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CARLING CURRIE CUP: Vodacom Bulls ready for tough Carling Currie Cup battle in Bloem

The Vodacom Bulls have selected an exciting match-day squad of 23 for their crucial Carling Currie Cup match against the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Muller Uys will be leading the team as captain, while the experienced Jacques van Rooyen will add grunt to the front row as the starting tighthead prop, returning from an injury layoff that has seen him out of action for the past few weeks.

Springbok centre, Lionel Mapoe, also makes a return from injury as he partners with former Blitzbok, Stedman Gans, in the midfield that will add firepower to an exciting backline.

One of the latest Vodacom Bulls recruits, Ruan Vermaak, has also been given a starting berth, donning the No5 jersey while the talented Richard Kriel will be showcasing his versatility with a start at fullback.

The match at the Free State Stadium will prove to be a crucial one for both teams who will be gunning to finish the round robin stages of the Carling Currie Cup at the top of the log and, effectively, could determine who between the two will potentially host a home final in the domestic competition should both teams go all the way to the title-decider at the conclusion of the season.

The Toyota Cheetahs have been high-flying, especially at home, earning an unbeaten run which was eventually stopped in their defeat last weekend.

The side from Bloemfontein will want to bounce back and continue the good run of form they displayed throughout their campaign.

“This weekend’s Carling Currie Cup game will be like a final before the real final. It’s an absolutely crucial game for both teams,” said Vodacom Bulls head coach, Gert Smal, ahead of the match.

“The Toyota Cheetahs have undoubtedly been the team of the competition, beating all teams, including us, and only suffered that close defeat in their previous match. That could make them even more dangerous this week – they will want to bounce back. They have shown how much of a good side they are, how well-coached they are and how hungry and determined they are for success.

“We will have to be at our best to build on the momentum we have accumulated to this point as we go into the important playoff stages from next week. Our boys have worked exceptionally hard this week and I am excited to see the team we have assembled in action.”

The Vodacom Bulls depart for Bloemfontein today for the match. The game will be televised on SuperSport at 16h45 on Saturday.

 

The Vodacom Bulls team to face the Toyota Cheetahs is:

STARTERS (15-1): Richard Kriel, Tharquin Manuel, Stedman Gans, Lionel Mapoe, Quewin Nortje, Juan Mostert, Keagan Johannes; Muller Uys (CAPT), Jaco Labuschagne, Eric Basson, Ruan Vermaak, Raynard Roets, Jacques van Rooyen, Schalk Erasmus, Cebo Dlamini.

IMPACT (16-23): Sidney Tobias, Tielman Nieuwoudt, Francois Klopper, Ruan Delport, Willie Potgieter, Tiaan Fourie, FC du Plessis, Niel Beukes.

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CARLING CURRIE CUP: Tough challenge awaits Vodacom Bulls in Bloem Carling Currie Cup clash

In the Vodacom Bulls will go into their final Carling Currie Cup round-robin game, where they will face an in-form Toyota Cheetahs side, with one goal in mind – to win and place themselves in a good position for a potential home final in the domestic competition.

The side from Tshwane will travel to Bloemfontein this weekend where the two sides will square up on Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash which will see both teams vying for the No1 spot on the log.

Vodacom Bulls hooker, Sidney Tobias, who is eager for the weekend’s challenge in the Free State, expressed the side’s pleasure in seeing their hard work throughout the season come together to place them in a position to be gunning for a top finish before the playoff stages of the competition.

“Coach Gert (Smal) and Coach Jake’s (White) planning has been spot on. We’ve planned all along just to take it game by game and week by week. Luckily, things have worked out that we are still in control of our own destiny,” said Tobias ahead of the weekend’s fixture.

“The end result for us is having a home final which makes this last round robin game a must-win. We have to win it. So, our approach is simple – we are going to Bloem for the win.

With the Vodacom Bulls also having to participate in another important match this week – the semi-final of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship against Leinster in Dublin, Ireland – the side from Tshwane has had to box clever in their preparations with their focus being split between the two premier competitions, and also facing two in-form opponents in both the Carling Currie Cup and the Vodacom URC.

“We are going into this game with the same preparations as every other game this year. We are going there to win. Obviously, we know it’s going to be a massive challenge. The Toyota Cheetahs are always good on their home ground, especially if they get going,” said the 33-year-old front-rower.

“I think we have seen in the last two weeks that they are beatable. Just like we saw with Leinster two weeks ago. So, we are going there to win, I don’t think we will approach this game any other way.”

Tobias further put to bed any suggestions that the Vodacom Bulls will be fielding a weakened side for the Carling Currie Cup clash.

