We've got momentum: Dewald

2012-10-15 14:07

Johannesburg - The Vodacom Blue Bulls believe they have the momentum to upset the Sharks in Durban this coming weekend in their Absa Currie Cup semi-final.

According to website, a few weeks ago the competition looked certain to deliver Dewald Potgieter’s side into the jaws of a promotion-relegation battle, but after this weekend’s comprehensive win – the team’s third in four matches – they claimed the unlikely fourth spot and will head to Durban for the semi-final.

With the Bulls enjoying a welcome return to form and momentum now with their Springboks in the side, they suddenly have a renewed self-belief that they can not only compete in Durban, but have a chance to sneak into the final as well.

While the Sharks will start as overwhelming favourites this weekend, and have home ground advantage as a massive factor in the game, the Bulls are backing themselves to take another step up and continue their run from the back of the field.

A fortnight ago the Bulls were somewhat unlucky to go down 13-12 in driving rain as the Sharks used their chances. But there is no doubt this Bulls team has improved significantly since that rainy night in the coastal city. And with the Sharks able to bring their Springboks back this week to bolster their team, it makes the clash even more intriguing.

Especially if you consider the Sharks have only lost one game this year – against the Chiefs – in Durban, and last lost a Currie Cup game in October 2011 at their home ground. In the Currie Cup, the last time the Blue Bulls won in Durban was in 2006, although they have had some Super Rugby victories at the ground between then and now.

The whole scenario has not been lost on captain Dewald Potgieter, who believes the momentum has given them a massive boost ahead of the semis.

“This win (over the Lions) definitely does it for us. If you look at our season we’ve beaten every side this season at least once. If you look at the Sharks, we beat them at Loftus and we came really close in Durban. There was a lot of talk that week of it being a difficult fixture for us and playing the Sharks in Durban was a bit overdone. The game showed the guys we can beat them in Durban and we can play well there,” Potgieter said.

But the captain was also honest enough to know his team would need to up their game before the weekend. For now though, he’s just happy they are here in the playoffs, a long shot from where they were a few weeks ago.

“This whole week will go about our preparation for the Sharks. It is all we can focus on. Four weeks ago I just asked the guys for a chance to play in the playoffs and we have that now. We did sneak in at the end though and despite the fact that it was a big victory there is still a lot of work for us to do this week and we need to focus on taking it one day at a time,” he added.

The Bulls struggled in the first half against the Lions and were 10 points behind at one stage, but slowly gained ascendancy up front, allowing flyhalf Morne Steyn to dictate and eventually ran out easy winners as the Lions gave away soft tries in the second half.

Potgieter said this was simply a case of adjusting with the Boks returning and needing time to settle in. Once the adjustments were made up front, he added, the game changed in their favout.

“Guys expect our pack to dominate but these guys haven’t trained a lot together for a long time. We had just as many disruptions and players returning, that’s why we struggled a bit in the first half. For the Boks that returned, it took them a while to see how the Lions attacked – there was a lot of movement off the ball and while we spoke about it last week, it’s one thing to talk, but another to make the adjustments we made and it is credit to the talent the Boks have to make that a reality.”

Despite some unhappiness about the system – which has suddenly cropped up this past weekend when the Bulls snuck in, Potgieter praised the competition format as “one of the best ever”.

“In the last weekend anyone of the bottom four teams could still have played relegation matches. It’s sad that there hasn’t been a lot of attendance, but it is one of the best Currie Cups I’ve played in. All the teams were strong, and not one team was consistent the whole way through. This was the last weekend and everybody upped their game. There was great rugby all around and the Lions were a good side to play. We knew we needed to be hungry and be at our best and we’re just happy we made it through.”

The Bulls are likely to keep an unchanged team this weekend for their clash in Durban.


  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-10-15 14:23

    So much talking from the bulls, have you noticed how quiet the Sharks have been? they'll do their talking on the field

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-15 14:35

      Well, as hulle op die veld praat, gaan hulle verloor, hulle moet rugby speel om te wen!! Anyway, gaan nie n wenner kies vir die game nie, gaan n grote wees!!!

      apart1heid - 2012-10-15 14:39

      hy paddavis, dis ni di Bulle wat hierdie snert artikels uitdink en skryf ni- jy moet wakker skrik?? maar dis seker jou senuwees en dikderm wat nou al koek oor saterdag se pynlike treurmare in di modderpoel?? ek bedoel sharks & ondersteuners is mos nou mooi stil- hou dit so??

