The Vodacom Bulls will start their 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign with five tournament rookies when they face the DHL Stormers at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday in a highly anticipated clash that will also see the return to South African rugby for Duane Vermeulen and Schalk Brits.

Vermeulen returns to the competition for the first time since 2015 having represented the Toyota Cheetahs and DHL Stormers in 109 matches, while Brits, who played for the Cats and DHL Stormers in his career, last saw action in the Southern Hemisphere showpiece in 2011.

Rosko Specman will be the only tournament debutant in the run-on team though as Vodacom Bulls Head Coach, Pote Human, named the former Springbok Sevens player on the wing. Specman has played in the GUINNESS PRO 14 competition for the Toyota Cheetahs in 2017, but this will be a first taste of the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament for the two time World Sevens Series winner.

Human also named Corniel Els, Simphiwe Matanzima, Eli Snyman and Dylan Sage on the bench, with all due for a first appearance for the home side in the competition. Matanzima sat on the bench in last season’s match against the Sunwolves in Singapore, but did not take to the field.

Apart from Vermeulen and Brits, there will also be a Vodacom Bulls debut for replacement prop Dayan van der Westhuizen. The Vodacom Bulls player represented the Southern Kings in the tournament before as a loan player to the Eastern Cape franchise, playing for them 11 times.

Ruan Steenkamp, who missed the entire 2018 Vodacom Super Rugby tournament due to injury, was named on the flank.

Human could call on a very experienced core of players, with Burger Odendaal and Handré Pollard in line for their 50th caps later this season, while up front, Trevor Nyakane could play in his 100th Super match during the tournament (running out for his 50th Vodacom Bulls cap on Saturday).

Lood de Jager will lead the team for the first time in the tournament and the lock will combine with Jason Jenkins. The duo last started a match together as the lock combination in March 2018 against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

The locks are amongst the 10 Springboks named by Human for the season’s opener.

Human said they are not the favourites despite playing at home.

“Recent history shows how formidable the Stormers have been. They have won seven of their last nine games against us, so will have more than enough confidence coming here. That said, we did beat them here last year, so if we apply what we trained, I firmly believe we can do that again.”

An 80-minute effort will be needed though, De Jager insisted.

“We held the lead in three of our last matches at halftime and only won once, so it is imperative that we not only start well, but sustain our efforts for the full 80 minutes. There is massive excitement and expectation amongst the squad this year and we are keen to go out and play the best rugby we can,” the captain said.

The team to face the DHL Stormers (with caps and points) is: Warrick Gelant (34, 60), Johnny Kotze (34, 40), Jesse Kriel (61, 75), Burger Odendaal (43, 15), Rosko Specman (on debut), Handré Pollard (46, 437), Embrose Papier (10, 5), Duane Vermeulen (109, 40), Hanro Liebenberg (28, 15), Ruan Steenkamp (11, 0), Lood de Jager (c; 60, 25), Jason Jenkins (40, 35), Trevor Nyakane (91, 15), Schalk Brits (63, 20), Lizo Gqoboka (37, 10).


Replacements: Corniel Els (on debut), Simphiwe Matanzima (0, 0), Dayan van der Westhuizen (10, 0), Eli Snyman (on debut), Thembelani Bholi (30, 5), Ivan van Zyl (17, 0), Manie Libbok (8, 13), Dylan Sage (on debut).


Notes: Selected Vodacom Bulls stats
Head to Head (Opta)
Played 31, won 12 with one draw. Average score: 22-22.
Matches at home: Played 15, won 8, lost 7. Average score: 27-22.
Most appearances: Victor Matfield 140
Most points: Morné Steyn 1449
Most tries: Bryan Habana 37
Most points in season: Morné Steyn 263
Most tries in season: Bjorn Basson 10


The Vodacom Blue Bulls also named their squad to play in a warm-up friendly against Naka Bulle in the curtain-raiser to the game. The Vodacom Blue Bulls are preparing for the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and the Naka Bulle will play in the Gold Cup, so this match will be perfect as part of their preparations.

A number of players with Vodacom Super Rugby experience have been named in the Vodacom Blue Bulls team, including Conraad van Vuuren, Jannes Kirsten, Andre Warner and Divan Rossouw. Flyhalf Chris Smith, on loan from the Pumas, will also make a first appearance for the team.

