Away game no issue for Bulls

2012-07-15 19:46

Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke says they don't mind playing the Crusaders away from home in their Super Rugby playoff clash on Saturday.

The Bulls’ 37-20 bonus point victory pver the Lions on Saturday secured them a spot in the playoffs after they failed to progress to the next stage of last year’s competition.

In taking full points from the match, the Bulls moved past the Sharks on the log, leaving the coastal side with a playoff-match against the Reds in Brisbane.

A match against the Reds was regarded as a slightly easier prospect and a victory without the bonus-point try would have seen the Bulls travel to Australia, rather than having to face the Crusaders in New Zealand.

Ludeke, however, said they had no intention of manipulating the victory as they only had the playoff in mind.

“We knew before the game that we need to be our best and it was a must win for us,” Ludeke said.

“There was never talk in the side about permutations.

"We said that we needed to win and if we got a lead, we needed to build on that and make sure we made the playoffs.”

The Bulls' mentor said the playoffs would pose a different challenge to his side.

“All that happened through the season is now irrelevant,” Ludeke said.

“It is about teams that can handle the pressure - it doesn’t matter if you play home or away.

“We’ve shown that we can travel and we need to focus on our own game plan and we need to be accurate.”

The Pretoria-based side, however, need to work on their scrums ahead of next week’s match after they came undone in this area of play against the Lions.

“I think in the scrums they really came at us and I think we weren’t good enough and accurate enough there,” Ludeke said.

“There were some unforced errors that broke our rhythm a bit, but the second half was much more clinical.

“We didn’t allow the Lions to really get going especially from drives and penalties.

"We cleaned up our act discipline-wise as well.”

Ludeke said while his side struggled in the scrums, he felt the Lions deserved credit for a dominant performance in the set-piece.


  • tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 19:52


      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 19:55

      U have to beat the best to be the best. Are we the best this season or at this moment? Don't think so but stranger things have happened. Praying for a miracle. Give them gas.

      chris.nel.35 - 2012-07-15 22:58

      Believe you me, i don't we will make it but i will be the first to say sorry if we win.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-15 23:54

      I also don't think the Bulls will win, but.........Oh sorry I don't have anything to say after the "but".

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 07:47

      I'll be seriously surprised if the Bulls win in Christchurch. I think the Sharks have a slightly better chance in Brisbane. But I don't think either of our teams will win this coming weekend. Just saying...

      Deon - 2012-07-17 21:14

      Look I'm a Stormer supporter and when the Bulls play any local team I shout for the other team, but they are South African so I will be supporting them and shouting for them this weekend. Anyway would maybe be nice for the Stormers to beat them 3 times this season. LOL

  • RetiefC - 2012-07-15 19:59

    Go Bulls! My prediction: Bulls vs Sharks in the final at Loftus on 4 Aug.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 20:08

      Epic if it turns out that way, helluva thing that would be

      seanb09 - 2012-07-15 20:37

      haha keep dreaming ampie. never gonna happen . 5th place vs 6th place? highly unlikely. and besides, Stormers aren't losing this . i wonder if Bulls will wear Pink this w.e haha. they have no chance against the mighty crusaders.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 20:43

      Ok so what is your euphimism for losing Sean? Almost winning?

      bfvillet - 2012-07-15 21:49

      bwa haha you are so funny

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 22:21

      Thanks bud appreciate it. It's so nice when someone gives a compliment especially when it's so warranted

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 00:00

      @Ampie. I honestly hope you are not a betting man. You must loose thousands every time you bet?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 00:09

      loose? or lose?

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 03:00

      Either one. I'm not used to the word, because I'm a Stormers supporter. You Bulls supporters know the word better than me, so help me out there.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-16 06:22

      m not used to the word, because I'm a Stormers supporter ... hahaha .. face to foot style .. how'd you like it ?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 07:46

      I'll be seriously surprised if the Bulls win in Christchurch. I think the Sharks have a slightly better chance in Brisbane. But I don't think either of our teams will win this coming weekend. Just saying...

