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Bulls gore woeful Rebels

2011-05-14 18:47

Pretoria - Centre Wynand Olivier scored a hat-trick of tries for the Bulls who overwhelmed the Melbourne Rebels 47-10 in their Vodacom Super Rugby mis-match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The Rebels, tournament newcomers on their first visit to one of South Africa's rugby fortresses, made most of the running in the first seven minutes, but were then outclassed as the defending champions scored seven tries to one.

The Bulls scored six of those tries in the first half, often with ridiculous ease, but the Rebels did make them work harder after the break.

"We found it very tough to get into the game because of turnovers and soft tries in the first half. We certainly have a lot to work on, and we can take it from the second half," said Rebels and former Australia captain Stirling Mortlock.

Victory kept the Bulls, who sit in eighth place, in playoff contention.

"It was an unbelievable first half, we scored some good, easy tries," Bulls captain Fourie du Preez said.

The Bulls rampage started after Olivier ran on to an excellent chip by flyhalf Morne Steyn, gathering the ball and speeding clear of the cover-defence.

The intensity of the Bulls game forced numerous mistakes from the Rebels and, after Steyn had hacked through a dropped pass to force a lineout on the 10m line, an exciting run by wing Bjorn Basson set up fullback Zane Kirchner for the second try.

A Julian Huxley penalty in the 17th minute would be the Rebels' only points of the first half and their shoulders dropped when the Bulls extended their lead thanks to a controversial try by Basson.

Kirchner appeared to have knocked on a pass and with all the defenders standing and waiting for the whistle, the Springbok wing picked up the ball and strolled over the line. The try was awarded as referee Chris Pollock ruled the ball had come off Kirchner's chest.

The Bulls followed up from the kick-off with a brilliant length-of-the-field try, Basson cracking on the pace and Olivier and outside centre Stephan Dippenaar combining to send Springbok Olivier over for his second try.

A fine backline move the allowed the pacy Kirchner to zip over for his second try and scrumhalf Du Preez scored three minutes before the break.

The Rebels regrouped and got their reward with a breathtaking try by replacement wing Cooper Vuna, who scorched down the right touchline and also showed good control with the boot in his kick-and-chase try.

Olivier had the last word, however, when he stepped back inside the defence to complete his hat-trick just before the hour.

In next weekend's Round 14 action, the Bulls travel to Durban to play the Sharks, while the Rebels tackle the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Teams:

Bulls:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Danie Rossouw, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Victor Matfield, 20 Francois Brummer, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Derick Kuun

Rebels:
15 Richard Kingi, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 12 Stirling Mortlock (captain), 11 Luke Rooney, 10 Julian Huxley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Hoani Macdonald, 5 Hugh Pyle, 4 Alastair Campbell, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Greg Somerville

Substitutes: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Nic Henderson, 18 Kevin O’Neill, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Tim Davidson, 21 Cooper Vuna, 22 Peter Betham

Reuters

Comments
  • Ampie Calitz - 2011-05-14 18:53

    We had the privalage to se the best backline in South Africa and the best centre score 3 tries!

      nohorse - 2011-05-14 18:59

      I do not agree with you about the bacline but I think that Wynand Olivier is a very underrated centre.

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 19:03

      I would still be seriously worried about this performance, but maybe it is acceptable in a season of mediocrity. The Bulls were leading 40 - 3 at half-time, and looked like they were going to score 100 points. And then they promptly returned to being the Bulls of 2011, and drew the second half 7 all against a troop of hired guns, who are the bottom feeders of the competition. What is it with South African teams not being able to play 80 minutes of rugby??

      BLOUBOK - 2011-05-14 22:02

      @Cadder. Shame, you must be a Stormers Supporter trying to hide your frustration. 7 all in the second half is WAY better than 27-3 in the stormers second half. A while ago I told the paksak supporters that you don't win the Super 15 in April. How true my word were then. Don't count this BULLS side out of it quite yet. Seems to me the BIG SLIDE is starting for the mountain goats like every other year.

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 22:15

      I totally agree with you, BLOUBOK. But a statement about the best backline in South Africa (only drawing the second half against the Rebels) doesn't bode well for the TriNations or RWC. If Bjorn Basson is not picked ahead of Bryan Habana for the Springboks, it would be a travesty. And I guess Steyn and du Preez is still the flyhalf and scrumhalf pairing. But the rest? Not so sure.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 22:32

      No no maybe WO had a good game today, but definitely not underated. The opposition was piss poor!!. And one swallow doesnt make a summer. Sur there were som good Bulls performers but some pretty average ones too. Lets see how they fare against the Sharks next weekend

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-15 04:37

      @Cadder: Dude, we (the Bulls) got our bonus point in like 20 minutes. This is a long season. The Bulls are masters at pacing themselves. In fact, we normally only warm up in the second half. Let's not confuse gamecraft with backsliding.

