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Conference system hurts Bulls

2012-04-22 15:12

Pretoria - Despite having a seven-point advantage over the Brumbies after Saturday's 36-34 victory over the Canberra team, the Bulls were still a place adrift on the overall Super Rugby log.

This demonstrates the deformed conference system employed by SANZAR in the premier Southern Hemisphere provincial rugby competition, where the top team from each country gets an automatic entry into the top three on the overall log, irrespective of its total log points.

The match, nonetheless, came down to the wire as the Brumbies launched a late assault to give the Bulls a good run for their money in their Super Rugby encounter at Loftus Versfeld.

The Bulls may have won ugly, but coach Frans Ludeke said they would take the four points ahead of their crucial Australasia tour in a week's time.

"This is a win and is vital, especially since this competition is tight," said Ludeke.

"Playing at home, we had to do what we had to do."

Ludeke, however, was not satisfied with his side's defence that let in two soft tries in the second half, and three at the death, to keep the Brumbies in the match.

"The last 10 minutes we felt that we were not good enough as we gave them some easy tries. It was tight game squeeze at the end, but we kept them out."

The hosts received a "get out of jail" card from flyhalf Morne Steyn, who finally produced the kind of kicking performance he is famous for, with the Springbok accountable for 26 of the outfit's points.

Steyn has been struggling with his usually imposing kicking boot recently, but redeemed himself with seven penalties, a drop goal and a conversion.

"That is why we believed in him and that he could bounce back. It showed the character of Morne," said Ludeke.

"Credit to him and (kicking coach) Vlok Cilliers, they worked hard to sort the technical issue out."

Ludeke lauded the Brumbies, having given his side an uphill battle in the match.

"Credit to them. They are a good side," said Ludeke.

"They were leading the Australian conference before this weekend and you could see it tonight (Saturday) that they are a quality side. They are well coached and they took the opportunities."

At the 60 minute mark, the Bulls were comfortably on their way to record an emphatic victory as they enjoyed a 20-point lead. The tourists, however, struck back with a vengeance in the final 10 minutes to score three tries and get within two points of the Bulls.

The hosts counted themselves lucky as time ran out for coach Jake White's men, who scored their last try in the 80th minute. Bulls skipper Pierre Spies said while the Brumbies came too close for comfort, they would happily take the result before their coming tour.

"I think we did enough to get the lead and may have taken the foot off the pedal," Spies said.

"The Brumbies kept on attacking and held on to the pretty good. What is important is that you win, and today was just another example of that.

"I thing we've also been going five games in a row, so it is a good win for us."

White conceded the Bulls deserved to win as his side allowed them to open a big gap before scraping back.

"At one stage we were 30 points to 13 down and we let it slip, but at the same time we never had ball for long periods of time," said White.

"The players in the change room were a little bit down, which proves how deflated they were after the result. A lot of people might have been happy with two points and scoring five tries."

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Comments
  • Jacobus - 2012-04-22 15:53

    hulle verdien dit, moes nie gewen het. ref se bank rekening is seker vol na saterdag

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-22 17:00

      Isak, soos wat julle laasjaar die Leeus onderskat het toe julle weereens gechoke het in die Currie cup? Bul groete

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-22 17:22

      Ou Sakkie wonder nou weer of Tokolos Bulldozer is, of die dokter, of japjapjap, of Blouvitrioel, of wie ook al. Bul groete.

      Franklyn - 2012-04-22 17:29

      @Rene,well i thought you had a bit of class,so you will rather hang out with your bull supporters that spew bile ? or have you got selective vision auntie ?

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-22 17:35

      @Franklyn, don't you worry about the level of my 'class', you should be concerned about your own image!! On these rugby blogs, I am thorough bred BULL Supporter, nothing more, nothing less! Sorry Franklyn, your opinion about me, is of no concern to me! Have a lovely evening!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-22 17:38

      Tokolos aka Bulldozer. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha x10000000000000. Bul groete.

      René - 2012-04-22 17:42

      @Tokkie, he/she must still 'grow a pair' before he/she can confront me! Seriously???

