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Lions wary of resurgent Bulls

2011-09-21 22:44

Johannesburg - The struggling Blue Bulls, starting to show some fight in the Currie Cup, will pose a danger to their hosts in Saturday’s derby at Ellis Park, according to Lions coach John Mitchell.

"They’re starting to combine as a unit and they’re playing better together," Mitchell said of their opponents after naming his team on Wednesday.

"When you start to play together, you start to gain confidence, and that’s something I’ve noticed in them."

The Bulls, lying sixth in the standings, are fresh off a morale boosting 28-20 win over Western Province last week, but are still left with plenty of work to do with four games remaining before the playoffs.

The Lions, on the other hand, have lost only once this season, in a narrow defeat to Province last month, and have brought back key players who were rested in their 43-23 win over the Leopards last week.

Cobus "Baywatch" Grobbelaar, who will play his 100th Currie Cup match, returns to the run-on team, and Mitchell said they hoped to make the milestone special for the flanker with a victory against their Gauteng rivals.

"The team comes first, but it’s important to recognise the significance of his individual achievement," said Mitchell.

"It’s quite emotional for him and the guys are pretty pumped up."

In a positional change to the starting XV, Michael Rhodes moves from flank to lock in place of Johan Snyman.

Wikus van Heerden, who picked up a knee injury against Griquas two weeks ago, has been ruled out for the rest of the season, but even if he was available, Mitchell said Rhodes would have worn the No 4 jersey.

"Michael Rhodes was going to start at lock against the Bulls anyway," said Mitchell.

"It’s unfortunate, what’s happened to Wikus, but Rhodes is a far more physical and direct forward and, for a match against the Bulls, that’s something I like."

Winger Deon van Rensburg also returns from being rested last week, replacing Jannie Boshoff in the starting team.

Lock David Bulbring takes a spot on the bench from Jaco Kriel in the only change to the replacements.

Teams:

Golden Lions:
15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Burton Francis, 22 James Kamana

Blue Bulls:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Louis Fouche/Francois Brummer, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 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/Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Jurgen Visser

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Comments
  • Fleckie - 2011-09-21 22:51

    You should, Bulls on their way to their millionth Currie Cup

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-22 07:42

      It will be ONE WAY Traffic. Lions ALL the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brul Lions Brul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lions by 20+ WP support en Groetnis uit die Kaap van Storms!!!!!!!

      Zip23 - 2011-09-22 07:48

      WPBLIKSEM and his famous misinformed predictions he graces us with on an almost weekly basis only to disappear on Mondays after he got it wrong again. Boring. At least jk is funny every now and then.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-22 07:57

      @Zip - Al ooit gewonder waar sit 'n vis se poepol?? Antwoord: Agter 'n visstok by die Vaaldam met 'n Blou Bul trui aan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Zip23 - 2011-09-22 08:01

      Oh gollie, WPBLIKSEM, not only a rugbykenner van formaat nie, but also funny.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-23 13:01

      ...WeerProbeer = for 10 years... .......en weer probeer........en weer probeer....

  • Baylion - 2011-09-21 22:58

    Fortunately we have JM to worry about this one-game-at-a-time stuff allowing us supporters to spout off about topping the log and winning semis and finals. LOL

  • Gert - 2011-09-22 03:38

    'n Has-been en never-been belaaide bloubulspan gaan Saterdag sy gat sien. Die hardebaard Lions gaan hulle hard klap. Ongelukkig vir die bloubulle is die hulp uit die WP eers volgende jaar daar om te kom probeer red

      Zip23 - 2011-09-22 07:40

      Gjert, you know the one thing I dont see on the Springbok teamsheet for the World Cup? You guessed it, a Lions player. I mean really, how pathetic is that?

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-22 07:43

      Ek stem saam. Hulle gaan hul G-A-T sien sonder 'n SPIEEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Phil K - 2011-09-22 16:33

      @Zip: Butch James, CJ VD Linde...

  • Gert - 2011-09-22 03:58

    Saterdag gaan die bloubulle onder leiding van Gary Botha voor die wedstryd die BBHK (Blou Bul Haka Kaka) doen. Ek verneem vanuit betroubare bronne dat Steve Hofmeyr dit gekomponeer het en dat dit soos volg gaan: Gary: Haka Haka Haka. Is ons Kaka Kaka Kaka? Die span: Ons is Kaka Kaka Kaka (x3) Gary: Hurom Hurom Hurom. Is ons Dom Dom Dom? Die span: Ons is Dom Dom Dom (x3) Gary: Is ons Kaka, is ons Dom? Die span: Ons is Kaka, ons is Dom (x3)

