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Currie Cup 2018 – Blue Bulls Preview

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Oh it never just rain in South African rugby, these days the best sepie in our live’s are The Days of our “Rugby” Lives.

With WP Ruby in financial turmoil the Blue Bulls are struggling to keep coaches.

The rumours are that Mitchell are doing a Houdini again and will be leaving the Blue Bulls for England.

On the coaching front the Blue Bulls are going old school with Pote Human that will take charge of the Currie Cup side.

So it is a new coach with a new captain for the men in blue with Hanro Liebenberg that will captain the side with Johnny Kotze as vice captain.

The Blue Bulls will have to do without two of their star players from this years Super Rugby in RG Snyman and Van Staaden who will be with the Boks.

In the backs they will also have to do without Papier, Pollard, Kriel and Van Zyl.

The Blue Bulls also have Jason Jenkins, Jannes Kirsten and Burger Odendaal playing in Japan this season so they will not be availible as well.

To add to that the Blue Bulls Gerhard Steenekamp, Tim Agaba, Lizo Gqoboka, Roelof Smit, Nqoba Mxoli, Travis Ismaiel and Warrick Gelant, will due to long term injuries.

For coach Human it will be a question of building a team with low self-believe up during this Currie Cup.

The Bulls ended bottom of the South African log and although allot was expected from the team they did not show the improvement.

The squad have experience with the likes of Marnitz Boshoff and Jamba Ulenbo, while Blitzboks Heino Bezuidenhout and Stedman Gans were also named amongst the backs and former Blitzbok, Boom Prinsloo, amongst the loose forwards.

There are a few new faces with Earll Dowrie and Mornay Smit, while youngsters like Josh Aldermann and Reagan Oranje are promoted from the junior ranks. Adding to the new faces during the warmups are Carel du Preez, Dan Kasende and Viktor Sekekete, three young men that will be included in the system on a trial.

Paul Schoeman has joined the Blue Bulls from the Cheetahs who played PRO14 last year for them.

As with all the other Super Rugby franchises the Blue Bulls wil use the Currie Cup to build for the 2019 season.

Human also wants to expose some of the juniors in the senior level but with one round of pool matches there is not plenty time to experiment.

In Human the Blue Bulls have an no nonsense old school coach and maybe just what is needed to bring the team together and build for next years Super Rugby competition.

Prediction: Blue Bulls should be in the playoffs but will have to fight against the Pumas and Griquas to make it for me.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls schedule:

17 August – Toyota Free State Cheetahs (Bloem)

25 August – Cell C Sharks (Durban)

1 September – Xerox Golden Lions (Pretoria)

8 September – Tafel Lager Griquas (Kimberley)

15 September – iCOLLEGE Pumas (Pretoria)

13 October – DHL Western Province (Pretoria)

 

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