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Must win game for Bulls - Pine

2012-09-05 20:01

Pretoria - Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar says it is crucial that his side win their Currie Cup match against the Golden Lions at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

With fewer teams in this year’s competition and thus fewer matches to contest for the title, each game has become important to win, Pienaar said.

“We knew it would be a tough competition because there wouldn’t be an easy weekend,” Pienaar said at the team announcement here on Wednesday.

Like most of the teams in the Currie Cup, the Blue Bulls have been inconsistent in the first half of this year’s competition.

The men from Pretoria were demolished 42-6 by Western Province in Cape Town last weekend.

The team showed true grit just a week before to beat the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld following a week where half of the Blue Bulls side was struck down by flu in their build-up to the match.

Pienaar was reluctant to offer any excuses and said they could not afford anymore debilitating losses like the one they suffered against Western Province.

“It is our fault and we dropped our supporters last weekend against WP and we’ve been that position before where we had to fight our way out of a hole,” he said.

“There will come a time where you will say listen we don’t have any more games left.

He said the Lions were in a similar position as the Bulls which upped the stakes for this weekend’s encounter.

“Both teams lost the weekend before and it doesn’t matter whether it is home or a way, both teams have their backs against the wall,” Pienaar said.

“The important thing this weekend is that we do well and it would be the same message Ackers (Lions coach Johan Ackermann) would give to the Lions.” Pienaar said he still believed that his team would be able to turn the corner and had faith in the team that lost against Province.

“I really believe in this team and that is why I didn’t make a lot of changes, I have faith in the players,” he said.

“The week before the team showed what they can do after a difficult week.

“It is important that you have faith in what you do and believe in the structures.

“It worked for us in the past and it will work again.” He made two changes to his starting team with flanker Warwick Tecklenburg replacing the injured Deon Stegmann in the only forced change to the side that lost to WP.

Francois Venter returns to inside centre after he was withdrawn at the eleventh hour from last week's team.

He was replaced on short notice by Jan Serfontein, who returns to the Under-21 squad.

Bongi Mbonambi replaces Robbie Coetzee as back-up hooker after recovering from an ankle injury, while Jean Cook fills in for Tecklenburg on the bench.

Teams:

Blue Bulls:
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Cornell Hess, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Jurgen Visser

Golden Lions:

TBA

SAPA

Comments
  • michael.verreynne - 2012-09-05 21:39

    Claim first! Anyway, come on boys! Hope you can pull it off this weekend! I'll be cheering for you the whole way!

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-05 22:42

      If you pull it off then........... the chances are your grip is too tight :)

  • blou.johnny - 2012-09-05 21:41

    ....Pine Pienaar must get his act together...!!!! ....last Saturday was a fiasco/disgrace/tragedy/train-smash...!! ....sies.....!!!!!

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-05 22:11

      Why?? I thought it was n very good game to watch!!!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-06 00:49

      A train smash implies two trains running into one another or into something like a wall. I just saw a big steam train smashing through some pink marshmallows.

      ann.fischadler - 2012-09-06 10:58

      Your mother surely helped with this ...your vocabulary certainly dont consists of these words....i hope you said thanks to her! And no one else would be able to describe as good as she did! But their is more to come...

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-09-06 14:42

      ann, weet jy ooit wie jou ma is?

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-06 19:54

      @ann stink fish.. ...jy moet seker van die Kaap wees... ... ....stupid Kaypie...

  • ivan.sport.18 - 2012-09-05 21:45

    Pine, hoekom is dit dan nou 'crucial' dat die Bulle die naweek moet wen? Is elke wedstryd dan nie 'crucial' en baie belangrik nie? Waarom wag afrigters tot hulle span eers n paar wedstryde verloor het voordat hulle begin bekommerd raak? Ek dink as daar iemand is wat iets moet bewys dan is dit jy. En n oorwinning oor die Leeus gaan nie goed genoeg wees nie, ons soek..nee ons EIS positiewe resultate. En om eerlik te wees Frans Ludeke het homself ook nog nie juis onderskei as n uitstaande afrigter nie. Pine, wat is nou eintlik van waarde op jou CV in die tyd toe jy in die Vrystaat afgerig het? En Frans, dieselfde vraag geld vir jou by die Leeus? Julle omring julle met hulpafrigterjies en raadgewertjies wat minder van rugy as Robert Mugabe weet. WP het gewys hoe word n bal versprei en mee gehardloop. Dis net by ons dat jy die Bulle n tipe rugby laat speel wat al 50 jaar terug in die res van die wereld verbied en verban is. Vir eers het ek my bors nou skoon gemaak. Dankie Pine.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-06 00:53

      @ivan. Voor die WP game wou hy nie sy spelers vals hoop gee deur vir hulle te se dis crucial om te wen nie.

