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Bulls face final hurdle

2012-07-13 14:27

Johannesburg - The Bulls can ill afford to slip-up in their final match of the Super Rugby league stage against the Lions at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The three-time Super Rugby champions failed to defend their title last year when they suffered a defeat at the hands of the Sharks while fighting for a playoff berth at the same venue.

The home side will go into this crucial clash with one goal in mind - to come away with a bonus-point victory over the Lions.

The Lions' recent good form, however, could pose a serious threat to the Pretoria outfit's title aspirations.

Bulls skipper Pierre Spies said his side needed to be accurate this weekend if they harboured playoff ambitions.

"For some teams it will be the last game of the season and for others it's still a game to play for, to go further," Spies said.

"So there’s going to be a lot of pressure like that.

"For us as a group we are really focussing on what we want to achieve and know that the Lions will be well prepared and will pitch on the day."

The Lions proved to be a stumbling block for the Sharks’ aspirations three weeks ago when they came away with a surprise 38-28 victory at Ellis Park.

While the visitors have little to play for in terms of their log position, a victory over their northern neighbours will give them confidence heading to the domestic Currie Cup season.

Lions captain Joshua Strauss said his side were prepared for a bruising battle against a Bulls outfit desperate to secure a playoff spot.

"It is always a tough game. It is a derby game and it's probably the biggest one in the country," Strauss said.

"We don’t have much to lose and are playing for each other, and for pride.

"We want to end the season off well and build momentum going into the Currie Cup."

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke felt the Lions had played with greater commitment since their coach, John Mitchell, was suspended pending an investigation into his conduct towards players.

"They play with more heart, so you can see there is unity now and you can see it in the way they defend and attack," Ludeke said.

"They always like to get the ball in space. There’s not a lot of structure change."

Lions interim coach Johan Ackermann believed it was crucial for his side to lay a solid foundation in the first half if they wanted to have a say in the match.

"They always start well at Loftus and you have to match that," Ackermann said.

"We have to produce the same start as we did against the Sharks and the Rebels.

"By half-time we still have to be in the game."

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Comments
  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-13 14:29

    Go Bulls, make us proud !

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-13 14:56

      Must be very proud of them.

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 15:15

      Geen span behoort trots te wees om die Leeus te wen nie.

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 15:25

      Okay, die ouens wat my duimpie afgee vir my vorige comment, wees man genoeg en se vir my hoekom? Die Leeus is k*k, feite. Dis hartseer, hulle was eens die trots van SA rugby, Transvaal het selfs die Super10 gewen. Maar hulle is nou k*k, en niemand kan trots voel om hulle te wen nie. Jy moet wel baie skaam voel as jy teen hulle verloor.

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 15:27

      Isak, jy werk seker vir die munisipaliteit of die regering. En hier betaal ek jou salaris vir jou om heeldag hier kommentaar te lewer. Jys mos van die Noord Kaap, ek gaan jou rapporteer jou luigat.

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 15:36

      Okay, almal wat saam met my vorige posts stem, gee my 'n afduimpie

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 15:41

      Ooooh, Isak, het ek bietjie 'n teerpuntjie aangeraak? As die skoen jou pas, trek hom aan.

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 15:52

      Isak, ek lees graag die sport artikels, en jy lewer kommentaar basies op elke liewe ene. Deur die dag, soggens tot saans. Wil jy nou vir my se dit maak jou nie 'n luigat nie? Hoe kan jy hard werk as jy heeltyd hier kommentaar lewer. Ek sal voor jou kom staan en dit vir jou se ook. Ek is weer Desember in die Noord Kaap met vakansie, se my waar jy werk dan kom ek soontoe en se vir jou jys 'n luigat.

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 16:02

      Ek is seker jy sal my gat skop Isak, jys nie net 'n luigat nie, maar lyk my jys ook 'n baklei-gat.

      RetiefC - 2012-07-13 16:10

      @Koper Koos, Isak post op al die Bulls berigte want hy is hond bang dat die brommers weer hierdie seisoen teen die Bulls moet speel, want dan mag die briesies nie hulle geleende spelers gebruik nie en die Ref is dalk onpartydig. En ek sal trots wees as die Bulls more wen. (ek is altyd trots op die Bulle). Blou Bul groete uit die Kruger. Go BULLS!!!!

      cape.maori - 2012-07-13 16:16

      @Sakkie - vat hom ou Sakkie!

