Rossouw set for 100th game

2010-05-04 14:46

Brenden Nel

Pretoria - It may be too early to say if the Vodacom Bulls will be able to defend their Super 14 title, but their players are certainly racking up the milestones along the way.

Springbok utility forward Danie Rossouw becomes the latest player after Victor Matfield and Pedrie Wannenburg this season to reach 100 games for the Bulls, and was the only change to the side that beat the Sharks last weekend for Friday’s showdown with seven time Super rugby champions, the Crusaders at Loftus Versfeld.

Rossouw replaces Bakkies Botha, who drops down to the bench for the match, allowing the big lock/flank to run out onto the park for his milestone game in style and hopefully play a big part in sending the Bulls into the semi-finals of the competition.

Of course, the Bulls could be virtually assured of a semi-final place if the Reds lose to the Hurricanes on Friday morning, but they will take a massive step towards ending top of the log if they beat the Crusaders with a bonus point. Matfield paid tribute to Rossouw’s milestone, describing him as an “exceptional team player.”

“It’s great partnering either Danie or Bakkies at lock and I’m sure that if there wasn’t Bakkies, then Danie would have 70 or 80 Test matches already behind his name,” Matfield said.

“He is a great player and extremely valuable to a team. That is why he is always with the Springboks and with the Bulls. Many of his games may have been off the bench, but I don’t think people realize how valuable he is to both the Bulls and the Boks.

“People need to understand the impact he made from the bench. His running lines and his ball carries are crucial to our success and that makes him a very special player to us.”

Rossouw has played 46 Tests and has impressed with his versatility, playing lock, flank and No 8 in his time at the Bulls. Former Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer still rates Rossouw as one of the best locks in world rugby today.

Rossouw has scored five tries in his 100 games, but often is the link man in the initial break that ends up over the tryline for the Bulls. His last try was during the 2009 Super 14 final. He also played No8 for the Springboks in the 2007 World Cup final.

He still rates that World Cup gold medal as a career highlight, with the 2008 Currie Cup final defeat against the Sharks as his worst day in rugby. In the only other change to the match 22, utility back Jaco van der Westhuyzen comes into the side in the place of Heini Adams.

Flyhalf Morné Steyn needs just six points to equal Dan Carter’s record of the fastest 200 points in Super rugby history in just 12 games.


15. Zane Kirchner; 14. Gerhard van der Heever, 13. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Francois Hougaard; 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Fourie du Preez; 8. Pierre Spies, 7. Dewald Potgieter, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Victor Matfield (capt), 4. Danie Rossouw, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Gary Botha, 1. Gurthrö Steenkamp.

Substitutes: 16. Bandise Maku, 17 . Bees Roux, 18. Bakkies Botha, 19. Pedrie Wannenburg, 20. Stephan Dippenaar, 21. Jaco van der Westhuyzen.


  • Far and Away - 2010-05-04 14:52

    Just as Percy had his detractors, i am certain there are some "Danie bashers" ..... However, nobody "lucks" his way to 100 Super 14 games. Take a bow Danie!

  • Zane - 2010-05-04 14:54

    I wish you well Danie... difficult times as his father in law recently passed.... Witrivier se seun!!!

  • SR - 2010-05-04 14:57

    im of glad they are using Danie instead of Bakkies, he will preform better next weekend

  • Mot - 2010-05-04 15:04

    The Stormers Rock, there are 2 many articles on the bulls, they get to much airtime just like ju-ju, don't you think?

  • Emile - 2010-05-04 15:07

    What a player and great team man. SA will probably never realize Rossouw's true value to SA rugby and the Bulls. Always playing in the shade of Bakkies and Victor, but a phenominal replacement/impact player/etc. SA coaches were spoilt with him as he was just as good a player as any other lock or loose forward. He gave the Bulls and Boks so many options during the years with regards to team selection and game plans due to his versatility. He would probably have been a permanent member of any international team. Best of all is the fact that his feet have always stayed firmly planted on mother earth. Never involved with fans or refs, never full of "gayish" sights and tantrums, never trying to attract attention and always prepared to do the hard work upfront. I think he will probably retire next year or after next season and he might even be a bigger loss than Bakkies or Matfield. He is probably the only player at international level that can play lock, flank or No.8 equally well.

