Pote stays put

Pote Human will stay on as the Blue Bulls coach in the Absa Currie despite a shaky start to his head coaching tenure.

It will give treble-winning Currie Cup coach Heyneke Meyer more time to concentrate on the preparation for next years’ Vodacom Super 14 campaign. The Bulls have decided that the Currie Cup is no longer priority and becoming the first South African team to win the Super 14 is top of the list of things to do at Loftus Versfeld.

This by no means diminishes their desire to reclaim their Currie Cup title.

Human replaced Heyneke Meyer as head coach of the Currie Cup team last week and then suffered a 15-10 defeat to arch-rivals Western Province in his first game in charge. It led to some speculation that Meyer would return to the fold immediately.

Meyer will play a behind the scenes role, as director of coaching, and will be available to Human as and when he deems it necessary. “Obviously I will be able to call on his expertise when I need it,” Human told keo.co.za. “I will use him for the big games and he will also sit with me in the coaches box.”

Oom Boet Fick, the president of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, said on Wednesday that Human would remain in charge of the Blue Bulls, with Meyer in a director of coaching position.

“The Union Committee of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union has put its trust in Heyneke Meyer as coach. In this context it has been decided that Pote Human, under the guidance of Heyneke Meyer, will take over the responsibility of the preparation of the Currie Cup team,” Fick said in a statement.

“Seen in the light of the importance to give Heyneke the necessary exposure to the latest coaching tendencies around the coaching and planning for the 2007 Super 14 season, he will be allowed to give attention to these issues from time to time. Pote Human will take over his responsibility as head coach of the Currie Cup team.

“Details of his program and how it will be reflected in his contract will be discussed with him on an individual basis, to see to it that coaching within the BBRU stays healthy. No doubt exists that there is huge appreciation for the difference Heyneke has made in the achievements of the teams of the BBRU over the last few years,” Fick added.

“Against this background it is important for the BBRU to insure that Heyneke gets the exposure he wants to improve and develop further as coach. New insight and knowledge will in time be to the benefit of the BBRU at all levels.”

By Andrew Hollely, at Loftus Versfeld