January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
In a match to commemorate the first match of the Blue Bulls (then Northern Tranvaal) against the Lions (then Transvaal) in 1938 the Lions and Blue Bulls will play for the Gauteng Rugby Cup as part of the Gauteng Sports Challenge at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 2 February at 15h00.
With a number of their senior players out with injury the Blue Bulls named a predominantly young but seriously talented side to take on Lions the trans-Jukskei clash. The team is loaded with players who played for the u/20 Boks in recent years, 13 to exact. Most of these players should get some game time during this year’s Super Rugby season but hardly any can be seen as first choice players.
Up front I think they will struggle in the scrums but the main interest must be the centre pairing of Serfontein and Mapoe, that is if Louis Fouche can find some way to make use of their skills.
The contest between Fouche and Lionel Cronje (the Bulls discard) will also be interesting to watch. Can Cronje replicate his performance against the Cheetahs an put in a smile-wiper of a performance against his former team-mates?
With all this talent facing them, and the fact that they are playing their Gauteng neighbours, I expect that the Lions will name the best available side.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert , 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg(c).
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 JJ Breet, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Ruhan Nel
15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Travis Ismaiel (2012), 13 Lionel Mapoe (2008), 12 Jan Serfontein (2012), 11 Sampie Mastriet (2009), 10 Louis Fouchè, 9 Jano Vermaak (v/c), 8 Arno Botha (2011), 7 Jean Cook (2011), 6 Deon Stegmann (c), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse (2012), 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Juan Schoeman (2011)
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi (2011), 17 Hencus van Wyk, 18 Wiaan Liebenberg (2012), 19 Cornell Hess (2009), 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Handrè Pollard (2012), 22 Ulrich Beyers (2011), 23 Jacques du Plessis (SA Schools – 2011)