Bulls not getting carried away

2012-10-14 15:01

Johannesburg - Blue Bulls captain Dewald Potgieter admitted his side snuck into the Currie Cup playoffs when they beat the Golden Lions 50-29 at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday, after they were on the brink of finishing last on the log.

"Four weeks ago I just asked for a chance to be able to play in the playoff rugby and we've got it now," Potgieter said.

"I don't think we need to get too carried away with this, we've got a game left.

"We did sneak in at the end and despite the fact that it was kind of a run-away win there is still a lot of work to do this week."

The Pretoria-based side set-up a semi-final clash against the Sharks in Durban next weekend after a ruthless second-half performance in Johannesburg.

The Bulls were inconsistent for most of the season, teetering between the last place and the top four, but they found their straps three weeks ago against the Free State Cheetahs.

The side's coach Pine Pienaar said while he was delighted with the victory he felt his charges still had much to improve on before next week's semi-final.

"The last three games we played really well despite the loss against the Sharks where I thought we played some good footy as well," Pienaar said.

"I'm just glad we gave ourselves the opportunity to maybe get into the final. So it is back to the drawing board."

The final round of the Currie Cup's league stage came to an emphatic climax as four teams were still in the running for a playoff position.

This year's competition saw only six teams battle out for semi-final spots which provided for some nailbiting encounters.

Potgieter, however, bemoaned the lack of support from the fans at the matches despite the quality rugby that was on display.

"I think in the last weekend any of the four teams could have still played relegation match next weekend," Potgieter said.

"It is sad that there hasn't been a lot of attendance.

"I've played in the last five Currie Cups and this has probably been the best that I've been involved in as far as week in and week out playing against strong teams."

Meanwhile, Lions interim coach Johan Ackermann was content with his side's performance against a star-studded Bulls outfit.

"We made some really funny mistakes in the last half of the game and there the score went away and it is not a true reflection of the game," Ackermann said.

Ackermann took a calculated risk by resting some of his key players in an effort to avoid injuries before their home semi-final match against Western Province next Saturday.

Despite his cautious approach Ackermann was left disappointed with in-form centre Lionel Mapoe and Deon van Rensburg picking up injuries.

"It was good to give guys some game time, the only disappointing thing is that we picked up some injuries and that is the one thing we didn't want," he said.


  • spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 15:08

    Peaking at the right time, unlike you know who.

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-10-14 16:52

      Bulls played well against a Lions team who were only too happy to roll over and take one in the nought, good luck next week against a raging Shark attack.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 17:08

      Donny, you sound like you are all to familiar with taking something in the nought.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-14 17:24

      You only gay if you push back

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 17:25

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Funniest comment I've read in a while.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-14 21:12

      Look at the penalty Joubert gave the Lions at 10:23 on the clock. What a joke. Werner Kruger not rolling away. Not even close to the man, not close to the ball. Stransky of course agrees. WHat an absolute joke. Justice when we got the forward pass as being flat

      foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-10-15 06:40

      Just a quick question, why is all the rugby news on News24 either about the Bulls or the Western Provence. On the home page there are almost 4 articles just about the two of them, and non about the Lions or the Sharks. Does News24 really think the Bulls and the WP are the only two teams in SA - What about some equality...!!!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 07:57

      Spyker let me guess. You are talking about yourself not peaking at the right time.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-15 14:40

      Hey Isak...what did the midget team from KZN do to your "flagship" team in the S15 semi? I have respect for the history and teams of WP and the Bulls, but there are times when the arrogance of both teams' supporters knows no bounds!

  • phuyzer - 2012-10-14 15:30

    Bulls performed a little better but against the top sides or \A\ sides the kick and chase won't be that easily achieved. Sharks play NZ style rugby with their running game being almost if not the best in the country! Just can't see the Bulls beating aa Sharks team playing like they are! Bulls need to get up and get into more running rugby or they will stay behind the rest of the leading pack! Sharks Forever!

      gert.malan.54 - 2012-10-14 15:57

      It's so sad that everybody who doesn't know anything about rugby just jumps on the kick and chase vs running rugby band wagon so they can sound as if they know something. The Bulls can run with ball and they did just that on Saturday. But they made certain that they put themselves in the right places on the field where there are the least risk involved in playing a running game. If they were four, five or six points behind in the last five minutes they would have just as easily have been able to run it from their own 22 in order to score the winning try, but they made sure that they didn't have to. That's intelligent rugby. The Sharks will learn the importance of earning the right to go wide first next weekend, but they'll have to wait until next year's Super 15 before they will be able to implement the rugby lesson handed to them by the Bulls.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-14 16:24

      @Bloues, spot on! They listen to the pathetic commentary of Joel "I hate the Bulls" Stransky and then simply jump on the bandwagon. Ever since the Bulls turned down his job application, he became a Bulls hater - what an amateur and so pathetic. Anyhow.... This weekend will be a cracker and can go either way, hope the rain (in Durban) stays away - CAN SIMPLY not wait. Go Bulls.

      niel.walt - 2012-10-14 16:27

      You bulls supporters think morne steyn is a good flyhalf and we have to hear that we don't know anything about rugby? The kick and chase doesn't work if the opposition doesn't drop the its actually not a plan that works because the bulls are good, its a plan that works when the opposition isn't.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-14 16:27

      ..yip... ...the Bulls CAN run with the ball... coming Saturday....

