Botha to captain Blue Bulls

2011-07-12 22:02

J.J. Harmse

Pretoria - Gary Botha will be officially unveiled as captain of the Blue Bulls' Currie Cup side on Wednesday.

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Bulls fans will hope Botha could emulate the success he portrayed when he last captained the Bulls.

The feisty hooker - who represented the Springboks at the World Cup in 2007 - captained the Blue Bulls when they drew an epic Currie Cup final with the Free State Cheetahs in 2006.

The Blue Bulls have a tricky first hurdle to overcome when they tackle the defending champion Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

With at least 16 of their regular first choice players not available, they are sure to have a tough time of things, but the Sharks have also been hit hard through injuries and national call-ups.

New Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar will announce his team on Wednesday.

Gerhard van den Heever's inclusion at fullback is more out of desperation than anything else, but Bulls fans will have fond memories of the speedster's last visit to Durban (for the Bulls in the Super Rugby competition).

Akona Ndungane and Stephan Dippenaar should complete the back trio with Van den Heever, while Jaco Pretorius will guard the midfield.

The promising young centre Frans Venter is sure to get his chance on the big stage soon, and could travel to Durban as a substitute.

A possible Blue Bulls team:

15 Gerhard van den Heever, 14 Stephan Dippenaar, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Akona Ndungane, 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.


  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-12 22:16

    The Rolls Royce of hookers.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 06:18

      Can we please leave the HATE speech and concentrate on the article.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-13 06:33

      BALSAK ek's jammer. Jou ma is die Rolls Royce van hookers.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 07:12

      @Bulldozer- Dankie...

      docraven - 2011-07-13 07:51

      Rolls Royce is a Gay car.

      jk - 2011-07-13 08:22

      hang lip botha- why is he still playing?? slow, dumb dumber, im sure the absa bank in pietersburg will give him a job

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-13 08:31

      I wish Gary well with this opportunity to lead the Bulls again. On paper this seems like an OK team with a very strong pack of forwards. Will be interesting to see how 9 and 10 fair. Looking forward to watching v d Heever at 15.

      CronoslayeR - 2011-07-13 08:35

      Seriously, theres alot worse hookers in the country than him.

  • Fasie - 2011-07-12 22:16

    Good choice. The Bulls will continue their total dominance of SA rugby

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-12 22:35

      Ja wat, niks gaan verander nie.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-07-13 02:33

      Can't agree more

      Marcell - 2011-07-13 04:25

      Dis nou al so algemeen dat dit nie eers meer gesien kan word as ontspanning nie.

      DORINGDRAAD - 2011-07-13 05:41

      Ag hoe lekker gesels die mannetjies nou met mekaar .........

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-13 05:42

      Eensaam, voeitog.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 06:19

      Can we please leave the HATE speech and concentrate on the article.

      jk - 2011-07-13 08:23

      ja dozer(dumbster), soos verlede jaar se c\cup...

  • Whoosa - 2011-07-13 05:57

    Not sure about the backline, to many players out of position and lacks experience at 9 and 10 - taken into consideration they will have to match up against Michalack and Hoffman. Bit worried about our tight 5 aswell, very unexperienced - they gonne face alot of thight 5's in this years CC with some superugby experience. Gonna be a hard CC for the bulls, lost alot of key players due to bok duties and so called "injuries". But its a good thing to give these youngsters some much needed game time seeing hat they will be the future of bulls rugby. Most of the senior players will probaply retire or move to the uk after the WC so its time for these guys to put their hands up. Although im a die hard bulls supporter, i have to give this 1 to the sharks by 10 points.

      Hein - 2011-07-13 06:26

      I never give nothing to any opposing team - they've got to earn it, so Bulls by 9

      Whoosa - 2011-07-13 06:45

      Well, i am just realistic mate! Just cant see us winning the sharks in the shark tank with this team!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-13 07:34

      Whoosa, we are probably not going to win them, but I'm sure we can beat them.

  • clivegoss - 2011-07-13 06:04

    Veels geluk Gary "hier kom die beker !"

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-13 08:41

      Ja, nee veels geluk Gary maar dis bietjie vroeg om al van die beker te begin praat. Currie Cup word mors nie in Julie maand gewen nie, ne?