“You’ll be surprised with the team we have preparing for the weekend. There are quite a few experienced players who remained behind to prep for the Toyota Cheetahs game,” he said.

Tobias has made a meaningful contribution to the impressive run of the Vodacom Bulls in this season’s Carling Currie Cup campaign and showed his mettle when he was included as a late starter, after being initially named on the bench, in the side’s most recent fixture.

When Gert Smal’s side took on the Airlink Pumas a fortnight ago, experienced former Springbok, Bismarck du Plessis, was forced to withdraw from the team after a light niggle in the warmup ahead of the start of the match.

Tobias exchanged his No16 jersey for the No2 jumper on the day and went on to prove to be one of the standout performers on the day in the side’s 31-26 victory, adding to previous performances which placed him in contention for a spot in the Carling Currie Cup squad.

“The thing with Coach Jake and Coach Gert is that if you’re good enough – whether you’re an older guy or younger – you will play. There’s no beating about the bush when you work with probably one of the best coaches we’ve ever had in this country,” is the bulky hooker’s response.

Tobias is a fine example of the success of the club rugby system under the Blue Bulls Rugby Union which continues to a thriving feeder to the professional setup.

“I’m blessed beyond measure to have a president (Willem Strauss), a director of rugby (Jake White), coach (Gert Smal) and a CEO (Edgar Rathbone) that support club rugby like this, it’s phenomenal. We are probably the only union in South Africa where the club players are coming through the system. It’s not happening on a once-off basis, it’s on a weekly basis that guys come straight from club rugby into our professional setup,” he said.

“We are extremely blessed that we probably have the best club rugby system in South Africa. We have the best club rugby competition in South Africa. We have clubs in the World Sports Betting Carlton Cup who are completely competitive. We have a president who is an avid supporter of club rugby, to put it in the simplest of terms; and we have Coach Jake who supports the guys.

“It doesn’t matter what club you come from, but as soon as you step onto the field here at Loftus and train in the system, you automatically lift your game.”

Tobias is expected to once again be an integral part of the Vodacom Bulls team when they face the Toyota Cheetahs on Saturday.

The Vodacom Bulls team for the encounter will be named on Friday.

The match will kick off at 17h45 on Saturday.

VODACOM URC: Thriller at Loftus on the cards as Vodacom Bulls host Cell C Sharks in VURC quarter final

There is all to play for in what is arguably the biggest match so far in 2022 in Tshwane on Saturday when the Vodacom Bulls host rivals, the Cell C Sharks, in a Vodacom United Rugby Championship quarter final at Loftus Versfeld.

In their first season of the Vodacom URC, the two South African competitors have made history, alongside the DHL Stormers who will be playing in another playoff match later in the day, by reaching the knockout stages of the premier championship, thus making an immediate impact in the cross-hemisphere competition.

It was a slower-than-expected start to the season for all the SA teams, but the sides finished the round robin stages strongly.

There will be heavy interest in the battle at Fortress Loftus with a packed crowd expected to fill the stadium with a Springbok-laden Cell C Sharks traveling to Tshwane full of confidence after having already beaten the Vodacom Bulls twice this season.

The Vodacom Bulls have kept some continuity, making only one change to their starting XV that was on duty in their previous match – an impressive victory over Ospreys in Wales.

Experienced flanker, Arno Botha, will earn a starting berth in place of Cyle Brink, who sustained an injury in their last outing.

The home side’s bench has been bolstered with the inclusion of Springboks, Lizo Gqoboka, who will provide loosehead prop cover, and veteran flyhalf Morne Steyn.

The side from Tshwane expects another thrilling, but tough challenge against their old rivals.

“I am really proud of our players for what they have achieved in reaching this stage of the Vodacom URC. They have put in the hard work and have shown great determination to overcome some obstacles in the early stages of the season to reach the playoffs,” said Vodacom Bulls director of rugby, Jake White, ahead of the match.

“The Cell C Sharks have been an outstanding side throughout the campaign. They have shown their quality with all the Springboks in their squad, their depth with the great talent at their disposal and consistency which has seen them claim some good results.

“The fact that we have lost twice to them in the round robin stages shows the quality of their side. We are expecting a very tough battle. We have done what we can in our preparations for this weekend’s match. Now we will need to now implement and execute our plans well and play our best rugby if we want to overcome a quality outfit like the Cell C Sharks.”

The match will kick off at 13h45 and it will be televised on SuperSport.

