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Jan Serfontein on the bench against the Rebels
February 27, 2013, 21:17:09


Rugby | Vodacom Super Rugby

More milestones for Bulls

If there were points for milestones, the Vodacom Bulls would have won a few of their own as they selected their team to face the Western Force at Loftus Versfeld this Saturday.

For while it is still their strongest available squad, the team includes no fewer than five black players - the largest such contingent in the Bulls' Vodacom Super Rugby history.

While numbers have long passed being a factor in team selection, the Bulls have overcome both the injuries to JJ Engelbrecht and their loose forwards Dewald Potgieter and Deon Stegmann, as well as a late withdrawal from Akona Ndungane when his ankle flared up again to post this team.

The team also includes a milestone 50th cap for lock Flip van der Merwe, while Sampie Mastriet will replace Ndungane for his debut selection after a long wait to take the step up.

There was also good news for those following the career of IRB Junior Player of the year Jan Serfontein as he was selected on the bench, with Francois Venter missing out on the 22 altogether in what coach Frans Ludeke called a “squad rotation policy”.

Lionel Mapoe gets the chance at outside centre to start making his claim for a position in the Springbok backline while Jacques Potgieter and Arno Botha aren’t too shabby as replacements for the other Potgieter and Stegmann respectively.

On the bench, former Free State junior Jean Cook gets his chance to make an impression as he could make his Super Rugby debut, after a number of good performances at lower levels.

Mastriet’s elevation is a great reward for the speedster, who has impressed already with the Springbok Sevens.

“Sampie had a good Currie Cup and he is an exciting player,” Ludeke explained, “Throughout his career, when in broken field and space, he can be devastating. This is a great opportunity and he has been working towards this for four years.”

Despite their obvious favourites tag against the Force this weekend, the Bulls are a bit wary, especially as they perennially struggle against the Force.

“I think the Force showed in that game against the Rebels what they are capable of. They were threatening to win that game away from home. They’ve got a solid, experienced front row, their loose forwards form a strong combination. They can score because they can keep the ball for long phases,” Ludeke added.

But while the Bulls are right to fear a better performance from their opposition this weekend, they also know if they do their job and execute their game-plan, they should receive another morale boost before they head on tour next week.

VODACOM BULLS: Zane Kirchner, Sampie Mastriet, Lionel Mapoe, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies, Jacques Potgieter, Arno Botha, Juandre Kruger, Flip vd Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Morne Mellet.

Replacements: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Grant Hattingh, Jean Cook, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche, Jan Serfontein


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RE: Jan Serfontein on the bench against the Rebels
February 27, 2013, 21:22:37

 Arno Botha also gets a start, with Donkey Potgieter 2 back in the team( Donkey Potgieter1 is injured)


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RE: Jan Serfontein on the bench against the Rebels
February 27, 2013, 23:04:56

I think Jan Serfontein and Arno Botha are two real stars of the future.  Hope Serfontein get about 30 minutes actual playing time.

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RE: Jan Serfontein on the bench against the Rebels
February 27, 2013, 23:37:47

i wouldnt expect big things from serfontein. while hes an attacking talent, those set skills are not encougraged in the bulls camp, and not because fo morne either, but the genral vibe u get fro  the bulls reeks of a 10 man rugby game.
derfontein should have played at the cheetahs or sharks or even the kings where his talnet would have flourished. IMO hesd on the same pasth that wynartd olivier was on when he first began and their was very similar comments to serfontein now being made about olivier then.


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RE: Jan Serfontein on the bench against the Rebels
February 28, 2013, 05:30:50


I somerimes wonder why we often think alike about issues.   You expressed the situation Serfontein will find himself in by playing for the Bulls outside Morne Steyn 100% correct.   Matter of fact I have said in the past that Morne causes centers to fail in attacking play and they become virtually only defenders - and that is why I said the Bulls is a minefield for centers.   

The Bulls contract a lot of centers and they all more or less come to grief.   Take for instance a player like Sadie.  When he joined the Bulls he was jokingly referred to as Slim ( meaning in Africkaans Clever) Sadie.  He had huge potential - but the Bulls never utilized him properly and he moved to the Cheetahs - where he had a good game on Saturday.   I said it in the past and am saying it again - Serfontein is wasting his time playing for the Bulls at inside center.   However, things may change in July - when Steyn departs for Paris and I think we may see a different Serfontein after that. 

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