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Kuün recalled for WP clash

Derick Kuün has been selected at hooker ahead of Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bandise Maku for Friday night's ABSA Currie Cup match against the Western Province at Loftus Versfeld.

Coach Frans Ludeke said at the weekly press conference at Loftus on Tuesday that Kuün, who could not play against the Lions or the Griquas, is the Bulls' first choice hooker who did a great job for them in the Super 14.

"It was a tough call to make between Derick, Chiliboy and Bandise, but Derick is our first choice hooker and since he has recovered from his hamstring injury he is back in the starting XV with Bandise on the bench.

"Chiliboy will definitely stay in our system and he will be involved in our next match, but he has identified a few aspects of his game that he would like to work on. We all know that he is not yet at his absolute best after his long lay-off but he is prepared to put in the hard yards in order to maximize his full potential."

Kuün is the only change among the pack of forwards who did a great job against the Griquas and amongst the backs the World Cup Springbok Akona Ndungane comes in to replace Rocco Jansen.

Ndungane could not play against the Griquas because of a hip injury but he made a full recovery and will play in a back three with John Mametsa and Tiger Mangweni.

Wayne Julies will again partner Wynand Olivier in die midfield, while Francois Hougaard will start in the number 9 jersey with Heini Adams on the bench.

Due to the injury of Francois van Schouwenburg and the unavailability of Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw, coach Ludeke did not include a specialist lock on the bench he has no doubts that Pedrie Wannenburg can play in the second row if the need arises.

"Pedrie has played at lock in the past and provides adequate back-up for us. We know that we are a bit thin at lock, but it will be a great test for our depth.

"Wilhelm Steenkamp played in all 13 our Super 14 matches and Juandré Kruger was full of promise against the Griquas. I have a lot of confidence in both of them and they know they have a huge role to play in Friday night's game."

Vodacom Blue Bulls: Tiger Mangweni;Akona Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Wayne Julies, John Mametsa; Morné Steyn, Francois Hougaard; Pedrie Wannenburg, Wikus van Heerden (captain), Deon Stegmann, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Juandré Kruger, Rayno Gerber, Derick Kuün, Gurthrö Steenkamp. Reserves: Bandise Maku, Werner Kruger, Dewald Potgieter, Jacques Burger, Heini Adams, Burton Francis, Marius Delport.


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1. Verandering was te wagte
Posted by Stapper (Pretoria) Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 13:38
2. Miskien 1e ooit?! Goeie span!
Posted by Bloubosvelder (Lephalale) Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 13:39
3. Hoop Marius Delport doen die week bietjie spoedwerk.
Posted by K.K.K (Pretoria) Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 13:45
4. waar is Jaco Engels ?
Posted by STEGMAN 2008 (port elizabeth) Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 14:01
5. Dis 'n goeie span. Hulle skuld die wp 'n game.
Posted by Choppie (Centurion) Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 14:27
6. IF the mind is weak, the body must suffer......

Johannesburg - Springbok prop CJ van der Linde was suspended for four weeks after being found guilty of dangerous play at a ruck during South Africa's Tri-Nations match with Australia in Durban on Saturday.

Van der Linde faced a Sanzar Disciplinary Committee hearing after he was cited by citing commissioner Steve Hinds of New Zealand for striking Wallaby scrumhalf Sam Cordingley with his head in the eighth minute of the match. Cordingley was not injured.

The Sanzar Disciplinary Officer Mr Nick Davidson QC of New Zealand accepted Van der Linde's guilty plea to contravening Law 10.4(i) for dangerous play at a ruck. Van der Linde was cleared of contravening Law 10.4(a) relating to deliberately striking an opponent with the head.

Van der Linde has been suspended from all rugby until Monday, September 22.

In his findings Mr Davidson said that the offence was cited as a deliberate striking with the head to the head. After hearing evidence and reviewing video coverage he decided that the offence was on the cusp of a striking but, applying the standard of proof, was assessable as dangerous play in a ruck under law 10.4(i). Mr Davidson found that this was an attempt to clear out with no legitimacy, Van der Linde driving forward unbound, off his feet, with his head as a leading edge.

Van der Linde denied targeting the head but acknowledged it was an illegal attempt to clear out, carrying a risk to Cordingley, who was fortunately not injured.

As a deliberate strike this would have warranted a top-end entry. Without injury and in the context of an illegal attempt to clear out a mid-range entry of four weeks applied.

Van der Linde has an excellent disciplinary record on which to draw in mitigation. However, the International Rugby Board has recently expressed its concern about the danger of unlawful and dangerous clearing out on the fringes of tackles, rucks and mauls and the need for deterrence is clear and is a counter-weight to any mitigation, said Mr Davidson.

Van der Linde was represented by South African Rugby Union legal officer Christo Ferreira, national teams manager Andy Marinos and personal attorney Stephan Weyers.

Meanwhile, Australian flank Rocky Elsom was suspended for one week for unlawfully interfering with a player in a lineout during the same match.

Elsom too faced a Sanzar Disciplinary Committee hearing after he was cited for tackling South African lock Victor Matfield in the air in the second half of the match.

Posted by BLOU OSSE (WITBANK) Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 15:04
7. Goeie span. Nou moet hulle net nie gaan staan en verloor Vrydag aand nie. Ons is geneig om ons Vrydae aande wedstryde te verloor.
Posted by Manakobi (Bellville) Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 15:46
8. Hoe kan hulle vir Elsom net een week skors? Hy kon vir Victor ook lelik seergemaak het nie waar nie?
Posted by Bloubiets (Boksburg) Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 15:55
9. Goeie span. Hulle behoort die wa deur die drif te STOOT. Ek mis ook vir Jaco Engels. Hy was goed op vorm en 'n wedstryd wenner. Geen refleksie teen Guthro nie. Hy is ook tans skitterend. Hoop die Bulls se ondersteunings basis is goed genoeg om Engels gemotiveerd te hou((Te behou)en op vorm om weer te kan instaan sou die loskop posisie weer vakant raak om welke rede ook al. Hou die blou!!!
Posted by Asset (Vanderbijlpark) Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 18:12
10. Daar is nie 'n vergelyking tussen Engels en Guthro nie. Jaco is baie beter.
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 12:41
11. Hello al my BLOUBUL maats....
Jaco Engels is n YSTER..... Blou staal is die woord wat mens kan gebruik....
Hy het gister aand vir my gese hoe hy uitsien om teen die bakvissies uit te draf....
Mense hier kom n woeste game more aand en ek sien al lank uit na die kragmeting teen die WP manne....
Ons staan agter julle Bulle....
Gee hulle hel manne en sterkte....
Posted by Bloubulhoringkoning (PTA) Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 21:31