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 16:17

      Isak Isak Isak Isak Isak , ek soek defnitief nie vir jou nie, dalk net 'n refund op my belastinggeld wat so gemors word op jou salaris.

      cape.maori - 2012-07-13 16:18

      Vat hom vas, ou Sakkie!! My lewe, my alles, my ......

      bushpigeventsbar - 2012-07-13 16:23

      Hope you guys make it ( Sharks too) Three SA teams in Playoffs

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-13 17:04

      M03r hom met die Kop Vissie...

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-13 17:13

      ANY-ONE SEEN HAROLD AROUND??? a little worried haven't seen him in ages...

      melt.esterhuizen - 2012-07-13 17:31

      @Maakdie bulle. Ek glo dit behoort n maklike een vir die Bulle te wees. Die Lions sukkel nog met die reels by die afbreekpunte en speel nie met hul hart nie. Sodra hulle begin punte aanteken en voor loop is hulle stert in die lug, indien hulle egter begin verdedig val hulle uitmekaar so my raad aan die Bulle....hardloop hulle as julle wil wen. Booooo vir Steyn reeds vroeg in die wedstryd sodat hy ipv skop, die bal kan laat loop, so ook vir WO. Josh is nie n kaptein nie, kyk hoe los hy sy span 10 min voor die einde toe hulle begin agterloop??? As Stormer sal ek moremiddag graag lees dat die Stormers bo aan die Super 15 log is en dat daar nog twee spanne onder die beste 6 is. Sterkte aan al drie spanne.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-13 18:09

      Chap .. he left a comment earlier in the week that he's out for a bit he has some stuff going on

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-13 18:34

      Thanx Random...

      piet.pompies.9256 - 2012-07-14 11:05

      Is verslaggewers by Beeld/News 24 dalk alwetend? Kyk net wat staan onder die opskrif "Wat Sê Jy" vroeër vanoggend in die aanlyn weergawe van Beeld..... "Volgens my beskeie mening is daar drie dinge wat die Leeus laat wen het Saterdag" Kyk gerus op Piet Pompies FB blad vir foto wat ek dmv "Print Screen" en "paint" kon berg. Regs onder op foto wys dit duidelik vandag se datum en vanoggend se tyd. Vir die wat dink hierdie is gemanipuleer, kyk ook na die vlg foto!

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 14:38

    I would normally back the Lions in a game like this but we need 3 SA sides in the top 6 but good luck Lions in any case:):):) Good luck both teams.

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 14:42

      Good for you chap! I support the bulls, but Stormers look set for a first win is super rugby! Just hope one SA team takes it, doesnt matter who!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 14:49

      Dave,I also want a SA team to win but I think it will be difficult for the Sharks and Bulls to travel and pull off a win,hope Im wrong though.

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 15:29

      Nee, net good lucks vir die bulls. Die lions verdien dit nie.

      Frank - 2012-07-13 16:56

      Go Lions. Josh for Bok No8. Bulls supporters suck like toothless hillbillies(gomtorre) eg koper.doos.een

  • lean.sadie - 2012-07-13 14:43

    Same thing for 4-5 days in a row, something everyone already knew. News is getting pretty silly. Do we really need the same 2-3 articles just reworded a bit every day? Tomorrow we will see 3 more. Stormers want to win, Sharks must win, coach warns them, Bulls last chance, etc etc. Sigh.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-13 14:49

      LEANing tower of pisa.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-13 14:54

      and yet you read it again how puerile can one be.

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-13 15:03

      Didn't read it, saw the headline, was just reworded like all the rest. Not rocket science to know what it says. You guys just can't stop the name calling, and making puerile comments on people's names can you? I Guess that is all you got. PS, that's not even funny I heard all those jokes in Sub A, and even made them myself. There is tons more, but hey, If your brain was chocolate it wouldn't fill an M&M. Keep talking, someday you'll say something intelligent.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-13 15:21

      How miserable, must your life really be? Commenting on reports you didn't even bother to read

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-13 15:27

      How sad is your life that you feel the need to comment on every article, and make fun of people? I'd like to leave you with one thought...but I'm not sure you have anywhere to put it!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-13 15:45

      Cry Baby! You started it! Now that i whipped you l like a runaway slave,you are crying foul .

