Hattingh set for Bulls debut

2012-08-01 09:02

Cape Town - Grant Hattingh is set to make his debut for the Blue Bulls when they face the Golden Lions in a friendly clash at Wits University on Friday night.

Hattingh, who can play either lock, flank or eightman, had a short-term Super Rugby contract with the Lions, but was snapped up by the Pretoria-based union after showing much promise this year. He also played for Maties in the Varsity Cup.

According to the Bulls website, coach Pine Pienaar included him in the squad of 26 players that will play their first warm-up fixture ahead of the Currie Cup season.

Pienaar also included the likes of Deon Stegmann, Rossouw de Klerk and Lionel Cronjé, all players who were injured for most of the season and will benefit from the game time provided.

A few under-21 players - like Ulrich Beyers, Arno Botha and Wiaan Liebenberg - have also been included, indicating Pienaar’s intention to use them during the Currie Cup.

The Bulls start their Currie Cup campaign against Griquas in Pretoria on August 10.


Lions: TBA

Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Clayton Blommetjies, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn.

Substitutes 16 Morné Mellett, 17 Robbie Coetzee, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Grant Hattingh, 21 Warwick Tecklenburg, 22 Wiaan Liebenberg, 23 Ruan Snyman, 24 Lionel Cronjé, 25 Adri Jacobs, 26 Jerome Pretorius.


  • - 2012-08-01 09:24

    No disrespect to the Bulls but once again Sport24 has tried to keep them in the "spotlight." I bet if it were the Bulls playing the final this Saturday, they would be all the rugby news we get to read. We get to hear all the time about some expert sport Dr. saying the Sharks will stand no chance because of jet lag or being an away team they won't have "player 23" Where's Jan by the way? LOL. This clear biased reporting must stop really. This team has accomplished a lot in the past 2 weeks than they did in 2007, sadly it's the silverware that counts. But we can learn a lesson from that game: in a final game it's not enough to play for 80 mins, be prepared and ready to play 90 mins normal time should it be necessary - just don't give up. Go Sharks!!!

      Ettiene - 2012-08-01 10:17


      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-01 11:02

      Go Chiefs!!! - 2012-08-01 13:27

      Aah backlash!!! Interestingly from the Bulls supporters even no disrespect was directed to their team. Did I not even mention The Sharks can learn from them from their 2007 heroic win? Guess it's true, truth hurts. Bulls fans think theirs is the only team worthy of playing S15 final (last year they were beaching about how well they were suited to win the final than Stormers), being Springboks, and winning the CC. Mind you the very Stormers you have no respect for is just as successful in CC as you are meaning at some point no one could keep up with them. Bask in your success but recognize other teams ever improving records.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-08-01 13:56

      @sbuda.A sharp tongue does not mean you have a keen mind.

  • danny.cohen.315 - 2012-08-01 10:19

    Please phone M-Net........

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-01 12:50

      Couse they care......................

  • john.maree.90 - 2012-08-01 16:57

    Great picture of Spies... He missed the ball again.

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-01 18:39

      Haha.... Good one!!

      johan.arendse.90 - 2012-08-02 13:48

      He is looking at his own two balls,if its still there!!!!!

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