Currie Cup

FS don't fear Bulls jumpers

2011-07-20 22:04
PW van Vuuren (Gallo Images)
Hendrik Cronjé

Bloemfontein - Free State are preparing as if the Blue Bulls' lineout play will still be of "A-team" standard in the absence of a number of Springbok stars.

Big names like Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Flip van der Merwe, Danie Rossouw and Pierre Spies may not appear in the Bulls' 22-man squad, but their understudies are viewed as lineout jumpers of similar standard.

Bulls No 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, flank Dewald Potgieter and locks Juandré Kruger and Fudge Mabeta, are all lineout forwards that won't let down a Super Rugby side.

Experience therefore counted for a lot when Free State coach Naka Drotské decided on his hooker for Saturday's Currie Cup match at Lotus Versfeld.

PW van Vuuren, who already made his Currie Cup debut for Free State in 2008, has been picked at hooker ahead of Baby Bok Michael van Vuuren.

PW represented the South African Schools team in 2006, then wore the No 2 jersey of the national under-19 team a year later and in 2008 represented the Baby Boks in Wales.

PW grabbed his Currie Cup chance against Griquas last year and often shone for the Griffons as a loan player, after which a neck operation sidelined him for five months.

He is looking hungry and motivated to grab his opportunity in the absence of Adriaan Strauss.

"We certainly won't underestimate the Bulls in the lineouts, but they also don't intimidate us," said PW.

"They are all players who we have played alongside or against earlier in our careers ... so they certainly won't intimidate us. I think it helps us that Victor and the other Boks aren't playing."

Saturday's duel with experienced Bok Gary Botha will be the biggest test of PW's career.

Botha likes to physically impose himself on opponents and won't show his younger adversary any mercy. However, if PW stands his ground physically, can find his jumpers with this throws in the lineouts and performs well in the loose, it may cause the Blue Bulls serious headaches.

"I'm not a player who focuses on my opponent. I prefer to focus on what I need to do and what's in the best interests of the team. I have waited a long time for this opportunity - about five years. I'm very excited about my inclusion in the starting line-up."

Free State also have to manage without leading lineout forwards Wilhelm Steenkamp (lock) and Juan Smith (flank).

However, locks Francois Uys and Waltie Vermeulen, as well as flank Lappies Labuschagné, offer them enough options in that department.


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 Frik Kirsten, 18 Okkie Kruger, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Francois Venter

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan 'True Blue' Smit, 13 Corné Uys, 12 Andries Strauss (capt), 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Lappies Labuschagné, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 PW van Vuuren, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Substitutes: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Philip Burger.

Read more on:    currie cup  |  bloemfontein


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


South African woman learns to surf at aged 70

Anthea Petzer just wants to learn how to stand on her yellow Australian surfboard and carve up the waves.



Extreme Kiteboarding in Pumping Conditions!
The Arctic becomes an unlikely surfing hotspot
A romantic holiday to beat the winter blues
Why should you do a 5k?
06 May 2016
Griffons v SWD Eagles, Welkom 17:00
EP Kings v Blue Bulls, Port Elizabeth 18:00
07 May 2016
Leopards v Boland Cavaliers, Potchefstroom 14:30
Xerox Golden Lions v Free State XV, Johannesburg 15:00
ORC Griquas v Border Bulldogs, Kimberley 15:00
Pumas v Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, Nelspruit 15:00
Cell C Sharks XV v Western Province, Durban 17:30
13 May 2016
Blue Bulls v Pumas, Pretoria 15:00
Border Bulldogs v Leopards, East London 19:00
SWD Eagles v Hino Valke, George 19:00
14 May 2016
Free State XV v Cell C Sharks XV, Bloemfontein 14:15
Boland Cavaliers v Griffons, Wellington 15:00
Windhoek Draught Welwitschias v ORC Griquas, Windhoek 15:00
Western Province v EP Kings, Cape Town 15:00
20 May 2016
Hino Valke v Boland Cavaliers, Kempton Park 15:00
EP Kings v Free State XV, Durban 17:00
Pumas v Western Province, Nelspruit 19:00
21 May 2016
Leopards v Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, Potchefstroom 14:30
ORC Griquas v Blue Bulls, Kimberley 15:00
Cell C Sharks XV v Xerox Golden Lions, Durban 15:00
Griffons v Border Bulldogs, Welkom 15:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

The new-look Currie Cup format for 2016 is,

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!


As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.