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Ludeke: Bulls tour a success

2010-04-19 13:21

Brenden Nel

Pretoria - The Vodacom Bulls returned home to their Loftus Versfeld fortress on Monday with head coach Frans Ludeke terming their overseas tour a “success” even though they lost their outright lead at the top of the Super 14 log.

The loss to the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday continued a trend where the Bulls have never won the final match of a tour and also saw them slip behind the Crusaders on points difference into second place.

But back in their home at Loftus the Bulls will be a much more formidable prospect for any team arriving here – starting with the Lions on Saturday.

Thereafter the season has a tough run into the playoff rounds with matches against the Sharks, Crusaders and a mouth-watering trip to Cape Town to face the Stormers in the final round of the competition.

Ludeke, while being disappointed with the way the Bulls lost in Brisbane, said the team had put the game behind them and were looking ahead to the Lions clash, which now is significantly more important for them.

“We went flat out and it was a very tough contest. The Reds kept the ball well, forced turnovers but we put in a huge defensive effort and we were still in it in the last 10 minutes,” Ludeke said.

“We had an opportunity to finish off the game but we failed and the Reds were just better than us. The bonus point was great for us and as far as I’m concerned the tour was successful. The next game is the most important one for us and we have put Saturday behind us.”

Ludeke admitted though that his team needs to be smarter in certain situations and while they did lose their second game, they are still very much in contention for a home semifinal.

“We need to be smarter. We know the situation that we are in and it is up to everyone to work hard and get better,” Ludeke added. “We still back our systems and we are very much still in the race. We are well positioned and still very positive.”

“We had a good week ahead of the Reds game and made the necessary tactical shifts. We just needed to do things on the field and life was made difficult for us by the opposition and we could not implement what we wanted to.”

The team will have a light run this afternoon at Loftus, before getting down to the hard work on Tuesday.

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Comments
  • StuartW - 2010-04-19 13:29

    Om 50% van jou wedstryde in Australasie te wen is uitstekend...ek stem saam, dit was 'n suksesvolle toer gewees vir die Bulls...nou le die harde pad voor om al hulle tuiswedstryde te wen...hulle moet net 15 Mei verloor....dan is als reg

  • fuzzy - 2010-04-19 13:29

    Yeah yeah Ludicrous, losing two games on tour can never be considered a success.

  • Soweto - 2010-04-19 13:42

    Maybe the bulls will now understand that you need brawn AND brains to do well at rugby.

  • Gerrit - 2010-04-19 13:46

    Ja wat, selfs al het die Bulls nou al twee games verloor is dit nie die einde van die wereld nie. Op die oomblik is die Crusaders bo aan die log met 'n PD die enigste verskil tussen hulle en die Bulle. Crusaders moet nog kom toer en teen beide die Bulls en Stormers speel. Hulle sal waarskynlik een of beide wedstryde verloor wat die Bulls en Stormers kans sal gee om nommer 1 en 2 te eindig.Hopelik loop dit uit op 'n Noord/Suid eindstryd. Nou die Blou en sterkte vir die Stormers se oorblywende games. Gee vir SA 'n droom final, boys!

  • valentino - 2010-04-19 13:55

    K@k man, the bulls played right into the red's hands by kicking all their possesion stright into the red players' hands, who just ran them into the ground time and again. I think old Fourie must come down to earth and accept he must get a new game plan because his is not working. By the way, stormers must thank the bulls because they play the reds following week, as the case of the blues the reds will be pap after such a huge effort

  • Nou Die Blou! - 2010-04-19 13:55

    Welcome back my boys! Here's to a awesome couple of excellent games ahead. We with you guys all the way!

