Bulls look to the future

2011-10-16 19:29

Pretoria - The Blue Bulls have put the disappointment of missing out on the Currie Cup playoffs behind them and have found delight in the young talent they have developed during this year’s competition.

In his first year in charge of the Blue Bulls, coach Pine Pienaar had a tough task of blooding new players and keeping the team competitive.

The side had a final stab at qualifying for the playoffs on Friday when the Bulls comprehensively beat the Leopards 92-21 in Pretoria.

Western Province, however, poured cold water on their ambitions as they beat the Pumas in Cape Town to secure the fourth-place with one log-point separating them from the Bulls.

"I think all the players put their hands up tonight [Friday] but there were a number of young players who got an opportunity to play Currie Cup and did well," said Pienaar.

"Especially players like Arno [Botha] and CJ [Stander] played really good rugby and I think that really excites us about the future.

"It is always great to see those kind of players in the Currie Cup and know it will give you depth for the Super15."

Pienaar said the new-found talent will keep players who are regulars in certain positions on their toes and add pressure for them to perform.

He, however, said advancing to the playoffs would have been the first prize and they gave themselves some hope with Friday’s performance.

"One thing that I can say is that at one stage we were bottom of the log and the guys stuck together and showed a lot of commitment.

"We fought our way out of that hole and gave ourselves an opportunity. Unfortunately, last weekend we did not play that well and Griquas punished us for that," said Pienaar.

The Bulls' captain Gary Botha, who played in his last match for the Pretoria-based side, said the youngsters in the team had picked-up a wealth of experience during the season.

"Luckily, the young guys learnt different things this year. They’ve played pressure games like the ones at Newlands, the opening match against the Sharks, away against Griquas and now the match at Loftus to put 90 points on the board," said Botha.

The skipper said the players had grown in stature, which boded well for the team’s future.

"I think there are loads of young players who have come through but we said at the beginning of the season that we are not in a building phase and have to compete and win cups," he said.

"Unfortunately, the position we are in is not acceptable for Blue Bulls standards, we nevertheless gained experience out of it."

The 30-year-old Botha has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with French club Toulouse, but said he could still make a return to the Bulls at the conclusion of his spell in France.

"I played for two years in England and came back with some tricks and hopefully I can come back with some more," said Botha.

"I received another opportunity and will not play for another union other than the Bulls."


  • Morne - 2011-10-16 20:03

    lol @ Theo Ai AI die wp sindroom duur voort. Julle koop net so baie my vriend. Tipies stormer gooi klippe maar bly in 'n glashuis.... Kyk maar saterdag hoe julle goed opgevoede skade die ander span uitjou maar julle is nie tappit nie. Kyk wen iets eers, dan maak julle monde oop. bul groete

      Michael - 2011-10-16 20:46

      Oh really @Morne? How many players did WP buy from the Bulls then?

      Rene - 2011-10-16 22:11

      @Michael, you know you are so right, not many Bull players are bought by WPRU for the simple reason, who wants to play for WP once you are used to playing for a champion side. They would be crazy to swop the BB jersey for a WP jersey.

      Dawie - 2011-10-16 22:54

      Julle raak geniepsig ????

      Michael - 2011-10-17 07:41

      So you would agree that the Bulls look more like a Baabaas team than a side consisting primarily of home grown talent @Rene? Looking at the Bulls, they will have Morne Steyn, Hougard, Sadie, Engelbrecht and Lionel Cronje to name but a few. So @Rene, that is the crux of my response to @Morne. Thus, your comment seems a bit like clutching at straws. Anyhow, I don't want to trade insults, so let's just agree to disagree and if the Bulls management are astute enough to buy quality players then good luck to them. Just one last point though - I'm not sure if Cronje was such a good buy as he is hugely injury prone.

      Pears - 2011-10-17 07:42

      @ Michael - Do the names Lobberts, Fondse, Welsh, Des Fountain, Habana ring a bell? All bought from the Bulls the past few years. Then there's Liebenberg, Vermeulen, Grant, Fourie, Jantjies, Cronje etc all bought somewhere else. Professional era...catch a wake up!

      Rene - 2011-10-17 08:09

      @Michael, no need to get upset with BBRU! Get upset with WPRU for letting star players slip through their fingers. Guys like Sadie/Engelbrecht are going to be big! But nooo, your union would rather fork out millions for 'has beens' instead of investing in the future - no sense in that. All unions buy or contract players from other unions, granted the Bulls have contracted quite a lot this year, but considering we, the Bulls are entering a new era, it was to be expected!!

      Michael - 2011-10-17 11:30

      @Pears - do your homework before you make such stupid comments. For starters, go and see where the players originally came from. You will find that Fondse is the only home grown Bulls player from the names you mentioned.

      Theo - 2011-10-17 14:54

      @Rene Gaan was die skottelgoed...los die rugby vir die manne.

      Rene - 2011-10-17 18:19

      @Theo'kie, dankie vir jou besorgdheid oor my skottelgoed, maar jou girlfriend het dit klaar gewas. Thanks man!!

