Pink? My bloed is blou

2012-02-16 14:17

Have the Bulls gone mad? Wearing pink in Melbourne, Sydney, Dunedin and Hamilton of all places?

The decision by the players and new sponsors PUMA to have the pink jersey as their strip for the overseas leg of their Super Rugby fixtures certainly stirred up a lot of emotions among their fans.

It was an interesting call. It is clear that a lot of Bulls fans are very loyal to the blue, or as they would say, true to the blue. The ‘my bloed is blou’ slogan has also been punted quite a lot by their own marketing department, so to suddenly go pink certainly was unexpected.

I understand from some players that they were involved in the design, so they must be happy, but somehow they misread the feelings of their supporters.

I don’t believe the Bulls players are removed from their supporters, in fact, they are very approachable.

All training sessions at Loftus are open ones and you often find dozens of fans attending those sessions and getting their wish fulfilled for a photo with a player or a signature on a shirt.

Their ‘go red’ campaign in support of main sponsor Vodacom last year was also met by much resistance, but those jerseys became quite sought after, but somehow I don’t see the pink ones having the same effect.

Maybe the Bulls internal departments are losing touch with the needs of their fans?

It is sad that the Bulls are the only Super franchise not to have an official (or even unofficial) supporters club.

The union is doing a lot of things right, but they also seem to fall short on other issues. Having a supporters club does not seem very high on their agenda. It is a pity, as it could be a valuable way of communication between the team and the fans.

We have seen how much value the Sharks Supporters Club has added to their side’s fortunes. It is well run, well organised and there are very few times that, wherever the Sharks play, they are not joined by a branch of their Supporters Club.

Well done to them.

The colour of your jersey is not supposed to make you play better or worse, or as PUMA claims, confuse opponents. If that was the case, all jerseys would look the same, would they not?

The only colour rugby jersey I know of that strikes fear into opponents is the black ones the All Blacks wear.

The reason for other teams especially those North of the equator to fear the Kiwi side is because they know they are going to be whacked by them!

Which is why teams should be feared (or not) and respected (or not) by the way they play.

With the Super Rugby season almost upon us, it is going to be quite interesting to see how many changes there will be amongst the various ways our teams play.

Watching the very good game between the Bulls and Cheetahs in Polokwane last weekend, I picked up that packs are now trying to provide their scrumhalf with even more time for box kicks.

Have a look next weekend how players would pack behind each other at a ruck, almost in a straight line, with the scrumhalf at the end of it. It gives the No 9 another two or three metres to execute the box kick and obviously allows him to be more accurate in doing so.

There will be other changes as well and it is good to see that our coaches are trying to progress and improve all the time.

It is about time for South African teams and not those wearing black to dictate the way the game is played.

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  • Wesley - 2012-02-16 14:37

    Its about time you fools get over the jersey and support your team! Get with the times and move on! its fresh and funky! you are not wearing long moe jerseys your ouma made you any more! They are wearing hi-tech PUMA Jerseys with abit of flair!

      Tygerr - 2012-02-16 14:46

      Do you realise you just used the phrase "fresh and funky" to describe a RUGBY Jersey? Since when did commentary on anything about rugby turn into Videofashion Daily?! Oh right, since the Bulls decided to start wearing pink... :-/

      Wesley - 2012-02-16 15:04

      Ag all you guys are a bunch of pansies! Stop crying! Such a big fuss out of nothing! Mind you the blue bulls and stormers are the worst losers out there! you just showing the same attitude in you're comments!

      Jason - 2012-02-16 15:07

      Im not crying......well actually yes I am, I'm crying tears of laughter!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-16 15:36

      Wesley, a good loser is a loser. Period.

      Shnez - 2012-02-16 15:36

      Tyyyggggeeerrrrr...your such a drol, your jersey is so close to pink anyways! is that why you are crying aswell?!

      Willem - 2012-02-16 15:55

      At least the bulls can afford new jerseys, Tygerr.

      Priester - 2012-02-16 22:55

      @Wesley; if my memory serves me right the Sharks also had a stint in pink....... Blou Bul Groete!

      Kosie - 2012-02-17 08:46

      @priester: for cancer awareness, we don't wear pink unless its for a good cause. not because our centre and captain likes pink.

      Louis - 2012-02-17 09:57

      @Shnez, you are still crying about the Currie Cup you lost so badly, sour grapes nê?

      Shnez - 2012-02-17 11:31

      Louis hahahahahahaha Na man! you guys played awesome! Bout time you guys won something! ;) Sick and tired of all these Whiners!!!!!!! The loose they whine! There jersey changes they cry and whine! We played in pink! we didn't go on like it was the end of the world!

