Henry predicts Crusaders win

2010-05-21 10:54

Auckland - The All Blacks coach is not sitting on the fence when it comes to New Zealand's sole involvement in the weekend's Super 14 semi-finals.

Graham Henry is tipping the Crusaders to upset the defending champions, Bulls, in Soweto on Saturday.

"I think they'll win," said Henry when asked his thoughts on the Crusaders' chances of ending a run of two straight semi-final exits at the hands of the Bulls.

"I've been very impressed by the way they've played over the last couple of weeks. I think they've played the game bloody well.

"If I was a betting man, I would pick the Crusaders to play the Stormers in the final, but I know very little about the game as you know," Henry said with his trademark wry grin.


15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 13. Jaco Pretorius, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Francois Hougaard, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Fourie du Preez, 8. Pierre Spies, 7. Dewald Potgieter, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Victor Matfield (captain), 4. Danie Rossouw, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Gary Botha, 1. Gurthrö Steenkamp

Substitutes: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Bees Roux, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Derick Kuün, 20. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 21. Stephan Dippenaar, 22. Pedrie Wannenburg

15. Colin Slade, 14. Sean Maitland, 13. Robert Fruean, 12. Daniel Bowden, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Dan Carter, 9. Andy Ellis, 8. Kieran Read, 7. Richie McCaw (captain), 6. George Whitelock, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Brad Thorn, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Ti’i Paulo, 1. Ben Franks

Substitutes: 16. Daniel Perrin, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Chris Jack, 19. Thomas Waldrom, 20. Kahn Fotuali’i, 21. Tim Bateman, 22. Jared Payne

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  • STORMER - 2010-05-21 11:06

    Before the Avatards become rabid over Graham's prediction...remember chaps - YOU ARE STILL THE FAVOURITES....(don't downplay it)

  • KMI - 2010-05-21 11:08

    You said it know VO*ALL about the game

  • Blue machine - 2010-05-21 11:08

    Spies,Victor,Du preez,Olivier,Zane we are counting on you guys.Already the whole southern hemisphire and safas are tipping the crusaders to win.Go bulls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jimmy - 2010-05-21 11:09

    Let the whinning, sniping and moaning begin.

  • piet pompies - 2010-05-21 11:11

    Mr Henry is right, he knows very little about the game. as is proven in WCup History

  • ML - 2010-05-21 11:15

    Ermmmm.....excuse me, but what is the guy meant to be saying? Imagine Pieter de Villiers telling the press he thinks that the Tahs will beat the Stormers? This is SUCH a pointless article. His "gutt feeling" is not even substatiated by any facts other than "I've been very impressed by the way they've played over the last couple of weeks. I think they've played the game bloody well." Oops, maybe its my bad, I didn't recognise the technical term "bloody well" the first time round *eyes roling*.....what a load of Hog wash!

  • allan - 2010-05-21 11:16

    Illusions of grandeur Mr Henry!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CAR - 2010-05-21 11:17

    Let's go Bulletjies Let's go!

  • psycological - 2010-05-21 11:22

    Why is it that everyone plays pscological games when it comes to the bulls, the aussies , all black even the stormers suddenly have so much to say about how the crusaders would win...cant you just keep quiet like the bulls and try to win without cheating or trying to play psycological games?? Hit them hard in the first half bulls we know these pansies cant play during the second half due to the highveld oxygen levels. If you hit them hard in the first half you'll win the semi's.

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  • Greegs - 2010-05-21 11:25

    Of course you gonna pick them to're a NZ boy! Imagine if you didn't??? Useless article

  • bluebull eater - 2010-05-21 11:28

    we all know that the Crusader have the blue print of the bulls.they have shown it 2 weeks ago on loftus.but due to the ref's final decision they lost.Dan will do axactly the same as Morne and will do it better for we all know he is the better player/kicker.the bulls don't have a plan, they never had a plan.and I'm so glad a ausie ref will handle the game.and the bulls cannot do what the sader can, it's just not in their bones.and without bakkies, a big blow, and they are playing in soweto.we will see tomorrow.go crusaders!!!

  • Lewsi - 2010-05-21 11:29

    Nup we aint the favourite for tomorrow. The stormers supporters would like us to think so! I suppose they'd like us to lull ourselves into a false sense of security. It aint over till the fat lady sings.

