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Bulls wary of resurgent Pumas

2011-09-29 15:41

Johannesburg - The Blue Bulls will be desperate for a win over the Pumas in Pretoria on Friday as they bid for a place in the Currie Cup semi-finals.

The consequences of a loss would be more dire than a mere knock to their egos as a negative result could see them missing the playoffs.

The Bulls slipped up against the Pumas in last year's competition, and came close to losing their first round encounter in Nelspruit this season when they scraped through for a 16-12 win.

The Pretoria side's coach, Pine Pienaar, said ahead of this week's match they were aware of the dangers posed by the in-form visitors.

"We are not underestimating the Pumas. We know it's going to be a difficult one on Friday night," Pienaar said.

"They've done well against Griquas and the Leopards, so they'll come here with that confidence."

The Pumas have threatened to down the more esteemed sides throughout the season and are now on a rare two-game winning streak after a gutsy 34-31 win over Griquas in Kimberley two weeks ago and a victory over the log bottom Leopards in their last match.

The Bulls, after a troubled start to the campaign, have seen a recent upsurge and are fresh off a morale boosting 21-18 win over log leaders the Golden Lions last week.

However, September's Currie Cup coach of the month, Pumas mentor Jimmy Stonehouse, said the pressure on their hosts to secure a bonus point could lead to their undoing.

"They have to get those five points and they will do anything to get it," Stonehouse said.

"All the pressure is on them as we have don't have anything to lose."

Pienaar, though, said they would first look to secure the win before considering bonus points.

"When we come into the position where we have to decide between taking the points or scoring a try, we could maybe look at it," he said.

"But our first focus will be to pitch up against a quality Pumas side and get the win first and look at the bonus point later."

The Pumas are hopeful of finishing the competition in sixth place in the standings to remain in the premier division of the domestic competition next season.

"We will take our chances until the end of the competition," Stonehouse said.

"We want to make a name for ourselves and prove that we deserve to be at the top."

Teams:

Blue Bulls:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Jurgen Visser

Pumas:
15 MJ Mentz, 14 Wilhelm Loock, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Siviwe Magaba, 11 Johan Jackson, 10 Coenie van Wyk, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Doppies le Roux, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corné Steenkamp (capatain), 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Boela Serfontein, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1 Dawie Steyn.

Substitutes: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Brett Nel, 18 Eduan van der Walt, 19 JP Mostert, 20 Hendrik van der Nest, 21 Dewald Pretorius, 22 Carl Bezuidenhout.

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Comments
  • Marius Swart - 2011-09-29 16:15

    Pumas sterkte met daardie 6de plek droom aangesien dit nie sommer gaan gebeur nie.Bulle sal ons nie teleurstel nie.Go Bulle

      Poena van Brugen - 2011-09-29 16:35

      Jy droom my maat

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-30 08:04

      It's going to be a TOUGH and PHYSICAL encounter. I think the Pumas to SNEAK it(79th minute) by 3. Go Pumas, go and vriet daai POOFTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Poena van Brugen - 2011-09-29 16:34

    Loftus se gras is so groen want elke saterdag skuit 15 bulletjies op die veld, beste top bemesting wat jy kan kry! Bulle gaan van die vloer af vreet. Go Pumas

      BulvanBulle - 2011-09-29 16:38

      @Poena Jislaaik jong, jy kom verskriklik intelligent voor. Waar het jy al die oorweldigend slim opmerkings geleer? Volgende moet ons jou leer tel tot 10, jy lyk of jy vinnig goedjies optel

      Poena van Brugen - 2011-09-29 16:54

      @ OSvanOSSE, Klim van my site af

      oukoos - 2011-09-29 20:53

      @Poena HA HA HA HA Jy dink jy's Rockey ook ne?! foeitog, oor jy jou sussie rondklap kom hou jy jou diknek hier ne. Jy kry sommer nou seer ou vetkop

      Corné - 2011-09-30 08:34

      Poena, moenie jou uit-tand witbank maniere hier kom uithaal nie..

  • BulvanBulle - 2011-09-29 16:36

    Ag Pine, moet tog nou nie so beleefd en ordentlik wees nie. Ons almal hier weet en stem saam die Bulle gaan ALWEER die koppie wen

  • JohnnyOzzy16 - 2011-09-29 17:09

    lazy journalism... Last weeks headline was Lions wary of Resurgent Bulls. Wasn't it?

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-09-29 17:55

    Go Pumas julle het hulle in elke game sover in n hoek gehad - eet hulle !!!

      oukoos - 2011-09-29 20:55

      @Northern idiot Foeitog, jy soek obviously aandag. Dinge nie so lekker by die huis nie?

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-29 22:23

      Agnee alweer die hoofklont !!!!

  • NAYRB - 2011-09-29 18:21

    Its only the pumas,more like a training session for the bulls.

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-09-30 06:42

    Okay ek het seker die laaste twee dae meer manne die moer in gemaak as wat jy op Floptus se Oos Pawiljoen kan inpas maar kom ons wees maar n bietjie realisties. Alle tekens dui daarop dat die Bulls die 4de plek op die log kan oorvat en alles dui daarop dat die WP gaan uitloose op die playoffs. Maar daar is nog n buitekans dat dit dalk nie so gaan uitdraai nie - al wat ek kan doen is te hoop en bid miracles gebeur van vanaand af en my WP spannetjie pluk n haas uit n hoed uit die volgende 3 weke. Sterkte vir al die spanne en mag die bestes bo uitkom. BulvanBulle/Koos/Blou/JohnnyBB en ook fake oukoos - geniet die naweek se rugby en sterkte met julle span !!! GO PROVINCE MAKE US PROUD !!!

      Blou - 2011-09-30 11:51

      @Northern Stormer Om die waarheid te se is ons almal maar so bietjie benoud :-) Lekker naweek ook vir jou my maat en ja, mag die bestes bo uitkom.

  • BulvanBulle - 2011-09-30 21:29

    @Northern Stormer Toe, waar's jy nou vetkop? Jy bly mos reken die Bulle gaan net 4 punte teen die Pumas kry. En het jy gesien, WP le nou 5de op die log!!!! Hoe nou ou resies papegaai?

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-30 22:51

      @BulvanBulle - Ek is hier diknek. Ek trek hiermee my comments dat julle nie 5 punte kan kry teen die Pumas nie onvoorwaardelike terug. Ek wil dan ook die Bulls geluk wens met hulle great oorwinning en ja julle verdien daai 4 de plek wat julle nou by ons afgevat het. Daar is twee manne in julle span wat dit vorentoe gaan moeilik maak vir julle ander bokke - hou hulle dop - Senter Venter en CJ Stander - prima rugby spelers en hulle verdien alreeds hoer louere !!! O-ja diknek ek is nie en was nog nooit bang vir konfrontasie nie en en floreer op bangpraat tegniek. Ek reken ek is mans genoeg om al jou snedige opmerkings met gemak te verwerk en aan te hou kommentaar lewer op alle berigte. Die tendens om net kop uit te steek as my span gewen het is nie my styl nie. Bring it on pella !!!. Pasop net dat jou arrogansie jou nie dalk later aan die gat byt nie - die pad boontoe is nog moeilik en steil en enige iets kan nog gebeur - die WP kan selfs nog n game of twee wen ook en dan is julle weer terug in 5 de posisie - don't count your chickens before they are hatched !!!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-10-01 20:36

      NO COMMENTS !!!

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