Bulls snap up Potgieter (again)

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 27 Jan 2014 at 15:32
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Veteran flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter looks set for a third stint with the Bulls, as he’s apparently been offered a new contract with the Pretoria-based union ahead of this year’s Super Rugby competition.

While it’s not quite clear as to whether the move is official, various sources seem to indicate that this is a done deal, with Potgieter, who is currently playing in France, set to return to his home town to join a Bulls outfit sorely lacking in experienced flyhalf depth. With only raw youngsters like Louis Fouche and Handre Pollard to call on, Potgieter is being looked at to reprise the “general” role he last played for the Bulls in the 2010 Currie Cup.


  • Good move by the Bulls to get some experience in..

    Not sure he will set Super Rugby alight, but a solid player nonetheless..

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.01.14 15:35:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Interesting as he was never really any good at 10 for the Bulls are played better at 13 actually. But he did do well at 10 for the Cheetahs and to a lesser extent at the Sharks. His European experience will help the Bulls.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.01.14 15:58:43 by SheldonK Reply

  • He is a pretty handy 10

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.01.14 00:53:27 by Saffex Reply

  • Never been a fan of ‘ol yaak loo-y pootgieter. Rate him on the same level as Monty Dumond.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.01.14 06:16:13 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • He was pretty good for the Cheetahs in 2009 and the Blue Bulls in the subsequent currie cup year.

    It is too bad no one rated him as a Super rugby flyhalf starter – until now. I’m really relieved with this move. The 2 biggest eye soaring weak spots have been covered – albeit by a retiree and a player who will join the squad, days before their ONLY warm-up game. Now they have a proper balanced squad.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.01.14 09:58:25 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • I’ll never forget that wonderful try he scored against the Crusaders in London.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.01.14 10:17:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Speaking of Bulls flyhalves has anyone seen Morne Steyn in action lately? Eish he looks so off the pace its scary. I dont think he will last too long in French rugby.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.01.14 10:26:35 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : that’s pretty sad, because it means he’ll come back to the Bulls and then Meyer will continue to pick him for the Boks for the next 5 years.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.01.14 10:31:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Yeh i honestly thought he would do better in their forward orientated game but he has almost looked shell shocked and his kicking has been average. Same can be said of Habana- his handling was horrid before his injury. On the other end of the scale Meyer Bosman has been superb and has forced his way into the starting lineup. His distribution and support play has been very good.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.01.14 10:47:09 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Sad to say – as a Bulls fan – but now that we have Potgieter and the young guys up and coming, Steyn would hamper our long term development. A luxury for sure as he was the main character in the Bulls plot, but we needed to develop new flyhalves while he was at the Bulls. No other flyhalf was given proper game time (super rugby) while he was available for the Bulls – which was always because he never got injured or dropped – except for Currie Cup when he played for the Boks.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.01.14 10:55:33 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : Who does Bosman play for?
    Wasn t happy to see him go but with all the talent we have at 12 now I guess it s better this way.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.01.14 11:00:34 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 11) : Stade Francais

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.01.14 11:03:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 10) : Join the club – many of us have been saying the exact same thing about how Steyn was hampering the long term development of promising young flyhalves at international level. In fact you could almost take your whole post and substitute the word Bulls with Boks and it would be relevant, even going back 2 years.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.01.14 11:26:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : @robdylan (Comment 8) : He now has the benefit of never having to be compared to Lambie or anyother young flyhalf, automatic Springbok inclusion.

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.01.14 11:31:38 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 14) : At the rate he is playing when Stade get their other flyhalf back from injury Steyn is going to catching splinters. Also where is the Rory Kockett fan club cos after last years big season he has been woeful this year.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.01.14 11:35:36 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : He was never on pace……Morne is a bog ordinary rugby player with a great boot

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.01.14 14:11:40 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 16) : Well apart from the odd exception it seems his boot didnt make it past Customs at OR Tambo cos even that has been pretty average. Must be a serious headache for Hyneke Meyer

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.01.14 14:31:20 by SheldonK Reply

  • An out of form steyn is still beter than a inform lambie.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.01.14 09:57:13 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Steyn was out of form in 2012 and back inform 2013…..don’t think HM is to worried

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.01.14 09:59:30 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Pottie was never flashy….but beggars can’t be choosers

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.01.14 10:06:38 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @KingsArmy (Comment 18) : nobody’s buyin’ what you’re sellin’… go dangle that bait under a different bridge 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.01.14 10:08:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : The uhm… other ‘bridges’ aren’t supplying a lot of threads these days to dangle bait from. Hope that doesn’t mean a migration of ‘under-bridge-dwellers’ to this site 😕

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.01.14 12:38:42 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) : seems kind of inevitable.

    Feels a bit like the whole rugby blog scene has died…. or is it just me?

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.01.14 13:45:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Nope, got the same feeling towards the latter part of last year. Morne’s old hunting ground still offers up decent articles but aside from that it seems pickings are slim these days.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.01.14 14:38:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Not a lot for most of these guys to write about until the start of the SS. Does the rugby blog scene not go into hibernation around this time every year?

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.01.14 14:57:02 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 25) : there’s always the paranoid feeling that if you stop writing, you’ll lose your entire audience.

    It still keeps me awake at night.

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.01.14 14:58:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 24) : but they do a lot of copy-paste stuff too.

    Starting to get a very strong feeling that I’ve outlasted all the other amateurs, while the pros just don’t see any money in this format, hence won’t carry on.

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.01.14 15:00:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) :

    So you needs to start thinking about the ‘next big thing’ for rugby supporters……like voldy did all those years ago.

    Be first and make the big bucks!

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.01.14 15:08:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : don’t let those voices keep u up tell them as well as yourself to buckle up,put on a fresh brookies, this is going to be one hell of a ride rather bloody and messy for others once the feeding frenzy begins ,its your pre-match nerves getting to you

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.01.14 15:20:34 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 29) : LOL, thanks!

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.01.14 15:33:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : True, they don’t post a lot of original content and have a lot fewer commentators but they’ serve as a decent news filter. Saves me the trouble of finding the worthwhile stuff on other sites.

    You’re a modern day Mohican Rob :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.01.14 19:31:25 by vanmartin Reply
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