Bulls secure safety, semi

2012-10-13 20:56

Johannesburg - The Blue Bulls overcame early jitters to secure a playoff spot when they beat the Golden Lions 50-29 in a riveting Currie Cup match at Ellis Park on Saturday evening.

The Pretoria-based side seemed rattled in the opening moments of the match but ran in five-tries-to-two to march on to next weekend's semi-finals.

Playing with a perceived weakened side, the Lions did not stand back to their provincial neighbours packed with Springbok players.

In the opening moments of the match, it even seemed like the Lions were in for an upset as they took an early 13-3 lead.

The score-line put the Bulls’ hopes of reaching the playoffs at risk with even the last place on the log looming.

The Bulls, however, made a spirited comeback to guarantee a semi-final match against the Sharks in Durban next weekend.

The Pretoria outfit drew first blood as flyhalf Morne Steyn succeeded with his first attempt at goal after four minutes of play.

Three minutes later, Lions flyhalf and captain Butch James slotted a penalty goal for his side, to level the scores.

The Lions then stepped up the intensity as they smothered the Bulls of any possession while they also attacked the line with enterprising play.

James added three more points with his boot before the Lions finally pierced the visitors’ defences when lock Michael Rhodes crossed the whitewash in the 13th minute.

The try resulted from solid interplay by the Lions players with hooker Callie Visagie playing a leading role in the try as he handled the ball twice before offloading to a speeding Rhodes on the sideline, with James converting.

Meanwhile, the Bulls patiently ground their way back in the match, keeping the Lions within sight through Steyn’s accurate kicking.

Steyn slightly closed the gap as he punched over a drop goal in the 26th minute but James returned their lead to 13 points as he succeeded with a penalty kick a minute later.

The Bulls flyhalf brought his side within four points as two of his attempts at goal were on target.

With nine minutes left in the first half, the Bulls scored their first try, when flanker Jacques Potgieter found a gap and sprinted towards the line where he was stopped short.

Potgieter popped the ball to wing Bjorn Basson, who just needed to fall over the line to gather the points, with Steyn converting to give his side a 19-16 lead, before adding another three points shortly before the half-time break.

The Lions levelled the scores shortly after the restart with James succeeding with two penalty kicks.

The visitors, however, stepped up a gear in the 48th minute when scrumhalf Jano Vermaak made a dart for goal after a solid pass from eighthman Arno Botha, with Steyn converting.

The hosts then equalled the scores once again when wing Anthony Volmink went through the middle of a ruck inside the Bulls’ 22 to score, while James converted (29-29).

The Bulls then ran away with the match as they added three more converted tries courtesy of Botha, Dewald Potgieter and Akona Ndungane to secure a playoff spot.

Next week's semi-finals will see the Lions take on Western Province while the Bulls take on the Sharks in Durban.

Meanwhile, the Cheetahs will play two rounds of promotion-relegation matches against the EP Kings after they finished last, after the end of the league stage of the Currie Cup.

The teams will play home-and-away matches over the next two weeks.


Golden Lions:
Tries: Rhodes, Volmink
Cons: James 2
Pens: James 5

Blue Bulls:
Tries: Basson, Vermaak, Botha, D Potgieter, Ndungane
Cons: Steyn 4, Fouchè
Pens: Steyn 4
Drop goal: Steyn



15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Deon Van Rensburg, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Butch James (captain), 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie , 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 CJ van der Linde

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Whestley Moolman, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lionel Mapoe

Blue Bulls:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morne Mellett

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Dean Greyling


  • Generaal1 - 2012-10-13 21:02

    Morne jou yster !

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-13 21:03

    Goed gedoen Bulle

  • lebakeng.morobane - 2012-10-13 21:04

    Well done boys,

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-13 21:05

    We waiting for u guys.Black white and Dynamite..going to b a feeding frenzy for the SHARKS

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-13 21:09

      @gunner Like the 2007 Super-14 final?

      andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-10-13 21:32

      Stephen die hol prater

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-10-13 21:38

      Sharks should take it in the stride without breaking a sweat & Lambie only using his left foot when kicking at goal.

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-13 23:29

      julle hemel die lambie darem baie op ne theunis

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-10-14 00:22

      Sal hom graag wil aanneem as my eie seun.

  • johann.beets - 2012-10-13 21:06

    If there is one truth that should be taken from this game, it is the following: Vlok Cilliers should be the kicking coach for the Boks. Morne Steyn has only been back under his guidance for one week, and he kicks 8 out of 9. Steyn was a running flyhalf when he started at the Bulls, Cilliers helped to round off his game with the kicking. Heyneke Meyer, please take note of what happened tonight.

      WaynevanD - 2012-10-14 10:47

      ... and Vlokie learnt it all sitting on the bench, in the "Cape of Clowns". (lol)

  • carla.croft.77 - 2012-10-13 21:06

    Niknaks hehehehe.....worst rugby player this it when a plan comes together, dowwe Johnny......the Sharks are waiting hehehehehehehehehhehhehehe....

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-13 21:10

      @carla/Amanda They were also waiting in the 2007 Super-14 final. Can't wait to call WP 12yr cupless, 1 week to go

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 21:10

      ...11 years cupless.. ...He he he he he..!

      apart1heid - 2012-10-13 21:35

      Wat 'n briljante speler- moet se' ek was geweldig beindruk met Kirschner vannaand- puik wedstryd deur hom??

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-10-14 14:09

      Ja kaptein we were waiting in 2008 too boet.

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-13 21:14

    Di hele SA is in trane...maar wat verwag jy van true champions...Go BULLE!!!!!!!!

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-10-13 21:30

    Meyer ek hoop jy kyk!morne steyn jou legend!!

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-13 21:47

      ....Morne Steyn.. simply the best...!