  • bidi.barett - 2012-09-05 21:48

    this is what bothers me. U can't win 1 game then lose 1. We need consistincy and that's it. Start winning and stop kicking posesion away! Think for a change and get rid of sadie now!

  • blou.johnny - 2012-09-05 22:59

    ....fire asb vir poefter Pienaar en kry Victor Matfield en Naas Botha om die Bulle te coach...!!!!! ......asap....!!!

      ivan.sport.18 - 2012-09-05 23:13

      blou.johnny, ek sal saamstem met Victor..maar dink jy Naas sal n goeie afrigter uitmaak? Kyk hy was n geniale speler en hy ken rugby, maar as afrigter weet ek darem nie. As ek dit nie mis het nie het hy by Tukkies ook afgerig en nie veel sukses daar behaal nie. Ek mag verkeerd ook wees. Ek weet net ons kort n spesialis agterlyn afrigter. Pine het nog nerens indruk gemaak met afrig nie

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-06 05:02

      @pink.johnny. 'n Bietjie desperaat daar ne. Lyk nie of enigiemand laag genoeg wil daal en die Bulls coach nie. Al die proper coaches het hulle trots.

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-09-06 14:47

      vader maar hierdie chris ou is irriterend. hy sit byna elke aand daar in daai convict eiland en praat n' klomp snert hier, en dan dink die ou hy is snaaks. maar hartseer as jy n' reject in daai land is

  • alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-05 23:07

    With the log bunched up like this one win or one loss can move you three places up or down the table. Every game is a must win in this years CC.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-06 00:52

    The pink pansies should fire this guy and get Kobus van der Merwe to coach them.

  • chris.fuffie - 2012-09-06 02:47

    Walk in the park for the mighty Bulls, 3 time Super champions and our flagship team

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-06 04:29

      42-6. Flagship that sunk.

      chris.fuffie - 2012-09-06 04:47

      @ozzie boy 11yr cupless

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-06 05:18

      Oh you walked right into that, stuck record.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-06 05:18

      Talking about cupless. How is the trophee cabinet there on moftus? Still full of cobwebs?

      nicnac.nac - 2012-09-06 09:01

      "11yr cupless"?? Stuck record or not @pissin.oz, it's still the truth, the rest is just BS. Now put that in your "cupless" pipe and smoke it.

      Cliff - 2012-09-06 12:03

      The seven dwarfs were walking back from work one night when they took a wrong turn and fell over a cliff. Snow White, walking just behind them, rushed to the edge and shouted "Is everyone alright ? Please say something to let me know"! A voice from below shouts "The Bulls will win the Currie cup this year"! "Thank goodness" thinks Snow White. "At least Dopey's alright" !

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-06 07:27

    As PP sy mond oop maak om te praat hoor ek net bla bla bla bla bla------

  • ann.fischadler - 2012-09-06 08:30

    Ja ek was nog nooit 'n Leeu fan nie....maar groot asseblief mors hulle die naweek .....dit behoort nie te moeilik te wees nie ons het hulle al 3 keer die jaar maklik gewen....hulle is saggemaak....gee die doodskoot....ons is lus vir biltong in die Kaap...

      anton.vonvielig - 2012-09-06 14:44

      wat, kan jy nie daai taai bokoms so lekker eet sonder jou voortanne nie?

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-06 19:59

      @ann stink fish... ....zero cups... ...11 jaar.. ....he he he he he he he...!

      franz.prade.9 - 2012-09-06 21:38

      Ann as groot Lions supporter wil ek baie graag die Bulls Saterdag wen maar nie met jou support met die eerste sin aanmerking "nog nooit n Lion supporter nie". Wil nie deel wees van julle "fight" nie. Ons veg om te survive en wil vir die regte redes wen !

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-09-06 10:53

    typical pine gets thrashed five tries to none and now they cry must win?

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2012-09-06 11:03

    Go Lions!!!!!!!!

  • dennie.dupreez - 2012-09-06 12:31

    Pienaar moet nie noual die verskoning gebruik dat die leeus net so desperaat as die bulle is nie. Die leeus het minstens die verskoning dat hulle afrigter geskors is en Ackerman toe moes instaan. Die bulle het onder Pienaar se afrigting presies dieselfde probleem verlede jaar gehad.Hoekom leer hy nie uit die lesse van die verlede nie instede daarvan om dit te herhaal. Ons eis Pienaar se kop as die bulle nie vanjaar in die uitspeel wedstryde is nie. Trouens ons eis die curriebeker. Ek dink die span sal in elk geval beter doen sonder Pienaar as met hom en sy nuttelose helpers.

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-09-06 15:15

    die bulle gaan weer choke die naweek, go Lions!!!

  • donne.botha.7 - 2012-09-07 12:09

    Waar is Nollis Marais v d 0/21. Baie beter afrigter as Pine Pienaar.

  • george.pito - 2012-09-08 19:23

    Can the Bulls please get rid of Pine Pienaar

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