      Richard - 2011-05-15 07:05

      LOL Kaapie and all you surrgat stormers supporters. That Rebels side has shacked a few good sides in this comp so far and a convincing win of 37 points is bloody good. Your stormers are choking earlier than expected. You are right about the swallow according to my calculation its two so far being back from tour, and 2 weeks ago itwas against the team that gave you stormers a good rugby lesson. The bulls will still give all you bullhaters a helova surprize and who knows even come out and beat the shakrs twice and your lot in the cape. Only game Im worried about is the resurgent cheetahs side.

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-15 08:43

      Yes, and only for 40 minutes!

      iceman1982 - 2011-05-15 09:19

      Where was Wynand against Sonny Bill?

      rc8000c - 2011-05-15 11:00

      @ iceman1982 wasn't Wynand playing welcome mat for Sonny bill?

      dillan.williams - 2011-05-15 13:33

      (see, privilege, scored) EISH! Jirre Ampie lewer kommentaar in Afrikaans!

      ChumScrubber - 2011-05-15 15:07

      Best backline? Eish, thats worrying. Olivier is good, thats about it - pretty one dimensional, nothing to get excited about. But the Bulls can play nice looking rugby when they want them - I've said it all season, anyone writing them off knows nothing about rugby.

  • AlwaysHappy - 2011-05-14 18:58

    Welgedaan Bulle. Maak al die Bulle Bokke. Bulle is oppad boontoe. Ek hoop die Stormers het gekyk hoe jy'n span bere as die geleentheid dit voordoen! Groete.

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 19:06

      Marcell, kyk my kommentaar op Ampie Calitz se post hierbo. Geluk, die Bulle het gewen. Maar noem jy 'n 7 punte elk op tweede helfte teen die Rebels op jou tuisveld 'n "bêre"?? Ek het gedog julle stel hoër standaarde aan die span wat 3 kompetisies in die laaste 4 jaar gewen het. Ek dink die Sharks lek hul lippe af vir die Bulls.

      Richard - 2011-05-15 07:12

      Cadder, Ja, die bulle het die rebels gebere. If you are 40-3 up at the break then all you have to do is defend and feed off the opponants mistakes coz against the bottom feeders 40-3 in 40mins is a win. The rebels have come back from similar situations against good opposition like the sharks etc. but the bulls showed thier class and experiance to shut them out when they wanted to make a fightback so yes 7 all is great when you were 40-3 up. The stormers still have a tough road ahead with the blues next and this bottom feeding side the rebels. If they dont win atleast one of those I am afraid their season will be on a very slippery slide. Oh yes and the easy brumbies.

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-15 08:44

      Hulle speel net 40 minute. Die Sharks (en Cheetahs) speel 80 minute.

      dillan.williams - 2011-05-15 13:34

      teen 'n span wat 9 uit 12 verloor het .... HEHEHEHEHE

  • Robynsky - 2011-05-14 19:02

    Bulls Played well, but against a nobody team... we need to see what they can do against a headline team

      iceman1982 - 2011-05-15 09:20

      We did see them against a headline team and they got carrots. 27-0

  • GP - 2011-05-14 19:04

    You cannot measure a player against a team of the Rebels calibre and then say he is the best. Still dont think Olivier is the best centre. He can only be measured against the best, not a team of the calibre of the Rebels. We will be watching next week and the week after to see how he copes. Well done Bulls. A great result.

      nohorse - 2011-05-14 19:26

      Agree, he is not the best centre but still very useful. At this stage I support any SA team that plays and wins against NZ and Aus teams.

      Richard - 2011-05-15 07:14

      Even though he is past his sell by date I reckon Stirling Mortlock is prime opposition, But I get what you are saying.

  • GraemeBB - 2011-05-14 19:15

    Not a pretty game, but this happens against a team like this. Next week is far more interesting for me. But, well done.

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 22:16

      Agreed, well done - 5 points in the bag.

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-14 23:52

      @Graeme BB Bulls are closing the gap. Win is a win.. Next week i would pick the Bulls to beat the sharks. Bulls forwards should lay the platform for the game.. Picking nxt week will be crucial for SA rugby.. If Stormers lose and Bulls win .. The gap will be very close... top 3 teams... Still reckon your conference will come down to Bulls/Stormers game.. Good luck :-)

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-15 10:45

      @Crusader Man - I am watching that log. Thanx, but a few hard weeks ahead.

