Bulls at a tipping point

2011-04-25 17:49

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

The defiance in their eyes may still save them, but even the Bulls management must realise by now they are at a tipping point this season.

The three-time champions returned home on Monday from a rough tour – where they suffered a whitewash against the Crusaders, were bamboozled by the Reds and pressed the self-destruct button against the Force to return home with their tails between their legs.

The opening victory over the Hurricanes was the only reward the defending champions could take for their troubles, and now face the possibility of missing out on the enlarged playoffs altogether.

Whichever way the Bulls look at it, things don’t look good for them. They languish in eighth position on the overall log, six points behind the Waratahs and a massive 12 points behind the Sharks in third place in the South African conference.

Captain Victor Matfield and his fellow senior players are on record that to win this competition you need a home draw in the playoff rounds and well, even the playoff rounds seem a distant prospect for the defending champions.

It is a tough pill to swallow at Loftus Versfeld. For weeks we have heard the same mantra from coach Frans Ludeke and the management. There is no need to panic, they said, and as long as the Bulls adjust the small things they would be back in the competition.

But the harsh reality now is – and even Ludeke can’t be as blind not to see this – that they are far off the pace of the competition. To have a bad tour is one thing, but to continue with your head in the sand is another.

The Bulls have always been predictable, but their game plan has lacked accuracy, lacked a plan B and lacked the dominance up front they have always enjoyed. This unfortunately is the truth of the matter. The Bulls set-piece has hardly been the physical dominating factor it was previously, with their runners struggling to get over the gain line.

Let's be honest, and put provincialism aside here, if 60 per cent of the Springbok team look hopeless overnight, then something deeper has to be wrong. The bigger picture here may be a lot more disturbing, especially with a World Cup defence on the horizon.

The Bulls will put their hopes on a home run like they have done before, but when this includes visits to Loftus for the Sharks, Cheetahs, Chiefs, Rebels and away trips to Durban and Cape Town, it does not look that easy.

In fact, while other teams have been building momentum, the Bulls will be playing out of desperation. A fabulous motivator, but to play that way for eight weeks may be asking a little too much...


  • scud - 2011-04-25 18:11

    Its not dificult to work out.Matfield and Botha are past their sell by date. With their pack not dominating,Spies,Fourie du Preez,Morne Steyn and Oilivier are being shown up. Kirchner is good but predictable. Basson is electric on attack,but his defence is suspect. Compare all of this with what the Sharks and Crusaders have to offer. Btw I hate the Sharks,but they are streets ahead of the current Bulls.

      ChumScrubber - 2011-04-25 20:19

      Come on dude, easy on the hate thing - we're all Saffers at the end of the day.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-25 22:27

      Bulls have a minimum of 3 more losses coming up........Sharks x 2 and Stormers in CT.

      Torro Azur - 2011-04-26 00:00

      Mike you never watch a Bulls game in the last 12 years so you only have an uninformed opinion. However the Sharks are not SA's hope not after what happened in London. Stormers must do it with a home semi - and a blinder in the final. If Sharks have to play away against Crusaders or even Blues/Highlanders they will struggle. Stormers must settle 9 and with 30% ball the backline can work magic. (Bull supporter forever) - 2011-04-26 09:18

      Yep, I think the Bulls Training and the Holiday in Glentana .....'was te lekker'.......

      Foxx - 2011-04-26 11:49

      I was also wondering why James O' Conner was not cited for a tip tackle?

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-04-25 18:26

    I am a STORMER and SA rugby fan, but I must say to see the BULLS in such a position is not good for Pretoria and probably SA. I hope they can sort themselve out ASAP. Unfortunately this year ,from a SA perspective will belong to the STORMERS and the SHARKS. I believe that most of the Blue Bulls included in the 51 man squad can not make it for the RWC especially Spies, Steyn, Olivier, Kirchner, Potgieter en Stegmann. Matfield kan saam gaan as 'n reserve, maar Bekker is tans in 'n klas van sy eie. Go Stomers Go and make us proud...

