Appels in die Vrystaat? Die Fyvies wys hoe!

Neil en Pam Fyvie van Harrismith is van die min boere wat kans sien om in die riskante Oos-Vrystaat met appels te boer. Dié vertakking bied egter ’n groot uitkoms as droëlandgewasse swaar trek. Neil het twintig jaar gelede 20 ha Royal Gala-, Fuji- en Braeburn-appelbome op die familieplaas Deveron in die grond gesteek en vandag pluk hy letterlik en figuurlik die vrugte.


The last match of the weekend will be played in Buenos Aires, between the Jaguares and the Vodacom Bulls where a very physical battle is expected and Cornal Hendricks will be making an emotional return to Vodacom Super Rugby action as replacement for Johnny Kotze (meningitis).


Hendriks, the former Springbok wing, will play his first Vodacom Super Rugby match since 2015, when he was forced out of action due to illness. Saturday’s battle in Buenos Aires will see him complete his comeback to top-flight action.


The Pretoria side got their swagger back following their sublime win over the DHL Stormers at Loftus and the late-evening tie in South America has all the makings of a fascinating clash.


Each of the previous four meetings in this fixture has been won by the home team on the day, with each side having won twice. The Argentine franchise want to avoid back-to-back losses on home soil for the first time since March 2018 after their defeat to the Emirates Lions last week.


What they said:

Vodacom Bulls coach Pote Human is expecting a fiery backlash from the Jaguares, especially after they lost to the Emirates Lions in their opening game: “It’s going to be tough especially if the crowd gets behind them and they come with their passion. I think we played the right game plan against the Stormers and if we can continue on that, we can do well.”


Jaguares: TBA


Vodacom Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jessie Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lood de Jager (captain), 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Lizo Gqoboka. Replacements: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Eli Snyman, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Dylan Sage.


Head to head:

Played: 4

Jaguares won: 2

Vodacom Bulls won: 2

Jaguares points: 130

Vodacom Bulls points: 104

Average score: 33-26


Match information:

Date: Saturday 23 February

SA time: 23h40

Venue: Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires

Referee: Brendon Pickerill

Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Mike Fraser

Television Match Official: Santiago Borsani

TV: SuperSport1

Beesboer gaan van geoktrooieerde rekenmeester na Stoetteler van die Jaar!

John Devonport, ’n geoktrooieerde rekenmeester, wou nog altyd boer. Hy en sy vrou, Tracey, ’n sakevrou, het in 1988 ’n plaas vir ontspanningsdoeleindes gekoop aan die Vaaldam se boonste oewer naby Villiers. Water’s Edge front 20 km lank aan die dam en huisves die veelbekroonde Devlan Limousin-stoetery. John was in 2006 Breedplan se SA Stoetteler van die Jaar.



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.