  • Bandleader - 2011-05-14 19:21

    Wynand is a show pony. He only looks good against underdog teams. I still maintain that he came into the limelight due to lucky timing, after the untimely death of Ettiene Botha, the greatest centre to not have made the Bok team.

      nohorse - 2011-05-14 19:46

      Hennie Muller also became a legend after Kenyon was injured and he had to take over the captaincy on the 1951-52 tour. Still considered as the best Springbok touring team ever. Nothing wrong to get a chance and use it.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 22:35

      We have seen Wo at international level.. 32 games and he didnt make the grade. Another show pony that was useless today was Spies..with all that front foot ball and poor opposition this was a platform for him te get back into the groove(if he ever was in one for the last 2 seasons) but he failed. Both Bothas were just shadows...

      Richard - 2011-05-15 07:16

      Agree with you. Ettiene Botha was a revelation, only sad not to see him get Bok honors.

      Aldrich - 2011-05-16 09:17

      R.I.P - Ettiene Botha - n Legende

  • paulmandlankosi - 2011-05-14 19:53

    I thought that the Bulls were also woeful in the second half

      molefeP - 2011-05-14 23:40

      Agree!

      darkwing - 2011-05-15 10:35

      I don't mind that. They had the bonus point and just needed to keep the opposition out. This is one helluva long season. Somewhere our players must coast a bit.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-15 11:13

      Darkwing they have never got out of coasting mode since the beginning of the s15

  • rc8000c - 2011-05-14 20:19

    I'm sorry but if the bulls supporters are happy with the drivel that was served up as a rugby match today I will be dissapointed. Oh wait these are bulls supporters we're talking about.

      Ampie - 2011-05-14 20:27

      You have been disapointrd a lot in your life, I presume

      iceman1982 - 2011-05-15 09:22

      Does not take a lot to impress the Bulls and their supporters, so go figure

      rc8000c - 2011-05-15 10:57

      @Ampie not really bud. The majority of bulls supporters never fail to dissapoint me.

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-05-14 20:31

    'Not Convinced' Bulls supporters should be happy but it's the rebels for heavens sake. The whole season the bulls have been shocking. And i still think we will not win the super 15 comp. Again again and agaiN the same crack started to appear in the second half... The whole bulls pack lacks the grunt and collision dominance needed to win the super15. If we lose to the sharks next weekend i say rest all and i mean all the contracted bok players. The backline looks exciting though dippernaar has added a new dimension for us but he still needs alot of work on defence all i can say is bye bye jaco pretorius. 'Wynand Olivier'Yes without a doubt he scored 3 tries but that was not a defence out there. Let's see olivier do that against the sharks....stormers....crusaders....waratahs...the top super 15 comp sides. Then we will see if he is a show ponny or the real deal..

      Agile - 2011-05-14 21:19

      Stop complaining.

      molefeP - 2011-05-14 23:41

      Agree Muzi. It is win.... but not good enough!

      mike - 2011-05-15 02:06

      Man what a bunch of crap, anyone notice the Stormers losing to a crap side but the Bulls win and the opposition wasn't good enough. Muzi did you happen to notice who WO opposite number was, if you think his not quality then you should give the game a break and go watch golf or something. One thing Super rugby has showed this season is there's no such thing as a guarenteed win no matter who you playing. If you don't believe me go asked Richie, Matt and Schalk! Bulls where unstopable today!

      Kudubul - 2011-05-15 08:24

      @ Richard I was just starting too like youre comments then you come up with this shit!! Muzi and Molefe might be bigger fans than you think and appreciates the game just as much as you do.

      markusjoe - 2011-05-15 09:15

      I apologize for Racist idiots like Richard. What a chop! Why can't we just stick to Rugby comments and not drag in nasty snide racist comments at every opportunity?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 09:19

      Why is my comment being removed yet Richards racist comment stays? @Richard - you are undoubtedly part of the reason many decent Bulls fans get a bad rap. You are a stain on this country. A vomit stain. Muzi & Molefe are 2 of the most knowledgeable and passionate Bulls supporters around.....You on the other hand are a chop, your photo kinda proves that as well. Betya you LOVE the new Steve Mofmeyr song? - twat. On that note - I hope Loftus remove all signs of that deluded dwarf Mofmeyr from their realm. No good trying to appear all 'liberal' when bittereinders like Steve H and good old Richard here keep pulling you back.

