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Bulls to mount late surge

2011-09-21 07:30

Cape Town -  Blue Bulls loose forward sensation CJ Stander says they have the right mentality to mount a late-season comeback and reach the semi-finals of the Currie Cup.

The men from Pretoria are currently in sixth position on the log standings, five points adrift of the fourth placed Free State Cheetahs and 18 behind the table topping Lions - their next opponents.

But Stander - who's been a revelation at eighthman for the Bulls this season, says the confidence at the union is still there and they believe they are in with a shot in the competition.

Stander's optimism may not be so far-fetched. They have shown an upward curve in their last two matches, first drawing with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein and then ousting their arch rivals, Western Province, at fortress Loftus last week.

Stander believes the win over WP has given them a big boost.

"We view every game like a final. We know we got ourselves into this position. Before Saturday's game against WP you could see on the guys' faces there awaits a big one. Psychologically it (the win) was a big victory," Stander told the Beeld newspaper.

However, they will be firmly tested against a quality Golden Lions outfit at Coca-Cola Park this weekend. The Lions have lost only once this season in the Currie Cup, but Stander is confident that statistic could change come Saturday.

"We are in this series to win it and our culture is a winning culture. I think we can do it."

Sport24

Comments
  • Northern Stormer - 2011-09-21 07:40

    This young man will walk a long way in SA rugby in the near future. Watch him taking the No 8 spot from Spiertjies - he is a jewel and a true 8th man the way we know them best. I do however have doubts on his aspirations to be in the play-offs although not impossibly, highly unlikely. Lions will be on top on Saturday, the Griekwas game in Kimberly they will win without bonus point (4),they will pocket 4 points against the Leopards & Pumas which would leave them on 36 points - not good enough to cement a play-off spot !!!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-21 07:46

      Yes and WP to bank 4 points against a GOOD cheetahs team!!! WP jou LEKKER DENG!!!!

      OU AAP - 2011-09-21 07:47

      WP is besig om te choke en dit gaan al erger raak

      Adop - 2011-09-21 08:14

      Maybe not cement but three wins at 4 points a win gives you 37 but against Leopards they will bag 5 gives them 38, if WP loose against FS and Sharks it leaves them on 36 or 37, FS might loose against the lion and win the other 2, anyway the permutations say it is possible for the BB to be in the play off's. All BB need to do is get two bonus points even if it is one against the Lions and end on 39.

      jk - 2011-09-21 08:36

      ou aap- hou jou maar uit die wp gesprekkeou maat, jy maak net jou naam heeltemal gat boetie...

      BulvanBulle - 2011-09-21 15:18

      @Nothern Stormer Nostradamus You wrong, once again. Semi's will be Lions, Cheetahs, Sharks, Bulls. Bulls win this Sat

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-21 17:27

      @BulvanBulle - Nie Nostradamus nie - "Siener van Pretoria" wat nie teen sy bolip vas redeneer nie en wat ook sonder enige kleurbrille na elke rugby game moontlik kyk. Wat wel n feit is,is dat jy in n droomwereld lewe pel as jy dink julle gaan die semi's haal bloot omdat julle die Bulle is - Saterdag is julle drome klaar in sy m_ _r in - watch my words !!!

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-21 07:44

    I'm not saying this because of our NARROW lost against the Bulls, but I think the Lions will be too STRONG for the Bulls. My prediction, the Lions by 20+. Lions, Sharks , Cheetahs and WP will contest the semi's. WP groete en sterkte!!!!

      OU AAP - 2011-09-21 07:50

      Al wat narrow is ,is die gap tussen jou twee ore,Gaan suip verder jou uo papsak

      Blou - 2011-09-21 08:17

      @WPBLIKSEM Die WP kan nie eers hulle spelers se vertroue wen nie, hoe verwag mens dat hulle na 10 jaar enige bekers moet wen. NS:- Jou "NARROW lost" het my nogaal laat smile, jy het seker nie die game gesien nie en kyk net na die score :-)

      BulvanBulle - 2011-09-21 15:21

      @WPBLIKSEM HA AH AH AH H HAA HAHAHAHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAH And we all know what your predictions look like. Hell u make me roll down the isle, you are surprisingly stupid

  • Blou - 2011-09-21 08:20

    Ek voorspel n Bulle - Lions final op Ellispark :-)

      OU AAP - 2011-09-21 08:21

      Ek voorspel n Bulls wen in daardie Final

      jk - 2011-09-21 08:28

      julle altwee is gerook!

      Blou - 2011-09-21 08:31

      @JK Dit maak my nou nog meer versekerder van my saak want laas week het iemand (dalk ook jy) vir my gese ek is gerook toe ek voorspel dat die Bulle n bespotting van die WP op Loftus gaan maak.

