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Searching for the perfect 10 at Loftus

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news on 6 Oct 2008 at 23:36

The perfect 10 is what the Cheetahs and the Blue Bulls are hoping for ahead of their Currie Cup semifinal in Pretoria on Saturday.

Flyhalves Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Morné Steyn are likely to have a major influence on the result of the match at Loftus Versfeld.

But while the Free State coaches and supporters still have their fingers crossed to see whether Potgieter will be fit, the Bulls expect Steyn to succeed with at least 80 per cent of his goal kicks.

Pieter Jordaan and Morris Gilbert write in Volksblad that Potgieter and Cheetahs lineout specialist David de Villiers were unable to train on Monday. It is unlikely that Potgieter’s hand injury will keep him out of the match but it could be touch and go for De Villiers, who has ankle trouble.

Excellent performances in his two most recent matches have made Potgieter a key player for the champions, who have struggled to fill Willem de Waal’s No 10 jersey.

De Waal, known as The General, played an important role in the team’s success since 2005, but thanks to Chris Rossouw and Potgieter the Cheetahs are back in the playoffs.

Injury has robbed the Cheetahs of Rossouw’s services. Therefore much depends on Potgieter’s fitness and form on Saturday.

Hit the woodwork

Potgieter was a member of the Blue Bulls squad before he moved to Bloemfontein to enjoy more action at this level.

The Bulls now have Steyn at No 10, and the team’s kicking coach, Vlok Cilliers, wants him to improve his success ratio from 71.59 per cent so far this season to the “distinction level” of 80 per cent.

Cilliers believes Steyn is a better kicker than his statistics show. “One must take into consideration that about seven or eight of his unsuccessful kicks hit the woodwork,” says Cilliers.

“And whether it is coincidence or not, he seems to produce his best kicking when he plays against the Cheetahs.”

Steyn, a product of the Sand du Plessis High School in Bloemfontein, landed five of his six kicks at goal in a recent match against the Cheetahs in his old hometown.

“He is mentally strong and one of our players who can handle the big moments,” Cilliers said.

In the 2006 Currie Cup final, Steyn goaled a conversion from the touchline to level the scores and send the match into extra time. The Cheetahs and the Bulls shared the Currie Cup that year.

Statistician Eddie Grieb said on Monday Steyn had succeeded with 63 of his 88 kicks at goal for the Bulls this season. His off day was when he missed five out of seven against the Sharks.

The Bulls flyhalf has scored 167 points in Currie Cup rugby this year, including two tries. He goaled 35 conversions, 28 penalties and two dropkicks.

Potgieter, on the other hand, has taken only 20 kicks at goal in Currie Cup rugby this season. But he hit the 80% mark by landing 16 of them.


  • “Pieter Jordaan and Morris Gilbert write in Volksblad”

    I see they now need two guys for the massive amount of stupid remarks they make. Even if both those guys score a ton each, they will not come close to the ‘perfect’ 10 for a loooonnggg time to come.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.10.08 06:14:06 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 1) :

    That is actually precisely why I added the “at Loftus” bit to the headline. :mrgreen:

    The original headline was just “Searching for the perfect 10” and i almost fell on my back when I saw the names mentioned.

    I think they co-wrote it so they could share the flak afterwards. 😳

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.10.08 06:50:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 1) :
    😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.10.08 07:17:13 by Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) Reply
    Big Fish
  • I saw this article last night and thought “Ag jy is [email protected]%^en mal” Then i had a look at the individual stats and realised he has a point.

    Written by Hendrik Cronje.

    Bulle op vorm, maar op papier is sake gelykop

    Bloemfontein. – Op vorm is die Blou Bulle die groot gunsteling vir Saterdag se halfeindstryd van die Absa-Curriebeker-reeks teen die Vodacom-Vrystaat-Cheetahs.

    Maar die twee waarskynlike spanne se name op papier skets ‘n heel ander prentjie.

    Op papier het die Cheetahs, ondanks hulle met twee Cravenweek-spelers van 2007 na Pretoria sal reis, ‘n baie goeie kans om weer soos in 2005 ‘n verrassing op Loftus te lewer. So behoort die spelers (volgens die waarskynlike spanne) teen mekaar op te weeg:

    15 – Bevin Fortuin en Zane Kirchner: Fortuin het meer ervaring as sy eweknie van die Blou Bulle. Fortuin het die afgelope tyd hard aan sy peil gewerk en hy kan dalk net ‘n verrassing vir die Blou Bulle inhou. Kirchner se onvoorspelbaarheid maak hom gevaarliker as Fortuin op die aanval. Maar Fortuin se taktiese skoppe is beter.
    Skaal in posisie: Vrystaat 6 Blou Bulle 4

    14: JW Jonker en John Mametsa: Jonker se beste posisie is vleuel. Ofskoon hy as ‘n swak punt beskou kan word, kan Jonker ‘n verrassing op vleuel inhou. Mametsa is ‘n aggressiewe speler.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 5 Blou Bulle 5

    13: Robert Ebersohn en Marius Delport: Ebersohn toon groter belofte as Delport. Ebersohn is ook meer vlugvoetig as sy teenstander. Maar Delport is groter en sterker. Delport hou daarvan om te onderskep.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 5 Blou Bulle 5

    12: Meyer Bosman en Wynand Olivier: Bosman se balverspreiding is puik en hy slaag daarin om gate vir sy mede-agterspelers te skep. Olivier se peil het die afgelope tyd baie verbeter en sy vaart hou ‘n bedreiging in.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 5 Blou Bulle 5.

