Bulls finding their feet

2011-09-09 18:52

Johannesburg - After a slow start to the season, Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar believes his team is finding consistency as it approaches the business end of the Currie Cup competition.

The Bulls are a lowly sixth on the log and will look to lift themselves into semi-final contention when they face the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

"Things are starting to come together for us now, and it's just coming down to execution," Pienaar said.

"Last year this time, we had lost four games at this stage as well, so I know there are a bunch of people saying that we are losing our winning culture."

The side was not where it wanted to be, but the "winning culture" was as present as always.

"There is total commitment from the players and we're not losing our focus on what we want to do."

Pienaar was confident ahead of this weekend's clash, with the Bulls having secured a 33-30 win over the Cheetahs in the first round of the competition.

However, they expected a stronger challenge from their hosts.

Having worked on rectifying errors made in the 39-27 loss to the Sharks last week, Pienaar said the Bulls had shifted their focus to a Cheetahs side who were fourth in the standings and fresh off a 64-17 thumping of the Leopards.

"We made a few mistakes against the Sharks but we're more concerned about our preparations for this week," Pienaar said.

"Their side has changed as well. They've got Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss and Ashley Johnson, and those players did not play against us here [at Loftus]."

These three players brought their side momentum as the main ball carriers.

"They will be a different side, definitely, and it's always difficult in Bloemfontein," Pienaar said.

Title holders the Sharks were not taking anything for granted ahead of their encounter with a struggling Pumas outfit in Durban on Saturday.

Sharks coach John Plumtree said they were wary of the visitors after holding them off for a narrow 23-22 win in the first round.

"It's going to be a tough game," Plumtree said.

"The Pumas haven't won a game this year yet, but they've been so impressive in lots of work that they've been doing.

"They possibly should have beaten us in Nelspruit and they were only seven points behind the Lions with time up on the clock [last week]."

Western Province, second in the standings, will go in search of their fourth straight win against the Leopards in Cape Town.

Province were five points behind log leaders the Lions heading into this weekend's ninth round of matches. The newly promoted Leopards, with only one win from eight matches, were last in the standings and headed for a relegation battle.


  • oukoos - 2011-09-09 19:02

    The Bulls are the most successful franchise (hands down) in world rugby

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-09 20:18

      @oudoos- Don't talk K-A-K!!!!

      Prowler - 2011-09-09 21:48

      @oukoos Can't agree more

      Malcolm - 2011-09-09 21:59

      Canterbury/Crusaders have won SEVEN Super Rugby titles and numerous domestic titles! So what is the basis of your ridiculous statement?

      Neilson - 2011-09-09 22:23

      @Malcolm: Well maybe because the Bulls aka Northern Transvaal have won International teams from almost every country in the world, against the British Lions, etc. Then also over 23 Curie Cup's which you might not be familiar with is the oldest and most prestigious Rugby Trophy... in the World. Back in the 1950's-1980's, the Curry Cup winner was also the best team in the world. You can call it the World Cup as the competition contained the best team in the world at that time. What is this Super Rugby crappy tourie you are referring to, with the Auzie and NZ referees being paid of to help each other teams. We are talking about fair rugby.

      Erlo - 2011-09-09 22:48

      @Nielson... kry jou feite reg ou broer-jy het geen clue wie het die curriebeker die meeste gewen nie-help nie mens praat met jou nie

      Erlo - 2011-09-09 22:59

      @Nielson... gaan biki na die website dan sal jy die korrekte stats sien van die Currie Cup wenners

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-10 00:14

      Oukoos as ek nie geweet het dat jy 'n WP ondersteuner is wat gekskeer met die Bulkalwers nie, het ek jou nou sleggesĂȘ! Ek sien hulle het jou (alweer) ernstig opgeneem, die arme idiote!

      Neilson - 2011-09-10 02:36

      @Erlo: Hmm interesting, where did you read that anyone mentioned that the Bulls won the most Currie Cups? Are you sure you know how to read, or did you think up for yourself? I did mention the Bulls won 23. I should add that they did that in the last 60 years or so. Other teams like the Stormers played from the beginning of the century and usually only had the Griquas and EP to play. Those years the CC did not count as a tough competition to win.

      Prowler - 2011-09-10 02:45

      As jy WP en NTvL/Bulls direk wil vergelyk, trek die CC vergelyking van 1938 af toe die Bulls in die CC begin speel het. Dan kom jy terug en vra omverskoning vir die Baas oor jy so onnosel is en gaan koop vir jou 'n Bulle trui hoor

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-09 20:17

    Let's see, if he still say this after tomorrow's game. Cheetahs by 12+ Go Cheetahs Go!! WP groete!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Neilson - 2011-09-09 22:24

    Pine is an Idiot. Please fire him Heineke.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-10 06:45

      If only Pine could find his feet out of Loftus.

  • bongosa - 2011-09-09 23:23

    The headline should read "Bulls are falling over their feet."

  • Kleinboet - 2011-09-10 00:09

    Pine Pienaar believes his team is finding consistency? Does he mean that they are consistently losing and will continue to do so?

      Prowler - 2011-09-10 02:48

      @kleinboet What a joke you are! You can't even spot a fake "oukoos" but u still persist with your totally brainless posts. Do you realise if the idiotic Cape Town team wins the Super 15 3 times and the CurrieCup 5.5 times in the next decade you only even with the Bulls. Not that that will ever happen

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-10 03:29

      Die Bulle, soos ons almal weet en mee saamstem, is in 'n totale klas van hul eie. Beker op beker op beker. WP= praat en praat en praat Check ons volgende jaar. Ons is die beste want ons het halfpad deur die seisoen 2e op die log gele. Totale grap en vernedering vir SA rugby

  • Fransios - 2011-09-10 08:52

    Pine, come on lets be realistic. Your finishing is poor, your men are being pushed around by weaker guys and I am still concerned about the fact that your game plan seems to look a lot like the lions of years past, not a good platform at all. But keep on hitting your head against the wall and expecting a different outcome each time. SIGH!

  • BlueRaven - 2011-09-10 09:36

    I'm not convinced Pine. Go Bulle! Go Bulle!

  • 722 - 2011-09-10 15:54

    We are always playing well against the Bulls. Cheetas by 15!!!!

  • 722 - 2011-09-10 15:59

    Oukoos haven,t you learn any thing from Naas Botha. History do'nt count on the day. You still need to play the game. Go Cheeeetaaas!!!!!!!

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