Richard Ferguson

Bulls secure cover at lock/flank

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, EP Kings, Original Content on 30 Aug 2011 at 15:55
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Jacques Potgieter, the 26 year old utility forward of the EP Kings, has been signed by the Blue Bulls, and not only from next year, they have also negotiated an early release, meaning the player will join the union from 1 September, and will be available for Currie Cup selection.

Potgieter has signed a 2 year contract with the Pretoria based Union and will boost the very thin loose forward stocks available to the Bulls at the moment. Potgieter prefers to play as a loose forward but can also cover lock.


  • Ready to play this weekend I guess.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.08.11 16:59:50 by war1 Reply
  • Useful option off the bench. Now they should drop Dewald Potgieter completely (stick Arno Botha in rather), find a good openside and they might have something to look forward to. 😐

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.08.11 17:09:37 by hendrikp Reply

  • Has he sorted his hands yet?

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.08.11 17:11:11 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • From the Bulls probable first-choice 15.

    Good players: Chilliboy Ralepelle, Flip vd Merwe, Wilhelm Steenkamp/Juandre Kruger, Pierre Spies, Francois Hougaard, Morne Steyn, Wynand Olivier, Johann Sadie, JJ Engelbrecht

    Very average players: Dean Greyling, Dewald Potgieter, Bjorn Basson – Can still play a part but could definitely upgrade on them

    Absolutely useless: Werner Kruger, Deon Stegmann, Zane Kirchner – Need to find replacements for these 3 as soon as possible. Embarressing to think all 3 of them are Springboks.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.08.11 17:18:10 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 4) : I really like what I’ve seen of Arno Botha at u21 level this year.

    What are your feeling about CJ Stander, Rossouw de Klerk, Stefan Watermeyer and newbie Louis Fouche, who looks like he might become SA rugby’s next Willem de Waal?

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.08.11 17:27:45 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 5) : why do we need another Willem de Waal? Took us bloody ages to get rid of the last one 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.08.11 17:33:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 5) :

    Stander looks solid. Can’t see him ever being a Springbok, but solid.

    Rossouw de Klerk a better bet then Werner Kruger who has to be the most overrated player in SA atm alongside a certain EP captain. Probably not the class to ever push on, but heck surely he must be an improvement on someone who made a complete fool of himself on the Springbok tour of Australasia.

    Stefan Watermeyer hasn’t really stepped up. Thought we’d see much more from him. Playing for the Bulls hasn’t done him any favours though. His running game is poor considering the competition he’s faced.

    And Louis Fouche hasn’t done enough to prove to me he’s anything more then a temporary fill in. Catrakillis actually falls into that category as well. They’re doing alright in a very weakened tournament, but in general play they’ve hardly been anything above average.

    Think Francois Venter, Arno Botha, Morne Mellett & Zane Botha are the 4 that should be getting more game time at the Bulls.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.08.11 18:01:05 by hendrikp Reply

  • I got excited when I read the first few words thinking we had unloaded JLP back to the bulls. Imagine my disappointment when I finished that sentence.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.08.11 18:08:07 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Beats me! The Bulls need to answer that one.

    I remember once upon a time the Sharks tried to sign de Waal but Markgraaf advised him to join Vrystaat.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.08.11 18:14:43 by beet Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 7) :

    In the case of Mellett & Zane Botha… more to see what they are made of.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.08.11 18:16:17 by hendrikp Reply

  • @beet (Comment 9) :

    De Waal is another player that was changed into what he is. I remember when the Bulls switched him from fullback to flyhalf for one game, he challenged the line brilliantly.

    Then he started playing like a South African flyhalf. Completely forgot about attacking rugby.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.08.11 18:18:13 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 7) : I’ve got to say that Demitri has come from a long way back to grab this oppo with both hands. He gets better with every game imho.

    Mellet must be injured at the moment. He is a good player. I also liked the other youngster Frik Kirsten but he also seemed to have vanished into thin air.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.08.11 18:25:39 by beet Reply
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  • @ hendrikp

    Louis Fouche was bought by the bulls because he has a groot boot 😕 he looks good right now because Vermaak is not jinka and the pack is not going backwards.Bulls supporters say he plays like Naas absolutely rubbish. :mrgreen:

    Tony Jantjies is having a brilliant season with the under 19s to me he is the only complete package we have at the bulls.
    Young Francois Tradoux is another who has the potential to be a bok.

    CJ Stander has lost his pace and the other big kids have caught up to him he is not a pierre spies. :mrgreen:

    Morne Mallet has potential to be a bok according our beloved Heyneke Meyer he is very strong in the scrums.

    Watermeyer had a good running game but the bulls wanted to turn him into a wynand olivier 😥

    Francois Venter needs to work on his distribution ASAP the kid is not yet ready in my honest opinion.Oi man we really do over hype players.

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.08.11 18:33:07 by Muzi Reply

  • @beet (Comment 12) :

    He’s kicked well and played the right sort of rugby on each side of the pitch. But if it was that simple then I’d have run out as Province flyhalf as well.

    He won’t kick on because he hasn’t got the variation to his game that you might see from someone like Grant, or Lionel Cronje, or Gary van Aswegen even. Province have a lot of decent flyhalves at the moment who are spoon fed, but no-one who takes control. That was obvious from the way they nurtured Kurt Coleman through those S15 games.

    There’s only 3 genuine flyhalves in the Cape at the moment. Peter Grant, Lionel Cronje, Gary van Aswegen. The rest are fill-ins. (I can’t comment on Michael van der Spuy of course)

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.08.11 18:33:14 by hendrikp Reply

  • @beet (Comment 12) : Frik Kirsten has never been the same after that horrific neck injury.

    Stefanus Pretorius the big hair blonde prop is the beez neez.

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.08.11 18:34:51 by Muzi Reply

  • Zane Botha is unlucky he got a bad injury last year he is very aggressive and strong for such a small fella.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.08.11 18:37:39 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 13) :

    See when people say distribution… that’s what gets me. What does it mean to improve your distribution?

    If you mean running lines, or decision making… that makes sense to me 🙂

    I’m not actually a Bulls supporter. I’m all about Province when it’s head-to-head. End of the day though I like seeing all 5 teams strong and at their best. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.08.11 18:37:48 by hendrikp Reply

  • Marnitz Boshoff needs to go look for another province the dude can run but he has no kicking game i wonder what vlokkie was doing with him. 😕

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.08.11 18:39:06 by Muzi Reply

  • Good for the Bulls, we don’t need another crash ball specialist that becomes useless against against a team that is well coached. Time to unleash Adonga.

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.08.11 18:40:42 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 17) : Francois Venter has a bad habit of holding the ball too long when he passes it he puts pressure on the other players.

    Also he sometimes never passes to your hands mOre like to your head or a the back of you. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.08.11 18:42:11 by Muzi Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 17) : Olivier has the best pass at loftus venter needs to improve that area of his game ASAP.

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.08.11 18:43:22 by Muzi Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 20) :

    Fair enough. Think it comes down to decision making more then anything then. And let’s be honest… to play for the Bulls you don’t have to have the best passing game in the world 😆

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.08.11 18:44:54 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Muzi (Comment 21) :

    Sounds to me like him and Francois Steyn have the same sort of ideas then.

    End of the day you can’t expect a player to play more expansively if it isn’t encouraged by the coaches.

    Here’s to the Bulls adopting a more expansive game where the players are allowed to use their initiative rather then rehearsing every move they make.

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.08.11 18:48:09 by hendrikp Reply


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