Loftus farewell for Botha

2011-10-11 13:02

Pretoria - Blue Bulls captain Gary Botha will hope to bid his farewell at Loftus Versfeld with a convincing win over the Leopards in their Currie Cup match on Friday.

The team still have a mathematical chance of advancing to the playoffs, provided they win with a bonus point.

Their fate, however, is not completely in their hands as the result between Western Province and the Pumas would decide whether they move into the top four on the log.

Botha and Bulls team-mate Guthro Steenkamp will both be joining French club Toulouse for next season.

"There will always be emotions if you know it is your last game. I am looking forward to it, but I think the pressure will be more knowing it's my last match," said Botha.

"One never knows what happens in the future, so hopefully I can swing back some other time."

Bulls coach Pine Pienaar said they were bitterly disappointed with their loss to Griquas over the weekend, which narrowed their chances of reaching the semi-finals.

"This coming weekend against Leopards we have to focus on ourselves; we are not in control with what happens with the Province and Puma game. It was the same principle we had against Griquas," said Pienaar.

"We can only blame ourselves for the past weekend against Griquas. We did not do well, and conceded too many turnovers. That is the position we put ourselves in and again we have to focus on this weekend, our last game at home."

Botha said they would not see it as a failure if the Pretoria side did not make it into the next phase of the competition.

"You only learn through trial and error and I’ll rather say we’ll see what the experience is and what we have picked out of it," said Botha.

"As a Bulls player and the strong culture that we have here, it is a personal thing. We will always like to be in a semi-final and a final because we like to see ourselves as an institute that is successful."

The Bulls provisionally announced the return of Springbok fullback Zane Kirchner to their ranks for Friday's clash. Kirchner was the only returning Springbok available for selection.

His inclusion, however, was not set in stone as the Bulls could not get hold of Kirchner who was not yet back from New Zealand.

If he is not available for Friday's match, Jurgen Visser, who is returning from injury, will slot in at fullback.

Gerhard van den Heever, who covered in the last line against Griquas moves to the bench.


Blue Bulls: 

15 Jurgen Visser/Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Jurgen Visser / Gerhard van den Heever


15 Hofmann Maritz, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Charl Weideman, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht (captain), 11 Wynand Willis, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Johann Laker, 8 Robert Kruger, 7 MB Lusaseni, 6 Philip de Wet, 5 Brendon Snyman, 4 Brad Mockford, 3 Dewald Coetzee, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 Jean-Jacques Rossouw

Substitutes: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Bush Mxunyelwa, 18 Brend Botha, 19 Spanner Pretorius, 20 George Tossel, 21 Clayton Durand, 22 Jovan Bowles


  • gooinat - 2011-10-11 13:10

    Did Kirchner pull a Graeme Smith and first go on holiday before returning:):):)

      hansbull - 2011-10-11 13:16

      He was allready on holiday!!!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-11 15:00

      Leopards by 20+!!!!!! Go Leopards it's your last chance to BEAT and to GRIND the HELL out of those Blue POOFTERS!!!!! WP groete!!!!!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-11 16:16

      Kyk, Zane Kirchner se TOIING kop- hy lyk so dom soos 'n VLAK HAAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Gazza69 - 2011-10-11 16:54

      I hope we get our Boks back into the WP team. That Paarl Gymnasium XV wearing the blue hoops is battling with all the injuries....!!! Proooovince!

  • Twoplusthree - 2011-10-11 13:24

    What diffs? It's over, cried myself to sleep on Saturday. Bulls forever!

      wpjoulekkading - 2011-10-11 13:51

      Cry baby, whahahaha. You'r right it's over, for a long ,long time.

      René Müller - 2011-10-11 13:56

      @Twoplusthree, me too and Sunday!!! BULLE AND BOKKE FOREVER! @WP, jou trane kom nog!!!

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  • wpjoulekkading - 2011-10-11 14:13

    Q. You're trapped in a room with a tiger, a rattlesnake and a, Blue Bul rugby fan. You have a gun with two bullets. What do you do? A. Shoot the Bull fan - twice.

      duke - 2011-10-11 14:39

      Save one for yourself, WeeProbeer will still win nothing, for a long, long time...

      Koos - 2011-10-11 14:40

      Angesien die Blou Bul die gevaarlikste is van die 3, stem ek saam dat hy eerste geskiet moet word, en omdat die Bulle so taai is, en die wepe so swak skiet gaan die Bul gekwes word en daar is niks so gevaarlik soos n gekwesde bul nie. Jy gaan egter op jou mo#r kry voor jy die 2de skoot aftrek

      Kwagga - 2011-10-11 15:13

      Ja Ja Wie se eiers hang om sy bakkie se tow-bar nou weer? Groot bek in die forums en mak by die huis waar mamma jou in jou plek hou ne?

  • Marc Flowers - 2011-10-11 14:54

    Kirchner sayes it was Gods will that he went to the world cup. He did go for a holiday not even to warm the bench. Bulls loose to Griquas on Saturday - me thinks they would have won with Kirchner in the team. So it must be Gods will that the Bulls dont make the Currie Cup semis.? And I though God had better things to do - how silly of me.

  • SoftServe - 2011-10-11 15:03

    I wonder who will be the Bulls captain next year. You guys have lost 3 captains in 1 year - Botha; Matfield and Kuun.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-11 15:17

      What about Fudge Mabeta??? lmga!!!!!!!!!!!

      Twoplusthree - 2011-10-11 16:35


  • Kwagga - 2011-10-11 15:07

    YAAAAAAWN Did he not have a "Fare Well" last time he left for Europe? How long before he is back for "Another One"???

  • Oukoos - 2011-10-11 20:38

    Another legend from the Bulls retiring, the best franchise in world rugby as we all know and agree on. And for this weekend: GO PUMAS GO GO GO!!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-12 08:53

      Go Leopards GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO LEOPARDS GO GO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-10-12 07:05

    Gary - Best of luck forward and before you go I hope we will have a chance to at least have another braai and a nice talk at Quimbini in December - hope to see you there mate !!!!

      Cliff - 2011-10-12 15:29

      @northern stormer Bwa Bwa Bwa Bwahahahahahahah Is jy nou kamstig hand op die blaas met Gary??????? Hel jy's pateties snaaks

  • StefJo - 2011-10-12 13:21

    Gary's last season at the Bulls just showed what an arrogant little pig he is, he displayed on national TV how bad his sportsmanship is, and this coming from the 'captain'! Bad rugby player, and even worse person...! Bulls season ending next week will be a perfect and deserved farewell to the highly overrated hooker! His mom was probably a hooker aswell...

      Gielie44 - 2011-10-12 14:55

      Eina daai is nie n lekker een nie !!!

      Cliff - 2011-10-12 15:31

      @Stefjo Wees versigtig jong, NORTHERN STORMER ken vir Gary persoonlik! En northern is 'n vreeslike krag varkie en IK reus, so pasop jong

      Cliff - 2011-10-12 15:41

      @Northern Stormer Ek wil net vir almal waarsku dat julle vreeslik versigtig moet wees vir NORTHERN STORMER, hy ken vir oom Vink persoonlik

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