Currie Cup

Human – ‘We have nothing to lose’

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Blue Bulls head coach Pote Human has cooked up something ‘new’ to help his side pull of an upset win over the Cheetahs in their Absa Currie Cup semi-final in Bloemfontein this Saturday.

Not only do the Blue Bulls face the daunting task of beating the Cheetahs on their home turf, but they will also have to overcome the mental barrier of having lost 17-29 to their fellow co-champions just last weekend.

But despite the uphill battle that his team faces, Human – who saw his team share the trophy with the Free Staters last year, after a pulsating final that went into extra-time – is “looking forward to the game”.

“We have nothing to lose,” Human told this website. “The guys know they need to up the standard after the game at the weekend, and we’ve cooked up one or two new things that I’m looking forward to trying out.”

Human would not reveal what he has up his sleeve, but he expects a better performance than last week, adding: “We’re working hard at the moment to fix the problems that came up in the last game.”

One man with more at stake than most is Bulls full-back Johan Roets – who will be retiring at the end of this season; meaning this could be his final match for a team he has served for nearly a decade.

Said Human: “[Cheetahs fly-half] Willem de Waal will most likely be looking to keep us on the back foot with his kicking, so Johan is going to have his work cut out.

“But Johan’s experience at full-back is invaluable – he has a huge influence on the guys around him because he’s so calm at the back.”

Whilst Roets provides solidity and experience to the Bulls, young utility forward Dewald Potgieter finds himself at the other end of the spectrum – a 20-year-old tearaway loose forward with a far different role ahead of his first-ever Currie Cup semi-final.

“We’ll play Dewald from the bench,” Human revealed. “He gives us a great attacking option for later in the game because he’s very versatile and the opposition don’t really know what to expect from him.”

By Gareth Green 365 Digital

* Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup semi-final between the Cheetahs and the Blue Bulls will kick-off at 5pm (local time).

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