Van den Heever in for Ndungane

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content on 22 Sep 2011 at 07:27
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Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar has made a single injury-enforced change to his starting line-up to face the Lions in Johannesburg this weekend.

Akona Ndungane has picked up a rib injury that will keep him on the sidelines for a fortnight or so, meaning a timely return to the starting line up for Gerhard “Shadow” van den Heever.

There is some uncertainty at flyhalf as well, with Louis Fouche down to play, despite struggling with the same groin niggle that ruled him out of the Western Province game at short notice. Francois Brummer will start again should Fouche be ruled out.

Blue Bulls: Zane Kirchner, Born Basson, Wynand Olivier, Francois Venter, Gerhard van den Heever, Louis Fouché/Francois Brummer, Jano Vermaak, CJ Stander, Jacques Potgieter, Dewald Potgieter, Juandré Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Gary Botha (capt), Dean Greyling.
Replacements: Willie Wepener, Rossouw de Klerk, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Arno Botha, Dustin Jinka, Francois Brummer/Marnitz Boshoff, Jurgen Visser.


  • My bulletjies will have to be at their best to beat a lions side currently playing great rugby.

    Van den heever adds some speed out wide but it remains to be seen if “shadow” has finally grown some real balls :mrgreen:

    Is he willing to go look for work,make alot of tackles or just blom on the field and wait for his teammates to do all the work for him. 🙄

    Lets hope he does not run out of gas like he did against the sharks :mrgreen: haha priceless even today i can not still believe it shadow hit a speed bump. 😕

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.09.11 08:31:43 by Muzi Reply
  • Pine Pienaar played musical chairs :mrgreen: with his young flyhalves and the bulls season will be determined by fouche’s fitness.

    Young Francois Brummer is playing without confidence and boshoff is underrated by the bulls coaches.

    If brummer was on song fouche would have missed out thats just how desperate pine is he does not trust or have faith with boshoff and brummer controlling the match on saturday.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.09.11 08:38:27 by Muzi Reply
  • @Muzi (Comment 2) :

    Where’s Mellett & Zane Botha man? If they’d been at another union they’d be well settled by now :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.09.11 08:40:18 by hendrikp Reply
  • This is for Mr beet:

    Bulls Under 19s:

    Juan Nel, Richard Dean Gorrah, William Small-Smith ©, Christopher Bosch, Damian van Wyk, Tony Jantjies, Rudi van Rooyen, Nardus van der Walt, Cloete Wessels, Shaun Adendorff, Schalk van Heerden, Herman Groenewald, Hencus van Wyk, Jaco Visagie, Du Toit Genis. Replacements: Mike Murray, Christoph Gouws, Stefan Willemse, Malberbe van Wyk, Abrie Griessel, Andile Jho, Marvin Orrie, Marzuq Maarman, Danie Ludick Jacques Olivier.

    Bulls under 21 side:

    Clayton Blommetjies, Sampie Mastriet, Ulrich Beyers, Fanie Booysen, Courtnall Skosan, JC Roos, Lohan Jacobs, Jono Ross ©, Wiaan Liebenberg, Dalton Davies, Franco Mostert, Gerno Eksteen, Gerhard Engelbrecht, Bongi Mbonambi, Juan Schoeman.

    Reserves: Jacques Momberg, Basil Short, JJ Breet, Lean Schwartz, Xander Redelinghuys, Adri Jacobs, Bradley Moolman.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.09.11 08:40:29 by Muzi Reply
  • @hendrikp (Comment 3) :
    I believe Mallet will be better than werner and dean greyling he is tall,mobile and strong he can scrum.
    He is currently injured and zane botha played club champs for tukkies he is very fiery and aggressive.

    I believe he has been told to bulk up abit for senior rugby.But the bulls coaches believe he has a future.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.09.11 08:45:09 by Muzi Reply
  • :mrgreen: I hope Mr Dylan does not fire me for posting this article from business day its very interesting.

    Meyer reveals plan to restore Bulls to former glory
    From next year the Bulls will be without some of the trustees that have served them with aplomb — Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw — and who have delivered trophies that some teams still dream of winning

    DIRECTOR of rugby Heyneke Meyer told Business Day yesterday he planned to turn the Blue Bulls back into a dominant franchise which plays a fluid, high-intensity running game.

    From next year the Bulls will be without some of the trustees that have served them with aplomb — Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw — and who have delivered trophies that some teams still dream of winning.

    Meyer’s recruits thus far, Johan Sadie, JJ Engelbrecht and most recently Lionel Cronje, are fleet- footed backline players, a clear indication of the direction the team would be taking.

    “I brought Pine (Pienaar) in who was a backline coach because I want to improve the way we’re playing. If you look at the guys we’ve recruited, they are very exciting backs.
    “You always have a vision of how you want to play and then get players around that.
    “We will always have a tough forward pack but we’ve looked at how the game has evolved,” Meyer said.
    “If you stay the same you’ll never get ahead.”

    The Bulls are in the same position they were when he started as coach in 2000, said Meyer, in that an overhaul is needed to reposition the team to the top.

    Meyer listed five focal points he felt would give the union the edge over its rivals: having the best coaching staff at all age group levels, recruiting the best young talent, implementing a winning culture, ensuring an environment where players can grow to their full potential and changing the way the Bulls played. “It’s not finalised yet but we are looking to get Victor Matfield in to help us with the lineouts.

    “We are looking hard at the way we are going to play. We are busy with a lot of camps that (are set up) to have the whole union playing the same way.”

    However the changes will not be without their casualties.
    “The hard decisions we had to make (were) which players we want to keep and which we will let go,” Meyer said.

    Brummer is in trouble 😥

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.09.11 08:52:03 by Muzi Reply
  • @Muzi (Comment 6) :

    Very interesting… and about time. Bulls haven’t had a Plan B for a long time, so it’s nice to hear they are exploring the attacking side of rugby. Think Morne will prove that he can play running rugby as well, and it will benefit the Springboks in the long run.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.09.11 09:29:42 by hendrikp Reply
  • ‘the union has also been boosted with the signing of Blue Bulls flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff for next season.’

    Apparently he is going to Griquas

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.09.11 09:32:57 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 4) : Thanks Muzi. The u19 game will be a good one. The Lions u19 have a good chance of winning that game. Hopefully the Lions u21 team can lift their game to meet the challenge this time round. They were slaughtered at Loftus.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.09.11 12:25:49 by beet Reply
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