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Blue Bulls win Currie Cup

2009-10-31 19:14

Pretoria - The Blue Bulls won the Currie Cup at Loftus when they beat the Free State Cheetahs 36-24 in a lively and high-scoring final in which they controlled matters from the outset and were never behind.

The win for Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke, replaced as Lions coach three years ago after a string of disappointing results, was special and gives him the double after winning the Currie Cup and the Super 14 in a single year - and the franchise Bulls and the Blue Bulls of the union made this a day to remember in Pretoria.

The Blue Bulls were simply better than the visitors from the first minutes when they took a 7-0 lead to the end, with a few lapses in concentration letting in a game and at times competitive Free State Cheetahs side for three tries which kept them in the hunt.

The Blue Bulls held the Free State in the scrums and didn't allow them the advantage in this facet and did more than their share at the breakdowns where the Bulls' teamwork nullified the work of Heinrich Brussow on the ground.

They also had the better of the lineouts and, all in all, showed their experience with a more professional performance.

Man of the match Fourie du Preez had a major hand in all three tries and must now be arguably the best scrumhalf in South Africa's history.

It was only three minutes before Du Preez put a corner kick to the right into the hands of right wing Francois Hougaard after it looked like a warranted penalty try following the ruck after Derick Kuun was tackled by Lionel Mapoe on the line.

The Blue Bulls seemed on a cruise to the biggest Currie Cup final score yet when they were ahead 24-0 after 25 minutes with three tries on the board.

But the Cheetahs, renowned for their fightback in the second half this season, came back with two excellent tries to creep to 24-14 after 35 minutes - and the game was on. A drop goal by Morne Steyn on the stroke of half-time saw the Blue Bulls go into the tunnel 27-14 ahead.

The Cheetahs' tries came after only three visits to the Blue Bulls' 22, with the first ending in a scrum turnover for the Blue Bulls when it seemed the Cheetahs were on their way to the tryline. And, in fact, it was after this particular scrum, with Dewald Potgieter making good ground and Morne Steyn punishing the Cheetahs with a huge kick, that the Blue Bulls' second try came.

The Cheetahs, in their own quarter, kicked ahead, Pierre Spies fielded the up-and-under 30 metres from his line and spread it wide. After some good handling scrumhalf Du Preez got it to Bryan Habana with what may have been a slightly forward pass, but the damage was done and the speedster scored his first try in his last match for the Blue Bulls.

A mere two minutes later, on the halfway line and in the centre of the field, Du Preez underlined his class with a pin-point kick into open space.

Habana had enough time to wait for the bounce before he cantered over for his second try, and with the third successive conversion from Steyn it was 24-0.

It was then that the Cheetahs, winning a scrum after a brief period on the Blue Bulls' line, took it wide for Frans Viljoen to score, and four minutes later they added to their earlier converted try with a quickly taken penalty for Corne Uys to score.

With Jacques-Louis Potgieter converting, it was 24-14 until, right on the stroke of halftime, Steyn dropped it over with all the time in the world to make it 27-14 at halftime.

Three minutes after the resumption, Steyn added a penalty (30-14), but then the Free State struck back with a try by lock Nico Breedt converted by Potgieter (30-21).

A drop goal by Potgieter saw the visitors creep even closer at 30-24, after 48 minutes. With the Blue Bulls retaining their territorial advantage, Steyn put them nine points ahead after 54 minutes at 33-24.

The Blue Bulls now had a grip on the game, and despite a miss by Steyn in the 57th minute they were in control. He made no mistake from far out 10 minutes later, and at 36-24 the Cheetahs had it all to do.

Scorers:

Blue Bulls:

Tries: Bryan Habana (2), Francois Hougaard
Conversions: Morne Steyn (3)
Penalties: Steyn (4)
Drop goal: Steyn

Cheetahs:

Tries: Frans Viljoen, Corne Uys, Nico Breedt
Conversions: Jacques-Louis Potgieter (3)
Drop goal: Potgieter

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Comments
  • sido - 2009-10-31 19:18

    Congratulations - I hope the "kommin" people will behave

  • Gus - 2009-10-31 19:20

    What happened.............. Cheetahs choked, last week they said it was the Sharks...........This week the final with the Bulls playing badley they still lost....Cheetahs BIGGEST chokers in finals rugby!!!

