Gerber returns for Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 2 Feb 2012 at 09:30
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The Bulls have contracted tighthead prop Rayno Gerber, who last played for them in 2009 before disappearing into the rugby wilderness in France, to provide cover for them in the 2012 Super Rugby competition.

With Rossouw de Klerk, expected to be primary understudy to Werner Kruger, unavailable until the latter part of the season due to a foot injury, it became vital for the Bulls to secure extra cover in the number 3 jersey. Gerber, who won two Super 14 titles with the side before heading off to play for Stade Francais in Paris, seems a pretty good fit and has been signed on a short-term contract until the end of August.

The 120kg monster started training with the Bulls this week bit will be some way short of fitness, having last played a game of rugby 5 months ago.


  • Why was his last game 5 months ago? Did Stade not see any use in playing him or was he out of contract when signed by the Bulls?

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.02.12 09:37:20 by ChrisS Reply
  • Hey you have this article wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is no longer a prop.

    From the original announcement.
    Cape Town – The Bulls’ front row reserves have been boosted after former prop Rayno Gerber signed a deal for the Super Rugby tournament.

    😉 😉 😉 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.02.12 10:01:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @ChrisS (Comment 1) : Because he was one of the few who go up North and are not even good enough to shine up there.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.02.12 10:02:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : I always thought that he was pretty good. Was hoping that he’d shine and give us some tighthead depth in the country.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.02.12 10:18:27 by ChrisS Reply
  • Seems like not much of a Bulls backing of Frik Kirsten to do the job.

    Can’t wait to hear the triple M discussion : Muzi: Morne Mellet :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.02.12 10:20:50 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 5) : Morne Mellet’s injury is depressing 👿 Org Strauss, and the entire Bulls medical staff are playing musical chairs with us.

    I mean the guy had an operation last year then we were told he will be ready in January.

    Now Mr Org says he will be ready in March. 🙄

    Well i hope he hasn’t eaten too many vetkoeks,pies and bulls sausage rolls.

    Mellet is a great prospect i hope he can bounce back from his setback.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.02.12 11:09:03 by Muzi Reply

  • Ryno Gerber was a good provincial prop but never anything beter

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.02.12 12:09:32 by Mutley Reply
  • Changing the subject but the England U20 team for their Six Nations U20 fixture has been named. If I was Dawie Theron I’d be recording every England U20 for review and analysis.

    The England team is missing a few players who have Saxons or Club commitments or are injured.

    Players to keep an eye on are Marland Yearde (London Irish – wing), Elliot Daly (Centre – hugely talented who had been a stand out performer for Wasps in this years AP), George Ford (Leicester Tigers – Flyhalf), Koree Britton (Gloucester – Hooker), George Merrick (Harlequins – Lock – 2m 120kgs) and Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriots – No 8)

    Players not involved or on the bench would give the starting XV a good run for their money

    1. Nick Auterac (Saracens, 3 games at Premiership, European or LV level)
    2. Nathan Morris (Wasps, 3 games)
    3. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 2 games)
    4. Sam Twomey (Harlequins, 2 games)
    5. Will Spencer (Bath, 4 games)
    6. Dominic Barrow (Leeds, 1 game)
    7. Ben Nutley (Saints, 17 games)
    8. Billy Vunipola (Wasps, 6 games)

    9. Ben Spencer (Saracens, 19 games)
    10. Joel Hodgson (Newcastle, 10 games)
    11. Jamie Elliott (Saints, 14 games)
    12. Will Addison (Sale, 18 games)
    13. Mark Jennings (Sale, 1 game)
    14. Josh Bassett (Bedford, top-tryscorer in the Championship with 15)
    15. Jack Nowell (Exeter, 3 games)

    16. Will Tanner (Bath, 3 games)
    17. Danny Herriott (Saints)
    18. Tom Jubb (Saracens, 1 game)
    19. Dave Sisi (Lon Irish, 9 games)
    20. Jonah Holmes (Wasps, 5 games)
    21. Will Robinson (Wasps, 2 games)
    22. Tommy Bell (Sale/Leeds, 2nd highest points scorer in the Championship with 199)

    The game is being streamed from the RFU site

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.02.12 13:39:26 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 8) : A lot of these guys played against SA u18 2 years back.

    Amazing how England have managed to keep more or less the same squad of players together for that period.

    There team was clearly bigger, stronger and faster than ours in 2010. Will be interesting to see how we match up to them 2 years down the line.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.02.12 15:13:42 by beet Reply
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  • Yeah; gotta agree that this is no real news. Each player deserves a second chance, lets see if he gets a game, and lets see what happens should he get a game… He never struck me a scary player – never actually struck me as a player at all! Rayno prove us wrong…

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.02.12 15:19:12 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @beet (Comment 9) : This is the full lineup for the game against Scotland. Do you recognise any more names?

    England Under 20 starting XV to face Scotland

    15) Ben Ransom (Saracens)
    14) Marland Yarde (London Irish)
    13) Elliot Daly (London Wasps)
    12) Ryan Mills (Gloucester)
    11) Charlie Walker (Harlequins)
    10) George Ford (C) (Leicester Tigers)
    9) Dan Robson (Gloucester)

    1) Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
    2) Koree Britton (Gloucester)
    3) Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
    4) Tom Price (Leicester Tigers)
    5) George Merrick (Harlequins)
    6) Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)
    7) Chris Walker (Leeds Carnegie)
    8 ) Jack Clifford (Harlequins)

    16) Scott Spurling (Saracens)
    17) Alec Hepburn (London Wasps)
    18) Ross Harrison (Sale Sharks)
    19) Elliot Stooke (Gloucester)
    20) Will Skuse (Bath Rugby)
    21) Alex Day (Northampton Saints)
    22) Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby)
    23) Anthony Watson (London Irish)

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.02.12 16:38:36 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 6) : He had two operations last year, the first was unsuccessful, therefore the second. Started training after the first op, then MRI, then into the second. Don’t know exactly when, but that’s the reason for the postponement, I’d say. Understand the whole depth thing in every position, but the bulls are going over the top with that spiel! Mellett should have moved to the Cheetahs when he had the offer in 2010. Would’ve had a chance in Super Rugby long ago if he did that. I mean, he went on the bloody away leg for the super 15 last year, but it ended up being an expensive “holiday” = no play time. Anyho, as someone else suggested in another post, this contracting of every-and-all players, just for the sake of depth is gonna come back and haunt them. 👿 They give me the impression that they are not sure of where they stand with their squad, shooting rapid fire in the dark.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.02.12 09:24:50 by lz Reply


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