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Vodacom Blue Bulls looking for strong finish
14 October 2011

It could be their last match of the season or maybe not, depending on the result in Cape Town on Saturday, but it will be worth the while for the Vodacom Blue Bulls to play as if it their last Currie Cup game anyway when they take on the Leopards at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

Their fans deserve it, the coaches deserve it and the team needs it.

They have to finish the season that promised so much a couple of months ago, on a high to justify the time, resources and energy that was spent on them.

In a way, it is payback time for the Vodacom Blue Bulls players to acknowledge their fans and the Loftus faithful who sat through what turned out to be a very disappointing season.

Even more so for Gary Botha, who will play at Loftus Versfeld for the last time in his distinguished Blue Bulls career. The Toulouse bound rake had been a real servant to the game to the Light Blues and would love nothing more than to finish his career on a winning note.

There is not much to play for either for the Leopards, but pride. The Leon Boshoff coached side has shown themselves to be a competitive unit, who played hard and fair and never gave up. They will also be playing their last Currie Cup match in a while, as the new format will see the Leopards drop down to the First Division in 2012. What better way to finish your season by beating the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld?

The teams are:

Vodacom Blue Bulls: Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Francois Venter, Bjorn Basson, Louis Fouché, Jano Vermaak, CJ Stander, Jacques Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Juandré Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Gary Botha (c) , Dean Greyling. Replacements: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Arno Botha, Justin Dinka, Francois Brummer, Jurgen Visser.

Leopards: Hofmann Maritz, Danie Dames, Charl Weideman, Joubert Engelbrecht ©, Vainon Willis, Wesley Dunlop, Johann Laker; Robert Kruger, MB Lusaseni, Philip de Wet, Brendon Snyman, Brad Mockford, Dewald Coetzee, Gavin Williamson, Jean-Jacques Rossouw. Replacements: Marius Fourie, Bush Mxunyelwa, Bêrend Botha, Spanner Pretorius, George Tossel, Clayton Durand, Jovan Bowles.

Referee: Stuart Berry

Kick-off: 19h10

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Dis n jammerte, die game wat hul moes goed doen is klaar verby. Speel maar net vanaand en dan begin ons ons voorberei vir S15 2012 - Gaan n goeie een wees vir ons!!
Posted by Bullebakkies on 14 October 2011 13:41
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Sterkte Bulle, wou kom kyk het, maar na laas Staerdag het ek besluit dat ek nie geld gaan mors vir 4 kaartjies nie.

Sal tuis 'n vleisie braai en biertjie drink terwyl ek na julle op die telly kyk.
Posted by Bitterbal on 14 October 2011 10:30
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Sien Snorre se hy sal Schalk of Spies kaptein maak as hy sou aanbly as coach. Hy se ook Chili het goeie leier eienskappe maar kan hom nie kies met Bismarck daar nie. Party mense leer ook maar stadig......

As hulle Snorre se kontrak hernu brand ek my Bok trui op kerk plein!
Posted by FRANNABUL on 14 October 2011 07:35
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Interessante brokkie rakende die kapteinskap colgende jaar. Ek verneem Snorre het gisteraand op Boots n All gese dat as hy sou aanbly as Bok afrigter dat sy keuse vir Bok Kaptein volgende jaar tussen Schalk Burger en Pierre Spies sal wees.

Duidelik beklee Spies meer van n leierskapsposisie in die span as wat ons almal besef. En as hy so n posisie by die Bokke beklee dan kan hy dit sekerlik by die Bulle ook doen.
Posted by Shannow on 14 October 2011 07:14
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Ek was nog altyd n fan van Gary maar dit speit my om te se dat ek nog nooit gedink het hy is kaptein materiaal nie. Ek dink HY het my dit bewys. Alle voorspoed en DANKIE vir alles wat hy na die skrums en lynstane gebring het. Ek hoop ook hy geniet sy laaste game op LOFTUS.
Posted by Frickey B on 14 October 2011 07:14
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Interessante jaar gewees... die Bulle het nie te sleg gevaar nie, kon beslis baie beter gewees het, maar die positiewe is die jong talent wat besig is om deur te kom en ook die nuwe kontrakte vir 2012. Laas naweek was bitter hartseer gewees met beide die Bulle en die Springbokke wat hul onderskeie wedstryde verloor het. 'n Klein bietjie meer geluk en beide spanne was in die semi-finale.

Sterkte vir vannaand Gary en geniet elke oomblik van jou laaste wedstryd! Jy was werklik 'n groot naam in beide die Blou en Groen trui!
Posted by sakkie6yster on 14 October 2011 07:05
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