  • Theo - 2009-10-31 19:23

    Currie Cup is still the best rugby and beats the S14 every time. Great players, great tries, great stadiums and great rivalry. And we want to give this away to please the Australians in the Super 16. Why?

  • Karl - 2009-10-31 19:23

    Listened to the game on radio 2000 all the way from Wolfsburg Germany!! My bloed bly blou!

  • Tarn - 2009-10-31 19:24

    That sucks big time

  • wins - 2009-10-31 19:31

    If you had pride and knew something about Rugby, this result is due to the bad refereing, and definately not a independant result. For Kaplan, if you're SA's best ref, I don't want to see the shittest. You had a kak game pal. Disgrace, re-look the game and admit you were the ole factor to the result.

  • Priester - 2009-10-31 19:44

    Absolutely BRILLIANT year for the world’s most complete team!! Well done BULLS!!!

  • Axeman - 2009-10-31 19:45

    Bull's rule. Well played Cheetah's

  • wins - 2009-10-31 19:51

    If you had pride and knew something about Rugby, this result is due to the bad refereing, and definately not a independant result. For Kaplan, if you're SA's best ref, I don't want to see the shittest. You had a kak game pal. Disgrace, re-look the game and admit you were the ole factor to the result. Anjd that black clown linesman. What a poes

  • priester - 2009-10-31 19:52

    All you whiners please grow up! The best team won! Seems to me the biggest whiners are the guppies!! Wins you are an ass!!!!

  • George - 2009-10-31 19:54

    3 tries each. What a game. such a pity both teams could not win.

  • Koos - 2009-10-31 20:00

    Neither of Habana's tries were legitimate. First one from forward pass, second one he was in from of the ball when du Preez kicked it. Ho hum, thats sport. To be fair, the Bulls were always gonna win it, but man those Cheetahs played a lot of the rugby. Gus, are you just an embittered Sharks fan?

  • GEVREESDE CHEETAH - 2009-10-31 20:02

    WELL DONE BULLE JULLE HET JULLE KANSE BENUT, CHEETAHS WELL DONE VI DIE EFFORT

  • dave coetsee - 2009-10-31 20:03

    I have menstioned previously that this Blue Bulls team had everything in their favour to add the Currie Cup to their Super 14 title. Make no mistake, the Cheetahs were gallant competitors amd personally I thought that the final score should have been closer. Great game by the Free Staters and splendid win by the Blue Bulls who were still not firing on akl cylinders. This is a point of concern. Too much top level rugby? Bulls stars - Nos 8, 9 and 10 and Cheetah's star no 6. Please do not deprive us rugby fanatics of the exciting Currie Cup competition!

  • Anon1 - 2009-10-31 20:04

    Congratulations to the Bulls! A good lesson to John Plumtree and the Sharks rugby team on how to play winning rugby and how to beat the Cheetahs.

  • pete - 2009-10-31 20:04

    Have forward passes gone from the rulebook? - well done Cheetahs, Habana can't score without 2 mtre headstart from a forward pass. Kaplan 1/10 , linesmen 0/10 unless you are a Bull.

  • Wim - 2009-10-31 20:07

    Dangerous out there. Had the Cheetas won, all the fans would have been intoxicated, same story had they lost. Bulls, had they lost, all the boozehounds would have been out there. They are out there in any case because the bulls won. A no win situation.

  • Jimbob - 2009-10-31 20:08

    Sorry the Cheetahs lost :-( They were a lot more exciting, listened to the game on RSG from Konstanz in Germany (FC Wolfsburg sucks :-P ). My blood will stay orange- the underdog always wins regardless of how the scoreboard looks! Next year Potgieter will be missing easy kicks and knocking forward for the bulls in any case- just like he did for them tonight (if you look at it that way ;-) )

  • William Shakespeare - 2009-10-31 20:10

    Given the Cheetah's diabolical start to the season, to lose by 12 points to the greatest provincial team on the Globe is a terrific achievement. For a large part of the second half they had us good and worried. Will enjoy my Johnny Walker Blue this evening.

