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Bulls break Cheetahs hearts

2012-03-03 18:47

Bloemfontein - A physical Bulls forward pack dominated from the start to lead their team to their second Super Rugby win as they thrashed the Cheetahs 51-19 at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.

The Cheetahs showed good intent from the first kick off and flyhalf Johan Goosen got his team off to a good start, slotting a penalty in the 2nd minute to give the home side the early lead. His Bulls counter part Morne Steyn levelled the scores soon afterwards.

But the Bulls used their heavyweights to get their backs on the front foot. Nippy Bulls winger Bjorn Basson almost got a early five pointer in the corner, but was denied by good cover defence from Cheetahs centre Robert Ebersohn.

From the resulting line out the Bulls won against the throw and immediately put the Cheetahs defence under pressure.

Bulls prop Dean Greyling got over the line in what the replay clearly showed was a double movement, but the try was awarded by referee Craig Joubert after consultation with television official Johan Meuwissen. Steyn converted and left the Cheetahs to regroup.

The home side attacked with renewed vigour, but silly penalties at the breakdown allowed the Bulls to shift the momentum and force the Cheetahs back in their own half.

Goosen got his side out of jail thanks to a scrum penalty and what followed was an array of handling errors and dodgy passes on both sides killing any good phases of attack.

The Bulls struggled in the scrums and Goosen got his side back in striking distance with a penalty in the 26th minute. But in the last couple of minutes before half time the Bulls enjoyed possession in abundance thanks to their aggressive forward play and prop Werner Kruger burst over with hooker Chiliboy Ralepele on his back for the visitors' second try. Goosen slotted another couple of penalties, but the Cheetahs were already on the back foot.

Basson and fullback Zane Kirchner both got over in the final minutes of the first half after the Cheetahs were overrun by the visitors' forwards at the breakdown. That secured the bonus point while Steyn converted to achieve his milestone - 1000 points in Super rugby.

Steyn settled things down with a couple of penalties and with 20 minutes left the Cheetahs already looked beaten.

Bulls scrumhalf Francois Hougaard was red carded in the 63rd minute after a dangerous tackle on centre Ebersohn, leaving the visitors with just 14 men.

Finally the Cheetahs got their first try when they capitalised on Hougaard's absence and hooker and captain Andriaan Strauss burst over. But a intercept try from JJ Engelbrecht soon after killed all hopes for the home side.

Kirchner rubbed salt in the Cheetahs' wounds with a brilliant try in the 72nd minute.

Points scorers:

Bulls Tries: Dean Greyling, Werner Kruger, Bjorn Basson, Zane Kirchner (2), JJ Engelbrecht Conversions: Morne Steyn (6).

Penalties: Morne Steyn (3).

Cheetahs Tries: Adriaan Strauss Conversions: Johan Goosen Penalties: Johan Goosen (4).

Teams:

Cheetahs:
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rocco Jansen, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Cameron Jacobs

Bulls:
15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. Wynand Olivier, 12. Francois Venter, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Pierre Spies (captain), 7. Jacques Potgieter, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Juandre Kruger, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16. Willie Wepener, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. CJ Stander, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Louis Fouche, 22. JJ Engelbrecht

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Comments
  • Bulldozer - 2012-03-03 18:51

    Victor who? Bakkies who? Danie who? Fourie who? Gurthro who?

      Rene - 2012-03-03 19:06

      @Dozey, I like the direction the Bulls are 'building! Wow!! Seriously disappointing in the Cheetahs, really thought they would be better than this! Red, Yellow, white or pink cards, you cannot keep a brilliant team down, sorry for you Craig Joubert, but you and your comrades tried. The Cheetahs are the vuilgatte and nothing!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 19:06

      @Bull En om te dink dis die Cheetahs wat die Stormers so verneder het 3 weke terug. M.a.w ons is so 60 punte beter as die Stormers op die stadium. En 3 bekers beter

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-03 19:17

      Dankie Lion, jammer oor jou span gisteraand. Dit was hartverskeurend.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-03 19:18

      Rene, daar is pokkol bouwerk nodig nie. Daai skyscraper staan stewig.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-03 18:51

    Wel, soos voorspel 'n absolute slagting vir die Bulle. Hulle formidabele krag, vaart en ball skills gaan obviously hopeloos te veel wees vir enige ander spannetjie in die kompetisie. 4e koppie oppad! 4 meer as die baba Stormertjies. Ja dis korrek, die Stormers het nul, zero, zilts, bo...erol

      Lion - 2012-03-03 19:17

      Geluk aan jou ook Saffa Daar sal nou seker weer hierna na die trophy kas verwys word deur sekere papsak legendes... of... dalk sal hulle sommer stil wees

      Rene - 2012-03-03 19:24

      Ek verkies hierdie 'Saffa', nie die ander een wat die Stormers support nie en soos 'n skool juffrou altyd tekere gaan nie...