      Richard - 2011-05-15 09:31

      Hye guys, there is nothing racist about my comment. Typical of everybody to jump onto the band wagon when a politcal correct term is used in open forum to describe certain people. Its ok to use "previously disadvantaged" when its on the news or when it suites certain criteria but when I use it in a normal discussion its deemed as racism!! And Kudubul, I wasnt being racist, just if someone can come out and say that a 47-10 drubbing was not good enough then surely my "drivel" should be accepted.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 09:45

      @Richard - go and read what you wrote again, then do it again, then once more for good measure. Then ask yourself what most people will correctly think when they read your 'drivel'. Then take your right hand and give yourself another 3 P klaps. And take off that BOK jersey - you certainly don't deserve to support them.

      Clayton - 2011-05-15 09:55

      @Richard... the fact that you wrote that makes you an idiot, the fact that you cant see whats wrong with what you wrote makes you an even bigger idiot... I'm embarrassed for you!

      Kaapie - 2011-05-15 11:15

      Mike SBW went off after one half and WO failed to impress in that half.

      Richard - 2011-05-15 12:02

      LOL. Whahahaha. Saffa-cat and Clayton, Just of note. Zuma or Malema aint reading this so there is not need to try and make me into a racist or bad guy just to score points. Isnt it hypocritical of you lot to crap me out for using that phrase when it is used by our government to justify taking away farmers land and giving jobs to uneducated people just because they are the right colour. I am no racist but if you think that its your choice. To Molefe and Muzi, I apologise for my choice of words. would it be more suited if I called you idiots that dont know what they are talking about and know F-all about rugby. Surley that would be more of an insult than "previously disadvantaged". And because I use a widely used term that is acceptable in our society you immidiatley think that I am a racist. shame. anyhow enjoy and good bantering.

      Richard - 2011-05-15 12:17

      @ Saffa-cat. Its cool that you come to other peoples aid and be the defender of the weak and innocent. Call me a chop, a twat or say that I pull people back. Like I said earlier, Probably the wrong choice of words which led the discussion into the wrong direction. But I still maintane that what those two posted was crud. The bulls are current champs, they have won it 3 times, they have a bad start and are slowly but surely getting their act together. It was a good win yesterday and to say that it is not good enough is just stupid. I suppose with such die hard fans like Molefe and Muzi scoring 100 points and allowing non against is all that would have satisfied them.

      Richard - 2011-05-15 12:23

      Oh and Saffa-cat, I dont listen to Steve Hofmeyer. The only thing I know of the song is what Ive heard in the media.

      BTRX - 2011-05-15 13:06

      All of a sudden Richard is made out to be a racist. I am sure most of these people are the ones being the biggest racists when they talked about Malema in the posts, but because they support anybody but the bull now poor Richard is a racist. Grow up u all play the race card when it suits u!!!

      molefeP - 2011-05-15 16:37

      @Richard, the fact that they stopped playing in the second half is what is not good enough. And be honest, the Rebels where pathetic!

      molefeP - 2011-05-15 16:46

      @SAFA you know that Johny come latelies like Richard and their closed mindedness just do not bother me. What does irretate me is the fact that they pop up after the first time the Bulls start to show and critisize the people who are here all season long. but hey, it takes all kinds of Ani to fill a stadium. The good news is that there are so few of them left. The rest have preceded Richard to the Antipodes. Instead of getting worked up about him rather picture him in his pathetic little safari suit in his grimy little railways office. But you know what? He could be even worse! Not much worsemind you, but worse non the less.

      mike - 2011-05-15 21:03

      Richard just ignore Muzi - he is apparently a Bulls supporter but I believe I have read more negative comments from him then any of the Stormers supporters. Think his a closet Stormer but too shy to say so. His been calling for wholesale changes since the season began and now he has egg on his face and needs to try pretend he wasn't a complete idiot.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-05-14 20:43

    5 points.

  • Brannas - 2011-05-14 21:01

    Wynand Olivier the best center in the world, Bulls the best team in the world. Well proven today, now stoermers, just shut your f*&^%%^g mouths.

      Kleinboet - 2011-05-14 21:26

      Brannas (Brandewyn verkeerd gespel?), jy praat asof jy gesuip is, man! Ek redeneer nie met 'n dronk ou nie.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 22:36

      Brannas stop drinking and making comments.. just as bad as drinking and driving

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-15 04:40

      Eish, Branna, I'm a Bulls supporter but your comments are OTT!

      rc8000c - 2011-05-15 10:51

      olivier better than De Villiers,Fourie,Sonny Bill? In what alternate universe boet? Brannas go top up your witblits and coke.

