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Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content on 7 Aug 2014 at 14:22
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Apart from a greenhorn at inside centre, Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has picked a strong team for his side’s Currie Cup opener…. hang on, didn’t I just write the same thing about the Lions?

Burger Odendaal, a kid I’ve certainly never heard off but one who has apparently done well in the junior ranks, comes in at 12 to partner Bok discard JJ Engelbrecht. Sampie Mastriet is in for the injured Bjorn Basson at right wing in a backline that is otherwise clearly the strongest combination available. Jurgen Visser, Akona Ndungane, Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Piet van Zyl boast plenty of Currie Cup experience between them.

Despite fears that the Bulls might be weak up front, they’ve actually named a very solid pack and one that will be hard to beat in this competition. While the Bulls heavies may have looked not quite up to standard in Super Rugby this year, those same players should probably cope pretty well at Currie Cup level; what’s more, the presence of a genuine fetcher in the form of captain Deon Stegmann should add far more balance to their loose trio too.

Vodacom Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Jono Ross, 6 Deon Stegmann (captain), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Wiaan Liebenberg, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel.


  • Indeed, solid side. Ulrich Beyers was the inside centre back up the last couple of years, so interesting to see Odendaal there. Kriel starting would have been great. I think the amount if success this year will depend on how conservative Ludeke is going to be in his selections as well as choice of gameplan. Sad not to see Small-Smigh there.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.08.14 14:59:59 by Blue Centurion Reply
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  • I see the young College old boy at 22. Just a couple of years ago I saw him running rings around his opponents on the school rugby field. Interesting to see how he does in the Currie Cup. I hope he gets reasonable game time, just wish he was still in the black and white. A talented youngster.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.08.14 15:09:03 by markp Reply
  • Not a bad side…but I still fancy the Lions this weekend. Should be a good game!

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.08.14 17:45:18 by pastorshark Reply
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  • This bunch are not scared to back youngsters,the problem here is a coach who lacks BMT and needs to go visit a kop dr

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.08.14 23:22:35 by benji Reply
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