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Strauss anchors green Bulls pack


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 24 Feb 2016 at 13:17
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Super Rugby centurion Adriaan Strauss leads a rather young Bulls team to Cape Town for this weekend’s tournament opener against the Stormers. Front row mates Marcell van der Merwe and Trevor Naykane are no strangers to rugby at this level, with Bjorn Basson the only veteran in a very young backline.

Grant Hattingh earns a 49th cap in the second row, but has three debutants around him in the scrum; RG Snyman (lock) and flanks Nic de Jager and Jannes Kirsten are all new to this stage, while number 8 Arno Botha has 30-odd caps to his name.

Bok Rudy Paige is paired with Francois Brummer, while Basson will have a duo of Bok centres in Jan Serfontein and Jesse Kriel with hi in the three-quarter line. The other wing, Travis Osmaiel, has just six caps to his credit and fullback Warrick Gelant, none.

Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nic de Jager, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (capt), 1 Trevor Nyakane
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Burger Odendaal



25 Comments

  • Only comment is… poor Schoeman. Been 2nd at bulls for 3 seasons and still cant crack the flyhalf nod… should call Pat and have a chat… some special boys those bull flyhalf brotherhood

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.02.16 13:23:08 by ebenp Reply
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  • @ebenp (Comment 1) : and to play second fiddle to the highly average Brummer is very worrying indeed.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.02.16 13:32:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : I thought Schoeman was really good for them in the CC, and would have given him a shot since Pollard is out, but they will through him to the wolves in a crunch match

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.02.16 13:40:18 by Henkb Reply
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  • @Henkb (Comment 3) : me too. Hairstyle aside, he’s a decent prospect

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.02.16 13:59:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : I would tend to agree. Brummer can be good but can also be very very average

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.02.16 14:49:06 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Where is Hanro Liebenberg?

    Is he out injured?

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.02.16 14:50:50 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 6) : who now?

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.02.16 14:55:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 6) : @robdylan (Comment 7) : Former Bok u20 cpt. And yeh i think he got injured during a warm up game

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.02.16 15:02:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Wian Liebenberg’s brother. He played eighthman a few times last year for the Bulls.

    Big, blonde kid.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.02.16 16:09:35 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Thanks.

    What can you tell me about Nic de Jager and Jannes Kirsten?

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.02.16 16:10:24 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 10) : Very little im afraid. They didnt pick up on my radar at all really. Have snuck through the Bulls youth structures…big tough boys is all i can offer

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.02.16 16:18:08 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Wow. Compare the Stormers’itinerary to the Sharks. Like night and day. You can have the Rebels, Force, Brumbies and Reds this year and how about we give you the Crusaders, Chiefs, Highlanders and Hurricanes? How is this a fair tournament?

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.02.16 16:26:25 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 12) : simple thing is, it’s not fair.

    But compare our itinerary to the Jaguares and we actually don’t look too bad. And they are our major competition. Well, them and the Lions.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.02.16 16:46:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bitnof a mixed bag as there’s a couple of players that I don’t know?!?! Let’s see how they go against the fish heads!?!?!

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.02.16 16:47:04 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : jeez that just makes this comp even more of a farce. How long are we locked in to this format?

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.02.16 17:46:04 by Kiss_the_Gold Reply

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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 15) : until they can think of a shitter format!!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.02.16 18:01:52 by JD Reply
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  • @Kiss_the_Gold (Comment 15) : not sure bud. A good few seasons, I reckon

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.02.16 18:11:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 16) : Which is next year if their record of consistency holds…

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.02.16 18:13:17 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Well I’m just a conspiracy theorist who believes that the sharks pose the greatest threat to aus and nz franchises so they wangled it so we end up in the worst schedule with toughest competition on order to limit our chances of success.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.02.16 18:15:45 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : But that’s probably just me thinking this way….

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.02.16 18:16:24 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 18) : nope they will milk it for the next couple of years!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.02.16 18:35:22 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 19) : that might just work in favour of the Sharks as we all know the Sharks are at their best when they should have no chance!!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.02.16 18:55:24 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : That’s what I was thinking…

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.02.16 22:03:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Rob, in the article you refer to RG Jenkins, but in the team sheet it’s RG Snyman at lock and Jason Jenkins as reserve. Just saying. Not up to date with THEIR players, so would not know where what fits in ????

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.02.16 22:35:09 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 24) : No, that’s my fault. I got confused. Will update the article.

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.02.16 23:07:56 by robdylan Reply
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