  • Agile - 2011-05-14 21:17

    Like I said: [b]The Bulls will score the bonus point try within 30 minutes of the game.[/b] But everybody wants to write the Bulls off because that's their favourite hobby.

      Richard - 2011-05-15 12:07

      Yeah Agile, these bulls critics forget one thing, the Bulls are the current champs and have won it 3 times, thats 3 times more than any other SA franchise.

      Agile - 2011-05-15 13:14

      Yes indeed, Richard. I don't mind people criticizing the Bulls as per usual- it makes victory so much sweeter. But what does it do for the reputations of the players? I can support talent no matter where it's from in SA or what colour it comes in.

  • Laserguided - 2011-05-14 21:35

    All you Bulls critics, look at what the Stormbarians did today and rather criticise them. The Bulls bashed the Rebels, that's all that counts :-) The Sharks will be a walk in the (Kings) park

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-14 21:48

      I dunno so much, Laser... the Sharks are gonna put up a hell of a fight. We (Bulls) will be lucky to come away with 4 points.

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 22:18

      BardofAvon - a very objective statement. Nice to share the comments with the likes of you.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 22:37

      Laser you played against LOFOB

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 21:39

    Suck it Stormers!!!! And now Cliffie, Mike, Whatever, watalife or one of those idiotic rubbish will have something to say about the ref, the wind, how lucky the Bulls were , their grandmas tampon that's too big or some or other story that they've used the last 11 years

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-14 21:54

      Their team lost, Bulls won, so you wont see them here.

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-14 21:57

      Keep it tidy dude.

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 22:28

      GraemeBB - I'm here :-) Well done to the Bulls. We need their Boks to get some confidence and momentum in order to show the All Blacks that the World Cup is won AT THE WORLD CUP, and not in any of the other competitions :-)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 07:59

      Sorry @Graeme, I coudn't watch the game, but congrats on the win. Looking at some of the comments - on all threads, I am assuming that Pierre Spies had a massive game and was very influential?

      Kaapie - 2011-05-15 11:21

      Saffa Spies was so influential I found it hard to him. As usual hand on the players on the ruck and got handed off by Richard kingi as if he wasnt there. Frankly I think Bulls coach and springbok coach hopes he gets some form form.. maybe he should try some Jack 3d before he plays!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 13:05

      @Kaapie - I have watched the game now. Indeed, more of the same from Spies. This was the ideal game for him to find some form and be influential? A serious question Spies fans: many of you guys say Spies's form is 'off' because of the way the Bulls are using him. Yesterday he had free reign - the Bulls pretty much dominated, leaving Spies to roam and do what you chaps say he does best. But again - nothing? @Kaapie - I think it's the Jack 3d that got them all into trouble in the 1st place last year :) I think Spies's problems are psychological....someone needs to send him on a Staaldraad like camp and beat some 'physicality' into him. It is a sin that a man with such athletic prowess can be so useless.

      mike - 2011-05-15 21:07

      Ah saffa you and your anti Spies pro Vermeulen crusade - give it a rest no one is buying. Oh and just to take one example, the 3rd try WO scored. Ask yourself where the loose forwards were... watching Spies perhaps. It was hilarious to watch all the Rebels loosies following Spies around like little puppies while the Bulls clapped them 6 love. Sometimes your impact isn't what you do but how you influence the opposition.

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 21:47

    @Lloyd Hey, when are you back from the FBI? Some wonderful rugby things are happening!!

      Marcell - 2011-05-15 04:20

      Lloyd gaan nog 'n rukkie wees. Intussen moet ons maar opgeskeep sit met 'die beste in die wereld' nutters.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 08:01

      @Marcell - how about you ACTUALLY make a rugby related comment? C'mon, shock the socks off me.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-16 19:37

      Ek is terug julle. Terloops, Gridiron is virrie voëls.

  • burtfred - 2011-05-14 21:55

    Best backline in SA? oh puleeze. Best hairdo's in SA and prettiest butches in the game. Praise be to God.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-14 22:40

      What is a butches?

      burtfred - 2011-05-15 10:28

      @GraemeBB You don't know what a butch is? Ask your wifes' hairdresser.

  • BULLPRET - 2011-05-14 21:58

    Well done Bulls, another good win and seven tries tells the full story

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 22:20

      Well done, for sure. Now get that second half sorted out, because they looked like they would win by 100 points. The Bulls of yore would have done that.

