Bakkies misses out on Cowan reunion

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 2 Mar 2011 at 16:19
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Bulls lock forward Bakkies Botha will not play against the Highlanders this weekend owing to a knee injury picked up against the Cheetahs in round 2. Botha will rue the missed opportunity to reacquaint himself with visiting scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan – it was a vicious headbutt on Cowan that saw Botha banned for a considerable period last season.

Fortunately for the men in blue, there is a more-than-able replacement in the form of 54-test veteran Danie Rossouw. He comes into the number 4 jersey after impressing off the bench last week, while Juandre Kruger comes into the match 22 and will – surprisingly – make his Super rugby debut if he comes off the bench. He’s a guy that it seems has been around for ages, yet has never managed to get a Super Rugby cap.

The Bulls haven’t lost at Loftus in their previous 18 Super Rugby encounters at the ground. If one includes the two “home” matches they won at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium last year, they will be chasing their 21st consecutive home win this weekend.

15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jaco Pretoruis, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Morne Steyn, 9. Fourie du Preez, 8. Pierre Spies, 7. Dewald Potgieter, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Victor Matfield (captain), 4. Danie Rossouw, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Gurthro Steenkamp

Substitutes: 16. Derick Kuun, 17. Rossouw de Klerk, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Juandre Kruger, 20. Ruan Snyman, 21. Francois Brummer, 22. Stephan Dippenaar


  • Bulls to win. By quite a distance.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.03.11 16:22:20 by McLovin Reply
  • Bakkies is Cowan’s biatch now :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.03.11 16:23:43 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Is our Blou Bliksem’s knee not coming out in a bit of sympathy here? That ban must have hurt quite a bit, and I wonder whether Bakkies is not perhaps just a tiny bit glad he’s missing this one!

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.03.11 17:07:06 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 3) : The temptation to settle the score with Cowan would have been ones Bakkies would not have been able to resist. With him being such an upstanding man of good character ofcourse.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.03.11 17:27:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The highlanders will be anything but an easy beat.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.03.11 17:28:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Ja. This must be a strategic move!

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.03.11 17:29:47 by Crock Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Absolutely. And I am sure he is going to sorely miss the opportunity to show Cowan and the world that he is quite a lekker chap once you get past the Glasgow kisses.
    So who do you think kicked him in the kneecap? Ludeke? Ho ho ho. Sometimes the Bulls are so full of BS it’s untrue!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.03.11 17:33:38 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • The Bulls did not good that impressive the last 2 weeks but at the end did the job. I do not think that Landers got it in them to actually beat the Bulls with or without Bakkies.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.03.11 17:34:14 by rekinek Reply
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  • Highlanders will be jetlagged playing at altitude at Loftus. Tough assignment.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.03.11 17:36:24 by McLovin Reply

  • Wonder if Bakkies will be there to glare at Cowan from the sidelines?

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.03.11 17:37:42 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • This is a difficult one to pick….

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.03.11 19:24:06 by Hmmm Reply

  • Highlanders been surprising… Bulls been lucky to have even won 1….

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.03.11 19:28:24 by Hmmm Reply

  • The bulls played like they had jet lag the previous weeks,even though they won.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.03.11 20:04:18 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • In a fight I would put my money on Alberts anytime over bakkas

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.03.11 20:05:54 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Bulls should win by 12-15 I rectum.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.03.11 20:25:43 by Speed7 Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 15) :

    You rectum?

    Is that like talking through your arse? 😛

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.03.11 20:29:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I always do on this blog.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.03.11 20:50:08 by Speed7 Reply

  • @Speed7 (Comment 17) : we’ve noticed 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.03.11 22:28:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.03.11 22:53:26 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 17) : Finally all is revealed! 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.03.11 23:39:01 by Ben Reply
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  • 😆 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.03.11 06:18:59 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : Nah, you obviously haven’t been paying attention to the Highlanders this season. They confidently dealt with both the Chiefs and Hurricanes. Bulls to pip them by a small margin.

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.03.11 10:10:01 by CapeShark Reply
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  • If either Jonker or Joubert has the whistle you can throw your house on a bulls victory, if not be carefull.

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.03.11 10:17:11 by Original Champion Reply
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  • That little shit will still get his day, Nonu gave him a good go, and then he pulled an oscar winning performance

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.03.11 13:46:05 by Whindy Reply
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