Bulls rush back Springboks

2012-10-10 13:47

Pretoria - Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar has included all their returning Springboks for his side's crunch Absa Currie Cup clash against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 19:10.

The Blue Bulls need to win at Coca-Cola Park, most likely with a bonus point, in order to qualify for a semi-final spot.

Zane Kirchner, Morne Steyn, Flip van der Merwe, Juandre Kruger and Francois Hougaard will all play in the domestic competition for the first time this year.

Kirchner will start at fullback, Steyn at flyhalf, and Kruger and Van der Merwe will lock the pack.

Hougaard starts off the bench in a utility role which also allows Pienaar the option of having five forwards on the bench.

Arno Botha, who joined the Springboks last week ahead of the Rugby Championship clash against New Zealand and missed the Bulls' win over Western Province, is back at No 8 and will be joined by a returning Jacques Potgieter, who played for the Pretoria side in a solitary start three weeks ago.

While Pienaar was pleased with his selection options, he emphasised that returning players did not guarantee success against the defending champions on their home turf.

“All the teams will use their returning Springboks this weekend, so we are not in a unique or fortunate position," Pienaar said.

"We are privileged, though, to have guys back who really care about the daisy, the team and each other.

"We had no problem with the returning players slotting back in and I really look forward to the weekend.

"It is no secret that we are in dire straits in the competition, but if ever there were players I would have nominated to help, I have just named them in the team."




Blue Bulls

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morne Mellett

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Dean Greyling


  • spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-10 13:48

    Another Currie cup on the horison.

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-10 13:52

      I would have played MS of the Bench...

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-10 13:54

      Yeap, will be two years running for the Lions :)

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-10 13:55

      Sal darm te lekker wees!!!!!!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:07

      WP welcome back Boks one article, Bulls rush back Springboks the other one WP24

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-10 14:13

      Mac... This sport section gets run by Stormers24 by the looks of things... Always the peoples comment get deleted except the Stormer supportes... Have a look and you will see...

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:28

      Of course, I have seen many may comments deleted in the last 6 hours or so

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:39

      I think the internet needs a Bulls24 I am definitely going to be starting that site

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:41

      Just bought Barbeton Daisies to plant all over the garden. There are going to be over 200 of the things! BULLEEEEE

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-10 14:52

      Final Score Lions 30 Bulls 12

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-10 15:17

      Flip has been getting better and better in the last few games that he has played, and Kruger is a good player too. These two with Hougaard will definitely help the Bulls get to the level that they need. As far as Kirchner and MS??? Not sure if they are an asset to the Bulls or not. Not being disrespectful, but I really think that MS needs time away from the game, and Fouche has been pretty solid for the Bulls. Pottie is not better than CJ Stander, and I would start with him without a second thought. Still, much stronger side so should make things tough for the Lions, but I think it is going to be really tight.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-10 15:19

      @sean,I also think it's going to be a Bulls, Lions final, but the Bulls should take it.

      frigo.donnerweer - 2012-10-10 15:49

      Just put nik naks and simba steyn in the Bulls team, and they will be smashed!!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 16:02

      Donnerweer, jy ook maar lekke stupid ne? Jy kan maar ook die KINGS join, stupid genoeg!!!!!!!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-10 16:07

      @BlouMasjien1 That's just this Saturday's game not the final.The Bulls won't even get there.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-10 17:14

      Caravan, 11 years no cups.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 23:50

      I enjoy seeing all these overconfident Bulls. It bodes well for the other teams.

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-10 13:54

    Go Bulle ! Goeie span.

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-10 13:54

    All the teams are putting their SB back, but WP24 makes the heading for the Bulls, Bulls rush back SB???

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 23:54

      Ag hou tog op kerm soos 'n tannie met 'n nat broek. Niemand gee om nie.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 15:54

      Waarheid maak seer!!!!!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-10 13:54

    GO LIONS!!! Keep the cup in JHB :)

  • bertie.naude.35 - 2012-10-10 14:00

    The backline looks better than Saturdays Springbok backline.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-10 14:48

      Captian Dewald "Dynamite" Potgieter!

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-10 15:36

      Thanks sakkie

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 23:56

      But no place for Wallaby Hougaard.

  • marius.theron.31 - 2012-10-10 14:08

    Daar moet ten minste drie elemente teenwoordig wees vir n span om te wen. 1. samespel, 2. spelpatroon wat die spelers pas en 3. daar moet n begeerte wees om te wen. Al die bogenoemde onderbreek tans by die Bulle. Hoop egter die teenwoordigheid van n Morne kan die vonk verskaf.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-10 14:11

      Hoop jy is reg, maar dis opvallend, dis vandat Victor weg is!!!! Ons het nie n gebore leier op die veld nie!!

      cobus.fenwick - 2012-10-10 22:32

      @Marius: Wat van intelligensie, of is dit een van jou volgende elemente op die onthou die mense praat van die Bulle.

  • stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-10 15:19

    @sean, are predicting that 14 Lions players will ged red cards in the first half with your scoreline ?

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-10 15:35

      @retarded fake doctor, post 100 pig

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 15:44

      Moet so iets wees u hoogheid!!!!

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-10 16:04

      @retarded fake doctor, really coming from a person who has to stoop to using multiple facebook accounts and insults players in their nicks and spam articles with the exact seem garbage. The only people than agree with you are doing the same thing. Now run along pig your fries are getting burnt.

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 16:18

      U hoogheid is jou FB profile real????

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-10 16:27

      Luke, Stephen lyk soos n pous.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-10 17:15

      Hy lyk soos sy ma se pous.

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-10 17:41

      @ axtell --- your comments of pigs? maybe you are one!!! @ spyker Ek stem met jou oor steven se looks

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-10 17:50

      Dankie Hawk.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 23:58

      Ek voorspel die meerderheid van die paramedic se dowwe posts gaan seker weer vroeg more oggend (SA tyd) delete word.

  • christo.kemp3 - 2012-10-10 23:16

    Morne nou wys jy hulle boet hoe jy kan skop die vout le nie by jou ni maar by koen

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-11 03:36

      Ja Morne, skop. Want jy kan vir seker nie pass of hardloop nie, en dan noem ek nie eers jou gebrek aan tackle-vermoe nie.

  • wynand.calitz.7 - 2012-10-11 10:36

    MORNE STEYN? Heokom hoekom hoekom????

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-11 15:55

      Wat weet jy???

  • jaan.vanschaick - 2012-10-12 13:11

    STORMER24 AT ITS BEST: Article on on web pages: WP welcomes back it's Springboks(calm and collected); next article: Bulls ruch back Springboks (panic) both teams did the same and are in the same predicament. BAIS??????

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