Richard Ferguson

Pollard Super Rugby debut on hold

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 2 Jul 2013 at 13:09
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The Bulls have suffered a minor flyhalf setback with news that Louis Fouche is out of action for the remainder of the season. While is not as bad for Super Rugby, the Currie Cup sees the Pretoria based outfit with no experienced flyhalf.

While there are calls for Handre Pollard to be included in this weekend’s Bulls Super Rugby squad to take on the Sharks, reports indicate that the young flyhalf will not be involved.

Pollard has not formed part a Super Rugby squad all season, instead playing Vodacom Cup, Varsity Cup and recently being involved in the Junior World Championship. Previously, the Bulls have opted to use Jurgen Visser as the flyhalf backup in the match 22 and playing Morne Steyn for the entire match. This is set to continue.

Considering that Pollard has played a mammoth 24 games already this season, it is a wise move for a player in his first full year as a professional. Pollard’s rise and reputation is on a similar level to what we saw happen to Johan Goosen, and we all know what happened to him when he started playing week in and week out.

Come Currie Cup though, the Bulls look likely to have no other choice but play Pollard, unless they back another flyhalf in the interim. Their options are limited to Tony Jantjies, brother of Lions/Stormers flyhalf Elton Jantjies, and Sharks fullback cum flyhalf Willie du Plessis, who has performed admirably with Pollard at Tuks.


  • They’d be insane to play him on Saturday. He’s damn good, but throwing him into the mix against the Sharks in a crunch game would be idiocy. I expect to see a lot of him in the currie cup though.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.07.13 13:15:01 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Richard

    Can you please stop writing articles about ‘other teams’

    This IS after all a Sharks website! 😉 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.07.13 13:26:26 by wpw Reply
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    Iemand moet dit doen… 👿

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.07.13 13:29:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : Wes, will you please stop writing quite so many articles. I cannot keep up with reading all of them :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.07.13 13:35:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • I believe Jurgen Visser can also play flyhalf. He started out there when he was at WP.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.07.13 14:01:29 by war1 Reply
  • What happen to Willie Du Plessis?

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.07.13 14:08:25 by muesli Reply

  • @muesli (Comment 6) : playing (and playing well) for Tuks.

    My money is on Willie to be the Bulls’ Currie Cup flyhalf.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.07.13 14:53:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Given what happened when Liefling left, where they alternated between Brummer, Francis and Boshoff (to a lesser extent) every week, I’d say Jantjies, Pollard and du Plessis could be up for the same.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.07.13 16:33:34 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • I would hope they’d pick one and trust him for an extended period before dropping him for another if he’s not performing.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.07.13 16:37:13 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • Blue Centurion when liefling left Steyn was Bulls fh, Brummer and Francis only played when Steyn could not play.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.07.13 19:48:36 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : Which was the majority of the cc.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.07.13 05:24:15 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • Willie wil bench, Visser at 10 his best position in my opinion will fill in at 10 with beyers as 15 [email protected]robdylan (Comment 4) :

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.07.13 08:56:08 by BoerSeun Reply


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