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Matfield: Now I can sleep

2011-05-01 22:45

Pretoria - Bulls captain Victor Matfield said that he would sleep much easier than the previous time his team enjoyed a week off during the Super Rugby competition.

Speaking after his team's 43-27 victory over the Chiefs at Loftus on Saturday, the Springbok stalwart admitted that he would have fewer worries during the break than he had after his side suffered a 35-28 loss to the Highlanders.

"Hopefully I can sleep a bit better this week," said Matfield.

"The last time I didn't sleep for a week so we will take this time with our families, but then we have to get back to business as we are still under pressure and we are very low on the log."

Staying true to the team's philosophy of taking it week-by-week, Matfield insisted that their come-from-behind win would not be seen as a turning point in the season.

"We are not looking at it like that.

"Nothing has turned - we just have to win another game in two weeks time and that is the game against the Rebels."

Following their tough tour, during which they only managed to win one of four matches, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke admitted that there were some lessons his men could learn from the losses they suffered.

"Obviously we believe that something good can come from every situation," said Ludeke.

"We worked hard and there were a lot of areas in our game that we sorted out, so hopefully we can build on that.

"When you lose, a team that has character digs deep and they just get closer."

Ludeke also made a tough call ahead of the Chiefs battle by demoting star wing Bjorn Basson to the bench for arriving late at a team meeting.

Basson was replaced by Akona Ndungane who played superbly in his first start of the season.

Ludeke would not, however, go into detail about his decision to punish the Springbok speedster.

"I think we have sorted it, it was a big call.

"Obviously it worked out for the best for the side as well.

"It is a small thing, but we had to act on it."

The Bulls had no major injury concerns to report after their match against the Chiefs.

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Comments
  • Whatever - 2011-05-01 20:37

    Ek dink ons almal weet en sal saamstem dat die verdedigende kampioene terug is en van hier af als uit hul pad gaan vee. Soos hulle 3 uit die laaste 4 jaar gedoen het. Ons kan almal in een stem se: Hierdie is die beste provinsiale rugby span wat die planeet ooit gesien het. Die arme Stometjies (ja sonne. tanne) en hul lae-klas arrogante ondersteuners gaan nie meer lekker slapies (op of af van hul sussies) van hier af nie. Nog net 3 jaartjies dan's dit 20 jaar Super koppieloos julle outjies. Go stometjies go go go...

      Scaramouche - 2011-05-01 20:52

      Selfs as 'n Cheetahs ondersteuner kan ek nie wag om die Bulle aan te pak nie. Een tjop maak nie 'n braai nie!

      René Müller - 2011-05-01 20:53

      Ek sal nou nie sover gaan nie, maar ja die Bulle het dinge Saterdag in die laaste 45 minute reg gedoen. Aan die een kant moet 'n mens half jammer vir die WP/Stormer ondersteuners voel want hulle beloofde VC span is Saterdag deur die Sharks uit die kompetisie gehaal. Inteenstelling met die VC Bulls wat 4de gele het, die Lions wat 1ste op die log was weer uitgehaal het. Dit gaan nie altyd hoe jy begin nie, maar meer belangrik hoe jy eindigj! Sterkte aan al die SA spanne (GO BULLS!!)

      Whatever - 2011-05-01 21:00

      I love you Rene

      majoor - 2011-05-01 21:13

      Maybe Victor Matfield should go and sleep... Hang up the boots and take a loooong deserved rest. The Bulls are finished Bru... They won't be in the top six. Deal with it. Your 10 year drought has started. Well played though. But to little too late.

      Richard - 2011-05-01 21:47

      Wat is vout met jou? Is jy gesuip? ek is een van die mees "die Hardste" bulls supporters wat jy kry maar tot ek raak nie te bly oor een.........nee, n goeie 2de halfte rugby nie. Ou, ja , die bulle het 150% beter gespeel in die 2de helfde maar hulle is ver van "die beste is die wereld af.' dinge, met n bietjie geluk kan in die bulls se guns tel en dalk 2de eindig in ons conference maar moenie dink hulle is terug na een goeie halfte uit 16 nie. Cheers en Bulle bo!!!!