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 07:57

      @Randomdude. I'm dissapointed. You have to come up with something better. Oh and by the way mister dim.spellchecker.turdis. I spelt dissapointed probably wrong as well, because that is another foreign concept to me. The Stormers have not made me feel that way. Your Bulls probably made you get to know that word quite a bit.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-16 08:51

      O Chris , it's because you're clueless ;-) .. just the way I like my trolls

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 09:19

      I'm so disappointed by our 3 titles and you are so pleased with coming up short every year. F2m

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-07-15 20:22

    In the long run, its beter for the bulls to travel to nz, because should they beat the saders, then the next flight will be to the chiefs. It is actually not in the favor of the sharks, should theh beat the reds, they must then fly back to face the stormers. But go SA Teams and make us proud!!!

      bfvillet - 2012-07-15 21:50

      they will all fly straight home on saterday

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 22:00

      BoomNice for the stormers when they lose, they have just a short car ride home

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 00:03

      @dim.turdis. I'd take the car ride. Just imagine the 20hr plane trip for the Bulls on Sunday after being smashed by the Crusaders. It 's going to be a looooooong flight home. But the after the Stormers car trip, they will all get together and drive in an open top bus through Cape Town. That's even better.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 00:10

      why would they do that? on an open bus tour of loftus and surrounds, home of three time super champs, the bulls? yeh i can see it, come see what the super trophy looks like. boom bombshell, dropped like its hot

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 03:01

      @dim.turdis. Why would anyone want to go look at a dusty, empty trophy cabinet at Moftus?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 13:00

      by MOFtus i assume you mean Masters Of Finals - played 3, won 3

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-15 20:30

    Still can't see how the Reds manage to finnish 3rd overall on the table and on top of that get a home play-off game when they have less points on the board than the Bulls and the Sharks or even the Crusaders with their 58 points compared to the others that have 59 and 61 points respectively?How the hell did that work out?If anything the Reds should be the ones that should be travelling for their play-off match and not the Sharks.The Australian conference teams are the weakest teams in the whole competition,and yet they get the best deals on offer.Make no sense at all.

      seanb09 - 2012-07-15 20:38

      Sean, lakka name china, but old news. rules are rules

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 00:09

      @Sean. sanzAr's conference system. Where do you think the two games a year against local opposition came from? The only country that does not have a domestic compitition. Where do you think the "1 from each country has to have a home play-off game" comes from? From the country who was afraid they will never get the revenue of a home play-off. The Aussies. And to be honest, only one team in Australia really measure up to the rest of the S15 teams. The rest are all weak. So they get to play at least 8 games (half of their season) against weaker opposition (not counting the Lions). That is how the strongest Aussie team gets to the top six. Makes perfect sense if you're an Aussie doesn't it.

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-16 09:14

      dis baie eenvoudig...veral as jy in nuwe patetiese sa lewe. Iemand wat ni di beste is ni, wat ni weet of verstaan wat om te doen ni?? groepe of individue met geen of gekoopte kwalifikasies,... met geen vermoeens en wat ook ni di job kan doen ni, ons noem dit AA??

  • Ran - 2012-07-15 20:34

    are u daydreaming Ampie? Huy boet , Bulls vs Sharks final nogal.

  • arthur.j.ware - 2012-07-15 20:50

    I wonder, arethe bulls going to wear pink or blue? I think they should go with the blue afterall the pink hasn't been good for them losing 4 of the six maches playd in the pink

      seanb09 - 2012-07-15 20:58

      pink or blue, crusaders are going to annihilate the bulls

      bfvillet - 2012-07-15 21:51

      they should try black for saterday

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 22:03

      Racist, black is a negative colour all the time? Wow ignorant pig

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 22:04

      And everyone so hom0phobic, nothing wrong with pink buds. U ous obvs don't known fashion ignorant sob's - 2012-07-15 23:15

      so tomtheturd is gay!!!

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 00:11 You didn't know that? I think the Bulls are going to wear red.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 00:11

      im not gay! i love the flossie! i like self tan! im an interior designer! does that make me gay? i dont think so

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-07-16 02:04

      Normal people die to be seen in black. Is that a positive?