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:10

      WP BEFONK As 'n groot bul stem ek 100% saam met jou, wens net almal kan soos jy wees, ons moet ons oogklappe vir ons eie spanne afhaal en mekaar ondersteun, die bulle maak die hele sa bekommerd, ek weet regtig nie wat het gebeur in so kort tyd dat die bulle van 'n baie kompeterende eenheid na die nar spul toe verander het nie. Ek is seker dis fransie wat nie gesag kan afdwing nie, maar die basiese foute wat hulle maak is skokkend

  • Kaballas - 2011-04-25 18:29

    The Bulls just need a few things: a scrumhalf who doesn't spend his time waiving his arms around at the referee, an eighthman who can catch the ball, 2 centres and a fullback who focuses more on his game than his hair. Oh, and they should stop picking that ridiculous clown Van der Westhuyzen...

      GHT - 2011-04-26 08:33

      When I see Du Preez waving his arms around, it kind of reminds me of that Joost bloke. Remember him. Hmm. Strange rolemodel to choose Fourie.

  • Rob - 2011-04-25 18:45

    Was due to happen. Bulls had reached their peak last year and that includes the individual player and the team as whole as well as coaching team. New ideas and personnel are needed in Pretoria. The slide started during last season's test matches and Curriecup Semi.

  • V. Zela - 2011-04-25 18:49

    Employ Craig Joubert as coach, he coached them to a brilliant victory in last years super 14 final

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-25 20:15

      @vELA ongelukkig bewys die stats van daai wedstryd die teenoor gestelde. gaan vors sit gerus na. Julle eie afrigter en kaptein en dit later in die media erken dat hulle teen 'n beter span verloor het sou hou op 'n tipiese wynbek suurgat kotsende stormer wees

      V. Zela - 2011-04-25 20:32

      @Damian@bulls Hoekom ongelukkig ? die penalties was in die regte possiesies

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:18

      @ V .Zela Kom ons los die verlede, wat die hede betref is die volgende, die bulle speel swak rugby en dis in nasionale belang dat seker senior spelers beter rugby speel. Ek gooi my gewig 100% agter die stormers en sharks om ons naam hoog te hou die jaar. Die senior spelers in die bogenoemde spanne doen beter met uitsondering van 'n paar (habana) en kie. Die basiese foute wat die bulle week in en uit maak is van om naar te word. Daar is iets groot fout. Onthou dis nie net die bulle wat soms pak kry as dit by die 50 /50 beslissings kom nie, al ons sa spanne loop deur . Oor die finaal laas jaar weet ek die groot bespreking punt was die afbreekpunte, al wat ek se is dat die stats 'n ander verhaal vertel, onthou die wedstryd was gewen deur een of twee oomblikke van brillante spel deur sekere spelers, dit was die verskil, nie craig joubert nie maar dis net my opinie, jy is geregtig op jou eie . Rugby groete

      Blouste-Blou - 2011-04-26 13:21

      Het iemand in die geskiedenis van plaaslike rugby al ooit so gekerm en gekla as die Stormers en baie van hulle ondersteuners na verlede jaar se Super 14 finaal-verloor. En dan gaan hulle so waarwagtig vandag nog weer aan! Julle laat NZ se alewige gekerm na verlore wêreldbekers na 'n sondagskoolpiekniek lyk. Ek het elke druppel respek wat ek vir Schalk Burger gehad het daardie dag verloor.

      Blouste-Blou - 2011-04-26 13:23

      In the meantime, go and check the records, Craig Joubert is usually blowing more against the Bulls as for them, why would he change his modus operandi that day?

  • Radiobeheer - 2011-04-25 18:51

    If Matfield puts his big paws out to reach for the ball in a back-line pass one more time... enough said! I am a big Bulls supporter but I do like to watch good rugby and sorry to say the bulls doesn't fall in that category at the moment. Get out while you will be remembered as a good player.

      w.changes - 2011-04-25 19:01

      I said it before and now again,,,, Mattie boy must go.....!!!!