      MrMojoRising - 2011-05-01 22:05

      Hahahaha. Dude, die Chiefs is heel laaste op die NZ log! En nee, nie ek of een van my Stormer vriende is lae-klas nie. Ons almal is hoog geleerd. Maar geniet maar die wen oor die Chiefs, baie bly vir julle.

      Andre - 2011-05-01 23:36

      Jy verstaan nie. Hy se hy gaan nou lekker slaap. Hy het vir 9 wedstryde geslaap en was vir een wakker. Nou is dit weer terug aan die slaap. Jy weet ou manne kan nie lank wakker bly nie.

      Whatever - 2011-05-02 00:52

      Hahahahaha wat het hy dan gedoen die laaste 2 maande?Hy was sekerlik nie wakker nie!

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-02 10:08

      @MrMojo - if you were such a class act, why do you call Rene a "dom hoer"? Her statement has merit, and didnt sound like an insult to me. I think the Stormers looked unbeatable on Saturday, and I can hardly see the Bulls win the S15 . I hardly see a reason for your low-class reaction. I doubt your credentials, and you obviously havent been taught manners.

      Chip - 2011-05-02 10:19

      Whatever, Voorspoed moet julle 2 games teen die Sharks. Beste provinsiale span in die wereld?????? HaHa!!!! O ja en die Stormerties op Nuweland.......HaHa.........! Wonder net hoekom die Stormer ondersteuners lae klas is? Dit gaan mos oor die game??? Het jy al agtergekom uit die kommentaar en menings wie die lae klas is?

      huffelsuffel - 2011-05-02 10:37

      Ek is bly vir jou positieve houding ek is ook n trotse blou bul(ma nie die wat my kinders blou verf en bier o m boep lat balenseer nie)LOL Ek stem die bulle is baie goeie span ma km ons wees eerlik met mekaar nie die jaar nie dalk volgene jaar of daar na en dis sad vir m om dit te se en my hart is nie lekke daar oor nie ma ek dink dis die jaar van die stormers en di sharks hulle verdien war hulle is e ek is bly vir hulle en hulle supporters on weet mos hoe dit voel wen of verloor

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-02 10:47

      MrMojoRising : los daai vuil taal vir Brannas , Llloyd en die Danville bende ,Hoe kan die res van ons try en jy mors dit op , - Het jy al vir Rene Muller betaal , ( If not , you can't call ner a Whore )

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-02 10:49

      GraemeBB : Thats one for you , I appologise on behalf of the real Stormer Supporters !!

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-02 10:55

      René Müller - We may differ about our teams , but I appologise on behalf of the real Stormer supporters !!

      MrMojoRising - 2011-05-02 11:02

      Ja jammer ouens, dit was bietjie onvanpas vir my . . . Rene, ek is seker jy is 'n wonderlike dame, jammer.

      PJ - 2011-05-02 12:56

      Hey varkkop het jy laas naweek gesien hoe swaai daai simpel BB ondersteuner nog die ou SA vlag?Tipies BB mentaliteit te bang vir verandering maar suck up vir brownie punte in Soweto.Tweegesig Voortrekkermonument barbers.Wens die ANC maak Moftus en Snorcity se deure toe.

      Chronoman - 2011-05-03 11:30

      My vriend jy is clueless. Die enigste kans wat die bulle staan om die seisoen redelik af te sluit is as Ludeke nou maar een keer die insig kry dat dieselfde game plan nie 3 jaar in 'n ry sal werk nie. Dit was so duidelik dat hy besluit het dat die bulle met die bal moet speel die 2de helfte (en dit nie vir die opponente laat om die speelwerk te doen nie). Miskien besluit hy weer hierdie week om nog een keer te kyk of die ou game plan nie dalk wel sal werk nie. Ons (Suid-Afrikaners) sal die Stormers moet ondersteun as ons weer 'n Superrugby titel wil wen hierdie jaar.

