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Firm belief in Bulls camp

2012-10-14 22:22

Cape Town - There's a firm belief in the Blue Bulls camp that they have what it takes to upset the Sharks in their Currie Cup semi-final in Durban this coming weekend.

The men from Pretoria, boosted by their returning Springboks, sneaked into the semi-finals after a convincing 50-29 win over the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

They have now won three out of their last four games and seem to be peaking at the right time after fighting a relegation threat for most of the season.

In fact, their only loss in the last month was a narrow, 13-12 loss to the Sharks in treacherous conditions in Durban on September 28. And coach Pine Pienaar believes they can draw a lot from that loss going into Saturday's semi-final at Kings Park.

"The conditions that night were very tough," Pienaar told the Beeld website.

"But the tactical plans we made for that game really worked well. If I have my calculations right, we haven't beaten them in a Currie Cup game in Durban since 2006. But after our recent game there, we'll definitely give ourselves a chance."

Skipper Dewald Potgieter also shared his coach's sentiments.

"We played really well against the Sharks at Loftus and we nearly beat them in Durban. But even though we lost that game, it didn't faze us because we now know we can beat the Sharks in Durban."

The clash at Kings Park kicks off at 16:30 on Saturday.

Sport24

Comments
  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-14 22:47

    False hope vir die ingeteeldes van Loftus.Go Sharks time to braai those smokehouse favourites bulls chops with a cold Castle Lager and biltong snacks in hand.

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-14 22:50

      Sean - you must be the biggest gawdelpus I have ever seen. . . . . . .

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-14 23:07

      That should be "vlermuis"

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-14 23:09

      Don't matter you still 'n vlermuis.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 00:18

      Should be "doesn't" matter

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-15 06:57

      Go Bulle Go Lions

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-15 08:59

      Sean, I am a full-on Sharks fan, but I think that this is going to be a really tough game. The Bulls are finding form, and there is no team in SA that knows how to play knock-out rugby like the Bulls. I hope we can take it, but it certainly is going to be no walk-in-the-park!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 09:04

      Travie, very wise words.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-15 09:11

      Travie, hey man, nice to see a Rugby fan with a level head, good luck to you guys on Saturday!!! Gona be a cracker!!!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-15 09:42

      Thanks Jaco, and the same to you mate. I have massive respect to the Bulls for the way you guys have pulled your season around. Good luck guys.

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-10-15 13:37

      puppies vs guppies? gonna be a helluva game. Sharks forever

      fanie.vanhuyssteen - 2012-10-15 18:09

      Ag shame, Seantjie, apparently your knowledge of rugby is as poor as your kowledge of meat cuts, which explains why you had to revert to a slanderous comment on the Loftus Faithful to prove the "superiority" of the Sharks and their supporters. It's pafhetic, really. There is no such thing as a "bull's chop". You only get cuts called mutton chops and pork chops; the comparable cut from beef is called "ribs". Anyway, good luck to your team. I don't hate other teams although I am one of the Loftus Faithfuls. BLOUBULLE BO.100

  • bongumusa.shozi - 2012-10-14 22:56

    They can hope and pray all week but its going 2 be a shark attack. Black and white nothing else matters, time 2 release the beast and man of steel mr alberts.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-14 23:08

    Where's Dr Death? The nurses at the nuthouse must have confiscated his laptop.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-15 08:22

      BLou - this must rank as the most irrelevant comment in a long line of irrelevant comments. to repeat your inane mantra here on an article on the Bulls chances to make the finals is irrelevant. To post it in response to a question about the absence of another troll, who has probably been banned again - is mindless and stupid. get a life.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 10:31

      11 cup less years in the currie cup, 17 in super rugby ha ha ha ha

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-17 11:04

      Stirrer - he's probably working on his defense - i think his real name is Aubrey Levine... lol

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-14 23:57

    This is goiong to be a tough one to watch. It is impossible for me to wish for a Bulls win in any game. But if the Sharks win, the final will not be at Newlands and the WP will have to play their bogey team. If the Bulls win they'll play at Newlands, and we know about the WP's recent dominance over the Bulls.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 00:19

      Every team is the WP bogey team, 11 years no CC 17 years no Super title

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 02:11

      Maaksiek, can you repeat that. I think I missed it the first time.

