Bulls’ Reaping the Prop Dividend
Most of the headlines featuring the words “Bulls” or “Blue Bulls” this week were negative and referred to the team's thrashing by Griquas last Saturday. One exception was an article by Ockert de Villiers on IOL which explored the success the franchise has had in the prop department of late.
According to de Villiers, the Bulls have enjoyed good fortune with the performances of Trevor Nyakane and Lizo Gqoboka, thanks to the guidance of Bulls scrum guru, Daan Human. This, he writes, has seen the pair flourish for both club and country – and they were sorely missed on Saturday, along with the other Bulls players who are presently away on national duty.
“I am very proud of Trevor and Lizo, they were the only front-row to start in every single match in the Super Rugby,” Human is reported to have said. “Since my first day, it was about packing the lunch box in such a way that you know what you will eat during recess so I hope we will pack the lunch box in such a way that we will have something nice to eat.”
Interesting turn of phrase. Perhaps something was lost in the translation – if the interview was conducted in Afrikaans. Regardless, Human is credited for his transformative impact on Nyakane and Gqoboka in their scrum work at the Bulls.
He told de Villiers that the loss of their pack of forwards from the Super Rugby campaign played a role in the Blue Bulls’ poor Currie Cup.
Unfortunately for the Bulls and for Human, the campaign has been dealt another blow with promising young loosehead, Simphiwe Matanzima, having been ruled out for the remaining two matches.