Bulls turn to Pottie

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 26 Feb 2014 at 12:24
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The Vodacom Bulls have named former Sharks flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter as their general as they look to finally get their Super Rugby campaign off to a winning start against the Lions at Loftus this weekend.

Potgieter, a veteran of 46 Super Rugby games for Bulls, Sharks and Cheetahs, comes in as a direct replacement for unlucky Louis Fouche, who has looked out of his depth as a starter in the last two games. Coach Frans Ludeke is looking to the 29-year-old, who has played in France for the lat two seasons, to provide direction and experience, hence leaving the talented (but inexperienced) Handre Pollard on the bench.

The balance of the backline remains unchanged for this clash, but it’s up front where there are further, rather sweeping changes. Frik Kirsten finally gets the nod at tighthead ahead of Werner Kruger, while Ludeke has decided he can no longer resist the temptation to return former captain Victor Matfield to the starting line-up. Having ammassed two further, rather uninspiring, caps off the bench, Big Vic will again play in the number 5 jersey. The man he displaces, Grant Hattingh, is set for a surprise switch to eighthman, where he takes over from Vleis Engelbrecht.

Engelbrecht drops to the pine, where he replaces young Wiaan Liebenberg, the former Baby Bok skipper joining Fouche in the stands this week. Paul Willemse, dropped after the Sharks game, is back in the 23 and will occupy the bench spot vacated by Matfield.

Vodacom Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handrรฉ Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers.


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  • Comment 1, posted at 26.02.14 12:29:36 by war1 Reply
  • Nice toilet pun there ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    Had they turned to the “long drop”, they’d have given Boshof a contract. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.02.14 12:33:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Except for hattingh (he might also be) this is the best decision they could have made victor have been captaining from the sidelines (I know he is not named as captain but flip will probable turn to him if needed) and the bulls players actually listens when he speak, as for pottie he is the fly-half that will be able to execute their gameplan the best

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.02.14 12:37:47 by BR Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : nothing against Boshof but I first want too see what he can do against better opposition before I join the Boshof hype

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.02.14 12:40:00 by BR Reply
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  • Still Go Lions! Last win before you lose next week ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.02.14 12:42:15 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Can’t say I’m surprised to see Victor in the starting line up.

    On paper I’d say this side should … theoretically… beat the Lions as long as JLP has his kicking boots on. You know the Bulls will go for poles everytime unlike the Stormers & Cheetahs.

    I wouldn’t put a LMS bet on it though! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.02.14 12:45:51 by gregkaos Reply
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  • So the Bulls drop the only performing loose forward to move ANOTHER lock into the loose trio? With this level of selection excellence it amazes me that the Bulls have not already won the trophy

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.02.14 12:48:43 by Half-Pint Reply

  • So the coach,captain,bus driver, team analyst and commentator finally starts a game. Surprised Potgiter didnt start the 1st game so its a good change. Piet Van Zyl better than Hougaard so he should start too. Hattingh a good change at 8, but I would have kept Engelbrecht and dropped Ross. I guess this means Louis Fouche will play for Tukkies in Varsity Cup on monday…haha

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.02.14 12:52:19 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : Tukkies are on top of the log – guess they can afford to take a risk

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.02.14 12:53:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : They should just wear the Bulls Vodacom Cup kit when they play away games ๐Ÿ™‚ When last did the Bulls lose 3 in a row in Super rugby?

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.02.14 13:02:20 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : I think 2005

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.02.14 13:22:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : actually wait… lost 3 on tour last year

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.02.14 13:22:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : So lost 3 and still finished top- shows you that its no use reading anything into early form.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.02.14 13:29:00 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : if you win your home games and a couple of away games you are in with a shout , if they win Saturday they would only have lost away games witch is not a train smash but if they don’t lift their game it will soon become a one

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.02.14 13:41:48 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 14) : Good point. I guess its just the performances in the losses that have people questioning. But then again the Stormers were pretty garbage last week as well

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.02.14 13:45:17 by SheldonK Reply

  • Fairly obvious, with Hattingh’s selection at 8, all these brain dead bunch care about is size. This is Heyneke Meyers selection criteria in its most rudimentary form.

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.02.14 13:53:02 by Talent Reply
  • This team suddenly has a very improved look with JLP in the driving seat (as long as Hougaard now only focuses on passing).

