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Preview – Boland v Blue Bulls


There are still a few teams that can make this weekend a make or break weekend in getting into the semi finals but from what we have seen so far this year the Blue Bulls should get full points in Wellington on Friday.


They will be traveling to Boland to play their last match of the season and make sure that they they are their for the semi’s and maybe even a home semi as well.

Boland had a so-so season winning a couple but did not really challenged the bigger unions. With the lost against Griquas in their previous match they would want to put up a good performance.

Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais urged his side to hit the ground running in Wellington.

“We have managed to pick up some momentum when we needed to, but this match could define our season,” he said. “A solid performance could secure a place in the play-offs. After that, it will all be in our hands.”

Hanro Liebenberg will again lead the team from the base of the scrum.

“We worked hard to get ourselves into a position where we can win the Currie Cup,” added Marais. “We are not there yet, so the work is far from finished. We owe it to ourselves to deliver a commanding performance.”

Boland have a couple of changes to the their side. In the pack Basil short replaces Enoch Mnyaka in the number three jersey.

Jacques Engelbrecht moves from the back of the scrum to the side as he dons the seven jersey while Zandre Jordaan will play at number eight with Keenan Cronje starting at open-side flank.

In the back-line Theuns Kotze starts at fly-half with Adriaan Carelse going back to full-back with Gerrit van Wyk starting at outside-centre.

Marais named tight-head prop Jacobie Adriaanse in his starting XV after the prop missed last weekend’s win over Griquas due to injury. Adriaanse replaces Martin Dreyer, who drops to the bench, with Jon-Roy Jenkinson missing the trip to Cape Town.

Marais also changed the rest of his front row. Hookers Bandise Maku and Jaco Visagie swap places again and loose-head prop Lizo Gqoboka comes in for Pierre Schoeman as part of their rotational policy.

In an enforced change at the back, Bjorn Basson replaces Travis Ismaiel, who is nursing a groin injury. Divan Rossouw comes in for Basson on the bench.

Prediction: Easy game for Blue Bulls by 30

The teams:

Boland Cavaliers: 15 Adriaan Carelse, 14 Logan Basson, 13 Gerrit van Wyk, 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Theuns Kotze, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Keenan Cronje, 5 Joubert Horn, 4 Shaun McDonald, 3 Basil Short, 2 Clemen Lewis(c), 1 SP Wessels
Replacements: 16 Francois Esterhuyzen, 17 Enoch Mnyaka, 18 Francois Hanekom, 19 Wayne Wilschut, 20 Hanno Kitshoff, 21 Gerhard Jordaan, 22 Robbie Louw

Blue Bulls: Ulrich Beyers, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (c), 7 Nic de Jager, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Martin Dreyer, 18 Jason Jenkins, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Joshua Stander, 22 Divan Rossouw


  1. I really like this shortened version of the CC. Strentgh vs strentgh with one round of games. If only superrugby could follow the trend. Even with 18 teams, one round against everyone, will be better than what we have now, although I would prefer a A league and a B league type plan with promotion and relegation games to coincide with semi’s and finals. Then the bottom dwellers of the A league have something to watch while top teams play semi’s and finals. A win win for everyone involved, more viewership, less games.

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