      Pietie - 2012-04-22 18:05

      @Jacobus "White conceded the Bulls deserved to win as his side allowed them to open a big gap before scraping back". I think that settles it. What about that Brumbies vs Cheetahs game, where that blatant final penalty cost the Cheetahs the game!?

      Stephan - 2012-04-22 19:17

      I'm not going to comment on the article, but I find it shocking that some of you would make such remarks about Jacobus's wife. Shame on you.

      Derrick - 2012-04-22 20:32

      @Stephan- if you go back & check Jacobus started the war of words insulting all & sundry- don't bring a knife to a gunfight

      Stephan - 2012-04-22 20:56

      Wel Saffa, soms neem dit 'n eenvoudige opmerking om die gedagtes te laat gaan en mens te laat besef dat mens nie altyd reg kan wees nie.

      Riaan - 2012-04-23 06:16

      Twee Babas lê langs mekaar in die kraamsaal. Ek is tog n Blou bul... se die baba seuntjie. "Wys my" vra die baba dogtertjie... GOED , maar eers as die suster weg is antwoord hy. Toe die suster later uitstap , Skop hy sy kombersie af en se trots.... " Kyk my pienk kousies"

      Bill - 2012-04-23 07:40

      Stem saam jacobus ma wys jou hoe arogant en stupid bull ondersteuners is hoe kan jy groot bek wees as jy weet jy verdien nie om te wen en dat die ander span gecheat is nie hul gaan les opse oorsee en hul moet In elkgeval bid morne kry nooit seer nie want dan is hul useless.go oorsee spanne speel daai bulls stukkend en bring hul terug aarde toe hoop hul verloor almal daai kans.anti bull

  • 1amAlan - 2012-04-22 16:07

    Agree with the headline. The conference system sucks. But if any side were in lets say 6th position on the log and top of their conference, I don't think they'd be complaining. Do away with the frikkin conference system, let all teams play each other, and let the best 4 go through, like it was before dumb administrators decided what would be best.

      Terence - 2012-04-22 17:17

      It's designed to help the Aussie teams and the Stormers, since they can't help themselves.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-22 17:39

      @Terence, nadat ek die Bulle/Brumbies game weer gekyk het, stem ek saam met jou dat die Brumbies se 2de 3 by omtrent 5 meter vorentoe was, en Morne het die bal verloor, agtertoe, die bal het gelyk gerol, Akona het die opgetel en die res is 'history'. Dit het alles verkeerd gelyk in 'real' time, maar Jonker het die regte call gemaak. Ek voel beter na die hele 'slo mo' kyk!!

      Pietie - 2012-04-22 18:09

      @Rene Net so, moet jou nie stuur aan hierdie ander suurgatte nie! Hulle sal enige verskoon kry om die Bulls te skeld. As die rolle omgeruil was, sou hulle nie naastenby so luidrugtig gewees het nie!

      Terence - 2012-04-22 18:10

      Dankie René, nou voel ek beter. Ek sal nou maar die highlites record en dan weer kyk, en weer, en weer.

      1amAlan - 2012-04-23 13:20

      The title says 'Conference system hurting bulls' just in case you can't read too well, but, whatever Terence, whatever makes you feel good. To argue with an idiot means you have to bring yourself down to his(or their) level.

      Stoffel - 2012-04-23 15:03

      http://www.true.com/US/tx/Austin/MM/kyhess.aspx

  • Grovè - 2012-04-22 16:16

    Dis al\r\n\r\nDis die span\r\nDis die Blou\r\nDis die veld\r\nDis die lug\r\nen ‘n Boeing vlieg oor in eensame vlug\r\nDis al\r\n\r\nDis Jake White gekom\r\nOor die oseaan\r\nDis ‘n stryd op die gras\r\nDis die verloorder se traan\r\nDis al\r\n\r\nDis tackles gemis\r\nDis vyf driee teen twee\r\nDis Morne se skoppe\r\nWat vier punte gee\r\nDis al\r\n\r\nMet apologie aan Jan F.E. Cilliers

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