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Nel’s Aussie link could benefit Bulls


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 10 Feb 2009 at 07:37
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Veteran midfielder JP Nel hopes to give the Bulls an ‘Australian edge’ in the Super 14 this year, following his six-month stint in the Japanese club league.

Speaking to rugby365.com’s Jan De Koning as the Bulls stepped up preparations for their season-opener against an Australian outfit, the Reds, in Pretoria on Saturday, Nel revealed that he learned few Aussie secrets while abroad.

He played for NTT Communications Shinings Arcs, with the entire coaching staff – head coach Shannon Fraser, Ben Darwin and Charlie Higgins – from the Sydney region. Fraser is a former Waratahs Academy and skills coach, Darwin a forwards mentor and Higgins a former Tahs conditioning coach.

Nel feels he – much like the Springboks did with Eddie Jones on board at the 2007 World Cup – gained some valuable insight into the Australia way of approaching the game.

“It was very interesting to see the game from an Australian point of view,” Nel told rugby365.

“Everything they learnt in Australia they brought with them to the club [in Japan].

“They concentrated a lot on skills, something the Japanese lack, also the Australian approach to running lines and they worked a lot on that. It was really interesting to be coached by an Australian,” he added.

The Bulls midfielder, who was in the Bulls fold for eight years before his sabbatical in Japan, said that while the men from Pretoria stayed on top of all the new coaching methods that came onto the stage, there was still a lot of value in getting a different viewpoint.

“It is just about the way they see the game and approach the game, which is very different to how we see it,” Nel said.

Nel, who admitted that he missed the South African sunshine, said the main reason for taking up the club contract in Japan was to take himself out of his comfort zone.

“I wanted something different and that is exactly what I got,” Nel told rugby365.com, adding: “The way they play and the way we play are vastly different … two different worlds.

“The Japanese players are very committed, even though they aren’t professionals, but they are at every training session. You never hear them complain. However, they definitely lack a bit in size and in the contact situation.”

The burly midfielder says he is happy to be back amongst his Bulls teammates and looking forward to some Super 14 rugby again.

“The Japanese do play hard and they try, but it is just nice to be back among the guys that are that step up,” he said, adding: “Here [in the Super 14] you don’t have to worry if you go up [on defence] about the guys on your inside, or if you run a certain line about the guys will be there on your outside.

“I’m looking forward to playing at that higher level.”

And there is a twist to that challenge, playing at a higher lever, as Nel will have tough competition for the outside centre berth – where the former Lions centre and Springbok Jaco Pretorius, Marius Delport, Braam Gerber and Stephan Dippenaar will all be vying for the No.13 berth.

But Pretorius, a former Springbok Sevens captain and one of the most creative midfielders in South Africa, poses his biggest challenge.

“They say competition brings the best out of you,” a philosophical Nel said, adding: “Everybody wants to play, but in a competition like the Super 14, with 13 weeks of brutal rugby, you do need depth.

“The one player keeps the next on his toes and that’s a good thing.”

Nel, with 65 caps, is one of the most experienced Super Rugby players in South Africa and is of immense value to the Bulls.

But it is his defensive skills that makes him such a feared opponent.



24 Comments

  • What’s the bet, even they couldn’t teach him to use his arms legally in a tackle?

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.02.09 07:57:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • But it is his defensive skills that makes him such a feared opponent

    Only because he is a Bully boy in the proper sense of the word.

    He must rank as one of the top 5 “vuilgat” players in the S14. And i only say top 5 becasue I con’t immediately come up with anyone dirtier but I’m sure someone will name a few for me.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.02.09 07:59:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I wonder how many yellow and red cards he received over there.

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    Nope you’re wrong, there is no vuilgat vuiler or gatte than him!

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.02.09 08:59:31 by Baldrick Reply
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  • Of all the players in Pretoria – you get a thug to do an interview.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.02.09 08:59:33 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 4) :

    There is an interview with jaco pretorius on the Bulls website today. i am actually keen to see what he has to say.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.02.09 09:33:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    you visit the Bulls website??? :shock:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.02.09 09:34:15 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Wonder if he had to have a frontal lobotomy to understand th coaching staff and the calls. :lol:

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.02.09 09:35:49 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : quite regularly :oops:

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.02.09 09:41:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Jan De Koning in love with him? Hardly the asset of the year in rugby terms and i distincly remember him being a revolving door on numerous occasions.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.02.09 09:52:20 by billy Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 7) : :lol: :mrgreen: I wonder if he will have a forearm pad when he plays for the Bulls?

    Maybe i should ask the question and see if they will publish it?

    Dear Jaco.
    Have you injured your forearm in anyway since joining the Bulls, We notice that Victor, Pierre and JP have had similar injuries and are concerned that you may have injured yourself as well?

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.02.09 09:52:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : :lol: I reckon it s part of the initation to join the bulls. :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.02.09 09:59:06 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • talk about grasping at straws. this article shows just how great the bulls will be this season. nothing much to talk about.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.02.09 10:15:34 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 12) :

    You kidding me… they have the most depth in the entire competition at centre (and the backs in general)…

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.02.09 10:21:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 13) :

    Bar another 10 that is… wings, centres, full-backs… sorted!

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.02.09 10:23:25 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 13) : yes but it is the bulls we are talking about. how often do they use any backline players other than du preez and habana.

