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Bulls hold on for win

2012-04-07 18:50

Pretoria - The Bulls had to stave off a massive assault from the Crusaders in the dying moments to secure a late 32-30 victory in their Super Rugby match here on Saturday.

The visitors dominated the opening minutes of the game as they tested the Bulls’ defence from the outset.

They were soon awarded for their positive play, with captain Kieran Read crossing the tryline after he received the ball at pace from Andy Ellis, with Dan Carter converting.

The home side's defence was at sixes and sevens as the Crusaders got over the gain line with ease.

Carter added another three points in the 12th minute to give them an early 10-0 advantage, and they enjoyed the majority of the possession and territory to put themselves in the driving seat.

The Bulls got onto the scoreboard for the first time in the 17th minute when flyhalf Morne Steyn succeeded with a penalty conversion.

The hosts once again relied heavily on their kick-and-chase game in the first half but it was used with little effect as the kicking from Steyn and Francois Hougaard was inaccurate.

While Hougaard’s tactical kicking did not quite hit the mark, he was in rampant form in other areas of play.

He got the Bulls out of a few sticky situations with great cross-cover defence, snatching rogue balls close to his line from in front of the charging Crusaders.

The visitors added three more points to their telly thanks to Carter, who succeeded with a drop goal 25 minutes into the match.

In the final play of the first half, Steyn converted his third penalty of the evening as the Crusaders took a 13-9 lead into the break.

The Bulls had not fired on all cylinders in the first period, but in the second, they shifted up a gear.

Steyn opened the second half with a penalty conversion, narrowing the gap to 13-12.

The Bulls finally took the lead for the first time in the match when prop Dean Greyling sold a dummy to Crusaders fullback Israel Dagg, then made a beeline to the tryline to score, with Steyn converting to give them a 19-13 advantage.

The Crusaders’ Tom Taylor then recovered three points with a penalty conversion in the 47th minute, but the Bulls struck back with two consecutive penalties from Steyn to extend their lead to nine points again with 20 minutes left in the match.

With little over 10 minutes remaining, the Bulls struck another blow with Wyand Olivier scoring a five-pointer, and Steyn converted to take them to an almost unassailable 32-16 lead.

The Crusaders, however, came back with two converted tries in the final moments of the match to bring them within two points of the Bulls .

They set the match up for a dramatic finish, with the visitors desperately attacking the gain line, but the Bulls held on to keep themselves among the leaders in the title race.

Scorers:

Bulls 32: Tries: Dean Greyling, Wynand Olivier. Conversions: Morne Steyn (2). Penalties: Steyn (6)

Crusaders 30: Tries: Kieran Read, Zac Guildford, Tom Marshall. Conversions: Dan Carter (3). Penalties: Carter, Tom Taylor. Drop goal: Carter


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Comments
  • RetiefC - 2012-04-07 18:52

    Mooi Bulle! Dit was naby maar die 'n wen!

  • Priester - 2012-04-07 18:54

    Ek gaan so lekker slaap vanaand! What a great game! Saders, especially 6, 7 and 8 proved to be masters at lying around in the rucks preventing quick balls or in some cases sealing the ball completely. Hougaard had a cracker! The bulls went to sleep and almost lost the game! We will take the points thank you! Blou Bul Groete!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-07 18:59

      Hello Priester, ek stem! Hougie is so entertaining en het sy hart uitgespeel. JimmyNZ, sorry my friend, always worthy opponents, it could have gone either way.

      Priester - 2012-04-07 19:12

      Howdy René I would've loved to see Hougie sealing it with a try. He is something special. Sadie does not contribute as much as I expected. JJ seems to be a good investment. Thanks Sakkie, and again congratulations with your team's win. They did us proud against the foreigners. "In Arabic we call the foreigners Khawaja's" Blou Bul Groete!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-07 19:21

      @Priester, ons ouens het swak begin, toe weer wakker geskrik en toe weer aan die slaap geraak. Ek het nie die 'stress' in my lewe nodig nie. Not a convincing win, but what the heck, I'll take it!! Gelukkig het DC 'n af aand gehad en MS sy skopskoene aan gehad. Ek verkies ook JJ bo Sadie, maar ek dink Sadie probeer te hard...Daar's te veel van 'n 'bohaai' gemaak oor hom! Dit sal regkom, ek glo so!

  • Danie - 2012-04-07 18:58

    Geluk aan die Bulle was 'n harde game gewees.

      Isak - 2012-04-07 20:39

      Geluk bulls.x n lion fan hier vn Riviersonderend ini wes kaap ma os is los hande die onbevoegste span sies lions jlle bly elke jaar d swakste nee o jinne

  • Mark - 2012-04-07 18:58

    Can't wait to see Kieran Reid suspended - that eye gouge was nasty! Chilliboy isn't the type to make it up. Foul - only to be expected of a Kiwi!

      Koos - 2012-04-07 19:02

      Wag vir dit. Nie genoegsame bewyse nie.

      Ricci - 2012-04-08 00:44

      Type of comment I expect from a SA supporter with inferiority issues. Stop bringing shame to your people and shut your trap dickhead

  • Colin - 2012-04-07 19:01

    Geluk Bulle. En vragie aan Pretoria. Is daai galmende "baby tjoklits" nou regtig nodig ?

  • Simon - 2012-04-07 19:02

    Geluk aan die Bulle. Beslis die beter span op die aand. Kaapse groete

  • WernerZA - 2012-04-07 19:06

    Coming back from 13 -0 down and beating the 7 time champs was not a bad effort. Defense slacked a bit at the end, but the boys did enough! Now here kitty kitty, where are the Lions?

