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Blue Bulls hoping to avenge earlier defeat against Cheetahs


Week ten of the Currie Cup concludes with a repeat of last year’s final between the Free State Cheetahs and the Blue Bulls on Saturday evening, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld of SARugby.com.

The Cheetahs avenged their defeat in last year’s final with a last gasp 25-23 win in the first round encounter at Loftus Versfeld and will be full of confidence of claiming the double over their Pretoria opponents in Bloemfontein.

The hosts have only a 50-percent winning record this season with wins over Griquas (33-26) and the Leopards (57-0) and losses to the Sharks (25-13) and Vodacom Western Province (25-11).

Their psychological edge following the aforementioned win in the opening round fixture, in which they trailed the entire match, and their resolute defence of late should in theory make them the favourites to topple the Blue Bulls again.

However, the defending champions are coming off their most impressive win of the season, in which they came from behind to hand the table-topping Sharks only their second defeat of the season. This they achieved without their Springboks, four of whom return to Currie Cup action this weekend.

With the confidence taken out of the 40-34 win over the Durban side and the addition of Chiliboy Ralepelle, Flip van der Merwe and Francois Hougaard, this one is set to go down to the wire once more.

Victory for both sides is imperative for their hopes of earning a home semi-final with both teams, along with Western Province, on 28 log points. Due to the controversial Springbok conditioning programme, the Blue Bulls will be without contracted Boks Victor Matfield, Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha, Wynand Olivier, Morne Steyn, Pierre Spies and the recovering Fourie du Preez while the hosts will miss captain Juan Smith, CJ van der Linde and the recovering Heinrich Brussow.

Despite the absence of these big name players, this derby match will be as physical and intense as ever and should be a great advertisement for the domestic game.

Key Battle: Adriaan Strauss v Chiliboy Ralepelle. Adriaan Strauss, who will lead out the home side, is a consistent performer and perhaps rather unlucky only to have seven Test caps behind his name. Ralepelle, who has won 17 Test caps, mostly off the bench, gets a rare start and will want to prove he is the real deal by outplaying a quality opponent in Strauss.

Prediction: One just get the feeling that the Blue Bulls, with their superior game breakers, are going to pip the hosts to level things at 1-1 in 2010. Watch for Hougaard to make an impact at No 9. Blue Bulls by 8.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Philip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Hendro Scholtz/Johan Wessels, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Kobus Calldo, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.

Replacements: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 WP Nel, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tertius Carse, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Corné Uys.

Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 CJ Stander, 6 Derick Kuün (captain), 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.

Replacements: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Jaco Engels, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Okkie Kruger, 21 Dustin Jinka, 22 Stephan Dippenaar. Kick-off: 17:05
Referee: Jason Japhta



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1. Hoop hulle is reg
Posted by Stapper (Pretoria) Friday, September 10, 2010 - 15:49
2. Ek ook Stapper.
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Friday, September 10, 2010 - 16:15
3. Tellings vir Saterdag:

BULLE 41 - 28 tjieters - Frik
BULLE 38 - 26 tjieters - bullswp
BULLE 39 - 31 tjieters - hammer01
BULLE 38 - 26 tjieters - bbvb
BULLE 42 - 22 tjieters - BlousteBlou
BULLE 27 - 15 tjieters - Jimmy
BULLE 32 - 22 tjieters - Jou_Ma
BULLE 27 - 22 tjieters - LB
BULLE 27 - 17 tjieters - Willie Blou
BULLE 32 - 24 tjieters - BullsrBest
BULLE 35 - 28 tjieters - CR
BULLE 23 - 18 tjieters - Bl@se Runner
BULLE 25 - 21 tjieters - Bloumens
BULLE 38 - 33 tjieters - B1
BULLE 29 - 19 tjieters - BBB08
BULLE 41 - 28 tjieters - Lekkerblou
BULLE 30 - 25 tjieters - phillip
BULLE 32 - 19 tjieters - sharko
BULLE 33 - 18 tjieters - bloubulbilling
BULLE 41 - 33 tjieters - CC
BULLE 35 - 29 tjieters - Zet
BULLE 44 - 26 tjieters - Blou-is-Baas
BULLE 40 - 38 tjieters - bloubefoeter
Posted by bloubefoeterd (Pretoria) Friday, September 10, 2010 - 16:18
4. Sterkte manne! As julle aangaan waar julle laas week opgehou het kan daar net een wenner wees.
Posted by RuggaFanToo (Warmbad) Friday, September 10, 2010 - 18:05
5. Hier word deesdae maar min gepraat.
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Friday, September 10, 2010 - 20:49
6. Ek glo ons sal reg wees en vir die cheatas wys hulle was net gelukkig in eerste ronde! Bulle 42 cheetas 21.
Posted by bullsjumbo (port elizabeth) Friday, September 10, 2010 - 21:58
7. Weet iemand dalk waneer steggies weer kan speel? En hoe vorder bees saak?
Posted by bullsjumbo (port elizabeth) Friday, September 10, 2010 - 22:04
8. DAMES EN HERE STAAN OP UIT RESPEK VIR DIE VODACOM BULLS!!!!!!!!!!!!

