Bok mini-boost for Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content on 9 Oct 2013 at 15:16
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Gone, it seems, are the days when in the week after a Bok test, the Blue Bulls should expect to be boosted by a host of returning stars to strengthen their Currie Cup team. While the likes of Western Province and the Sharks have soared even without those Boks – and have this week been bolstered by five or more big names each – the Bulls’ own “Bok boost” looks a little apologetic by comparison.

While the likes of Morne Steyn, Juandre Kruger and Zane Kirchner move back to European clubs this week, only centres Jan Serfontein and JJ Engelbrecht have made their way forlornly back to Pretoria, where they’ll slot in as a combination to try and do the impossible; the Blue Bulls need to pick up five log points in Bloemfontein, without conceding any themselves, to sneak into the semi-finals in fourth place at the expense of the Cheetahs.

The Bulls’ other Bok – Flip van der Merwe – is out of action with a knee injury this week. It’s unclear how he sustained the injury whilst being suspended, but they’re a special lot, these Bulls, so anything can really happen.

A loose forward reshuffle sees captain Jono Ross named on the open side this week, with former King Vleis Engelbrecht preferred at number 8.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudi Paige, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross (captain), 5 David Bulbring, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Francois Venter, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.


  • Scary thought if you’re a Bulls supporter.

    Take this side, add Flip van der Merwe, pierre Spies and Francois Hougaard….

    And that’s your Super Rugby starting team.


  • Comment 1, posted at 09.10.13 15:24:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • So bulls by 50?

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.10.13 15:28:33 by R Hayward Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Also Arno Botha and Callie Visagie.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.10.13 15:32:06 by war1 Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : @war1 (Comment 3) : Also Mellet would be fit and Piet van Zyl is also joining us.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.10.13 15:44:06 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : Our main weakness will be flyhalf. Stegman also returning.
    If we do overcome our flyhalf crisis, I will take you back to this post next year July.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.10.13 15:49:51 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • So you’re looking at a first choice team of:

    1. Morné Mellet
    2. Bandise Maku
    3. Werner Kruger
    4. Paul Willemse
    5. Flip van der Merwe
    6. Deon Stegman
    7. Arno Botha
    8. Pierre Spies (c)
    9. Piet van Zyl
    10. Handré Pollard
    11. Bjorn Basson
    12. Jan Serfontein
    13. JJ Engelbrecht
    14. Akona Ndungane
    15. Jurgen Visser

    16. Callie Visagie
    17. Marcel van der Merwe
    18. Frik Kirsten
    19. Grant Hattingh
    20. Jacques du Plessis
    21. Francois Hougaard
    22. Francois Venter
    23. Waylon Murray

    Still not great… might be able to come out on top against the Lions.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.10.13 17:01:46 by David12246 Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 6) : lol. Werner Kruger 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.10.13 17:08:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 6) : Switch Kirsten with Kruger and Vleis Engelbrecht for du Plessis.
    Venter going to Cheetahs so Small-Smith would probably be reserve centre.

    The flyhalf-issue really should have been solved during the cc in preparation for Superrugby.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.10.13 19:37:17 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 8) : but wait – what about Waylon Murray?

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.10.13 19:41:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Don’t tease. If they REALLY have to use him, I’d prefer him at wing, that way you at least minimise the damage as he doesn’t have to receive a ball.

    Still baffles me why they bought him.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.10.13 20:12:38 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : @Blue Centurion (Comment 8) : Did I miss something? Did something happen with Kruger?

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.10.13 20:33:48 by David12246 Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 11) : Not yet, he’s just not rated that high.

    Not much in any case.

    Ok, not at all.

    His performance over the last 3 years is shocking. I think he’s consistently the most penalised prop in SA. Although both Coenie and Greyling have enjoyed attentions from refs.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.10.13 22:01:04 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • Louis Fouche still in the mix?

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.10.13 07:31:05 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 13) : Yes, but he’s still injured until early Feb. Being a year out of it, he would probably play Vodacom cup.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.10.13 07:37:24 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 14) : is he good enough for Vodacom?

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.10.13 07:57:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Well, he was out for almost a year, maybe he learned something, or am I clutching at staws?

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.10.13 09:34:02 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : But on the positive side (for the Bulls, that is), at least they have at least 5 schoolboy players per position on their books, I’m sure 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.10.13 09:56:06 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 17) : 😈

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.10.13 10:07:20 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 16) : did he leave Pretoria during that time? 🙂

    (ok, I’m being nasty, I know)

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.10.13 10:31:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 6) : Possibly the most unintelligent looking group of forwards to ever have graced South African soil 😆 Will Arno Botha be back ?

    Not looking good for the Bulls ,I must say.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.10.13 18:26:37 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 20) : @robdylan (Comment 19) : Nah you not,he couldn’t find his way out,Intelligence is the least of the bullarinas problem ,with the credit crunch they no longer are able to influence ref’s in away games either

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.10.13 17:16:21 by benji Reply
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