Team to play Naka Bulle on Saturday at Loftus Versfeld is: Divan Rossouw, Cornal Hendricks, Franco Naude, JT Jackson, Jade Stighling, Chris Smith, Andre Warner, Muller Uys, Tim Agaba, Paul Schoeman, Aston Fortuin, Jannes Kirsten, Conraad van Vuuren, Dewald Maritz, Matthys Basson.


Replacements: Stephan Leonard, Nqoba Mxoli, Madot Mabokela, Aaron Brodi, Fred Eksteen, Marco Jansen van Vuuren, Theo Boshoff, Cameron Hufke, Earll Douwrie.


Leierboer behaal onverwagte sukses in varkbedryf

Neil Dry, president van die Suid-Afrikaanse Varktelersgenootskap, wat vanjaar sy 100ste bestaansjaar vier, het nooit gedink hy sou met varke boer nie. Die Niemen-stoetery naby Magaliesburg is egter in 1997 met net ses wit sôe en een Landras- beer begin en opgebou tot ’n veelbekroonde varkboerdery, waaronder eerste plekke in SA Stamboek se kompetisie vir varkstoeterye.


Jason Jenkins will start at lock with Lood de Jager on Saturday when the Vodacom Bulls take on the Cell C Sharks in Ballito.

Jenkins recently returned from his club duties in Japan and will start alongside fellow Springbok and team captain, De Jager, in the engine room.

The match will also see the first sight in the new season of Hanro Liebenberg and Andre Warner, with both returning from their loan spell in France.

Liebenberg and Warner will play off the bench in a team that showed numerous changes from the one that played in Cape Town last weekend.

Only Warrick Gelant, Jesse Kriel, Handre Pollard, Duane Vermeulen, De Jager and the front row of Trevor Nyakane, Schalk Britz and Lizo Gqoboka will be in the starting team again.


Dylan Sage, Embrose Papier, Thembelani Bholi, and Ruan Steenkamp played off the bench last weekend, but earn starts this time around against the home side.

Wingers Cornal Hendricks and Rosko Specman played in the warm-up match against the Emirates Lions two weeks, but was not involved in Cape Town.

The match takes place at Ashton College in Ballito on Saturday, 9th February. Kickoff is at 14h00.

Vodacom Bulls coach, Pote Human, said the match, which is expected to see the home side laden with all their international players, is another important step towards their final preparations for the Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

“We did some good things last weekend and this is another step towards fine-tuning the squad. Obviously, we will be trying to have a better start this week. The bad start last weekend, where we conceded some soft tries early, forced us to play catch-up rugby. We responded well, but I would not like to see a repeat of that,” Human said.

Starting team: Warrick Gelant, Cornal Hendricks, Jesse Kriel, Dylan Sage, Rosko Specman, Handre Pollard, Embrose Papier, Duane Vermeulen, Thembelani Bholi, Ruan Steenkamp, Lood de Jager (c), Jason Jenkins, Trevor Nyakane, Schalk Britz, Lizo Gqoboka.


Finishers: Johan Grobbelaar, Matthys Basson, Conraad van Vuuren, Hanro Liebenberg, Paul Schoeman, Jannes Kirsten, Tim Agaba, Andre Warner, JT Jackson, Jade Stighling, Divan Rossouw.

Weeg-en-Wen-wenners fokus op grondgesondheid

Michael Allen van die plaas Hartebeesfontein, naby Middelburg in Mpumalanga, en sy seun, Gareth, pas al jare lank presisieboerdery toe met mielies en sojabone. Hulle was ook al meermale wenners in Pioneer se Weeg-en-Wen-kompetisie. Michael se geheim is sy erns met grondstatus en hy sê grondgesondheid is sekerlik die grootste oorweging om top-oeste te behaal.

Daan Human to join #BullsFamily in shared capacity

Former Springbok prop and current Toyota Cheetahs scrum coach, Daan Human, will be co-opted in the Vodacom Bulls coaching staff in a unique first for South African rugby.

Human will assist the Vodacom Bulls as scrum coach in the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament two days every week, the remainder of the period he will spend with the Toyota Cheetahs in their Guinness PRO14 campaign.

Coach Pote Human expressed his delight at having a man of Human’s calibre at his disposal:  “I firmly believe that Daan will pay a major role in taking us forward.  The great work he has done at the Toyota Cheetahs is obvious to see, and we are looking forward to him joining the #BullsFamily.”