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 17:46

      Please guys this is childish. leaning tower of Pisa, hilarious. Jack sprat could eat no fat his wife could eat no Lean

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-13 22:04

      What would poor old tommy boy know about getting eaten by a wife? You need a woman first, and that blow up doll you got, don't count. And if you ever get a real women here is some advice. Learn from your parents' mistakes - use birth control!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 22:26

      bud, if i get tired of the punching bag in the gym, i'll get a wife. keep my pimp hand strong

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 14:45

    The best thing the bulls can do at this stage is to drop Spies and Play Stander at 8 and drop Steyn and play AB De Villiers, Jacque Kallis, Tendulkar, Oscar Pistorius, Brad Pitt or any1 who can actually play Rugby!!! Bulls Groete!!!!!!!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 14:48

      I will give you a thumbs up on the Spies part:):)

      henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-13 15:07

      what i dont understand is when everyone cried out to say since the selections that SPIES is overrated and by far should not be there,every bulls guy was ranting on how brilliant he is and was fighting all over this site for SPIES,now finally they start eating there words,the same went for,Olivier,Steyn,Hougaard,Kruger,Potgieter and ZANE.Are they good players....YES,are they the best in there positions....NO.I said it from the start and will say it again on this site.There will come a time that HM is gonna realise and be under pressure to choose between loyalty and his reputation and career.That time came quicker than he thought.The bulls biggest problem is Hougaard,put him under pressure and everything falls apart,he is not a scrummie,slow at distributing,cant tactical kicking.Put vermaak on an you will see a different game,its been proven.Hougaard is the worlds best impact player,thats how he made his name and thats how he should be used

      gerry.pelser - 2012-07-13 15:09

      so will I. I can play better rugby than Pierre, but I'm noty as tall and ridiculously good looking.

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 15:17

      @henry I have said a million times that Spies is a bad no 8 and even worse Captain. As for Steyn, his form is just very poor at the moment. Just by bad kicking at posts he cost the bulls at least 3 games. He cost the boks the last game against England and should at least be benched for a while or ... well dropped!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 15:21

      But Dave,who do you replace Steyn with,Fouche is nowhere near a Super 15 player?

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-13 15:49

      O henry , there are many bulls fans on this site . So if I for instance rate WO but some other uninformed bulls fan doesn't then just because the uninformed fan expressed his incorrect opinion on the site doesn't mean that I ,or the many informed fans, on the site also now share his/her opinion ? The bulls biggest problem is the SBs... imo . I agree with you that things flow better when Vermaak comes on for hougaard . However I'm not a professional rugby coach and I don't presume to know better than HM and Rassie .I'm sure there are factors that come into play we're not looking at.

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 15:53

      @lionell. True???

      Pietskiet - 2012-07-13 16:22

      @dave?short? How do you ike this suggestion Pierre be drop as captian and move him to wing? For Morne leave him there you don't shoot someone while he is done it doesn't matter for witch team he plays. There is at this stage at the Bulls no good replacement kicker. PS Lionel.kemm and Jason hope your team do good this year even if they play "booring" rugby sometimes. If they reach the finals I hope or tather say believe we all will stand behind them. Go Bulls!!! Go Bulls!!!!:-) Go Sharks!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:26

      i rate zane, purely because he dunk tackled someone off the ball ages ago and got a red card, since that day he has been my springbok no 15, but then i dont watch springbok rugby because the bulls are the only rugby team in the world. besides the other bulls teams at different age groups, that would make more teams. which i still support. cos they are bulls. the springboks will not get me as a viewer until they start wearing blue and there are not stormers, sharks, cheetahs, lions griquas whatever in the team, just bulls

  • gerry.pelser - 2012-07-13 15:07

    As much as I love my Lions, (and despise the Pink Poofters* from Pe-tooria) I do not see them coming within 3 tries of the Bulls. Bulls will take this easily. The Lions will have a good chance at defending the CC though. *nothing against homosexuals, I come from a gay household myself, I just love alliteration and pissing off petoorianers!

      jason.children - 2012-07-13 15:15

      Tom & Jerry!

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 15:19

      And you are not a real rugby supporter, ne. Just a puss with a gun in his hand.