  • chameleon - 2009-10-31 20:14

    eish... it hurts! props to the cheetahs for a great fightback. one thing at which no team has beaten the cheetahs this season has been spirit and never-say-die. i guess it's kinda good that the team with all the bokke get it - good for national morale and so on. welgedaan bulletjies, maar my bloed brand altyd oranje!

  • Boerseun - 2009-10-31 20:20

    No matter what, the Cheetas have shown what can be done, even without money. No-one can argue that they are not the best at top level, simply as they do not have the funds to keep the best players. Again they won the junior competitions, but where will those players end up?

  • Thadile - 2009-10-31 20:27

    Congratulations to the Cheetahs - at least they did not lose their integrity like their opponents did.

  • LUMP OF COAL - 2009-10-31 20:28

    Kaplan gives the Bulls an edge they should not have. !!!! Best player in the bulls side by far ..... Doesnt notice bulls forward pass try , doesnt penalise a blatant punch under his nose ...... sad that you need a dozen boks , home ground "AND" the ref to win ???

  • Torro Azul - 2009-10-31 20:28

    Always has been a combo of brawn and brains to win a final, even if you have to brainwash the rev! WELL DONE BULLS, now stay there!

  • meester - 2009-10-31 20:29

    waiting for all the useless comments about blaming the referee. think jonathan kaplan had a huge game. naka said before the final that the cheetahs discipline will counter-act steyns ability with the boot by not giving away penalties...the cheetahs played with their worst discipline of the season...hahahaha!!!!!! all you wingers, go take a nap. the blue bulls are the DESERVED currie cup champs of 2009!!!! fare well habana...gonna be your last curriecup victory of your career...sad to see that such a brilliant talent will be wasted at province!!!!

  • Blue Jake - 2009-10-31 20:30

    Well done Bulls. You absorbed the pressure better. Cheetahs, maybe a lack of experience cost you guys but you are a great team. All you need is decent management who can secure the big sponsorships for you to be able to keep your players. @Wins, I don't feel like entertaining your comment. The best part of you ran down your mother's leg.

  • Gerhard - 2009-10-31 20:35

    Well done Bulls! You've done us proud. And so did you, Cheetahs. I just hopem that fans (on both sides) will treat each other with respect. Go Bokke!!!!! We're looking forward to a great tour.

  • Pepperspray - 2009-10-31 20:39

    The Cheetah's scrummed better than the Bulls, used their backline, didn’t kick away possession, played well at the breakdown and had a positive attacking attitude -- unlike the Bulls that went for the 3 points, played it safe. Well done 2 the Bulls, not your greatest victory ever, but still a victory even if it’s a bit hollow.

  • Paul - 2009-10-31 20:40

    @Wins - You are sad embarrasing excuse for a rugby fan, south african and human being - the fact that I have to share the same air as you sickens me. You are a joke, a sick one. Well played Bulls, great final. SA Rugby is in a good place and we really don't need people like WINS - get out the country now!!!

  • Axe - 2009-10-31 20:42

    You guys are sore losers. The Cheetahs played well but the Bulls were better. Live with it. Next year you can try again.

  • CHAMPIONS!! - 2009-10-31 20:43

    WIM - You're gonna be needing all the booz you can get, trying to deal with the fact that we are now the best SA rugby team ever. What a bad loser. Give credit where it's due, you spineless spanner. Congratulations Bulls! We got the S14 and the CC both at Loftus, both in 2009. The year of the Bull!! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!

  • JANET - 2009-10-31 20:48

    Ek hoop dat die Cheetahs se monde nou sal stil wees, julle mors net julle asems. Bulls julle verdien die beker. Geluk!!!!!!!!!!!! My bloed sal altyd blou bly Vier dit behoorlik.