      christopher.caine.71 - 2012-10-15 03:25

      I like how the only game they can remember of the 4 from this year is the one they won... the other 3 seem to be forgotten, along with the fact that they haven't even made anny semis for a couple of years. We all know the bulls were better than wp in 2007, 2009 and 2010... that's the past, it's gone, time for us to move on now boys

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 07:00

      Christopher.caine. There is nothing with a more selective memory than a Bulls supporter. They also can't count. And have a strong belief that rugby was invented in 1938 and was de-invented in 2009. Only to briefly re-appear on 5 October this year.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 08:14

      Every team is the WP bogey team, 11 years no CC 17 years no Super title

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 08:16

      Christopher cane, you idiots say we live in the past, but the three games you won this year are IN THE PAST. What a tonsil. You're only as good as your last game and the bulls beat the wp in their last encounter therefore we are awesome and your team is going to choke again it's science

      martincandis.vanstaden - 2012-10-15 09:09

      WP stormers will CHOKE it is a Guarantee Lions vs SHarks / Bulls.

      Press - 2012-10-15 09:12

      The only thing we do know as a fact is that the final is not going to be in that park named after Cheeky Watsons Southern Kings after king Morne is through with them . . . . .

  • mahomedrafeek.goolam - 2012-10-15 00:04

    If it was at Loftus,maybe,just maybe,but at the Shark Tank,forget it.With all our Bokke back the Bulls stand no chance,going to be a close game but the Sharks will win.That's all there is to say.SORRY Blou Bulle,this is our Year,you guys Enjoy the game.

      Priesterb - 2012-10-15 08:15

      Tend to agree with you Mahomed. As long as WP don't win the cup!! Blou Bul Groete!

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-15 09:03

      I think that it is great to be confident, but the one thing that this CC has shown is that there are no results that are foregone conclusions. It is going to be tough, but I don't know if there are any favourites going into the matchups this weekend.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-15 09:45

      Blue, you are correct in the anything can happen. I watched the Bulls game on the weekend, and they played a great game. I have seen every "top flight" team lose to Griquas this season, so there is no shadow of a doubt that the result is totally up in the air. Good luck for the weekend. Going to be loads of fun.

  • denese.newby - 2012-10-15 00:24

    HA HA HA !!!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-15 00:35

      Great - you can laugh bilingually

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-15 00:44

      ...11 year chokers... ...HA HA HA HA HA HA..!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 06:42

      Denese, your attitude is one of a WP supporter. You can do better.

  • petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-10-15 05:59

    It will never happen.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-15 06:22

    Easy victory for the guppies. Up and under tactics only work 20% of the time. Can't see it work for another week running. The other game will be close

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 06:43

      Is jy seker?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 08:19

      Dd you watch the bulls lions game? Did you take note of the kicking and passing stats? I have watched the game 4 times. Perfect combination of the two. And the chasing from the aerial assassin outside backs and the turnover of the up and unders caught by the lions, clinical. amazing how jantjies did sweet blow all but is this creative amazing flyhalf. Wasn't even allowed to kick at goal

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 08:30

      Mac, it's what us kenners know as percentage rugby.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-15 08:49

      Low-percentage rugby

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 09:06

      High percentage of cups over the last decade (with same type of rugby).

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-15 09:44

      How about your other matches against the WP/Stormers and guppies this year? Not to mention your last minute inclusion for the semi's after being dead last in the competition just a week ago. One can't read anything into the Lions performance. They had nothing to play for.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-15 10:06

      What is your win/loss record against the WP/Stormers and guppies for the whole year?

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-15 10:25

      Great record against WP/Stormers this year. LOL

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-15 10:38

      Cometh the hour klappeth die floupille LOL

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-15 11:07

      'n 75% (of is dit meer) wenrekord teen die floukoeie hierdie jaar lyk vir my redelik oortuigend.

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-10-15 07:34

    can potti and co please pass that stuff they smoking around so all the non bulls can see also see how on earth they gonna upset sharks? o let me guess the secret weapon of Morne and zane?

