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Vodacom Blue Bulls looking to up the ante against Pumas


The Vodacom Blue Bulls are keen to start the second round of the Absa Currie Cup season with an improved performance against the Pumas when they meet in Nelspruit on Friday.

They will also enjoy playing at the new Mbombela Stadium, writes J.J. Harmse in Beeld.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony before Friday evening’s Currie Cup match between the Pumas and Blue Bulls to give the Mbombela Stadium official rugby status is excellent news for South African rugby.

Not only is rugby being taken to a new corner of the country, but the lifeblood that the sporting code can offer the stadium and the region’s taxpayers is another positive.

But once the blazer brigade have finished with the cutting and posed for the photographs, the actual business of winning a rugby match and gaining log points will start.

Both will be high on the priority list of the Bulls, especially as they have made it clear that they want to step on the gas in the second part of the Currie Cup.

“It’s important for us to increase the momentum on a weekly basis and hopefully play to our potential come the semifinals,” Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said this week.

To that end a victory with a bonus point is part of the expectations, but Ludeke is aware that it will require hard work.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity of opening the stadium, but it will also spur the Pumas on. I have a high regard for their coach Jimmy Stonehouse and the way he prepares teams for their games. We know we will have to give our best for 80 minutes.”

The Bulls are being strengthened at the back with the inclusion of Wynand Olivier and Zane Kirchner, but it’s at the back where the battle will be particularly intense.

The Pumas may be on the wrong side of the log, but their forwards have not yet been handed a beating this year.

Stonehouse has the ability to come up with a surprise, but things like first-time tackling, boldness and using opportunities are the basic ingredients of his recipe.

However, it will take more than just keeping the Blue Bulls in check for the Pumas to be able to produce a shock.

They will also have to control their phases, keep possession in the visitors’ half and ensure that no points are offered on a platter.

It will be difficult for the Pumas. The visitors’ pack is improving as a unit and things can get ugly if the backline gets enough space.

The Pumas’ focus is likely to be on the Bulls’ halfback pairing, with Dustin Jinka set to be singled out for attention in his first start.

The teams for Friday’s clash is:

Vodacom Blue Bulls: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jaco Pretorius, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Hayden Groepes, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Dustin Jinka, 8. Dewald Potgieter, 7. CJ Stander, 6. Derick Kuun (captain), 5. Juandre Kruger, 4. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16. Henry Bantjes, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Fudge Mabeta, 19. Okkie Kruger, 20. Ruan Snyman, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Jaco van der Westhuyzen

Barloworld Toyota Pumas: 15. Nicky Kritzinger, 14. Vainon Willis, 13. Shaun Venter, 12. Tian Meyer, 11. Allistair Kettledas, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Jacques Coetzee, 8. Doppies le Roux, 7. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 6. Corné Steenkamp, 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Andries Kruger, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Hannes Franklin (captain), 1. Ronnie Uys.
Replacements: 16. Dee Jay Terblanche, 17. Dawie Steyn, 18. Boela Serfontein, 19. Eduan van der Walt, 20. Ricardo Croy, 21. Ashwin Scott, 22. Jaco Bouwer

Referee: Stuart Berry Kick-off: 19h10



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1. Goeiedag alle Bloumense,

Die een moet ons darem wraggies bêre met bonus, punte verskil... Hoop GvH trek 'n slag haas uit die hoed - tyd dat ons hom agter die witlyn sien!! Sien hulle saai uit op S7 - gaan vanaand Bloem toe - hoop die Cheeters het S7 uitsendings
Posted by NETBLOU (Centurion) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 09:23
2. Tellings vir Vanaand


BULLE 28 - 18 poemas - LB
BULLE 33 - 18 poemas - Jou_Ma
BULLE 60 - 17 poemas - Lekkerblou
BULLE 37 - 27 poemas - B1
BULLE 38 - 15 poemas - Bluedog
BULLE 38 - 11 poemas - ALS BLOU
BULLE 43 - 15 poemas - CC
BULLE 48 - 18 poemas - bloubulbilling
BULLE 42 - 17 poemas - BlousteBlou
BULLE 39 - 16 poemas - phillip
BULLE 40 - 14 poemas - Bloumens
BULLE 36 - 18 poemas - Jimmy
BULLE 49 - 21 poemas - CR
BULLE 41 - 13 poemas - Bergbok
Posted by Bergbok (Suid-Afrika vir altyd) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 09:37
3. Tellings vir Vanaand


BULLE 28 - 18 poemas - LB
BULLE 33 - 18 poemas - Jou_Ma
BULLE 60 - 17 poemas - Lekkerblou
BULLE 37 - 27 poemas - B1
BULLE 38 - 15 poemas - Bluedog
BULLE 38 - 11 poemas - ALS BLOU
BULLE 43 - 15 poemas - CC
BULLE 48 - 18 poemas - bloubulbilling
BULLE 42 - 17 poemas - BlousteBlou
BULLE 39 - 16 poemas - phillip
BULLE 40 - 14 poemas - Bloumens
BULLE 36 - 18 poemas - Jimmy
BULLE 49 - 21 poemas - CR
BULLE 41 - 13 poemas - Bergbok
BULLE 42 - 22 poemsa - Zet
Posted by zet (Pretoria) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 10:15
4. LOL ... poemsa....LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by zet (Pretoria) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 10:15
5. Tellings vir Vanaand