  • dewaldmarais - 2012-10-13 21:37

    Pierce and Skinstad's clearly the biggest WP supporters on earth and Joel Stransky clearly not a big fan of anything Blue Bull...At least try to be objective? Poor Blue bull game plan (which I am not a fan of) and coaching staff (which I am also not a big fan of) took a real lashing at the hands of Joel tonight.

      Priesterb - 2012-10-13 21:45

      Agreed Dewald, especially Stransky, it was clear that he would rather see the Bulls out of the semis..... MMMM Me thinks he sees the Blue Bulls as a serious threat to the Sharks. Having said this the Sharks are the team to beat. Blou Bul Groete!

      dewaldmarais - 2012-10-13 21:59

      Piester agreed the Shark's is the team to beat - but they and clearly Joel should feel and probably are threatened, we have a nack of beating them there - Bulls are always a force in finals rugby. Boring unattractive game plan or not the Bulls might cause an upset (let's hope so). That said pains me to say - Sharks by 8.

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-13 23:36

      stransky & co are has beens . ignore them

      macziekpk - 2012-10-14 13:27

      WHy allow that Stransky idiot to commentate when he is going to be so critical of the team playing. It is not his place to go on about the kicking game and the coaching staff and how disgusting everything is. Just commentate on the game like Hugh Bladen. I just switch over to Afrikaans when I hear him start with his Anti Bulls nonsense. Wonder what he had to say after the end of game scoreline. Idiot

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 13:34

      Mac, for some reason Bladen and Stransky always commentate the Bulls' games. Equaly big idiots.

  • richard.gee.792 - 2012-10-13 21:41

    Blou bull wankers ! You won and now all of a sudden steyn is the best flyhalf in the world ! He does not compare against carter ! Child against man !

      mercia.lamprecht.73 - 2012-10-13 22:14

      Who cares about Carter. What's wrong with you. This is Curry Cup Rugby. If you love Carter that much, pack your bags and move to NZ. We don't like Rugby Backstabbers here. That 'MAN' is going downhill fast.

      gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-10-13 23:00

      @Mercia. Hys te k&k sleg om in NZ werk te kry

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-13 23:39

      The same thing happened with the sharks game , after they won lambie became little boy wonder

  • werner.n86 - 2012-10-13 21:48

    Al hoekom die bulle so goed gelyk het want die LIONS het kla n semi final. Bulls gaan in die shark tank veloor that is a no brainier. ms is nog steeds bang om te takels te maak.LIONS 4 LIFE

      bloudaan.blou - 2012-10-13 21:59

      @werner.n86 Ek is mal oor jou kommentaar. Daai tipe komentaar op die Bulle het hulle al aangespoor om drie Super bekers en baie Currie bekers te wen. Ek weet nie wie jou span is nie, maar vergelyk hulle rekort met die van die Bulle? Ek hoop nie dis die Sharks nie want dan bloos jy nou.....!!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 06:45

      Wat is n takel? Idioot.

  • sphala - 2012-10-13 22:21 last, mooi gespeel Bull, Lekker maan!

  • cornelisjohannes.vanwyk - 2012-10-13 22:26

    Waarvoor staan DHL die WP se borg - die houtkas is leeg.

      apart1heid - 2012-10-13 22:29

      oooo, nou vang ek dit eers.... dog jy praat van weepee se afrigter??

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-13 23:45

      DHL die heeltyd losers

  • kosie.fires - 2012-10-13 22:37

    Thank you Johan Ackerman for handing this game to the bulls on a plate with your team selection. Kicking a few goals does not make ms a springbok no 10.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 06:46

      11 Jaar en geen cups het jou nogal bitter gemaak, of hoe?

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-10-13 23:02

    let me hazard a guess now. Bulls/Lions final...... I think it was Naas that once, long ago said: "you do not win the Currie Cup in July, but in October???

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-14 05:14

    Fortunately you Bulls and Province supporters will not have to do all those drastic things youv'e committed to, because the Sharks will lift the cup, again.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-10-14 10:22

    AAN AL JULLE Blou Bul HATERS.... hahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Ons is toe nie Bottom nie.... hahahahahahahahah

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 10:34

      Choone hulle straight.

      WaynevanD - 2012-10-14 11:01

      Creeping off bottom spot, in the last game of the season, against a delibirately weakened side with, nothing to play for, is nothing to be proud of ! -Lets not read too much into yeserdays results and continue the analysis next week ;-)

  • leon.young.9003 - 2012-10-14 10:53

    The sharks won't be beaten in durban

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-14 12:17

      They have been beaten before. Numerous times. Remember?

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-10-14 13:42

      Yup.Not this time around.NEVER!! Remember that stupid ref that deliberatly allowed almost 5 min in handeling,praying for the Bulls and after the hooter have sounded.I mean,the Sharks were already walking off the field of play because the clock was closing in on midnight.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-14 16:40

      @penis botha Your divorce still f@#$ing with your mind hey

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-10-14 22:06

      Korporaal dressmakers needle.Kan sien ek het een van jou knoppies raakgedruk.Daar is baie wrewel en bitterheid en dit blyk jy is al verby 'the point of no return'.Jy moes nie dalk jou geliefde vaderland verlaat oor die skandale wat besig was om soos n emmer bakstene op jou af te kom?Mmmmm, taamblike gemors van jou lewe gemaak vermoed ek en nou haal jy dit uit op andere (en foeitog,wat jy daardie arme vrou van jou aangedoen het).Om n gesiglose sleutelbord lafhart te wees waar jy hoop om sagte teikens verbaal te boellie is maar n kosmetiese wyse van ontvlugting.Gemors het nie n defenisie of omskrywing nodig nie,want jy gee praktiese,waarneembare gestalte daaraan.

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