  • db - 2011-04-25 18:59

    The arrogant bulletjie will be the cause of its own downfall and was just a matter of time before the horns fell off. And now we're left with a freakin' farm animal without spark!

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-25 20:17

      lol typical you must be a stormer, there is no one more arrogant than a stormer with NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOo reason to be!!!!!!!!!

      pietpompies2 - 2011-04-25 22:26

      Damian@bulls actually, he has reason to be...look at the log.

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:24

      @ Pietpompies Piet ok kom ons kyk hoe julle nou redeneer ne,, eerstens well done julle verdien alle lof en julle verdien julle eerste plek op die log in ons konferensie, maar as ons as bulle baie te se het oor iets, dan is ons arrogant, maar immers het ons die beker al 3 keer gewen, jy is reg die verlede beteken niks, maar dit gee die supporters mos soort van 'n lisensie om trots en grootmond te wees, nou kyk na die stormers, baie goeie span wat goed dan, maar daar is nie die beker in die kas nie, maar julle mag arrogant wees jip ja want julle is eerste op die log.... maar die bulle ons mag nie nee, ons is nie geregtig daarop nie. sien jy wat ek probeer se...? ons moet leer subjektief wees teenoor mekaar en mekaar respekteer !

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:25

      @ Piet

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:25

      wou se objektief nie subjektief nie lolol.

  • w.changes - 2011-04-25 19:10

    Matfield = Dictatorship... this only lasts so long... He must go... he is screwing the best team up..... !!!!

  • vicj - 2011-04-25 19:15

    When the Sharks where in a similar position last season, all Bulls supporters where having a field day at the Sharks, so I feel Zippo for the Bulls and all their old useless toppies, management and coaching staff. Suffer. Sharks forever. Black and white, we are dynamite. Can't wait for Sharks to drill the Stormers in their own backyard, the side who cannot not score bonus points.

      V. Zela - 2011-04-25 19:21

      Groot bek

      vicj - 2011-04-25 19:34

      V.Zela, at least I have the facts and can back-up my claims. Can you and your Stormers do the same?(Small bek)

      V. Zela - 2011-04-25 19:50

      Sorry Slim Bek

      ChumScrubber - 2011-04-25 19:50

      Stay humble dude, we don't want to shout our mouths off before the fat lady has sung. Could be embarrassing.

      vicj - 2011-04-25 20:28

      Chumscrubber, although we all support difference sides during the super and curry cup, but at the end of the day, we all support one team, the Boks. So there is no wrong with the little chirping. We also know the ball is not round, so the game can go either way as we have seen this week.

      Dolittle - 2011-04-25 21:25

      sardines, aka sharkies have won zip, nothing, zero, niks, nothing!

      vicj - 2011-04-25 21:31

      Dolittle as your name suggests, obviously you do not know who the Curry cup champs are. Good night.

      Torro Azur - 2011-04-26 00:05

      The red flashes infront of your eyes is......................another Crusader try.

      Neyven - 2011-04-26 03:14

      @ Torro Azur. We will see when the red&black turn up at Newlands. Don't forget all the travelling the Sharks had to do prior to the match at Twickenham. - 2011-04-26 08:52

      Um we beat you at home, you still behind us, and wev'e won more games than you. Bonus points are for teams who cant win. STOMER FOR LIFE. Sharks 6 - 16 DHL Stormers Mr Price Kings Park (FACTS to back up my claim.)

      JustinD - 2011-04-26 09:56

      Too much Durban poison there pal.

  • Lennox - 2011-04-25 19:42

    You guys just don't get it do you? What is more important for SA rugby, the Super 15, Tri-Nations or the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in New Zealand later this year. THis is a joint masterplan by the Springbok/Regional coaches to win the World Cup. Get 60% of the Springbok team to perform poorly at the Bulls then their opponents at the World Cup will become complacent and write us off prematurey, at their peril of course. Make sense????

