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Pienaar makes three changes

2012-09-12 13:35

Johannesburg - Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar has made three changes to his backline to face Griquas in their Currie Cup fixture in Kimberley on Saturday.

Jurgen Visser, Ulrich Beyers and Rudy Paige will all earn starts. It will be a first start of the season for scrumhalf Paige.

The trio replace Clayton Blommetjies, Johann Sadie and Ruan Snyman respectively, and while the first two are rested due to niggles, Snyman will play off the bench.

"We are certainly up against it," Pienaar said on Wednesday.

"To prop up the log at this stage of the competition is not great and does not reflect the hard work we have put in.

"The reality is that we are playing against ourselves as well at the moment and are making too many errors at crucial times and aspects of the game.

"We have to work harder and play smarter and that is what we intend to do on the weekend."

Blue Bulls captain Dewald Potgieter admitted a new mindset was required after losing three of their first five matches to leave them bottom of the standings.

"This is all about getting to the first objective of the season, and that is to make the playoffs and put ourselves in a position to win the Currie Cup again," Potgieter said.

"Looking at our efforts so far, we are not on track, so it will take a special effort from all to get there.

"Everyone needs to up their game and I am confident that we will see the work done on the training ground bearing fruit against Griquas, who will be very focused on beating us."

Teams:

Griquas:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Wesley Wilkins (captain), 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Ligtoring Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Matt Dobson, 1 Steph Roberts

Substitutes: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Wilmaure Louw

Blue Bulls:

15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Louis Fouchè, 9 Rudy Paige, 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 Ruan Snyman, 21 Lionel Cronjè, 22 Jan Serfontein

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Comments
  • morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-09-12 13:54

    Willie Le Roux is the closest 15 we have to Dagg. Go Griquas

      macziekpk - 2012-09-12 16:12

      Willie Le Roux should be on the bench in the Bok team that is fo sho

  • dewald.botha.50 - 2012-09-12 14:56

    Hierdie Dewald Potgieter is 'n dromer! Die probleem is die ouens het nie hart nie! Kyk hoe glimlagend het die Bulle van die veld gestap na die Lions game! Hulle voel niks vir die Blou trui nie. Solank hulle pay kry het hulle geen worrie op aarde nie!

      mack.myburgh - 2012-09-12 15:50

      Dewald ek dink jy is reg.......dis net n job

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-09-12 15:06

    Bloujob, as daar nou 'n span gaan wees wat gaan choke die naweek, is dit weer die bulle.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-12 15:44

      Eddie, jy mors jou asem. Die idioot het net 1 breinsel... nou al vir 11 jaar... and counting...

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-09-12 15:45

    Bottom of the log ! Daar is nou net een pad ...................hou net op doelloos skop en tackle bietjie. Wat gaan met julle stutte aan ?As hulle nie val nie ,dan reverse hulle ?

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-09-12 15:49

    @ blou Johnny Ek is ook n groot BULLE fan ,maar as dinge so aanhou(en ons het ook geen bekers nie) speel ons B afdeling.........fire Pine kry a coach !

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-09-12 17:34

      Pine Pienaar is an "ignomarus" ask the Blue Bird.

  • frigo.donnerweer - 2012-09-12 16:32

    Griquas by 7! Haha!

  • ivan.sport.18 - 2012-09-12 23:06

    Blou.johnny, dit help nie ons se vir WP 11 jaar en geen beker nie. As die Bulle voortploeter soos nou gaan hulle self langer as 11 jaar sonder n beker wees. Ons moet oplossings vir ons eie span kry. Ek glo die veranderings wat nou aangebring is gaan n verbetering wees, maar dit alleen gaan nie genoeg wees om Griekwas te klop nie. En dis waar Pine Pienaar in kom, want hy moet sorg dat die regte taktiek gevolg word, dat die spelers sielkundig reg is, dat hulle die regte besluite onder druk kan neem, ens. Maar ons almal weet dat dit nie gebeur nie. En die ergste van alles is dat ons volgende jaar steeds met Pine opgeskeep gaan sit.

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