BULLE 28 - 18 poemas - LB
BULLE 33 - 18 poemas - Jou_Ma
BULLE 60 - 17 poemas - Lekkerblou
BULLE 37 - 27 poemas - B1
BULLE 38 - 15 poemas - Bluedog
BULLE 38 - 11 poemas - ALS BLOU
BULLE 43 - 15 poemas - CC
BULLE 48 - 18 poemas - bloubulbilling
BULLE 42 - 17 poemas - BlousteBlou
BULLE 39 - 16 poemas - phillip
BULLE 40 - 14 poemas - Bloumens
BULLE 36 - 18 poemas - Jimmy
BULLE 49 - 21 poemas - CR
BULLE 41 - 13 poemas - Bergbok
BULLE 42 - 22 poemas - Zet
Posted by zet (Pretoria) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 10:16
6. BULLE 54 - 18 poemas - Las
Posted by Las (Pretoria) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 10:25
7. Sjoe, lees nou net dat Bees Roux gearresteer is vir die moord op 'n Metro polisieman!!?? Kan dit waar wees??
Posted by Christel (Johannesburg) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 10:53
8. Bees se ding klink sleg en beter goeie regsmanne kry - Olof de Meyer, maar het klaar my vrae of dit nie weer een van daardie intimmiderende voorvalle was nie. Het tydens sokker en ook mense wat ek ken al van baie verdagte optredes verneem. Maar laat die gereg maar sy verloop neem.
Posted by NETBLOU (Centurion) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 11:03
9. Rugby
Bulls prop arrested for murder
2010-08-27 10:44
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Pretoria - Blue Bulls prop Bees Roux arrested for allegedly beating a Metro police officer to death, according to an Eye Witness News report.

According to SAPA, a Tshwane metro police officer died after being allegedly assaulted by an unidentified member of the public in Pretoria in early hours of Friday morning.

Details of the alleged assault were still unclear, but the officer was found by paramedics critically injured and lying in the middle of Schoeman Street, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

The officer died moments later due to extensive injuries he had sustained.

A Blue Bulls Company press statement stated: It has come to the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd’s attention that Bees Roux has allegedly been involved in an incident involving a metro policeman last night in Pretoria.

We do not have any factual information at this stage, but have been informed that the policeman passed away. We would like to express our sincerest condolences to the relatives of the deceased. We are not in a position to make any further comments in this regard. The matter will be handled by Bees Roux’s legal representatives.
Posted by Bergbok (Suid-Afrika vir altyd) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 11:04
10. Southland 21 - 16 Tassies
Posted by Bergbok (Suid-Afrika vir altyd) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 11:23
11. Ek hoop maar dat Bees onskuldig is, maar as hy dit gedoen het, moet hy verantwoording doen. Hy's geregtig op verteenwoordiging, so goed soos wat hy kan bekostig, en hy's onskuldig totdat hy skuldig bevind word. Ek hoop nie dit word 'n rasse-insident nie, maar wat's die kans? Die feit is, polisie is kroonwild, mens slaan nie aan hulle nie en jy skiet nie op hulle nie. Dink daaraan - in die VSA sou die skuldige in sekere state na die doodstraf kyk omdat hy 'n "Cop killer" is.
Sjoe.
Stekte aan Bees en sy familie, en sterkte en simpatie aan die Metro Polisieman se familie - mag hulle ook onderskraging vind.
Posted by HJK (Centurion) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:42
12. As dit is hoe hulle die tempo lig, is ek bly dat hulle nie 'n normale game gespeel het nie. Die Pumas het hulle huiswerk deeglik gedoen. Is dit wat se diepte ons het? Weet Gerhard van der Heever hy moet tackle? Dewald Potgieter het soos gewoonlik weer probeer om die hele span se werk te doen. As almal se workrate soos syne was, was hierdie 'n weghol game in ons guns. ZK en WO het nie regtig gewys hoekom hulle Springbokke is nie. Hoeveel tyd sit FB in met sy skopwerk? Hy het baie oefening nodig. Ons kan net ons koppe omhoog hou en maar hoop dit gaan beter wees.
Posted by blou.sakkie (Springs) Friday, August 27, 2010 - 21:18
13. sjoe,was nog nooit so skaam om te se ek n blou bul nie.die jong outjies steek net nie hul hande op nie.dit was die grootste gemors wat ek nog ooit in n blou trui gesien het!!!
Posted by hemel-is-blou (secunda) Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 07:07
14. #13 Hemel ek stem saam met jou. Terwyl die game aan was het ek nog nooit so skaam gevoel dat ons so sleg kan speel nie. Daai Pumas het kringe om ons gehardloop.
Posted by Riaan4Bulls (Alberton) Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 09:23
15. Vandag moet ek ook erken dat ek gisteraand amper my polse af gekou het. Dit was n skande om daai Bulle span so te sien speel.
Ek wens hulle wil die bal meer by die vleuels kry. Die manne was heeltemal die kluts kwyt.
Frans Ludeke......hoekom word al die ander spelers gerus......waar is Gary, Mametsa, Dippenaar en waar is al ons goeie skrumskakels heen. Daai twee skrummies wat gister op daai veld was hoort nog op klubvlak te speel want hulle is so stadig, my ouma in haar rystoel sal vinniger diens lewer as daai twee. Nee man, kom reg Bulle. Hoop julle word Maandag geroskam by die oefening. DIT WAT ONS GISTERAAND GESIEN HET IS NIE BLOU BUL RUGBY NIE.
Hoekom is al die sponsor embleme op die truie gisteraand toegeplak........was dit dalk die rede hoekom julle so swak gespeel het......staak julle ook nou weer oor iets ( het dit n invloed gehad op julle spel )??????????????
Posted by blou boelie (Cape Town) Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 10:30
16. bulpak oordonder. brummer
moet nog baie leer op die vlak. wynand en zane te individualisties gisteraand. gvh en jaco was nie in die game nie. groepes het darem die bal gekry met min ruimte om te beweeg.
Posted by nathaai (cape town) Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 17:01
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