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Blues shock Bulls at Loftus

2012-03-10 21:01

Pretoria - The Bulls suffered their first defeat of the 2012 Vodacom Super Rugby season as they went down 29-23 to the Blues in a lacklustre performance at Loftus Versfeld, in Pretoria on Saturday.

The hosts were under pressure within the first 10 minutes of their encounter with the tourists leading 7-0 after only two minutes.

Six minutes later the Blues extended their lead to 10 points through the boot of their flyhalf Gareth Anscombe.

Incidentally it was the same 23-year-old that forced the Bulls team to take a breather behind the posts after an opportunistic try from a Bulls mistake.

A pass to Bulls inside centre Francois Venter was knocked on and intercepted by Anscombe who sprinted from the 22 metre line to open the scoring, converting his own try.

The hosts received a lifeline from referee Steve Walsh who sent Blues lock Ali Williams off with a yellow card for collapsing a maul.

Walsh, himself, seemed to have taken centre stage handing out penalties, left, right and centre.

Even before the half-hour mark, Walsh dished out 15 penalties between the two sides, with the Blues taking the lion’s share with 10 and the balance to the Bulls.

It took the Bulls two minutes to exploit their advantage of having one man over; with skipper Pierre Spies crossing to open his side’s scoring.

The Bulls’ reliable place kicker and flyhalf Morne Steyn uncharacteristically missed the conversion kick and missed on three more occasions at crucial stages in the match.

He, however, succeeded with his third attempt at goal reducing the Blues’ lead to two points.

Anscombe, who experienced a dream night in the Blues jersey, extended his side’s lead with a penalty with six minutes left in the half.

He followed this up by scoring his brace after the Bulls left gaping holes in their holes metres from the Blues tryline, with Anscombe converting to give his side a 20-8 lead going into the half-time break.

The Bulls scored the first points of the second half with Steyn slotting over a penalty in the 54th minute.

Anscombe once again poured cold water on the Bulls’ ambitions as he succeeded with two more penalty goals to take their lead to 26-11.

This meant the Bulls had to score more than two tries to clinch the match.

The Bulls, however, showed courage at the death as Bjorn Basson ran in two tries in the last seven minutes of the match with Steyn converting only one.

Their efforts proved to be too little too late as time ran out on the stadium clock with the Bulls missing the mark by six points.

The Blues picked up four points for their victory, but remained rooted to the bottom of the New Zealand Conference. They did however move up to 11th in the Overall log. The Bulls left with a single point for losing by seven or fewer and remained second in the South African Conference and moved up to fifth in the Overall standings respectively.

In next weekend's Round 4 action, the Blues travel to Cape Town to face the Stormers, while the Bulls have the weekend off.

Teams:

Bulls:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling
 
Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht

Blues:
15 Lachie Munro, 14 Sherwin Stowers, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Chris Lowrey, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Anthony Boric, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain) 1, Pauliasi Manu

Substitutes: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Bradley Mika, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Hadleigh Parkes, 22 David Raikuna
 

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Comments
  • Jco - 2012-03-10 21:06

    Well, well, well.... Rugby stay a interesting game. It can humble any person very quickly. This shows again that no team or player is bigger than the game.

      Francois - 2012-03-10 21:28

      Isak, did you see the first score, it was almost like an intercept and 7 points on a plate. Sure, one can say that the Bulls should not have led the ball fly loose, but it happened on that one odd occasion at the very beginning. What was the scoreline in the end - victory by 6 with Steyn kicking worse than John Smit? Ceterus paribas: The Bulls would have won if that first try did not happen. Then if you want to verify the shock factor, go and talk to the bookies and see how much money they made - the odds were 4/1 for the Blues before the game. A side comment on Steyn: His inability to give his backline quick ball was shown up today even more than his kicking at the post and with Vermaak there wanting to impress Meyer, he got even slower ball and that 3 point that Vermaak gave away by taking the quick tap: Let us leave it at the following: You can take a loosing Lion out of Ellispark, but not Ellispark out of ....

      Pieter890 - 2012-03-10 21:31

      Isak, I'm a Stormers supporter, but your arrogant comments are uncalled for - you sound worse than the Bulls supporters - sies man!

