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Junior teams announced

Stephan Dippenaar, who has played Super 14 rugby earlier this year for the Vodacom Bulls against the Lions and the Reds, is going to play on the wing for the under 21's against the WP at Florida Park on Friday.

Dippenaar replaces Wynand Willis in the number 14 jersey and in the midfield Braam Gerber takes up his Vodacom Cup partnership with Ruan Boshoff.

Amongst the forwards Fudge Mabeta recovered from his injuries and will scrum in the second row alongside Hendrik Roodt, whilst Vincent Gwavu is going to be on the bench at the side of Willis, Stefan Watermeyer and Bêrend Botha.

The Blue Bulls, who are currently the log leaders and the only unbeaten team in the competition, needs one more win to secure a home semifinal but coach Nico Serfontein is far from satisfied with his team's performances thus far.

"We are still far from where we can be and we all know that we need to peak in three week's time. The game against the WP is going to test us thoroughly and we all know that a major challenge awaits us on Friday.

"The WP is currently third on the log and they have everything to play for because this will be their last round robin match and they can still qualify for a home semifinal if the managed to beat us."

The under 21's match against the WP kicks off on Friday at 19:15 at Florida Park.

Vodacom Blue Bulls u21's: 15 Adillio Coutriers;14 Stephan Dippenaar, 13 Braam Gerber, 12 Ruan Boshoff, 11 Aubrey McDonald; 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Francois Hougaard; 8 Gerrit-Jan Van Velze (captain), 7 Danie Crous, 6 Okkie Kruger, 5 Fudge Mabeta, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Brett Sharman,1 Corné Fourie.

Reserves: 16 Henri Bantjes, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Bêrend Botha 19 Vince Gwavu, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Stefan Watermeyer, 22 Wynand Willis.

Under 19's:

Paul Anthony has left his starting XV that trashed the Boland Cavaliers unchanged but on the bench Mlungisi Bali replaces Alfred Khoza. Bali is a specialist lock and will provide adequate cover for Cornell Hess who is not yet 100 percent.

Anthony said that the combinations are now settling in nicely and no further major changes are to be expected in the last few rounds.

"We lost against the Sharks because of two defensive errors but John McFarland has helped us a lot during the course of the last few weeks and we also made a massive step-up in our forward play. Richard Bands helped us with our scrummaging and our lineout work has been brilliant so far."

The Bulls are currently third on the log but they have a game in hand and if they managed to win their next two games, they will have a home semifinal.

The Lions are currently the log leaders followed by the WP and the Blue Bulls but the under 19 competition is so closely contested that the top five teams have all lost two matches.

The Bulls and the Sharks have played four and lost two, whilst the Lions, WP and the Leopards have played five, but they could all just win three of these games.

The under 19's match against the WP kicks off on Friday at 18:00 at Florida Park.

Vodacom Blue Bulls u19's: 15 Yondela Stampu; 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Gerhard van den Heever, 12 Chris Botha, 11 Tom Seabela; 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Danie Faasen; 8 Tendayi Chikukwa, 7 Willie Nel, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Zane Botha (captain), 1 Peet Vorster.

Reserves: 16 Eduan Neeb, 17 Morné Mellet, 18 Oswin Mentoor, 19 Mlungisi Bali, 20 Lean Schwartz, 21 Nico van Zyl, 22 Thabo Motau.


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1. En toe maak ek weer so! Bulle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by bloutokkelosie (Pretoria) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 17:20
2. Wat doen Aubrey McDonald reg om in daai span te bly? Hy is beslis nie beter as Wynand Willis nie.
Posted by Doep (Pretoria) Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 14:16