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Hoffman back for semifinal


The Vodacom Blue Bulls' captain Carel Hoffman has recovered from his appendix operation and will be playing in the number 8-jersey when they take on the Griquas at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Hoffman, who only missed the quarterfinal against the Lions, takes the place of the SA under 20 stalwart Gerrit-Jan van Velze who will be on the bench.

The specialist lineout jumper and one of the Blue Bulls' brightest starts in this year's Vodacom Cup, Fudge Mabeta, will however not be able to play against the team from Kimberley after he twisted his ankle quite badly.

Mabeta, who was described by coach Nico Serfontein at the Wednesday press conference as a master in the lineouts under the new laws, will be replaced by the former Matie Juandré Kruger.

On the bench James van der Walt had to make room for the SA under 19 hooker Henri Bantjes and in Hilton Lobberts the Bulls will be in the privilege position to have a Springbok on the bench that can be used as an impact player.

Serfontein expects a very tough physical onslaught from the Griquas and he says the fact that they are a Currie Cup side that has been together for quite some time will give then an added advantage.

"I am sure they will try to bully our young players and if I was in their position I would have done the same. They have a number of experienced players that has been around the block a few times, but they can be sure we will be up for the challenge."

The match against the Griquas kicks off at 12:00 on Saturday and the ticket office at Loftus will be open on Thursday as well as Friday from 8:00 – 16:00.

Vodacom Blue Bulls: Tiger Mangweni ©; John Mametsa, Braam Gerber, Ruan Boshoff, Rocco Jansen; Burton Francis, JP Joubert; Carel Hoffman ©, Vincent Gwavu, Okkie Kruger, Juandré Kruger, Hendrik Roodt, Dean Greyling, Brett Sharman, Rassie Van Vuuren. Reserves: Henri Bantjes, Frik Kirsten, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Hilton Lobberts, Ruan Snyman, Stefan Watermeyer, Stephan Dippenaar.



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1. Eerste soos my geliefde BULLS.
Posted by blouheks (sasolburg) Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 14:01
2. Tweede, soos Bakkies gaan kom met sy "nuwe" uitkyk tov lojaliteit
Posted by Little Blue Bull (Gonubie) Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 14:04
3. Ennnnnn,dis amper laaaang naweek!!!!!
Posted by Blou Dino (Witbank) Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 14:06
4. Hi Dino, dis so stil hier dat ek dink meeste mense is reeds besig om laaang naweek te hou!
Posted by Little Blue Bull (Gonubie) Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 14:16
5. Indien Matfield huis toe kom, sal dit die eerste positiewe ding wees wat die BB mpy doen. Kom ons hou almal styf duim vas dit realiseer. Ander spelers kan dan leer dat geld nie als is nie en besluit om op hul spel te fokus ipv op geld.
Posted by James Bond (Centurion) Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 14:21
6. Hulle mors met Dippenaar op die bench, stuur hom terug kaap toe ons sal hom gebruik!
Posted by always-a-stormer (Cape Town) Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 14:24
7. Alles moet gedoen word om Matfield terug te kry by ons Blou span, laat Bakkies gaan.
Posted by CHAMPS07 (PRETORIA- NOORD) Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 14:42
8. Soos daai man nou nou gesê het, "Bakkies wie?"

Laat die Franse sy kontrak uitkoop. Maak 'n klomp geld en bring vir Milton vSchouwenburg en Fondse terug. As hulle wil natuurlik.

Ou Bakkies maak regtig nie mooi nie!! 'n Kontrak is 'n kontrak. Miskien moet hy tot 2011 die bench warm hou??
Posted by bloubefoeterd (pretoria) Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 14:48
9. Stem saam,bring daardie ander jongmanne terug,wat vir daardie trui wil speel,vir wie dit `n trots is om in daardie trui te speel. Fondse speel kookwater rugby hierdie jaar. Mens is regtig teleurgesteld in hoe Bakkies die dinge nou doen.
Posted by CHAMPS07 (PRETORIA- NOORD) Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 15:02
10. Nuwe draad!!!
Posted by Blou Dino (Witbank) Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 15:09