  • Steenbra - 2011-10-16 20:24

    How can the look to Arno Botha and CJ when they have a overrated steroid filled bodybuilder wanting to play no8 who for two seasons has failed to impress barring one game against the Aussies. I suppose when you have had such a crap season the coach has to scrape the barrel for positives.... so much for forward planning by the director in charge

      Steenbra - 2011-10-17 17:32

      So what about the depth... clearly there is none.. the planning for the depth is exactly where..

  • springbokke - 2011-10-16 20:45

    Thats it Bulle...' Pick yourself up and start all over again;........I have been a fan for over 60 years and thus I remain.

  • Johan - 2011-10-16 22:04

    Die Goue Leeuws het net goed gelyk toe die Springbokke weg was. Diee Bulls het nooit goed gelyk teen gemiddelde teenstand nie. Die Sharks en WP in die finaal

  • Rick - 2011-10-17 07:20

    WP= Wannabe Pretoria

  • Bootman - 2011-10-17 09:43

    Come on Bulls fans. Your team is no longer in the running. Please stop voting for them in the Sport 24 poll on who will win the CC.

  • Byron - 2011-10-17 11:04

    Bulls didn't blood more youngsters than province or the sharks and there is no positive that your group is not as good as WP or the Sharks. What is positive for bull supporters though is that they support a very professional organization who realize the weakness of the squad and are aggressively recruiting players. Bulls will be back but a poor CC by their standards.

  • jacques.ackermann - 2011-10-17 17:09

    as n sharks ondersteuner kan ek maar net sê die wp koop amper meer spelers as enige ander unie. so om die bulle te staan en aanvat daaroor is net plein dom in my oë.die sharks ens almal doen dit. dis rugby in die moderne era so skrik wakker asb. die bulle het van die best ontwikkelings sisteme in die land. hulle het daai vermoe om talent te vat en dit te ontwikkel na die volgende vlak. kyk na habana hougaard en kie. baie belowende spelers gewees toe hulle begin het maar hulle het na die super vlak beweeg by die bulle. wp aan die ander kant broei spelers by die dosyne maar gaan uit en koop spelers van ander spanne. en na wie weet hoe lank is hulle beker loos. kan netso well julle beker kabinet verband op gumtree. dalk sal julle genoeg crackling hê om die game te geniet. joke van n coach in allister no cups coetzee so dinge gaan leke hierso in die kaap. niks bekers beteken nie julle het reg om ander te kritiseer nie. die bulle is besig om weer n super span aan mekaar te slaan lyk dit vir my. heyneke en kie is nie poepholle. hulle ken rugby en ken ontwikkeling. sit met die hele SB in die wp span en boggerol om daarvoor te wys. daai storie van die suksesvolste sa rugby span werk ongelukkig nie. n paar semi's en n final tel nie. julle is die eerste plek verloorders geluk jy wen n rosyntjie brood. net bekers tel. daar het die bulle baie meer as enige ander span. ongelukkig as n sharks ondersteuner moet ek sê daarmee kan niemand meer saam gesels nie.

      Dawie - 2011-10-17 17:58

      My maat jy praat ontsettend deurmekaar - is jy onder narkose of wat LOL !!!!

      Rene - 2011-10-17 18:12

      @Dawie, kom ek verduidelik ... Wat Jacques baie duidelik stel is dat die BULLE 'n fantastiese span is met 'n bestuurspan wat weet wat hulle doen en GEEN ander span het al bereik wat die BULLE bereik het nie. Maklik ne??

      Alex - 2011-10-17 19:30

      @Jaques & @Renee. It is all relative. Since Currie Cup started, I believe that WP has the best record? In the last 10 years, it has been Bulls Cheetahs and Sharks. Every team has its time. I'm not sure about everyone else, but I live in the here and now, and right now there are only four teams that can win the Cup. This time, the Bulls aren't part of it, and it gets really old hearing how great they are (well done for what they have achieved in the last 10 years though). So, lets see who it'll be. Looking forward to some exciting rugby..

      Dawie - 2011-10-17 23:06

      @Rene - Dankie man - jy het dit vinnig uitgesort - hoekom die man dit so onsamehangend probeer verduidelik - daai deel verstaan ek nie maar okay die boodskap is daar alhoewel ek nou nie noodwendig met als gaan saamstem nie ! Is seker maar my demokratiese reg om te verskil ne ?

      Theo - 2011-10-18 10:04

      Jou eenogige blikskottel...die Guppies is beslis nie skaam as dit by spelers koop (veral oorsese spelers!!!) kom nie. Gaan yl op 'n ander plek...jy is besig om besige mense se tyd op hierdie site te mors. Ek wonder of jy regtig die Sharkiekies support want jou attitude stink net soos 'n blou kalfie s'n.

      Cliff - 2011-10-19 05:30

      Rene : Read my comment below HAHAHAHA !!!!

  • Cliff - 2011-10-19 05:28

    At my son's wedding on saturday , we were asked to place our plates with leftover food on the floor , as it turned out : "DIE BLOU BUL EET TOE WEL VAN DIE VLOER AF "

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