Blue Bulls hold off Cheetahs

2011-07-23 19:09

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Pretoria - Earlier in the week new Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar told some journalists the tale of his anguish as Free State coach when Francois Brummer stole two Vodacom Cup finals away from him with drop goals in the final minutes.

So it was a bit of poetic justice that Brummer played a starring role and kicked a crucial penalty with 10 minutes to go to give Pienaar his first victory at the Blue Bulls, beating Free State 33-30 in a humdinger at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

This was a nail-biter, and went right to the end, one which the Cheetahs almost snatched away with four minutes to go, when captain Andries Strauss went over in the corner and it looked as if they had stolen the game. But fortuitously for the Bulls it seemed replacement wing had stepped out 40 metres earlier, something which replays confirmed and only touch judge Christie du Preez saw.

It gave the Bulls a victory they had to fight tooth and nail for, one which few would have given them at half time and one that they will savour for a long time to come. Missing more than 20 players – including 16 with the Springboks – this was never going to be an easy task for the home side, and their loss last week at the Sharks in Durban hardly did anything for the confidence.

But against the odds – 17-3 down at one stage and looking out on their feet – the Bulls clawed their way back. Tenacity it seems is in ample supply here at Loftus Versfeld, and when the final whistle blew, the young Bulls players embraced as if they had won a final.

The Cheetahs will be wondering where it all went wrong, but they let their guard down at a crucial time in the second half, as momentum moved the way of the home side.

The Cheetahs were the first to draw blood after a number of phases saw then draw enough defenders in for Hennie Daniller to go over untouched with a two man overlap still on his outside.

Sias Ebersohn’s penalty took them 10 points up, and despite a penalty by Francois Brummer, the Cheetahs moved further ahead when prop Marcel van der Merwe went over from close range.

At 17-3 down on their home ground things didn’t look good for the Bulls, and even though Brummer managed to pull another six points back through penalties on both sides of halftime, there certainly were many in the 13 000 crowd who would have not given the home side a chance.

But fate has a strange way of turning games, and momentum started going the Bulls way. They settled, seemed to be over their nerves and finally a few of their more risky passes started sticking. The game opened up and as it did, the Bulls came storming back into it.

Sensing an opportunity with the ball in open play, the Bulls moved it left. Gary Botha just managed an overhead pass to put Stefan Watermeyer into space, and the midfielder helped the ball on to speedster Gerhard van den Heever, who sprinted in at the corner.

The Bulls were suddenly back in it, a point down but were given a rude reminder of how hard the fight would be when Francois Uys stormed down Brummer’s kick from the restart, taking the gap to 8 points again.

But these Bulls weren’t to be downed, and on attack again, this time it was Juandre Kruger who slipped a neat pass to Watermeyer in the gap. The midfielder fed flanker Derick Kuun on the wing, and he ran in for the sprint of his life to score.

Sias Ebersohn added a penalty to extend the lead to four, but a perfectly timed close pass by Dustin Jinka to a flying Akona Ndungane finally put the Bulls in the lead. It had taken an hour, but the Bulls would not let this one go.

Even when Ebersohn leveled the scores a minute later with another penalty, it took pressure and the gamebreaker came. And when it did, Brummer was up to the task to slot 18 points for the night.

The Bulls held out for the last 10, but the Cheetahs came within chalkdust of taking the game, prompting the celebrations at the end.

Pienaar got his victory against his former employers, and Loftus celebrated. But in the sobering afterglow it won’t be forgotten that this young Bulls team still has a mountain to climb.

But to Pienaar and co, it will be so much easier to climb with a win under the belt.


Blue Bulls:

Tries: Gerhard van den Heever, Derick Kuhn, Akona Ndungane
Conversions: Francois Brummer (3)
Penalties: Brummer (4).

Free State Cheetahs:
Tries: Hennie Daniller, Marcel van der Merwe, Francois Uys
Conversions: Sias Ebersohn (3)
Penalties: Ebersohn (3)


  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-23 19:10


      Bulldozer - 2011-07-23 19:15

      Nou wat nou grootbek?????????????????????

