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Bulls send rookies to Newlands

2013-08-07 13:01

Pretoria - Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar included five Currie Cup novices in his team to play defending champions Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday in his team's opening match of the 2013 competition.

Travis Ismaiel, Tony Jantjies, Jacques du Plessis and Wiaan Liebenberg all return to the venue of massive significance to them. Ismaiel, Jantjies and Liebenberg were members of the Junior Springbok team who won the IRB Junior World Championship at this venue just under a year ago, while 2013 Junior Bok Du Plessis made his Super Rugby debut for the Bulls at Newlands a month ago.

Former Vodacom Cup leader Jono Ross will be leading the team. He made his Currie Cup debut in 2011 against Griquas and made only one further appearance that season.

Paul Willemse, Callie Visagie (both Golden Lions), Waylon Murray (EP Kings) and Marcell van der Merwe (Free State) will make their Currie Cup debuts for the Blue Bulls, but have played for other teams earlier in their careers.

Only five players - Francois Venter, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Frik Kirsten, Willie Wepener and Morné Mellett - remain from the team that played in the Bulls' last Currie Cup match in 2012, the semi-final against the Sharks in Durban.

“We are excited about the potential of our team. We do have a lot of younger players and Newlands is a severe test to even an experienced player, but if ever there was a time to justify the structures and depth at the union, this it is,” Pienaar said.

“We have a lot of faith in our structures and the younger players have all proved themselves. There is also a good core of experience, so we are looking forward to a good Currie Cup season. To start away against the defending champions is a very tough ask, but if we want to reach the top, we must embrace and accept all challenges,” Pienaar said.

Kick-off is at 17:05.

Teams:

Western Province:

15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Pat Howard, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Alistair Vermaak, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Ruan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Berton Klaasen

Blue Bulls:

15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morné Mellet.

Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Marcell van der Merwe, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Clayton Blommetjies

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Comments
  • Koi Indarain - 2013-08-07 13:10

    ...net jammer Blou Bul steak proe so gaga...want hier kom een ma se slagting...

      grantcallaway - 2013-08-07 18:29

      Dude in the picture has a terrible running-style...

  • Sky Rider - 2013-08-07 13:28

    The Bulls would catch a klap no matter who they send so whats the diffs. 30-13 when they have their strongest team and who knows, this might even be bigger. Always nice to hammer the cupless cows

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-08-07 20:37

      Henk sharrap, conf cups beteken vokol vir ons bulls maat

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-08-07 21:56

      @twak- dit beteken absoluut niks vir ons ni,... maaaar ons het dit nog steeds gewen, ne'?? en stoomers het 'n skootdans by hul haasbek ouma gewen??

  • Sky Rider - 2013-08-07 13:30

    If you look at the log on this page before the first game WP are on top and the Bulls are on the bottom. Bhahahahahahahahahahaha

      Jacobus Wynand Rautenbach - 2013-08-07 17:29

      daai log gaan so bly, blou ape speel volgende jaar in cc 1st division, hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-08-07 22:09

      jinne @sky- weepee is so flippen goed... hulle het nog ni eers 'n wedstryd gespeel ni en hulle is al klaar bo aan di log?? dowwe p00p00le

  • Chop Draad - 2013-08-07 13:38

    Isak, the idiot coach called Allister, can be given the national squad and will still stuff it up, any posibility that WP Rugby can wake-up and fire the idiot! If possible as the biggest WP Fan, can you get him fired then all your statements might come true ! I ask you playing Burton before Swiel, show the mans IQ !!!

      Bootman Stormerboy - 2013-08-07 15:12

      Chop maybe you should have another look at your IQ. If you're referring to Burton Francis.......he never competed with Swiel for a place, as Swiel was still playing schoolboy rugby when Francis played for the Stormers. If you're referring to Berton Claasen......Claasen is a center and Swiel is a Fly-half who has played fullback, so no competition there either. Wait maybe AC should drop Van Aswegen or Aplon in favour of Swiel. What do you think Mr IQ.

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-08-07 22:06

      Hoe maak 'n mens van alis-staar ', 'n bo gemiddelde weepee kots?? Jy gee hom 10 briljante springbok spanne en nog??

  • Lionel Kritzinger - 2013-08-07 13:43

    al die gumbabies weer vol wisdom hier..lol..

  • Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-08-07 13:43

    Blikemmer ek ken nie helfte van die bulle span nie???? En net 4 spelers is in die bok span en hulle mos 3 beserings, dinge lyk bleek in PTA!

      Smurwe - 2013-08-07 13:54

      Riaan Stem saam Jaycee. Nee hulle noem dit Spanbou.. En as jy verder lees sal jy sien dis almla wereldbeker Junior Bok wenners.. Sla miskien nie die jaar als wen nie. . Maar watch die space

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-08-07 14:05

      Smurwe dis n groot verskil tussen junior bokkies en senior rugby! In elk hoeveel van die junior bokke maak dit in die senior rugby. Baie min ek kan op hande tel, so dis glad nie noodwendig dat hulle goeie rugby spelers sal word nie, sharks sit met helfte van die SA o/19 span wat nou die dag gespeel het en nie een kon die shark squad haal in die CC nie.

      Smurwe - 2013-08-07 14:17

      Riaan Maybe so, but all great players begin s somewhere. Junior boks in my opinion is a damn good start

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-08-07 15:06

      Eks stry nie met jou ek se net nie almal word n goeie rugby speler na hulle junior bokke gespeel het! Die level is et soveel hoeer vanaf junior na senior! Meer goeie spelers kom van club en varsity rugby.

  • Smurwe - 2013-08-07 13:51

    As big a bulls fan I am, I see a long day at the office for us. Having said that. Bulls by 7. Bulls normally surprise friend and foe when they are the complete underdogs

      Smurwe - 2013-08-07 13:57

      No Jaycee.. Bulls by 7

      Omge Klits - 2013-08-07 14:08

      Bulls by 7 - after all - they are only playing the WP.

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-08-07 22:15

      "ref, dit is nou in jou hande... groot asseblief, asseblief, asseflippenblief??"

  • Mara Van Rooyen - 2013-08-07 14:00

    Wees maar reg na die wen teen die Bulls het hulle weer die beker gewen..........dis eintlik n vernedering vir hulle....GO BULLS laat hulle wen met 30+

      Koi Indarain - 2013-08-07 14:33

      Snuif jy jou sykouse tannie??

      Smurwe - 2013-08-07 14:42

      Hahahahaha. Ek deel jou sentiment.. Maar 30 plus is raps kwaai. ;-) Jy het wel al die Stormers sepporters ek sje up in arms

      Mara Van Rooyen - 2013-08-07 14:55

      Nee man 30+ is niks teen daai Bulls span nie........ lees verder as net hier julle wen al die CC

      Smurwe - 2013-08-07 15:11

      Ahhhh Mara. Skuus dink beide ek en Koi het jou verkeerd verstaan. Was onder die indruk jy se die Bulls gaan wen met 30 plus punte. Stem saam.. Kan n lang middag word waar daar baie alkoholiese verdowing ingeneem sal moet word..

      Jacobus Wynand Rautenbach - 2013-08-07 17:30

      grappieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-08-07 22:20

      Dis tyd dat ons di blou aap uit di mou laat... ons stuur ons D-span af na di stink water en di platberg... En hoekom... ons is snobisties, ja-a... Ons meng ni met di semels ni, want dan wil al wat gestreepte vark is, met almal wat blou dra, paar??

  • Bloubloed Bul - 2013-08-07 14:59

    Ek dink n pakslae van epidermiese proporsies wag op die Bulle. Maar die rookies moet een of ander tyd blootgestel word. Om so n groot gros slagveld toe te stuur deur hulle bevelvoerder terwyl die loopgrawe nog nie eens reg is nie dui half op n leemte by die generale staf. Maar elk geval, go troepe!

      Bloubloed Bul - 2013-08-07 15:16

      Waar wat jy se Twakkie, maar ek dink nie my verwagtinge is groot nie. Ek reken hulle besef ook die berg wat voor hulle le. As die Bulle wen dan moet daar ernstig iets fout wees met WP.

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-08-07 22:24

      Is ni @twakkie- weepee gaan met 80+ wen?? Onbthou net @bloed- dis 'n platberg wat voorle...'n platberg se'ek jou nou??