      Damian@bulls - 2011-09-22 06:55

      @gert LOL shame dude is jy ook een van daai blou bul haters wat sielkundige hulp dringed nodig het!!?? Moenie kom kla oor die hulp uit die wp uit nie, julle manne (as jy die wp support) het mos ook baie hulp van ander bronne af of hoe ou maat? Kom ek help jou gou uit met die name wat julle al gekoop het. Lionel cronje Adriaan Fondse Wilhelm steenkamp Frikkie welsh Brian Habana Cj Van der linde Duane Vermuelen Anton van Zyl Tiaan Liebenberg Brok Harris Jaque Fourie Conraad Jantjies Conraad Hoffman En een of twee spelers van Op af, en natuurlik was julle agter henrich aan , maar toe druk hy julle \n moerse put. So ek weet nie hoekom kla jy nie pel

      Marius - 2011-09-22 07:40

      Jis, my maag pyn van al die lag.....goeie een Gert. Leka Leeu-loop!!!!

      Zip23 - 2011-09-22 07:42

      I retract my previous comment, this little rant by Gjert is even more pathetic, or is it his buddy Marius laughing. The east and west rand in unity.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-22 07:50

      @Damian@bulls - Yes en ek sit net aan dink aan n paar name in Pretoria ook - soos ;- Bjorn Basson/Stephan Dippenaar/Louis Fouche/Dustin Jinka/Zane Kirchner/Juandre kruger/Jacques Potgieter/CJ Stander/Flip van Der Merwe/Francois Venter/Jano Vermaak/Jurgen Visser/Willie Wepener/Francois Hougaard/Jaco v.d. Westhuizen/Lionel Cronje/JJ engelbrecht/Johan Sadie 18 in totaal en ek het nie eers in die verlede ingegaan soo jy met Welsh/Jantjes/Habana ens - Ek hoop jy kry nou stilte in jou gemoed ou Bul !!!

      Zip23 - 2011-09-22 07:58

      @Northern Stormer, I dont understand people telling us where players were born, reared et cetera. You play for a team, and that is that. Sometimes this comment section reminds me of a primary school playground. In Belville.

      Oukoos - 2011-09-22 09:04

      @ZIP23, jy sê dat @gert verkeerd is? . 6de op die log - beslis NIE KAKA nie Gaan nie die semi-finaal haal nie - beslis NIE KAKA nie Geen opvolgbeplanning nie - beslis NIE DOM nie Probeer om op een slag 'n span reg te koop - beslis NIE DOM nie Nou ja, daar stem ons toe uiteindelik saam oor iets. Sodra die eerste vliegtuig oor is, gaan ek 'n papsak semi-soet uithaal en 'n dop daarop drink.

      Zip23 - 2011-09-22 09:28

      Oukoos, I was commenting on his little rant/song. I said it is pathetic, learn to read.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-22 10:18

      @Oukoos - I am also battling with Zip with the reading. My earlier comment refered to players who previously represented other provinces and never referred to any birth places at all. If I did use the birth place scenario the situation will be dismal for the Bulls !!!!!

      Damian@bulls - 2011-09-22 11:10

      @ Northen Stormer Dude ek wou net vir gert verduidelik almal koop spelers... maar weet jy is jy wil gaan waar spelers gebore word dan sit julle ons ook ore aan.. ONTHOU DIE BOLAND IS NIE WP RUGBY NIE !!!!!!! scalla is van PE of byvoorbeeld wicus van Namibia, reinardt van Joburg en die lys gaan aan , hoekom tel jy dit nie ook op nie? die ;paarl , hawston en grabouw is in die boland!! Dis waarom die meeste bolanders nie die wp support nie maar veel eerder die bulle!!! julle vat hulle spelers speknek. cheers

      Oukoos - 2011-09-22 12:14

      Damian@bulls Ek het geen probleem daarmee as die ander provinsies ons oorskot inkoop nie. Trouens ek het uitdruklik gesê: ".. Ongelukkig vir die bloubulle is die hulp uit die WP eers volgende jaar daar om te kom probeer red..." Dit sou die Bulle beter gepas het as diehulp nou al daar was. Dus waar het ek gekla? @ZIP23 Ek vind dit nogal vrek snaaks, maar wat vir een ou snaaks is is nie noodwendig vir 'n ander ou snaaks nie. Die vraag is steeds: Stem jy saam of verskil jy met die woorde? WP groete en voorspoed vir more

      Daisy - 2011-09-22 12:27

      Brilliant Gert. Can i use this on facebook? Lions to end the Bulls season this weekend, but dont worry next season with all those province boys in your team you will take both the currie cup & super 15. Go Lions.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-22 12:35

      @Damian@bulls - Pella jy is meer dig as wat ek voorheen vermoed het - kom ons los maar die gesprek want jy mis obviously die hele punt en wil maar net jou "bloudruk" op almal afdruk !!!

