Currie Cup

Stadium opens to rugby

2010-08-26 20:00
Mbombela Stadium (Gallo Images)
JJ Harmse

Nelspruit – The ribbon-cutting ceremony before Friday evening’s Currie Cup match between the Pumas and Blue Bulls to give the Mbombela Stadium official rugby status is excellent news for South African rugby.

Not only is rugby being taken to a new corner of the country, but the lifeblood that the sporting code can offer the stadium and the region’s taxpayers is another positive.

But once the blazer brigade have finished with the cutting and posed for the photographs, the actual business of winning a rugby match and gaining log points will start.

Both will be high on the priority list of the Bulls, especially as they have made it clear that they want to step on the gas in the second part of the Currie Cup.

“It’s important for us to increase the momentum on a weekly basis and hopefully play to our potential come the semifinals,” Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said this week.

To that end a victory with a bonus point is part of the expectations, but Ludeke is aware that it will require hard work.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity of opening the stadium, but it will also spur the Pumas on. I have a high regard for their coach Jimmy Stonehouse and the way he prepares teams for their games. We know we will have to give our best for 80 minutes.”

The Bulls are being strengthened at the back with the inclusion of Wynand Olivier and Zane Kirchner, but it’s at the back where the battle will be particularly intense.

The Pumas may be on the wrong end of the log, but their forwards have not yet been handed a beating this year.

Stonehouse has the ability to come up with a surprise, but things like first-time tackling, boldness and using opportunities are the basic ingredients of his recipe.

However, it will take more than just keeping the Blue Bulls in check for the Pumas to be able to produce a shock.

They will also have to control their phases, keep possession in the visitors’ half and ensure that no points are offered on a platter.

It will be difficult for the Pumas. The visitors’ pack is improving as a unit and things can get ugly if the backline gets enough space.

The Pumas’ focus is likely to be on the Bulls’ halfback pairing, with Dustin Jinka set to be singled out for attention in his first start.

Teams:

Pumas:
15. Nicky Kritzinger, 14. Vainon Willis, 13. Shaun Venter, 12. Tian Meyer, 11. Allistair Kettledas, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Jacques Coetzee, 8. Doppies le Roux, 7. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 6. Corné Steenkamp, 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Andries Kruger, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Hannes Franklin (captain), 1. Ronnie Uys.

Replacements: 16. Dee Jay Terblanche, 17. Dawie Steyn, 18. Boela Serfontein, 19. Eduan van der Walt, 20. Ricardo Croy, 21. Ashwin Scott, 22. Jaco Bouwer

Blue Bulls:

15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jaco Pretorius, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Hayden Groepes, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Dustin Jinka, 8. Dewald Potgieter, 7. CJ Stander, 6. Derick Kuun (captain), 5. Juandre Kruger, 4. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Dean Greyling

Replacements: 16. Henry Bantjes, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Fudge Mabeta, 19. Okkie Kruger, 20. Ruan Snyman, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Jaco van der Westhuyzen

Read more on:    currie cup  |  mbombela stadium
NEXT ON SPORT24X

White looms large over semis

2014-07-24 16:40

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Thu, 24 Jul 2014 @04:00
  • SS4:
    Thu, 24 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • SS5:
    Thu, 24 Jul 2014 @06:00
  • Blitz
    Thu, 24 Jul 2014 @07:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
08 August 2014
Eastern Province Kings v Western Province, Port Elizabeth 19:10
09 August 2014
Griquas v Sharks, Kimberley 15:00
Golden Lions v Blue Bulls, Johannesburg 17:05
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs, Nelspruit 19:10
Vote

Who will be crowned 2013 Currie Cup champions?

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.