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-07 19:10

    Must say Sadie looked out of sorts and doesnt appear to settling in

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-07 19:14

      @Storm, fully agree with you! JJ on the other hand, makes a huge difference when he comes on! But I'm sure he'll come right.

      Priester - 2012-04-07 19:19

      Agree with you Stormkaap, at this stage he is not worth the investment.

  • Saffa - 2012-04-07 19:12

    As expected and predicted another walk in the park for SA's flagship team the mighty Bulls. Well on their way to their 4th title

      Saffies - 2012-04-07 19:17

      Saffa - great om jou weer te sien my boet. Kom terug, die ander bulle is hopeloos met hulle kommentaar hier.

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-04-07 19:13

    Die Bulle het die wen verdien. Hulle moes werk vir elke punt. Dankie Bulle, nou gaan my nagskof sommer maklikker wees. Sien uit na die Bulle-Lions game volgende week.

      Riaan - 2012-04-08 05:55

      Geluk met jou span BlouDaan.

  • Paul - 2012-04-07 19:21

    Briljant bulle goeie fight back , bietjie gan le in die laaste 10 min nevertheless n wen mooi so manne! Hands up to the saders never give up attitude !! Die blou masjien rol aan!!

  • zmiggels - 2012-04-07 19:26

    Yoh..yoh..yoh another superperformance by the Superbulls.loftus the place to be.

  • mario.borchards - 2012-04-07 19:32

    If Carter kicked better the Bulls would have been in big trouble. It was strange to see him miss so many penalties. Keep missing Carter, Stormers are waiting for you at your new stadium. Cant believe Pyper is one of the elite referees not a good ref in my book.

      WernerZA - 2012-04-07 20:01

      If Morne kicked better a week ago, the stormers would have lost... See, I know we can agree on some things.

  • jaco.hoon - 2012-04-07 19:33

    Great bulle! n wen is n wen! en almal hou op kla oor die ref! dit is elke naweek se storie! n ref is deel van die game! lekke naweek vir sa spanne! well done cheetahs en STORMERS...

  • Leon - 2012-04-07 20:42

    I am no bulls fan,but they play with pride,selrespect and guts,something my sharks don't have.

  • Jan - 2012-04-07 20:46

    Pyper en die lyn regters moet weer n slag hulle reel boeke gaaan bestudeer het alles in hul vermoe gedoen om in Paddy se goeie boekkies te kom van wanneer af kan jy aan die verkeerde kant le nadat jy n speller getekkel en dan die bal in die lug hou en dan sommer die skrum wen of in twee gevalle terwyl die Bulls gaan druk het was daar insedente waar die crusaders die bull spelers gespeel en hulle was nie eers naby die bal nie gaan kyk en sien wat die reels se volleedige rees op rugby 365.com

  • Margo - 2012-04-07 20:55

    Great fightback Saders to get a point after Pyper blow you out of the game.Well done!

      William - 2012-04-07 23:40

      Margo I am sure Bulls supporters feel the same about Peyper.it was an inept performance.congratulations is in order.in any event the Crusaders were overhauled by the Bulls!

  • LouisJohannesMyburgh - 2012-04-08 00:30

    Well done Bulls. Tight in the end. I am just happy that The Stormers and the Bulls took there games this week end. We should support our teams when they play against the Aussie and New Zealand teams regardless who we support. Bulls supporter.

  • Riaan - 2012-04-08 05:58

    To the Bulls supporters congratulations on the win. On a sour note that Tokolos moron has the brain capacity of a potato. I hope the Bulls took note of the comments he made after the Stormers won. You have a idiot in your midst.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-08 07:24

      Crappie Tokolos like potato very much thank you. It stimulates his brain. When Tokolos say anything on these blogs it reflects his point of view. Take note, HIS point of view. Why are you Stormers people always generalizing. The poor innocent Bulls supporters always get spat on by you people and Tokolos have decided that enough is enough. Tokolos might be an idiot in your view but let me tell you, you will look like an idiot when you are cupless AGAIN this year. You will eat your words. Then you will apologize to Tokolos. Over and out. Yours truly, TOKOLOS

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-08 07:31

      Morning Crappy - thanks, well done with your team - 6/6 Wel gedaan! The Stormers is doing great thus far! Hello Tokolos, julle moet nou mooi "speel" vandag! Ekke gaan gou bietjie golf speel.

      Priester - 2012-04-08 07:59

      Morning Crappie, your team was not too shabby either congratulations. Tokolos welcome back and morning to you my kroon! Enjoy the golf ma'am!

      Riaan - 2012-04-08 08:01

      @ Tokolos. How did I generalize when I made a point to mention YOUR idiot name? You are really not very bright. The only thing your posts are doing is creating a very strong perception that you are an uneducated fool with the wit of a child. Furthermore the replies you make to the comments are a embarrassment and I cringe every time I see it as I cant believe somebody actually made the comments that you make. I am convinced the people that you mention ( Rene, Blou Daan and the rest that actually have something constructive to say ) also think your comments are childish and stupid. What went wrong in your life?

  • Ockie - 2012-04-08 07:36

    Well done Bulls. Crusaders played well, but you made it. The Bulls did not have the same intensity for the full 80 minutes and in the last 6 minutes the Crusaders almost scored at will.

  • Robsschele - 2012-04-08 07:36

    Name calling, insults and foul language.

  • Leon - 2012-04-08 08:01

    The inconsistency in applying the rules around dangerous tackling is mind-boggling!

  • Willem - 2012-04-08 10:36

    Hemel Bulle! was amper, een troos hul speel soos hulle allies en wen tog teen die 7 times champs. Het gevoel Pyper probeer sy beste vir die crusaders, tip tackles en bal stadig maak, niks strafskoppe nie??? Goeie karakter Bulle.

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