  • Great player - 2010-05-04 15:15

    Doesn't matter from which province you are, everybody should salute this guy for what he has achieved and for the man he is. A true gentleman and one of the very few old-style "hard" grinders. Always there when needed and always performing.

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  • Jack - 2010-05-04 15:26

    Who will ever forget that try-saving tackle in the RWC final? Give that man a Bells!

  • Gerrit @ Mot - 2010-05-04 15:55

    So... what do you propose should be written about the Stormers?

  • @Mot - 2010-05-04 16:01

    As an avid Stormers supporter I get embarrassed when idiots like you, posing as Stormers supporters, give your 2cents. Danie is a legend in rugby circles and a SPRINGBOK! Lets give the man the respect he deserves on this milestone and not bring provincialism into it.

  • fuzzy stormer - 2010-05-04 16:01

    A true worker, I rate him better than Bakkies. Always takes the ball up and gets over the gain line.

  • paul - 2010-05-04 16:01

    Geluk Danie. ek hou jou al dop van die dae wat jy daai ver skop kompetisie in PE gewen het. Jy is deel van die GROOT DRIE. SA Rugby sal nie gou weer drie sulke goeie slotte in dieselfde era sien nie. Geniet die een.

  • EDi - 2010-05-04 16:46

    Danie, ditto vir wat almal hier onder skryf oor jou. Behalwe vir die Mot rakker wat nie weet waaroor regte rugby gaan nie. Jy is 'n Yster. Jy het my diepe respek. Jy is 'n ware rol model vir die jeug van die land. Sterkte met die game en mag jy verder baie geseend wees.

  • Zip - 2010-05-04 17:11

    This man is a pillar of what South African Rugby is all about. Hard and uncompromising. Gives meaning to the All Black saying: " never beat the springboks, its just that sometimes you score more points than them.." We all stand in awe of the great man. Hope theres a hundred more games.

  • Scotty - 2010-05-04 17:39

    A great player. A great team man. A great sportsman. A great ambassador for rugby union. Yes that try saving tackle in the World Cup 2007 was a great moment in this true athletes career. Well done.

  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-05-04 17:53

    yyyyeeeeesssss!! Danie! jou yster! great player and a true workhorse with a deceptive turn of pace! the bulls really do have some legends in that forward pack, will be interesting to see what the next generation will produce because Fudge Mabeta and Cornell Hess are pretty useless!!!

  • Suggestion - 2010-05-04 18:23

    I think News/Sport24 should start making ppl join as a singele user name and not a new one every day. Would stop the stupid trolling!

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-05-04 20:16

    Ek is 'n WP en STORMER ondersteuner, maar as daar nou een speler in die Blou Bul Span is vir wie ek my hoed oplig, dan is dit Danie Rossouw. Hy's 'n regte ou werkesel, doen die donkie werk en hy is 'n EERLIKE speler.!! Voorspoed ou Danie, jou Blou Yster!!!

  • Rhadi - 2010-05-04 23:01

    Danie Rossouw = LEGEND! Whenever he has played for the Boks, he has not weakened the side. He has covered all of lock, blindside flank and 8th man for the Boks, and has also been a very effective impact player. His contribution for both the Boks and Bulls on the rugby is underrated! If he played for any other country, he would have had well over 50 tests for them!

  • Anti bull - 2010-05-05 11:54

    congrats Danie... You are one of only a few bulls players that are well and truly a great player (unlike f*nut Botha)

  • johnp - 2010-06-17 11:31

    Have rated him more as a lock, than flank, but hes been great ambassador to sa rugby, and most versatile forward, wishing him well for his century on sat'..!

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