Fourie key to Bulls success

2010-04-14 18:26

Pretoria - World Cup winning-coach Jake White believes the form of scrumhalf Fourie du Preez is one of the major reasons the Bulls have scored so many tries this season.

White, who nowadays is coaching schools rugby in Cape Town while promoting his Winning Ways coaching courses, believes that the form scrumhalves in the competition – and particularly Du Preez and Reds halfback Will Genia – are disrupting defensive lines to such an extent that their attacking prowess is improved significantly.

White says Du Preez in particular, is keeping defences guessing to such an extent that they are not sure whether to fan out or protect the area around the breakdown.

Du Preez had an exceptional game in the Bulls victory over the Chiefs last weekend and will now come face to face with Genia in the much anticipated showdown between the two scrumhalves on Saturday.

White says he has been impressed with the Bulls and Stormers, but compliments the Bulls for their impressive play that has kept them top of the Super 14 log after nine rounds.

“The Bulls and Stormers are playing to their strengths. The one thing the Bulls are doing very well is that they have a scrumhalf who is asking questions around the breakdown. He can probe, run, kick and pass and therefore he is keeping defences honest,” White told

“Will Genia is doing the same and Luke Burgess is doing the same. For me because the defences are taking so much longer to set up and you can’t slow the ball down, the most vulnerable place is the pillar and the guy next to the pillar – the two guys next to the ruck.

“If you get a player who asks questions of that, it puts your entire defensive system under pressure. When you get players such as Du Preez and Genia probing there, it draws the defences in, and means you can play a bit more expansively.”

White says he has been very impressed with the shift in momentum thanks to the changes in laws which now favour the attacking team.

“I’ve been impressed. The new law interpretations have definitely changed the game a bit. Defences are now getting exposed. For the last couple of years it became a defence-orientated game and now all of a sudden it is attack that is key.

“The one thing we mustn’t be hoodwinked about is that although it has become a possession game and you have to keep the ball, territory is vital. The tries are all coming in the first three phases and they’re coming from lineouts and scrums.

“So even though you have to keep the ball for many phases, most of the scoring is happening within three phases.”


  • Blue Bull Hater/Anti-Blue Bull - 2010-04-14 19:05

    Fourie Du Preez is an have always been an overrated scrumhalf and that is a fact, he is definitely not the best scrumhalf in SA on CURRENT form!! He is currently the WEAK link in the Bulls team and is only in the team because of historic performances. I would prefer Ruan Pienaar, Dewald Duvenhage and Jano Vermaak above him, at this point in time!! UP you STORMERS!!!

  • StaalBurgher - 2010-04-14 19:14

    Which why it is even more important than ever that the Boks don't hamstring themselves with under performing players such January.

  • paul - 2010-04-14 19:17

    En kyk hoe lekker roggel ou Blue Bull Hater in sy eie snot!!!!!!!

  • Blue Bull Hater/Anti-Blue Bull - 2010-04-14 19:22

    Just another thought, I wonder when will SARU force coaches to include more black players in the S14 teams? Because really Heini Adams was suppose to be the first choice scrumhalf by now for the Blue Bulls? Just a thought!

  • KeepingItReal - 2010-04-14 19:33

    @Blue Bull Hater/Anti-Blue Bull - ... and then you wonder why people don't take you seriously. You really don't have a clue or else you are watching the soccer channel?

  • Jack - 2010-04-14 19:37

    @ Blue Bull Hater: so suddenly you're the expert. You know more than all the coaches, all the rugby scribes and all the current and former players the majority of whom are saying that Fourie is the top player world-wide ON CURRENT FORM. You sorry individual.

  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-04-14 19:40

    Blue Bull Hater/Anti-Blue Bull.........ok you are really driving me mad now!!!!! even the aussies and kiwis will admit that Fourie du Preez is the best 9 in the world and definitely should have got IRB Player of the Year award last year!!! he may not be a flashy scrumhalf like Genia but he does everything a coach will ask him to do and is always saving and setting up tries!!.....Du Preez is a "one in a generation" kind of player and i'm pretty sure i won't see a more complete 9 for at least 10 years or so!

  • The Dude - 2010-04-14 19:45

    Yeah Anti Bull and I suppose you know more than Jake. Gimme a break! Loser

  • soundwave - 2010-04-14 19:51

    please .......leave the papsak and stop smoking your socks bb hater! It is ppl like u that disgrace a sport and country. U must be one of the wanebes who did not made it in the sport and now blaming everyone how is doing great! U are a disgrace.

  • Gert - 2010-04-14 19:53

    Ja baas White. Jy het al baie dinge kwyt geraak soos om van die laaste Lions afrigter ontslae te raak.........hou nou jou mond van spelers af en konsentreer op die skoolkinders wat jy afrig. Dankie vir wat jy gedoen en beteken het maar suuuuuu nou. Geniet jou afrigting en gee ons liewer kommentaar oor afrigting metodes.

  • @ Blue Bull Hater/Anti-Blue Bull - 2010-04-14 19:56

    Hou net op kak praat asseblief. Jy't nou weereens bewys Kapenaars weet niks van rugby nie.

  • FalseBay - 2010-04-14 20:00

    @Blue Bull Hater. You know what old Bean, if even one of your comments, had shown any knowledge of rugby. People might have respected your opinion. But with the twaddle that you spout, you hit your name with a plank every time that you open your mouth. I am ashamed to be called a Stormers Supporter if it means being grouped with you. I am pretty certain that there are any number of people out there willing to teach you all about Rugby. All you need to do is ask. Now sit down and be quiet while the grown ups are speaking....

