Braam: Watch out Bulls!

2012-07-11 07:45

Cape Town - Former Springbok flyhalf Braam van Straaten has warned the Bulls not to underestimate the Lions in their Super Rugby clash at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday night.

Van Straaten, who is the current kicking coach for the Wallabies, feels the Bulls played well for most of the season and their 32-10 loss to the Sharks last week was largely due to the quality the Durbanites showed on the night.

"The Sharks had a good recovering defence and took the Bulls on up front from the get go. That's how you should play against them," he told Beeld.

He believes the Lions' forwards have enough bite to replicate what the Sharks did last week, especially after their own impressive performance against the Sharks on June 2. The Lions upset the bookmakers' odds when they stunned the men from Durban 38-28.

"I think so yes," said Van Straaten when asked if he believes an upset is possible at Loftus.

"They're a team that can beat any other team on any given day and the Bulls definitely shouldn't take them lightly.

"There may have been disturbances in their camp recently, but I think they've put that behind them."

The clash at Loftus Versfeld kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday night.

The Bulls won the first match between the two teams 32-18 at Coca-Cola Park earlier in the season.

The men from Pretoria are currently in fifth spot on the overall log with 54 points, well in contention for a top six playoff berth, while the Lions are last with 25 points.


  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 07:49

    Lions are on a high after last weeks result as for the Bulls they know there season all depends on Saturdays outcome.........saying that Go Lions:):):)

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 08:02

      Its certainly not going to be a walkover! Im looking forward to a great weekend of rugby, all except the game at our beloved Newlands which promises to be a muddy wet and rainy affair! SFL

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 08:05

      Morning,told the wife already dont make plans that involve me Saturday:):):) Dunno about the weather hey,confused as anything,News24 predicts sunshine,I really hope so.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 08:10

      Rain or shine any stormers game will be a snoozefest, let's hope the rebels show some electricity and be the only team in the game to provide some entertainment. They did beat the saders, will be holding thumbs! If they don't concede penalties within the 22 they will be fine cos that's the only way stormers can score. Go rebels!!! Bulls will beat then lions of that there is no doubt. Go rebels!!!!!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 08:20

      Proudly South African,hey Tom

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-11 08:37

      @Jason- Isn’t it always, a muddy wet and rainy affair down there?? at least for the last 17 years...

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 08:48

      Nope Jap, sometimes the skies clear and then we all go to the beach! You know what a beach is right? And im not talking about that Beach you sleep on that keeps a kicking and a screaming!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 08:51

      LMAO@Jason,now you gonna confuse Jockstrap I mean Jap Jap even more:):)

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-11 09:08

      @jason- immm, I was talking about the 'state of the supporters' down there... because of the wonderful winning rugby of your wonderful superstar rugby team?? and if you can learn to do it right, Lionel will also kick and scream with amazement??

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-11 09:16

      @Jap, don't question Jason's intelligence! He himself admits (and plenty Stormers supporters) at the bottom of his comments "SFL" - Stupid For Life.... Have a heart Jap

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 09:20

      The way u lot go on why would anyone be n ur corner?

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 09:54

      @Taurus, if supporting WP and the Stomers is being stupid for life then i guess im one dumb assed Capetonian and proud of it.

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-11 10:23

      @jason, don't worry, you are not the only stupid, dumb ass hopeful out there - plenty SFL's in CT

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-11 11:07

      Come on @Jason, don’t be just like weepee...sometimes when we want to make fun of the hoola-hoop girl boys, they go overboard and insult themselves with their breathless tirades...?? So don’t be a glutton and do all the 'humiliating you’, yourself on stoomers24?? Please leave this little pleasure for us guys??

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 11:19

      japjapjap as soon as you inbreeds from up north realize that there are romantic alternatives other than blood relatives you will find all sorts of pleasures.................small and large!

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-11 12:03

      come on @jason, that's a saaaaad baaaaad loooooow bloooooow- keep it funny and entertaining pls??

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 12:18

      Most of what comes out you guys on a daily basis is sad bad low blows of a personal nature! I didn't start this game im just playing it, and I thought it was Faarkin funny. But that's just me!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 12:21

      If it matters Jason I thought it was very funny:):)What you say Jap Jap

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 12:53

      yeh the inbreeding jokes are about as funny as chuck norris jokes. seriously is that the only ammo u have? the biggest joke in the world is how the stormers always seem to be favourites but have never won the super title. bam. jokes over, home time, u lose if there is one thing i think about pretoria when i make my way there is it is a beautiful place

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 13:04

      Tom i think the words you are looking for is "always the brides maid never the bride" but us Stormer supporters will still support out team win or lose! Its a life choice. As for Pretoria, its a very beautiful place, once everyone is asleep!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-11 14:09

      @Jason by looks of it some-one in your family crossed that inbred line... Go look in the Mirror you will see what i'm on about..

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 14:41

      Have you looked in the mirror you monotone idiot! LOL

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-11 14:56

      monotone idiot? So you think that when you are fat and ugly you can call everyone an Idiot... Sad indeed.. Also why do you laugh at your own jokes... Small imagination i guess...

  • bloudaan.blou - 2012-07-11 08:05

    Dit gaan nie maklik wees nie, maar ek glo die Bulle gaan dit maak. 7+

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 08:08

      More my ou maat,het jy nie die selfde gese laas week nie hahahaha!!!Terg net n bietjie vir jou,ek dink die Bulle gaan te sterk wees vir die Leeus,sterkte.

      bloudaan.blou - 2012-07-11 08:13

      @Lionel More my maat. Ek is baie lief vir die Lions maar ek hoop nie hulle gaan die Bulle pootjie nie. Moet ook net weer se, die Sharks het verlede week soos ware kampioene gespeel en die Bulle ore aan gesit....!!!!

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-11 08:48

      Shark - eendag kampioene?

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-07-11 08:23

    Ek glo ons sal te sterk wees vir die Lions maar het ook so gedink laasweek teen die Sharks - en het hulle ons nie ore aangesit nie!!! 4 verlore uit die laaste 5 games ... hoop nie dis die tekens van die tye nie ... ek voorspel al vir 'n ruk lank dat Ludeke en Spies die Bulle op 'n ondertoe-pad het - net 'n groot oorwinning die naweek sal my dalk weer anders laat dink want jy het goeie afrigting en 'n goeie kaptein nodig om dinge om te draai na 4 swak vertonings en 'n BAIE swak laaste game....

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-11 08:43

    Ek wonder wie het sy opinie gevra?

  • dawie.botha.353 - 2012-07-11 09:24

    As a Lions supporter it would be nice for the Lions to win, but from a South African point of view i wont mind if the Bulls take this one, I would love to see 3 SA teams in the playoffs!

  • brian.heunis - 2012-07-11 10:15

    Weird how quiet one Harold has become on NEWS24.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 10:18

      Harold made a speech yesterday about dissapearing for a while,come to think of it a lot of Bulls have gone missing in action specially after they were aniliated by the Sharks.

      brian.heunis - 2012-07-11 10:28

      lekker groot bek maar wanneer die paw-paw die fan slat dan is hulle nerens.....tipies! come and defend all those bulls selected for the bok team harold!

      stille.waters.5 - 2012-07-11 10:31 het die idiote almal op hulle bekke geval.....

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 10:35

      Yeh yeh let's see the stormers choke again then who is grout bek. U guys r talking up the stormers like they've won the trophy. Not this year squirt

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 10:38

      Not once have you heard me saying we are or have won the trophy this year, squirt.Worry more about making the playoffs, squirt

      brian.heunis - 2012-07-11 10:38

      I'm not talking up the Stormers just asking where one Harold is who comments on nearly anything and everything. Especially so when it comes to the Springbulls.....

      Crapdetector - 2012-07-11 10:54

      We have seen this happen all season. The big mouth bulls supporters come and go like the seasons. All big mouth but as the bulls lose and their predictions are constantly wrong they dwindle just like their team. Does anybody remember billdozer, blou masjien, moffolos, fake Johan etc etc etc. The list goes on and on... Ha ha

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 10:58

      @Crappy,remember them all and can add a few as

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-11 11:16

      @brian- het daai nederige klein bloubok spannetjie van hierbo, ni di 3X toets reeks teen di hele groot magtige brittanje gewen ni?? HM- hou by di Blou! dan wen jy nou, anders gaan ons klippe kou, ek se' vir jou...

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 12:57

      brain i think springsharks is a better description. not sure what is needed to make people see more sharks in the bok team than other provinces. wheres my tin foil hat?

  • Crapdetector - 2012-07-11 10:42

    Lions by at least 50 !

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-11 11:20

      I detect a crap?? crap, jy het seker onaangename toilet lewe daar onder, huh??

      Crapdetector - 2012-07-11 11:29

      Only thing in the toilet is the bulls's season

  • Tommy - 2012-07-11 10:50

    Good luck, we need you in the top 6.

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