Dewald back in blue

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 17 Mar 2014 at 13:04
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The Bulls have successfully negotiated terms with Dewald Potgieter’s Japanese club, meaning the experienced loose forward is free to play for them in Super Rugby.

Potgieter left Loftus under a cloud last year, after being offered a pay cut and being blamed for the side’s Super Rugby semi-final loss to the Brumbies. Loose forward injuries, though, have paved the way for his return, which will be on a loan basis until July.

Potgieter will be available to the Bulls with immediate effect through 11 July this year, when he will need to return to Japan for pre-season training.


  • The dog returning to his proverbial vomit?

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.03.14 13:15:11 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.03.14 13:30:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Bringing sexy back.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.03.14 13:54:06 by Big Fish Reply
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  • The bulls will reach the playoffs again this year. Ons moet maar vrede maak

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.03.14 14:00:26 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • Remind me why he was blamed? Don’t think I even watched.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.03.14 14:19:46 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Always rated this guy as a leader and hard player. He never really settled in one position due to his size though. (too small to be a ball carrier at 7 and not quite a fetcher type either.)

    Very surprised they let him go last year, particularly considering their lack of depth at loosie and injurys the Bulls had at the time.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.03.14 14:35:06 by John Galt Reply

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  • I get a feeling the sharks are going to be a bit lite and soft up front for the bully boys.Bresler and Lewies are okay but Oosthuizen doesnt look the real deal yet.Maybe we should bring in Hewitt for a bit of bulk and power?

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.03.14 15:10:18 by tigershark Reply

  • @Seth101 (Comment 5) : He turned down a few 3 point penalties in pushing for a try or 2 while they were chasing the game. He copped a hell of a lot of criticism becaus ethey never managed to score any of those tries. I think I was the only guy on the planet who had no problem with his decissions but then Im not really a bulls supporter.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.03.14 15:35:49 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : I didn’t have a problem with it – or him – either.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.03.14 16:19:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Good man, the poor guy took a lot of heat from all and sundry. Its always interesting how most people believe that if the first kick at poles was taken then the other 3 penalties that were turned down would also have been awarded in the exact same position that the other were, never mind the fact that if the first one had gone over then the chances would be pretty good that at best you would now be trying to secure the ball around your own 22.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.03.14 16:35:29 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 10) : look, the unfortuante reality is that the majority of rugbykenners are actually pretty flipping dumb. Doesn’t help that the commentators are generally equally misguided and do their bit to sew misinformation.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.03.14 17:09:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) :No problem here either, but that’s because I enjoy a Bull’s loss everytime 😳

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.03.14 17:15:13 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : ja boet also think some commentators are not the brightest peanuts in the pack and only try to talk down some players and teams, whilst praising their golden boys no matter how shit they are.
    Hell I love it when the Sharks win and they can’t say a word! !!!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.03.14 17:44:34 by JD Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 8) : Thanks dude. @JD (Comment 13) : Well considering most commentators are ex players this is inevitable. Some times I get the feeling that the commentators are the only unprofessional thing left in the professional age of rugby.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.03.14 00:04:53 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : You wouldn’t have gone for penalties when you had a 5/6 point lead in a Semi final??? I would….

    And this coming from a huge fan of progressive, attacking rugby…

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.03.14 09:26:33 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 15) :I know your post was directed at Rob but I also subscribed to the same theory so here is my take on it. It was a 4 point lead. A 5/6 point lead would have been a whole different story. A five or seven pointer would have put them out of sight, a 3 pointer would have only made it necessary for the Brumbies to score a converted try (which they did) to tie up the game. Bulls lineouts and rolling mauls are their strong points (I think we will see this on the weekend first hand) and they would have backed themselves to have crossed the whitewash and if not then they would at least be playing the game in the right area of the field and not on their own 22.

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.03.14 10:37:42 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • As a bulls supporter I have no problem with what he did or didn’t do. People always complain we not positive enough, he was very positive. Yes if he took the first penalty the other penalties might not have been there. If they did score a try everyone would have said great thinking. Its just a game, don’t over think it. [Got a feeling kolisi might end up like D Potgieter, too small for a bok ball carrier and not good enough on the ground as a ballfetcher]

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.03.14 16:39:08 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 16) : All thoughts are welcome.

    I see what you are saying and agree that they should play to their strengths. And I am way more progressive in this regard to most conservative SA fans, but Id rather get to that 7 point buffer where I cannot lose!! And then go for it from there…

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.03.14 09:56:56 by pienaar111 Reply


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