      Sean - 2012-03-10 21:43

      Francois I have to agree that Morne hasn't looked great at all these past few weeks. And Lambie had a great game earlier. It's pressure fpr Morne and he doesn't seem to be coping. The three kicks he missed were shockers, looked like he hit them with the inside of his boot? If it was the Pakistani cricket side we'd be nodding knowingly! As for Vermaak, I'd have taken him three hours earlier for my Lions team :D, our scrummy was not good!

      Bootman - 2012-03-10 21:55

      Isak I have to agree with Pieter and Raymond. Your comments are uncalled for and arrogant. I know the Bulls and Stormers fans give each other lots of stick but most of the time it's all in good fun. The Bulls lost, their fans are feeling it, so lets not go overboard. Remember, next week we have to face these guys........and from what I've seen from our boys thus far, I'm not feeling too confident.

      Raymond - 2012-03-10 22:16

      @Franscois ~ bottom line, the Bulls where nowhere. If this, if that, if, if, if! OK. If the Blues had scored the two missed penalties and over-rated Steyn had kicked his 3 missed penalties and one missed conversion ~ the Bulls would still have lost by one.

      Paul Ramncwana - 2012-03-10 22:18

      @Izak well done 2 u, u can say whtevr u wnt. I respect all the STORMERS supporters and your guys opion bt hw many times do they do it 2 us.\r\nPls guys don't lie 2 yourselves u r so happy that the bulls lost.\r\nWe will worry abt the bulls

      Francois - 2012-03-10 22:52

      Raymond, did you perhaps mean: "The Bulls WERE nowhere"? I did say ceterus paribas? That means "all other things staying the same". How educational this trip turned out for you!? The fact is that the Bulls had bad day and still came close and it would have been even closer if a lost ball went to ground and not into a Blues' player's hands.

      Nzbro - 2012-03-11 02:48

      Hey ya saffa's! How you all doing ? had a good summer? summer is practically over here in nz. in fact it hardly even occurred ! but we carry on. Whats up with your bulls fans aye? bottle throwing? thats just not on! he's probably still grumpy about the RWC.I hope he gets charged with assault. Still it does not take away the satisfying feeling of taking a Bull by the horns and shaking him aye? Im keen to see your new bok coach perform this season. That must have brought relief to many bok fans aye. we will miss div for his endless supply of humor. chat soon next game

      Kevin - 2012-03-11 02:55

      NZbro, isn't it great to be a NZer this season?..so much pain to be dished out on the saffas lol, I think it's going to be a season of suffering for them hehehehe!

      Patrick - 2012-03-11 04:24

      did u guys see that old turd bulls supporter taking on Keven Mealamu at the end!! hahaha, Keven should have backhanded him 1!!!

      Louis - 2012-03-11 10:38

      Ha Ha Ha love it. this bought the arrogant bulls supporters down to earth with a bank. Well done Blues

      Selma - 2012-03-11 10:57

      Sport is riddled with bribery scandals, why should the game of Rugby be any different?

      Raymond - 2012-03-11 14:15

      @Francois: If, If, If, If: Please undertand that I am not too happy about the Bulls loss, but Dude the Bulls were beaten. You can blame the "rub of the green", a bad interpretion by the ref, a gust of wind or any other apparent misfortune as much as you wish. That will not change the score. It seems to be a South African fan thing to be ungratious in defeat. Maybe the Bulls did have a bad day at the office (like 'my' team the Stormers last two games) but all the 'ifs' in the world won't change the score. Imho, the Bulls thought they had four points in the bag and were fully expectiing to get the bonus point as well. VERY dissapointing LOSS. As an aside; making an issue about typo's and spelling mistakes is juvenile.

      Hugh - 2012-03-12 16:32

      @Nzbro, So whats happening with the Chiefs? they are looking like the team to beat this season. Blues got their asses wiped by them. Going to be an interesting season.

  • Pieter - 2012-03-10 21:10

    well done Blues...pity you allowed the Bulls to still get a bonus point

      Francois - 2012-03-10 21:31

      Pieter, if you are from SA, which is likely with you having the ability to speak AFrikaans, shame on you. Get with the programme. SA first, disregarding whom or how windgat the Bulls or stupid the Stormers may be.