 

The Vodacom Bulls team to take on the Cell C Sharks is:

STARTERS (15-1): Canan Moodie (Pretoria), David Kriel (Tuine), Cornal Hendricks (Northam Rhinos), Harold Vorster (Northam Rhinos), Madosh Tambwe (Pretoria), Chris Smith (Harlequin), Zak Burger (Tuine); Elrigh Louw (UP Tuks), Arno Botha (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Marcell Coetzee (ABE Midas Naka Bulle, CAPT), Ruan Nortje (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Walt Steenkamp (Tuine), Mornay Smith (Betway Centurion), Johan Grobbelaar (UP Tuks), Gerhard Steenekamp (ABE Midas Naka Bulle).

IMPACT (16-23): Jan-Hendrik Wessels (Pretoria), Lizo Gqoboka (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Robert Hunt (Harlequin), Janko Swanepoel (Pretoria), Reinhardt Ludwig (UP Tuks); Embrose Papier (UP Tuks), Morne Steyn (Tuine), Stedman Gans (Northam Rhinos).

Exciting Vodacom Bulls Invitation XV team to tour Namibia

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 23: Kurt-Lee Arendse of the Vodacom Bulls during the United Rugby Championship match between Vodacom Bulls and Benetton Rugby at Loftus Versfeld on April 23, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images)

Loose-forward Muller Uys will lead an exciting touring 28-man Vodacom Bulls Invitation XV squad that will travel to Namibia where they will take on a Welwitschias XV at the Hage Geingnob National Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.

The showdown between the two sides will be for honours in the Officeconomix Goodwill Challenge – a private initiative by the Officeconomix Group.

The Vodacom Bulls Invitation XV squad includes an exciting blend of experienced players and youthful talent to be blooded alongside the likes of Vodacom United Rugby Championship players Uys, Joe van Zyl, Jacques van Rooyen, Richard Kriel and Juan Mostert.

The match will be an opportunity for junior players Marco de Witt, Tielman Nieuwoudt, Neels Volschenk, Abulele Ndabambi, Eric Basson and Tiaan Fourie, among others, to gain some experience from their more established seniors.

Vodacom Bulls Invitation XV coach, Hayden Groepes, expressed the side’s enthusiasm for the short tour to the neighbouring country.

“We are privileged to be part of this tour where our players will get an opportunity to test themselves against some of the best players in Namibia,” said Groepes.

“We know that we have a tough task that lies ahead for us. We have worked extremely hard in the build-up to the trip to Windhoek preparing for a tough challenge at Hage Geingnob National Stadium on Saturday.

“This also doubles up as an opportunity for some of our young talent to be able to share the field with a few of the more experienced workhorses we have in our squad. We are looking forward to taking part in the Officeconomix Goodwill Challenge and the great hospitality we know the Namibian rugby-loving public is known for.”

The match between the two sides will be the drawcard of a jam-packed Officeconomix Goodwill Challenge which will include at least 10 rugby matches, beginning with a “Get into Rugby” programme from the Namibian Rugby Union to introduce Grade 1 and 2 children to the game of rugby.

Officeconomix CEO, Paul Oosthuizen, who initiated the event, expressed delight at the support and interest from corporates and the public ahead of the event.

“We, as Namibians, should feel very proud of ourselves. We encourage everybody in and around Windhoek to come and experience much more than rugby at the national stadium on Sunday,” said Oosthuizen.

The Vodacom Bulls Invitation XV touring 28-man squad is:

Joe van Zyl, Francois Kloppers, Raynard Roets, Marco de Witt, Stephan Smit, Jaco Labushcagne, Muller Uys (CAPT), Sidney Tobias, Schalk Erasmus, Cebo Dlamini, Tielman Nieuwoudt, Jacques van Rooyen, Mhleli Dlamini, Neels Volschenk, Abulele Ndabambi, Eric Basson, Bernard van der Linde, Juan Mostert, Quewin Nortje, FC du Plessis, Tharquin Manuel, Larry Nkonki, Richard Kriel, Corne Beets, Tiaan Fourie, Niel Beukes, Sonwabo Sokoyi, Manushe Dukuswa.

VODACOM URC: No easy task for Vodacom Bulls in Vodacom URC quarterfinal

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 23: Kurt-Lee Arendse of the Vodacom Bulls during the United Rugby Championship match between Vodacom Bulls and Benetton Rugby at Loftus Versfeld on April 23, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images)

There will be no weaknesses in the Cell C Sharks team and the Vodacom Bulls will have to be at their best when the South African rivals meet in a historic Vodacom United Rugby Championship quarterfinal at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, lock Walt Steenkamp believes.

