FS don't fear Bulls jumpers

2011-07-20 22:04

Hendrik Cronjé

Bloemfontein - Free State are preparing as if the Blue Bulls' lineout play will still be of "A-team" standard in the absence of a number of Springbok stars.

Big names like Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Flip van der Merwe, Danie Rossouw and Pierre Spies may not appear in the Bulls' 22-man squad, but their understudies are viewed as lineout jumpers of similar standard.

Bulls No 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, flank Dewald Potgieter and locks Juandré Kruger and Fudge Mabeta, are all lineout forwards that won't let down a Super Rugby side.

Experience therefore counted for a lot when Free State coach Naka Drotské decided on his hooker for Saturday's Currie Cup match at Lotus Versfeld.

PW van Vuuren, who already made his Currie Cup debut for Free State in 2008, has been picked at hooker ahead of Baby Bok Michael van Vuuren.

PW represented the South African Schools team in 2006, then wore the No 2 jersey of the national under-19 team a year later and in 2008 represented the Baby Boks in Wales.

PW grabbed his Currie Cup chance against Griquas last year and often shone for the Griffons as a loan player, after which a neck operation sidelined him for five months.

He is looking hungry and motivated to grab his opportunity in the absence of Adriaan Strauss.

"We certainly won't underestimate the Bulls in the lineouts, but they also don't intimidate us," said PW.

"They are all players who we have played alongside or against earlier in our careers ... so they certainly won't intimidate us. I think it helps us that Victor and the other Boks aren't playing."

Saturday's duel with experienced Bok Gary Botha will be the biggest test of PW's career.

Botha likes to physically impose himself on opponents and won't show his younger adversary any mercy. However, if PW stands his ground physically, can find his jumpers with this throws in the lineouts and performs well in the loose, it may cause the Blue Bulls serious headaches.

"I'm not a player who focuses on my opponent. I prefer to focus on what I need to do and what's in the best interests of the team. I have waited a long time for this opportunity - about five years. I'm very excited about my inclusion in the starting line-up."

Free State also have to manage without leading lineout forwards Wilhelm Steenkamp (lock) and Juan Smith (flank).

However, locks Francois Uys and Waltie Vermeulen, as well as flank Lappies Labuschagné, offer them enough options in that department.


Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Dustin Jinka, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Derick Kuün, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Fudge Mabeta, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Corné Fourie

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Okkie Kruger, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Francois Venter

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan 'True Blue' Smit, 13 Corné Uys, 12 Andries Strauss (capt), 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Lappies Labuschagné, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 PW van Vuuren, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Substitutes: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Philip Burger.


  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-20 22:52

    You don't have to fear them … they're more cow jumpers than bull jumpers! However, the cow should stand very still or they'll miss the jump by a mile!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-07-21 08:44

      ...BULLS = SUPER CHAMPS X3..!! .........most successful team in the country..!!! .....are you pooofters jealous..??

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-21 09:05

      Cheetahs by 20+ Go Cheetahs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sarge - 2011-07-21 10:39

      Get over it JohnnyBB, the past is the past. Bulls are going nowhere slowly.

      Paul - 2011-07-21 12:32

      Dear subscriber Blue Bulls games will no longer be shown on Supersport channels, as Supersport is the Channel of Champions. Blue Bulls games will be moved to the History Channel.

  • Punani - 2011-07-20 23:43

    Time for the Cheetahs to give the Bulls a proper hiding like the Sharks did last weekend. Would be wonderful if the Bulls missed the Super Rugby play offs as well as the Currie Cup playoffs. Also to be perfectly honest, there are very few bulls worthy of putting on the Green and Gold in this World Cup. Their time of reckoning has arrived.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 07:45

      Fark but you know the backside of you rugby,Stil the most succesfull SA team ever,no contest

      JohnnyBB - 2011-07-21 08:41

      ......BULLS = SUPER CHAMPS X3...!!!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-21 09:08

      Punani do you know what "punani" means? Fitting name for you though lol

      PunkBuster - 2011-07-21 09:59

      Go BULLS... Ruin punani's weekend :)

      Marius Swart - 2011-07-22 08:41

      @Punani.Dankie dat jy die bulle afskryf.Jy weet wat gebeur as jy spanne afskryf in sport.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 07:09

    I sense a big surprize coming.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 07:30

      Big Time,and Naka fears Ollie,

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 07:48

      Ek sal like om te sien hoe Ollie hom kats.

