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Bulls keep playoff dreams alive

2012-10-05 22:46

Pretoria - The Blue Bulls kept their hopes of reaching the playoffs of this year's Currie Cup season alive when they beat Western Province 26-13 at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

The Blue Bulls' desperation to keep their hopes of reaching this year's Currie Cup playoffs alive was evident as they threw everything they had at Western Province.

They dominated possession and field position for most of the first half with only 11 points to show for their efforts.

Western Province also gifted the Bulls with possession from their lineouts as the visitors lost a handful of their own throw-ins.

The Pretoria-based side, however, made life difficult for themselves as they could not convert the pressure into points.

Bulls flyhalf Louis Fouché opened the scoring with a penalty conversion three minutes into the match.

The hope that the match would open up was, however, dispelled with points hard to come by for the next 20 minutes.

The hosts had an early chance to score a five-pointer when Bjorn Basson, in his return from injury, appeared to score a superb try in the left-hand corner.

After numerous replays, the television match official JC Fortuin, however, made a marginal call, ruling the ball went forward in a previous move in the build-up to Basson diving for the line.

The Bulls nevertheless kept trudging along patiently, building phases to get over the advantage line.

Fouché extended the Bulls' lead to six points with another penalty conversion in the 26th minute.

Province's defence held strong despite the Bulls' tireless attacks on the gainline.

The home side did not do themselves any favours as poor decision making cost them at crucial stages of the match with Fouché making a few errors of judgement.

The Bulls nevertheless found the tryline shortly before the half-time break with veteran right wing Akona Ndungane scoring on the left side of the field, with Fouché missing the conversion.

Province, however, had the last say of the first half when flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis succeeded with a penalty conversion as the whistle blew for the recess.

The visitors came out firing in the second half with their lineouts also looking healthier than in the first.

Fouché got their lead to back 11 points in the 44th minute with another penalty kick, while Catrakilis returned the favour four minutes later.

The Bulls flyhalf kept the scoreboard ticking over with his goal-kicking as he added another three points a minute after his opposite number's kick.

Province soon found themselves in the match when Kaplan awarded the Capetonians a penalty try.

The Bulls were cautioned for pulling down Province's rolling mauls on numerous occasions close to the line, with Catrakilis converting.

Their hopes of a victory over the Bulls in their own backyard were, however, short-lived as Fouché got his team out of trouble with two penalty conversions close to the end.

Scorers: Blue Bulls 26 (11): Tries: Akona Ndungane. Penalties: Louis Fouché (7).

Western Province 13 (3): Tries: Penalty try. Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis. Penalties: Catrakilis (2).

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Comments
  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-05 22:54

    Ek is stil gespeel. Well done!!!!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 01:49

      @rinus Daar is 'n taamlike stilte tussen jou bak ore anyway

  • michael.verreynne - 2012-10-05 22:55

    Well done, Bulls! Good luck for your next match! Not well played Province. Better luck next time.

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-10-05 22:57

    Mooi so Bulle jammer van die stupid ref anders het ons hulle vermorsel......wp gaan nog baie jare moet wag.....12,....13....14j..hahahaha Naweek baie goed begin......Bokke gaan BULLE mis.

      bertie.naude.35 - 2012-10-06 06:48

      @Daan Kaplan het sy bes probeer om WP in die wedstryd te hou. Die man kan nou maar aftree.

      eden.vanderwiel - 2012-10-06 14:49

      Noem bietjie daar wat ref gedoen het? Bulle het nie goed gespeel nie wp het net Swak gespeel. Bulle kan nogsteeds nie trots op daardie wen wees nie. 42-6 is om oor trots te wees

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-10-05 23:03

    Arme vissietjie seker uitgepass van skok en vernedering hy gaan nou vir die Bulle skree wat kan wen. Beste wp span ooit en Bulle se derde span ver..... hulle, ref en al.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-05 23:13

      ...Vissertjie gaan verseker 'n paar papsakke suig...!! ...sy Lekka-Span het hom gedrop..! ....he he he...!!

      andrew.frehley - 2012-10-06 01:24

      8 Bokke in die bulls se span en nul in die WP span (tensy jy nou rerig vir Frans Malherbe wil bytel), en jy's happy met hierdie wen? Mind you, as ek 'n bulls ondersteuner was, sou ek ook bitterlik, bitterlik dankbaar gewees het.

      andrew.frehley - 2012-10-06 01:26

      blou joppie, vra vir jou psigiater om die term "schadenfreude" aan jou te verduidelik. Ek neem aan jou parool offisier maak seker dat jy gereeld jou psigiater sien?

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 01:34

      @andrew Vra jou psigiater om jou Lithium dosis na 1200mg b.i.d ver ten minste 6/12 te verdubbel jou klein twat. Wys jou hoe briljant is die Bulle, hulle het 12 spelers in die Springbok squad en kan steeds 8 Bokke field. Loop teel met 'n familielid

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-06 02:14

      @andrew... ...jy is seker ook 'n toothless Cape Clowns supporter... ...en van die Cape Flats..??? .....he he he he he he he ...!!

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-10-06 00:29

    Goeie werk Bulle! Maar hierdie is die swakste WP span in jare!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 01:37

      @gert Is hulle nie al 11jaar pateties nie?

  • johan.kotze.90 - 2012-10-06 01:24

    Julle bulls Supporters lewe in i droom wereld julle piss is seker bitter dat die bokke soo goed doen met net 2 bulle haha

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-06 01:30

      ..Kaapse Narre.. ...geen Currie bekers.. ...11 jaar.. ...geen Super bekers... ...17 jaar.... ...Bwhaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ...!!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 01:51

      @johan Meer bulle as wp in die springoksquad, gaan tel maar oubaas se honne

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-10-06 04:43

      I got for the BB in the match 22: Kirchner, Hougaardt and Van der Merwe - >3. For Province: Habana, De Villiers, Vermeulen, Bekker, Etsebeth, Liebenberg and Du Jongh -> 7. Ek dink 7 is meer as 3 soos 3 bekers in die Superreeks meer is as 0.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 06:08

      @grootrot Hey jou dom morg, Liebenberg en de Jongh is nie in die beginspan nie. Skrik wakker akker

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-06 06:31

      Jy bedoel seker 3 Bulle...saam met HM ook! Hahahaha

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 06:34

      @tertius Hoe het die WP gedoen gister? (net die antwoordjie asseblief, geen opstelletjies)

      erik.prinsloo.1 - 2012-10-06 09:29

      Ouens soos jy wat WP-ondersteuners 'n slegte naam gee!

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-10-06 14:15

      Die woord wat gebruik is, is "squad" nie "starting 15" nie. In ieder geval as jy die 2 WP reserwes los en vir Flippie wat ook een is, is dit 5 - 2?

  • kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 02:46

    As expected and predicted another total walk in the park for the mighty Bulls, SA's flagship team 3 time Super champions and most successful CC franchise. Next please

  • gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-10-06 03:13

    Ek wil net dankie se aan mnr Brachie vir sy uitstekende spel, beslis die man wat by jdv moet oorneem.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 03:54

      Ek weet van onder-15 senters by Grey wat by Jean kan oorneem

      gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-10-06 07:08

      Grey se o/14 senters is beter

  • tony.palmer.184 - 2012-10-06 06:14

    Coetzee must go. WP not getting better

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 06:30

      @tony But then all the coaches from the last 11 years are useless right?

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-06 10:22

      Dont worry soon the WP will switch to gameplan B or C and start winning cups - and if either of these gameplans don't work WP supporters and Allistair Coetzee know they can still rely on unbeatable gameplans D up to and including Z . . . .

  • RetiefC - 2012-10-06 06:22

    Welgedaan my BULLE!!!

