After spending two season with the Vodacom Cheetahs, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, has returned to his beloved Pretoria and will play for the Vodacom Bulls in 2010’s Vodacom Super 14 tournament.
The versatile 25-year-old set aside a few minutes to speak to vodacombulls.co.za
Tell us about your early years
I was born in Pretoria on the 2nd of September 1984 and spend the majority of my early years in the Jacaranda city. I attended Laerskool Hennopspark where I played flyhalf.
Which High School did you go to?
I enrolled at Affies where I played with the likes of Pierre Spies, Derick Kuün, Dawie Steyn and Harry Vermaas. The Proteas’ AB de Villiers was our flyhalf with me slotting in at fullback.
There are rumours doing the rounds that you played prop at Affies…
Ha-ha…Yes, I played two matches in the front row. In grade eight and nine I was mostly used at fullback, but in grade ten there weren’t any guys who were able to play in the front row and I consequently nominated myself to have a go at prop. I scrummed reasonably well in the trials and was selected at prop for two matches.
Did you continue to play prop later on?
No, it was only for those two matches. I played outside centre in grade ten and in grade eleven and twelve I wore the number 15 jumper.
Who was your childhood hero?
What did you do after matric?
I went to the North West University (Pukke)for a year and a halve, but halfway through 2004 I was back with the Blue Bulls. In 2004 I played for the Bulls’ Under 20 team.
When did you make your debut for the Vodacom Blue Bulls?
In 2005. I played Vodacom Cup rugby for the Blue Bulls in 2005 and was also selected for the Under 21 team. In 2006 I played my first Currie Cup match for the Blue Bulls.
Did you play any Super Rugby for the Bulls before you departed for Bloemfontein?
Yes, I played one match in 2007 at Loftus Versfeld against the Vodacom Cheetahs.
In hindsight, was it a good move to sign with the Cheetahs?
Yes, definitely. I got a lot of game time with them and at the time it was the right decision. I married just before we left for Bloemfontein and it was good for both of us.
What is the biggest difference between the Bulls and the Cheetahs?
The Cheetahs have two or three game breakers, whereas the Bulls have nine. The Bulls have won the Super 14 on two occasions and were the Currie Cup champions in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 (shared) and 2009.
Was it an easy decision to make when the Bulls approached you at the end of 2009?
Yes, it was very easy. The Bulls are the best franchise in the world and I would love to play for them again.
What position do you prefer?
I am a flyhalf, but I am very comfortable at inside centre. During our summer camp I trained at 10 and 12.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
2009’s Currie Cup semi-final when I slotted the drop goal that helped the Cheetahs to beat the Sharks in Durban. In addition to this I must say my debut for the Bulls in 2007’s Super 14 was also quite special.
What are your goals for the future?
I just want to enjoy everything I do. It is a massive privilege to have a job as a professional rugby player.
- Born: September 2, 1984 (age 29), Pretoria
- Height: 1.78 m
- Weight: 89 kg
- Education: Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool