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Bulls hungry for more success

2012-10-16 13:39

Johannesburg - Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar has sent out a warning to the Sharks ahead of this weekend’s Absa Currie Cup semifinal that this Bulls side is not satisfied by just making the playoffs of the competition.

According to supersport.com website, Pienaar has undergone a harrowing season as he lost several Springboks and at least half of the coaching team he had last year, but has fought back with the help of the players to turn what seemed like a dismal season a few weeks ago into a relative success. But while most of the Loftus faithful would be relieved the team dodged the promotion/relegation bullet, Pienaar has set the team’s sights on the final.

There is no doubt this Bulls side have been buoyed by the return of the Springboks and have a new found confidence in them. Three wins in their last four games – the fourth being a one-point loss to the Sharks in Durban – has given them both momentum and confidence, and it is something Pienaar is set on harnessing this weekend when they face the Sharks as underdogs.

Pienaar knows it will take something special to win in Durban – the Sharks haven’t lost a Currie Cup game in more than a season and have only lost once on the field all year. Add to that a strange fact that the Blue Bulls last won in Currie Cup action in Durban in 2006 and the task seems tough indeed.

But he also knows that when his side –with their Boks back – click, they can also be an unstoppable force, and he is hoping that this will be the case this weekend and that his team rises to the occasion. However, there definitely needs to be some tweaks to the gameplan, and the Bulls have admitted they need to work on several aspects of their play if they are to be competitive in Durban. They are also very wary of the hiding they took in Super Rugby, when the Sharks beat them 32-10 with a full-strength team.

“We will have to take those decisions this week,” Pienaar said, adding that the Bulls were hungry now that they’ve been given a sniff at a possible final.

“The biggest thing I’m happy about is that in the last three four weeks with Dewald at the helm, we have fought ourselves out of the hole. We’re not going to be content just with a semifinal, we had a dream before the start of the season and we want to achieve it.

“We know it will be difficult but we will be hard at work again this week to get closer to the standard we will need to be for that game.”

Pienaar said although there were sleepless nights this year, he was overjoyed his side gave themselves an opportunity to challenge for the title.

“ It is an amazing competition, from an opportunity to get into the semis in the last game. We played very well in the last three games, despite our loss to the Sharks, we played some good rugby there as well. I’m just happy that we can give ourselves an opportunity to get into the final.

“It’s back to the drawing board this week. We have things to work on – our kickoffs weren’t good and in the first half we weren’t accurate with our kicking game. Against the Sharks side you have to be spot on, it is something we will definitely look at this week.”

Either way the Bulls will be up for their game against the Sharks, and with the home side likely to bring all their Boks back, they will need to be.

SuperSport

Comments
  • spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 13:48

    Go Bulls!!! You can do it!!!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-16 15:07

      Never...GO SHARKS ....DON'T LET THESE BULLS FANS INTIMIDATE..... THE BEST TEAM, SHARKS,...PROOF......THEY ARE ON TOP OF THE POINTS LIST.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 15:24

      Sandra, is die kos klaar? Skottelgoed gewas?

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 13:49

    Go Bulle!!!!

  • Generaal1 - 2012-10-16 13:57

    Bly Blou my Volk !

      gswart1 - 2012-10-16 14:05

      \Bly blou my volk\ - is julle dan smurfs?

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 14:10

      Nee gswart, dis generaal daai!!!

      gswart1 - 2012-10-16 14:19

      Jou punt is? Hy is definitief nie my generaal nie.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-16 14:28

      Who are you talking to Generaal1

      Generaal1 - 2012-10-16 15:09

      @tommy, Kan jy nie lees nie? Vra jou onderwyser in die spesiale skool om dit vir jou te veduidelik .

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-16 15:14

      Talking to the Smurfs?

      Generaal1 - 2012-10-16 15:49

      Smurfs is fiktiewe karakters, dit beteken hul bestaan nie, net soos die Superbekers en Curriebekers wat province die laaste 10 jaar gewen het.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 15:52

      Generaal, WP supporters dink die Smurfs movie is based on true events.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-16 16:14

      Tell me again how your "volk" needs to remain blue. Oh, wait...you are talking about those Avatar people. Must be, cause I've never seen a blue person.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-16 16:16

      Wyn and tik better than bonking dogs.

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-16 16:24

      Have you seen the effects of Tik - that's not funny either.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 16:27

      Well Tommy, if you don't want people to think it's funny, don't use it then. Simple really.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-16 16:45

      @tommy, we see the effects & side effects of TIK on a daily basis from the WP supporters' comments on the blogs. That stuff is dangerous

      gswart1 - 2012-10-16 16:56

      @rene you would know hey. First hand experience. I hope for you a speedy recovery in rehab.

      melt.esterhuizen - 2012-10-17 12:18

      @Rene, Bevestig jy is blond, of is dit gekleur?

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-16 13:57

    Show no mercy, take no prisoners !

  • arno.coetzee - 2012-10-16 14:09

    @ReneMuller , Bounce of the ball? Sounds like a bulls supporter who is not so sure about their team winning this weekend...

