Leopards to target WP props

2011-07-21 08:56

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – The Leopards’ loosehead prop is from Western Province and the WP tighthead prop from the Leopards.

That is a clear indication of the professional era being upon us, but both BG Uys and Brok Harris will have plenty to prove in Friday’s Currie Cup match between the teams at Olen Park in Potchefstroom.

Bennie Geldenhuys Uys matriculated at Paarl Gymnasium in 2006 and went to the Puk’s Rugby Institute after not making his school’s first team or being taken up in WP’s structures.

Even so, Leopards coach Leon Boshoff recent predicted that Uys would be South Africa’s leading loosehead prop come the World Cup in 2015.

Uys confirmed that he was licking his lips for a match against WP.

“Definitely,” he answered when asked whether he would be motivated by the prospect of a match against WP.

“I was overlooked at school level and want to show that they made a mistake.”

Harris was still in the Leopards’ under-21 set-up in 2005 and made his Currie Cup debut for WP in 2006.

He has been a stalwart for the past two seasons, though the Cape teams’ front rows struggled in their last two games at Newlands – the Stormers’ semi-final against the Crusaders and WP’s draw against Griquas.

Harris and Wicus Blaauw are under pressure to stamp down their authority again, but can expect a big onslaught from Uys and Co.

“Our tight five wants to make a habit of hurting opponents. We will definitely target WP up front. We want to do that with all our opponents,” said Uys.

The playing field is about as level as it can be for a match between the Leopards and WP.

The Leopards have home ground advantage, while the disruption in WP’s ranks is serious. It’s not just a matter of the Cape side having to make do without their Springboks, but there are also injuries to Gary van Aswegen (flyhalf), Duane Vermeulen (No 8) and Pieter Louw (flank).

On top of that tough-as-teak centre Paul Bosch has been released to join Montpellier in France and lock Anton van Zyl has left for Stade Francais. Last year those two were important players for WP in the early stages of the Currie Cup.

While the Leopards lost 12-40 to Free State in Bloemfontein last week, they had trailed 5-35 at half-time.

“We were asleep for 40 minutes. This time we want to do our best from the outset. We created a lot of opportunities when we started to keep the ball,” said Uys.

The Leopards aim to be particularly tough opponents on their home ground.

“Our goal is to finish sixth in this year’s Currie Cup. We’d like to make it difficult for teams to come to Potchefstroom. No team should come here thinking it will leave with five points.”

Uys’s old schoolfriends like Dewaldt Duvenage, Johann Sadie and Louis Schreuder can therefore consider themselves warned.


  • The_Fox - 2011-07-21 09:06

    You've been asleep for 40 years.

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-21 09:08

    I'm not VERY much positive about our PROPS. We have BETTER props in the CAPE. Why not start with Kitshoff and Malherbe? Where is JC Kritzinger and JD Moller? WP by 20++ Prooooooooooooooooooooooooovince!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      watalife - 2011-07-21 09:10

      Go Province take them apart.

      jk - 2011-07-21 10:08

      jc stil injured

      Hanjo - 2011-07-21 10:19

      agree, Kitshoff and Malherbe should start.

      jk - 2011-07-21 12:21

      wpbliksem- ja ja ja jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Kaapie - 2011-07-21 17:47

      Kitshoff has been selected for the u/21

  • Kok - 2011-07-21 10:15

    Go Leopards

      CliffB - 2011-07-21 10:38

      Kok - Onosel bly onosel - Bly by jou boerbok knippers se site asseblief

      jk - 2011-07-21 12:21


      Chillipop - 2011-07-21 13:47

      Kok - you must be one of those supporters that dont support WP, but rather the Crusaders because of circumstances and reasons that took place when you weren't even alive! (Sigh)!

      jk - 2011-07-21 14:01

      chilli- let me tell you a bit about kok, hes a nice guy, but i feel sorry for him...

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-22 00:18

    If Uys was that good the Bulls would have bought him long ago - they can spot talent when nobody else can; at least, that is what they like to tell everybody. Blaauw and Harris fall short but they were good enough to take the Stormers to the second spot on the Super15 log. The temporary relapse in form which they suffered is a natural occurence for all players (nobody can keep form indefinitely and it was a long season!) and should be something of the past by now. It was not the Leopards who were asleep for the first forty minutes; it was the Cheetahs who went to sleep for the last forty minutes! WP will play for eighty minutes.

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