      Pierre - 2012-03-04 01:41

      Ja great game vir die Bulls. Ek het die Bulls 'n wen met 5 punte op die Superbru gegee, maar hulle het alle verwagting oortref. Baie goed. (Simpatie vir die Cheetahs, want hulle is 'n goeie span; moet net meer kompeterend word in Super Rugby.).

  • Claud - 2012-03-03 19:01

    Bulls looking Better, still early days but this young side is showing promise.

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 19:05

      Walk in the park for the Bulls

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-03 20:00

      Saffa, jy like mos nie vir Spies nie. Maar jy kan nou maar erken dat hy n legende is.

      Francois - 2012-03-03 21:40

      Dozer, ek dink Matfield en Bakkies en Rossouw en Du Preez en Habana ( al speel lg vir die WP nou) was Blou Bul en SA legendes. Hulle het 'n wereldbeker gewen en so paar ander bekers ook. Presies wat het Spies gedoen? Een S14 en 'n CB? Dit maak hom omtrent gelyk met mmm Chris Jack. Sien uit na die antwoord en om spiere te wys op Active Virgin se treadmill maak 'n man seker gelukkig, maar nie 'n legende nie?

      corrie.vandermerwe3 - 2012-03-03 21:52

      @ Francois. As jy se Spies is nie n legende nie met 2 trofees, dan is Scalk ook nie want as ek reg onthou het hy net 1

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 21:53

      @Corrie Schalk het GEEN!

      corrie.vandermerwe3 - 2012-03-03 22:11

      @ Saffa. Ek dink Scalk het 2 noudat ek weer daaraan dink. 1 WB en n conference cup.

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 22:19

      @corrie O, verwys jy na worldcup ook. Wel, dan kanselleer die aanslaan van hom wat ons die 2011 WC gekos het dit uit, dan het hy weer niks. Die Conference cup word toegeken, dis nie 'n beker wat jy in 'n finaal wen nie. So goed, baie mooi Schalk, jy het die Sport Pienaar beker

      Francois - 2012-03-03 22:30

      Corrie, ek dink daar is meer waarde in 'n RWC, of wat se^ jy. Dan weet ek nie hoe jy dit gemis het nie of dalk raakgesien het nie... Ek het verwys en ek haal aan "Blu Bul en SA " legendes. Het jy die feit gemis of wanneer het Schalk vir die BB gespeel. Dan spelers verloor nie RWC wennersmedaljes as hulle in 'n volgende toernooi 'n bal aanslaan nie, dan moes Danie Rossouw ook uitgeval het en Fourie du Preez ook vir daar klappie wat Cooper gegee het dat hy die bal aanslaan. Rossouw sal onthou word vir 'n skitterende laagvat wat 'n Engelse vleuel oor die kantlyn gestuur het en Du Preez vir 'n perfekte aangee na Habana in die openings game teen Engeland wat Habana laat druk het. Lees met jou oe" en verstand en kyk na jou meisie met jou hart, dit sal vir almal beter wees.

      corrie.vandermerwe3 - 2012-03-03 22:58

      @Francois. As mens dan n WB buite rekening kan laat, dan het hulle moeilikheid in die Kaap as trofees legendes maak. Ongelukkig het die WP dan geen legendes ontwikkel in die laaste 12 jaar nie. Laat mens dink, ne?

      Francois - 2012-03-03 23:01

      Corrie vir seker, die gesprek het wel rondom Spies gegaan. Dalk is dit familie van Saffa, maar Bulldozer het dit begin om efektief te vra (op 'n oop forum) of Spies 'n legende is. Schalk sal 'n legende van WP rugby bly, plein net omdat hy die enigste WP speler behalwe vir Chester (dalk kan mens vir Percy ook inreken, maar hy het vir Natal toe gespeel) wat wel 'n RWC kon gewen het. As die CC vir Suid Afrikaners so belangrik is, hoekom stuur ons ons beste spelers RWC toe? As die 2011 span gewen het, was hulle legendes van die spel, irrelevant van hoe"rskool, provinsie, klub, superspan of selfs land. Ekself dink Jaque Fourie se een RWC medalje is meer werd as Stefan Terreblanche se een dalk twee CC oorwinnings.

