Gerber leaves Bulls (again)

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 14 Sep 2012 at 08:00
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There’s a long-held tradition of forward supremacy up in fairest Tshwane, or so we’re told, with dominance up-front generally considered to be the major (if not only) focal point of the Bulls’ game plan. All but the most fervent of die-hards would concede, though, that it’s been some time since the Bulls had a set of props that were genuine world-beaters in their own right.

The search for a dominant tight head, in particular, is ongoing and with Werner Kruger proving no more than a useful stopgap in the number 3 jersey (and patently not a test player in that position, as we’ve seen) the Bulls seem to be giving every youngster in the province, if not the country, a fair shot at that jersey. Rossouw de Klerk has tried and failed too – hence his imminent departure for Bloemfontein – with former Baby Bok Marcel van der Merwe set to move the other way and stake his own claim for a place in the Bulls front row.

Rayno Gerber is another who has failed to make the requisite impression after rejoining the Bulls earlier in the year from Stade Francais. Gerber, 31, was a fixture in the Bulls squad in years gone by and although seldom the first choice at tighthead, nonetheless was a part of all three Super 14-winning teams and has the medals to prove it. On return from France, he was widely expected to once again be Kruger’s back-up, but has not managed to crack so much as the Currie Cup 22, far less get a go in Super Rugby. In fact, all he’s only played in the Vodacom Cup this year.

It’s just been confirmed via Brenden Nel of SuperSport that Gerber will leave the Bulls immediately to further his career with Rovigo in Italy.


  • Surprised the Kings did not buy him?

    He fits the mould… Over the hill, once upon-a-time decent player looking to end his career in luxury…

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.09.12 08:15:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Bulls Gerber who? he hasn’t really stood out.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.09.12 08:39:40 by Dunx Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) :
    Wow Rich – been sipping on some vinegar? 😐

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.09.12 08:42:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) :

    Read plenty of sarcasm into that comment..

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.09.12 09:10:14 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : It’s a little something I like to call PMDS (pre-match day stress).

    Been prevalent lately with our national pride putting us to international shame ever weekend.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.09.12 09:53:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 5) : I get badly depressed and no longer look forward to the weekends.

    Oh to see a Bok backline swing the ball and use dummy runners and a tactical move of some kind…even a textbook scissors would gladden my heart!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.09.12 10:44:28 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 6) : Ja, who cares about blue Mondays when you have the Springboks play on Saturdays.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.09.12 10:50:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @ firethelooser (Comment 7) yeah we have blue Saturdays now.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.09.12 12:11:37 by Dunx Reply


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