The long-standing adversaries will be no strangers to each other, particularly in squaring up in crucial playoffs stages. The two sides have faced each other in no less than two back-to-back finals in the domestic Carling Currie Cup, and at 13h45 on Saturday, in a milestone encounter, will play their first playoffs game in the Vodacom URC.

The two teams have battled it twice already in the round robin stages of the championship with the coastal side from Durban having the upper hand with wins in both encounters. It is for this reason that the Vodacom Bulls are well-aware that the Springbok-laden Cell C Sharks will have no weaknesses for them to exploit this weekend.

“The Sharks have a big scrum. The last time we played them, I think we gave away about four or five penalties in that area. So, this week, that is part of the things we have worked hard on. That is a big area we will need to be focused on. Then we will also need to focus a lot on our own game… It will also be important for us to maintain our discipline,” is the 26-year-old Steenkamp’s observation in the build-up to the Vodacom URC quarterfinal showdown.

“I think their pack as a whole is very good. We can try to put some pressure in the lineouts, but they are a great pack as a whole and there are no weaknesses in their team.”

Historically, the altitude at the Highveld is widely believed to be an advantage for the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld. However, against a rival like the Cell C Sharks, who are well-accustomed to the Tshwane conditions, the altitude is not expected to be a factor.

“They always say that altitude matters, but I think the Cell C Sharks are prepared. They have played here at Loftus a lot, and they have beaten us here,” said the towering lock.

“They come from a humid and warm place as well, Durban. We always hope that the altitude gives us some advantage, but on the day it’s 50/50.”

Steenkamp has throughout the season been one of the standout and consistent performers for the Vodacom Bulls, where he has partnered fantastically in the lock combination alongside Ruan Nortje.

The Rustenburg-born workhorse may have been familiar with playing in a cross-hemisphere competition after having been part of the Vodacom URC predecessor, PRO14 Rugby, while still with the Toyota Cheetahs before he joined the Vodacom Bulls in 2020, however, being part of the playoffs is new territory for Steenkamp.

“From a personal point of view – I have previously played PRO14 Rugby when I was at the Toyota Cheetahs and never achieved a playoffs spot. Now with the Vodacom Bulls, in our first season in the Vodacom URC, to achieve this [playoffs spot] is great. We just have to get the job done Saturday,” he said.

“From a team point of view, everyone is on the same page, we know what to do and now need to go out and do it.”

The Vodacom Bulls will be leaning heavily on the experience of their mentor, director of rugby, Jake White to, hopefully, give them an edge and certainly give them motivation for the weekend’s clash.

“Coach Jake is a great coach. He has won the World Cup, he took the Brumbies to the Vodacom Super Rugby finals, he’s played in the Japanese League final, he has participated in the finals of the French League. He knows very well what it takes to play finals rugby. He gives us the tools and our job is to execute,” said Steenkamp.

“In knockout finals rugby, your mindset changes – it’s must-win matches. If you lose, you’re out. So, we will have to give 100%.”

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Die elektriese ingenieur Edzard Biermann het met mielies op 20 ha huurgrond begin boer. In die beginjare het hy klippe gekou. Vandag boer hy op vyf plase van altesaam 2 500 ha met mielies, suiker- en sojabone, beeste en skape in die haelgordel by Standerton in Mpumalanga. Die boerdery word bestempel as nie net ’n suksesvolle voorbeeld van ’n transformasieprojek nie, maar ook een wat self kommersiële sukses bereik het. Edzard het onlangs nog ’n vertakking begin, wat die koop van wonings in Pretoria, Johannesburg en Marlothpark behels. Dit word verhuur.

CARLING CURRIE CUP: Massive set piece battle expected against Pumas – Uys

The wait is almost over for what is expected to be an intense Carling Currie Cup battle between the Vodacom Bulls and Airlink Pumas at Loftus Versfeld tonight. The match will be a crucial one for the Vodacom Bulls who will want to preserve a spot at the top of the log going into the crucial round robin finale against the in-form and unbeaten Toyota Cheetahs in a fortnight. The Airlink Pumas, on the other hand, will want to safeguard their reputation as giant-killers in the domestic competition.

The Vodacom Bulls will be hoping to expand on their performance from their previous Carling Currie Cup fixture where they managed to secure an impressive win over the Sigma Lions at Fortress Loftus.

“We will carry a bit of confidence into this game. The Sigma Lions brought a quality side and we manned up against them, and it really went well,” said Vodacom Bulls loose-forward, Muller Uys, ahead of the game.

“So, with that said, I think we have a lot of responsibility in terms of backing that performance up against the Pumas this week.”