  • valentino - 2010-04-19 13:56

    K@k man, the bulls played right into the red's hands by kicking all their possesion stright into the red players' hands, who just ran them into the ground time and again. I think old Fourie must come down to earth and accept he must get a new game plan because his is not working. By the way, stormers must thank the bulls because they play the reds following week, as the case of the blues the reds will be pap after such a huge effort

  • Sarren - 2010-04-19 14:08

    N Blou Bul eet nie van die vloer af nie....die Stormers sit en wag ou maat, no excuses then ne!

  • Deon L - 2010-04-19 14:17

    To win 50% games is a success, remember in years gone by it was difficult to even 1 win game, they also got a bonus point in the last 1. Go Bulls

  • Leon - 2010-04-19 15:04

    Hiers hoe dit gaan werk. Bulle eindig bo, Stormers tweede en Crusaders 3de. Dit beteken die arme Crusaders moet na hulle die Bulls gespeel het al die pad terugvlieg om hul laaste game te gaan speel en dan weer al die pad terugvlieg om die Stormers in die Kaap te kom speel. Maar shame dit sal die einde van die paadjie vir die Stormers wees. Bulls Cusaders einstryd in Soweto !!!

  • Kolkas - 2010-04-19 16:25

    The Bulls are done for the Season. All they have left is one last Hurrah. They will beat the Lions by at least 15, and that will be their last win for the year. I predict that their one dimensional and unintelligent play will see them go down (lose) to both the Sharks and the Stormers. Good luck anyway.

  • Dene - 2010-04-19 17:25

    Bulls fans need to wake up. That was a uiters kak performance against the Reds and they need to seriously improve. Danie for one must learn to pass the ball and stop being so predictable. Fourie must stop kicking away so much possesion. Stegman must stop giving away so many penalties and the cente combination needs improving. I want the Bulls to win but playing like a bunch of ar*&%holes is not going to win finals. Neither is sticking your heads in the sand. Generally an all round unsatisfactory performance against a side that they should have beaten and totally underestimated.

  • Carl Muller - 2010-04-19 17:34

    Bulls to the end.

  • ANDRO - 2010-04-19 17:35

    As die Bulls se laaste 3 of 4 wedstryde NIE op Loftus gespeel gaan word nie dan is ek jammer maar dan gaan hulle twee verloor. Die een teen die Crusaders en die game teen die Sharks , dan moet die arme Kalfies nog NUWELAND toe kom en teen die beste defensive span speel die Stomers. Vir die stadige Bulls ondersteuners wat nie verstaan nie kyk na die punte verskil. Die NZ pers en rugby kenners rate die Stomers as die mees complete span in die Super 14,dit is uit al 14spanne. So bring maar vir Bakkies,Pierre,Wynand(Goldy Locks),Fourie en Prinses Matfield. Ons het 'n paar ysters wat hulle sal laat bloei. GO STORMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @Leon (WP man) - 2010-04-19 19:08

    Ou seun, die Bulle sal eers hul sokkies moet optrek en vasspyker om te verseker dat dit nie weer afsak nie.

  • Boerseun - 2010-04-20 10:42

    @Andro jou ysters is al lank al geroes...... Bakkies gaan bekkerkie breek....

  • rameon - 2010-04-20 14:55

    Bulls ek weet julle kan dit wee doen vir 'n derde keer you go boys!

  • Andro - 2010-04-21 07:42

    @Boerseun , bring maar vir Bakkies want met hom in julle span kry ons klaar 5penalties verniet. Gaan kyk die stats die Stormers het die minste geel kaarte,minste strafskoppe en natuurlik die beste van alles DIE MINSTE PUNTE AF GESTAAN. Bekker gaan prinses Matfield se naam gat in die lynstaan. Derick Khuun is 'n loose canon , Pedrie "druggie" Wannenburg is 'n has been. Ek gaan nie stry nie dit gaan 'n flippen harde en goeie game wees dalk nie die mooiste rugby nie maar hard. Soos dit veronderstel is om te wees deur die beste spanne in Suid-Afrika. Ek voorspel 'n Bulls en Stormers final op Nuweland.

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