      Tantrum - 2011-09-21 08:40

      Ek stem min saam met JK maar die stem ek saam - julle 2 IS gerook

      jk - 2011-09-21 08:40

      blou- noem jy dit n bespotting...shame man... as ek jy is bly ek dood stil knaap...julle is 17-3 voor, en sukkel om die game te wen en met daardie voorsprong kan julle nie eers n bonus punt kry nie...cmon...jy weet nie die betekenis van bespotting nie!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-21 13:17

      Sorry stem nie saam nie, die Lions sal top of the log bly, beste wat die Bulle kan doen is om 4de te eindig. So Lions vs Bulls semi... Maar die Bulle gaan al hulle wedstryde moet wen en minstens 3 bonus punte kry. Tall order...

      Oukoos - 2011-09-21 13:23

      @BLOU En jy was toe verkeerd deur 'n "..verskotting" te voorspel. Om met 'n span bestaande uit 'n meerderheid van jong seuns teen 9 springbokke met slegs 8 punte te verloor is nie 'n bespotting nie. Of ja dalk is dit. Die Bulle moes met minstens +20 gewen het. Hel, onder meer 'n SPRINGBOK stut teen 'n 19 jarige seun! . Nee boet, as die Bulle so gesukkel het teen die WP se jong seuns, gaan die Lions se hardebaarde hulle Saterdag vernietig.

      Oukoos - 2011-09-21 13:32

      @OU AAP Indien die Bulle in 'n finaal teen die Lions speel, het hulle seker 'n kans om te wen - vreemder dinge het al gebeur. Maar dan moet die Bulle eers die semi-finaal haal. Die Blou Bulle se kans om die semi-finaal te haal is egter swakker as Malema se kans om hoofgeneraal van die AWB te word.

      DeonL - 2011-09-21 13:54

      Die Beste wat Bulle kan verwag is 'n semi teen Leeus, maar dan moet Bulle alles wen en Cheeta's gly.

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-21 14:01

      Dis reg Deon, maar die Cheetahs is slegs twee punte agter die Sharks en WP, so enige een van daai drie moet gly... Ek gee jou een raai, watter een van daai drie gaan gly?

  • jk - 2011-09-21 08:30

    this guy is good... Cant wait to see the tears in the bulle eyes..

  • jk - 2011-09-21 08:35

    bulle verloor weer teen die mees boring rugby span in die wereld saterdag...

      Deon - 2011-09-21 09:50

      Op watter feite basseer jy jou stelling mees "boring span" meeste bekers gewen laaste 10 jaar , of dalk meeste driƫ gedruk laaste 10 jaar ?

      jk - 2011-09-21 10:30

      BLEDDIE BORING...KAN NIE N STADION VOLMAAK NIE, DIE SPELERS LYK SOOS JANNIE VANNIE PLAAS, BORING!!!

      Koos - 2011-09-21 15:09

      Praat van boring het jy al die wp se trofeekas gesien

  • Baylion - 2011-09-21 08:45

    Lions: Getting "only" 10 points from their last 4 games = 52 Sharks: 3 @ home and away vs Leopards could give them at least 15 points = 47 Cheetahs: could bag at least 12 points from their fixtures = 42 WP: 2 @ home and 2 away for at least 10 points = 42 Bulls then need 19 points to get into the semis (level with any other team will probably see them out on points difference) Sorry Bulls but you are OUT!!

      jk - 2011-09-21 08:53

      bulle. to little to late...

      Deon - 2011-09-21 09:42

      18 points from Lions , Griq , Pumas and Leopards to be even 19 to end on 43

      Baylion - 2011-09-21 10:26

      Tough ask Deon. The Bulls managed two 5-pointers in 10 games so far; now they must not only win their last 4 games but also get three 5-pointers. I don't see them doing it.

  • Ya Beauty! - 2011-09-21 08:57

    So does this mean that the Bulls could be out of the currie cup come next year, they would have to play the unbeaten kings to stay up which is a tough ask......

      jk - 2011-09-21 11:41

      lol

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-21 13:20

      Ya Stupid are you always this stupid or did you make a special effort today?

      Blouste-Blou - 2011-09-21 15:03

      Ag waar val jy nou weer uit met jou STUPID opmerking. Lyk my jy lewe net in jou drome

  • Stormer4eva - 2011-09-21 13:12

    My girlfriend has a intense fear of clowns... So I'm helping her tackle her fear head on... I'm taking her to watch the Blue Bulls Play !

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-21 13:22

      I bet you were in tears Saturday... I could not stop laughing... at the Sharks and WP.

      BulvanBulle - 2011-09-21 15:27

      @Stormer4eva Naastenby so 20 jaar oud daai grappie, dit verwys, soos jy goed weet na die totaal onbeholpe WP wat in 'n dekade nie daarin kon slaag om enige iets te wen nie

  • hls - 2011-09-21 13:31

    Unfortunately the bullies have been in similar positions in the past and made it though to the semis. Once they make it to the semis they normally go on to win the final. Province should never have allowed them the win last Saturday.

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-21 14:46

      Ware woorde daai! Go Bulls! Give it horns!

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