Consistency key for Bulls

2011-08-31 17:12

Pretoria - With the start of the business end of the season, Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar said his team will look to find consistency in the second round of the Currie Cup as they prepare to meet the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

With their quest now on securing a semi-final spot, the Bulls want to find fluidity in their play and a vast improvement on their position of sixth on the log.

They come off a scrappy 28-20 win over Platinum Leopards last Friday where they also failed to get a bonus point having scored three tries.

"It's gonna be tough this week but we are looking forward to the challenge ahead," said Pienaar.

"The focus will be more on what we want to do, we made too many mistakes last week and this week we focused on correcting them and think it will be different on Saturday.

"We didn't hang on to the ball against the Leopards and conceded a few penalties - we can be better."

Though the Bulls will not be expecting to have it easy against the third-placed Sharks who are coming off a 28-19 defeat to the Lions at Ellis Park last weekend.

The Sharks dominated the Bulls when they met in the first round, beating them 35-16 at King's Park Stadium in Durban.

Pienaar is expecting his wily opposite number John Plumtree to employ a more physical game similar to their last meeting in July.

"They gave us a hiding the last time, and beat us in the Super 15 at Loftus as well but I think we are an improved outfit since we last played them," Pienaar said.

"We know that we can't give them turnover ball or a bit of loose play with the players they have, and I think (flyhalf Frederick) Michalak is going to be a threat and cannot catch us napping like the last time.

"The Sharks will be up for a physical battle, I know 'Plum' will emphasise that, they will be a different side from the one that lost to the Lions."

From the team that beat the Leopards, Pienaar has made three changes in his starting XV with Springbok Dewald Potgieter replacing Arno Botha, who has had a good season, at flank.

Botha moves to the bench while lock Juandre Kruger comes in for Fudge Mabeta who is dropped altogether this week.

Bjorn Basson also makes a return to the team on the wing.

Both Potgieter and Kruger have recovered from injury while Pienaar has also named former SA Under-19 player Francois Brummer as a substitute with Marnitz Boshoff and Jono Ross missing out in match squad selection.

"Juandre is coming back from injury and played well in the last games before he was out especially against Griquas, and Dewald has recovered too," said Pienaar.

"Marnitz has played well, there isn't anything wrong but I thought I'd give Francois a chance to be in the first 22."


Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Zane Kirchner, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouch, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Francois Venter



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  • waratawu - 2011-08-31 17:23

    Pine looks alot like Poena Pieterse

      Neilson - 2011-08-31 21:42

      With the Bulls 6th on the log, he seems a little bit dumber than Poena.

  • Fasie - 2011-08-31 17:33

    Bulls will take the CC once again. For the how many've time in history

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-31 17:53

      I've lost count....................quite a while back.

      Fasie - 2011-08-31 17:58

      @Bulldozer Talking about Province?

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-31 18:01


      GraemeBB - 2011-08-31 18:19

      Gee Fasie, you sound like Poena Pieterse.

      Fasie - 2011-08-31 18:50


      jk - 2011-09-01 08:24

      fasie- get a life boetie... you havnt won it the most times...get real brother!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-01 10:02

      jk you are the one in dire need of a life... good luck with that

  • Fransios - 2011-08-31 17:43

    It is my believe that all South-African coaches have honorary diploma in Stating the Obvious. I would think it is common sense that you should be consistent and I don't mean consistently poor. I truly hope that this game will be an improvement over the school boy rugby the bulls have been playing so far the season.

      Paul - 2011-08-31 18:32

      Have you been watching any rugby? Bulls have been experimenting and playing a lot more of an expansive style for the last 5 games.

  • Christiaan - 2011-08-31 20:29

    The Bulls are starting to make their way back. Many games have been close so far in the tournament. Young team, good prospects. The question is similar to the RWC >> Who is the hungriest for victory?

  • gmain - 2011-08-31 22:33

    Go Sharks.....

  • Chris in Oz - 2011-08-31 23:10

    Let's take the analogy of playing darts. If you aim for the bull (no pun intended), but misses the darboard every single time, that's also consistent. The Bulls are already consistent. Consistently poor.(O yes, I'm expecting all the Bulls fans to have nothing to say except, "how many cups in how many years" - that's all they have at the moment)

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-01 06:06

      It's not "how many cups in how many years". It's ''No cups for 10 years (1 decade)''.

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-01 06:36

      Yes Oupa Dozer. You hold on to that. It's the only thing you have. And when you finished looking at the past decade, look at where the poeftertjies from Moftus are on the log. BOTTOM!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-01 06:56

      The Bulls are currently in 6th position. If it was next year, then they would've been last. At the moment they are 3rd from the bottom. You are making a fool of yourself. Please quit while you're ahead.

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-01 07:02

      O sorry, yes. You are right. My apologies. The Flou Nulle are just ahead of the Leopards and Pumas. You must be so proud of that achievement!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-01 07:39

      Like I said, please quit while you still have an ounce of selfrespect left.

      TheWizard - 2011-09-01 07:44

      Morning Chris in Oz...Had your morning sheep yet???

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-01 07:50

      @Oupa Dozer. Why should I quit? Do you have trouble finding any decent counter-arguments?

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-01 08:05

      Chris, how does it feel to be the offspring of a failed cloning experiment? By the way, how is your mom Dolly doing?

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-01 08:31

      @Oupa Bulldozer. Still no counter argument. You had to attempt insults just to say something. Shame. You totally lost this argument.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-01 08:47

      O.k let me entertain you for what it's worth (not much). They've been struggling up to now, only beating the smaller teams. I'm hoping they can pull it together and start playing like they can. I'm positive they can still make the semi's. Happy?

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-09-01 09:49

      Chris,,,baaaaad sheep.Poeftertjies you say,,,,,it must feel quite bad if the so called poeftertjies won you in a Super final,now think,,,,,focus and tell me what would a team be that lost against poefters? as you call the Champion team

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-01 09:56

      Chris jy is n drol.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-01 09:58

      Raven & Agent, don't bother. Die ou het die verbeelding van n weeskind.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-09-01 10:04

      Raven moenie n drol so beledig nie hoe moet jk nou voel?

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-01 10:04

      Bulldozer GEEN weeshuis sal hom wil he nie, dink hy is groot gemaak deur skape.

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-01 15:31

      WP/Stormers is our best franchise, hands down. I mean which other team could go cupless in the Vodacom, CurrieCup and SuperCup for a decade???? Man, what an achievement!

      Whoosa - 2011-09-01 16:52

      Chris, you are so lost mate. Yes the bulls are at a rebuilding phase and yes we are struggling at the moment.And yes we are most likely not going to make the play-offs etc. BUT you sheepsteeking herpies infested rusty cl!tring, what about your showpony team???? Which you okes have been raving since last season? Underperforming, still being bullied upfront? Dont now waht you are going on about cause you are by a far cry the 4th best team in the cc at the moment, 4th you d00s!!!! 4th, not 1st like you lot have been going on about, 4th! The bulls will by all means probaply end 5th, 1 place behind you. Grow up and get a life, now run along and go finish downloading male on male porn. go faaak yourself

      Carl Muller - 2011-09-02 16:45

      Is that all you can say!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-09-02 00:06

    'Consistency' may mean just that: playing the same consistent bad rugby they have been playing all year long. Perhaps the coach should try for an improvement in their play?

      pappavyf - 2011-09-02 12:07

      They have been losing consistantly!!!

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