      Francois - 2012-03-04 07:01

      Corrie, vir seker. Mens hoef nie eers te dink nie. Die WP het 'n probleem en dit begin daar by Coetzee. As 'n afrigter 'n span afrig en altyd verskoning gereed het en nooit die sweep klap nie, dan gaan die span ook die heel tyd verskoning he. Daai bonuspunt wat die WP/ Stormers laas week teen die Hurricanes moes gekry het, tel alreeds teen hulle. Allister se verskoning was 'n gebrek aan konsentrasie. Wie moet die spelers leer om te konsentreer? As hy nie het nie, help dit nie om die spelers te blameer nie. As hy het, moet hy die wat nie gekonsentreet het nie, voor stok kry, maar dan kies hy dieselfde span. Dit laat mens nie eers dink nie - selfs Malema weet dit is 'n probleem.

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-03-03 19:05

    Can I change my name to Jimmy Blue Bulls... !!! lol. Well done Bulls, holy crap, at the moment I can't see any team touching you lads. Still early but an awesome display of footy, and well done Morne' !!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 19:07

      @JimmyNZ You can, Bulls are world leaders

      Morne - 2012-03-03 19:18

      Saffa - You do know that you are the reason most of the world think Bulls supporters are the most common, uneducated, idiots that support any sport team in the world. The Bulls are a good team and better since the old guys departed, but your comments about the Stormers in a Bulls/Cheetahs game just proves this. Don't know if you watched the Stormers / Cheetahs warm up game? Did that seem like the current selection.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-03-03 19:27

      hehehe, never disputed it !!!

      Rene - 2012-03-03 19:31

      @Morne, relax we are just having fun! We are really nice, good, fun and VERY educated people! (Most of us anyway). Sorry if you are offended!

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 19:32

      @Morne Ruik ek nou suurdruiwe? Go SHarks

      Rene - 2012-03-03 19:39

      @Jimmy, I think the saying goes: Success breeds contempt, and then jealousy is a nasty green old snake. We have plenty of those around against the Bulls.

      Morne - 2012-03-03 19:47

      2 games in die seisoen en julle wen alreeds die beker? Julle het n goeie span maar weereens praat ek nie oor die span nie .........

      Rene - 2012-03-03 19:53

      @Morne, you are dead right, a bad habit we got from the Stormer supporters.

      henco.swart - 2012-03-04 00:49

      @ Morne: 'Jealousy digs the mud that envy throws at success'... and then, 'he who throws mud, loses ground'.

  • isak.dippenaar - 2012-03-03 19:13

    Kry die indruk dat Cheetahs net n afrigter kort. Naka se afrigting nou die groot probleem. Waar is Ollie le Roux om te kom praat.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-03 19:20

      Ollie is by die Spur.

      Francois - 2012-03-03 22:48

      Bulldozer, ook nie net Maandae aande nie. Dalk het something fishy 'n afslag ete op ander dae.

  • RetiefC - 2012-03-03 19:45

    Al wat ek sien is die BLOU MASJIEN!

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-03 19:52

    Craig Joubert sent off 2 Bulls players ...note the silence from all the mouths that like say Joubert gets paid when the Bulls win while he is ref. They still managed to trash the Cheetahs.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-03 20:01

      I agree, you is talking the troof.

      Nicholas - 2012-03-03 21:54

      fanks ..

      Francois - 2012-03-03 23:05

      You will not notice the irony? Joubert was the ref and the Blue Bulls won? Thus you made the noise and you stated, albeit in quasi question that Joubert gets paid when the Bulls win. Not that it matters, but the players could have been sent off at half time, by then the Bulls had won the game already.

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-03-03 20:56

    Dankie my Bulletjies. Trots op julle....!!!! Jis dis lekker om n Bulls ondersteuner te wees :-)

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-03 21:04

      Heerlik verby.

      Boer - 2012-03-04 09:28

      Te lekker.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-03 21:25

    Hi Almal, Ek wil bietjie soos 'n Stormertjie klink: Kyk wie's top of the log!!!!! Is ons nou die beste, ek meen ons loop dan voor in Maart?

      Francois - 2012-03-04 06:24

      Dit sal ironies wees as jy aan die einde van die seisoen ook soos 'n Stormertjie klink.

  • Derrick - 2012-03-03 22:03

    As a neutral observer I would just like know where are all those Stormers fans who have been carrying on all week about the boring Rugby the Bulls play- Fact today Bulls away 6 tries, Stormers today home 5 penalties- say no more

      Ruan van Niekerk - 2012-03-03 23:07

      Ek is 'n stormer en se dat die bulletjies het vir 'n slag goed gespeel. Mooi man. Tog bly julle pienk koeie en laat ek maar gou soos 'n bul klink. Die cup word nie in maart gewen nie. Jul diepte sal nog getoets word. Tot dan. Well done

      Bootman - 2012-03-03 23:16

      The Bulls were playing the School For the Blind and they only managed 6 tries. PATHETIC.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-03-03 23:55

      They scored two of those tries with 14 players on the field. Bootman, do you mean to say Bulls will surpass all records against stormers when they meet. What was that score 75 14/ 2007?

