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Bulls must up their level: Pine

2012-10-17 20:25

Pretoria - Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar says they have to perform at a higher level against the Sharks if they want to advance to the Currie Cup final.

The Bulls thumped the Golden Lions 50-29 in Johannesburg last week, but the coach expect his players to up their level even more at Kings Park on Saturday.

“We know that in semi-finals, mistakes and discipline will cost you," Pienaar said.

"We conceded 15 penalties against the Lions, which I am not happy with, and with that you concede field position and ball possession."

For the first time this season Pienaar on Wednesday announced an unchanged side for two consecutive matches after they dismantled their trans-Jukskei rivals.

The Bulls had been inconsistent for most of the season but Pienaar believed the team’s victory over the Cheetahs four weeks ago was the turning point in their campaign.

The side’s defensive struggles were well documented this season, though they improved in leaps and bounds in recent weeks.

Pienaar highlighted their improved defence as one of the key factors for turning a possible disastrous campaign around.

“The biggest step-up we made was defensively over the last four games, and if you have a look at the games that we lost, we conceded so many soft tries and easy tries which put us under pressure,” he said.

“We basically played against ourselves and that is something we've done better.

“We are quicker in line, especially the guys’ commitment on the one-one-one tackle which has improved since the first round.”

The Pretoria-based side face a tough battle against this season’s log-leaders at Kings Park, a venue that has been an impenetrable fortress for teams travelling to Durban.

The Bulls have also not won a Currie Cup match against the Sharks in Durban since 2006, a statistic of which their captain, Dewald Potgieter, was well aware.

“They’ve been one of the more successful sides in recent seasons," Potgieter said.

"They've had a pretty good season and a lot of momentum that they carried forward from Super Rugby.

“If you want to go to Durban you have to be at your best to win there and that’s why maybe they find themselves under pressure there, because teams always have to lift themselves for that fixture, and we know we will have to do the same.”

Pienaar conceded that the Sharks were the favourites to take the spoils but he was optimistic that his team’s ability to triumph through adversity could see them cause an upset on Saturday.

“What encourages me is the fact that we fought ourselves out of hole over the last four weeks and I am looking forward to what we will bring,” Pienaar said.

“Of course the Sharks are the favourites and they have done well in the Currie Cup over the last four years.”

Teams:

Sharks:

TBA

Blue Bulls:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Mornè Mellett

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Dean Greyling

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Comments
  • stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-17 20:37

    Oh Pine stop being so modest, we all know and agree that the mighty Bulls, SA's flagship team will win their 6th Currie Cup in the last decade. 6 more than WP

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-17 20:45

      Ag please let the Rugby do the Talking...

      WernerZA - 2012-10-17 20:55

      Flagship indeed!

      riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-17 21:39

      bulls sa flagship team ? \r\nEverybody knows mighty WP is the flagship team for a 129 years and counting

      gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-17 21:48

      Ha ha ha!!!, so the boys from Tshwane are dreaming again

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-17 22:18

      @dom riaan WP= 32 CUPS IN 125YR= 25% WINNING RECORD= 1 CUP IN 4 YEARS BULLS= 23 CUPS IN 71 YEARS= 33% WINNING RECORD = 1 CUP IN 3 YEARS BULLS= FLAGSHIP NEXT PLEASE

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-10-17 22:27

      @ Gunner.No,they are on prescription drugs again.Supplied by their kwak Spies,aka Stirrer Stirrer and off lately Stephen Braxtonhicks.Spies must have been blocked by sport 24.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 00:27

      Dowwe paramedic. Jy moet maar ophou om vir almal te wys dat wiskunde nog nooit jou sterkpunt was nie. Jy slaan jou naam erg, hoor.

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 02:34

      Chris BWA HA Se gou vir dokter wat van daai wiskunde verkeerd was. En as jy weer weghol, next please

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 02:58

      Kom ons hou dit maklik en reken nie die jare in wat die currie beker nie gespeel is nie, of een seisoen oor twee jaar gestrek het nie. Ek wil dit nou nie te moeilik maak vir jou nie. Die eerste keer wat die toernooi nasionaal gespeel was is 1889, wat dit 123 jaar maak. Dit sluit 2012 uit. WP 32 bekers, in 123 jaar wat die Curriebeker gespeel is, gee 26%. Bulls 23 bekers in 123 jaar wat die Curriebeker gespeel is, gee 18.7%. Dis die harde feite. Geen konteks nodig of verduideliking of enigiets nie. Net die antwoordjie, of hoe oubaas se marmot. Ek weet jy sal nie die wiskunde hierbo verstaan nie, so kom ons neem jou argument in aanmerking dat die Bulls eers in 1938 begin speel het. Voor dit het Pretoria en Johannesburg saam gespeel as Transvaal. Dit gee julle een ekstra Currie beker. So dit stoot darem julle wen persentasie op na 19.5%. Hou jy by? Of is hierdie informasie te skokkend vir jou? Kan jou gestel dit hanteer?