      Gert - 2011-09-22 12:55

      @DAISY Steve Hofmeyer het die kopiereg, maar ek is 100% seker hy sal nie omgee as jy dit gebruik nie. Go for it en sterkte met Saterdag se wedstryd teen die Vlou Nulle - slag hule!

      Damian@bulls - 2011-09-22 13:02

      @gert met jou het ek geen probleem nie maar ek verstaan wat jy se en ek het dit uit konteks gelees jammer daarvoor, maar vir snotkop northen stormer het ek nie tyd sal nie he nie ek kan sy kommentaar nie verdra nie en ek dink hy kort een moerse boere vrystaat klap

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-23 09:07

      @Damian@bulls - My ou maat ek kan jou die versekering gee om daai klap uit te deel vat n man op n perd en nie n bull op n vark nie. Jy hou nie van my kommentaar nie want ek is korrek in my stellings. Use it or loose it. Dit is maar weereens net n bewys dat as dinge warm raak dan pluk jy Oos Pawiljoen streke uit. Net om jou verder die moer in te maak kyk bietjie hierna poepol;

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-23 09:11

      i came accross this article, its quite an interesting read!!!! that is if your a bulls fan ; ) http://blogs.sport24.co.za/rugga_fan/is-this-the-new-bulls-dynasty How about this for possible Bulls XV for 2012? 15 Jurgen Visser - bought from WP in 2011 14 JJ Engelbrecht - bought from WP in 2012 13 Johann Sadie - bought from WP in 2012. Back-up Swanepoel, Small-Smith - both bought from Free State; 2012 and 2011 12 Wynand Olivier. Back-up Francois Venter and Jan Serfontein - bought from Free State in 2012 11 Bjorn Basson - bought from Griquas in 2011 10 Morné Steyn. Back-up Lionel Cronjé - bought from WP in 2012 9 Francois Hougaard/Jano Vermaak - bought from Lions in 2011 8 Pierre Spies. Back-ups CJ Stander/Arno Botha 7 Jacques Potgieter - bought from EP in 2011 6 Dewald Potgieter 5 Juandre Kruger 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp - bought back from Cheetahs in 2012 – originally bought from WP 3 Werner Kruger 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (captain) 1 Dean Greyling

  • Ockie - 2011-09-22 07:00

    It will be a tight game and any team can win. The Bulls are playing a lot better since the start of the Currie Cup. The Lions are playing great rugby at the moment. A match to look forward to.

  • Zip23 - 2011-09-22 07:38

    John Mitchell is either in awe of the big moment (playing the best rugby franchise in history), or he feels the famous New Zealand choke approaching.

  • projectknight - 2011-09-22 08:09

    @ZIP. you forget that you also have a match day 22.... that are not at the RWC in New Zealand. Lions are doing you a favor this weekend... they will make sure you get extra time off to build your team for next year, by destroying you and then the bulls are all but done for the year. LIONS !!!!!!!

      Zip23 - 2011-09-22 08:25

      No i didnt, I only stated that out of the biggest city in Sa you are unable to produce one single springbok, including your buying spree over the last two years. We have 9 springboks in our match 22, and a few up and coming. Very possible that you may win, but I did not comment on that.

      SA-FAN - 2011-09-22 08:52

      Zip23 go read the Springbok team sheet we infact do have lions player in the Springbok team!

      Zip23 - 2011-09-22 09:26

      @SA-FAN, if you are referring to Butch, he is not on the team sheet.

  • Danie - 2011-09-22 08:21

    Eish people!!! Relax..... The Lions Bulls match is going to be the match of the weekend I think..... I'm a Freestate fan,and I'm hoping for the best for the weekend for the Cheetahs..... But good luck to all.... You guys are complaining about players being bought,I think us Cheetahs must be the most gatvol for that!!! oh,and what happens every year when we loose our players???,we are always back the next year in the semi's atleast......

      Zip23 - 2011-09-22 08:27

      Go Cheeters. Bully those disas.

      Oukoos - 2011-09-22 12:24

      @ZIP23, Waarom haat jy die WP so erg my ou? Het 'n WP rugbyspeler iewers in die verlede in jou slaai gekrap? Klink so. Van my kant af het ek geen haat teenoor die Blou Bulle nie. Inteendeel, Saterdagaand nadat hulle hard geklap is deur die Lions sal my enigste kommentaar wees: "Arme Arme Blou Bulle". Ek sal hulle nie eens Vlou Nulle noem nie. Voorspoed vir more

      Fleckie - 2011-09-22 17:53

      @OUKOOS Ek moet se jou domonnosel sarkasme is LANKAL nie meer snaaks nie. Terug op een van daai Namakwaland tannies wat jou vrou nie van weet nie

  • michael - 2011-09-22 14:34

    go lions let send the bull crying all the way back too petoria

  • BlueRaven - 2011-09-23 10:16

    Go Blue Bulls! GIVE IT HORNS!

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