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Many positives for Bulls

2012-02-05 21:47

Johannesburg - Bulls assistant coach Johann van Graan says his team's 16-12 win over the Kings in a warm-up match in Port Elizabeth on Saturday produced many highlights for them to ponder over before the start of the Super Rugby season.

The Pretoria-based team fielded an inexperienced side but Van Graan said at least seven players would make the final cut when their campaign kicks off on February 24 against the Sharks in Pretoria.

"There were many highlights in the match where we got to test our depth," Van Graan said.

He said he was especially encouraged by the team's lineouts while the team also got a glimpse of how the breakdowns would be interpreted by the referees.

"The lineouts played a major factor for us with Gerrit-Jan van Velze, CJ Stander and Wilhelm Steenkamp deserving special mention," he said.

"Wilhelm took three opposition balls, five metres from his own goalline which was crucial in the context of the game."

The Bulls led the encounter by 13-0 after 15 minutes of play with flyhalf Louis Fouché opening the scores with a drop-goal while Jean Cook and Sampie Mastriet scored a try each.

The visitors could only muster another three points through a Fouché penalty conversion, even though they dominated proceedings in the first half.

The Kings opened their scoring close the end of the first half with Mzwandile Stick touching down and Louis Strydom converting.

The first scrum of the match only came in the 54th minute with referee Stuart Berry setting only four scrums in total.

Van Graan heaped praise on Berry for the manner in which he managed the match.

"Scrums will be a big focus this season and we are also happy about the breakdowns, where we got a taste of what the referees will focus on this season. I must give Stuart Berry credit for the way he handled it," said Van Graan.

The Kings outscored the Bulls in the second half with Luke Watson adding five points to the total.

Van Graan said the Kings deserved praise for their fight-back efforts and for giving the Bulls a tough battle.

The Bulls will play the Cheetahs next Saturday in their warm-up match in Polokwane.

Van Graan said he expected another crunch match against the Cheetahs especially after their 22-14 victory over the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.

He said he expected an improved Cheetahs side from the one that finished 11th on last year's Super Rugby log.

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Comments
  • Pieter - 2012-02-05 22:23

    Well we all know and agree that they'll win the Super cup ONCE AGAIN. What will that be, a 4th time or something, can't keep track anymore

      Ken - 2012-02-05 22:44

      Pieter, we all know they will win the Super Cup again......five, maybe ten years from now?....... but wait that's not all, they might not even play Super Rugby next year! The Kings will most probably take there place in the tournament next year!!

      Dawie - 2012-02-05 22:55

      Only positive is they are back at Loftus !!! Go Cheetahs let the ball boys at the stadium wear Griekwas jerseys on saturday and your game is 50 % won against the Blue Cows !!!

      Pieter - 2012-02-05 23:16

      @Ken Jay May En dis nou jou bydrae?

      Pieter - 2012-02-05 23:17

      @Dawie Ek gaan nie vir jou 'n opstelletjie skryf nie, jy soek duidelik net aandag

      Ken - 2012-02-05 23:32

      Ja Pieter, dis my bydrae, en jy moet maar gewoond raak aan al die stront, want dit gaan weer 'n hele rukkie wees voor julle weer voor op die wa is! Maar relax ons is almal maar net lughartig!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-06 03:44

      Ken, dis van lughartigheid dat geen Suid Afrikaanse span, behalwe die magtige Bulls natuurlik, in die geskiedenis van rugby ooit die Super rugby cup kon wen nie.

      Gideon Smalberger - 2012-02-06 05:25

      duuuh bullldoser transvaal 1994 ook so dis nie net die bulletjies nie

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-06 05:32

      Tomato, potato.

      Hoo - 2012-02-06 09:03

      @ken- lighartig, ne' ,NIE lughartig nie! maar eerder ligsinnig...

  • Kobus - 2012-02-06 02:28

    Wat gaan die Kings se bydrae wees in Super rugby? Ag natuurlik! Nuwe rekords elke week. Hulle sal die eerste span wees wat al hul wedstryde met 50+ punte verloor. Arme Luke sal rede hê om te kots.

      Pieter - 2012-02-06 03:09

      @Kobus Nie heeltemal korrek nie Kobus, die Stormers verloor ook met 50+. 14-75 teen die magtige Bulls. Dis 'n baie embarrassing 61 punte verskil

      Kosie - 2012-02-06 16:21

      @ pieter: is jy n geskiedenis onderwyser, want jy noem net goed op wat jare laas gebeur het.

      Pieter - 2012-02-06 17:19

      @Kosie Tot op HEDE, kon die Stormers nog nooit die Superbeker wen nie. HEDE

  • Johan - 2012-02-06 08:17

    @ Bulldozer, Please read below!!!!!!! "Transvaal won the 1993 Super 10 with a 20-17 win over Auckland from New Zealand in Johannesburg – thus making the union the first South African team to win a Super Rugby title." Wys jou net hoe baie weet di bulle van rugby af!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-06 10:57

      Is dit nodig om te skree?

      Kosie - 2012-02-06 16:22

      nog iets waar die bulle nie eerste was nie.

  • hoffjw - 2012-02-06 11:42

    positives against the KINGS......Got to be joking

      Pieter - 2012-02-06 16:23

      @Justin Hoff Dit was die Bulle se 7de span jou simpel onnosel plank. Wat het die Stormers gedoen die naweek???? WEEREENS

      Kosie - 2012-02-06 16:23

      that is the only positive, they beat the kings at least.

      Pieter - 2012-02-06 17:20

      @Kosie Unlike the Stormers who has lost ALREADY before the season even starts

  • Jason - 2012-02-06 20:11

    i think the biggest positive that the bulls can take away from this is that each player managed to remember their name, got on the bus unattended and most importantly never up and undered ppl on the way.

      Pieter - 2012-02-07 01:03

      @Jason Baie mooi Einstein

  • Ruan Schröder - 2012-02-06 23:46

    Is dit toeval dat die hulp afrigter die selfde van het as die CEO van die Bloubul Rugby Unie of is dit weereens 'n onbekwame aap wat die job het a.g.v wie hy ken?

      Pieter - 2012-02-07 01:04

      @Ruan Gaan vir 'n spelkursus oubaas se honne, jy maak jou naam g@t hier

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