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 06:18

    As a WP supporter, I want to congratulate Gary!!!! I think he is the right man for the job.

      Whoosa - 2011-07-13 06:20

      WP, are you on weed or something?

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 07:14

      @Whoosa- You'll remember in my post yesterday I said I want to concentrate on RUGBY and not unnecessary PERSONALISE ISSUES. It's my new and HONEST IMAGE... WP JOU LEKKA DENG!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-13 07:21

      BALSAK, a leopard never changes its spots.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 07:41

      @Bulldozer- I would prefer not to comment on HATE SPEECH. Koebaai!!!!!!!

      Whoosa - 2011-07-13 07:50

      Well after all the bulls*** that came out of your mouth this past super season, its hard for me to believe that you will change. Ever heard of the expresion " first impresions last a life time" ? Some of you okes dont deserve a 3rd chance. Just plain idiots being idiots, nothing more nothing less. And its "Personal" not "Personalise" issues. And why come and say WP jou lekke ding on an an article thats got sweet blow nothing to do with wp? And dont come and kruip gat on this site by congratulating gary, 2 weeks ago you hated any and everything thats blue, why now? You is what you r, a Baboon! 0 0 | Delete

      jk - 2011-07-13 08:25

      wpbliksem-daars niemand anders nie, kuun will gaan beeste opveil in polokwane, en dewald potgieter is meet in ongevalle as ooit, so hanglip botha staan uit soos n seer duim!!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-13 08:42

      @Whoosa- I would prefer not to comment on HATE SPEECH. Koebaai!!!!!!! I am a WP SUPPORTER FOR EVA and EVA. I'm NOT a BLUE BULLS supporter, but it doesn't mean I can't congratulate GOOD players like Gary. My Hart, My Siel, My Lewe, My Alles = WP

  • mileslogan - 2011-07-13 07:44

    Daarom lui daai grappie om Blou Bul rugby te kyk is dieselfde soos om 'n porno te kyk...almal weet wat gaan gebeur maar is steeds lekker om te kyk!

  • - 2011-07-13 08:38

    OVER-RATED , to small, no skills , all in all a typical Bulls player hahahahah....

  • Kok - 2011-07-13 08:45

    Nee hel. Net nog 'n vuilgat speler. Swak keuse. Hier is nou die kans om 'n jong talent te ontwikkel in 'n kaptein. Botha is ouetehuis gehalte.

      jk - 2011-07-13 09:04

      kok, ek dink nie jyt n se nie, jou artikels op ander web blaaie..

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-13 10:03

      @KOK - jy is n grap. Is jy n kleurling van die Kaap - n Kaapse Crusader? Die mense daar skaam hulle vir jou. SA skaam ons vir ouens soos jy. Ek sien Mealamu het darem nie iemand die jaar met die kop gekap nie - maar die jaar is nog nie verby nie.

      Kok - 2011-07-13 11:08

      GreameBB: Hoekom moet jy my nou weer staan en klassifiseer, maar nouja, wat kan ek nou van 'n Dutchman verwag. Is Bakkies dan nie die kopslaner nie, hy was darem min hierdie jaar geskors en sy sonde bely, maar die jaar is nog nie om nie.

      Kok - 2011-07-13 11:09

      jk: gaan soek net aandag op 'n ander plek - 'n gay website of iets.

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-13 11:27

      @KOK - ek is n engelsman, maar ek praat in die taal wat jy praat - en ek wonder maar net hoekom sou jy op hierdie site kom twak kwyt raak? Dit is mos n SA site die. Jy is n verleentheid vir ons land. Ek moet se, angesien jy n ander land bo jou eie land verkies, en dan jouself kom slim hou, gaan jy maar geklassifiseer word. Ja, Bakkies het vuil gespeel, maar jy maak of dit a Bok siekte is, terwyl die AB maar net so skuldig is. So, hou op twak praat ou.

  • Marius Swart - 2011-07-13 10:43

    Ons weet Gary is goeie speler en leier.Sien uit na die nuwe jong Blou Bul span van die toekoms.Dit gaan harde CB wees maar dit is nou tyd om die jong spelers deur te bring en weer te begin bou.Sterkte Bulle

  • Tiger - 2011-07-13 14:34

    Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla

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