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Fouché boots Bulls to victory

2011-09-30 21:19

Pretoria - Flyhalf Louis Fouche' scored a fine solo try and kicked 17 points as the Vodacom Blue Bulls beat an inaccurate Ford Pumas side 47-12 (halftime 28-7) at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

The Pumas were full of fire and effort, but made too many basic mistakes and left too many gaps in defence for a highly-motivated Bulls side that wanted to reward their few faithful supporters that turned out on a nasty evening in Pretoria - chilly with a blustery wind and some rain.

It has been a tough season for the Bulls, but the bonus-point win lifts them into the top four on the log and shifts the pressure on to Western Province in the race for the semifinals.

The Bulls forwards were superb, seemingly oblivious to pain as they repelled a highly-physical Pumas side, dominating the collisions and allowing their backs plenty of front-foot ball. The home side scored three tries in the first half, but rather ran aground in a scrappy third quarter, before scoring three more tries between the 15th and 25th minutes.

The Bulls opened the scoring in the sixth minute as prop Rossouw de Klerk made a strong run and when he was brought to ground, the ball was recycled quickly and lock Flip van der Merwe charged through several tacklers to score.

Fouche' converted and then added two excellent penalties in the swirling, gusty wind to put the Bulls 13-0 ahead after 18 minutes.

It had been all Bulls in the opening quarter, but the Pumas made a rare visit to the opposition 22 count when their dominant scrum won a free kick. Eighthman Doppies le Roux took a quick tap and charged forward before handing the ball over to flank Jaco Bouwer, who exploded straight through the defence to score under the poles, giving flyhalf Coenie van Wyk an easy conversion (13-7).

But Fouche' almost immediately struck back with his exquisite try. The 21-year-old chipped ahead, Pumas scrumhalf Shaun Venter hesitated, allowing Fouche' to hack ahead and then re-gather the ball and score under the poles, his conversion a formality (20-7).

Eighthman CJ Stander then also scored a fine individual try as he took a pass from a lineout won by lock Juandre Kruger, burst straight through the set-piece, jinked away from a couple of defenders and then stormed over for a try that was a wonderful combination of power and speed.

Fouche's touchline conversion was wide, but the final say in the first half would be his as he knocked over a penalty on the stroke of halftime (28-7).

The third quarter would be a rather ugly arm-wrestle, with the Bulls managing to score just one try, centre Francois Venter, who had a marvellous game, knifing through three tacklers to score, Fouche' converting (35-7).

Pumas prop Ashley Buys had already been yellow-carded as he killed the ball at a ruck, after a series of spoiling offences by the visitors; and when lock Boela Serfontein was also yellow-carded - for a clothes-hanger tackle - in the 61st minute, the Bulls quickly capitalised on their two-man advantage, replacement flank Arno Botha scoring from a rolling maul after the penalty had been kicked to touch.

Although Fouche's conversion was off the upright, the Pumas trailed 7-40 and were getting desperate. A flatfooted attempt by a stationary backline to throw the ball across the field was predictably disastrous as wing Bjorn Basson picked off an easy intercept try, converted by Fouche' (47-7).

There were still 15 minutes left in the match and the floodgates could really have opened, but one thing the Pumas do not lack is heart and they were the last to score, a consolation effort in the 67th minute. The inspirational Bouwer burst from a ruck and passed to lock Marius Coetzer, who held off a couple of would-be tacklers before using his long arms to dot the ball down in the in-goal area.

The Bulls were good value for their win, their forwards bossing the contact points and performing well in the lineouts, while the backs were efficient in defence and slick on attack.

Scorers:

Vodacom Blue Bulls - Tries: Flip van der Merwe, Louis Fouche', CJ Stander, Francois Venter, Arno Botha, Bjorn Basson. Conversions: Fouche' (4). Penalties: Fouche' (3).

Ford Pumas - Tries: Jaco Bouwer, Marius Coetzer. Conversion: Coenie van Wyk.

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Comments
  • René Müller - 2011-09-30 21:22

    With 6 tries to 2 and the heading reads "Fouche boots Bulls to victory"??? Good clinical rugga played by the Bulls, nice very nice my beloved Bulls!!

