Original Pierre

Team Selection . . . Some Left Field options . . .

Written by Pierre Teich (Original Pierre)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content on 15 Jul 2010 at 13:28

So I`ve had some time to think about the situation and this morning at oh three hundred I came up with a cunning plan . . .
Here`s the team I`d select for the weekend, tongue in cheek in some areas but could it possibly work out? It probably won`t be good enough either but I think this combination might have a better shot than anything Plum et al will come up with . Hold tight now . . .

15 Stefan Terblanche : we simply can`t attempt this without his experience
14 JP Pieterson : If rumours are to be believed he is ready to go again. I`d have a talk with him beforehand as well. Borrow a little from a certain Oliver Stone movie together with this crucial message : ” If you want to be in contention for the big pay check otherwise known as world cup 2011, you better show us something special this saturday, otherwise we`ll off-load you and make Bjorn Basson an offer he won`t refuse …”
13 Rudi Keil : Yes I know this is a risk as he might be past his best and I haven`t seen him play in years but we are fresh out of centres and at least he brings some experience . . We need Stefan`s stabilizing influence at the back, not fighting in the trenches so to speak.
12 Riaan Swanepoel : Another forced selection but it`s either him or Strauss . . . need I say more? Remember the bulls are known for their physical attacking style of play. Lambie`s name has been thrown about but I fear he might be too small, too intimidated and frankly I just don`t want to create another Brent Russel or Ruan Pienaar.
11 Lwazi Mvovo : Lots of promise on attack and we need him out wide since we are sorely lacking in the pace department, I just hope he worked on his defense.
10 Monty Dumond : He took care of the bulls for us last year, I believe if we trust him to get on with it he can do it again.
9 Rory Kockett : This one is a toss up. He didn`t have the best afternoon last weekend but don`t forget he played against what is probably the best scrumhalf in SA at the moment, ssh don`t tell Snorman I still have money on NZ for the Tri Nations. . . One thing to remember is that Rory brings a lot of experience with him and should therefor pile the pressure on the young Snyman .
8 Ross Skeate: I know I know, a contentious decision but we are in desperate need of some bulk amongst our forwards. Remember Herbst is young and inexperienced, we`re throwing him to the wolves already and then we add insult to injury by making him scrum in front of a featherweight pack! Skeate will provide an extra line out option as well as some much needed momentum from the base of the scrum. Then in the final 20 minutes when everyone is getting tired we unleash Keegan to wreak havoc . . .
7 Michael Rhodes His place is pretty much secure untill Alberts or Deysel joins us.
5 Allistair Hargreaves
4 Steven Sykes : Another speech :” You think you`ll ever get close to another springbok cap with your current form? Get it together or we go for someone more affordable and hungy . . . like Ligtoring Landman! ”
6 Jacques Botes : I`m pretty sure that card he received last weekend was a once off. He`s still our best fetcher option.
3 Wiehann Herbst
2 Craig Burden
1 Pat Cilliers
Also starring: Kyle Cooper, Van Staden, Keegan, Downey, McLeod, Meyer, Lambie.

I think this combination should have a reasonable chance.
A quick look at the Bulls side :
15 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 John Mametsa, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Derick Kuhn, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Fudge Mabeta, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Berend Botha, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Danie Faasen, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Hayden Groepes.

Referee: Jason Jaftha
Assistant referees: François Veldsman, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: JC Fortuin

On the bright side, we don`t have to contend with Marius Jonker for this one.
The Bulls lost Flip van den Merwe this week to Springbok duty as well so they are down to their third choice lock combination . . .
Their scrumhalf is another possible weak link to exploit if Rory can get it together for this one.

Bottom Line, this won`t be the team that runs on for us and we can debate and speculate all we want, we won`t change managements’ opinion.
In the end we are still facing the Bulls and Sharks Supporters country wide will unite against the common enemy, no doubt about it.


  • ok – about the only thing here that I like is picking Skeate at 8 :) That could have been inspired…

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.07.10 13:35:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Interesting, but I think the team Plum picked can and will do the job :smile:

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.07.10 13:36:37 by Jarson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Maybe it might happen, who knows :smile:

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.07.10 13:38:00 by Jarson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    Skeate is soft as a lock, he will be murdered as an 8

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.07.10 13:38:48 by Morné Reply
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  • Just thought I would make some of u guys jealous, just passed heidelberg on the way to durbs for the weekend!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.07.10 13:57:35 by willa Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 4) : Crap . . what do we want with him then?

    @willa (Comment 5) : Shouldn`t you be heading to Cape Town? You`re two weeks early for the Lions :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.07.10 14:05:07 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • :shock: Hell no!

    Sorry, don’t like the idea of your side at all!

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.07.10 14:06:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Just heard that Soccer City is sold out for the Boks AB’s test….and I have my tickets….going to great

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.07.10 14:08:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 6) :

    He is a good athlete at least and a decent number 5 lock. But nothing special however I’d be best serve to shut up and see if he developed his game in France since leaving WP where I saw a lot of him but it was also the last I saw of him.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.07.10 14:20:03 by Morné Reply
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  • Lions side :

    Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg 13 Marius Delport, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Franco van der Merwe (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 David Bulbring, 4 George Earl, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC van Rensburg.
    Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Trevor Hall, 19 Wikus van Heerden, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Pieter Engelbrecht

    At least Earl Rose isn`t back. But I don`t think they`ll have much of chance against wp in CT . . .

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.07.10 14:50:39 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 10) : The Lions arent that bad a team, proper defensive structers might get them up there.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.07.10 17:35:53 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 11) : structures :oops:

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.07.10 17:36:36 by Jarson Reply
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  • Still need a world class backs coach to get the best from this backline.
    Plumtree has maintained a strong pack that wins the ball. The backs can’t use it though.

    Old backline players need to be cut, especially the ones that have only ever been average and are never going to add anything past ‘no errors’ at Super rugby level. Stefan at 13 is not the answer, selecting this through the Currie Cup will come back and bite us.
    Lambie at 12 is screwing him around. 10 or 15.
    We need to sign more 10s and centres.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.07.10 18:08:53 by Os Reply

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  • I think you might of picked the worst team possible ,the college rovers 1st team could prob beat this side .I,m confused how you think this side would win
    Let me give you my side ,show u how things are done

    2.Burden 9.Macloed 16.Cooper
    3.Cilliers 10.Meyer vc 17.Herbst
    4.Skeate 11.pietersen 18.Sykes
    5.Hargreaves C 12.Lambie 19.Downey
    6.Daniels 13.Stemmet/Ludik 20.Kockett
    7.Downey 14.Mvovo 21.Dunlop
    8.Lusaseni 15.Ludik/Jordan 22.Jordan/Stemmet/Richards

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.07.10 20:20:03 by zvision10 Reply

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  • I think you might of picked the worst team possible ,the college rovers 1st team could prob beat this side .I,m confused how you think this side would win
    Let me give you my side ,show u how things are done

    5.Hargreaves c
    10.Meyer vc

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.07.10 20:35:31 by zvision10 Reply

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