      ChumScrubber - 2011-04-25 19:49

      You really believe thats the plan Lennox? Hope you're right but sounds a bit far fetched.

      vicj - 2011-04-25 19:49

      Ja Boet, lets fool them

      markusjoe - 2011-04-25 21:31

      Your dumb logic astounds me. What excuse are you going to make up after the World Cup?. Get real bru, Go and tell Victor and his team that they are playing badly on purpose!!!!.

      vicj - 2011-04-25 21:47

      Markusjoe, its a joke (hope)

      Lennox - 2011-04-25 22:13

      It's not dumb logic Markus, its what us english blokes call " tongue in cheek" humour.

  • george slade - 2011-04-25 19:45

    Any team that can carry Zane deserves to lose ----He is not even Schoolboy Level !!!!!!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-04-25 19:46

    FIFO. It is decision time. If they do not want to win, they must retire.

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-04-25 19:47

    The Bulls will be OK, as long as they can sort out their horrible anus's. I hope they have a good plan in place to do this.

  • danie.grabe - 2011-04-25 20:03

    I am a proud Bulls supporter. I am grateful for the bounty of trophies they got us in the last few years. It is not possible for any team to stay on top forever. It is time to evolve. But win or loose - my blood is blue!!! Good luck to Sharks and Stormers - hope it is your turn this year!!!

      ChumScrubber - 2011-04-25 20:16

      Amazing to hear such a measured comment from a Bulls fan - well done, most Bulls and Stormers fans are off their heads they hate each other so much. There is hope!

      vicj - 2011-04-25 20:19

      Thanks pal

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:27

      agreed danie, But we will back good luck to the stormers and sharks

  • RobertKay - 2011-04-25 20:11

    That's the trouble if you start thinking you'e invincible. Big talk before the season, and then the disasters. And typical of the bulls - once you start beating them, panick seems to set in. What a pity to see such a proud team fall by the wayside. IMHO a rebuild with younger and better talent is the way forward.

  • Georgp2 - 2011-04-25 20:24

    Must say Bulls plays real bad and the most of the players looked like they were tired. Then at this Phase they get picked up by the moaning teams like Stormers and Sharks and they play quite good like Habanna and Terblanche. Overall this is not managed well in SA rugby. Keeps young players out and experienced players and coaches get treated better in other countries and they come back destroying SA in teams cause of our attitude. In the end we need to find a recipe for this. The Bulls managed it quite well to combine experience, buying in new palyers and looking after talent till know. Somehow I think they will dtermine the outcome of the super nrugby series not winning it but taking out some teams for the Stormers or Sharks. Then Sharks and Stormers played the easy games and the others teams upped there game. So

      Scaramouche - 2011-04-25 20:33

      dude I have no idea what you are saying!

      ChumScrubber - 2011-04-25 20:40

      Agree Scaramouche, I'm also confused?

      vicj - 2011-04-25 20:49

      Sorry George, you got me as well.

      pietpompies2 - 2011-04-25 22:33


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      Whatever - 2011-04-26 06:02

      And you are smoking!?

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:29


  • Scaramouche - 2011-04-25 20:31

    As a Cheetahs fan, I am looking forward to an upcoming visit to Loftus! I also believe that the Cheetahs have gained more points this year on tour than what the Bulls did. All the critism of the Cheetahs losing against ANZ teams, just to beat the stuffing out of their SA counter-parts. iut appears the Bulls now belongs to that category as well!!

      watalife - 2011-04-25 21:06

      I am looking forward to the bulls getting another rugby lesson this Saturday against the Chiefs. Last year they hit the self destruct button and hell its working well. I have said it all season long that the bulls are useless and was called everything under the sun but I was right.The game is changing all the time and the bulls still dont adapt to the fast loose style of playing.The bulls camp are so good at giving contracts to thugs and it has cost them very dealry.Good luck to the rest of SA teams, as for the bulls best you start playing rugby and get your act together as you are the laughing stock of the S15 competition.bulls...suck

