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Thu Apr 24 03:06:54 SAST 2014

Bryce Lawrence to front up at Loftus

Tightheads and loose balls | 01 April, 2012 10:560 Comments

BRYCE Lawrence, the man many blame for South Africa's early World Cup exit last year, is fit again and will take charge of his first game here since that fateful day in Wellington. Lawrence, acutely aware of public sentiment against him, indicated earlier this year he was in no rush to officiate in SA. He has, however, been rostered to referee this week's match between the Bulls and the Crusaders at Loftus. Lawrence, who was replaced at half time during his match in week four before withdrawing from his appointment in week five, remained on the injury list last week. But he's back. "Well, Bryce had to front up at some stage," a member of the referees' top brass said. "If he wants to continue at the highest level he cannot avoid trips to the Republic."

IT seems the colour purple means different things to different people. To some it is a movie, to others the heavenly gifts Prince sang about in the mid-1980s or a rugby team out of Welkom who earned a moniker for their cannibalistic instincts. But mention the p-word to the Bulls' management and they see dollar signs - though not before they go to great lengths trying to convince everyone that their away jersey is in fact purple, not the pink we all see. If you're interested, the pink jerseys sell for R559 a pop.

IT'S a pity nobody at the Bulls sent the memo to injured flank Dewald Potgieter. In his popular blog, Potgieter referred to the away jersey as pink and we know he is not colour blind.

POTGIETER has revealed he has developed a phobia following the accident that sidelined him. He was injured five weeks ago when window glass cut four tendons in his arm, hence his new-found apprehension about going to the bathroom. He still has to go though ... but his garden might not appreciate the extra attention.

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