Kriel and Serfontein to combine in Polokwane

Kriel and Serfontein to combine in Polokwane

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Kriel and Serfontein to combine in Polokwane
Springbok midfielders Jesse Kriel and Jan Serfontein will combine for the first time as a centre pairing on Saturday when the Vodacom Bulls play the Emirates Lions in a Vodacom Super Rugby warm-up match in Polokwane.
Kriel played at fullback in his 16 appearances for the Vodacom Bulls so far, but made the Springbok outside centre berth his own later in the 2015 season, while Serfontein had injury issues during last year's campaign and only played in eight matches.
The youthful combination will play as the midfield paring for the first time, with Vodacom Bulls coach Nollis Marais naming a number of young players in his match day squad.
The likes of Warrick Gelant, Hanro Liebenberg and RG Snyman all played for the Junior Springboks last year, as did Jason Jenkins, who will play off the bench.
Adriaan Strauss will lead the team for the first time since being named captain for the season.
"We do have a good mixture of youth and experience and that is exactly how I prefer it," Marais said.
"You need some old heads in this competition, but there is no doubt that younger players brings energy and passion to any team. We would like to find the perfect balance in that and that is why this match in Polokwane is important for us. We need to settle on a team, but also on the right combinations going into the Super Rugby competition," Marais said.
Strauss is the most experienced player in the squad with 118 Super Rugby caps and admits some nervous energy.
"We are keen to make a mark this year and have some very talented players in our system. I am very keen to lead these guys into battle. The Lions are a very experienced and well-drilled team and will test us structures and systems, so this is an ideal way to prepare before the competition kicks off in a couple of weeks. We are also keen to return to Polokwane, where the locals have been fantastic to us in recent visits," Strauss said.
"The fact that the match will aid a good cause and supply bursaries to students is also satisfying for the squad," he said.
The squad that will travel to Polokwane is: Warrick Gelant, Travis Ismaiel, Jesse Kriel, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Francois Brummer, Rudy Paige, Arno Botha, Hanro Liebenberg, Nic de Jager, Grant Hattingh, RG Snyman, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss (c), Trevor Nyakane. Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Lizo Gqoboka, Jason Jenkins, Jannes Kirsten, Piet van Zyl, Tian Schoeman, Burger Odendaal, Werner Kruger, Pierre Schoeman, Jamba Ulengo, Jade Stighling.
Notes:
• Both teams will be doing a fan meet and greet at the Savanah Mall and Mall of the North between 13h30 and 14h30 - Friday
• Will also being visiting eight schools on Friday
• Tickets available at computicket.com and at the stadium from as little as R60.

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Feb 10, 2016

(24) Kriel and Serfontein to combine in Polokwane

  1. gravatar franscois says:
    Waar is obi weni hkm koop ons i speler as hy nie gan span kry!
  2. gravatar Muzi says:
    @FRANSCO
    I think Obi is injured....
  3. gravatar Muzi says:
    RG Snyman as an enforcer?!?!...not sure about this move...that loose trio will have to man up...Jaco Kriel is a menace...Nollis said the flyhalf battle is 50/50 I guess if Brummer does well against the lions he might start against the Stormers..I hope he doesn't forget his kicking boots this weekend....
  4. gravatar Muzi says:
    Arno Botha....big season ahead for you...we need you more than ever bud....
  5. gravatar nitronic says:
    So with Kriel at 13, does this mean we will discard Dries Swanepoel, as Odendaal will probably be back up on the bench?

  6. Geen "fetcher" nie en twee eenderse slotte wat die veld wil vol hardloop en nie skoonmaak nie! Dit gaan nie werk nie.
  7. gravatar Blouland says:
    Voorry en senterpaar lyk baie goed, die res het potensiaal, maar moet nog heeltemal oortuig op supervlak.
    Sal Ulengo bo Ismael speel.
    Gaan sukkel op 6 en 10.
    Hopelik verras Brommer ons, en het Arno 'n groot jaar sonder beserings.

