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.

  40 comments for “DHL Western Province 41, Vodacom Blue Bulls 17

  1. avatar
    August 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Komaan WP, wees die anties in Tswane genadig. Hulle kannie weer ge-blik word na laas naweek se pak nie!

  2. avatar
    August 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Vuilgat koei

  3. avatar
    August 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    @Bekke: Bulls looks awful as they did last week

  4. avatar
    August 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Cannot understand why the Blue Bulls buy so many young talent every year and keep big ego’s like Ross and Callie in this team

  5. avatar
    August 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    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?

  6. avatar
    August 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    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.

  7. avatar
    August 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm


    Meyer stopped coaching the Bulls in 2007 Bekke…

    I could say #justsaying but then again this is the village idiot…

  8. avatar
    August 17, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    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.

  9. avatar
    August 18, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Unfortunately I do not have the time to explain the word “legacy” to ps Dawie

  10. avatar
    August 18, 2014 at 8:41 am

    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.

  11. avatar
    August 18, 2014 at 8:56 am


    Maybe you should explain it to yourself… because clearly you don’t get it.

  12. avatar
    August 18, 2014 at 9:28 am

    @Aldo: Also heard of players being unhappy and if you looked at the players on Saturday only Bongi looked fired up maybe because he knows he is getting the hell out of there….

  13. avatar
    August 18, 2014 at 9:49 am

    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 😊


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