  • Juggernaut - 2011-05-01 20:46

    Still a way to go. Lekicking a big improvement that showed good tries. Still too much short passing to slow forwards that are well marked. Better finishing close to goal line would have yielded 2 more triest still tries to break far too often... and what a shocker of a knock-on.

      Lennox - 2011-05-01 21:04

      The "Blue Juggernaut" of yesteryear appears to be a bit cumbersome though in the modern fast paced game of 2011. I feel the two centres are a bit of a weak link, likewise with the Sharks against the Stormers, a Jacques Fourie or Jean De Villiers is what the Bulls require.

  • vicj - 2011-05-01 21:01

    Happy dreams while you can as the nightmare is about to start. You still have Stormers and Sharks to come.

      Whatever - 2011-05-01 21:07

      Who's the Stormers again? Haven't paid too much attention there for the last 11yr???

      Richard - 2011-05-01 21:53

      Dude, the stormers are a true threat after thier demolition ofthe sharks, twice but dont make the mistake of writing off the bulls just yet. Yes they havent had the best season by any stretch but they arent Super champs for nothing. They are still in it with a slight chance and that makes them very very dangerous. The 2 games vs the sharks might just be thier 2 1st playoff games to decide whcih of the 2 goes through as the wild card.

      vicj - 2011-05-01 22:12

      Richard, the Sharks can never play as bad as they did against the Stormers so please dont get hopes up.

      Effel - 2011-05-02 00:38

      @Richard Hou maar by die Afrikaans nou onnosel p@epol, jy maak net jou naam gat hier met daai skrikwekkende lae IK. Ek skaam my om te dink jy's 'n Bulls ondersteuner. Asb gaan eers bietjie terug skool toe en "change" Stomers toe, jy's 'n disgrace vir die Elite Bloubul familie

  • Whatever - 2011-05-01 21:04

    Cliffie gets a stiffie when he sees IQ giant Duane. Man Cliff Bradley, you certainly didn't develop the rocket my boy. What an attention seeking idiot you are.

  • Whatever - 2011-05-01 21:06

    Cliff Bradley, an attention seeking idiot, definitely no rocket scientist!!

  • Effel - 2011-05-01 21:28

    There's no doubt that the pride of South African and world rugby, the Super Bulls are back. It's a no brainer from here, the cup stays where it's already standing. And has been standing for a while, something like 3 years!

      Chronoman - 2011-05-03 11:45

      Ek dink jy is effel te optimisties al is ek ook 'n Bulle ondersteuner. Vir die Wereldbeker sal ons moet steun op manne wat weet hoe om te wen en hierdie keer is dit nie Bloubulle waarvan ons praat nie.

  • crocowild - 2011-05-01 22:12

    Ya.Super champs one day,super chumps the next day.

      Effel - 2011-05-01 23:33

      @crocowild Man you are funny, I laughed so much at your original, extremely intelligent post. You are so talneted, tlaneted, talented sorry

      Lloyd - 2011-05-02 07:41

      Beter than no Super champs ever.

  • Kobus - 2011-05-01 22:38

    Henriette Bloubulrooi is mooi!!!!!!

  • Dal2000 - 2011-05-01 22:50

    Basson is overrated my friends! Luck doesn't always favor a certain player. Luck gives Basson his tries.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-02 07:42

      Luck is the the reason you were never aborted.

      Brevan - 2011-05-02 15:43

      Luck doesn't give you the CC try scoring record in a struggling team. In case you don't know, Basson holds the CC try scoring record that he set last season scoring 21 tries. Next best was Mvovo with 14. There is no way you can put that down to luck. The only reason he doesn't score more at the Bulls is because Olivier doesn't give the rest of the backs enough ball to play with. They expect him to chase down the up and unders, win the ball and score from there. Not the way to get the best out of him.