DIE BLOU BUL EET NIE VAN DIE VLOER AF NIE
DIE BLOU BUL WEET NIE VAN VERLOOR AF NIE
DIE BLOU BUL SUKKEL NIE SY ROER AF NIE
NOU VRA JY MY VIR WIE EK SKREE

KOOR

EK SKREE NIE W.P. NIE EK BLY N BUL
EK SKREE NIE O.P. NIE EK BLY N BUL
EK SKREE NIE VRYSTAAT NIE EK BLY N BUL
LAAT STAAN DIE SHARKS EN DIE LEEUS EN DIE HELE BLEDDIE SPUL

DIE BLOU BUL TJANK NIE BY SY PA HULLE NIE
DIE BLOU BUL TJANK NIE BY SY MA HULLE NIE
DIE BLOU BUL TJANK NIE BY DIE PALE NIE
NOU VRA JY MY VIR WIE EK SKREE

KOOR

EK SKREE NIE W.P. NIE EK BLY N BUL
EK SKREE NIE O.P. NIE EK BLY N BUL
EK SKREE NIE VRYSTAAT NIE EK BLY N BUL
LAAT STAAN DIE SHARKS EN DIE LEEUS EN DIE HELE BLEDDIE SPUL

DIE BLOU BUL ROL HOM NIE N MIELIE NIE
DIE BLOU BUL KAN HOM OK NIE KIELIE NIE
DIE BLOU BUL IS HY NIE N BIELIE NIE
NOU VRA JY MY VIR WIE EK SKREE

EK ROEP VIR FRIK DU PREEZ HY SAL MY HOOR
EK VRA VIR THYS LOURENS BLY OP MY SPOOR
EN GEE VIR NAAS BOTHA HY SKOP HOM OOR
NOU VRA JY MY VIR WIE EK SKREE

EK SIT VIR FONNIE VOOR KAN JY HOM VANG
EK HET VIR RUBEN OOK MAAK HY JOU BANG
VAT ULI SCHMIDT JOU VAS LOS HY JOU MANK
NOU VRA JY MY VIR WIE EK SKREE

EK PASS VIR MOANER UIT KAN JY HOM VAT
NA HANSIE BREWIS TOE HY'S GANS TE GLAD
EK PASS VIR JOSIE UIT JY MAAK JOU NAT
NOU VRA JY MY VIR WIE EK SKREE

DIE BLOU BUL EET NIE VAN DIE VLOER AF NIE
DIE BLOU BUL WEET NIE VAN VERLOOR AF NIE
DIE BLOU BUL SUKKEL NIE SY ROER AF NIE
NOU VRA JY MY VIR WIE EK SKREE

KOOR ( 4X )

EK SKREE NIE W.P. NIE EK BLY N BUL
EK SKREE NIE O.P. NIE EK BLY N BUL
EK SKREE NIE VRYSTAAT NIE EK BLY N BUL
LAAT STAAN DIE SHARKS EN DIE LEEUS EN DIE HELE BLEDDIE SPUL

GO MIELIES BLOU BULLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 02:12
9. Tellings vir vandag:

BULLE 41 - 28 tjieters - Frik
BULLE 38 - 26 tjieters - bullswp
BULLE 39 - 31 tjieters - hammer01
BULLE 38 - 26 tjieters - bbvb
BULLE 42 - 22 tjieters - BlousteBlou
BULLE 27 - 15 tjieters - Jimmy
BULLE 32 - 22 tjieters - Jou_Ma
BULLE 27 - 22 tjieters - LB
BULLE 27 - 17 tjieters - Willie Blou
BULLE 32 - 24 tjieters - BullsrBest
BULLE 35 - 28 tjieters - CR
BULLE 23 - 18 tjieters - Bl@de Runner
BULLE 25 - 21 tjieters - Bloumens
BULLE 38 - 33 tjieters - B1
BULLE 29 - 19 tjieters - BBB08
BULLE 41 - 28 tjieters - Lekkerblou
BULLE 30 - 25 tjieters - phillip
BULLE 32 - 19 tjieters - sharko
BULLE 33 - 18 tjieters - bloubulbilling
BULLE 41 - 33 tjieters - CC
BULLE 35 - 29 tjieters - zet
BULLE 44 - 26 tjieters - Blou-is-Baas
BULLE 40 - 38 tjieters - bloubefoeterd
Posted by Ligblou Baron (Pretoria) Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 04:40
10. Kan nie wga vir vanmiddag nie, ek dink Steggies is volgende week reg want diu Unie het vier weke terug gese hy is reg oor 3 weke, so ek is seker hy is volgende week terug. Ek dink hy brand al om speeltyd te kry.

Sterkte my Blou goeters en foeter daai cheetahs behoorlik op.
Posted by klaasie (Somerset Wes) Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 09:48
11. stegmann rus nog hierdie week, en behoort volgende week terug te wees. dan gaan die bulle moeilik gekeer word. dit voel nog heeltyd of ons vir steggies baie mis!

bloubulblog.co.za
Posted by sparnar (pretoria) Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 10:43
12. ons gaan daai phillip rooikopmannetjie van die cheaters moet dophou. daai perd het verlede naweek 32 duikslae gemaak.

en ons moet vir johnson en nokwe nie beweegruimte gee nie.
Posted by sparnar (pretoria) Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 10:46
13. Sal vandag daar op die vrystaat Stadium gaan kyk, hoop ons haak die een deur!
Posted by bulletjie007700 (marquard) Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 11:32
14. Komaan BULLE JUL KAN DIT DOEN ...............................
Wys hulle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Zetty (Ondangwa) Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 17:09
15. Swak, weer eens, kannie twee taai games wen na mekaar nie, ek sal liewer dtil bly want ek is teleurgesteld, lyk my die manne gaan nie eers daar wees om hul title te verdedig nie, Mr Jafta jy sal nie met die vertooning ref van die week wees nie, lyk my jy is onfiks en mens kan sien jy het nog baie om te leer
Posted by Barrybul (Klerksdorp) Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 19:57
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