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 03:04 Looks like you hit a nerve. The plastic poppie on his fb photo is probably his cousin who was payed to pose with him.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-16 07:56

      yeah tom is correct only real men year pink. . . . Elton john, Nathanial ,piere spies mika, and list goes on. . . i wonder if they all know the words to liefling too?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 09:21

      Paid not payed. I only pay my women bud that way there's no emotion bud. And I never have to pay to pomp my cousin, that's free bud

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 23:13

      @dim.turdis. Thanks for being my spellchecker. I kind of enjoye that. O and thanks for clearing that part up about the cousin - I'm just wondering about your cousin, is he enjoying it as much as you?

  • ljmostert - 2012-07-15 20:54

    Dit sal maar knor!!!

  • klark.kent.942 - 2012-07-15 21:01

    OH really we will see how well they travel to thhe house of pain! By the way do the Bulls have a game plan yet other than kick and may be chase? Have they got a decent trainer and dietician yet rather than eating pig fat and swallowing roids before the game? They will be run of their feet by a very fit quick thinking crusaders team

      jaan.vanschaick - 2012-07-15 21:10

      In the same line does the Stormers have any game plan other then defence? If they win the S15 they will be known as the "Defending" champions!!

      jaan.vanschaick - 2012-07-15 21:13

      Klark just take a look at the Powerade chosen moment of the last 16 Rounds - not once did the Stormers feature because they have forgotten how to score tries.......Dr Craven must be fuming!!

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-15 21:14

      Isn't Carisbrook the house of pain?

      jaan.vanschaick - 2012-07-15 21:19

      Lastly if the look at the official stats for Round 16 it shows that the Stormers kicked 8 times more out of hand then the Bulls, study the game data and you will be amazed. The team that carried the ball the least for the S15 again the Stormers. No enterprise in there game plan.

      bfvillet - 2012-07-15 21:54

      well our game plan no 1 yours six losses its about winning jan

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 00:17

      @Luyt. WOW. You surprised me there with your rugby knowledge. It is the first time you let it slip that you know something about rugby. Don't be afraid that the rest of the Bulls will laugh at you, you can share your rugby knowledge. Or are you afraid that they make you president of the union? Honestly I think it is the influence of the people around you. You still live in the Cape? @klark.kent. Luyt is right, the house of pain is Carisbrook in Dunedin. The old home ground of Otago and the Highlanders.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-16 06:30

      klark prob not but they didn't need that when they beat the Crusaders earlier in the year.. so why would they need it now ?

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-07-15 21:13

    Greyling and Spies are the weakest links. Dean gets bullied and then rattled far too often. And Mrs Spies... I can see the 2021 June huisgenoot headline. Petronella Spies, voormalige Springbok agsteman 'Pierre ' praat uit die hart uit oor haar rugby dae en lewe na die operasie. The less said about her the better. Stander must play, but Petronella never goes in hard enough to get injured. Having said that Bulls we love you warts and all. Craven

      bfvillet - 2012-07-15 21:59

      he will probably blame the bulls for the pink jersey which brought out the woman in him to the bulls supporters be carefull stay with the blue you might just discover the girl you are

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 22:09

      Bfvillet boring trolling

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 00:19

      @Luyt. I almost thought your profile was stolen by someone else. Untill your last sentence. Still don't know much about rugby.

      cory.van.wyk - 2012-07-16 12:07

      just a correcion the house of pain is the old stadium in dunedin. it def was that freezing in winter ! the bulls will ahve a hard time in christchurch, im hoping for a miracle !

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-15 21:32

    Bulls support from me, but the Crusaders very difficult to beat at home, in this phase of the competition. Nevertheless, make SA proud! BLACK . WHITE . DYNAMITE

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-15 21:35

      Hi Hans Rimmler. Had any choccies lately. Regards Craven

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-07-16 02:06

      Will Bryce be there?

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-16 09:46

      Craven, looking for a tender Eisbein in my sights, but Ju-Ju keeps evading me.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-16 09:47

      Koos, not sure about Bryce, hopefully Walsh will pitch.