      Pieter - 2012-03-10 22:39

      shame Francois, gaan lek maar daai blou bloed wonde die res van die naweek...... SA first? I don't think so mate

      Francois - 2012-03-10 22:57

      Not from Pretoria - FYI. Get with the programme.

      Pieter - 2012-03-10 23:16

      good on you mate - you stick to your programme and I'll stick to mine.

      Nick Spangenberg - 2012-03-11 04:14

      Haha the bovine supporters are a touchy bunch they lose and it's the ref lack of inteLligence hidden under all the arrogance bunch of muppets they are\r\nNot 1 of them with the collective iq of a potato said anything about the ref last week\r\nFrancois boetie ek sou soortvan saam jou 1ste aanmerking saamgestem het maar toe moes jy beledigings gebruik so kry vir jul daar wag nog baie van dit

      Pieter - 2012-03-11 04:53

      well said Nick. Die waarheid maak altyd seer Francois..........

  • Mel - 2012-03-10 21:12

    Excellent

      Sean - 2012-03-10 21:34

      and why would that be?

      Sean - 2012-03-10 22:52

      Maybe it's a word quiz?

      Sean - 2012-03-10 23:43

      The result should be a threat to all SA teams , just shows we are lagging behind !!!

  • marnusmnorval - 2012-03-10 21:28

    Thats more like the blues we know and love. I hope you can build on this win to show you are real contenders for the title

      Kevin - 2012-03-11 14:08

      Thats pushing it

  • Jack - 2012-03-10 21:30

    Yawn...no surprise really. The Bulls hadn't played any quality opposition yet and they were badly underdone. Stormers will have some good footage to study and I'm sure the impending week or two ban on Rene Ranger will also help the cause. The Bulls will be glad to have Hougaard back next week - heaven knows they'll need him against the Reds. At least they've had their wake up call now and I hope to see better things from them against the Reds who really didn't deserve their win today (it seems the Ozzie refs have decided to give the Reds all the advantage they possibly can). In the words of the halftime commentator - enjoy the oranges - see you later!

      Saffa - 2012-03-10 22:00

      @jackblack - The Blues lineouts have been woeful since week 1. Kevin is NOT finding his jumpers and they are winning very little of their own lineout ball (3 games and counting....). The Bulls wasted all this gifted ball, and I am hoping like hell the Stormers plan on attacking the life out of their lineout for starters......Even though those Blues are my No 2 team, I don't want them beating my Stormers next Friday....

      Sean - 2012-03-10 23:52

      Hmmm ! Depending on the ref , Blues by 17 !!!!!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-11 02:19

      @fake Saffa Which internet cafe are you posting from? Blues by 20 this weekend

  • Darryl - 2012-03-10 21:58

    well i suppose everybody looses at sometime but i would just like to know what the hell was up with that supporter at the end there, did he really bealive that he was going to make kevin mealamu ( or however you spell it) scared or feel threatened....

  • Kevin - 2012-03-10 22:13

    Bulls feeling a bit blue

  • stephan.griesel - 2012-03-10 22:24

    op loftus nogals. dis snaaks.

  • Herman - 2012-03-10 22:24

    Bulle het glad nie goed gespeel nie, Blues het verdien om te wen. Ding wat regtig begin pla is die hoeveelheid strafskoppe met skrums, dit maak die game dood en dis 'n dobbelary wie gaan gestraf word, die manne wat reels opstel sal drasties hierna moet begin kyk.

  • Tony - 2012-03-10 22:27

    How's the security at Loftus!! Pitch invaded by a disgruntled Bulls supporter and not a security guard in sight. The players had to sort it out. Its almost as if the Loftus powers that be allowed it to happen. Disrespectful to the visiting side, as well as a bad advert to SA rugby. What are you going to do about it BBRU??

      Freddie Francois Strydom - 2012-03-10 22:31

      Hey tony! And I can bet you he was not asking kevin for his grand mothers milk tart recipy! Ill be honest tho, that was just true to form!

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-11 00:04

      @tony, but isn't that behaviour typical as well as expected from the average bulls supporter?!

      Robsschele - 2012-03-11 08:38

      The security was so disgusted, they went home early.