  • sorriiiee - 2009-10-31 20:50

    Jammer om van jou k@k te hoor boerseun LOL

  • Braham - 2009-10-31 20:53

    Blou harte klop warm in China:Ek en my vroutjie het so pas die rugby finaal hier in Beijing in ons eie sitkamer gekyk. Dit is nou so 2:00 vroeg oggend en kan nog steeds nie tot ruste kom nie. Wat ‘n wedstryd. Eerstens baie geluk aan die Cheetahs wat soos begeesterde oorlogvoerende soldate gespeel het. Julle het ons goed op ons tone gehou, maar op die einde van die dag (of vroegoggend hier) was dit die Bloues wat weereens die telling in ons guns beklink het. Aan die Bulle, baie dankie vir julle uitstekende rugby wat julle die jaar vir ons opgedis het. Voorwaardelik die kampioene met beide die Super 14 en Currie Beker in die Loftus Trofee kas. Dit was sommer lekker. Die afgelope twee weke gedurende die opbou na die eindstryd is ons Blou Bul toeskouers in die briewe kolomme van Beeld en Volksblad verskriklik uitgeskel en verneder deur aantygings van arrogant en “kommin” wees. Gelukkig weet ons van beter en kan ons na vandag ons koppe hoog hou. Dis lekker om ‘n Bul ondersteuner te wees en ons geniet elke oomblik daarvan. Ek wil nou nie na die vlak daal soos sekere van ons opponente ondersteuners nie en gaan nie tong uitsteek of vermakerig wees nie. Ek wil eerder net die Cheetah spelers geluk wens. Met tye was julle verskere die beter span en het ons ‘n harde tyd gegee. Ons moes keer vir al wat ons werd was en op ‘n stadium was die bal vir 73% van die wedstryd in jul hande. Maar die ware kampioen het gewys dat dit baie meer as dit gaan kos om hom onder te kry. En ek sien natuurlik die skeidsregter kry alweer die skuld. Shame.,,,,,,,BLOU BULLE BO !!!!!

  • Torro Azul - 2009-10-31 21:04

    Cup at home, job done! Now go and upset the white legs up north!

  • wins_shit_for_bains - 2009-10-31 21:04

    Wins - if you knew anything about Rugby, ppl around here would take you more seriously. Bull are the CC champions! END OF DISCUSSION!

  • HANNES - 2009-10-31 21:10

    Well, well, well, I've told you honey!!! BLOU BLOED beteken . . .van n suiwerder en beter gehalte, my SKAT. Skrik net, al is dit wakker . . .volgende jaar!!!!

  • Blou - 2009-10-31 21:22

    Looks at the scoreboard!!! To hell with the rest of SA, cannot win an international without the BULLS. Live in fear!!!

  • Kobus - 2009-10-31 21:30

    Jammer Cheetahs maar die beste span in Suid Afrika het vandag gewen en om die skeidsregter en die lyn regters te beskuldig wys net die suur druiwe wat julle het. Daar is altyd vertel dat die blou bul ondersteuners suur druiwe is as hul span verloor het maar ek dink julle is hopeloos. Vandag het jy twee tipes ondersteuners gekry en dit is die BLOU BUL ONDERSTEUNERS en dan natuurlik die res van Suid Afrika. Jammer daar is mense soos wins wat sulke taal gebruik waar ek seker is daar kinders is wat ook die kommentaar lees. Al wat ek vir jou kan doen is om vir jou te bid en asseblief gaan na 'n sielkundige toe. Miskien kry jy insig. Dit is nie om jou af te kraak nie maar om jou slegter te laat voel omdat jou span verloor het. BlOU BULLE IS TOPS EN EK IS 'N TROTSE BLOU BUL ONDERSTEUNER

  • GR - 2009-10-31 21:32

    The ref? BAD to both sides. Forward passes - stopped counting, lots on Cheetahs side. Off side? One became a try for the Cheetahs. Scrumming? Is scrumming up on cheetahs side legal? The side with the best discipline and who used their chances won. Congrats Bulls, sorry Cheetahs. Men of the match - Fourie du Preez and Heinrich Brussow.

