Heyneke on Currie Cup alert

2012-08-07 22:29

Cape Town - The Currie Cup may be increasingly marginalised on the packed rugby schedule in South Africa, but this year’s event has already received a boost in relevance terms from Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

The Premier Division of the tradition-steeped competition gets underway this weekend and, happily for its participants and all those who still hold it dear, it coincides with vacancies gradually cropping up in the Bok squad through injury.

Many of them are legacies of another brutal Super Rugby campaign, and with the Boks about to swing into action for several weeks once more in the Castle Rugby Championship, early form by individuals in the domestic competition could see some fast-tracking into the national set-up.

Asked at a press briefing here this week how closely he would be monitoring the Currie Cup, Bok mastermind Meyer said: “I will definitely (be watching it) ... it’s still a tough competition.

“The selectors have been instructed to look at the Currie Cup so we know who the next players are (for South Africa).”

Meyer will be fully aware that the competition - now featuring only six teams rather than last year’s eight, giving it a better strength-versus-strength feel - continues to have a healthy habit of churning out new contenders for the Boks.

The Sharks’ Marcell Coetzee, Western Province’s Siya Kolisi and the currently injured flyhalf Johan Goosen of the Cheetahs are just a few names to have burst to prominence in the 2011 Currie Cup (won by the Lions), with the first-named two now in the international picture and Coetzee, especially, already laying massively strong claims to a regular berth.

But Meyer, no doubt buoyed by the Baby Boks’ success in winning the latest IRB Junior World Championship, also stressed that he could be partial to under-21 players, especially of the backline variety.

“There’s a fine balance between winning every single Test and also planning for the long term, so there are a lot of young players I’ve known since they were 16, and who have played in the under-20 World Cup, who are also potentially close to the (Bok) team.”

The Currie Cup runs until October 27, when the final is staged - two weeks before the Boks round off their international season with the first of three end-of-year Tests, against Ireland in Dublin.

Currie Cup Premier Division first-round fixtures (home teams first): Blue Bulls v Griquas, Friday 19:10; Lions v Cheetahs, Saturday 17:05; Western Province v Sharks, Saturday 19:10.

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  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-08-07 22:57

    Hou net op karring met die halfmiljoen useless Bulls wat jy kies - Spies is nie eers goed genoeg vir die Bulls nie. Morne se kop het hom gelos - as hy as 'n skopper gekies word (nie as 'n Carter nie) en hy skop net 50/60% moet hy nie in die span wees nie!! JJ is nie eers 'n seker Bulls keuse nie maar jy kies hom. Janu Vermaak is RESERWE vir die Bulls maar goed genoeg vir die Bok-groep? Kirchner is NIE Internasionale standaard nie!!!

      francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-08-07 23:47

      Goosen vir die Bulle! Morne moet op Japland toe gepos word

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-08 01:32

      As I said before, the most pathetic excuse of a Bulls supporter ever. Go support WP. You seem to have the same mentality as the rest of them.

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-08 01:51 asb NIE useless, boring, loser Peter Grant nie....!! ...daar is alreeds te veel choker Stormers in die Bok span...!! ...Grant, Vermeulen = useless...

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-08 07:20

      rinus (ek kan dink wat rym met dit....) jy moet bedank as 'n springbok ondersteuner, want jy is nie die naam werd nie.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-08-08 07:41

      Mallett se stats. 1997 einde van jaar toer, Wen 5 van 5 met n gemiddelde punteverskil van 30 Begin 1998 in SA teen Irland/Fr/Eng Wen 4 van 4 met n gemiddelde punteverskil van 39.5 Drie nasies 1998, wen 4 van 4 met n gemiddelde punteverskil van 6.5 Einde 1998 weg wen 3 van 4 met n gemiddelde punteverskil van 10.25 Begin 1999 Wen 2 van 2 teen Italie, verloor teen Walles Drie nasies 1999 Wen 1 van 4 met n gemiddelde punteverskil van -15.8 Einde van 1999 teen Scot/Eng/Spain/Urug/NZ/Aus ,wen 5 van 6 1999 wen hy 61.5% Maar teen die groot lande wen hy net 25% 2000 tot hy bedank wen hy 3 van 8 =37.5% Teen Groot lande wen hy net 28.5%

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-08 09:52

      No more GO TO OPRAH! GO TO OPRAH! Now it's GO TO JAPAN! GO TO JAPAN!! DUmbest insult ever but it's certainly catching on

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-08-08 11:51

      Best springbok supporter ever !!!

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-08 12:38

      Stem saam met amper alles wat jy se, maar JJ moet daar wees!! En Jacque Potgieter!!!!!!!! Bulls Groete, gaan n leke CC wees!!!!!

  • Nando Brink - 2012-08-07 23:08

    stem saam

      brendon.lezar - 2012-08-08 06:25 that profile pic really what you look like??? Really??? Anyhow, when you mention "the most pathetic blue bull supporter ever, I don't get it? Aren't most bull supporters on this forum the most pathetic ever? Other pathetic bull supporter....can't remember your name ...was something like "I blow guys"...when you speak of Grant bein a loser (& you used some other tricky double syllable words if memory serves me correctly), is this the same Grant who made Morne look even lousier than he has looked all season when the bulls were the losers when they played the Stormers??? Really....? Nando...stick to making that delicious chicken of yours. My only request to you is to open up more restaurants & keep up the great advertising! Isak....rock on!!!

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-08 09:53

      Grant should go to Japan

      dave.short.102 - 2012-08-08 12:42

      Brendon, you just showed the world that you are pethetic!

  • hein.kymdell - 2012-08-08 00:31

    GO LIONS!!!!!!

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-08 09:53

      Lions should go to Japan

  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-08-08 07:16

    Johnny, blou bulle= USELESS....hahahahahahahahahahah Where were you in the Semi's. hahahahahahahahahah

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-08-08 07:54

      What happened to you in the semi's - AGAIN?? hahahahahahahahaha

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-08 09:07

      No cups - 11 years.

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-08 09:54

      Vallem to Japan please

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2012-08-08 07:47

    With the Currie Cup due to start this week-end, there has been plenty of rivalry with comments ranging from some intelligent observations right down to the few less intelligent bloggers that resort to personal insults to get their point across. (You know who I am referring to) I did a little research and checked results from the inceptions of domestic competitions around the major rugby nations of the world. In Europe the Heineken Cup has been won by Toulouse with a success rate of 23.5% of competition wins. In New Zealand Waikato has secured 25% of all NPC wins. Australia has no inter-state competition that has been played on a regular basis. In South Africa the Currie cup has been won by Western Province 42% (including 4 draws). It certainly would appear that WP is clearly the most successful provincial franchise in the history of the game.

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-08 09:17

      Paul, daardie debat is ook al holrug gery. As jy 'n WP ondersteuner is, glo jy graag die statistiek wat jy nou aanhaal. As jy 'n BB ondersteuner is, dan glo jy graag die statistiek gebaseer op die periode vandat die BBs aan die kompetisie begin deelneem het, want dan het hulle die meeste wenne gehad. Vraag is: So what? net nog useless inligting?

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-08 09:55

      Paul Coetzee go to China

      andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-08-08 13:34

      Paul jy is reg. Onthou net NT het eers in 1946 die CC begin speel en het tot nou 22 keer gewen. Die WP het net 12 gewen vanaf 1946.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-08-08 10:30

    I agree with what Rinus has said. Spies, useless Steyn, poor but I will play him Engelbrcht, defensively shocking (Delport, De Jongh better) Grant , not bok quality rather Goosen or Jantjies. and I would play Cilliers off the bench.

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-08 17:14

      Send all of them to Japan.

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