  • Gerhardus - 2012-03-10 22:32

    looks like the bulls must make way for the kings

      Sean - 2012-03-10 22:51

      There's always one isn't there. A win over an Argentinian side in the Vodacom Cup and now you're ready for Super Rugby! Maybe hold back a bit on those little blue pills.

      rozario.coetzee - 2012-03-10 23:47

      In a million years

      Marius - 2012-03-11 06:25

      @Sean. Obviously Gerhardus is either a Stormers or Lions supporter. Kings supporters, even those in the townships, have far more intellect than that. He is probably afraid that his own team will have to make way for the Kings next year

  • Frans - 2012-03-10 23:39

    Bad kicking by a usually acurate morne steyn, unforced errors,and too many turnovers against them cost the bulls the game, they came up with too little too late.I am also, like many of my friends here a stormers supporter, but i'm not blind for the good play by the bulls.I still want to read from the bulls supporters something constructive they have to say of any other team than their dear bulls

  • rozario.coetzee - 2012-03-10 23:49

    Welgedaan aan die Blues. Nice Game But I will stay true to the Blue no matter what

      Francois - 2012-03-11 00:05

      Even if they wear pink? Imagine the newspaper headlines: From the brink in pink! Of Olivier se pienk kienk knak Brumbies! Or when he looks for someone to offload to: Olivier takes the gap, but where is the pink link? Or in the change room: Pierre, what is that pink stink? Blues bulls paint Perth's ice rink pink?

      Patrick - 2012-03-11 10:07

      @francois, not 1 thing u said there was funny!!! try again!! or dont give up your day job!! shame

  • Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-11 00:00

    @saffa, bloumasjien, pierre, bloudaan en al die grootbek bulls supporters, ha ha (daar is nie genoeg ha ha's op aarde nie) hierdie gaan 'n lang een wees, so gryp jou naaste bedelaar of buurman met karavaan om te help lees, net so paar dinge: 1.julle kla oor lawrence, walsh het sy beste gegee vir julle (sy gesig, en die tv ref se gesig het gelyk asof hulle kinders aangehou word erens in danville by 'n baba pienk huis met 'n paper mache blou bul in die tuin) 2. Morne, (ha ha ha, mis dit voor die pale, ha ha ha) kom natal toe dat lambie jou kan leer skop!\r\n3.bjorn basson, shame\r\n4. Spies (speel hy rugby of intimideer hy skoolkinders by virgin active?) wie is dit? 5.frans ludeke, leer engels praat, jy verneder die hele land! 6. My superbru is nou gef@k, ekt gedink die bulle gaan net met 6 verloor, nie\r\nso 'n pakslae deur die bottom of the log span nie!

      Saffa - 2012-03-11 06:24

      @Tertius Niks is snaakser as 11 jaar sonder 'n beker nie

      steyts - 2012-03-11 15:23

      @Saffa - Hy is 'n shark, so jou weereens baie eentonige en oer oue grappie is nie van pas nie... Kom bietjie op met 'n nuwe grappie waaroor ons kan lag.. Die beker grappie is nou afgesaag...

  • Tertius Coetzer - 2012-03-11 00:00

    @saffa, bloumasjien, pierre, bloudaan en al die grootbek bulls supporters, ha ha (daar is nie genoeg ha ha's op aarde nie) hierdie gaan 'n lang een wees, so gryp jou naaste bedelaar of buurman met karavaan om te help lees, net so paar dinge: 1.julle kla oor lawrence, walsh het sy beste gegee vir julle (sy gesig, en die tv ref se gesig het gelyk asof hulle kinders aangehou word erens in danville by 'n baba pienk huis met 'n paper mache blou bul in die tuin) 2. Morne, (ha ha ha, mis dit voor die pale, ha ha ha) kom natal toe dat lambie jou kan leer skop!\r\n3.bjorn basson, shame\r\n4. Spies (speel hy rugby of intimideer hy skoolkinders by virgin active?) wie is dit? 5.frans ludeke, leer engels praat, jy verneder die hele land! 6. My superbru is nou gef@k, ekt gedink die bulle gaan net met 6 verloor, nie\r\nso 'n pakslae deur die bottom of the log span nie!

      Saffa - 2012-03-11 06:24

      Niks is snaakser as 11 jaar sonder 'n beker nie

      steyts - 2012-03-11 15:23

      @Saffa - Hy is 'n shark, so jou weereens baie eentonige en oer oue grappie is nie van pas nie... Kom bietjie op met 'n nuwe grappie waaroor ons kan lag.. Die beker grappie is nou afgesaag...

