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Vodacom Blue Bulls recalls Van Velze for Sharks showdown


The Vodacom Blue Bulls have recalled their regular number eight, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, to the starting line-up for their Absa Currie Cup clash against the Natal Sharks in Pretoria on Saturday.

Van Velze scored a try in the earlier Cup clash between the sides in Durban and is fit again after a leg injury ruled him out of last weekend’s match against the Pumas.

Jaco van der Westhuyzen has been picked on the wing, Jacques-Louis Potgieter is back at fly half, Ruan Snyman will start at nine and Fudge Mabeta is back at lock in the four changes to the starting team that suffered a disappointing loss in Nelspruit.

Stefan Watermeyer is back after being rested against the Pumas and will start off the bench with stalwart-prop, Jaco Engels, another who did not travel to Nelspruit.

CJ Stander, Wilhelm Steenkamp and Dustin Jinka all move to the bench, with Hayden Groepes dropping out of the match 22.

Vodacom Blue Bulls coach, Frans Ludeke, in announcing the team, admitted that this is a very important match for his side.

“The Sharks have their tails up and deserve to be on top of the log at the moment. We cannot afford to drop a home game and it is time for us to force our authority on the competition. Last weekend was very disappointing, but we get an opportunity to rectify that this weekend.”

The Vodacom Blue Bulls team to play the Natal Sharks at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria on Saturday September 4th at 19h10 is (Currie Cup caps in brackets):

Zane Kirchner (24), Gerhard van den Heever (24), Jaco Pretorius (19), Wynand Olivier (44), Jaco van der Westhuyzen (31), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (20), Ruan Snyman (9), Gerrit-Jan van Velze (10), Dewald Potgieter (35), Derick Kuün (64, c), Fudge Mabeta (21), Juandré Kruger (15), Werner Kruger (51), Bandise Maku (28), Dean Greyling (13). Replacements: Henry Bantjes (0), Frik Kirsten (9), Jaco Engels (53), Wilhelm Steenkamp (37), CJ Stander (8), Dustin Jinka (2), Stefan Watermeyer (16).

Leading points scorers for the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the 2010 competition is:

Jacques-Louis Potgieter 103
Dean Greyling 20
John Mametsa 20
Gerhard van den Heever 20



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1. 1ste soos die Bulle gaan wees 30 Okt.
Posted by blou.sakkie (Springs) Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 13:38
2. Ons is almal teleurgesteld met Jaco van der Westhuizen se spel, maar dit mag dalk goed wees dat hy op vleuel gekies is. Hy het baie ervaring, en dit is wat ons nodig het teen 'n span soos die guppies. Hoop regtig dit lyk beter die naweek. Gary Botha moet gou terug kom sodat ons 'n beter kaptein kan he.
Posted by blou.sakkie (Springs) Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 13:44
3. Ek sien dit is 'n 5/2 bank.
Posted by Stapper (Pretoria) Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 13:47
4. Not to bad, hoop die seniors in span steek hul hande op, ons het die een nodig.

LB
Posted by LB (Ceres) Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 14:46
5. Hierdie is die beste beskikbare span.
Ek glo WO, JvVelze & Kuun gaan die kritici se monde stil speel. Hoop Bantjes kry kans, sal graag wil sien wat maak hy op CB vlak.
Vir die ouens wat dink Mametsa is te stadig, wat se julle van JvW?!
Bulle, julle moet uithaal en wys!
Posted by Bloubosvelder (Bosveld) Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 14:59
6. Tellings vir Saterdag:

BULLE 27 - 18 guppies - Jimmy
BULLE 34 - 28 guppies - bullswp
BULLE 23 - 18 guppies - bloubulbilling
BULLE 22 - 20 guppies - BlousteBlou
BULLE 12 - 28 guppies - Jou_Ma
BULLE 20 - 34 guppies - phillip
BULLE 24 - 30 guppies - bloubefoeterd
BULLE 18 - 26 guppies - LB
BULLE 27 - 24 guppies - Frik
Posted by Frik (Boksburg) Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 15:01
7. dit gaan 'n taai ene wees saterdag. bulle moet van die begin af kwaai druk op die sharks sit, en ons moet ons bal beskerm. as ons die bal goed kan behou, sal dit klaar beter gaan.

ek hoop al ons hanteringsfoute is ook hierdie week uitgeskakel.
Posted by sparnar (pretoria) Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 20:01
8. Weet nie so mooi nie. Die bulle moet my vertroue in hulle weer regverdig. Maak ek gee dit vir hulle. Bulle 24 gtuppies 18
Posted by Bluedog (Cape town) Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 20:09
9. Waar kom die storie op facebook vandaan dat Morne Steyn WP toe gaan.
Posted by Bluedog (Cape town) Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 20:33
10. BULLE 27 - 18 guppies - Jimmy
BULLE 34 - 28 guppies - bullswp
BULLE 23 - 18 guppies - bloubulbilling
BULLE 22 - 20 guppies - BlousteBlou
BULLE 12 - 28 guppies - Jou_Ma
BULLE 20 - 34 guppies - phillip
BULLE 24 - 30 guppies - bloubefoeterd
BULLE 18 - 26 guppies - LB
BULLE 27 - 24 guppies - Frik
BULLE 29 - 22 guppies - BullsrBest
Posted by BullsRbest (Randburg) Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 15:53
11. Come on Bulls - whats happened to that Blue passion and fire?

GO BULLS !
Posted by BullsRbest (Randburg) Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 15:55
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