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 08:04

      It's been done before......by those 2 among others.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-15 08:17

      yes its been done befor but making fire by rubbing two sticks is a bit primitive compared to a zippo. so hey if they beat the sharks with that tactic then agreed the sharks deserve the loss but come now . . you can't believe the bulls will take it?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 08:22

      If you can't see king morne and crown prince hrh inzane hit man ironman kirchner had amazing games on Saturday then well you know nothing about rugby. Well actually everyone knew that already you just reconfirmed it

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 08:31

      We beat them just a couple of months ago with the same tactics. I'm not sure what the hoohaa is about.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-15 13:04

      if morne of zane had such a brilliant match how did rhodes manage to score? o ya zane in backline kitshner and morne tackle them man that's already marked. it was an easy choice rhodes was the support runner and not marked the ball carrier was already marked and morne to tug on a shirt obviously won't stop him and zk nowhere to be seen which is his job as cover defence? wake up the bulls exposed more weakness against the relaxed lions than in any other match! the sharks are going to relish the fact that the weakness is still the same. morne stands too deep to actually get the backline moving at pace and if you go back and look at amount of times ball spread to wings it was cause morne got skipped passed.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 14:20

      5 tries to 2. Boom, facialised

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 07:44

    Steve Stofsuier put on a pink shirt and sang Liefling to the team. Now there's a few other "firm" things in the Bulls camp. And the paramedic, press.enter, spyker and maaksiek are crying because they are missing out.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 08:04

      We were all there. Get your facts straight.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 08:22

      I've still got wood

      Press - 2012-10-15 09:20

      All my dining room chairs came from Kings Park . . .

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-15 07:54

    Wouldn’t life be an absolute peach if the Lions knocked those WP guys of their self-instated pedestal? Go Bulls!!!!! Go Lions!!!!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 08:05

      Like I said before, I've already bet my trailer on it.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 08:06

      Let's for one moment make an insane comment and say the Bulls are in the final (ridiculous I know, but stay with me). Then from your posts I conclude that you would rather face the Lions in a final, right? A bit scared that your fluffy pink team will get whipped, embarassed and humiliated again by the WP, are we?

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-15 08:11

      No Chris, like I said in a previous post, the Sharks are the favourites to win on Saturday, and if my beloved Bulls, don’t take the CC, let it please be Lions or Sharks!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 08:15

      Ja Chris, soos julle ons die afgelope 11 jaar verneder in play-off games.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-15 08:22

      yes there only two teams i support too raven wp and any team playing the bulls. so ya go sharks . . and should the lions beat wp i won't be upset cause the lions have been playing brilliant rugby . the only union i will support now is cheetahs they don't deserve the relegation matches.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 08:23

      Wp or lions, no big difference. Wp brought back all their stars and couldn't put more than 35 points past the bottom of the log team. Losers. Here comes choke le grand

      gswart1 - 2012-10-15 08:27

      You guys are afraid of meeting WP in the final. That's why you want the Lions to beat us. That's understandable. GO WP!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 08:33

      So Gerhard, ek neem aan jy support die Bulls die naweek?

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-15 08:41

      Ek lui af dat die WP ondersteunertjies het gedink of gehoop of gebid (kies een) dat die Bulle onder sal eindig en dit het toe nou nie gebeur nie! Hulle wil enige span speel in finals behalwe die Bloues!!!!

      gswart1 - 2012-10-15 08:52

      Wel spyker obviously gaan die sharks wen. Maar sal eintlik like om julle in die final te kry om julle ordentlik paklslae te gee. Ek weet n verloor teen die WP is vir julle soos galbraak. Maar ek kan seker maar net droom ne. Sal maar ongelukkig vir julle bye bye moet se na jul game saterdag.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 09:07

      En ons vir julle.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 22:44

      Henk jy is verkeerd. Van al die spanne in die semi, hoop ek die Bulls speel teen die WP in die final. Die WP se onlangse rekord is heelwat beter teen die Bulls. Go Bulls. Go WP.

