- The Bulls could take the first step to develop their own Pieter-Steph dutoit after switching the influential Rock Ruan Nortjé to number 7 for a match against sharks.
- The skinny 22-year-old has many attributes that could be a very useful option on the blind side side, especially his groundbreaking abilities and work ethics.
- Bulls mentor Jake White believes that Norche’s ability to cover both positions will help his career prospects.
Player comparisons aren’t an accurate science, but Saturday’s Bulls may take the first step towards building its own version of Pieter-Steph dutoit.
Franchise rugby director Jake White has shifted Star Rock’s Ruan Nortjé to the blindside Frank of the Rainbow Cup “Semifinals” against Durban’s sharks. This is a move aimed at maximizing his potential value.
“If we could double him as a player who could cover the rock and loosen it forward, it would make a lot of sense to move his career forward,” said a former Springbok mentor.
“I’m sure he has a future for the 7th jersey. Look at a guy like Peter Steph. He was rock, but now he’s moved to 7th and is the best player in the world.”
This move represents another interesting twist on what was a fascinating 12 months for the 22 year old.
15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Anthony Volmink, 13 Lukhanyo Am (Captain), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 JJ van der Mescht, 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Khwezi Mona
15 David Kriel, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Marcell Coetzee (Captain), 7 Ruan Nortje, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Janko Swanepoel , 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp
Alternatives: 16 Sharq Erasmus, 17 Jack Van Loen, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Nizam Carr, 20 Muller Wis, 21 Keegan Johannes, 22 Clinton Swart, 23 Gio Aplon
Nortje had previously been a little worried during the blockade about whether he would be part of White’s plans, following a well-documented player cleanout and deliberate and successful recruitment efforts. I admitted.
The ranky 2m and 113kg indices were thought to lack the bulk needed to align the Bulls in the new direction.
However, former Junior Springbok worked hard in the B-fields of Jim and Loftus and soon became a key member of the White Puck, winning many praises for his work ethic.
And it’s its bustling style of play that wonders about Bulls’ brains exploring his aptitude to play on the side of Scrum.
“Luang is a very good lineout. I’ve seen it many times,” White said.
“He has an incredible power and people call it the” engine. ” He makes a line break and goes around the field brilliantly. It’s an exciting challenge for him and I’m sure he’ll adapt to it.
“Given that we are surrounded by two experienced Springbok, Marcell Coetzee and Marco van Staden, I felt it was a good time to try this.”
Nortje’s move also allows Janko Swanepoel, another promising rock that flourished under White, to get a starting point.
“Janco really worked for us. He won the Under 21 title last year and has been training with us for a long time,” White said.
“He knew the lineout and was exposed to some pressure situations. He’s great and fresh and doesn’t play as much as others.
“We want the energy to be rubbed on the rest.”
The kick-off at Kings Park is Saturday at 18:15.
Does the Bulls build their own Peter Steph in Ruan Nortjé?
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