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Bulls battling pain barrier

2012-10-15 22:11

Cape Town - Blue Bulls captain Dewald Potgieter admits it was a "painful" experience to see his team suffer for most part of this year's Currie Cup competition.

He told the Beeld website they used the "pain" as motivation to overcome last week's hurdle in Johannesburg, when the team - boosted by its returning Springboks - thrashed the Golden Lions 50-29 to sneak into the semi-finals after they looked in danger of possibly facing a promotion-relegation battle.

However, they now face more of a physical type of pain as they prepare to face the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Six players missed training on Monday due to injury niggles. They are: Louis Fouché (shoulder), Flip van der Merwe (shoulder), Potgieter (shoulder), Jacques­ Potgieter (hamstring), Akona Ndungane (muscle stiffness) and Francois Hougaard (bruised foot).

Team doctor, Org Strauss, said all six are expected to train on Tuesday, but that doesn't mean they'll all be 100% come Saturday.

Especially Potgieter and Fouché - who are both experiencing discomfort with their AC-joint - may struggle to be 100% but the skipper says there's no way he's missing the semi-final.

Coach Pine Pienaar also shared his captain's sentiments, asking for one more push in the Shark tank.

"This is a big week for us. We let a few players rest today (Monday) and only have three field sessions remaining this week.

"If we want to go further, this is the one week where we'll have to play through the pain barrier," said Pienaar.

The clash at Kings Park kicks off at 16:30 on Saturday.

Sport24

Comments
  • calliedj - 2012-10-15 22:22

    Pine should've asked for two more

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 22:38

      No more excuses now, just win the damn cup. I don't want to know about pain, just win the thing. With inzane hitman ironman kirchner and hrh morne steyn nothing can stop us.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 22:53

      Turnstile Steyn and I'm-getting-cold-at-the-back-because-I'm-to-afraid-to-do-anything Nik-naks would be the two stopping the Bulls.

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-16 00:39

      I am a Bulls supporter, but I have to say the Sharks are the more settled team!!! Lambie, Ludick and JP are huge threats to us!! I rate Lambie the best flyhalf in SA at the moment, he has got everything the other three have plus 50% more rugby brain!!! Morne must have more confidence in our backline because we have game breakers that are starved for action!!! We must bring a little unpredictability to this game and we can win it!!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 05:48

      Chris, jy laat my sommer baie slimmer voel.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 06:21

      Ek is bly ek kon help, want hy het duidelik hulp nodig.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 06:29

      Jy verstaan nie.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-16 06:52

      Hahahaha, spyker hoe lank dink jy ganit vat voor hy agterkom wat jy bedoel?

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 07:07

      Hy het geen kans nie.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 07:09

      Ek verstaan baie beter as wat julle dink, maar dis lekker om terug te sit en kyk hoe julle julle al dieper in 'n gat in grawe.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-16 07:13

      Ek sit lekker, so ek grou niks gate nie. Jy's die arme fool wat in die "gat" getrap het....

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-15 23:33

    ha ha ha funny

  • riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-16 00:23

    hahaha chokers!!!!!!!!!!

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-16 02:53

      ...yip.. ...Cape Clowns .. ...chokers.. ...losers...

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 05:52

      Define chokers.

      riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-16 06:09

      come saterday you will see lol

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 06:28

      Om 70% odd van jou playoffs te wen, soos wat die magtige Bulle die afgelope dekade doen, is nie choke nie. Maar om aan die ander kant, 90% van jou playoff games te verloor, soos jy weet wie, is n ander storie.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-16 06:56

      Ou riaan, daar is net 2 sportspanne in SA met 'n reputasie vir choking. Die Bulle is nie een nie!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 07:02

      Ja henk, die afgelope twee jaar kom hulle nie in 'n posisie om te choke nie. Hierdie is die eerste semi sedert die Currie Cup semi wat hulle in 2010 verloor het waarvoor hulle kwalifiseer.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-16 07:18

      Fair enough, maar ek sê weereens ons het nie 'n reputasie vir choke nie. MEESTE van die keer as dit saak maak het ons manne die "goods" gebring! Net 'n paar trofeetjies om dit te wys as jy wou weet. Ek vra jou nou, wat help dit om die playoffs dan te haal as jy net almal se tyd mors???

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 07:26

      Confidence is one thing, stupidity quite another!!! Lag maar!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 07:27

      Vir twee jaar lank is WP 'n beter span as die Bulls en dit maak seer ne! Ons praat mos nou van onlangse performance? Nie toeka se jare terug nie. Ek kan ook maklik terug gaan na 'n paar jaar terug toe die Bulls die 1st division gewen het terwyl die groot spanne currie beker gespeel het.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-17 11:25

      Wooooowww Chris, sjoe julle het die Bulle 'n paar keer gewen! Indrukwekkend né! Net een klein probleem: Waar is julle trofees as julle dan hierdie great span is!

  • a.j.bosch - 2012-10-16 05:47

    Typical Bulls. It takes them the whole season before they feel the pain. The lift goes all the way to the top but VERY slowly. I think maybe the returning Springboks is what they actually felt.

      a.j.bosch - 2012-10-16 06:30

      Erm try again. I don't support WP.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-16 08:57

      aj is n sharks man en fan van die "cheat" Lance Armstrong

      a.j.bosch - 2012-10-16 10:13

      Hehehehehe. Ek is 'n Sharks ondersteuner en glad nie senuweeagtig nie. Alhoewel ek sien daar is die van julle wat slim genoeg is om op my FB blad te gaan kyk LOL speurder sersant bul is jy miskien maar braaf genoeg om onder 'n regte naam to pos nie. Wat is die nut van 'n opinie as dit agter 'n boerewors gordyn hang en niemand weet dit is JOU opinie nie?

      a.j.bosch - 2012-10-16 11:35

      Ek het na Blou Masjien verwys wat gaan kyk het. :)

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-16 06:15

    Very inspirational indeed, first the emotional pain and then the physical pain endured on the tough road to the semis. Dewald you a nice guy but just thank the returning boks for getting you there. No soppy stories with the Sharks, the inspiration will be shown in front of the Kings Park faithful on saturday.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-10-16 06:33

    That is the same mentality that has cut many carriers shrt. If you are not fit to play, do not play. Injured players end up being a liability on the day, i dont wanna hear how tough they are, injuries shud not be taken lightly. Hope for a good game.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 07:25

      Agreed, look at Coenie!!!

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-16 06:46

    The pain before the slaughter. Pienkkoeie. LOL

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 07:24

      Confidence is one thing, stupidity quite another!!!

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-16 07:21

    Go Sharks the Pain will be worse on sat for the Bulls supporters Sharks by 10

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 07:23

    Don’t want to say too much about the game, I know the Sharks are more settled and favourites to win, not just the semi but the whole shebang. But, I also know how the Bulls can fight when they are back to the wall!!! Go Bulle, make us proud!!!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 07:35

      Agreed blue, gone be a cracker!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 07:57

      Two games left in the season? You're supporting the Bulls. There's only one game left. Where do you get the second game from? Did the Bulls organise a friendly against the Kings for next week?

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 08:20

      Chris, why be an @ss? There is a possibility of a second game for the bulls, you know what blue meant!!

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-16 12:19

      ... reality sets in as we near the date of slaughter.

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