  • Frans - 2012-03-11 00:02

    Geskiedenis is op loftus gemaak, want die enigste geluide wat die heel aand van die pawiljoen af gekom het, was toe kurt darren een maal kaptein....... gesing het, vir blou daan het ek glad nie gesien nie. Ai ou daan sterkte man, die son gaan nog steeds more op die regte plek opkom.

      Saffa - 2012-03-11 06:24

      Niks is snaakser as 11 jaar sonder 'n beker nie

  • pieter.bosch - 2012-03-11 04:13

    What a boring game tonight. It felt like it was deliberately slowed down. It took ages before scrums were set and kicks at goal were taken. Probably 40 of the 80 minutes were sucked up by no play. Should there be a penalty after a yellow card infringement that was within the last 80 minutes? Please i am not complaining about the ref just asking what the rulebook say.

      Louis Hager - 2012-03-11 05:11

      \Should there be a penalty after a yellow card infringement that was within the last 80 minutes?\ The last 80 minutes is technically the duration of a rugby match, so yes.

      Marius - 2012-03-11 06:11

      Very interesting situation about the penalty. The way I understood Walsh's reasoning was that if the Bulls forfeited the conversion kick, the penalty would still have been given on the halway line, because normal time wasn't over, but taking the conversion kick will take the time over the 80 minutes and therefore end of the game. It is still a debateable point though as the infringement did take place in normal time.

      Patrick - 2012-03-11 22:23

      @pieter, i agree!! any game that the bulls play is boring!!

  • Zion - 2012-03-11 06:17

    This came unexpectedly: Eina.

  • Mark - 2012-03-11 07:58

    The bulls were pathetic. The players looked like they had been out partying on Friday night as hardly anyone showed any commitment, except Spies and Hattigh. Bulls management need to find out why their players were so lethargic and uninterested in this vitally important game. If any players are guilty of partying Friday night, they should be fined or dropped. Have the bulls forgotten that they play for us the fans who pay good money to go and watch the drivel they dished up?

      Johan - 2012-03-11 17:42

      Hattigh?

  • Robsschele - 2012-03-11 08:47

    Fortress Loftus. But with a canon that can't shoot straight and some other loose canons. The Bulls could have done it but they were beaten in their own game.

  • Jacques Windt - 2012-03-11 09:20

    Shoe maar Saffa is stil vandag! Blou Daan, baie respek vir jou, jy vat die verloor soos n man en prys die Blues ook nog! goeies. Feit bly staan, die Blues het gewen want hulle was by verre die beter span, die telling het die Bulle laat goed lyk.

      Robsschele - 2012-03-11 09:32

      Niks is SAFFAR as 11 jaar sonder 'n beker nie. Het jy nie gesien dat hy sy "copy and paste" hierbo gedoen het nie. Die Bulls is so goed dat jy eintlik die stelling kan maak: Niks is so snaaks soos die Bulls sonder 'n beker nie. Of hoe is die een: 'n Bull sonder beker is snaakser as 'n Stormer sonder bekers vir 11 jaar. Ek sien die Blue Bulls het verloor teen Griekwas in die Vodacom Cup.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-03-11 10:28

    Nee Steyn se spel het ons geskok!!!

      Jakes - 2012-03-11 10:46

      miskien moet die Bulls in hulle pienk hempies speel....ek dink nie hulle gaan dan wen nie maar hulle sal ten minste dan aangetrek wees vir hulle tipe rugby

  • Claud - 2012-03-11 11:57

    Bulls lost but did not leave the field ashamed, Morne waar was jou @$#!& se skop skoene. Great performance by the Sharks.

  • Johan Coetzer - 2012-03-11 12:28

    B-B-B-B-B-B-BLUES!!!!

  • Sidwell Deerling - 2012-03-11 14:27

    Is there sumthing as spot fixing in rugby coz Morne Steyn please those easy kicks must be having u smiling to the bank all the way

  • Keith - 2012-03-11 19:45

    Not a train smash. I'm worried about leadership in our teams.When things get rough our leaders are nowhere to be found.This is worrying me for the test team.Let me play devil's advocate. Our best captain currently wanted to vomit on the jersey and that will be kept against him for the rest of his life.

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