  • Whatever - 2011-05-02 00:58

    @Die fake Whatever alias dom urk Effie Ouens antwoord jou pos(waar jy as my fake probeer pos) dan moet jy as Whatever antwoord ook jou dom aap nie as Effel nie!Jirre maar jy is diepdom!Jou probleem is egter baie algemeen in Pretoria deesdae,hul noem dit n identiteitskrisis.Kom ek verduidelik vir jou.Jy sien julle is bietjie deurmekaar met die heeltyd verloor en nou nog die blou wat rooi geword het,die kaartjies wat weggegee word maar Moftus bly leeg en so aan en dan natuurlik die Stormers wat alles platvee voor hulle.Dit moet moeilik wees ons verstaan ou Effie.Dan nog jou sielkundige afwykings ook.Dit moet genuine erg wees.Ek sien jou krag is weer afgesny want jy was stil die naweek.Ja jong 40000zimdollars koop nie baie krag nie!Sien jy doen ook weer n nagskof.Dis seker vir pre-pay krag dat jy die Stormers kan sien speel die naweek.

      Effel - 2011-05-02 01:08

      Nagskof? Dis 5pm in Kanada ou bees, ek drink rooiwyn, eet steak,polish die ML 63 AMG. Man, life is good. En die Bulle wen weer als diejaar, including die worldcup. Ai tog kan dit enigsins beter raak?

      Effel - 2011-05-02 14:56

      @Whatever Nee, ek ry hom sommer deur die carwash, jy het mos hier gewerk IK reus, jy behoort te onthou mos. Ek like net hom hom blink te polish, dis darem 'n $ 125,000 kar.

      Paddy - 2011-05-03 02:24

      Is dit al wat n ML daar kos!Ek sal 3 vat dankie jou aap!Dis seker n 1999 AMG sonder wiele

  • Effel - 2011-05-02 01:11

    Jis jis al julle dom wesels. Gou 'n vragie vir enige nie-Bull? Hoeveel van julle het al die Vodacom, Curriebeker en Superbeker in EEN jaar gewen? O, but then again, nog net een span in die WERELD kon dit doen. Ai wat 'n elite groep is ons nie

      Whatever - 2011-05-02 02:48

      O ja die hele "wereld" speel mos in die CB en Hottiecup ook nê!Jy is diepdom ou!

      Whatever - 2011-05-02 02:50

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Shame man moet jy jou eie ML was of bedoel jy FL!?

  • Crusader Man - 2011-05-02 04:35

    I reckon the Bulls couls still make 6th place if a few teams above them lose a few games.. Bulls have played most of the hard teams where as top 6 teams still have to play some hard games.. Would love to see Stormers finish 3rd and then the Bulls come 6th.. I would back the Bulls if they get on a roll.. I no Crusaders,Stormers,Reds,Blues have some games aginst each other. which makes it easier for lower teams to catch up. starting to be a close comp.. Fantastic

      PJ - 2011-05-02 12:52

      Crusader man skryf afrikaans man jy maak n d....van jouself...groot Kiwi nou nê...mooiman!Seker n eks-Bull as ek sien die str@nt wat jy kwytraak.Jy moet bid ou skelm McCaw se skelm spannetjie kom in die final.

      Andy49 - 2011-05-02 16:24

      @PJ - this is an english site, why don't you rather visit NUUS24.com for your afrikaans diatribe?

      Paddy - 2011-05-03 02:25

      Andy gaan steek n pom ek sal skryf in whatever taal ek wil jou d@@s!

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-04 03:37

      @Paddy kan ons asb erens ontmoet, ek sal like om die bitter kak uit jou te bliksem

  • Mishka - 2011-05-02 06:23

    Unfortunately I don't understand any of the mostly used language here (give me a break, I am trying to learn Afrikaans and two other of your indigenous languages) - but I do know sexy when I see sexy. Oh Victor, you stud........................