      Danny - 2011-07-21 08:00

      Ja floues gaan weer hul gat sien......

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 08:01

      Danny dis seker wat jou boyfriend vanaand gaan se as hy jou vertroetel

      Danny - 2011-07-21 08:05

      My boyfriend is jou Ma

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 08:10

      Danny,so jy date dooies?,sit net die bene terug as jy klaar is

      docraven - 2011-07-21 08:30

      loving all this So called Bulls Lingo this morning...Very Classy.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 08:34

      Hi doc how was your evening at second beach?

      docraven - 2011-07-21 08:40

      Actually went for a Surf.Thats when you stand on a long board like thing and ride a thing called a wave.How was your evening on your Shack in Brakpan?

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 08:42

      AGENT, en dis sy verantwoordelikheid om al 206 bene weer te rangskik waar hulle hoort.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 08:45

      Sis man ,i dont want to know what you call your ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,codenames,,,,,,,,,,,,I had a problem with my tv i made an illegal connection at a traffic light and my tv went on and off the whole time.My shack was warm with your mom visiting and all ,no complaints

      JohnnyBB - 2011-07-21 08:46

      ....BULLS = SUPER CHAMPS X3...!!!

      Peter Britz - 2011-07-21 10:07

      Ollie? The same Ollie that played alongside Naka? Nah you can't be serious, that's like expecting Meisiekind to punch Bakkies. Come on guys, be nice to Ollie, he has a big mouth, but he isn't a hard man like Naka! Naka is the man, we all know that, Ollie shoots from the hip, but mostly it's hot air!!

  • Zip23 - 2011-07-21 07:13

    All the rugby retards will have lots to say up until the Bulls start beating everyone, same old same old. Some extremely talented young players in the Bulls line-up, cream of the crop. The franchise all young players aspire to play for one day. Twads.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 07:49

      It's just a (very short) matter of time.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-07-21 08:48

      ...Bulls are the leading team in the country for the past 10 years... .....the others follow slowly... ........Province = 10 year losers.....

      Bricktop - 2011-07-21 21:49

      Yes JohnnyBB and the WP did it for the last 100 years before that.

  • Paul - 2011-07-21 07:21

    nobody fear the bulls

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 07:30

      Nobody fears you either

      JohnnyBB - 2011-07-21 08:40

      ....and nobody fear the Province pooooofters....

      docraven - 2011-07-21 08:41

      Agent, and everyone thinks you are a clown.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-07-21 08:51

      .....docraven supports a 10 year losing team... ...........he he he he he...!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 10:10

      ........and counting.

  • JD - 2011-07-21 07:41


      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 07:43

      Hakkel Vrystaat

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 07:49

      Waar bly jy JD? Daar is mos nie internet in die Vrystaat nie.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 07:57

      JD lyk jy rerig so of is dit n comic foto?

      docraven - 2011-07-21 08:42

      Agent why dont you put your photo up, nothing better than starting the day off with a good laugh

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-21 08:00

    Besides the fact that the Bulls are playing OFS this weekend at home vs Sharks last weekend in Durban - can someone please explain to me how the comments on this blog are any different from last week, .allI read is the usual trash talk from the usual people. How about some insight ito player selection, performance and strategy, what the coaching staff are doing differently, anything constructive - please!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 08:03

      Rob i agree,lets request News24 to get rid of these idiots

      Zip23 - 2011-07-21 08:10

      Wont it then leave us with only Bulls supporters commenting here?

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-21 08:18

      Then at least we will have constructive comments

      The_Fox - 2011-07-21 09:27

      Rob, I am one of the guilty parties and apologise for my childish behaviour.

      Jenny - 2011-07-21 09:37

      Its all the WP and Bull supporters, you dont see it from the Sharks, Lions and Cheetahs.. Its just how it is, they are like the goverment leaching squaters of the country, got everything to complain about but know nothing themselves

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 10:11

      Jenny, terug kombuis toe waar jy hoort asb.

      Jenny - 2011-07-21 14:22

      Did i hit a nerve there Bulldozer?

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-21 22:17

      You're wrong, Rob, I did not post any trash comment last week. I do not see your superior insight from the above comment. Why should we be responsible for educating you when it is so much more gratifying to infuriate the Blue Bulls supporters?