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.02.09 10:25:16 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 15) :

    With Louden they scored more tries than any of the other RSA S14 teams in the season if memory serves me correctly…

    However… Ludicrous is at the helm…

    Delport, Dippenaar, Mangweni, Kirchener who would not want these guys in the squad on top of the more seasoned pros…

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.02.09 10:35:15 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • I wonder who has the lowest IQ, Nel or Delport?

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.02.09 10:45:41 by McLovin Reply

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  • Dunno where to post this so here will have to do. :wink:

    Make sure you read the last paragraph.

    Where your team is at for their S14 opener
    By TOBY ROBSON – The Dominion Post

    Here’s an update on how the sides are shaping for the opening round of the Super 14 – from the physio’s table to the good and bad news as kick-off looms.

    HURRICANES

    In the news: Conrad Smith has osteitis pubis and may miss the first game. I want neither osteitis nor pubis, they both sound painful.

    Physio’s table: Andrew Hore (ankle), aiming for week three or four. Smith (groin), Jason Kawau (ribs), both in doubt round one.

    The good: The Canes’ roster is deeper than Barry White’s voice.

    The bad: Deja vu’s are real, man. I’m sure I felt this confident last year, and the year before, and during the Air New Zealand Cup …

    CRUSADERS

    In the news: Reuben Thorne’s departure has created some ugly pre-season team sing-a-longs. Kahn Fotuali’i was an early disaster, but Corey Flynn, Corey Flynn, Corey Flynn could work.

    Physio’s table: Flynn’s arms have been under 24-hour suicide watch in case they decide to break again, otherwise the Crusaders are fit.

    The good: The Brett and Slade robots appear ready to replace the damaged Carter model and Crusaders marketers say they come with in-built iPods.

    The bad: No Carter, no Deans, no Thorne. No Greg Somerville, no Caleb Ralph, no Scott Hamilton, no Mose Tuiali’i, no Campbell Johnstone, and finally, no Ali Williams.

    CHIEFS

    In the news: He has been referred to recently as ‘The Don’. Yes, it’s first five-eighth Stephen Donald and with Dan Carter out injured he is about to be analysed to death.

    Physio’s table: Incredibly for the Chiefs, none.

    The good: Three pre-season wins, no injuries, a fit Sione Lauaki – strange times indeed in the Tron.

    The bad: There are a lot of players you would class as inconsistent in this squad and question marks hang over the tight five.

    HIGHLANDERS

    In the news: Court sessions will never be the same under new captain Jimmy Cowan. A non- drinking sports team is good, but has been met with bemused looks at Speights HQ, while some players are concerned they may have to scull jugs of Ribena.

    The good: Jayden Hayward, Johnny Leota, Fetu’u Vainikolo and Israel Dagg – quality players.

    The bad: Hayden Triggs’ early season quote: “I read one article that said the Highlanders should be taken out of the competition. That just makes me laugh and it gets me angry a bit.”

    Does that mean he laughs when he’s angry? Or does it mean he gets angry when he laughs?

    BLUES

    In the news: Coach Pat Lam thought he had it all planned, but Joe Rokocoko and Jerome Kaino missed the ‘Family planning and the professional season’ memo and will miss the first three games on paternity leave.

    Physio’s table: Rudi Wulf (broken wrist), four weeks. Ali Williams (back) day-to-day.

    The good: Fully fit this team has most bases covered. The underrated Josh Blackie’s return from Japan.

    The bad: Perth, Pretoria, Cape Town, then hosting the Sharks. It’s a tough start.

    LAND OF OZ

    Waratahs: Timana Tahu has learned the play book this year scoring 13 out of 15 in a written exam conducted by the backs coach. Tahu’s was the top score, which means the first-fives got at least three moves wrong. Hmmm.

    Force: John Mitchell. We told you so, but would you listen, noooo, you had to just go right on and sign up ‘the bald one’ till 2011.

    Reds: Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says the young Reds remind him of the 1997 Crusaders. The Crusaders came sixth in 97? Is Deans calling the Reds average?

    ON SAFARI

    Let’s be honest. It’s damn hard getting an accurate gauge on the Jaapies. However, the Stormers, look good, the Bulls experienced, the Sharks strong, and the Cheetahs and the Lions weak. Now that’s research.

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.02.09 21:12:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : love this guy’s work :)

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.02.09 21:20:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) :

    I like his comment after the Highlanders section.

    The bad: Hayden Triggs’ early season quote: “I read one article that said the Highlanders should be taken out of the competition. That just makes me laugh and it gets me angry a bit.”

    Does that mean he laughs when he’s angry? Or does it mean he gets angry when he laughs? :razz:

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.02.09 21:24:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • let’s do this bit by bit.

    HURRICANES

    In the news: Conrad Smith has osteitis pubis and may miss the first game. I want neither osteitis nor pubis, they both sound painful. :razz:

    Physio’s table: Andrew Hore (ankle), aiming for week three or four. Smith (groin), Jason Kawau (ribs), both in doubt round one.

    The good: The Canes’ roster is deeper than Barry White’s voice. :lol:

    The bad: Deja vu’s are real, man. I’m sure I felt this confident last year, and the year before, and during the Air New Zealand Cup … :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.02.09 21:27:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Nel is a bit of an unfriendly lad on the field.

    Wonder if he tempered that approach in Japan or was just a big bully?

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.02.09 21:33:00 by beez Reply

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  • @beez (Comment 22) :

    probably just a big bully.

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.02.09 21:39:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) :

    Okay i have posted this as an article. it is to good NOT to.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.02.09 21:40:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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