  • bertie.naude.35 - 2012-10-06 06:43

    Thank you Bulls. Cheetahs and Griekwas follow their example please. Send Wp to the bottom of the log where they belong.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-06 06:47

      @bertie Captain my captain. Amen

      sarel.brits - 2012-10-06 10:31

      Sink hulle papa sink hulle, sal eder Kaizer Chiefs die Currie Cup sien wen as die klomp.

  • dewaldmarais - 2012-10-06 07:01

    Well done bulls, one more win and we're in the playoffs. One thing really annoy's me though the kicking which to be fair was less and somewhat more accurate but this obsession with drop goals?....We are attacking we have momentum we have the defensive line in shambles - and Fouche goes for the drop goal! That get's to me...Do my beloved team not have the confidence to go for tries?...ps TV referee made a terrible blunder.

      michael.verreynne - 2012-10-06 07:41

      The Bulls were more focused on the win then the bonuspoint win. This has given them the confidence for next weekend's match. Go Bulls!

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-06 07:45

    Bly Blou my volk !

  • grap.gat.56 - 2012-10-06 08:36

    hey Kaptein,spies / dowwe.duane of watookal jou nuutste skuilnaam is. Hoekom gebruik jy nie jou regte naam nie, is jy bang al die mense sien wie die regte idioot agter jou irriterende comments is, of hoe praat ek nou, huh Paul?

      sarel.brits - 2012-10-06 10:24

      Yes grap.gat is dit wat in jou ID staan of is dit wat jou vrou jou noem?

  • sarel.brits - 2012-10-06 10:21

    Ag Neeee die Kaap is weer hol-langs Province het hulle g@tte gesien, Gauteng B die Loins het julle laasweek op ge donner en die week Gauteng A die Bulle, en ek dink daar is n goei kaans dat Puke Watson se BEE span julle volgende jaar ok gan op neuk. KRY VIR JULLE papsakke

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-10-06 11:00

    Catrikillis was die oorsaak vir die verloor, hy het sy kans gehad stuur hom sommer vroeer na die Kings toe.

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-06 11:06

    ....Cape Clowns... ..aka WP.. ...zero Currie cups.. ...11 years.. ...zero Super cups... ...17 years... .....Bhwaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...!!

  • lourens.vandervyver.798 - 2012-10-06 11:28

    Moeilike een soos ek gedink het. 2de naweek wat WP sukkel teen hulself. Een week teveel bal en ander temin en weet nie wat om tedoen daar meer nie. Al ons goeie werk deur lynstane,aanslane en takties skoppe opgemors in 1ste helfte en met Bulle wat ons vasgepen het en hul kanse gevat het. Al plus ons verdediging en DF baie goed vir WP maar selfs hy begin wys n lang seisoen. Nog lekker baie huiswerk wat voorle vir WP die week en daai lekker WP ding...PS GOOOOO BBBBBOOOOOKKKKKEEEEE

  • alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-08 09:06

    I am surprised to see no comment on the absolute howler by JC Fortuin. No way that pass was forward. That is his second poor decision in two weeks. Brosnihan said no way was that forward, John Smit on Sky called the decision "interesting" and Delport said you need the correct camera angle to judge a forward pass. I thought the TMO was supposed to overturn OBVIOUSLY WRONG calls not make a guess. If so many people think that the pass was not forward then how can it be obviously wrong? This is now 4 weeks in a row that the TMO has made a contraversial decision. Ironic that their reason for existing is to reduce contraversy.

  • arnold.coetzee - 2012-10-08 12:54

    Vat so BULLE ek sien WP se kanse op n play-off word al hoe groter 1 game dan het hulle n play-off met die Kings ,en hier wil die paar siek ondersteuners ons almal wysmaak dat WP die span van die eeu is!!! Miskien is hulle reg -hulle het amper so lank laas n beker gesien 3 weke gelede was dit net -top off the log- en die Bulle -julle gaan daaronder speel -nou skielik is dit maar self speel vir oorlewing,so wat is die les hieruit vir al julle NEWS 24 WP ondersteuners -hou jou self stil want jy kan maklik self op jou gat val

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