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-15 14:48

      I am with you Jaco. Looking forward to some great rugby this weekend.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 15:30

      He meant to say We have Crown Prince HRH Morne Steyn and Inzane Hitman Ironman Kirchner

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-15 16:04

      CC finals Bulls vs WP history. Played 11, bulls won 5, WP 4, 2 Shared!!! Got ya again!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 01:48

      But jaco, your furry pink friends like maaksiek and especially the paramedic will say that the ref cheated the Bulls out of the 6 they did not win, so in their reality WP never won a final against the Bulls.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 04:03

      Oh and I forgot, the ref also cheated any other team that was beaten in a final by WP. Plus the cups WP won before 1938 doesn't count. So in fact, in the minds of the paramedic, maaksiek, pink.johnny, press.enter and your other fellow Bull supporters, WP never won the cup. They probably deny the whole existence of WP.

  • Kykweer - 2012-10-15 14:33

    Or the media hasn't taken as much interest in the sharks, yet.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-15 14:52

      Never mind about that, Kykweer. I am happy with the Sharks keeping quiet. Remember that we are not one of the 'flagship' teams, so best keep our collective mouths shut. The media have to full their quota of mildly entertaining, emotive writing from Monday to Friday, and then Saturday dawns, all that has been said during the week becomes meaningless when the lads take to the field. Sharks Forever!

      Kykweer - 2012-10-16 08:43

      My point is dewald didn't wake up on monday, call supersport for an interview to talk his mouth off, he got interviewed, if he replies he is \windgat\ if he doesn't he is \windgat\.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-10-15 14:54

    en julle het vir k*k steyn

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-15 18:10

      En jule vi K*k Lambie (midget)

  • ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-10-15 14:55

    Heart says Bulls , head says Sharks by 10+. Go Bulls, Go Lions!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 02:55

      So when did your heart stop working?

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-15 14:58

    Bulls loosies will struggle to match the Sharks combination. Go Sharks!!

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-15 15:24

      @gary All 3 are Springboks, why would they struggle. Are you smoking goedjies?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 15:31


      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-15 15:34

      @gary Oh, I see you from Newcastle, the trailer trash capital. Say no more

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 15:54

      Bulls loosies will struggle against the Sharks combo. That is a funny as that one idiot protesting Taute and Jantjies move to the Stormers because WE HAVE JOE AND APLON!! hahahahaha

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-15 16:34

      Hey kapteinspies, maybe you have a point about newcastle, that twat bakkies is from there.

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

      Paramedic Spies. All three are Springboks and that's why they won't struggle? What nonsense is that? So you say, if the Bulls play Christo Wagenaar, he would also not struggle, because he's a Springbok? You are obviously not talking about current Springboks.

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-10-15 15:25

    Both sides running into some good form at the right time of the season. Gonna be a good one...

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-10-15 15:33

    ya right, a downward momentum!

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-15 15:36

    Maybe, but you don't have Steve Walsh.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 15:55

      That is also a good point

  • terry.burne - 2012-10-15 16:00

    All 4 of the semi-finalists are capable of beating any of the other teams on any given day. Any of these 4 teams could win the Currie Cup this year. As a Sharks supporter, I am hoping that my team will prevail - I believe that they are playing the best rugby in the competition and have scored the most tries, but I know that if they lose concentration or make mistakes, the Bulls have the ability to beat them - in Durban or anywhere else. The Sharks will have to be at their best to beat the Bulls - but I am looking forward to the game .......... and the final in Durban the following week.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-15 16:33

      gona be a cracker, sterkte ou maat!!!

  • riaan.swarts.35 - 2012-10-15 16:40

    What momentum its simple the Sharks will run riot on your asses.Sharks by 20

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-15 16:47

      Droom voort!!!

      riaan.swarts.35 - 2012-10-15 17:06

      I'm not the one living in DENIAL.It's actually a shame that your bulls gonna dissipiont you again.

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-15 18:13

    Die BULLE is semifinal spesialiste

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 02:28

      Hoe kan jy dit se nadat die Bulls al vir twee jaar nog net in een semi final was en dit verloor het? Currie Cup en Super Rugby.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-10-15 20:01

    ek wonder of steyn 1 vir HM in sy a3se gee na die game om dankie te se vir sy springbok kontrak ten spyte dat hy ons soveel games kos

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-10-15 20:02

    ek sien die vet pienk olifante het reeds in durban aan gekom!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 02:57

      En net daarna berig Stats SA dat die gemiddelde IK in Durban 50% laer is.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 02:54

    Look at that photo. The guy in the photo looks up at the scoreboard and says: Damn, we lost another one.

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