Coach has faith in young Bulls

2011-08-16 20:04

Pretoria - The youngsters included in the Blue Bulls team, are hungry for Currie Cup rugby, said their coach Pine Pienaar on Wednesday.

Pienaar decided to give 20-year-old Louis Fouche a start at flyhalf ahead of Marnitz Boshoff while Baby Boks skipper Arno Botha, another 20-year-old, and former Tuks flanker Warwick Tecklenburg were also named in the starting XV that take on the Griquas on Friday.

Botha and Tecklenburg were included as regular starters Deon Stegmann and Dewald Potgieter are both injured.

“What we see here is young guys who will get an opportunity and I believe they will be hungry enough to put their hands up come Friday,” said Pienaar.

“Many young players at the other unions are being exposed to Currie Cup rugby and they are doing well.”

Pienaar insisted it was not a case of cheapening the Bulls jersey and that the youngsters deserved to be in this position.

“There is definitely nothing wrong with their commitment and attitude in the team and I think it is only a question of time to get the cohesion to the levels where it should be."

Fouche enjoyed a short stint during last week’s match against the Pumas - slotting a very important dropgoal.

“Louis is a flyhalf who did well in our under-21 system. He can really kick the ball far and if we look at the three flyhalves we have (Francois Brummer and Boshoff), Marnitz did well and this is a case of giving Louis an opportunity," said Pienaar.

“He is a physical player and he attacks closer to the advantage line so even though he is being thrown in at the deep-end, we are excited to see what he can do.”

With Potgieter out of action, hooker Gary Botha was named as captain while Springbok Chiliboy Ralepelle, who was released from the Springbok camp on Wednesday, is on the bench.

Botha shared his coach’s sentiments regarding the injection of youth to the side.

He said that part of his role would be to keep them stay calm on the big stage.

“When I think back to the time when I made my Currie Cup debut, there were also some older hands and it was good to see how they reacted,” said Botha.

“Guys like Tiaan Joubert, Anton Leonard, Johan Wasserman were there and people also looked at us as an inexperienced team, but the only place to gain experience is in the actual matches.”

Botha said he was looking forward to the added responsibility.

“It is a great opportunity for the younger players as they are the future of the country’s rugby and it is in pressure situations like this where character is formed.”


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

Subtsitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Francois Venter.




  • coolio_101 - 2011-08-16 20:44


      Friksepappa - 2011-08-16 21:19

      Dit is die skerpste kommentaar wat ek die heel week gesien het!!! Loser!!!

      René Müller - 2011-08-16 22:19

      Well, the Bulls will not win the Currie Cup this year, but I think our supporters knew the time for a bit of suffering is now and maybe next year to a certain degree. But after that, we will be the mighty force that ruled rugby from 2000 - 2010 era!! Build, build and build some more - try new combinations and all those nice things. The Bulls supporters are 100% behind our team. @Coolio_101, talking to yourself???

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-17 08:48

      ....the Bulls Buy young talent and make them Boks... .....The Stormers/WP buy has-beens, and play with pensioners... ....thats why still NO CUPS....!! ........he he he he he...!!!

      coolio_101 - 2011-08-17 11:53

      Blue Bulls owned by king Julius Malema...

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-08-16 21:04

    Lets just say the coach has to have faith.

  • jontheb - 2011-08-17 05:31

    No Rallapelle - what is the coach smoking???

      René Müller - 2011-08-17 07:09

      @jontheb, Chili will replace Willie Wepener after he was released from the Bpk camp. Chili's on the bench!

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 06:11

    This is where legends are born.

      gooinat - 2011-08-17 06:39

      Where,in the Cape and then poached by the Bulls!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 06:59

      More gooinat, lekker gedoedoe? In die Kaap word hulle average gebore, dan word hulle supersterre in Pretoria.

      jk - 2011-08-17 08:13

      gooinat- hulle skool sesteem is te vrotsig om hulle eie manne te hou en te ontwikkel, ek sie swaar jare voor vir bulle unie...