    11: Jongi Nokwe en Bryan Habana: Nokwe is aan die verbeter en is ‘n spelbreker. Maar Habana is die beste in sy posisie. Vrystaat sal versigtig moet wees aangesien Habana soos Jean de Villiers van WP daarvan hou om onderskepdrieë te behaal.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 4 Blou Bulle 6.

    10: Jacques-Louis Potgieter en Morné Steyn: Op vorm is Potgieter beter as Steyn. Maar Steyn sou baie hard aan sy spel werk om weer sy beste in die halfeindstryd te lewer.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 5 Blou Bulle 5

    9: Tewis de Bruyn en Fourie du Preez: De Bruyn het sy vorm op die regte tydperk bereik en hy is ‘n speler wat sy beste in groot wedstryde lewer. Maar Du Preez is die beste in sy posisie.
    Skaal Vrystaat 4 Blou Bulle 6.

    8: Duane Vermeulen en Pierre Spies: Vermeulen speel weer die soort rugby wat hom ‘n sterk Bok-aanspraakmaker maak. Spies kan egter die gang van ‘n wedstryd in ‘n oogwink swaai.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 4 Blou Bulle 6

    7: Juan Smith en Wikus van Heerden: Smith is die beste in sy posisie. Van Heerden is egter ‘n harde werker.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 6 Blou Bulle 4

    6: Heinrich Brussow en Deon Stegmann: Brussow is die beste baljagter in die land. Hopelik kyk die nasionale keurders verby sy grote en sien sy spel raak. Stegmann sal egter ‘n punt wil bewys.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 6 Blou Bulle 4

    5: Barend Pieterse en Victor Matfield: Indien daar ‘n vyfslot is wat wel teen Matfield in so ‘n belangrike wedstryd kan meeding, is dit die deurwinterde Pieterse. ‘n Reuse stryd wink.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 4 Blou Bulle 6.

    4. David de Villiers en Danie Rossouw: Rossouw het die ervaring en krag. Maar De Villiers het die honger om sy merk in so ‘n groot wedstryd te maak. Nico Breedt sal meer as ‘n waardige plaasvervanger wees sou De Villiers nie weens ‘n enkelbesering oorweeg kan word nie.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 4 Blou Bulle 6.

    3. Kobus Calldo en Rayno Gerber: Calldo speel stil-stil baie goeie rugby die afgelope tyd. Hy doen die basiese dinge reg. Dit sal egter van hom verwag word om met groot aggressie teen die Blou Bulle te speel. Gerber is self ‘n onderskatte speler. Maar kenners in Blou Bul-kringe self bevraagteken deesdae sy skrumtegniek.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 5 Blou Bulle 5.

    2. Adriaan Strauss en Derick Kuun: Strauss is die haker wat die voorste spel in die Curriebeker gelewer het. Kuun is egter ‘n harde werker in die vastelos. Baie druk is egter op Kuun se ingooiwerk in die lynstane.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 6 Blou Bulle 4.

    1. Wian du Preez en Jaco Engels: Du Preez kry nie die erkenning wat hy verdien nie. Hy is ‘n bobaas skrumwerker. Engels woel in die vastelos.
    Skaal: Vrystaat 6 Blou Bulle 4.

    TOTAAL: Vrystaat 75 Blou Bulle 75

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.10.08 07:35:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • There is the odd rating that i differ with but on the whole it is pretty accurate.

    Now we just need to hope that those are the teams chosen 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.10.08 07:38:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • FS look a bit better on paper ‘in the backs’ than I was imagining… but I still think the Bulls are more ‘dynamic’ (splutter splutter) as a whole…

    I’d be booting the high ball/touch finders at Nokwe all day long with Habana and Delport chasing…

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.10.08 07:47:25 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Vlok Cilliers on Morne Steyn “And whether it is coincidence or not, he seems to produce his best kicking when he plays against the Cheetahs.”

    And his worst against the Sharks? 😛

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.10.08 07:57:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :
    Bulls should still take it; and if they sniff blood early; they will destroy them with a big score.

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.10.08 08:13:57 by Big Fish (Norman Jordaan is a LEGEND) Reply
    Big Fish

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