      Wt - 2012-02-20 14:53

      Rugby, a full contact team sport, physical and sometimes used to be until the bulls went pink. Cover your jewels in the scrums boys.

  • Lionel - 2012-02-16 14:39

    Would like to see JJ(Oros Man)in he's pink jersey,PT shorts and crocs!!! Blue Bulls don't have a supporters club,wonder why??Brandewyn en coke got something to do with it!!!!

      Lourie - 2012-02-16 15:00

      Lionel, How many Trophies did your team win in its history? The BULLS are the MOST successfull Super Rugby Team in SA. What does it have to do with Brandewyn and Coke? Jy moet groot word boet !!

      Lionel - 2012-02-16 15:08

      Here we go again about how many trophies they have won etc!!!! Remember youve still got that tag over your heads about playing 11 and losing 11 and also losing to the Kings. Groot word,hahahahahaahahahahhaaha,dink ek is groot genoeg!!!!

  • Pierre - 2012-02-16 14:40

    Havent you heard.. Pink is the new blue... :D

  • Bootman - 2012-02-16 14:46

    JJ as jy nie ophou pies vreet nie, is dit nie net jou bloed wat blou gaan wees nie maar jou hele lyf............BULLS ARE FAIRIES

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-16 15:44

      Check out ''. My profile was abducted as well. I really have better things to do than trying to be you.

      Bootman - 2012-02-16 16:00

      @fake Bootman Almal ignoreer asb. die nar! Bulle gaan hul SOVEELSTE trofee wen, in Blou of peink

      Bootman - 2012-02-16 18:11

      Hahahaha Check die Bulls supporter met a Stormers avatar..............BULLS ARE FAIRIES

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-16 18:29

      Ek sien jy het nie die common descency om vir my jammer te sê oor jy my vals beskuldig het dat ek jou profile gesteel het nie.

      Bootman - 2012-02-16 22:21

      Bulldozer I sincerely apologize for accusing you. This idiot has made the whole forum experience an unpleasant one. Although some might find it annoying, the truth is I really enjoy the Bulls and Stormers supporters having a go at each other. I feel it's all in good fun and people shouldnt see it as anything else. I wish I could track this moron down and shove his PC up his a**se while it is still plugged in. Canada must be a really boring place......................BULLS ARE FAIRIES

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-16 22:39

      No problem buddy. All's forgiven. Stormers suck!

      Bootman - 2012-02-17 04:21

      @fake Bootman Come try and do that my boy, you'll achieve the same than your team has in the last decade. Please do, I'll pay your air ticket

  • td.hlatshwayo - 2012-02-16 14:56

    1st: why would the Bulls need a supporters club when they are the most supported (across all races) in South Africa ? (go to Mamelodi JJ, you will see what i mean) 2nd: why do we need to care about sharks supporters clubs ? How many Super Rugby titles have they won again ? 3rd: i also did not like the jersey at first but the more I look at it the more i see its not that bad 4th: where would you rather wear pink rugby jerseys? England? Dubai ? 5th: just wait and see what these Bulls have in store for you!!!!!!! Die Blou masjien is hier (pienk masjien? )

      Lionel - 2012-02-16 15:01

      Most supported in SA,I doubt that!!!!!!!!Pity though that half way through the S15 there stadiums are empty and tickets are given away just fill stadiums!!!

      td.hlatshwayo - 2012-02-16 15:06

      do that research you will find out for yourself.....or either guess!

      Jason - 2012-02-16 15:14

      The bulls are not the best supported franchise in SA, unfortunately supporting a team means going to games and paying to be there, that money goes towards the stadium the team etc. Buying a knock off jersey at the robots also doesn't mean you are supporting them, because they don't see any of that money either. Just wearing a jersey and shouting "my blood is Pink!" doesn't make to a true supporter. The reason you are liking the jersey more and more is because that cloet door is creeping slowly open! And I cant wait for the Bulls, or the Sharks or the Hurricanes............I just need some rugby. Stormers 4 life!

      Kosie - 2012-02-17 08:52

      @ raven: cause all the stormer supporters buy the jerseys to start the fire for the braai. and they braai every weekend.

  • Shnez - 2012-02-16 15:32

    Cry Babies!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-16 15:46


  • Bootman - 2012-02-16 15:58

    Die Bulls is net verveeld al om die koppie oor en oor en oor te wen in Blou. Kom ons wen hom nou in pienk

      Bootman - 2012-02-16 18:08

      Hahahaha Check die Bulls supporter met a Stormers avatar..............BULLS ARE FAIRIES

  • BoshimelaLapa - 2012-02-16 16:20

    Mens spel in Afrikaans pienk so hoor JJ. Ek sê maar net. Neem aan jy gaan dit baie gebruik hierdie jaar.

