With the upcoming Absa Currie Cup Under-21 and Under-19 competitions in July, the Vodacom Blue Bulls junior teams played warm-up matches against the Leopards last week. The teams will start their provincial matches agains the EP Kings Under-19 and Border Under-21 at Loftus Versfeld on 11 July.
On Thursday-afternoon the Under-19's played the Leopards u.19 at Loftus D and beat them quite easily 31-14. The Bulls youngsters ran in five tries to the two by the youngsters from North West which were scored in the second half. Hanro Liebenberg, Blue Bulls eightman, scored two tries and takes after his brother Wiaan who played Vodacom for the Blue Bulls and Varsity Cup for UP Tuks. They are both loose forwards.
Eugene Hare Junior who scored one of the Leopards tries, is the son of Dr. Eugene Hare CEO BBRU. He also plays scrumhalf like his Dad who played for the then Western Transvaal for many years.
Blue Bulls 31 (24): Tries: Hanro Liebenberg (2), Burger van Niekerk, Jixie Molapo, Peet Schoeman. Conversions: Kurt Webster (2), Wyatt Murphy.
Leopards 14 (0): Tries: Ferlin Vers, Eugene Hare. Conversions: Stefan Coetzer (2).
Blue Bulls 15-1: Wyatt Murphy, Thys van Dyk, Philip Orffer, Peet Schoeman, Jixie Molapo, Kurt Webster, Remu Malan, Hanro Liebenberg, Denzel Hill, Martin Groenewald, Burger van Niekerk, Calvonn Allison, Johan van Wyk, Vuyo Khatshide, Xander van Wyk. Reserves 16-27: Jan van der Merwe, Matthys Basson, Menzi Nhlabathi, Jason Jenkins, Matthew Alborough, Toko Maebane, Attie Louw, Stephan Ebersohn, Desond Stramis, Francois Steyn, Dimitrio Tieties, Impi Visser.
Leopards 15-1: Stefan Coetzer, Ferlin Vers, Douw Schoeman, Gene Willemse, Ray van der Lith, Brendon Kahts, Adriaan Labuschagné, Wessel Steyn, Albert Lubbe, Jason Crafford, Jaco Hattingh, Joshua van Niekerk, Richard Larkin, Gerrie le Roux, Morné Strydom. Reserves 16-25: Jacob Matipa, Dylan Hulley, Encee du Plooy, Chris Ras, Eugene Hare, Bekker Oosthuizen, Herman le Roux, Stefan Kruger, Jeandré van Deventer, Louis Grobbelaar.
On Friday afternoon the Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21s played the Leopards Under-21 at Loftus B - but this time it was Leopards of a different colour -
literary and physically. They played in red jerseys with a green middle stripe just the opposite of the u.19's. This was a very good and exciting clash between two evenly balanced teams. The visitors crossed the goal-line four times, once more than the home team.
Great to watch till the end (28-24). The final whistle blew just as the Leopards were attacking and the Bulls defending like mad.
Blue Bulls 28 (15): Tries: Marquit September, Markus Kleinbooi, Carel Swart. Conversions: Joshua Stander (2). Penalties: Joshua Stander (2), Kobus Marais.
Leopards 24 (12): Tries: Dries du Plooy, Ryno Pienaar, Dean Stokes, Rhyno Smith. Conversions: Kobus du Plessis (2).
Blue Bulls 15-1: Ganfried May, Markus Kleinbooi, Marquit September, Lood de Jager, Keagon Gordon, Josh Stander, André Warner, Carel Swart, Jannes Kirsten, Heinrich Viljoen, Dennis Visser, Erné Herbst, Johan Bannink, Jan Enslin (c), Andrew Beerwinkel. Reserves 16-24: Arno van Wyk, Neethling Fouché, Justin Forwood, Jason Jenkins, Corné Cooper, Kobus Wolmarans, Kobus Marais, Jade Stighling, Jacques Rossouw.
Leopards 15-1: Kobus du Plessis, Adriaan Oosthuizen, Dries du Plooy, Ryno Pienaar, Dean Stokes, Rhyno Smith, Pieter Smith, Jaco Buys (c), Marno Redelinghuys, Jaco Jordaan, Stian van Blerk, Pikkie Nortjé, Cayle Denner, Wilmar Arnoldi, Theo Ferreira. Reserves 16-22: Mark Reynecke, Wynand Breytenbach, Morrison Loftus, Divan Steenkamp, Chriswill September, Myburgh Briers, Marnus Tack.