      BardofAvon - 2011-09-30 21:42

      This site is rather third world, Rene, but it's all we've got for now. Even the "chief writer" Rob Houwing either puts everything in inverted commas or supersizes his articles with adjectives. Hoo boy... I love your work, though. Do you have a blog? If not, you should.

      René Müller - 2011-09-30 21:56

      @BardofAvon, haha, thanks! I know it's been a long day, most people probably had their first 'beverage' at 09:30 this morning, I suppose that's why the heading is questionable!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-30 22:42

      @Rene - Ek stem saam hier - hel 6 driee teen 2 en hy verwys na Fouche se boot - bietjie dof sou ek se of hoe ? Geluk met julle oorwinning - julle verdien waar julle op die log sit !!! Ek hoop en bid maar net vir n miracle moremiddag dat ons weer kan terugskuif !!!!

      René Müller - 2011-10-01 08:21

      @NorthernStormer, Thanks, persoonlik het ek gevoel dat die Bulle die jaar nie goed sal doen nie agv die feit dat so baie ouens op Bok duty is, maar die feit dat die jong ouens nou so goed speel is 'n absolute added bonus. Al wen ons nie die CC die jaar nie, het die jong Bulle my baie trots gemaak, CJ Stander, Francois Venter, Fouche, Arno Botha, om 'n paar te noem! Die 2 games vanmiddag tussen Leeus/Cheetahs en julle game teen die Sharks gaan interesant wees! Hoop die refs doen 'n goeie job en dis goeie games! Sterkte

      Paddy - 2011-10-02 11:58

      Yes Rene but it is pathetic that the Bulls with 8 or 9 Boks in the team might not even make the top 4. Maybe they should buy a few more WP players. The BULLBARIANS is in serious trouble.

  • BulvanBulle - 2011-09-30 21:27

    @Northern Stormer Toe, waar's jy nou vetkop? Jy bly mos reken die Bulle gaan net 4 punte teen die Pumas kry. En het jy gesien, WP le nou 5de op die log!!!! Hoe nou ou resies papegaai?

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-30 22:35

      @BulvanBulle - Ek is hier diknek. Ek trek hiermee my comments dat julle nie 5 punte kan kry teen die Pumas nie onvoorwaardelike terug. Ek wil dan ook die Bulls geluk wens met hulle great oorwinning en ja julle verdien daai 4 de plek wat julle nou by ons afgevat het. Daar is twee manne in julle span wat dit vorentoe gaan moeilik maak vir julle ander bokke - hou hulle dop - Senter Venter en CJ Stander - prima rugby spelers en hulle verdien alreeds hoer louere !!!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-30 22:47

      @BulvanBulle - O-ja diknek ek is nie en was nog nooit bang vir konfrontasie nie en en floreer op bangpraat tegniek. Ek reken ek is mans genoeg om al jou snedige opmerkings met gemak te verwerk en aan te hou kommentaar lewer op alle berigte. Die tendens om net kop uit te steek as my span gewen het is nie my styl nie. Bring it on pella !!!. Pasop net dat jou arrogansie jou nie dalk later aan die gat byt nie - die pad boontoe is nog moeilik en steil en enige iets kan nog gebeur - die WP kan selfs nog n game of twee wen ook en dan is julle weer terug in 5 de posisie - don't count your chickens before they are hatched !!!

      Friksepappa - 2011-10-01 00:08

      @Northern jy klink nou net soos die bloubul ondersteuners 6 weke gelede... toe die kaap nog hollands was...

      BulvanBulle - 2011-10-01 02:08

      @Northern Stormer So 2 reg teenstrydige aanmerkings in 'n ry. Jy bietjie schizo? Ek sal graag normaal wil rugby redeneer met jou, probleem is net daai hoeveelheid selle tussen jou oortjies