  • John - 2012-02-16 16:22

    Klop pooftas. Dis n skanda!. I'm just glad Bakkies does not have to go through the humiliation of wearing that strip. Mind you Meisie Kind is going to love it. Julle Bulle is pooftas - die julle lot. GO STORMERS!

  • yazeed.khan1 - 2012-02-16 16:23

    Only chicks were pink but the Bulls wearing pink does not really surprise me because they been playing like a bunch of chicks recently!!!!!!!!!!

  • yazeed.khan1 - 2012-02-16 16:23

    Only chicks were pink but the Bulls wearing pink does not really surprise me because they been playing like a bunch of chicks recently!!!!!!!!!!

  • Leon - 2012-02-16 16:27

    Wie supply die parfuum, eyeshadow en lipstick girls van die Bulls.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-16 16:35

      Jou ma.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-16 17:31

      Nee wat Raven. Jy ken mos 'Al dra n aap n goue ring..........' Dis ons Leon daai.

      Kosie - 2012-02-17 08:56

      @raven are you wynand olivier, cause you always going on about some guys looks, this guy needs a make over some guy needs to get anew face etc. that why you love your pink.

  • Gert - 2012-02-16 16:58

    I don't think Mr. Harmse is very much in touch with how things work in marketing. These jerseys will definitely sell very well. Way better than the white jerseys and they will attract more female buyers as well. The Bulls were spot on with this design.

      Bootman - 2012-02-16 20:23

      @fake Bootman Yes, Bulls are fairies, with 3 Super cups. What does that make the Stormers?

      Jack - 2012-02-16 21:16

      WTF - identity crisis...

      Kosie - 2012-02-17 08:58

      to be technical there is only one cup and currently it is at the reds, so you don't have the cup they do. you name is on there but its not yours anymore

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-17 12:49

      What cups will the Pink Poofters win with their new jerseys? C-Cup, D-Cup? Sponsored by WonderBra.

  • steveroodt - 2012-02-16 18:23

    As usual 99.9% of you do not read and just make assumptions. Only parts of the jersey are Pink the main color is purple after your pta tree's that leave that terrible mess all over the place. may be there's a reason for this.Go SHARKS make us proud

  • Michael - 2012-02-16 18:52

    This is an excellent marketing ploy for extra revenue, these shirts will be very favorable under the lady fans an even men and should sell a lot. More money for the bulls. clever very clever.

  • Herman - 2012-02-16 19:35

    The pink jerseys only aim, is to make the opponents fall in love with them, so that they can win easier. GO PINK BULLE GO...!!!!

      Jack - 2012-02-16 21:18

      of course - why do you think the Bulls like to keep the ball with their forwards - they love the man-lovin in the rucks, mauls and scrums!

      Bootman - 2012-02-16 21:53

      @jackblack Wat die hart van vol is loop die mond van oor. Is jy nog op skool?

  • Laulene Bester - 2012-02-16 22:48

    Petition Save the Blue! Red die Blou!

  • csoelofse - 2012-02-17 00:12


      Shistirrer - 2012-02-17 12:51

      JJ het in elk geval sy laaste greintjie geloofwaardigheid verloor met sy artikel oor die Stormer supporters. As hy "môre" sê (oftewel "mo-o-o-re", hy's mos van Tshwane), moet jy kyk hoe laat dit is.

  • Blip - 2012-02-17 03:15

    They're panthers, not bulls. (Badum..padum Padum padum padum Padum pa-dooooo papadum padum )

  • ajcvdw - 2012-02-17 05:21

    Eish JJ, always so critical, hey!

  • ajcvdw - 2012-02-17 05:24

    Ever thought that this was a well-planned marketing exercise by all sponsors who are getting LOADS of extra mileage from all the news surrounding this? Just a thought... and remember, this is only the AWAY jersey. Loftus bly BLOU!

      Kosie - 2012-02-17 09:02

      until everybody buys the pink jerseys, as some say they will, then the stands will become pink and loftus will then be pink.

  • cloe.masson - 2012-02-17 07:29

    aaa get in touch with the feminine side :D

      Hoo - 2012-02-17 08:45

      @no clue- feminine side?? if i had a feminine side, it must be my ass... do you want do get in touch with my feminine side??

  • Benmica - 2012-02-17 07:36

    We all are part of thre Bulls supporters club. In fact we each have our own Bulls supporters club. We all have a flag and the song for it. Liefling. And we are in unision at Loftus. W are a team with a lot of supporters and sometimes we like it pink. So what!