Uys, who will earn a starting berth at No8, indicated that they expect a huge battle upfront with the Airlink Pumas almost certain to target dominance in the set pieces.

“The Airlink Pumas are always a difficult one. They bring a massive set piece battle, and we will need to front up to that. They are always up for this game, it’s always a big one,” said the burly No8.

“At this stage there is no easy game. The Pumas are quality side and whatever they bring, we will have to counter.

“They will bring everything they have, but also, we are going to throw everything because we are also desperate for the win. This is an almost must-win game for us to put us in a good position to get a home final and being on top of the log.

“They are going to bring everything; we will also bring it all. At the end of the day, it will be about who wants it the most. So, it’s going to be a nice battle.”

The match kicks off at 19h00 and it will be televised on SuperSport.

The Vodacom Bulls team is:

STARTERS (15-1): James Verity-Amm (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), David Kriel (Tuine), Stedman Gans (Northam Rhinos), Marco Jansen van Vuren (Pretoria), Richard Kriel (Tuine), Morne Steyn (Tuine), Embrose Papier (UP Tuks); Muller Uys (UP Tuks), Reinhardt Ludwig (UP Tuks), WJ Steenkamp (Tuine), Janko Swanepoel (Pretoria), Ruan Vermaak (Harlequin), Robert Hunt (Harlequin), Bismarck du Plessis (Betway Centurion), Lizo Gqoboka (ABE Midas Naka Bulle, CAPT).

IMPACT (16-23): Sidney Tobias (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Simphiwe Matanzima (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Francois Kloppers (UP Tuks), Raynard Roets (UP Tuks), Stephan Smit (UP Tuks), Keagan Johannes (UP Tuks), Juan Mostert (Harlequin), Tharquinn Manuel (UP Tuks).

CARLING CURRIE CUP: Vodacom Bulls debut for Vermaak as Steyn returns to face Airlink Pumas

New Vodacom Bulls signing, Ruan Vermaak, will make his debut for the side when they take on Airlink Pumas in a Carling Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.

The 24-year-old lock will be in the starting lineup, where he will partner with Janko Swanepoel for the second-row pairing in an exciting Vodacom Bulls team that will be on duty in the side’s penultimate round robin match in the competition.

Lizo Gqoboka will once again lead the side as captain while veteran flyahlf, Morne Steyn, will make a return to action, starting in the No10 jersey and occupy the vice-captaincy role.

While the Vodacom Bulls will be fielding an exciting starting XV with familiar personnel who have performed well for the team throughout the campaign, there will be some anticipation for the unleashing of youthful talent from the bench which includes Francois Klopper, Stephan Smit and Tharquinn Manuel, all of whom who played a key role in the recent Varsity Cup success of the University of Pretoria.

The Vodacom Bulls will be expecting a tough encounter against a dangerous Airlink Pumas outfit.

“We have worked hard this week in preparation of a match that we have no doubt will be a huge challenge. The Airlink Pumas remain one of the most dangerous sides in the Carling Currie Cup, and history has proven that they never come to Loftus Versfeld short of motivation,” said Vodacom Bulls head coach, Gert Smal, ahead of the game.

“We look forward to seeing this team continue the good form they have shown and also to continue improving on areas that need improvement. We are not yet at our peak, and it is important that we continue to see positive adjustments in our game with each passing week.

“The Airlink Pumas are a dangerous, tough side. WE have no doubt that they will throw everything at us on Friday. We will have to be at our best if we want to overcome a spirited opposition like we have coming up this week.”

The match will kick off at 19h00 and it will be televised on SuperSport.

The Vodacom Bulls team to take on Airlink Pumas is:

STARTERS (15-1): James Verity-Amm (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), David Kriel (Tuine), Stedman Gans (Northam Rhinos), Marco Jansen van Vuren (Pretoria), Richard Kriel (Tuine), Morne Steyn (Tuine), Embrose Papier (UP Tuks); Muller Uys (UP Tuks), Reinhardt Ludwig (UP Tuks), WJ Steenkamp (Tuine), Janko Swanepoel (Pretoria), Ruan Vermaak (Harlequin), Robert Hunt (Harlequin), Bismarck du Plessis (Betway Centurion), Lizo Gqoboka (ABE Midas Naka Bulle, CAPT).

IMPACT (16-23): Sidney Tobias (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Simphiwe Matanzima (ABE Midas Naka Bulle), Francois Kloppers (UP Tuks), Raynard Roets (UP Tuks), Stephan Smit (UP Tuks), Keagan Johannes (UP Tuks), Juan Mostert (Harlequin), Tharquinn Manuel (UP Tuks).