Xander Janse van Rensburg, high-performance manager:  “This arrangement is a bold step for rugby in South Africa, and more importantly it shows the willingness of the teams to improve the game in the country.  We must commend the Toyota Cheetahs for their enthusiasm and open-mindedness towards making this possible.”

“The agreement with the Vodacom Bulls is unique in South Africa and for the promotion of the performance of teams in South Africa.  To have a scrum coach like Daan Human in both entities is a positive movement in the interest of rugby.” Said Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd.

The Toyota Cheetahs are proud of the expertise that is developed here and the opportunities created, which are valuable for rugby in South Africa and abroad.  Many experts have grown their expertise at Free State Rugby, for example; Rassie Erasmus, Jacques Nienaber, Niel Powell, Brendan Venter, Rory Duncan, Pine Pienaar, Pote Human and also Daan Human, which is now being applied at the highest levels in world rugby. ” Said Franco Smith, Toyota Cheetahs Director of Rugby.


Daan Human se dienste word met Vodacom Bulle gedeel.

 As ‘n unieke eerste in Suid-Afrikaanse rugby, sal die dienste van die voormalige Springbok stut en huidige Toyota Cheetahs skrum afrigter, Daan Human, met die Vodacom Bulle gedeel word.

Human sal vir twee dae ‘n week die Vodacom Bulle as skrum afrigter in die Vodacom Super Rugby toernooi bystaan, waarna hy vir die res van die tyd by die Toyota Cheetahs sal wees ter voorbereiding van hul Guinness PRO14 veldtog.

Die afrigter van die Bulle, Pote Human is verheug  om ‘n man van Human se kaliber tot sy beskikking te hê:  “Ek glo vas daarin dat Daan ‘n groot rol sal speel om ons vorentoe te vat.  Die goeie werk wat hy by die Toyota Cheetahs gedoen het is duidelik sigbaar, en ons sien uit daarna om hom in die Bulle se familie te verwelkom.”

Xander Janse van Rensburg, hoë prestasie bestuurder:  “Hierdie ooreenkoms is ‘n groot stap vir rugby in Suid-Afrika, en meer belangrik, dit wys die bereidwilligheid van spanne om die spel in Suid-Afrika te verbeter.  Ons wil die Toyota Cheetahs prys vir hul entoesiasme en openhartigheid om die proses moontlik te maak. “

“Die samewerkingsooreenkoms met die Vodacom Bulle is uniek aan Suid-Afrika en is ter bevordering van die spel peil van spanne in Suid-Afrika.  Om ‘n skrumafrigter soos Daan Human in beide entitete aan te wend is ‘n positiewe beweging in belang van rugby.”  Het Harold Verster, Besturende Direkteur van die Vrystaat Cheetahs (Edms) Bpk gesê.

“Die Toyota Cheetahs is trots op die kundigheid wat hier ontwikkel word en geleenthede wat hier geskep word, wat baie vir rugby in Suid-Afrika en elders beteken.  Talle deskundiges het hul kundigheid by Vrystaat Rugby opgebou, nl. Rassie Erasmus, Jacques Nienaber, Niel Powell, Brendan Venter, Rory Duncan, Pine Pienaar, Pote Human en ook Daan Human wat nou op die hoogste vlakke in wêreld rugby toegepas word.” Het Franco Smith, Toyota Cheetahs se Direkteur van Rugby gesê.

Danie Thomas se spogboerdery van die grond af opgebou

Danie Thomas van Edenville in die Vrystaat het reeds op 12-jarige ouderdom sy eerste melkkoei met spaargeld gekoop en op 17 alleen begin boer. Vandag is sy stoeterye en kommersiële kuddes dié skaapboer se trots. Ná verskeie ander draaie en terugslae herskryf hy deesdae die rekordboeke op veilings met sy suksesvolle Kairos Dormerstoetery.


Limpopo-melkboer lewer meer as 10 miljoen liter melk per jaar

Joubert Fourie van Limpopo Dairy by Louis Trichardt is vanjaar SA Stamboek se wenner van die Noord-streek se Elite-suiwelprys. In 1984 het die Fouries sowat 1 200 liter melk per dag gelewer, maar deesdae is hul jaarlikse produksiesyfer meer as 10 miljoen liter.