      Northern Stormer - 2011-10-01 07:59

      @BulvanBulle - Kom ons help jou gou reg diknek. Wanner ek hier comment, skryf ek wat ek direk wat ek vir jou wou se. Daar is niks teenstrydig in my comments nie. Geluk julle het gewen, geluk julle is vierde,julle arrogansie kan julle in die gat byt en laastens ons(WP) kan n dalk nog ietse wen - straight forward !!! Wat die grsy stof beteken - wel ek sal myself nie te veel daaroor uitlaat as ek jy was nie !!!! @Friksepappa - Sorry vir jou my maat maar ek klink,dink en se nogsteeds wat ek altyd se. As n ander span presteer gee hulle krediet maar bly n ondersteuner van jou eie span (WP), Die Kaap is op die oomblik nie hollands nie maar daar is n moontlikheid om dit reg te stel. Intussen geluk aan die Bulls se 4de plek - wie weet miracles gebeur en hulle kan dalk na vanaande weer op 5de le ??? @Komkol - Hierdie is nie n platberg bobbejaan nie, nog minder het hy n smoel en om my met n mak lammetjie te vergelyk is n bietjie far fetched. Jy moet eerder tyd spandeer op ander dinge as sport want ek het meeste van jou ander comments ook gelees en wel.......... jou gedagtes is maar redelik gebuig en my mening is jou varkies is nie almal in die hok nie - konsentreer op jou play station en los die debatte hier vir die grootmense asb !! Algemeen; As julle Bulls supporters te donnerse dig is om n komplement te aanvaar van waar dit afkom sonder om snedig en beledig te wees , wel dan kan ek nie anders as om julle aan te sien as n klomp swape nie. Geniet die 4de plek en probeer daar bly !!!

      BulvanBulle - 2011-10-01 11:55

      @Northern Stormer Rol ek weer by die trappe van my 4 verdieping huis af soos ek vir jou lag! Jy behoort bitter versigtig te wees om iemand anders 'n "swaap" te noem. Soos ons nou al bepaal het is Fisika, Statistiek, spankeuses, kommunikasie, ens nou glad nie juis een van jou sterkpunte nie. Soos 'n paar ander goedjies ook. Anyway, moenie stop nie, jy verskaf my groot vermaak. En copy en paste maar die volgende: WP WEEREENS onsuksesvol in 2011 om enige trofee by hul jammerlike kassie te voeg

  • Carl Muller - 2011-09-30 21:32

    WP, hie kom die Bulle....

      BulvanBulle - 2011-09-30 21:42

      @Carl WP al klaar na 5e plek toe geval, hulle is nie meer kompetisie nie.

      Carl Muller - 2011-10-01 09:30

      Curriebeker word eers oor 'n paar weke gewen.... nou word die bulle van die manne geskei..... Bulls forever....

  • BardofAvon - 2011-09-30 21:45

    Al wat jy sien is die Blou Masjien. I wonder who we'll be playing in the semi-final and final?

      BulvanBulle - 2011-09-30 21:51

      @BardofAvon Probably Lions semi and then Cheetahs final resulting in a millionth cup to the Bulls

  • BulvanBulle - 2011-09-30 21:55

    Nou vir die Sharkies!! Go boytjies go, ek sidder om te dink hoe snaaks dit gaan wees as WP vir 11 jaar niks gewen het. Nie min, of gering of 'n paar nie, ZERO. p Dis korrek, ZERO bekers in 11 jaar van Vodacom, Curriecup en Supercup. En al die WP manne vat vir ons hande en sing lekker saam: "Ons is dom maar ons werk hard, ( en herhaal) "Ons is dom maar ons werk hard" en nou uit volle bors boytjies kom Dom Duane nie lyf wegsteek nie: "ONS IS DOM EN BEKERLOOS!!!!

  • Riem - 2011-09-30 21:58

    Geluk my Boele, julle is nou amper op volstoom. Geluk ook aan die O/21 Bulletjies wat met 113-14 gewen het. Die toekoms begin weer mooi blou lyk.

  • jacques.nortier1 - 2011-09-30 22:14

    Who is the idiot who writes these pieces....heading does not make sense if Bulls score six tries in match

  • GraemeBB - 2011-09-30 23:19

    Well I could have sworn I "heard" the silence!! The Bulls are upsetting some people now. Here we go Bulle, here we go!

      AA - 2011-10-01 06:25

      Well done boet, yes you can never under estimate the Bulls.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-10-01 06:00

    Sport 24's poor Gary Boshoff wrote an article last week that stated as a fact that the Bulls would be playing the EP Kings in a relegation playoff. But spare a thought for the Circus Lions's Clown-in-Chief, John Mitchell, who, instead of potentially watching his charges putting the Bulls to the sword last Saturday, now faces the dreadful spectre of possibly playing us in a knockout. The absolute last team he would ever want to play in a knockout. Al wat hy sien is die Blou Masjien.