  • Kaapie - 2011-07-21 09:29

    Whats with FS.. Fisrt the Strauss cousins and now the Van Vuurens..! And i the backline the Ebersohns

      Shistirrer - 2011-07-21 10:06


  • Jenny - 2011-07-21 09:31

    Cheetahs but 120

  • Chillipop - 2011-07-21 11:00

    I have read these comments and have come up with the following: 1. All Bulls supporters always talk about the amount of victories that they have had over the years, and 2. They ALWAYS end up getting personal.... How about some intelligent convo for a change?

      jk - 2011-07-21 12:18

      i totally agree chilli... at last someone with brains...

      hardiblu - 2011-07-21 12:28

      1. You not exactly going to talk about the amount of failures are you?, unless that is all you have to show for 10 years of trying... 2. You may find that half the time they are provoked into a confrontation by the usual suspects who insist on making negative comments and absurd predictions on every thread related to the Bulls.

      Chillipop - 2011-07-21 12:42

      @hardiblu...dude, if you cant handle the CHOSE to be Bulls supporters...and that, by the way, is NOT an intelligent conversation...I rest my case!

      jk - 2011-07-21 12:56

      hardiblu- go back and to various articles, and you will see it doesnt take anything for dozer & raven to swing useless comments...

  • Oukoos - 2011-07-21 11:14

    Die Blue Bulls is ten minste konstant. 7de in die Super reeks 7de op die Curriebeker log

      jk - 2011-07-21 12:19

      lol-konstant k-k

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-21 13:36

      jk konstant k-k is wat jy n span noem wat 10 jaar laas n beker gewen het.

      jk - 2011-07-21 13:57

      raven- n mens sit vir jou n stukkie kaas voor n val, en wat doen jy?, raven gaan vir die kaas!lol!!, jy en dozer never seems to dissapoint

      Chillipop - 2011-07-21 14:01

      wow THAT'S a clever statement......................NOT! Maybe you should first email your comments directly to JK before posting them so that he can check it for you...that way you wont look like a three year old bonehead all the time!

      jk - 2011-07-21 14:07


      BlueRaven - 2011-07-21 14:09

      jk bly ek kon jou daggie maak ou seun, steeds waar woorde of nie? Chilli looks like you are about to pop

      jk - 2011-07-21 14:33

      raven, jyt verseker nie daardie ene self uitgedink nie..., dis seker ook ma goed so dat jy nie n foto op het nie anders vreet dit al jou gigs op.. of wat?

      Chillipop - 2011-07-21 14:44

      @ BlueRaven - Is that honestly the BEST you have got? poor child....What's wrong...cant take a bit of your own medicine my dear? hahaha..........IT'S have just proved what I have been saying all along........PURE BONEHEAD...but it's okay, I understand...not everyone can be as perfect as me...but shot for trying though...LOL

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-21 14:51

      jk nie almal van ons het n spanpoging nodig voor ons kommentaar lewer nie, hou jy van my chirp? Mooi man, now go run along and go do your homework.

      Chillipop - 2011-07-21 15:04

      Cute...still weak and a bonehead though...but cute! Round of applause goes to YOU! And, I dont have to do my homework to know how weak you prove that over and over... So, here's to a Sharks victory tomorrow night and a WP victory at the same one gives a damn about the Bulls actually...we just dig revving you up...and it works everytime! You are a ROCKSTAR DUDE!

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-21 16:27

      Chilly I see you popped and turned into two! WOW amazing!!! Are the two now sharing your massive brain? Ps the homework remark was for jk... try to keep up?

  • Chillipop - 2011-07-21 14:51

    @ JK...dont worry about boneheads like that...tonight while him and Bulldozer are having some pillow talk they will discuss this whole conversation and then try and come up with other things to say tomorrow that doesn't make them look that ridiculous! Thank goodness I have more interesting things to talk about at night...

      jk - 2011-07-21 15:18

      let me give you some advice chilli- sometimes is good to ignore them. this is actually a site for rugby talk, but people lost the plot sometimes...

      TrueBlood - 2011-07-21 15:37

      Chillipoppie is jy die mammie van JK? Seems to me you like to explain everything to him and not doing a good job of it honey!!

      jk - 2011-07-21 15:42

      warebloed- terug in jou kassie asb

      Chillipop - 2011-07-21 15:43

      @ Trueblood...spoken like a TRUE Bulls fan...well done! Point proven...ONCE AGAIN!

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-21 16:33

      wow chilli what an AWESOME chirp! How long did it take you to come up with that? Did it take both brains on your profile pic or just one?

  • TrueBlood - 2011-07-21 17:27

    Chilliepoppie & JK, if you want to run with the big dogs, don't piss like a puppy!

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