      Saffa - 2012-03-04 01:03

      @Bootman You right, the awesome Stormers 5 penalty kicks and no tries were way better

      Saffa - 2012-03-04 01:04

      Bootman, what did your team do against the blind 3 weeks ago again?

      Francois - 2012-03-04 06:25

      How many tries did the Bulls score at home against the Sharks last week? Please refresh our memories Derrick.

  • Ruan van Niekerk - 2012-03-03 23:13

    Welgedaan morne. Hoop jy kan die records saam met die bokke ook ophoop. Jy en hougard is in 'n klas van jul eie.

  • Zion - 2012-03-04 06:53

    So much words and so much hype during the week from friend Naka and others yet they arrive at a score line of 51 - 19. The perfect stage to launch the relegation of the Cheetahs and shunt the Kings into the vacancy.

      darkangelBDF - 2012-03-04 07:09

      Naka will blame the ref or someone. He always finds fault with someone or something else. There's the Cheetahs' weakness right there...

  • Ockie - 2012-03-04 07:42

    Well done Bulls. You played a very good game and score some great tries as well. Cheetahs what can I say ..... you guys were totally outplayed upfront. Back to the scoreboard.

  • Julian - 2012-03-04 08:39

    Round 5 we're gonna SMASH you High Veldt Planks...DIE ROI MASJIEN!!...

      Bruce - 2012-03-05 12:49

      In your dreams red poofter queen. You couldn't even win a well below average Hurricanes outfit. Shame you guys win the Currie cup in a World Cup year and now all of the sudden your the Next Reds team? Dit gaan nog n rukkie vat ou plank.

  • jwdupreez - 2012-03-04 08:50

    Mooi Bulle - wonder wanneer gaan Brussouw "weer" begin speel - dalk sal di die Cheeters weer op dreef bring?

  • dewaldroets - 2012-03-04 09:01

    Alan...you can say what you want.... one could tell from minute one that the Bulls were dominating on the field. They out played the Cheetahs left and right hence the score. There will ALWAYS be ppl like you trying to brake the Mighty Bulls down...but guess what....it has not worked in the past and will not work now. Pll hate the Bulls cause they are the best SA Super Team (track record to back me up on this one) So please...leave the silly comments regarding the ampire and the :"stupid Bulls" aside...grow 'n pair of balls and act like a grown man. Your comment regarding the above mentioned article sounds like a netball mom trying to justify what happened on Saturday to her book club members. NOTHING is worse than a bad loser. Nothing... Well done Bulls.... WELL DESERVED !. Keeping in mind..it was this Cheetah team that beat the Stormers on their home ground not too long ago.

      Ockie - 2012-03-04 13:08

      Dewald I am not a Stormers supporter, but the facts are that the Cheetahs beat the B-side of the Stormers.

  • Andre - 2012-03-04 11:02

    The TV ref denied Bjorn Basson's first try. However, the first awarded try, of Dean Greyling, was definitely suspect! The red card was totally unnecessary, a yellow would have been more fair. Well done Bulls!!!

  • Keith - 2012-03-04 18:18

    Bulle het kom rugby speel in die Blom. Is dit nie tyd vir Naka om te groet nie-met al sy talent perform hy maar swak in Super15.

  • vincent.vanzyl - 2012-03-05 06:50

    As a stormers supporter. I must say well done to the bulls. You guys played a brilliant game. Dominated every aspeck. Would be interesting to see how you guys play against a team that actually wants to play rugby. lol. But bulls definitely looking a lot better after losing all their old over-rated players that were holding them back. Again, well done. This bulls team is going to do well this season.

      vincent.vanzyl - 2012-03-05 09:02

      That may be. But those over-rated players were long past their peak and old. Thus their retirement, regardless of what they were in the past

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-03-05 07:55

    From a Stormer... that was an awesome game of rugby. Well done the bulls players!!

  • Jco - 2012-03-05 10:15

    Baie geluk aan die Bulle en die Stormers. Rugby is 'n lekker ding wanneer Noord en Suid op dreef is. Jul twee spanne gaan die seisoen lekker maak. Ek dink dit is nog vroeg om te praat, Sharks kan nog terug kom. Highlanders verras almal hier in NZ. Groete uit NZ.

  • Vincent - 2012-03-05 10:15

    Bulls made me a very proud supporter this weekend. I expected this so called "young team" to struggle against the Cheetahs, but they really outclassed the Cheetahs. If this young team perform like this so early in the season, I am confident that we will be bale to match whatever challenge comes our way, even without great players that left us or retired recently. That reflects the excellent succession plan the Bulls have in place. Can't wait for the Bulls vs Stormers clash the 31st of March 2012, I will surely be at Newlands to witness the slaughtering of the Stormers that day.

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