There’s a long-held tradition of forward supremacy up in fairest Tshwane, or so we’re told, with dominance up-front generally considered to be the major (if not only) focal point of the Bulls’ game plan. All but the most fervent of die-hards would concede, though, that it’s been some time since the Bulls had a set of props that were genuine world-beaters in their own right.
The search for a dominant tight head, in particular, is ongoing and with Werner Kruger proving no more than a useful stopgap in the number 3 jersey (and patently not a test player in that position, as we’ve seen) the Bulls seem to be giving every youngster in the province, if not the country, a fair shot at that jersey. Rossouw de Klerk has tried and failed too – hence his imminent departure for Bloemfontein – with former Baby Bok Marcel van der Merwe set to move the other way and stake his own claim for a place in the Bulls front row.
Rayno Gerber is another who has failed to make the requisite impression after rejoining the Bulls earlier in the year from Stade Francais. Gerber, 31, was a fixture in the Bulls squad in years gone by and although seldom the first choice at tighthead, nonetheless was a part of all three Super 14-winning teams and has the medals to prove it. On return from France, he was widely expected to once again be Kruger’s back-up, but has not managed to crack so much as the Currie Cup 22, far less get a go in Super Rugby. In fact, all he’s only played in the Vodacom Cup this year.
It’s just been confirmed via Brenden Nel of SuperSport that Gerber will leave the Bulls immediately to further his career with Rovigo in Italy.Tweet