      Kurt Botha Herzog - 2012-02-19 12:35

      Exactly my point what does it matter! Just because its diffrent doesn't mean its bad or wrong! In 11 years the Stormers have only won one small little throphy! So why don't you all start win thropies and then maybe you too can change your colours to which ever you want! Bulls for Life!

  • Dawid - 2012-02-17 08:48

    "Maybe the Bulls internal departments are losing touch with the needs of their fans?" Couldn't have said it better and can't agree more JJ. I for one will support my beloved Bulls, but I won't buy a shred of merchandise this year, and think I'll just skip watching the away games in that disgusting laughable strip.

      Kosie - 2012-02-17 09:03

      you guys never watch the away games anyway, cause you ussually lose your away games.

  • Dirco - 2012-02-17 09:05

    @bull jou rugby kennis verbaas my...elke keer as jy iets comment besef ek dat ek al beter gehoor het by graad 12 meisies (wat pienk dra).die feit dat jy ook net 5 vriende op jou fb het en geen profile pic nie,laat my wonder hoekom jy oor ander mense se "looks" kan praat.wat steek jy weg???Vergeet nou maar van die bekertjies wat julle gewen het,onthou net om n wen span te ondersteun maak nie van jou n rugby kenner nie!!! Jy is nie dalk `n transvestite nie? B@llz like a bull,pizz like a b***h and sits like one too. sterkte vir jou blou span,hoop hulle kan begin waar hulle opgehou het.en onthou om nie met jou vroutjie te fight oor wie die pienke elke saterdag gaan aantrek nie, kry dan eerder vir jou n stormers trui, hy is ook blou :) dan behoort jy ook meer intelligent te lyk as wat jy klink.

  • Why - 2012-02-17 09:37

    Im a stormers fan. Hell let them wear pink. It is not about what you wear but how you play, even though it might be a bit girly sometimes. :-)

  • Abie - 2012-02-17 10:01

    Going to the ballet are they????? Eish!!

  • mikeangell61 - 2012-02-17 16:28

    The only colour rugby jersey I know of that strikes fear into opponents is the black ones the All Blacks wear. So sweetie what will pink do for you. We are BLUE BULLS not effing pink bulls.

  • Attie - 2012-02-17 16:59

    Blou Bul tot die Dood..... Dit sal ek bly.Wen of verloor, en ja, die trui sal seker nie `n verskil maak in die uitslag van die wedstryd nie. Maar F$%%^&*T boys, pienk van alle kleure........ Ek voel net baie ongelukkig dat nuwe manne wat nog hul staal sal moet wys op die harde pad vorentoe, met hul voulike hormone dink, en meer seggenskap het as die mense wat hul salarisse betaal, en nie die miljoene Blou Bul ondersteuners se gevoelens eers toets voor julle ons die Bespotting van Rugby maak nie. Sal dit nooit aanvaar nie. DIE WOORD IS VIR 60 JAAR NET BLOU. Gespel BLOU en nie F$%^&**(N pienk nie. Ek sien eerder kans om vir die volgende 10 jaar geen game te wen soos deur ander Unies , as om in P*&^%k dood gesien te word .

  • Chris - 2012-02-18 11:01

    Iemand help my net uit hier...Is "Hello Kitty" of "Barbie" nou die Bulle se nuwe sponsor? Hier in my vriendekring het ons 'n helse meningsverskil daaroor en google kon ons ook nie uithelp nie. 'Barbie" loop tans voor weens Wynand 'Meisiekind" Olivier se affiniteit vir 'Barbie en Ken'.

  • Kurt Botha Herzog - 2012-02-19 12:39

    What does it matter! Just because its diffrent doesn't mean its bad or wrong! In 11 years the Stormers have only won one small little throphy! So why don't you all start win thropies and then maybe you too can change your colours to which ever you want! Yes me too don't prefer pink, the Boland goes pink and no fuss is made, the Bulls go Pink and a huge fuss is made because you feel threatend by the fact the you too might loose against the Pink Bulls!!

  • whusselmann - 2012-02-19 15:01

    From Blue Bulls to pink cows. I hope JJ has already got his pink outfit.Paint Pretoria Pink.

  • Rodney - 2012-02-19 18:34

    I for one agree. The Bulls have gone crazy or they are sacrificing there fans for the sake of CASH and Political Correctness. I have been a Bulls fan since 1961 in the days of the old Northen Transvaal and they were allways known for their blue jersey and the Barberton Daisy. Changing the jersey colour is like changing the name of Loftus..............its just not on.

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