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 16:29

      Frikkit Niel, jy's oranje!!!!

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-14 16:33

      @niel.walt, our Bulls supporters don't think Morne Steyn is good, we KNOW he is good in fact brilliant when 'on song'. Why don't you concern yourself about your team's flyhalf that has achieved exactly WHAT for your team? GO BULLS

      niel.walt - 2012-10-14 16:40

      Spyker... Nie permanent nie lol renemuller, goosen is young, he will have his time, don't forget that ur precious morne steyn is also a free stater.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-14 16:57

      @niel, your point??? MS born in Cape Town, went to school in Bloemfontein and started his rugby career at Loftus in 2003.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-14 17:24

      Niel walt just got served by Rene

      niel.walt - 2012-10-14 17:36

      Because she knows where he was born?

  • terry.burne - 2012-10-14 15:35

    Tha scoreline flattered the Bulls - the Lions gave them 2 soft tries towards the end, which gifted the Bulls 14 points.

      gert.malan.54 - 2012-10-14 15:57

      And the pressure they were put under by the Bulls had nothing to do with it? Pull the other one.

  • Priesterb - 2012-10-14 15:35

    It is going to be a cracker! The Sharks are currently playing excellent rugby and my beloved Blue Bulls will have to slave for a victory. It has been done before and can be done again! May the best team win!! Blou Bul Groete!

  • trevor.jooste - 2012-10-14 15:38

    You always going to battle with a coach like pine jell boy pienaar

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-14 15:42

    sharks lions final will be a cracker

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-14 16:19

      ...maybe next year.... ...or the yaer there after..

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-14 15:49

    This will be a tight game but I think the Sharks do have a better balanced team.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-14 16:16

      ...weak link in Sharks team.. ...Patricia Lambie...

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 17:10

      Malcolm Molver? Is that a stage name of some sort?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-14 17:15

      Patricia Lambie, one of blou jonny's all time classics

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-14 16:03

    Go Bulls!

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-14 16:12

    ...Bulls against Lions final... ...Cape Clowns to choke.. ...again..

      carla.croft.77 - 2012-10-14 16:44

      Blou.Stalker,In your dreams, where everybody comes second, cupless 2012 BBB....hehehehehehehehe...

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-14 16:58

      @Amanda Just got off Zoosk?

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 17:10

      Zoosk suspended her account.

      carla.croft.77 - 2012-10-14 17:39

      What prostitutes would do for money, sleeping with fat, oily, beer tummy creatures.....tsk.....sleeping with BBB.....and cupless....You can never be from Grey Stalker Johnny, those boys have style.....

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-14 18:34

      @carla I heard BBB stands for Blue Bulls Best

      carla.croft.77 - 2012-10-14 19:20

      Get some style in your life Dr. Dolittle.....hehehehehehehehe cupless 2012.....BBB..... I am fat and ugly..... now try something else, hahaahahahahahahahahahaha......

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-10-14 16:43

    I just hpe the rain stays away. Nearly forgot, an imparcial ref. Hope its not too much to ask for.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 17:10

      No J.Kaplan please.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-14 17:18

      We will get Mark anti Bulls Lawrence or Jaco I hate BBRU Peyper or Jonathan I'm a Shark for life Kaplan Please can we get Steve Walsh

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 03:20

      Maaksiek, are you giving the default Bulls excuse even before the game?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 08:02

      Much like Jean de villiers is sitting up all night thinking what speech he is going to give when they win the currie cup. He gets to 4am and he is like, f*ck it what am I doing? Next week I just give the same losing speech I've practiced the last 10 years

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-10-14 16:44

    I just hpe the rain stays away. Nearly forgot, an imparcial ref. Hope its not too much to ask for.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 03:19

      You're asking a bit too much now. You know that the Bulls supporters will complain about the ref when they lose. It doesn't matter if he was impartial and totally correct with his decisions.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 00:09

    Yes, the Bulls will get carried away. On stretchers.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 00:24

      Got any Chuck Norris jokes? Even they would be funnier than the k*k you come up with yourself

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 02:16

      At least I come up with something. Can't say the same about you and the rest of your pink friends.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 08:04

      Ad now you come up with the "at least I come up with something" similar to the "at least I have the guts to show my real profile pic" "at least we were in the semis and the final even though we didn't win a trophy for the 11th year in a row in the cc and 17th in super rugby" "at least we tried"

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-15 22:39

      At least mine was original as well. Can't say the same about yours.

  • ian.masson.39 - 2012-10-15 18:48

    I think the Currie Cup should be played in the same way as the 4 Nations. The team who scores the most points win. It would really be a travesty of justice if for instance the Bulls now beat the Sharks and go on to win the cup!

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-15 19:48

      Why a travesty ? If they are the better team of the day so be it.

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