Bulls named for Kings Park

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content on 26 Sep 2012 at 08:00
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Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar has recalled CJ Stander from the (relative) wilderness of the bench to start against the Sharks in Durban on Friday night, but Bok wing Bjorn Basson will need to wait another week to make his return to the side.

Stander has, understandably, fallen something out of favour in Bulls country after confirming his decision to leave for Ireland at the end of the year; that said, his exploits off the bench so far this year have more often than not proved decisive in those matches that the Bulls have won. Stander will start at number 8 this week, with Arno Botha shifting to blind side flank in place of Bok-bound Jacques Potgieter and Dewald Potgieter continuing to captain the side from the open side. Warwick Tecklenburg comes onto the bench.

Basson was widely tipped to return at left wing, but he’s been given an extra week to work on his fitness, with Sampie Mastriet enjoying a second start after impressing against the Cheetahs. Injured flyhalf Louis Fouche will be given as much time as possible to recover, but has been bracketed with Lionel Cronje in the number 10 jersey; should Fouche cry off, former Sharks junior Willie du Plessis could make his long-awaited senior Currie Cup debut.

The final change on the bench see Grant Hattingh come in for Cornell Hess as second row cover.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Louis Fouchè/Lionel Cronjè, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Mornè Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Bongo Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Lionel Cronjè/Willie du Plessis, 22 Ulrich Beyers.


  • So it still looks like a good team, hopefully they will implode against us

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.09.12 08:22:41 by Dunx Reply
  • Arno Botha and CJ Stander – Both really talented young players. We have the experience in the back row, they may just have the more in form combo.

    Deysel is struggling to get over the advantage line. He’s way too stagnant. He almost waits for the contact and then attempts to make some yards. It may be that he is still a little careful not to injure himself, but it’s been six games. He really needs to get over it now.

    Botes had two good games, but he’s not what he used to be and has his quiet moments on the field, especially on attack.

    Keegan is player great rugby, he and Stander will have an interesting tussle.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.09.12 08:27:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • JJ has been looking average since being outcast by the Boks. Compared to Keegan, who looked at his best against the Lions.

    Meyer didn’t do JJ any favours by giving him a cap and then dropping him cold. I don’t think it will do his future any good.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.09.12 08:30:05 by Letgo Reply
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  • Pine Pienaar is probably scared that if Basson plays this week, Heyneke will grab him for the Boks. If Basson only returns next week, HM wont have a need for him as the RC would be over for us and BB will be with the Bulls to the end 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.09.12 10:29:18 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) :

    Just proves that JJ should never have been selected for the Boks in the first place.

    And now he has a Bok cap among his list of achievements. Totally undeserved in my opinion.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.09.12 10:39:14 by wpw Reply

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