  • bfvillet - 2012-07-15 21:45

    Bwah haha Bwa haha you are funny

  • jakes.stormer - 2012-07-15 21:48

    Last game for the bulls in this S15 Enjoy the flight

  • jakes.stormer - 2012-07-15 21:50

    Last game for the bulls

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 22:17

      Said the same thing 2 min before

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 00:20

      @dim.turdis. You're saying the same boring crap every day. So what's the problem?

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-16 09:03

      chris no you .. your idea of witty is 12yo name calling.. dim.turdis ? really? .. FFS man you're giving trolls a bad name .

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 23:15

      Thanks Randomdude. I see I got you going as well now.

  • Frank - 2012-07-15 21:54

    I absolutely support the Bulls on this occasion, but I fear that if they play the first 40 minutes as badly as against the Lions and Sharks, they will be 35 points adrift by the break. The Crusaders are not a joke! They don't give second half chances. If the Bulls are 10-0 down after 10 minutes, switch off, they will go on to lose by 40+.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 00:21

      You think they will only be down by 10 after 10 minutes?

  • jakes.stormer - 2012-07-15 22:00

    Nice, last game for te bulls

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 22:17

      Said the same thing 12 min and 2 min before that, are u mentally all there?

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 00:22

      @dim.turdis. You're saying the same boring crap every day. So what's the problem? Oops, I already said that.

  • chris.nel.35 - 2012-07-15 22:57

    Believe you me, i don't we will make it but i will be the first to say sorry if we win.

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-16 00:39

    We've already nailed the Crusaders this season, unlike the poor Stormers. So no big deal, just another day at the office for the mighty Bulls, SA's flagship team and 3 time Super Champions. (3 more than the Stormers)

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 03:15

      The Rebels also beat the Crusaders on home soil. The problem for the Bulls is that they have to travel to Christchurch. Not going to be easy - in fact somewhat impossible I'd say. So SA's flagship which managed to sneak into the bottom of the top 6 is going to have a looooong sorry flight back home on Sunday.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-16 05:14

      @Chrissie boy Sneak in? They were never outside the top 6 from day one. Comfortably. 4th cup coming up (4 more than the Stompies)

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 05:59

      So Spiertjies. Enlighten us with your opinion of the score with which the Pink Pansies will demolish the Crusaders this weekend in Christchurch??

      Crapdetector - 2012-07-16 10:00

      Playing away is not a problem at all. The bulls have shown this season they are just as comfortable losing at home or away.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 23:17

      Hey doc, you driving in that Ford or why so quiet? Not brave enough to make a prediction?

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-17 01:27

      Daai Fordjie loop, 0-100km/h in 4.3sek, nie te pateties nie. Bulls 17- Crusaders 11 Bulls-Sharks final op Loftus PS: Ek het 'n plakaat van my Aston, wil jy hom teen jou muur hang?

  • ockie.barnard.9 - 2012-07-16 07:50

    The Bulls have a tough schedule. If they beat the Crusaders, they will face the Chiefs. To beat the top 2 NZ sides in 7 days will be something very big. Best of luck Bulls. Make SA proud. (From a Lions Supporter)

  • derrick.dawson - 2012-07-16 08:30

    If the Bulls can sort out their scrum problems then they stand a chance. They do have the temperament to handle the pressure, but they'll have to try and dominate the saders up front. Good luck Bulls

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 09:28

      It was tragic to see the front row crumble like that

  • P.J. - 2012-07-16 08:34

    I don't think the Bulls will win the match, but I do think the Crusaders won't lose the match! Just being optimistic I suppose.

  • WernerZA - 2012-07-16 08:37

    One thing is clear, this team loves playing entertaining rugby and scoring tries... Even when a boorrriiinnnngg 4 pointer would have suited them better... never compromise!

  • hennie.gerber.3 - 2012-07-16 10:58

    The BULLS are going to get a hiding.!!!!

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-07-16 12:02

    daar is nie 'n manier nie!

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-07-16 12:15

    No issue??, bulls gaan pak kry Saterdag met 28 punte

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-07-16 17:59

    ja julle bekke is groot. blou ape gaan op ge eet word

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-17 01:28

      Hoe oud was jou bruid toe jy haar van Thailand af ingevoer het?

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