Wepener moves to the Lions

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:21
Large willie wepener line out Large callie visagie bulls Large willie wepener charges

Veteran hooker Willie Wepener has been released from his contract with the Blue Bulls and will join up with trans-Jukskei rivals the Golden Lions.

Veteran hooker Willie Wepener has been released from his contract with the Blue Bulls and will join up with trans-Jukskei rivals the Golden Lions.

Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar confirmed the transfer on Tuesday.

"We are very sad about losing Willie, but has decided not to stand in his way," Pienaar said.

The move of the veteran to Johannesburg comes in the wake of the Lions' decision to release Callie Visagie to the Bulls a couple of weeks ago.

"There is a longer term option for him [Wepener] available at the Golden Lions and it will be wrong of us to deny him that," Pienaar said.

"He has been a real warrior for us, so we want to wish him well in this move and thank him for his services to us."

* Meanwhile Pienaar made just one change to his team to play Griquas in a Currie Cup Round Two match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

Visagie will start at hooker in place of Wepener.

Visagie's spot on the bench - from the team that played o a 24-all draw with Western Province - will taken by Bongi Mbonambi, who will make a first appearance in the competition.

Commenting on the Griquas clash, Pienaar said the momentum from the Cape Town draw against Western Province will help his team in their first home match of the season.

"We did well there and you could see it in the way the guys trained this week," the coach said.

"We are confident of playing to our potential again this weekend. No doubt Griquas will be a tough opponent. We have seen that there will be no easy matches in the Currie Cup already, so the guys know that they will have to be up for it."

Blue Bulls captain, Jono Ross, urged for another spirited performance from his young charges.

"The trick will be to consistently deliver your best performance every weekend. We cannot expect a result if we are not on top of our game against Griquas," Ross said.

"They will punish us if we are not switched on and at our best," he added.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcell van der Merwe, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.

Date: Friday, August 16
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Sindile Mayende, Attire Buitendag
TMO: Johan Greeff

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Ulster v Treviso 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 18h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 18h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 18h45 Kingston Park
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Welford Road
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 25 November 2017
Bath v Harlequins 11h15 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Zebre v Munster 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 14h00 Madejski Stadium
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 12 10 0 2 47
Western Province 12 7 0 5 37
Golden Lions 12 6 0 6 35
Blue Bulls 12 5 0 7 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 6 0 6 31
Pumas 12 4 0 8 27
Griquas 12 4 0 8 26