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 06:27

      Ek tel nie Transvaal se bekers nie chrissie, ek skree vir Noord-Transvaal/Bulls Hulle speel van 1939 af dis al wat ek in belangstel. Jy glo werklik WP is SA se beste Super en CC en en en span Dokter wys jou maar net elke keer weer die paadjie. Hulle leer ons op Mediese skool as jy met mense werk wat se IK laer as 'n witborskraai s'n is is herhaling die steutel. Herhaal, herhaal ,herhaal So: Bulls 23 cups in 72yr= 33% wen= 1 cup in 3yr WP 32 cups in 123r = 25% wen = 1 cup in 4yr

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 06:51

      So leer hulle jou nie wiskunde op "mediese skool" nie? Is dit 'n kodewoord vir Standerd 4 spesiale klas? Aangesien jy nie Transvaal se bekers tel nie is die Bulle se wen persentasie oor die 123 jaar maar net 18%. Geen verduideliking, geen konteks, geen diskwalifikasie van sekere feite nie. Net die antwoord. Straight up, reguit, net die antwoordjie. Next please.

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 07:03

      Die Bulle speel nie 123jaar nie, hulle speel 72 jaar

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 07:12

      En wie se probleem is dit?

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 07:25

      Dis nie 'n probleem nie, dis die stats en die waarheid

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 07:46

      Die currie cup word al vir 123 jaar gespeel. Dis die stats en die waarheid.

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-17 21:16

    GO Bulls!!! Let's have the final on Ellis Park :)

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 00:29

      Wow, aren;t the Lions supporters over-confident!

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-17 21:27

    No Steve Walsh = No Bull (S...) win. Keep on counting the chickens. BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-17 21:50

      All valid points. That doesn't change the fact that Steve made a critical mistake, and later admitted that he "got it wrong". This puts the ol Walsh in the same boat as Bryce, and he's lucky to have come away with it so lightly. Idiot is in the eye of the beholder ou Spykertjie.

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-10-17 22:27

    Mens hoor die bulle altyd voor n game \bulle is die beste\ dis niks nuut nie en die wp gedurende die game \booooo\ en die sharks sharks na die game \hoekom is julle manne so stil\ good luck sharkies!

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 04:40

    Ek weet ek het dit al menige kere voorheen gese: maar jislaaik daai ou lyk dom.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 06:05

      Duane is 2012 se IRB Player of the Year en volgende Bok kaptein.

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 06:30

      @Chrissie BWA HA HA Die dom pateet is nie eers genominate vir die SARU speler van die jaar nie Next

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 06:52

      En vertel gou vir my watter Bulls speler is? Net die ou antwoordjie soos gewoonlik, asseblief.

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 07:06

      BWA HA HA Chrissie, die onderwerp is dom Duane Vermeulen wat jy self opgebring het!! Goeiste, is dit die 8ste keer op een dag wat ek jou in 'n hoekie het. Kyk ou vaalseun, jy's so dom soos 'n werf kalkoen. Liepen ouers

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 07:16

      Lekker in daai gat getrap. Dink jy ek se dinge sommer net om dinge te se? Ek kan nie glo hoe maklik dit is om vir jou bait uit te gooi nie en dan vat jy dit elke liewe keer. En dan wil jy claim dat jy my in 'n hoek het. Ek het jou AAN 'n hoek. En ek katrol jou in, dowwe paramedic.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 07:16

      Jislaaik spyker, wat het jou so tense gemaak? Bietjie bang vir Saterdag se game?

      stephen.braxtonhicks - 2012-10-18 07:20

      Ou spyker, as jy bedaar het van die lag gee my 'n e-mail. Chrissie hardloop nou jakkalsdraaie jong, BWA HA HA HA ongelukkig heeltyd in 'n baksteenmuur vas BWA HA HA

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 07:47

      Hoor hoe lekker sing daai katrol

  • hoffjw - 2012-10-18 08:14

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      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 08:37

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