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 14:17

      Are you sure your team will win this weekend? There is a difference between confidence and stupidity you know

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-16 14:21

      @arno, do you know who will win? I have lots of faith in my team, but also respect the opposition! 2 good quality teams, then YES, it is sometimes up to a 'lucky bounce' here and there which could go either way. The next lesson, I will charge you!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 14:42

      Knucklehead, René remembers 2005, when the Bulls destroyed all and sundry on their way to a 4th consecutive Currie cup title, including dominating Free State in the final, until Johan Roets and Bryan Habana was flumoxed by the bounce of an up an under and a 20 year old Meyer Bosman caught the ball and changed the game.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 15:34

      Now thats what you call bounce of the ball

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-16 14:21

    2007 sal homself weer herhaal...Go BULLE!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 14:43

      Free State Cheetahs, 20–18, Golden Lions. Bulls het 11-6 verloor in die semie???

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 14:43

      2002 Toe die Bulle ook by die agterdeur ingesluip het.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 14:51

      Jaco, dit was nadat n voorheen benadeelde en huidige benadeelde lynregter altwee gesê het dat n Liefling strafskop mis was, terwyl dit actually oor was. Die laaste 20 minute van daai game het die Bulle omtrent n miljoen strafskoppe gekry in die Cheetahs se helfte. As die score 11-9 was soos dit moes wees, dan kon Derrick maklik een van daai strafskoppe oorgeklits het om die game te wen.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 15:07

      Ek like reen in Durban.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 15:10

      Spyker ek hoor jou, maar wat is sy punt?? Hy se "2007 sal homself weer herhaal...Go BULLE!" Ek verstaan nie???

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 15:11

      Miskien het hy bedoel 2002!!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-16 15:21

      Miskien dink hy aan die Super Finaal in Durban in 2007? Habanna het gedruk na die "toeter" en 'n sekere "Sharks" speler het 'n redilike maklike skop verbrou.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 15:23

      Okay dankie blue!!! In daardie geval, asb nie!!! My senuwees kan nie nog so game vat nie!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 15:45

      Die lekkerste deel van alles, is dat ek nie teveel verwag van ons span nie. As hulle wen is dit n mirakel, as hulle verloor dan is dit too bad, ons het dit verwag.

  • jbooyse - 2012-10-16 14:40

    Pine Pienaar... One thing that I know for a FACT is that you NEVER start boasting BEFORE the game !!! Rather let the Bulls do the talking on the field come Saturday !!! Rather stay humble now then to eat "Humble pie" come Saturday evening !!!

      jbooyse - 2012-10-16 14:47

      FYI I am a Bulls Suporter !!!

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-10-16 14:43

    hahahahaha!! , Sharks win by 30

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 15:04

      Eddie "Dicker" Say no more

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-16 15:27

      It might be closer unless some Bok or two get "Bokkoors" and kick like my grand ma. Sharks and Lions by 1, hope I am wrong. When last have we had a North South CC Final?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-16 16:41

      Eddie Dicker! Hahahaha

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-17 09:54

      'kaptein spies'aka dr aubrey levine....

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-16 14:45

    Should read: Bulls hungry for more excuses. Pienk koeie bhaaawaaahaaa

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 15:12

      Yawn!!! zzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-16 15:22

      pienk koei? hoe oud is jy?

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 15:31

      Ek dink hy's dlie.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-16 16:41

      Could you give us a Chuck Norris joke too?

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-10-16 14:49

    Sharks to send the under performing Bulls packing. The pack do not have what it takes to beat the Bulls. Forget about the Lions game. The fact that the Lions have made 11 changes should tell the story.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 14:52

      ''The pack do not have what it takes to beat the Bulls''. You said it.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 16:01

      Numnuts!!!

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 14:52

    "...to turn what seemed like a dismal season a few weeks ago into a relative success" - Relatief? Nee, dis 'n MOERSE sukses. Die Bulls kon jare laas 'n semi haal.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 15:05

      @stirrer 2 jaar laas. Plus hulle wen die CC 4.5 keer in die laaste dekade. Wat van WP?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 15:10

      2 jaar = jare Waar was jy Sondagaand? Het die nurses in die malhuis jou laptop gekonfiskeer?

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 15:25

      Ek het nog van my 4de verdieping afgetuimel van die lag vir jokers soos jy, chrisinoz and vlak stevie wat doodseker in jul voorspelling was dat die Bulls nie die verdedigende kampioene op Ellispark kan wen nie.. 50-29!!! Maar stirrer ek wil nie rerig 'n geselsie met jou aanknoop nie, nes ek jou weer lekker in 'n hoek het dan's jou internet tyd op. Jy het byvoorbeeld net 90min oor. Jou "loving" familie moet so trots op jou wees

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 15:45

      LOL Dr Death, daai ou simpel argumentjie van jou is reeds 'n paar keer verkeerd bewys, maar jy was seker te gesyp om dit agter te kom. Ek wil ook nie met jou 'n geselsie aanknoop nie, anders as jy, is ek nie gewoond aan sulke lae vlak denke nie en dit gee my 'n hoofpyn.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-16 15:56

