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Bjorn: We prefer underdog tag

2012-07-19 07:48

Johannesburg - There may be those who feel the Bulls have a mountain to climb to win their Super Rugby qualifier in Christchurch this weekend, but winger Bjorn Basson isn’t one of them.

SuperSport.com reports that the Bok flyer arrived in the icy cold snow of the New Zealand South Island on Tuesday with his team-mates to take on what many across the Southern Hemisphere see as “mission impossible”.

It’s difficult to find anyone who thinks the Bulls will cause one of the upsets of the season - given the long journey, conditions and jetlag to travel halfway across the world and win in a city that no South African team has won in for more than a decade.

But that’s not something that rattles the quiet-spoken Basson. After all, his try against the Lions was his 10th of the season, breaking the Bulls season record of Bryan Habana and allowing him to share top spot in the try-scoring stakes with the Hurricanes' Andre Taylor.

There is no doubt though that the Bulls enter this game as underdogs. They will be heavily against the odds in Christchurch and will have to produce a compelling performance to beat the home side.

But that, in itself, is a new feeling for the Bulls side. For years they were one of the dominant teams in the competition, and to once again be written off by all and sundry is a different, if somewhat refreshing experience for the men in blue.

Basson is one of the new breed of Bulls that hasn’t won a Super Rugby championship - he replaced Habana after the Bok try-scoring record holder moved to the Cape and was one of the stars in a mixed 2011 season.

“I think we definitely are the underdogs this week,” Basson said, “but that is the way we prefer it. It’s all about handling the pressure and we are a team that back ourselves and goes from strength to strength.

“It is a new feeling for us though, but then again, given all the guys who left us at the beginning of the season, there were a lot of people out there who didn’t give us a chance of making it this far. We’ve proved them wrong and we’d like to do it again.”

Basson gets a bit shy when you mention the record, although he is known as one of the best finishers in the game, but while he likes crossing the whitewash, the winger wants to lay his hands on that Super Rugby trophy.

“It is a goal of mine - it motivates me to do well and to play at my best. Maybe this could be our year after all, who knows? As for the records, it’s a great feeling to know you’ve beaten a record, that’s why you play. It’s my goal to break records and if I can break a few more, I’m happy to do that this year.”

Rated as one of the best chasers of the high ball, the winger is set to get a lot of work this weekend in the cold air, but if his team-mates show as much belief as he does, the Bulls might just be in with a chance.

SuperSport

Comments
  • sbuda.mo.1 - 2012-07-19 08:06

    Well Bjorn, whether you prefer the underdog tag or not, the fact is playing the Crusaders in Christchurch there's only one tag you can have and it's called UNDERDOG!

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 08:21

      Sakkie i can definitely live without a year of Stormer rugby,o sorry i have been doing it already for 12 years, No cups! THEY SUCK big time,Choke evrytime they could have won,no difference this year they will watch the final onTV Like the last 12years,

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-19 08:28

      @sak- wat bedoel jy nou juis met... "But EISH a weekend without watching STORMERS rugby on TV SUCKS BIG TIME"?? Hou jy van laat slaap, of hou jy daarvan om op di bank aan di slaap te raak?? want weepee rugby zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz oops sorry daar gebeur dit nou met my.... nag ou weepee vrind leke dux zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 08:47

      Sakkie,ek neem aan jy probeer vra" What are you saying" want wat jy se maak ook glad nie sin nie

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-19 08:48

      well according to the Bulls supporters there team will never ever be the under dogs but yet they still get on there glory! It is tough to watch zzzzz rugby but yet..... i cant get tired watching my team winning so much! But its really nice to know you bulls watch our games! SFL

      joachim.papenfuss.5 - 2012-07-19 08:50

      Wat is n onderhond?

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-07-19 09:22

      Net soos elke jaar gaan ou Sakkie hom versuip aan die Tassies na die 28ste. Shame... die tyd vir choke en hartseer en trane kom alweer nader. Dit sal darem lekker hartseer wees as die Bulle julle kom trap in die skadu van Tafelberg ou Sakkie. GO BULLE!!!

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-19 14:07

      Manne wees maar geduldig met ou Isak Visser, daai man se koppie is flenters gesuip. Hy weet driekwart van die tyd nie eers wat hy hier uitblaker nie. Volslae alkoholis

  • sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 08:07

    The undertag was also mentioned in 2007 at Kingspark and we all know how that ended! Go Bulls!!!!!!!!!!

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 08:45

      Ja knatervan in die goeie ou dae toe Habana nog groot rugby gespeel het voordat hy gaan retire het in die Kaap

  • sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 08:10

    Sbuda that what you called your mom while you were lying on top of her

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-19 14:08

      @dronk Isak Wha ha ha ha ha, se jy nadat jy in jou eie pis wakker geword het. Ou dronk tor

  • Timothy - 2012-07-19 08:16

    I really do hope the bulls and sharks can push threw this weekendt. How great will it be for SA rugby if we can have an all South African final again. Although I really hope the Stormers win it I dont really care aslong as one of our franchises take it I am happy. Go Bulls, Go Sharks, Go Stormers

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-19 08:22

    I am hoping the Bulls win... but I would not bet my house...