  • Bernard Villet - 2013-08-07 15:10

    sad that when a coach talks about structures and depth it is other unions he is referring to as that is where the bulk of these rookies come from including pine pienaar

      Jacques Van Der Merwe - 2013-08-07 19:19

      It's called the PROFESSIONAL ERA, plank! It's been around for almost 20 YEARS!!! Catch a wake-up - everybody does it. Do you think the players at the other unions play for free?

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-08-07 22:28

      gits, jy's reg @villet- meer as di helfde van daai vaak weepee spannetjie, het ni uitgebroei onder daai platberg ni?? hoe weet mens?? Jy roep net 'n bevel uit voor di span- "SMILE" en almal voor di TV's lag hul g@te af??

  • Smurwe - 2013-08-07 15:27

    Does sound like sending "kalfies@ to the Slaughter house. Veal, not Steaks

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-08-07 22:29

      nee, ek dink di filmpie se naam is "gone with the wind"??

  • Pieter Theron - 2013-08-07 15:46

    "if ever there was a time to justify the structures and depth at the union, this it is,” ????? don't you mean checkbook? at least half this team came from other teams stuctures and depth, and are only playing for the bulls because they can pay more. If he said to justify the cost of bringing the players to the bulls I would say he has a point - but to take credit for developing the palyers is a bit much.

      Jacques Van Der Merwe - 2013-08-07 19:19

      It's called the PROFESSIONAL ERA, plank! It's been around for almost 20 YEARS!!! Catch a wake-up - everybody does it. Do you think the players at the other unions play for free?

  • mack.myburgh - 2013-08-07 16:14

    julle gaan op julle moer kry

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-08-07 20:38

      Wie is julle?

  • Honourable Doctyson - 2013-08-07 16:50

    Bulls se 7de span. Love dit dat hulle die WP so minag.

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-08-07 20:38

      Al die ander is in die bok span doc

  • Jacobus Wynand Rautenbach - 2013-08-07 17:23

    wp met 50 plussssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-08-07 20:38

      Pussssssssssssss

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-08-07 22:31

      80+ ???????? nee dit gaan 'n grote wees, ne'@jacobus

  • Bloues - 2013-08-07 18:34

    Nogal interessant. Sê nou maar die WP was die span met die jong spelers en die Bulle was die verdegende kampioene. Hierdie artikel sou vol Bloubul ondersteunders, soos ekself, gewees het wat comments gelos het oor presies hoe ver WP gaan verloor. Terselfdertyd sou die ander mense vir ons vertel het hoe arrogant ons en watse stront. Nou lyk dit anders en die plek is vol arrogante WP ondersteuners met comments van 50-0 en so aan. Maar hierdie einste mense beskuldig nogsteeds die Bulle dat hulle arrogant is. Julle weet nie wat hierdie Bul span kan doen nie. Ek ook nie, maar 'n verloor op Nuweland gaan 'n groot slag vir WP wees. Baie erger as wat dit vir die Bulle gaan wees, so sterkte.

      Bootman Stormerboy - 2013-08-07 18:54

      Good comment Bloues. I agree with you fully. WP would do well to not under estimate this inexperienced Bulls side. We have seen in the past what over confidence can do. This is not a swipe at you, but we all saw what happened to the Bulls in the SR semi when they were preparing for the final.

      Bloues - 2013-08-07 19:43

      Jip. Currie Cup semi 2004.Bok laden WP vs unknown Cheetahs side at Newlands. Guess who went to the final. Currie Cup final 2005, Bok laden Bulls vs same Cheetahs side. Guess who won.

  • Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-08-07 20:41

    Kerels, ek se dit weer, die blou bulle kan baie talent in die span he, met n aap soos pine pievreter Pienaar boer die span net agteruit, wat de hel soek die aap daar, twee seisoene kon hy vokol regkry nie! O well, te minste gaan AC nie die afrigter hout lepel die seisoen kry nie

      Blou Bloed - 2013-08-07 22:17

      Ek stem Brutus. Hoekom het die stormers, cheetahs, sharks en lions elke jaar dieseflde afrigter vir SR en CC, maar nie die Bulls nie? Eers was dit Heyneke Meyer en Frans Ludeke, nou is dit Frans Ludeke en Pine Pienaar. Raak ons SR afrigters te smart om CC af te rig?

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-08-07 21:27

    Bulls...sorry ne !! Bhawwahhaaa !!

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