Bulls unchanged for Sharks trip

2012-10-17 12:15

Cape Town - Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar made no changes to his side that beat the Golden Lions last weekend for their Absa Currie Cup semi-finals clash against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 16:30.

It is the first time this season that Pienaar has been able to name the same 22 on consecutive weekends and the coach feels that this could help them carry some momentum into Saturday’s showdown.

“Nothing that happened during the normal part of the competition will matter on Saturday. This will be about 80 minutes and who executes best. It is nice to know that we have some momentum with us, following the return of our Springboks and the way they came into the team,” Pienaar said.

“We finished well last weekend and will be looking to continue with that. We will have to start well, as the Sharks have proved many times that they know how to close out games when leading on the scoreboard.”

Blue Bulls captain, Dewald Potgieter, points to the fact that at least half of the squad has won the Currie Cup in their careers.

“We know what a special effort will be needed to go all the way. We have been with our back against the walls for long spells this season, but responded every time, which is typical of the characters you find in this squad. They won’t quit and that will be the mind-set again this weekend against a team that is well respected, but not unbeatable.”




Blue Bulls:

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

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


  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-17 12:16

    Great team! Hougi should replace Ndungane ,If Vermaak is on song

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-17 12:22

      What a impact player we have in Dean "The Saint" Greyling

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-17 12:29

      Sou net vir Chillie Boy in die begin span wou sien, jammer hy dra nog n niggle

      john.comyn.18 - 2012-10-17 12:39

      Great team! What are you smoking???

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-17 12:52

      Jou ma se hare, nogal potent stuff daai!!!

      therealmakoy.makoy - 2012-10-17 13:37

      Hope Dean Greyling gets a chance early on. He`s good for at least -9 points and a yellow. Now if ever a player represented the average Bulls supporter... It`s good o`l Dean.

      lood800 - 2012-10-17 13:51

      Will the real bakkies botha please stand up?

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-17 14:00


      lood800 - 2012-10-17 14:31

      Oefen die regte bakkies botha nie nou rugby nie?o

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-17 14:52

      Ek is bakkies ek kan mixt van n payphone af, hoekom kan ek nie oefen en comment nie???

      lood800 - 2012-10-17 14:54

      jammer man, moet my asseblief nie moer nie!

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-17 15:54

      Sal nie tjom!!!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-17 17:12

      Interesting to note that it is Wednesday afternoon, and every article published on this site so far this week about the Sharks/Bulls game this weekend has been an article about the Bulls. I am not complaining...just saying that it is interesting.

  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-10-17 12:17

    ya just remember Bulls, we aren't the lions B team and we playing you at home, paasop!

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-17 12:21

      That's a fair comment Wesley. Just remember that the Lions played dangerous and daring rugby (they had nothing to lose or gain). It will definitely be a tighter affair but the Bulls will edge this one IMO...

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-17 12:28

      Slagting wag op julle!!! Go Bulls!!!!!

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-17 14:19

      Throwing the ball aimlessly into the middle of the field from behind the advertising boards is not "dangerous and daring rugby". It is a have-some-points-for-free card served up on an ant-irelegation platter. Lets face it. It served the Lions nothing for the Sharks to have an easy game against Grikwas at home. Their best chance of winning this competition lies in a home final at Cocacola Park, which requires the Bulls to beat the Sharks in the semi. Therefore it was in their best interests to let the Bulls win against them. I really wouldn't read to much into that game. Rather have a look at the "interesting" decisions which Mark Lawrence has made against the Sharks this year and consider him to be the biggest variable in the semi.

  • riaan.spamers - 2012-10-17 12:25

    Go Bulls! Go Lions! Final in JHB!!

  • bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-17 12:31

    Great span, kan nie wag nie!!! Mag n lang dag word as die game te oop raak, ons voorspelers moet net die bal beskerm en nie turnovers toelaat nie. Gaan rof en onbeskof wees, kan nie wag nie!!!

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-17 12:32

    Lekker stewige BLOUBUL span...trap hulle ouens

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-17 12:33

    Vermaak sal moet wakker wees Cobus Reinach is giftig, hierdie jongman gaan nog vir die Bokke speel. Strekte vir altwee spanne.

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-10-17 12:36

    Cant believe I am saying this but Go Bulle. PS:Only cause I want the final to be at Newlands:):):)

      jason.children - 2012-10-17 12:45

      i agree, there wont be a bigger hype especially on here if there is a WP Bulls final. But my head says the Sharks will be too strong for the Bulls. And as for WP, hope they win. Sure they will.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-10-17 12:50

      If The Bulls can contain the loosies of the Sharks then they might just take it.............Sharks are the team to beat this year.

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-10-17 12:39

    Great team??? Hougaard, Chilliboy & CJ on the bench! The fundemental problems with this side is there is no fetcher, no game breaker (Hougaard) and an out of form halfback combination. Does Pine know this is a semi final?

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-17 12:48

      I'm impressed, I've never met such a small mind inside such a big head before

      Blou-Daan - 2012-10-17 13:08

      @BlouMasjien1 Janee, ek weet nie waar kom die hoender vandaan nie? "Out of form halfback combination" nogaal ne :-)

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-17 13:29

      john lyk nie of al die varkies op hok is nie!!!

      john.comyn.18 - 2012-10-17 13:34

      Julle Bloues have no idea. You think because Morne played well against a very poor Lions side last week all of sudden he's in great form. The Bulls have 3 game breakers in Hougaard, CJ & Basson and they leave 2 of them on the bench. Maybe Pine forgot this game is being played in Durban. Who knows what the clown is thinking. I was hoping to get WP's bunnies in the final but my dreams are in tatters.

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-17 13:36

      Dis vir die tweede helfte boetman, waneer die haaitjie dink hulle het klaar gewen dan kom die manne om hulle te donnner!!!

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-17 12:40

    Regte ding dat Hougie van die bank af opkom!!! Gaan n grote wees manne!!!!!!!!! Go Bulle!!!!!!!

  • grantdean10 - 2012-10-17 12:42

    The Bulls are gonna need to give it their all for the full 80 mins!!!! Slacking off against the boys in black will mean certain failure!

  • GregGow1234 - 2012-10-17 13:13

    Fire Pine Pienaar

  • therealmakoy.makoy - 2012-10-17 13:22

    Sharks by 12 points....again no final for the Bulls. Julle gaan n rugby les kry nog groter as die een wat die WP vir julle op Nuweland gegee het.

  • upumba - 2012-10-17 13:25

    Sharks to win by at least 8

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-17 13:39

    I take it HM and Pine have different views on the role and efficiency of Hougaard and I must say I agree with Pine. Getting it right at this level shows flaws in Bok selection.

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-17 14:25

      That's a really interesting point. For those Bulls supporters asking why Plum doesn't play Lambie at flyhalf, just as pertinent is the question of why FG isn't out on the wing. Not good enough to be wing for the Bulls and not good enough to be scrumhalf for the bokke.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-17 14:40

      It does make selections seem rather confusing. To me it just shows that having utility backs or playing guys out of position hasn't really worked in SA and might even have disrupted form and even careers. We have such a long list of players as example.

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