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.02.14 13:58:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • 5 locks in the match 23 is extraordinary. Just hope the Bulls keep the ball away from the ground. Very impressed with Potgieter’s inclusion. Someone’s seen the light.

    Now to find a hooker who throws in straight…

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.02.14 14:08:41 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 18) : Just throw it to Victor…always!

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.02.14 14:22:31 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 18) : … and actually participates in the game generally

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.02.14 14:38:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : If JLP performs I’m sure you’ll see Hougaards performance improve dramatically. You can see the Hougaard has been very hesitant to pass it out wide, and has tried desperately to take the pressure of Fouche by been more of a threat. Problem is it meant our loosies and Cheetahs loosies were targeting him completely and almost ignoring Fouche.

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.02.14 15:31:03 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Exactly. One only notice him when he throws into the line out – and buggers it up. I can’t remember when last the Bulls struggled with hookers. Chilliboy wasn’t brilliant, but he did his job, Botha was lively, Danie Coetzee was solid…Now I’m going back to 2002 and you know what happened that year!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.02.14 15:31:16 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • That loose trio is going to get owned at the breakdown.

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.02.14 15:54:24 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 23) : it kinds of feels that way, doesn’t it?

    If you look at the first two weeks, I’d say that Coetzee and Prinsloo between them were instrumental of robbing the Bulls of any momentum by pilfering off the deck. Don’t see how this move is going to counter that threat

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.02.14 17:00:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 22) : let’s go look for a Bulls team sheet from that year, just for shits and grins ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.02.14 17:03:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • 2002 Bulls…

    1 Wessel Roux
    2 James Dalton
    3 Piet Boer
    4 Marco Wentzel
    5 Victor Matfield
    6 Chris (Blue Bulls) le Roux (Captain)
    7 Johan Wasserman
    8 Pedrie Wannenburg
    9 Hakkies Husselman
    10 Petrus Francois Smith
    11 Giscard Pieters
    12 Adrian Jacobs
    13 Ettienne Botha
    14 Wylie Human
    15 Johan Roets
    16 Danie Coetzee
    17 Christo Bezuidenhout
    18 Bakkies Botha
    19 Gerrie Britz
    20 Norman Jordaan
    21 Jaco van der Westhuyzen
    22 Gavin Passens

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.02.14 17:04:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 8) : What rubbish…….Hougaard was good in the last game…….v/Zyl had a game to forget when he came on.

    Engelbrecht at 8 is poor, the guy is all brawn no brains

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.02.14 22:52:02 by Saffex Reply

  • Starting with Matfield is a joke, the guy should still be coaching. The side improves with the removal of Fouche at 10. Hattingh at 8 makes no sense, his best spot is 7. He is too light for lock.

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.02.14 22:54:14 by Saffex Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Geez that is a crap side

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.02.14 22:54:59 by Saffex Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Plenty of wrongs in that side. Props very weak, le Roux – did he ever play rugby again after they ended his contract? Husselman the scrummie with Jordaan on the bench…ouch. Then Botha and Jacobs get switch around?? Defense would have been terrible.
    No true flyhalf cover for Smith – who actually played his best rugby at inside centre for the Boks.

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.02.14 09:24:49 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 27) : If you basing it one 1 game then half the team should be on the bench including both centres. Van Zyl is a better scrumhalf than Hougaard, 1 bad game doesnt make you a bad player. Hougaard would be better utilised at wing where he can then pop up anywhere on the field and actually contribute with ball in hand. Van Zyl can get to rucks quickly and just clear the ball to Potgieter who can then utilise guys like Serfontein, Engelbrecht, Hougaard, Visser and Basson outside him.

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.02.14 09:31:07 by SheldonK Reply

  • Did everyone praising JLP forget how crap he was under pressure at the Sharks?? Go Lions!!

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.02.14 09:53:00 by CyberSakkie Reply

  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 30) : funny, I generally have a pretty good memory about rugby players, but I simply cannot picture Chris le Roux

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.02.14 10:00:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @CyberSakkie (Comment 32) : I think he was given an unfair run at the Sharks, he was only thrown in when the team was under pressure. And its hard for a new flyhalf to establish himself in those situations. Having said that he will be up against possibly the form flyhalf at the moment in Boschoff so will be a good contest.

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.02.14 11:02:17 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : He is the son of an Afrikaans singer by the same name. He reminded me a little bit of GJ van Velze, but I never heard of him after his contract ended.

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.02.14 11:26:16 by Blue Centurion Reply

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