      Legend - 2011-07-23 19:17

      Wen bly wen! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! We is not dense... We is.

      René Müller - 2011-07-23 19:17

      Great 2nd half Bulls, thanks for the win, I would not have survived another loss today. At least we don't have to eat humble pie this week. Was a good win against a good Cheetah outfit.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-23 19:22

      Geluk, my ou PAPSAK Drinker Vriend. Maar onthou ek le en wag vir jou volgende saterdag in die Kaap en jy't gesien hoe kook ek gisteraand. My winning margin was beter as die van die cheetahs teen die Luiperds en onthou die Cheetahs speel met hul super 15 span, terwyl ons en julle ingesluit met ons B spanne speel....

      Bulkalf - 2011-07-23 19:44

      Ag WP bliksem gaan sit in die hoek en wag nog 10 jaar !

      Jack - 2011-07-23 19:54

      Ek weet nie waaroor jy opgewonde is nie - wat ek in die afgelope 2 naweke gesien het is uiters power. Die standaard is aan alle kante kommerwekkend. Veral verdediging. Ons rugby in die provinsies het definitief oor die afgelope jaar gedaal. Dit geld vir WP sowel as al die ander spanne.

      Bricktop - 2011-07-23 20:10

      @Jack, ek voel presies soos jy. Ek is nie meer lus om rugby te kyk nie. Ek voel eintlik al vir twee jaar so

      Dwarslat - 2011-07-23 20:12

      Stem saam Jack, die gehalte rugby is beslis kommerwekkend.

      Carl Muller - 2011-07-25 08:13

      Jy bedoel seker manne met karakter....

      jk - 2011-07-25 09:01

      gary se pens raak ook groter na elke verloor...

      jk - 2011-07-25 09:03

      almal wat nie wil rugby kyk nie, whats wrong mu chinas???

  • Bricktop - 2011-07-23 19:12

    Dont feel bad cheethas, we all knew that you stood no chance against "Blou Marius".

      Bricktop - 2011-07-23 19:19

      Sit neer jou papsak ou dozer, sluk ñ prozac en haal diep asem, en in, en uit, en in, en uit.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-23 19:24

      @Bricktop- Ek is eerlik Marius Jonker soek ek ook nie na aan 'n WP game nie. Eerder Pro Legoete of Mark Lawrence. @Bulldozertjie- wactch jou taal gebruik my China!!!

      Bricktop - 2011-07-23 19:32

      Elke keer as blou Marius op die veld draf met ñ wp game, sal jy sien dat die ou ñ smile het. Hy weet hy gaan wp roer en hy kan homself nie beteul nie. @ Bulldozer, het jou ma jou so grootgemaak? Dink jy sy sal trots wees op haar kind se taalgebruik?

      jk - 2011-07-25 09:04

      in en uit... is nie in bulldozer se woordeskat nie, al in en uit wat hy kry is spaarkamer toe en!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-25 09:15

      Brick for brains = bad loser

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-23 19:12

    It was a GOOD game to watch, but too many basic errors by the Cheetahs, otherwise they could have easily won this game. Good luck to the Bulls for next week, ons LEK ons LIPPE af in die kaap in afwagting op 'n HEERLIKE Blou Bul STEAK braai volgende saterdagaand!! WP jou LEKKA DENG!!!! Blou Bul Jou VOETE STENK!!!!

      Bulkalf - 2011-07-23 19:39

      As ek weer WP jou lekka ding hoor kots ek !!!! 'n Lekka ding in die konteks wat jy en vele ander idiote dit gebruik is 'n meisie met min waardes. So se sommer : WP jou HOER !!!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-23 19:54

      @Bulkalf- Your name says it ALL(low intellect) and you are new to this blog. Welcome to the Family!!!!

      Bulkalf - 2011-07-23 20:48

      Hello WP Bliksem, jou lekka ding ! Ha ha whoaaaa !!!!

      jk - 2011-07-25 09:05

      wp jou lekkkkkkaaa deeeeng!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! prooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooovince!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-23 19:14

    Write this Blue Bull team off at you peril.

