Visagie fills Wepener void

2013-08-13 12:49

Pretoria - Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar made one change to his team to play Griquas in a Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday (19:10 kick-off).

Callie Visagie will start at hooker in place of Willie Wepener, with Visagie’s spot on the bench from the Western Province clash taken by Bongi Mbonambi, who will make a first appearance in the competition.

Wepener has been asked to be released from his contract to take up an immediate offer with the Golden Lions and it has been granted.

“We are very sad about losing Willie, but has decided not to stand in his way. There is a longer term option for him available at the Golden Lions and it will be wrong of us to deny him that,” Pienaar said.

“He has been a real warrior for us, so we want to wish him well in this move and thank him for his services to us.”

Commenting on the Griquas clash, Pienaar said the momentum from the 24-all Cape Town draw against Western Province will help his team in their first home match of the season.

“We did well there and you could see it in the way the guys trained this week. We are confident of playing to our potential again this weekend. No doubt Griquas will be a tough opponent. We have seen that there will be no easy matches in the Currie Cup already, so the guys know that they will have to be up for it.”

Blue Bulls captain, Jono Ross, urged for another spirited performance from his young charges.

“The trick will be to consistently deliver your best performance every weekend. We cannot expect a result if we are not on top of our game against Griquas. They will punish us if we are not switched on and at our best,” Ross said.


Blue Bulls:

15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter,11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Morné Mellett.

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcell van der Merwe, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Clayton Blommetjies


15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 PJ Vermeulen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Burger Schoeman, 7 Jonathan Adendorf, 6 Carel Greeff, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Louren Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts

Substitutes: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Nick Schonert, 18 RJ Liebenberg, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Rocco Jansen


  • Paul Botha - 2013-08-13 12:56

    Good luck to the man, really earned his wages at the bulls .

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-08-13 13:46

      Ja Webner is verseker 'n yster in hart en siel....dankie yster!!! Ek weet ander experte gaan met my verskil, maar di Bulle se nr 11, 12, 13 en 14 se verdediging en aanvallende spel is op die stadium swak, om dit ligtelik te stel?? Ek weet ook Matfield was 'n goeie senter en vleuel in sy laaste dae, maar ons kort 'n ander agterlyn afrigter... Ek dink PieterRossouw moet weer betrokke raak by di agter lyn afrigting??

      Joe Black - 2013-08-13 13:56

      Griquas a hard nut to crack.

  • Nico Pretorius - 2013-08-13 12:57

    Willie Wepener is coming back home :)

  • Aleister Crowley - 2013-08-13 13:05

    Who are these people?

      Morden Michael Mcnificent - 2013-08-13 13:58

      ....jou Baas, paashaas....

  • Nikolas Stephanou - 2013-08-13 13:47

    why arent any of the kings players being used except for Murry?the bulls could use Jacques big time

      Smurwe - 2013-08-13 14:10

      Not released from Kings contract yet

  • Bootman Stormerboy - 2013-08-13 14:11

    WTF is a "wantaway" Bulls Hooker? I thought all Bulls players were "wantaway". " Just in case we don't win anything for another ten years............I wantaway to get the f...k outa here"

      Johan Kleu - 2013-08-13 18:10

      Look whos talking about winning anything for ten tears, not ten, eleven idiot!!!

  • Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-08-13 15:09

    Alles van die beste, Willie.

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