  • AA - 2011-10-01 06:23

    It looks like i am going to have eat humble pie when it comes to the Bulls recovery - well done Bulls. You can never under estimate the depth they have.

  • Zion - 2011-10-01 07:26

    Besides all the snotty comments from both sides the Bulls are returning to what they were. The Greatest. Today the Currie Cup series is as deurmekaar like kots in a tumble dryer. As per usual the best teams are playing against the worst and that does not mean much for the game. The Pumas belong in a lower division. Pumas and Namibia's Welwitchias are in the same league.

  • BTRX - 2011-10-01 07:38

    'n Goeie wen vir my span. Ek gee nie om as ons hierdie jaar nie die semis maak nie, ons moet darem seker ook bou aan 'n nuwe span. Moet egter sê dat met al daardie talent en ons ouens wat moet terugkom van die wereldbeker lyk dit asof bulls rugby vir die volgende super 15 reg gaan wees. Volgende jaar is ons weer volstoom aan die wen!!

  • Oukoos - 2011-10-01 08:03

    Drie woorde som die Bulle se vertoning op: Klinies, effektief, genadeloos. Well done! WP groete

      Carl Muller - 2011-10-01 09:33

      Nou hoop ek ons kyk na baie mooi ragby vandag... Sterkte met jou span, ek verkies eerder om teen julle as die Sharks of Leeus in die finaal te speel... NOORD TEEN SUID!!!!!

      BulvanBulle - 2011-10-01 11:58

      @oukoos Baie waar, vs WP = onbeholpe, totaal uit hul "league", grap van wereldrugby

  • BlueSilver - 2011-10-01 09:53

    Mooi gespeel Bulle!! Dit lyk sommer baie beter! My bloed is Blou!! @Northern Stormer, dankie vir jou gelukwense met die Bulle se wen, dit spreek van goeie sportman-gees!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-10-01 10:21

      @Blue Silver - Dankie my maat net n plesier - Ek glo gee krediet waar dit toekom - en julle verdien dit. Dit was n great performance deur die Bulls !!!

      BulvanBulle - 2011-10-01 12:00

      @Northern Stormer Ag foeitog, maak die klein wanaangepaste rietrot asof hy nou skielik krediet gee waar dit toekom. 2 weke terug is hy die mees sarkiestiese klein kolhaas op die blog, nou dat sy spannetjie ALWEER uit die kompetisie geboelie word dat dit eintlik embarrassing is nou skielik kom die gelukwensinge. Gaan speel bietjie hoor, die grootmense gesels diekant

      Northern Stormer - 2011-10-01 14:44

      @BulvanBulle - Geniet jouself my maat daar waar jy groot meneer agter jou PC sit en niemand kan sien jou voete raak nie eers grond nie. Julle is lief om beledigings, voorspellings ens te gooi en sodra jy eie medisyne kry dan kom jou werklike Oos Pawiljoen kleure uit. Jy is erger as malema man want jy lees net wat jy wil lees en gebruik net die inligting wat jou pas - gaan snuffel beitjie rond dan sal jy opmerk wat my comments was nog voor enige games die naweek gespeel is en dan vat jy jou opmerkings, druk dit in jou gat op - o sorry dis eindlik jou keel ook en dan spoeg jy jou verbal diarree iewers elders uit want ek het nie verder tyd om met jou BB beheptheid te mors nie. Gaan in vrede !!!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-10-01 20:34

      NO COMMENTS !!!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-10-02 15:25

    Ek wou nog die Blou Bulle geluk gewens het met die orwinning; maar nadat ek die reaksie gelees het op o.a. Nothern Stormer se gelukwensing het ek besluit ek doen dit nie. Jammer, Pumas, julle het hard probeer maar dit alleen is nie goed genoeg om sukses te behaal nie. Sterkte vir julle vir volgende jaar!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-10-02 23:07

      @Kleinboet - Thx as ek geweet het dit sou die reaksie gewees het sou ek nie my tyd gemors het nie. Daar is darem n paar Bulls manne wat op die WP berig gereageer het en geluk gese het (Blou/Damian) en vir hulle haal ek my hoed af - goeie sportmanne !!!

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