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 15:22

      Wie ookal die ou was wat my comment report het, harden the f*^% up

      gerry.pelser - 2012-07-13 15:39

      uh, Dave, no. I do support Rugby - which is why I said for the last 3 years super rugby has become farcical and irreverent, erm, irrelevant. Super rugby is not a tenth of what it was a decade ago. I love rugby so much, that I prefer to watch the Vodacom cup above “super” rugby. Currie Cup gives a better quality, harder rugby than Super Rugby. This was not true 5 years ago, it is now. No one except the Bulls and Sharks take it seriously. Ironically, even the Stormers don’t take it seriously anymore, and they are having their best super-season ever! Ask any player in SA which trophy they would rather win, Super or Currie, and you won’t get too many that will say “Super”. No one likes Super Rugby, not the players, not the coaches, not the sponsors, the only people liking super rugby are die hard team-supporters (as opposed to RUGBY supporters) , and of course, those who sold the broadcasting rights for more than it was worth. But truth be told – I’m more of a cricket fan than a rugby fan. But that’s like saying I like chicken more than ice cream. I love both, just know which one I’d prefer to watch if I had a choice between the two. And erm, not sure what you mean with “puss with a gun in his hand”, but hey, whatever floats your boat.

      gerry.pelser - 2012-07-13 15:40

      Wat het jy gesê koos? Ek sal like om te weet! Was nie ek wat hom report het nie!

      gerry.pelser - 2012-07-13 16:03

      I'm wondering if its the Lions or the Pink Bulls supporters giving me thumbs down on my original post....

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 16:36

      @ Gerrie. Then Go and support some other sport like WWE or yea not many other sports for idiots. Why do you come on a form where people are talking about something you dont even like. Its like me going to an youth leage thing where Julias is talking. Doesnt make sence man.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 17:50

      I agree, we don't need no super 15. Currie cup fo sho. That's where the sweet meet is. But if the s15 stopped I'd have nowhere to troll

  • deanmpeters - 2012-07-13 15:09

    Lions play for Pride

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      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 15:23

      Jou buddy se step mom en jy gaan daardie geld nodig he om jou hospitaalkoste te dek as jy weer sulke k*k hier post

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-13 15:29

      lol

      henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-13 15:37

      hey dickhead,go find some other site to promote ur stupid moneymaking shemes So piss off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 16:04

      Get out of here dipsH@T

      gerry.pelser - 2012-07-13 16:06

      people replying to spam-bots are worse than people talking to the characters on TV.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 17:50

      Gerry where have u been all this time? Excellence!

  • henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-13 15:32

    Dave,your the only bull so far that can man up and admit if bulls players are playing bad or not good enough,every player gets a bad run in his career,it does'nt make him a bad player but when people are in denial of that,it gets ridiculous threw what type of rugby knowledge eyes they are looking

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 16:06

      Im a rugby fan, a SA Rugby fan, then a bulls fan. That is why.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 17:51

      Well Dave that makes u a second rate bulls fan, we don't ave space for u. It's bulls or nothing bud. Blue is all we know, green and gold? Give that to the aussies

  • gerry.pelser - 2012-07-13 15:56

    Koos - kom staan voor my en noem my 'n lui gat! Jy sal reg wees! Ek is 'n lui-gat - dis hoekom ek verkies om eerder salarisse te betaal as om een te verdien.

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 16:07

      Hahahahahaha

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 16:32

    @pietskiet Spies on Wing??? No Just stander @8

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 16:36

    @ Gerrie. Then Go and support some other sport like WWE or yea not many other sports for idiots. Why do you come on a form where people are talking about something you dont even like. Its like me going to an youth leage thing where Julias is talking. Doesnt make sence man.

  • John - 2012-07-13 16:48

    Lions and the Kings will merge together and become the LION Kings!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:02

      this joke is tired. zzzzzzzzzzzzz probably a stormers supporter

  • cf.coetzee.3 - 2012-07-14 03:02

    As stormer ondersteuner wens ek die bulle en sharks beste toe hoop albei spanne wen en dat ons drie spanne in die uitspeelrondtes het!go bulle go sharks!

  • gsaker1 - 2012-07-14 03:20

    Ummmm Super Rugby league.. WTF! Super Rugby Union last time I checked pal

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 13:06

      "league stage" - buck nuts

  • skipper.mariner - 2012-07-14 11:29

    Bulls sucks!!GO LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 13:05

      your mother sucks

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