Botha: Currie Cup still strong

2011-07-20 19:09

Pretoria - Blue Bulls skipper Gary Botha said their first round loss to the Sharks proved the Currie Cup would not be a watered down competition with many of the Springbok players on international duty.

"It was a lapse in concentration as the structures are in place and at the end of the day it is all about executing," Botha said of their poor start.

"We saw in the first round what happens if you lose that concentration for a few seconds and quality teams would penalise you for that."

The Bulls struggled somewhat in the set phases against the Sharks but Pienaar said it was something they would address during the week.

"I felt that our struggles at the set phases were down to timing issues and it is something we need to fix," said Pienaar.

"It will improve as we spend more time together and I think it will be better by this weekend."

Pienaar said despite the bad start to their campaign, it was in their own hands to change their fortunes.

"It is our first home game (against the Cheetahs) and it is important to us as a side to we do well this coming weekend," he said.

Pienaar made no changes to his starting XV for their home game against the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday.


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:



  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 19:18

    No worries Gary. Us supporters know exactly what you lot are capable of.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-21 09:12

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

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-07-20 19:19

    Um Gary Botha boet we know you are going to le france can you throw straight in the line outs please you making juandre kruger look bad!

  • Allin - 2011-07-20 19:36

    What a poorly written piece - clear why the "writer" doesn't put his name to it!

      BardofAvon - 2011-07-20 19:47

      I didn't find it too bad, Allin - It was really just a report. At least it didn't have the interminable adjectives that poor Rob Houwing can't seem to help himself from including.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-07-20 19:37

    Gary, ek vra nou mooi... gooi asseblief reguit Saterdag! Ek gaan jou dophou.

  • mike - 2011-07-20 22:08

    Going to take a few games to get the guys to gel, but looking forward to a fun CC if not the best possible due to missing players, it should still supply plenty of entertainment. Good luck for the weekend the Cheetahs had a nice easy run to get the rust out and will be looking to get some revenge come saturday. A little concerned about 8, 9 and 10, just not working well as a unit. Jinka's distribution is slow due to the 3 step pass crap he has but also not conviced about the other 2 yet. Rest of the team will come right although we could use a specialist 4.

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-20 22:47

    Don't worry, Mr Botha, you only have to worry about number 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14 and 15. The rest of your team's concentration and timing are excellent. Number 1 to 15 should, however, not wait too long before getting their timing and concentration right or the Currie Cup season will be gone and … still no cup this season!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 07:11

      Still, no cup for 10 years.

      The_Fox - 2011-07-21 09:10

      Captain Colon se ingooie is amper so sleg soos Deon Fourie s'n.

  • Bandleader - 2011-07-20 23:25

    Gary Botha being quoted? Really??? So the dude thinks the Currie Cup is all that. In a World Cup year, I'm afraid that the Currie Cup takes a back seat. And so does Gary Botha, who leaves for Europe soon - their loss is our gain.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-21 07:14

      There's loads of us (Blue Bulls, Cheetahs & Sharks supporters) who think the Currie cup is all that in a world cup year. Our teams acually win the thing every now and then.

  • Skarel - 2011-07-21 07:23

    One of the best dumbfak facial expressions I've seen in a while. So Gary, when are you giving birth to that keg in your belly ol' pal? No recovery for the Bulls sometime soon you idiot, nice try though.....maybe you can convince your mother.

      The_Fox - 2011-07-21 09:12

      Captain Colon really does look like that guy from "More is nog 'n dag"

      jk - 2011-07-21 11:21


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