  • GEVREESDE CHEETAH - 2009-10-31 21:34

    BULLS WON. BECAUSE THEY WERE BETTER ON THE DAY, DESPIZTE THE FORWARD PASS, WOULD HAVE MADE NO DIFFERENCE, USE YOUR CHANGES AS THEY COME. WE WERE BETEN BY A HUNGRIER TEAM

  • Bloues - 2009-10-31 21:41

    Ha ha Koos! Wat 'n dom doos is jy tog nie! Jou span het verloor en jy is nou net 'n suurgat!

  • Vrystater - 2009-10-31 21:42

    Blou Bulle het 'n onregverdige drie gekry met die vorentoe aangee na Habana toe. Die Vrystaters het goed teruggeveg en hul kan trots wees op hulself! Welgedaan Cheetahs!

  • pietskiet - 2009-10-31 21:43

    kaplan het n shocker gehad. bulle het game gewen met min of meer geen besit nie. cheetahs al die speelwerk gedoen, jammer die scoreboard weerspieel dit nie. bulle baie swaar geleef in skrums, maar die groot verskil tussen die 2 spanne was die skakelpare- FdP en morne steyn tans albei die beste in hul posisies te wereld!

  • Molefe - 2009-10-31 21:47

    What a brilliant CC Final! My nerves where finished! First off, let me just say. No other team in the country could have run the Bulls as close as these youngsters from the Cheetas did! So to those sour Sharks and Province supporters I can only say, I hope you wathced today! These boytjises from the freestate desrved their place in the final! To my Bulls I only want to say one thing. Nkosi Nkankulu! Thank you for a fantastic season! To those guys blamming the ref? Come on! We all knew that Kaplan was going to have ahuge influence on the outcome of the game. But if you have to blame one person? Then blame your number 16. If it where not for his attack on the Assistant Ref. the Cheetas had an excelent chance of winning the game. It was dicipline that cost the cheetas. Yes, I agree the punch on Broesouw was terrible and I hope the purpetrator gets nailed! Just the same as I want the guy who smacked Habana from behind to get punished! There is NO room for that kind of crap in South African rugby.

  • BLOUBOK - 2009-10-31 21:54

    Ek het voorspel die BLOU BULLE sal die game in die eerste 20 minute wen. Vir die Cheetahs wat moedig probeer het net die volgende. Dit mag dalk deur die jaar werk om van agter af terug te kom, maar 24-0 in 25 minute is n bietjie veel gevra. Aan weerprobeer en guppies net die volgende. "SUCK ON IT SUCKERS. THE BEST TEAM OF ALLTIME WON"

  • jason - 2009-10-31 22:08

    Ek kan vanaf Bloemfontein sien hoe die miswolke oor Pretoria hang soos die hoere stort.

  • Bullthasar - 2009-10-31 22:25

    Losing is one thing.....but losing ones dignity by lowering oneself to petty insults instead of admitting defeat is a whole new level of pathetic.... ultimately the scoreboard reflects which team did most with their opportunities on the day... enough said... Bulls 4ever...

  • Bernie - 2009-10-31 22:36

    Congrats Bulls. Yes we only had to look at the scoreboard. Habana's try was from a forward pass. Kaplan 1/10 , linesmen 0/10 unless you are a Bull !!!! With the number of players and funds available in bulls country the Bulls 2nd team should actually win the Cheetahs. I would be ashamed to call myself a Bull 2night.

  • Bloubul till I die - 2009-10-31 22:38

    Well said Molefe!! Come on guys! SA Rugby has not been in this amazing shape in years. What with Province returning to the party, brilliant talent in the Sharks and Lions, MY BULLS having the time of their lives, and yes, the Cheetahs. Man, oh man, what a team - the butt of all jokes a few months back, but they stuck it out and gave the Bulls a run for their money. Cheetahs, my hart belongs to the Bulls, but I gotta tell you, at one stage I was sort of hoping your fairytale could come true. If there was one team who deserved based on shear guts alone, then it's you guys. Thanks for a great game. BULLS, YOU DID US PROUD. HABANA, ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR CAREER AND PLEASE STAY IN SA

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