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-10-15 08:11

    Sharks by 30+ , Go Sharks!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 08:17

      Let me guess, your favourite movies are 'Clueless' and 'Idiocracy'. Because it makes you feel like you belong.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-15 08:44

      Perhaps not 30 points but comfortably for sure. Have to say the guppies are looking very good atm

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-15 10:26

      Nice try Eddie. I am a Sharkie through and through, but not for a second am I expecting a game like that. It is knock-out rugby, and I think it will be a tight encounter. I guess its just because I am not one for predictions. Its all well and good shouting your mouth off, but it matters nothing. All that matters is what happens on the field.

  • garth.bellingan.1 - 2012-10-15 08:40

    Bring it on, talk is cheap, money buys the Whiskey, Sharks are going to pummel the hapless brain dead KICK AND CHARGE brigade, Sharks by 20 if wer'e having bad day.

  • gswart1 - 2012-10-15 08:47

    This is for all the Bulls supporters that always go on and on about WP being cupless and about what they have achieved. “It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.” \r\n? George Harrison

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 08:49

      Huh?

      gswart1 - 2012-10-15 08:54

      As jy nie kan verstaan hoe dit van toepassing is nie dan worry ek oor jou. Miskien is jou IK net te laag om dit te begryp.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-15 09:08

      Wat is IK?

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-15 09:21

      Die laaste 2 letters van hulle fav woord- TIK

      gswart1 - 2012-10-15 09:49

      Bwahahaha! Julle ouens is net te veel.

      gswart1 - 2012-10-15 10:30

      Nou kom ek vra jou die volgende vraag. Just go with me on this one. Wat gaan julle dan maak as die WP die CC wen? Vir wie gaan julle dan blameer of watse verskonings gaan julle dan maak? Net n reguit antwoord asb.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 10:40

      Harrison is dead and Clapton played the guitar on While my guitar gently weeps

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-15 10:43

      As WP die CC beker wen, gaan ons bekke seker toe wees, maar wen hom asb eers!!!! Wys ons julle het BMT en kan in crunch games iets reg kry!!! Here are the stats again for the last 11 years Bulls CC 4.5 Vodacom cup 3 Super Rugby 3 WP Vodacom cup 1 So that is 10.5 trophies vs 1

      gswart1 - 2012-10-15 10:57

      Ek weet dit tel seker nou nie vir baie nie. Maar die Stormers het hierdie jaar en laas jaar die Super15 Conference cups gewen. So tegnies gesproke is ons nie 11 jaar cupless nie. En die conference is amper soos n CC. Speel teen elke span 2 keer. Just saying.

      gswart1 - 2012-10-15 11:42

      Ja WP is miskien die chokers van CC rugby, maar die Sharks is die chokers van Super Rugby. Hulle het al 6 keer gechoke in finals en semi finals.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-15 14:26

      And who would you say did better Super Rugby? The team who 'won' the conference cup, or the side who actually made it to the final???

  • nathan.buchner - 2012-10-15 09:40

    We are white,we are black,we are we are dynamite!lekker sharkies!!!!!plum for anc president and lambie for ancyl president!!!!!!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 10:44

      Bit racist hey

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 10:45

      Dunno if u noticed but we are blue and our outside backs aerial assassins are black and two of them are white and black mixed.

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-10-15 09:42

    Be prepared for a cup final by the sea - sardines and prawns for supper too with delicious Cape white wine, and "hier kom die Alibama - he kom by die seeEEEee!!"

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 10:46

      Delicious cape white wine. Wine tastes like k*k brandywine and coke ftw

  • arthur.delarey - 2012-10-15 10:18

    Wake up Pine Pinaar, hoe gaan julle wen met skop???? Bulle maak vir Mitchel afrigter asb

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-10-15 12:24

    just a beleave that they will be the choker team for the future

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-15 16:35

    Sharks going to CREATE HAVOC. There are no shades of Blue in the BLACK and WHITE. BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

  • michael.friedman.355 - 2012-10-15 17:49

    Go the Bulls. Look forward to playing the Bulls at Newlands in the final. WP jou lekker ding

  • meyjeswes - 2012-10-16 14:09

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-back-Nick-Mallet/284346408250779#!/pages/Bring-back-Nick-Mallet/284346408250779

  • derek.francois.3 - 2012-10-17 07:26

    I think this has the potential to be an awesome game of Rugby, the Sharks modern game against the Bulls old style game. I predict a real bruiser with no more than a few points separating the teams. GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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