  • JC - 2011-05-14 22:12

    I seriously doubt that Wynand is the best centre in SA... but the Bulls did play very well tonight. The Rebels were as bad as any team could be in the first half, but Rod MacQueen is an experienced coach and probably fixed the wrongs of the first half during half time, while the Bulls took the foot off the pedal (no team has led by that margin this season so far, so we can forgive them for being a bit complacent). The Rebels have won 3 games so far this year, against the Brumbies, Hurricanes and Force and almost the Sharks as well... an opposing team can easily fall into the trap of underestimating them (in the 1st or 2nd half). If you want to view this result as a pushover win, then that's your mistake. Sharks... watch out for the Bulls next week !!

  • molefeP - 2011-05-14 23:39

    The only dark to come out of all of this is Wynand Oliviers 3 tries. Now we will never be rid of the sod! But man, what a revelation Basson is turning out to be! So too young Dipenaar! I think that Dean Greyling played an absolute blinder today! Wearing my Buls shirt with pride again.

      mike - 2011-05-15 02:10

      How can you be a Bulls supporter and not see the influence WO has on the side. His been one of our stalwarts for years now and played a huge part in the succes of the team. Even the first few games when he was playing badly on attack his defensive efforts where unmatched by any other 12 in SA rugby. Lets just ignore the fact his now scored 24 super rugby tries why don't we.

      Marcell - 2011-05-15 04:24

      WO is not my favourite player but on the day he can be just as good as any other 'world class' player, that includes the current world class centers from down below. My men of the match must be DR en DG. Bulls for life!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 08:57

      Nice win @Molefe :) You must be a happy man this morning!!!

      Kaapie - 2011-05-15 11:22

      Agree with your comments, but Bason and Dippenar need to front up more on defence though

      molefeP - 2011-05-15 16:51

      @Mike, You know, 2 years ago even I would have agreed with you on WO. But now he is just not good enough anymore. I would LOVE to see just one game with Watermeyer and Dippies at center. Just to get the ball out to the wings. You will see a totaly different team. And I am prepared to put money on this!

      molefeP - 2011-05-15 16:54

      @SAFA, the first half thrilled me to bits! But the second half i was really disapointed! But hey! It is a win! You know I am no fan of Pierre Spies, but his defence at least was much improved. Now we just need to get your boys sorted! What on earth is going wrong down there? Putting my head on a block here, but I think you guys will gain a lot by starting Coster and letting SB sit a few out. Costers mobility will do a lot for your dominance of the breakdown!

      mike - 2011-05-15 21:13

      Molefe do yourself a favour simetime and go check the tackle count for the Bulls games this season. WO work rate is unbelievable but if his not scoring tries people try and say his useless. Watermeyer does look good but boy needs experience. Take Dippies for example, yes making a good impression on attack but his defence is useless atm which if you add Basson lack of interest in defence has been our downfall in some games when we get attacked out wide. Dippies has lots of work to do before his a good centre and Basson is as bad on defence as he is brilliant on attack. Fine if you play Jaco or say Jaque inside him but a problem when Dippies is on his inside.

      Maarten - 2011-05-16 07:37

      @Mike, I think that half of the problems we face at the Bulls is because of "We won 3 S14's in the past", and "so and so did this, and so and so did that before". It is because we are trying to live in the past that we are where we are on the log. Nobody cares who won last year, why are we loosing this year! And to quote player stats from previous seasons just to justify keeping a player in the team this year....... Same with Fourie kicking away possession all the time. Rugby has moved on....... So should we.

  • so mouse - 2011-05-15 06:49

    The Rebels don't deserve to play S15. I'm pretty sure some of our schools 1st teams will also beat them.

      oclee62 - 2011-05-15 07:51

      It is their 1st year in the comp --- give them time to build the team. Even if you have players with years of experience it still takes 2 to 3 years to build a competent team playing structure. If in 3 years they are still on the level of the Force or Lions or this years Brumbies --- yes then they are hopeless but give the boys a break. K@K naweek --- Stormers en REbels het verloor --- maar om n span in Melbourne te he is klaar n oorwinning. The AFL supporters in Melbourne might call rugby union the bumsniffer sport (because of scrums) --- maar ons sport is n duisend maal beter as AFL.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 08:59

      @so mouse: Dude, it is their first season.....ummmmmmmmm, shall we talk about some of our (SA) teams and their performances over the years? I think they have done bloody well.