Following the announcement of POTE HUMAN as Vodacom Bulls HEAD COACH a few weeks ago, the Blue Bulls Company would like to now confirm the following positions that will make up his support team going into the 2019 season.

CHRIS ROSSOUW is the first of the new faces at Loftus that will bolster Human’s support crew. Rossouw, brother of Pieter Rossouw also a former assistant coach at Loftus, brings his expertise as BACKLINE AND ATTACK coach. The flyhalf spent the bulk of his playing career at Western Province and the Stormers between 1997 to 2005, before heading abroad to RC Toulonnais for three years. He returned to South Africa in 2008 and finished his playing career with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. He started his coaching career in 2012 at the University of Stellenbosch where he spent 5 years, working his way from assistant coach to head coach, specialising with team attack and the backs. Later in 2016, he headed back to Cape Town serving as an assistant coach to the WP under 21s, winning that title in 2017. In 2017 he was also appointed as an assistant coach by the Namibian Rugby Union (Team Attack, Kicking and Exit Strategy, and Backs) for the World Rugby Nations Cup, before moving to SAS Rugby International Institute as a head coach between 2017 and 2018.

An announcement regarding the newly appointed BBCo SCRUM AND MAUL SPECIALIST COACH will be made shortly.

Loftus legend ANTON LEONARD steps into the role of LINEOUT SPECIALIST. Leonard played for the Vodacom Bulls between 2000 and 2008, leading the team with distinction during that period, and was also part of the winning Super Rugby team in 2007. The hard-running No8 also donned the green and gold on two occasions. Leonard started his coaching career at the Griquas in 2010 as a forwards coach, and later moved back to Pretoria to the join the coaching staff at Loftus in 2015.

Young HAYDEN GROEPES continues his rise within the ranks of the BBCo High Performance division. He will assume the role of SKILLS COACH AS WELL AS KICKING AND KICKING STRATEGY. As a player, he started his career at the Western Province moving on to Boland, before making his way to Pretoria in 2010. The hard running and illusive fullback got his first taste of coaching and management as a technical analyst at Loftus in 2012.

Stalwart JOHN-WILLIAM MEYER started his coaching career as a Technical Advisor at UP Tuks, and moved to the BB Co in 2011, working his way up from the junior ranks into the Vodacom Super Rugby management team. Meyer retains the role of HEAD TECHNICAL & PERFORMANCE ANALYST going into the new season.

The BBCo are also excited to welcome back PINE PIENAAR in the role of DEFENCE COACH. Pienaar is no stranger at Loftus, spending seven years between 2011 and 2017 within the coaching division,
working as an assistant coach specialising in defence for all the teams across the BBCo, and even heading up the Currie Cup team. He started his professional career in rugby in 2006 with the Free State Cheetahs as their Director of Junior rugby and coach. He worked as a head coach for their U21s, Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup teams, and was also responsible for the recruitment and contracting of junior players. In 2018 he accepted the role of Director of Sport at Waterkloof High School and consulted to the Cheetahs on all levels from Pro14 to the juniors, including the Varsity Cup team. Pienaar also consulted to the Kubota Spears in Japan in 2018, advising coaches on their defensive principles and structures. Pienaar is a strong character that fully understands the inner workings of the ‘Blou Masjien’ and will no doubt be vital to the campaign in 2019.

The BBCo are also looking forward to going back to our tested formula that ensures a similar brand of rugby is played throughout the ranks at Loftus, from the juniors all the way up to the Super Rugby team. This will be one of the vital tasks and roles high on the list of newly appointed DIRECTOR OF RUGBY, ALAN ZONDAGH.

The #BullsFamily has always been privileged with some amazing leaders on the field, and this year will be no different as Springbok lock LOOD DE JAGER puts on the CAPTAINS ARMBAND. De Jager’s sterling start to the 2018 season was cut short with a pectoral tear. The big lock was quick to appoint himself as an unspoken team assistant during his recovery, and remained close to the team and management contributing in any way possible… just one little example of his commitment, dedication and overall leadership. He will be deputised by Springbok flyhalf HANDRE POLLARD, who is also no doubt a shining example of the leadership within the #BullsFamily.