      ...Cape Clowns... ..11 years cupless.. ...and counting.. ...Bhwa ha ha ha..!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 16:10

      BWA Stirrer, die een Sondag wat jou nou erens by die werk of 'n internet cafe was tel nie jong. Ek se jy het nie internet by die huis nie, jy's skaam daaroor en jou "loving" family is sommer plein embarrassed. Sal jy vir die res van die week elke aand 9pm SA tyd 'n post of twee doen?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 16:16

      Nee. Jy is MY bitch, ek vat nie orders van jou af nie. Syp net minder en jy sal sien wanneer ek aanlyn is. Hou dan net jou bek, ek gaan met grootmenswerk besig wees.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 17:27

      "suip" nie "syp" nie En dankie dat jy bevestig jy het nie internet by die huis nie. Jou familie moet vreeslik trots wees op jou

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-17 10:09

      toemaar. stirrer - dr spies het groter probleme - ek dink sy regte naam is Dr Aubrey Levine....

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-17 13:33

      Dr Death, diere suip. In jou geval is dit "syp" want ek wil nie die diere beledig nie.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-17 13:33

      @frans - ek dink ook dis hy. Die profiel en dade pas.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-17 13:52

      Ja-nee... hy try die insanity plea. pas presies...

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-10-16 14:57

    Been bottom of the log for the whole season,and bounc,ing back into contention against a delib'erately weakened team is both a fluke and a gift.The Sharks is another kind of fish to fry,so hopefully the Bulls have done their homework and packed sandwiches to last them a week,because there is a mam'moth task that awaits them at the tank.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 15:06

      @PENIS BOTHA How are things after your divorce?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 15:11

      Wow, jy is darem volwasse. Geen wonder jy het nie vriende nie.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 15:16

      They play at a stadium, not a tank.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-16 16:44

      *Being (not been) *bouncing *deliberately *The Sharks are... *mammoth *stadium (not tank)

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-10-16 17:56

      Syker,go wash & perm your hair,Spies,gaan borsel jou tande want jou asem stink aanmekaar,anders moet jy ophou om uit jou h*l uit te praat en Stirrer verdien as Spies se Jack Russel alter ego nie n antwoord nie.Altwee dieselfde tipe slang....skaapstekers.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-16 17:56

      We have Loftus. Lions cricket team have a bullring

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-17 13:36

      Theunis, my comment was op Dr Death (Spies) gemik. Moenie so liggeraak wees nie en herken jou maatjies.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-16 15:03

    Sharks have more class than the BLOU BULLE....if they come down to Durb's with their Bully Tactics.....they will never win.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 15:13

      We will just have to wait and see wont we?

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 15:18

      As long as they don't have to defend themselves against thug du Plessis and thug Daniel, there won't be bully tactics. Luckily the other du Plessis thug is out of contension.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-16 15:24

      Not many bully's left with Bakkies gone. It might be close again like last time around?

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-16 15:10

    Pine nut mustn't get ahead of himself now. Playoffs are different ball game and even the Sharks know all to well that the returning Boks don't always seal the deal in these pressure games.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-16 15:19

      Pine just took a page out of foot in mouth Plumtree's book.

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-16 15:45

      GARY MY BOY pine nut. wow you so clever, you used his name and simply added NUT to make it sound like the drink 'PINENUT' i have a friend whose name is LEMON. what word can we add to make him sound like nice refreshing drink?

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-16 15:49

      @gary,You're wrong, They still gonna play Rugby with the oval ball : )

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-16 16:01

      Jimmy, now a lot of things make sense, especially the way you look. You have a friend called Lemon. You suck him and your face puckers up.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-16 16:02

      Slimseun

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-16 16:39

      Stirrer you made a joke. Smiley face. Not a good one at that, but nonetheless a joke. I am sure you were under the impression that my friend has a lemon for a penis, otherwise you wouldn't have mad such a stupid remark. No, not all nicknames derive from one's genitals. For instance, if you were to find someones nickname is "Blacky" it doesn't mean he has a black cock, no, the simple answer could be his surname is Swart. Your girlfriends nickname is Tiny, that doesn't mean she is skinny at all. This is what we call an ironic nickname. I read somewhere that Eskimos prefer women of girth as it provides warmth at night. I have seen the size of those igloos though and there is no way your girlfriend would make it through the opening. You could probably just construct one around her and despite the hassle of having to trudge out into the snow every day to catch and prepare the eighty seals required to maintain her mass, it would be like a kiln in there.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-16 16:48

      Ohh oooh Jimmy, Schweppes Dry Lemon!!! Yissy I am good

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-17 13:38

      Jimmy, I'm shocked. I said you have a friend called Lemon. No mention of a penis anywhere, yet you immediately assumed... Ag nee man. Sies.

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-10-16 16:08

    Go Bulls !

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-16 17:14

    You have made to many similar promises this year pine, to really beleive you!

  • riaan.swarts.35 - 2012-10-16 21:00

    WTF!Pine throwing around warnings now you cracking me up LMFAO really dude you in denial just like your supporters.SHARKS by 20 let me change it to 26 just because pine is so funny.LOL

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