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-02 07:04

      lol

      Lloyd - 2011-05-02 07:43

      Mishka jy is nogal n lekker stukkie.

      PJ - 2011-05-02 12:53

      My dier jy is so afrikaans soos n Snorcity Redbull en gaan suie aan ou Matfield se vuil eiers want Spies het nie!

  • What de D... - 2011-05-02 07:15

    een game maak nou die somer...en al die bulls ondersteuners is nou weer happy en dink hul gaan nou weer champs wees...en volgende week as hulle verloor...wat dan...weer dikbek....snor stad se mense...sug....

      PJ - 2011-05-02 12:54

      Ten minste het hul seker nie te veel gemoer aan hul vrouens die naweek nie!

  • Facts - 2011-05-02 08:32

    A friendly request to NEWS24. Can you please sensor all the common and disgusting messages from this site? I wish I can find a site where ALL the decent rugby supporters from the various provinces can chat and exchange ideas. This site is really becoming a low class playing ground.

      Noitol - 2011-05-02 09:24

      A vain hope, I'm afraid. Rugby followers are not universally known for any soaring level of erudition and what wit they have is virtually non-existent unless it be liberally peppered with the basest of copulative expletives. Just love the game though.

  • Mark - 2011-05-02 09:43

    Pierre en Wynand het begin beter lyk...hoop hul kom gou reg. Wens Kirschner wil die bal uitgee..!!

      EXBULL - 2011-05-02 11:05

      Aan wie moet Kirchner die bal uitgee ??? Daar is niemand wat kan bybly nie.

      MaestroX - 2011-05-02 12:13

      The bulls did play brilliantly the 2nd half, but they are still crap this year, they will be lucky to make the next round. If they do they might wake up and actually play the rugby we know they can. Pierre had one of his best games as did Wynand. Only time will tell. Kirchner is pathetic!!

  • Andre - 2011-05-02 10:26

    As n Blou bul ondersteuner het ek tot Saterdag nog n bietjie hoop gehad vir die Bulle, maar ek moet nou erken die Stormers is verwoestend. Hulle het die Sharks n les geleer. Alle eer aan Alistair en Rassie.

  • CliffBradley - 2011-05-02 10:45

    Lekker slaap ou grote

  • jock van wyk - 2011-05-02 14:20

    sport you and some of your teamates have been sleeping during the past few games

  • Effel - 2011-05-02 15:11

    I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Stormers with the 10 year (yes one decade that is) anniversary of their last cup. This is quite an achievement and will be very hard to beat. And even more impressive, in only 2 years they could be the first team in history to go 20 YEARS cupless in the Super competition. Go boytjies, go go go. Go die Stome (sorry tanne nogsteeds min)

  • CliffBradley - 2011-05-03 05:24

    I must admit the Bulls looked very impressive on Sat. It's an honour and a privilege to watch them fire on all cylinders like that. I'd love to be part of that elite Blue Bull family, so this is official now, I'm changing to be a Bulls fan! Go Bulls go, lets make it 4 cups in 5 years!!

      Lloyd - 2011-05-03 06:31

      You can't go wrong Cliff.

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-03 07:27

      Vir al die Stormer doem profete,die Bulle is terug en die tweede helfte van die game het hulle gewys dat Stormers oor 3 weke nie hulle gaan baasraak nie,Te vroeg gepeak Stormers,Bulle is base

  • Leon - 2011-05-03 06:51

    I'm pleased to see SA rugby is still alive and well. We can give each other hard times about our teams but in the end we still love and support the Boks. Ek hoop net ons kies die regte span en dat ons ouens almal biskikbaar sal wees vir die World Cup. SA rugby Bo!!!

  • Stox - 2011-05-03 15:08

    Cool. But you guys are still the Red Bulls from now on :D Jou bloed is ROOI! Just like everybody elses! Har har!

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