Head coach Pote Human on his leaders: “We’ve had some great leaders at Loftus, and often worked with a core group of guys that contributed to the leadership. We are once again spoilt for choice with guys like Burger Odendaal, Hanro Liebenberg, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Brits, Ruan Steenkamp, Travis Ismaiel and Jesse Kriel to mention a few. However, Lood has grown into an inspirational leader, even during a time when he didn’t play much rugby, and I am positive that he will have the full support of everybody at Loftus.”

The remainder of the BBCo High-Performance coaching and management teams will be confirmed soon.


Human Factor for Bulls Family

The Blue Bulls Company is excited to confirm the appointment of current Currie Cup head coach POTE HUMAN as Head Coach for the Vodacom Super Rugby and Currie Cup competitions going into 2019.

Human no doubt epitomizes everything that the #BullsFamily stands for, and is the perfect blend of good rugby values together with the passion and understanding of the modern game. The BBCo Board of Directors believe that Human, who acted as an assistant coach to John Mitchell during the past 12 months, will build on the momentum the Vodacom Bulls as well as the Vodacom Blue Bulls gained during the 2018 season. With some exciting new signings and good continuity, the Board are confident he will return the brand to winning ways.

As a player, Human was a no-nonsense loose forward, one that racked up 116 games for Eastern Province, and 82 for the Free Sate, 64 of which he captained for the Bloemfontein based side.

He started his coaching career with the SA U23 side in 1995 as an assistant coach, then moved to Shimlas for a five year period winning the National Club Champs in 2004, before becoming an assistant coach in 2005 for the Vodacom Blue Bulls Currie Cup side. In 2006 he became assistant coach to the Super Rugby team under Heyneke Meyer, and in the same year shared the Currie Cup title with Free State Cheetahs as head coach. His role as assistant coach in the Vodacom Bulls winning their first Super Rugby title in 2007 was vital.

Human also spent two years at the Ricoh Rugby Club in Japan as Forwards coach, before returning as Director of Rugby at Garsfontein High School. He then became head coach of Griquas for a short stint, returning to Pretoria to coach Tuks to a Varsity cup title.

His role at Loftus over the last few years as Super Sport Challenge & U21 Head Coach, Super Rugby Forward coach as well as Currie Cup head coach has been immense, and became clearly evident in the exciting brand of rugby currently being played by the team.

Willem Strauss, Chairman of the BBCo board and President of the union, expressed his excitement on the appointment: “Pote has proved himself at every level and has a track record that speaks for itself. We are privileged to have men of his calibre within our system, that can step up into this role. He has the full support of everybody at Loftus.”

ALAN ZONDAGH also joins the #BullsFamily, coming in as Director of Rugby. He will be responsible for overseeing the comprehensive rugby structures at Loftus, while supporting Human and his management team in their new roles.

Zondagh also served as Director of Coaching at Western Province Rugby Union between 1980 and 1988. He then moved into a Head Coach and Director of Coaching role at Eastern Province Rugby Union from 1989 to 1991. Zondagh was also head coach for Western Province between 1993 and 1996, and for London Scottish RFC between 1998 and 1999. In 1999 the rugby visionary moved over to Saracens RFC serving as their Director of Rugby, before becoming a Performance Director at the Rugby Performance Centre.

Strauss on Zondagh: “Alan is a rugby visionary, and with his international experience he will add immensely to the future growth of this brand. He will also serve as a mentor to our coaches and management, and I believe that they will gain a lot from having a guy of his calibre around. We would like to officially welcome him to the #BullsFamily, and are looking forward to the difference he will make.”

Furthermore, the BBCo is happy to confirm that RASSIE ERASMUS will also be available to mentor Human and his team during the pre-season and heading into Super Rugby. This further amplifies the close working relationship between the SA franchises and Erasmus as SARU’s Director of Rugby and current Springbok Head Coach.

Details regarding Human’s support staff and assistants will be announced in due course.


Dries Visser: Ware wildboere is oor ná bedryf gesif is

Dries Visser, ’n wildboer van Thabazimbi in Limpopo, en sy seun, Dries jr., teel onder meer waardevolle vlakte- en skaars wildsoorte en reël safari’s vir oorsese jagters. Dries sê die wildbedryf het ’n nuwe era betree. Hy gebruik jagters om sy wildkuddes intensief te bestuur en meen die droogte en laer wildpryse het die bedryf gesif sodat net ware wildboere oorgebly het.