      PJ - 2011-07-24 03:21

      Dozer jy is nie baie slim nie nê ou vaakseun!?

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-24 09:07

      Eers noem jy my naam en dan skielik jou pa s'n. Wat gaan aan?

      jk - 2011-07-25 09:06

      ten minste wil sy pa nog met hom praat

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-23 19:15

    Cheetahs, my gods with feet of clay!

  • BardofAvon - 2011-07-23 19:16

    Here we go again. And this is our C team.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-23 19:19

      I said since last weekend, this young team can only improve. To be honest I didn't expect such a big improvement so quickly.

      René Müller - 2011-07-23 19:25

      It didn't take us long to build (unlike other teams who've been building for tooooo many years now) - I gave them a season, but wow they improved by a mile!! That's my Bulls!!!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-23 19:26

      I hope you've taken note of the Performance of my D team last night against the Leopards. As next week saturday I want to have BLUE BULLS steak for SUPPER. How does that sound?????

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-25 09:12

      WPBLIKSEM against the Leopards.. really? I hope you have taken note what the Lions did to the very same team WP could only manage a draw at Newlands nogals lmao

  • Bricktop - 2011-07-23 19:17

    Just Joking. Must say that the bulls were awful in the 1st half (I personally thought a 30 point hiding), but really played out of their skins in the second. Cheethas looked a bit overconfident?

  • Zion - 2011-07-23 19:23

    Briljant Bulle, Ek het julle afgeskryf teen halftyd maar tog het julle terug gekom en julle stem dik gemaak. I only saw the game up to half-time and had the distinct impression the referee was not quite aware of what was going on around him. Much of the time he seemed to be out of position then has to confer with the linesman then make a decision. He missed a blatant forward pass by theCheetahs and blew up theBulls when they were unable to release the ball due to it being prevented coming out by the Cheetahs. I realize it is poor protocol to ref. bashing but this guy was out of this world.

      Hennie van Staden - 2011-07-24 11:00

      I believe that "blou bul "Jonker rather favoured his co- team mates.

      Carl Muller - 2011-07-25 08:14

      Beursie opgetel by Loftus met 'n lisensie vir A B Coetzee daarin...kontak my vir besonderhede.

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-25 09:12

      Hennie I believe you are a bad loser

  • Bricktop - 2011-07-23 19:26

    "Pienaar got his victory against his former employers". Ok it all makes sense now. He knew the Cheetahs game plan. Next time they will change their game plan and they will give the bulls a 40+ point hiding at Bloemfontein stadium.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-23 20:46

      With all the video analysis and stuff going on these days, I'm sure he doesn't know more about the Cheetahs gameplan than any other half decent coach.

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-25 09:13

      Brick for brains you are a bad loser

  • Allin - 2011-07-23 19:50

    "The Blue Bulls have recorded their first victory on the Currie Cup tournament..." Is there anyone with a basic understanding of English at Sport24?

      PJ - 2011-07-24 03:22

      No why dont you apply.....d@@s!

  • PJ - 2011-07-24 03:20

    Nog n skelm BB wen.Hul kan bly wees daai trop Blou bobbejane wat Saterdag vir die B-Bokke gespeel het was nie in hul span nie dan het hul vêr verloor.Skilpad Steyn,Blondie Olivier,Krimineel Basson,Verbande Kruger,Gangster Greyling,Dom Flip,Slegman en Donkie Rossouw is die 1 meer useless as die ander.

      Damian@bulls - 2011-07-24 13:57

      @Pj Jy defineer 'n tappit en kommin fan. PUNT

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-07-24 16:27

    Congratz, good game. Was close, many errors on both sides. At least beginning of season all have new players that is getting into the game, think this is gona be a very good currie cup.

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-07-24 16:32

    O ja.. and the bulls , no 9., damn good player..

  • Carl Muller - 2011-07-25 08:09

    A wallet with a license was picked up at Loftus this weekend. Licence in the name of A B Coetzee. Please contact me for where to find it.

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