  • Willie - 2010-05-21 11:29

    Well actually STORMER....if Schalk Burger, Robbie Deans and Graham Henry tips the Saders to win, I'd say THEY are in fact the favourites.

  • mack die bloue - 2010-05-21 11:33

    What was he supposed to say ?same as Deans ! and the fact is they might be correct ,I say might , but unless the Bulls implode ,I DONT THINK SO ! GO BULLS !

  • Bull - 2010-05-21 11:33

    @Stormer. Yes you have it, we are the favourites, you got that right... we will see what our "avatars" will do against your "sea breases" in the final!!!

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  • GB - 2010-05-21 11:36

    As a South African I support the Bulls, but if one looks @ the last time these 2 teams played against each other, I think the Bulls will come off second best.

  • Loftusbaba - 2010-05-21 11:36

    does somebody get paid to write such crap ..... this is immoral !

  • Ek - 2010-05-21 11:37

    henry, you're a chop. agree, pointless article

  • TS - 2010-05-21 11:38

    Crusaders WILL play the Stormers in the final!!!! GO CRUSADERS

  • Awwsum - 2010-05-21 11:41

    Good thing your not a betting man Henry,you'll lose a lot of many with your limited knowledge and insight

  • Jean - 2010-05-21 11:47

    Who cares what he thinks. Why don't you also ask Heyneke Meyer who is going to win. All I read this whole week is, why the bulls will lose. I thought that you all whant a SA final, does not look like it. Think you are all scared of them. Should be. BULLS will make BULLS supporters very happy. Don't care if you all are losers by next week.

  • tshepo with an O - 2010-05-21 11:47

    the bulls had a great chance to bring blacks into the game this weekend by making tickets cheaply available to the poor blacks in soweto but they did not clearly indicating they dont want blacks supporting the blue bulls so 50 million southa fricans will instead be supporting the crusaders this weekend go all blacks

  • Boknaai - 2010-05-21 11:47

    Go Saders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JOker - 2010-05-21 11:53

    Graham Henry is and old f***.. ......blowing hot air....

  • Frikdupreez - 2010-05-21 11:54

    After reading the comments of some bull fans on most articles this week. Im really sad but i kinda want the Crusaders to win this game. The arrogance of the bull supporters is just not on. Go stormers!!!!

  • terry the tacky toad - 2010-05-21 11:57

    actually i agree with him! the bulls were lucky against the saders recently, and now the will play the same team who were hurt by that game, who are hitting form right now and although the supporters for the the bulls will outnumber those for the saders at the game, it will be a new and neutral ground which will give the saders a bit morer confidence HEAR THESE WORDS........HEAR THESE WORDS!! SADERS VS STORMERS IN FINAL THE TOAD HAS SPOKEN!!!!

  • Stormers MAn - 2010-05-21 12:06

    CMON the BULLS!!!!!!! we are waiting for u in the finals :-)

  • Dave - 2010-05-21 12:08

    I think the Bulls are going to lose this one chaps, and you know what the excuse it..........cause they played in Sewoto not their home ground.

  • William Shakespeare - 2010-05-21 12:10

    You know, this joker may be right. The biggest problems we Bulls have is complacency. We are just soooooo good... *sigh*

  • @ML - 2010-05-21 12:11

    Why is that anybody that does not support the Blue Bulls is an idiotic a###hole? A gut feel is that just that you ignorant raver, and does not need to be "substantiated". Good luck Bulls!

  • Ref? - 2010-05-21 12:13

    Rubbish reporting!!!!!!! You don't mention the most important thing - who's the ref?

  • Rob - 2010-05-21 12:17

    Oh I do hope the Crusaders trample those Pretoria drips...smash them

  • STORMER - 2010-05-21 12:30

    @Lewsi - How on earth can the Bulls NOT be favourites? 1)Travel factor - one highway vs 786 time zones for the Saders. 2)Rested players - yes (remember last weekend) 3)Home field advantage 4)No side has won a semi away from home since Moses was a boy. 5)You chaps have been there and done it twice before.... Stack those up mate, and you get what I get : SERIOUS FAVOURITES - how could anyone think otherwise???