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 08:40

      Ek weet die kans is baie skraal maar so kan ons die selfde se van 2007, Ek glo dat als afhang van hoe die Bulle se gesindheid is en of hulle die BMT kan wys wat al die ander SA Spanne ontbreek, Die kick and hope for the best taktiek gaan nie Saterdag werk nie,Saders is te goed met teen aanvalle, Bal versprei totby vleuels kan n beter opsie wees, In your face tipe spel werk teen die Saders,dit is al n paar keer die jaar bewys,neutraliseer Carter met pressure en skop McCheat se gat by die brekpunt dan is die game 50% gewen,,,,,,,,,Ps Isak so lyk n rugby comment

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 08:52

      Sakkie,hoe lank droom jy en jou trawante nou al dat die stof in die trofeekas op Nuweland met trofees vervang word en elke jaar word dit n nagmerrie

      Ettiene - 2012-07-19 08:52

      balsak jy argue soos n graad 1 seuntjie.

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-07-19 09:23

      Jy bedoel seker Stormers24 Sakkie. Is jy alweer gesuip?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 09:35

      no one would honestly bet their house. its quite frankly impossible to log onto WSB or betx or volt and in the amount column type MY HOUSE. it wont go through

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-19 11:20

      @vis- ek weet ni of daai dobbel smouse, shacks aanvaar ni, maar ek dink djo vrou gaan di krullers een vir een, onder haar kopdoek uitruk en aapstype kry, wanneer sy by di plakkers kamp kom en geen shack sien, om vuur in te maak ni??

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-19 14:12

      @dronk Isak Bwa ha ha ha, is jy ooit nugter ou CEO? BWA HA HA wat 'n grap

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-19 14:25

      En die ou Frans Visser babbel alweer sy gebruiklike eentonige gemors hier uit. Asof die idioot as ooit wou gehad het die Bulls moet wen. Kannie wag om te sien hoe 'n span weer die lewe uit die armsalige Stormers in 'n semi of finaal wurg nie. Fransie, onthou jy die 2010 finaal? Foeitog oubaas se honne

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-20 13:39

      Johan, het jy al actually n rugby comment gelewer op die forum? Alles wat jy se is om ander mense of hulle span sleg te se, en om jou eie beuel te blaas oor jou biljoene... Ek het actually gese ek hoop jou span wen - en ek hoop regtig so - want hulle is n SA span, en ek het baie pelle wat hulle ondersteun. Maar jy kan net afkraak... Save your breath - you're gonna need it to blow up your girlfriend later...

  • sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 09:01

    @Joachim, dit is n papsaksuiger se ma onder n voortandlose papsaksuiger na die Stormers verloor het

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 09:19

      Walk in the park boet walk in the park

  • mark.polley.336 - 2012-07-19 09:02

    Good luck Stormers, Bulls & Sharks GO GO GO

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 11:03

      nick mallet studio oracle kfc mouth

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 11:03

      thats mind mapping btw

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-19 11:23

      @graem- ...they never play?? the learnt there rugby from the 'duiksakke' but lose every time against them??

      mark.polley.336 - 2012-07-19 13:35

      @graemeltd...so you saying they out of the competition, i meant for next week or the week after, or until the semi`s or the finals, wich ever SA team gets there, if you did not know i meant that then you need help...........TOOL

  • steveroodt - 2012-07-19 09:19

    Best of luck to all the guys who have traveled. Just do your best that is all that is required of you. Damn not........ Saturday yet. Sharks forever.

  • allblacksfanatic - 2012-07-19 11:20

    Crusaders = 7 Titles\r\nBulls = 3 Titles\r\nCan you figure out who the underdogs are??? #RocketScience

      Ashley - 2012-07-19 12:05

      They r the best super rygby team if you look at the stats, but simce 2007 they only won once (2009). So history does not count for much. the team that performs better on that day....

      bulla.loftus - 2012-07-19 14:14

      Can you figure out what i'm showing you? It is the finger right next to index one... And it's not the thumb!

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-19 14:14

      Ashley wake up, the Bulls won it in 2009, as they did in 2007 and repeated it in 2010 when they killed the arrogant Cape Town rubbish in the final, keeping them cupless where they belong

  • bulla.loftus - 2012-07-19 14:11

    Julle praat weer baie in die media. Sodra hulle dit doen, dan verloor hulle gewoonlik, maar nou ja! Ek sien n verloor die naweek ongelukkig, want die bulls speel met 13 ouens op die veld. Die ander twee gaan die naweek vir die Crusaders speel, want hul hardloop mos nie vorentoe nie... Yes you guessed it: Mrs. Spies and Mrs W. Kruger

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