  • Ockie - 2011-05-15 07:46

    Well done Bulls. What a good weakend for SA Rugby. 3 SA teams beat NZ/Aussie sides!

      jan du preeaz - 2011-05-15 14:47

      and one was exposed as bigger chockers than the proteas

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-15 08:42

    Fourie du Preez. Main culprit! They only play for 40 minutes. I do hope they realize that you cannot win a cup when you play like this. They must learn to play 80 minutes. I am starting to believe that they are not fit. IN the old days (last few years as well) they would score tries the whole game. That is the reason you play. Fourie du Preez, you must get fit, and play the whole 90 minutes. The moment you are comfortable in front you stopped attacking. You might make the finals but winning the cup, I want to see that. Supporter of the Bulls. PS: In the old days that would take you to the SAPS college and get you to run up that hill until you are fit.

      molefeP - 2011-05-15 16:57

      Agreed, Fourie is no where near where he was a couple of seasons ago. Problem is, with Ludicrous not giving Hougie enough game time at Scrummie he also looked very rusty! I cringe every time they kick possesion away!

  • Clayton - 2011-05-15 09:57

    5 points is 5 points, but lets not get carried away. The rebels are terrible, the ref was terrible and for a large part of the second half we were terrible, but who knows? the Stormers have a bad overseas tour and we could still be in with a shout...

  • Sussan - 2011-05-15 10:37

    Hel dis lekker om te lees hoe jaloers is julle klomp Streep Donkies 40 min of 80 min wat maak dit saak ons was daar waar was julle, glad nie eers op die veld nie sien julle wat gebeur as jou bek te groot is en jy wen al WEER die Beker in Mei, nou fal julle lekker en julle gaan nog val se maar koebaai Maraai vir daai beker julle gaan nog 10 jaar wag vir hom...Siestog ek voel vir julle.NOT ,..whahahahahaha

      Marcell - 2011-05-15 11:37

      Die 'beste spelers in die wereld' se ondersteuners vat dit maar moeilik. Tien teen een gaan hulle nou begin vloek en raas na al die papsak suipery.

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-05-15 11:00

    @SAFFA-CAT bad luck for the stormers mate. @Molefe I played first team rugby for my school against bishops..rondebosch and paul roos in 2009. Those were the good old days lol....i had the honour of playing with some of the SA under 20 players like against naazim carr...sam lane...tso tso mbovhane and speedy full back craig barry. I know my rugby so i see bulls bloggers say that i am complaining and i am not a true bulls supporter i am not that surprised really. The facts are there Frans Ludeke gave the bulls a tongue lashing why because they lost their structure. Where is Pierre Spies?????????All the Springbok supporters are having a go at him and rightfully so he has had a bad and i mean a terrible season....we are all waiting to see when pierre will be back. The bulls have to beat the sharks twice and i mean twice then go down to newlands aganst that defence that is rock solid.....face a cheetahs side who know how to beat the bulls at loftus I still have my doubts about the rugby they are playing. Yes Wynand Olivier played well BUT did he play like this against the top sides in the comp NO. Jean de villiers...jacques fourie....will not give him that much space..he had a nighmare against the crusaders centre pairing. The bulls forwards have lost the grunt...and collision dominance needed to dominate the super 15.....that loose trio has been bullied the whole super 15 comp by the big teams. All i can say is that the stormers and sharks have a mean pack good luck.

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-15 12:04

      Very good comment Muzi. Yes, the Bulls will have to be at 100% for our remaining games. And even if we make the top 6 everything is going to be away. Although every game is a home game for the Bulls, right? The other teams are burning themselves out very nicely, exactly according to the Bulls Master Plan. Heh heh...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 12:54

      @Muzi - as usual, a great comment! We don't always agree on specific players etc but what you write is always objective and informative. All I know is: these last rounds of the competition are going to be intense. Many tears, many cheers and many so 'nears'...but yet so 'fars'. This is why we all love the game!

      jan du preeaz - 2011-05-15 14:42

      ja well, at least the bulls did not lead 20-3 at halftime and still lost the game. talk about chockers, the stormers did this brilliantly against a team the bulls destroyed two weeks ago. You stormer supporters must take off the oogklappe, your team is rather average to say the least, and way overated. the blues gonna make them bitches again this coming weekend

      molefeP - 2011-05-15 17:00

      What I dont get is how somebody can stand still and let another run into him, then expect to dominate the collision. I mean, does Newton not mean anything to them?? It is a sickness that started with the Bulls and is now starting to effect more and more South African players.

