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Bulls’ Olivier at crossroads


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 27 Feb 2008 at 09:34

When Springbok centre Wynand Olivier turns out for the Bulls against the Sharks in their Super 14 match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday night, he will find himself at the same crossroads where he stood two years ago.

In 2006, when he was still an inexperienced inside centre, he was the weak link in midfield when the Bulls lost 21-27 at home to the Brumbies.

Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that despite much criticism, coach Heyneke Meyer stood his ground and gave the blond youngster an opportunity to make up for his mistakes in the next match, against the Waratahs.

Olivier has to win psychological battle

Olivier repaid the trust with a fearless performance on defence. No one ever expressed any doubts about this part of his game again – until last Saturday when the Crusaders exposed problems in midfield, where Olivier and JP Nel were partners.

Olivier said at the start of the season he wanted to make 2008 his best Super 14 year yet and that he would look at himself critically.

The time arrived earlier than he might have expected. As he did two years ago, he has to win a psychological battle against himself to make the difference that is expected of him against the Sharks.

The Springbok has been by far the most innovative Bulls centre for the past few seasons. He would not have played for South Africa had his skills on defence and attack not been up to scratch.

But now he is one of the seniors in the backline and he cannot afford to make basic mistakes.

Nel, Hougaard will have to pull up their socks

Olivier will be playing in his 33rd Super rugby match and has appeared in 21 Test matches. Now the 24-year-old has to lead by example.

Nel and flyhalf Derick Hougaard also have to pull up their socks because the Bulls lack punch in midfield. Hougaard played well, tactically, against the Stormers, but did not meet expectations against the Crusaders. His defence, and that of Nel, was not satisfactory.

Bulls team doctor Tommie Smook said on Tuesday chances were good that World Cup Springboks Bakkies Botha and Akona Ndungane would be considered for the match against the Sharks, a repeat of last year’s Super 14 final in Durban.

Smook said: “None of them showed any effects from the practice session on Monday, but we will be able to say only on Wednesday evening whether the two would be fit to play against the Sharks.”



17 Comments

  • None of them showed any effects from the practice session on Monday

    Can’t have been a very effective practice session, then :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.02.08 09:56:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • by far the most innovative Bulls centre

    In the same way that John McCain is the most liberal Republican presidential candidate ;)

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.02.08 09:57:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • 27.02.08 09:57:54 – robdylan

    Was thinking the same! :razz:

    All it means is that he can resist the temptation to run hard at the guy straight in front of him.

    Ok, to be fair, he does try, but how he became a Bok… :shock:

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.02.08 10:02:57 by Big Fish Reply
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  • WO actually DID have a very good season in 2006. That was before the aliens kidnapped him and replaced him with what we have today.

    Remember the infamous 50-point snotting in Durban, Sept 2006? Wynand ran us to shreds that day.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.02.08 10:05:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Against a very young Sharks side – the entire team had a mare; none more so than Waylon and Kanko, who really grew from that.

    Olivier has never shown anything special – except the passes to the linesmen – those were certainly “special”. :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.02.08 10:09:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Hey Guys, YOU are going to have to eat with those mouths on Monday And i hope for all our sakes it is not humble pie. :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.02.08 10:09:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Pish!

    If we contrive to lose this, it will certainly not be because of Valiant Olivier.

    If it is, then Brad Barritt and his online daddy had better prepare to be bliksemed.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.02.08 10:16:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Fish – can I take a video recording of you trying to bliksem Brad? I’d even fly BOTH of us to Durban specially ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.02.08 10:17:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • You forget Rob – Im from the ghetto. :wink:

    And I’ll be taking my connections with me… :razz:

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.02.08 10:22:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • you mean your sauces? ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.02.08 10:31:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ghetto????????????

    KAK man you are from Westville Boys High. Bunch of softies!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.02.08 10:36:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Ooooooh!

    Et tu Brute? :evil:

    I will yet be vindicated.

    And you I will destroy as the desert sand destroys the morning dew.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.02.08 10:37:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Et tu Brute?

    What does that mean? :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.02.08 10:41:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Aha, ganging up on the good-looking dude I see – will the discrimination never end? :evil:

    You know KSA, you know.

    You arent quite as dumb as you look.

    Almost, but not quite. :wink:

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.02.08 10:47:55 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Remember the infamous 50-point snotting in Durban, Sept 2006? Wynand ran us to shreds that day.

    27.02.08 10:05:22 – robdylan

    Actually it wasn’t Wynand that won the game it was a case of John Smit losing the game. He missed 3 vital tackles that gave the Bulls 3 quick tries and put the game out of the Sharks reach. It was those mistakes that cost us a spot in the semis. we out played them in the second half but john had already sunk the ship.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.02.08 13:30:13 by try time Reply

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  • TT,

    Luckily John Smit is not on the ship this time round… :roll:

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.02.08 13:43:02 by Charlie Reply

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  • i don’t mind the 2007 john smit, and if he is that good bring him back. but the 2004-2006 model was seriously flawed. it took fans a long time to accept the 2007 model as a far superior model.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.02.08 13:48:05 by try time Reply

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