DHL Western Province 41, Vodacom Blue Bulls 17



The North vs South derby will kick off slightly earlier than usual due to the Springbok game at Loftus later the afternoon and both coaches will be hoping to be in a good mood whilst catching the premier teams game.

Allister Coetzee’s charges ended the game against the EP Kings on a comfortable enough score line but the reality was less so, the young DHL WP squad were rattled in the first 40 by a motivated Kings squad making their first Currie Cup appearance in 15 years and Luke Watson ended up as MOTM for the losing team. WP, possible frustrated by Jaco Peyper’s decisions got drawn into a large amount of niggle and cynical play and saw 3 yellows for their efforts. The silver linings are that new captain Juan de Jongh would take some valuable experience from that fixture and the performances of Pat Howard and Demitri Catrakilis.

Western Province:  15. Cheslin Kolbe,14. Kobus van Wyk,13. Juan de Jongh (captain),12. Michael van der Spuy, 11. Seabelo Senatla, 10. Demetri Catrakilis,9. Nic Groom, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Jean Kleyn, 3. Pat Cilliers (vice-captain), 2. Stephan Coetzee ,1. Alistair Vermaak

Replacements: 16. Neil Rautenbach , 17. Brok Harris, 18. Ruan Botha, 19. Rynhardt Elstadt, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Jaco Taute

The Bulls took a proper pasting at the hands of cross town rivals The Lions last week going down 41 – 13 but that counts for nothing when these teams face off. There is a huge amount of pride at stake here and both teams traditionally stand up for this fixture no matter the previous weeks result, Frans Ludeke was happy with certain elements of his teams display against the Lions and no worked hard on execution during the week, he will be depending on Deon Stegmann to lead a new look loose trio to secure as much clean possession as possible.

Blue Bulls:15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann (captain), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Replacements:16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Hencus van Wyk, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel.

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  1. 6 tries against 1 – is this the Hak Hak legacy that a few cow praisesingers were referring to? Shame…seems same is happening at Bok level?

  2. Bulls are in deep shit.
    Their club rugby and junior teams
    is also poor.

    As for Border:
    u.21’s after six matches: 594 against, 3 for.

  3. On the other hand… and despite Bekke (for whose sake I had hoped the Bulls would slaughter WP) I must say I love seeing the Bulls in this state of trouble…

    It is a joy to behold…

    It appears old Fransie screwed up big time and the Bulls are back to pre Heyneke period where they flitted from useless coach to useless coach with useless players…

    Ian Schwarz is sorely missed.

  4. New players, coach who cannot seem to coach players into a tried and trusted game plan and doesn’t bring any new ideas bekke, hardly Heyneke’s legacy.

    But 2 big losses in 2 weeks, that is bad. What worries me is that the players that Heyneke built our game plan around has left. So tweaks were necessary but it doesn’t seem like Ludeke is willing to make those tweaks. Also he continues to persist with callie and ross. Both have had enough opportunities.

    it doesn’t seem as if there will be any changes soon, but reports of players being unhappy certain coaches being sidelined, spells disaster. Hope they prove me wrong.

  5. Well Jacques, from what Ive heard from an agent that visited them saturday morning, the looked as if they expected a whipping Saturday morning already. So never good for a team when the general attitude is, here we go again even before running on.

    as for Bongi, when I saw how fired up he was, I reckoned it was ‘haha fools, I might be losing now. But next season I play for these guys’. There is management trouble at the Bulls and it has come to roost with performances reflecting it. Hopefully Bekke gets taken seriously by the fools at saru (cos only a fool would take him seriously) and meyer comes back to save the bulls 😊