Bulls wary of Griquas backs

2010-10-04 22:39

JJ Harmse

Pretoria – He has played in more than 100 Super rugby games and over 50 Tests, and on Saturday Springbok Danie Rossouw will play his 99th Currie Cup match – as an eighthman.

The versatile Rossouw’s return to the Blue Bulls team for their last league game in the competition – against Griquas in Kimberley – is one of many positive things with which the Bulls can build up steam for their preparation for the important game.

Griquas have nothing to lose and all the motivation to end the season on a high in front of their home crowd, while the Blue Bulls need to get at least one bonus point in the match to ensure they are still involved when the top four sides play in the semifinal.

It is exactly their experience of knockout rugby and a focus on their own race that instils the Bulls’ calm and purposeful approach, assistant coach Johann van Graan believes.

“Our policy has always just been to focus on our own race. We’re not approaching the game any differently than any other Currie Cup match in Kimberley. It remains an away game against a very good side. The first goal will be a win and a bonus point will indeed be a bonus,” he said.

Van Graan is well aware of the home team’s danger men and the threat they pose to the Bulls’ dreams of a second title in two years.

“Sarel Pretorius, Naas Olivier, Bjorn Basson and Riaan Viljoen are all game breakers and danger men.”

However, all of them are backline players and the Bulls have found a very effective way over the past month of limiting the contribution of such ball-carriers.

That has been achieved by dominating the contest up front. And with the heavy artillery back in Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha and Rossouw, the same tactic will again be used.

“We will be hoping that the returning players do not disrupt the rhythm and that the new combinations will gel quickly,” said Van Graan.

“But we are very happy with the way things went against Western Province. We won all our scrums (5 out of 5), lineouts (9/9) and kick-offs, so we’d like to build on that. There is a lot of experience returning in the pack and we’d like to use that.”

The coach expects the heat to be a factor in Kimberley.

“The ball was only in play for 30 minutes and 36 seconds against WP, while it was in play for 42 minutes against the Lions. That is down to the heat. We are again playing at 15:00, so we expect it to have an influence.”

Rossouw is likely to make up the loose forward combination with Dewald Potgieter and Derick Kuün.

Okkie Kruger, who not only scored a try on Saturday but has also won the most turnover possession for Bulls in the Currie Cup (9 against the 8 of Kuün, Flip van der Merwe and Stefan Watermeyer) has been released to the Springboks Sevens team to participate in the Commonwealth Games in India.


  • mike - 2010-10-04 23:02

    Good to have you guys back in the mix, looking forward to some power running from Bakkies and Danie. With Dewald back we also gonna be contesting far more at the breakdowns. Looking for Wynand to conjure some magic in midfield like only he can.. Go Bulls Go...

  • Blue Bull Hater/Anti-Blue Bull - 2010-10-05 06:52

    Bobaas Bulle met 25 punte! My hart, my siel, my WP, my alles. WP groete.

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-10-05 07:28

    Griquas by 5!!

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-10-05 07:39

    Griquas to SNEAK it by 5!!!! Bo-Kaap groete...

  • Nand0z - 2010-10-05 08:01

    Awesome to have the big guns back... Will be a nice prep fo the semi's and finals... Well done to the boys that stepped in and made their mark whilst the Bulle were away... Will be good to see them again... BULLLLLLEEE...

  • GW - 2010-10-05 08:47

    Griquas are 6 points up before the match starts with that useless thug bakkies back.Oh lets not forget rossouw he will also cost the bulls at leat 3 so its 9-0 before game starts. Go Griquas.

  • Hein - Centurion - 2010-10-05 09:15

    @BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater):- Again predicting the outcome of a Bulls game, are you? I cannot recall that you were right with your predictions once this whole season, so we as Bulls supporters know that we can rely on you when we submit our scores on Superbru to pick the "winners" every time. Yet you've so horribly wrong with your mountain goat predictions, that if I were you, I would have stopped making an @rse out of myself.

  • goonie gogo - 2010-10-05 10:05

    @ BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater)..... Griquas by 5???? are you pissed or what? didnt you just read the artical? all our players are back so that means that this is the same team that WON the super 14!! dont get me wrong, Griquas is a very good team this year but im very sorry but they are gona lose on Saturday.

  • PAULUS DIE BLOU-BUL - 2010-10-05 12:01

    sal maar niks se wanneer laas het ek gehoor van artillery,wragies dit gaan een van dai taktiese uitmuntende GAMES wees wat gelewer gaan om terug tekom ek het gese die groot-bekke van W.P moet Saterdag se game bestudeer maak lyk vir my dit is leke vir hulle om so te speel met die BLOU BULLE SE HOORINGS.ek bly n trotse BLOU-BUL en was nog nooit n DRAAD SITTER.

  • jaco2 - 2010-10-05 12:24

    @BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater)bla bla bla bla bla bla bla gaan praat k@k waar jy bly nie hier nie.

  • LLoyd - 2010-10-05 12:26

    Gents dont right Griquas off. They have nothing to loose. I never make a prediction but i have a feeling GW are going to win. I am just sorry that the Naas Olivier kick against the Bulls at Loftus which he missed has cost them the semi-finals. I still respect this small union a lot and i dont think there is anyone who disagrees with me.

  • renegade - 2010-10-05 13:29

    @balsak. Wat jy reeds teen die tyd moes besef is dat die WP se aanspraak op die Currie beker iets van die verlede is.Die Bulle se 2 de span het julle vernietig en saterdag om 3 uur gaan die griekwas( en ek respekteer hul 10 000 maal meer as die WP) terug in die kimberley gat geboender word. Die Bulle se Grotes is terug. Op Die Blou!!!!!

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-10-05 13:55

    Hein - Centurion- Whatever you say , you are an a***

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-10-05 14:00

    Griquas by 5!! 1. Basson 2. Viljoen 3. Olivier 4. Pretorius and 5. Geel. These guys are soooooo handsome! WP groete en ondersteuning.

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