  • The Godfather - 2010-05-21 12:31

    Seriously!?!! The All Blacks coach backing the team that he drafts most of his players from?!!??! What a surprise!!! *snore*

  • Oubaassehonne - 2010-05-21 12:32

    Stormer supporters pray for the Bulls to loose cause they know they won't beat our A-team. Bulls to win comfortably by 13. Stormers should win, but I support the Tahs.

  • Bakgat Bul - 2010-05-21 12:32

    If losing 3 games out of the last 4 mean that you are playing the game "bloody well", how would they describe winning 3 out of the last 4 (Bulls & Stormers)? You are spot on when you say you know "very liitle about the game", Mr Henry. If nothing at all!

  • percy with mercy - 2010-05-21 12:32

    Bulls vs Stormers final

  • Theo - 2010-05-21 12:35

    What is it with this page/ forum? The whole week we have been bombarded with rubbish "Why the Bulls will lose"/ "Deans tips Crusaders/ Henry tips Crusaders/ Stormers are best team ever and so on and so on. Fact is the Bulls are going to rip the Crusaders apart. The last game the Crusaders were very, very lucky to come so close. It will not happen again.

  • @Tshepo with an O - 2010-05-21 12:40

    Dude Leave your racist shit at home you stupid prlckhead, the reason why the tickets are at that price is because of the fact that the franchise needs to cover their costs for moving the game to Soweto. Besides Soweto is an affluent community believe me they can afford it so shut your mouth, why don't you plss off to NZ if you want to support them...

  • @KMI - 2010-05-21 12:50

    You asshole know nothing about the game...Crusaders 7times champs ha ha going for 8 robbed out of afew thanks to JONKER AND KIE.

  • wins - 2010-05-21 12:51

    The result will be decided by the Ref. Point blanc!

  • ClaudeR - 2010-05-21 12:52

    GDay Mr Henry I guess one would say anything when this is your last season as coach. Suck it it up softc..k your star is waning. O yes by the way, great job in developing young talent, your lads are really gonna look sharp for the world cup. Better keep Nonu, Richie and Brad in bubble wrap or hope more SA thugs get sidelined. NZ rugby is a shambles!

  • legendkilla - 2010-05-21 12:57

    i have to agree with jody,he has single handedly screwed up nz rugby,he should be in the old age home coaching the scrabble team or sumtin,remind me again wot he did that was great?

  • PR - 2010-05-21 12:58

    All of you are a bunch of morons. I have been a proud bull supporter for ever, but after seeing in the last Year or Two how brainless my fellow supporters are I have decided I actually don't want to be associated with this bunch of idiots anymore. You are a bunch of crackheads. You never have anything good to say to others eccept yourself. Our bull team is in any case not our own team. 90% of the players are not from bull country.Let us rather grow our own youngsters and then make a noize. I am not disgusted with our team, just extremely disgusted with the fact that 60% of our supporters are brainless, useless, selfcentered,moronic assholes.

  • @Oubaassehonne - 2010-05-21 13:01

    If you're so confident that you "A" side can beat teh Stormers, why would you want the 'Tahs to win? Chop!!

  • Laeveld Stormer - 2010-05-21 13:14

    @ tshepo with an O: What an absolutely retarded statement. Blacks like you should be sent back to the aparteid era, at least then you would have a valid reason for not supporting the bulls instead of masking it with some shallow minded verbal defication. GO BULLS!!! To everybody saying that the stormers supportes want the crusaders to win... Patriotism outweighs Provincialism, I am first and foremost a SOUTH AFRICAN. We want you to win just as much as you want yourselves to win (hard to digest?). Can we move along now?

  • Riaan - 2010-05-21 13:14

    Ek hoop die bulls kan die een wen net sodat hulle die stormers in die final kan speel. So kan ek dan vir die stomers ondersteun sonder dat daar gese word ek gaan teen die SA spanne. Dan het het n rede om te hoop die bulls verloor.

  • Horsie - 2010-05-21 13:15

    Come on Bulls !Please don't dissapoint.We(THE STORMERS) awaits you in the final and WE ARE GOING TO F%#@K YOU UP !!!!!!!