Ken Catchpole (46)
Actually the Bulls' ... primary combo at 12 and 13 is Olivier and Jaco Pretorius. Both ar big, straight running, hard tackling players and play like a loose forward at the ruck (I know for instance that they run breakdown drills with the forwards and a lot of work goes into their body position at ruck time). ...
When Olivier got injured the Bulls played JL Potgieter, a first five, at 12 and at times they really battled, especially on defense. He got tackled back often and just did not suit their natural style. Later when Jaco (13) got injured they played JL at 13 (an even bigger disaster) ...
So to get to my point. The Bulls plan needs munters at 12 and 13 with a 12 that can vary it a bit. Now in my opinion THE most important thing about centres in the game plan we are discussing is awareness of lines and space. They need to be able to know how to run off other people, and position themselves all the time. Olivier is very good at this.
This is also why Conrad is so good for the blacks. He is big and strong, and not necessarily a mega skilled player but jeez, nobody in the world has awareness of lines like this bloke. He creates space where there appears to be nothing on.
Blue, this reinforces the point you were making earlier about the Sydney Uni style being quite similar to that used by the Bulls and the All Blacks.
By the way, what is a "munter"? According to Wiktionary in England it is slang for "an ugly woman" while in New Zealand it is slang for "a drinker of alcohol, especially a heavy drinker". Presumably in the Republic it means something else again.