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 08:16

      Al wat julle het is vals hoop.

      jk - 2011-08-17 08:25

      dozer-dis beter as geen hoop...

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-17 08:51

      ....the Bulls buy young talent and make them Boks... .....The Stormers/WP buy has-beens, and play with pensioners... ....thats why still NO CUPS....!! ........he he he he he...!!!

      jk - 2011-08-17 09:05

      johnnybb= no knowledge

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 09:11

      Jk = no personality

      jk - 2011-08-17 09:18

      dozer- dis nie wat sy gisteraand gese het nie...

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 09:46

      Wie? Jou sussie?

      jk - 2011-08-17 10:03

      geen sussies, sorry dozer maar kan jou nie help nie...probeer kok of maori se sussies...

  • jk - 2011-08-17 08:12

    thats all that they got left, is a bit of faith...LOL

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 08:52

      jk change your pants, I think you had a little accident

      jk - 2011-08-17 09:06

      raven- not wearing any at this stage...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 09:14

      Out of diapers?

      jk - 2011-08-17 09:20

      raven- i got no words left for a brainless comment like that,,

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 09:25

      Finally got you to shut up. Hallelujah

      jk - 2011-08-17 09:30

      raven- say again??PROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 09:39

      Tyd vir n nuwe keyboard jk :)

      BlueSilver - 2011-08-17 09:46

      Raven, jk se woordeskat strek nie verder as daai 2 letters van die alfabet nie - w en p! Shame!

      jk - 2011-08-17 09:47

      die keyboard by nuweland gekoop, weet nie waarom dit my altyd so baie oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo's gee nie???...

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 09:47

      Raven, dis nie sy keybooard nie, dis sy domgeit.

      Marius Swart - 2011-08-17 10:03

      @BlueRaven.Jy het my dag gemaak met daai tjirp.Well done.jk gaan lees asb stories oor jou geliefde WP span en los die Bulle uit.

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 10:03

      Silver hoe lekker giggel ek nou! Dozer jy is reg, my bad shame die arme ou :)

      jk - 2011-08-17 10:15

      blinde hoenders pik ook partykeer n mieliepit raak...

      jk - 2011-08-17 10:19

      marius- shame man, as so iets jou dag maak het jy maar n saai lewe...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 10:29

      Ja jk o's of 0'e? Daar is nie pille vir domgeid nie.

      jk - 2011-08-17 10:36

      ek tik dit nie, dis n nuwe apple voice typest, ek praat en hy tik... ma hy raak nog bietjie deurmekaar... is jy en jou common vriende nog op die tik skaal...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 10:43

      Die enigste ding wat deurmekaar is jk is jy.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 10:46

      Nou weet ons jk het n spraak probleem.

      jk - 2011-08-17 11:00

      niks fout om n spraak probleem te he nie

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 11:16

      Ja jk as dit maar net jou enigste probleem was.

      jk - 2011-08-17 11:23

      raven- hulle noem dit pms omdat mad cow disease klaar gevat is...

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 11:41

      Jk, ek stem saam, dis nie n skande om n spraakprobleem te hê nie. Dis wel n probleem as jy een van daai fêncy Apple goeters het.

      jk - 2011-08-17 11:50

      dozer-dis fantasties wat apple kan doen, kan nie onthou wanneer laas ek n koppie koffie vir myself gemaak het nie...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-17 11:51

      jk your estrogen levels a little low you say?

      jk - 2011-08-17 11:57

      raven-say no more...

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-17 12:10

      An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

      jk - 2011-08-17 12:23

      or in the bulls case- a shag a year...

  • Chronoman - 2011-08-17 10:00

    It became apparent in 2010 already that Bulls Rugby invested in the wrong players and may be thin on coaching expertise. None of the current crop of young Bulls players are going to make it big time. Wake up Bulls management.

  • Vaunski - 2011-08-17 10:29

    Misplaced faith

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