      molefeP - 2011-05-15 17:03

      I prommised that I was not going to do this, but what they heck! How bad was Pollock? Man! Two weeks in a row and he gets away with it?

      mike - 2011-05-15 21:20

      Muzi... hmmm.. so WO had a nightmare against SBW, really, did you watch that game. Lets see, SBW had one line break the entire game and that was through Steyn not WO. In fact its the quitest game SBW has had all season Yes WO made some unforced errors which he seems to have rectified now but he did have 3 line breaks in that game himself! Nightmare, me thinks thats a little harsh! Oh and for pitty sake do you know WO was going head to head with Mortlock this weekend and made him look silly, if you think Mortlock isn't a descent player then mate take your first team experience and well sure you can find somewhere to put it!

  • QuadroSkept - 2011-05-15 11:10

    he just ran them in. still can't pass and still not class

  • crocowild - 2011-05-15 11:13

    Congratulations to the Bulls on a confidence building victory.I am glad you guys started winning.Please do keep up the good work.Boks need you guys to come to the party.Stormers won t stumble again.Tough tmo decision,yellow card and jetlag got us.Now that we came down to earth ,we can really start working on a successfull tour.

      Marcell - 2011-05-15 11:45

      I have watched all the games this weekend. It must be the worst performance by ref's for the whole tournament. Every game had there fairshare of controversy.

  • dillan.williams - 2011-05-15 13:30

    ... best centre in SA?... the three tries were against a team that lost 9/12... what did he do against the better teams? Knock the ball on or loose in the tackle tst tsst tsss! Ai die wonderlike SA-rugbypubliek!

  • JR - 2011-05-15 14:28

    WAAROM IS DAAR GEEN WIE PIE STORIES NIE. As die Bulle verloor kan julle nie genoeg skryf nie...???!!

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-05-15 15:17

    Good victory for the Bulls, hope my Sharks are up to them next weekend - at least the Sharks have a good record against the Bulls. Bulls and Cheetahs are the danger teams at the moment, peaking at the right time - pity Cheetahs left it so late, the Bulls are still there like Bears. Sharks have been quite consistent, next weekend will be really really interesting! At least all the Saffer teams are starting to look better - besides the wobbly Stormers..,...

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-15 16:49

    The 6 best laughs (idiots) I've seen in my professional career: 6) Mike@CapeT: Always has to cross-check his posts with Cliffie, in love with Grant, probably not too many friends, very little gray-matter. 5) Cliffie (skaapsteker) Bradley, cross-checking everything with Mike or other brainless Stormers for approval, laughs at his own jokes, hak vas op "Wannabee" en "Noord van die Jukskei gemors" ja dis hoe ver sy woordeskat strek, huge chip on his shoulder for some reason, no rocket scientist at all.Pretends the he gives credit where credit is due which makes me laughs even more, he's the most een-ogige idiot on this blog. Cliffie also gets the cup for gayest outjie on this blog. 4) C@nt Olaf: Anger issues, passive aggressive, dom soos 'n wesel, his wife is scared of him. 3) Whatever: Nou begin ons in die ongoddelike lae IK area beweeg. Die ding weet nie hoe om sy eie skoene vas te maak nie, loshande die "commonste" op die blog, alkoholis of ten minste alkohol afhanklik, veel meer as Stome (ja sonner tanne) kan hy nie se nie. 2) Kleinboet: Tien teen een ver oorgewig, eenogige p@epol, as hy kan sal hy die hele Stormer span bokke maak, dra Safari-pakke en vellies werk toe, een van daai pyn in die gat idiote wat almal wil bl!ksem. 1) Jan: Wel wel wel, ek het nie besef sulke goed loop buite 'n gestig rond nie, absoluut gronddom, sy hele lewetjie draai om die Stome. Bot soos 'n dadelkas, kyk as jy sy brein in 'n geelvink sit dan vlieg die voel agteruit! Go Stometjies go!

      MBSS (Meeste bulls supporters Suck) - 2011-05-16 07:11

      @Plesiertier - Ek dink jou naam moet wees "Draad Trekker" of "Wanker"

  • Godfrey - 2011-05-16 05:20

    LOL at the pro-Bulls brigade! After their woeful Antipodean tour they are now applauding the Chiefs 2nd half comeback v the Stormers and hoping for the Blues to beat the Stormers in AKL. Worry about your own side, you guys (and that girl that blogged that drivel) you have a lot to worry about.

  • Boerboel 14 - 2011-05-16 15:18

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