  8. gravatar Muzi says:
    @NITRONIC
    Swanepoel is back up for Jesse...he'll get game time bud...the season is long players will need rest some game time...
  9. gravatar Dylan says:
    Die span lyk nie te sleg nie.
    Kan iemand vir my sê hoe Nic de Jager speel, ek het nagelees oor hom maar ek het hom nog net sien speel teen die Griekwas vir so 'n paar minute.
    Weet iemand hoe hy vir Maties en die Saracens gespeel het?
  10. gravatar Muzi says:
    Bulls might be exposed out wide...none of the wings we have are reliable on defence... legends like Habana..Akona were dependable in tight games not sure about this bunch...
  11. gravatar Muzi says:
    @DYLAN
    It's a YouTube link when Nic de Jager was man of the match in a game for Saracens...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMVrdB_BINk...
  12. gravatar Dylan says:
    Dankie Muzi ek sal hom kyk
  13. gravatar Chris1975 says:
    Word hierdie game uitgesaai? Weet iemand?
  14. gravatar tinus says:
    Lions met 15 punte
    Bulle gaan weer skop en skop
    Senters kombinasie gaan nie werk altwee speel crash ball
    Kom bulle asb wys my verkeerd
  15. gravatar Blue Horns says:
    Good squad. Would've loved to see Kefentse Mahlo, he deserves a decent shot. Season is long I'm sure all the squad members will get a run.

    With that said I feel bulls need to hold onto these players they have now. 2/3 seasons from now we could see a team worthy of winning everything.

    This season will be a learning curve, fans/supporters need to be patient
  16. gravatar jimmy says:
    Ja, dinge lyk op hierdie stadium nie goed nie…

    ‘n Klasmaat van jare terug stuur vandag vir my hierdie storie.. Die omie kom tydens spreekure met ‘n swaar gemoed by die predikant aan. “Dominee, my hond is dood, sal Dominee asseblief vir hom kan begrawe?” Die jong predikantjie sien toe klaar swarigheid met die ring en hy het nog nie eers ‘n duit gemaak in sy studieskuld nie. Hy maak toe maar verskoning en op die ingewing van die oomblik raai die oom sommer aan om oorkant die pad by die AGS-kerk te gaan hulp soek. Erg terleurgestel dat die kerk hom nou na amper 70 jaar lidmaatskap in die steek laat vra hy so terloops of hy dink of die kerk oorkant die pad ‘n donasie van R100 000.00 sal aanvaar om die hondjie te ruste te lê.. My magtig roep die predikantjie.. “Hoekom het oom nie lankal gesê dat oorle Kerneels ‘n NG-hondjie was nie?


    HOU BY DIE BLOU MY VOLK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  17. gravatar Ozzkiwi says:
    G'day guys
    Trying to get all my info up to date ready for Fantasy season. Can anyone tell me the latest news about Greyling and Stander?
    Cheers
  18. gravatar Andre says:
    @ OZZKIWI - Dean Greyling is currently injured and will miss the first couple of games and if you are referring to Joshua Stander he is currently playing Varsity Cup.
  19. gravatar nitronic says:
    So pas die Leeus span gesien en manne ons mag dalk 50+ teen ons kry.

    Sterkte Bulle
  20. gravatar Bully says:
    Sterkte Bulle, ons gaan dit nodig he.
    Hierdie is maar nog `n baie onervare span, ons sal maar geduld aan die dag moet le.
    Hou by die BLOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  21. gravatar franscois says:
    Die leeus gan ons pak gee met dai span selfde spelers al oor die 2 jaar saam!
  22. gravatar Freddie says:
    Wat get geword van die de Beer loskakel van Waterkloof dink naam isThinus
  23. gravatar Andre says:
    @ Freddie - Thinus de Beer is in die Varsity Cup groep alhoewel hy nog nie gespeel het nie. Wat ek weer graag wil weet is wat het van Kobus Marais geword sowel as Franco Naude (belowende senter van die o19's laasjaar)

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