  • cotty - 2010-04-14 20:01

    @ Blue Bull Hater/Anti-Blue Bull...... are u an idiot who doesnt understand rugby? lets exclude SA but everyone on the PLANET thinks that not only is fourie the best number 9 in the world but possibly one of the best players..... guess yo havent heard of the IRB nominations smoking tik in the mountains... guess you havent read John Smits book or Jake white's book...... current form... hahahahaha jano vermaak? have u crushed some herion into your tik... dewald duvenhage fair comment, his time will come but not now, ruan pienaar, one of the greates talents in sa rugby but unfortunatley he will never take fouries place...... happy smoking my mate

  • Stormers Hater/Anti-Stormers - 2010-04-14 20:46

    Fourie Du Preez is the BEST scrumhalf in the WORLD!! Ruan Pienaar is USELESS and OVERRATED, just like Dewald Duvenhage and Jano Vermaak. Hougies is the second best scrumhalf in SA BY FAR!!!! GO BULLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • paul - 2010-04-14 21:03

    You would prefer Ruan Pienaar because he is also a chokerrrrrr

  • Chris du Plessis - 2010-04-14 21:11

    Blue Bull Hater jy kry twee blou Bulle die een kak net op Saterdae. so hou jou groot bek jy begin soos Ali en Kallie klink en ek wil jou net sê dat kinders gesien word en nie hoor nie so gaan sit in jou kamer boet.

  • BULLSforTHE win!! - 2010-04-14 21:52

    Blue Bull hater - dude you're so pathetically jealous, jy maak jou naam heeltemal GAT. Not only is he the best scrumhalf in SA, he's the best in the WORLD. You're prolly the only person out there who disagrees - you do the math! LUCKILY the springbok squad won't get picked from what you 'prefer', hell we wouldn't even have qualified for the World Cup! duvenhage ain't got NOTHING on du Preez. Learn your Rugby for crying out loud, you scrub

  • Daimler - 2010-04-15 00:25

    It's a pity that the lot of you don't realize that Blue Bull Hater and Stormers Hater are one and the same person. You are so couped up in your own coaching opinion that you don't know that you're being played. As far as rugby is concerned, we have a multitude of "Best in World" players at their respective positions. Pierre Spies, Victor Matfield, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana(but not lately), Beast, Bismarck DuPlessis and in my opinion, probably soon Andries Bekker, Gio Aplon, Gerard van den Heever, Wynand Olivier etc..

  • WP man - 2010-04-15 08:05

    Fourie sal onthou word as een van die grotes in SA rugby. Jammer dat hy een of ander tyd moet ophou..

  • Carl Muller - 2010-04-15 08:24

    The Bulls are the best, that is why they top the log. We are waiting for May to beat the Stormers.

  • Gareth - 2010-04-15 08:27

    Blue bull Hater!!!!!!Come on guys can’t you see what this guy is doing. He says something controversial on a blue bull’s article every time and then sits back and laughs at all the comments made by the people he has managed to wind up. Sort of like Malema. SO PLEASE JUST IGNORE HIS COMMENTS MAYBE THEN HE WILL GO AWAY. Stormmers supporter

  • Gareth - 2010-04-15 08:31

    Come on guys can’t you see what this guy is doing. He says something controversial on a blue bull’s article every time and then sits back and laughs at all the comments made by the people he has managed to wind up. Sort of like Malema. SO PLEASE JUST IGNORE HIS COMMENTS MAYBE THEN HE WILL GO AWAY. Stormmers supporter

  • FG - 2010-04-15 08:38

    I agree with Daimler. It is biologically and genetically impossible for any person to be as stupid as BlueBullsHater presents himself/herself, whilst having the ability to read and write. One must therefore assume he/she is playing the fool on this forum, wickedly surfing the tsunamis coming his/her way. Easiest way out would be not to read the incoherent drivel that he/she gives birth to... Pick a finger, BBH, as far as I am concerned your game is over.

  • Prophet - 2010-04-15 10:23

    Oi guys & girls - thanks for lifting my spirits. My morning started pretty shitty but all this funnyness is very ayoba and makes great reading. I feel lots betta! Go the Bulls!!!

  • chucky - 2010-04-15 10:48

    Ek is 'n stormer in murg en been en is eerste om te erken dat Fourie du Preez huidiglik die beste skrumskakel in die wêreld is. Die ander skrumskakels wat beindruk is huidiglik Sarel Pretorius en Dewald Duvenhage, hulle is albei "nuut" op die vlak en lyk tog baie indrukwekkend. Jano Vermaak is ook briljant, maar sukkel omdat hy agter 'n verloor pak sit. Ruan Pienaar se spel is nie waar dit 2 of 3 jaar terug was nie. Die gemors om hom 'n losskakel te probeer maak het sy selfvertroue geskend en dit gaan lank vat voor hy weer ten volle op dreef is. Hy was 'n paar jaar terug die beste in SA, maar is huidiglik nie eers in die top 5 nie. Januarie is 'n hasbeen en moet eerder aftree.

  • Far and Away - 2010-04-15 13:15

    As Clinton VD Berg said: "Fourie Du Preez, on one leg is the best rugby player on the planet". And when he goes the way of all the other greats.... i suspect young Hougaard will attempt to fill his shoes.

  • fuzzy stormer - 2010-04-15 15:32

    Blue Bull Hater/Anti-Blue Bull:- Are you brain dead or what? Your kind of rabid talk is surely not welcome in Stormers country.

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