jk - 2011-07-13 13:42

    big day tom, we will hear about our beloved province team-jantjies, jj, poolman,sadie,whithead,gary,shreuder,koster,wimpie,siyabonga,dekok,fondse,rooikop,tiaan,frans... go go gooooo!!!!!!

  • Sunray33 - 2011-07-13 13:45

    First win of the season for the Sharks !!!

  • logical - 2011-07-13 14:40

    The Sharks backs might edge the Bulls, but the Bulls forwards should be strong enough to get good quality ball. Brummer better have his kicking boots on.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-13 16:16

      I think you may well be right. Bulls have a strong pack of forwards.

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 14:49

    Voorspoed vir die ABSA Currie Beker, a competition that started in 1889. Since then one team, called WP(Wen Provinsie) dominated this competition to such an extent that they have won the CUP 32 times. This is the MOST by ANY other SA team. Wat 'n prestasie??? Maar VOORSPOED aan die Bulle(goeie span), Sharks, Lions, Cheetahs, Griekwas en Pumas(ALMAL goeie spanne)!!!!! WP jy BLY maar net 'n SAPPIGE en LEKKER DENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      jk - 2011-07-13 14:54

      wpbliksem, moet nie te sag wees met bul se kind nie dis al taal wat hul verstaan... wat dink jy van my span? dis die beste wat ons het..

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 14:58

      @jk- Dit lyk na 'n goeie span....

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 15:06

      @jk- miskien dalk vir Fondse vervang met Quin Roux of Etzebeth. Dalk ook vir Kolisi vervang met 'n YSTER soos Hilton Lobberts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      jk - 2011-07-13 15:18

      wpbliksem-enigste rede dat ek vir fondse ingesit het is sy ervaring-1ste game is n moet wen... quin en ezebeth sal kans kry, hul moet net geduldig wees(sal meer geduld aan sadie se kant wou sien), maar dis nou maar wors...

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 15:56

      @jk- Okay, ek stem...

      Jan - 2011-07-13 16:02

      WPbliksem, dit is maklik om die geskiedenis so te draai dat dit jou kan pas ne? Voor 1946 was daar gaan Noord Transvaal/Bulle nie. In elk geval hier is nuus vir jou. Vanaf 1946 het die WP die Curriebeker slegs 14 keer gewen. Noord Transvaal/ Die Bulle het dit van vanaf dieselfde tys reeds 22 keer gewen! Nou wat nou?

      Justin - 2011-07-14 10:35

      Jan, dankie vir die statistiek. Ek het verlede jaar ook daarna gekyk, en kon nie verstaan waar de bliksem WPBLIKSEM sy stats vandaan kry nie. Maar tipies WP, geen benul van realiteit, Siestog.

      Jan - 2011-07-14 11:37

      Justin, die feite is die WP het die Beker 17 uit die 20 keer gewen voor 1946. Net Griekwas, Grens en Transvaal het al die jare deelgeneem. Dis die rede hoekom Noord Transvaal afgestig het, en hoekom WP se oorheersing in SA Rugby kort geknip was. (behalwe vir hulle 5 vet jare in die 80's, en hier en daar voor en na daardie 5 jaar) (Griekwas het 2 keer gewen en Tvl 2 keer voor 1946) . Die orige kere is die beker gedeel. En WPbliksem, gaan slaan maar die feite na. Dis nie uit my duim gesuig nie.

  • diode - 2011-07-14 17:39

    the best man for the job!! excellent Gary you deserve it

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