      Obelix - 2011-04-25 21:51

      watalife I am a Bull supporter but i have to agree, there is absolutely nothing going on in Pretoria at this stage. Meisiekind must be paid out so she can go play in Kenia or somewhere where they still learn to play, He must be the easiest player in the world to defend against. Spies must play vodacom so he can learn to hold on to a ball, Kirchner must .....Well where can he go except back to GW to work on the mine. We need a flyhalf like Lambie. What the hell am i saying?? Not even Lambie will get that backline to an acceptable standard. Nobody will except maybe Heyneke cause Rossouw is useless. Maybe we should just accept the Bulls are going down for a few years. They will have to start rebuild for maybe 2020. Our hope for the worlcup should be on the Sharks and Stormers, maybe 1 or 2 Bulls and Cheethas. Sorry Lions.

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:33

      @ Watalife Net toe ek nou vanoggend met 'n paar decent stormers gesels het en gedink het daar is hoop daar buite dat ons en julle soos normale mense kan rugby gesels en mekaar nie wil doodbliksem nie, kom jy en fok alles weer op . Weet jy wat beteken die woord thugs?? daar is baie in julle ou spannetjie, duane , schalk , wicus , ag tonne, bly still!! net soos baie bulle supporters die bulle se naam weggooi gooi jy die stormers sin weg , darem weet ek nie almal is soos jy nie !

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:37

      Obelix Daar is 'n verskil om saam met iemand te stem wat sin praat, maar watalife se doel is net om die bulle en hulle supporters persoonlik sleg te se en aan te val, want hy is tien teen een 22 en kap boud, gaan gerus oor na die stormers toe, ons het nie supporters soos jy nodig by die bulle nie, ons sal opstaan , cheers abelix! Jy val die die bulle persoonlik aan as julle hulle support nie, jy geen konstruktiewe kritiek, en as jy saam met 'n ander se kritiek saam stem dan is dit okay maar watalife wel,, ja shame arme ding

      watalife - 2011-04-26 13:31

      @Damian@bulls, If the boot fits wear it. I wish i was 22 and unlike you i dont smaak the boud thing.Its so sad that you cant see the point i am making but i must understand that you are just plain dom. Lets have your take on the progress over the past 8 months on the flo nulle?

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-26 16:00

      Damian@bulls: Kalmeer my ou , ons is nie almal so nie , ( Tensy dit sy WANNABEE is , Ek het so 3 weke terug so idioot WANNABEE gehad ) Bly net kalm , as julle bestuur besef dat julle het 4 probleme , Du Preez , Matfield , Spies en Spies , noem nie Olivier want hy kon nog nooit gespeel het , dan kan dinge net verbeter !!

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-27 15:58

      @cliff Tx cliff stem saam met jou rugby groete

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-27 16:07

      @cliff And paddy

  • Georgp2 - 2011-04-25 20:48

    What is sad that Bekker/Matfield or whatever flyhalf can still not be better than boys from the bulls. Fourie real good somehow in a team they suck. Then anybody thats has ever reached the highest level in sport knows that everybody analyse the wining teams game and the winning team somehow end up in a groove that nothing works out anymore. But thats what make it a lot of fun. The other teams and supporters must still get to a Super Rugby Trophy. At that stage a new generation of kids are gonna knock at the door and despite all the moaning and growning some people can only make a living if they get a job in Bull or Lion country and boy are they loud and arrogant. What I dont understand is that they crave for there kids to get that red flower and get into all school comittees and then they hate the Bulls. Sorry I dont understand this Hey Pa ek het Noord Transvaal gehaal. Hou jou bek die bulle is kak ons vreet net gou hulle kos.

      Brannas - 2011-04-25 21:00

      WTF. you lost me big time dude, what planet you from???

      vicj - 2011-04-25 21:09

      George, you got me again, is it you or the Klippies and Coke typing this gibberish.

      Lennox - 2011-04-25 22:11

      @Georgp2- I am sure you are attempting to put some valuable points across which we would love to hear.....maar gebruik jou moedertaal asseblief dan kan almal verstaan. @vicj......thanks for the good laugh.

      Whoosa - 2011-04-26 06:02


      Balsakhater - 2011-04-26 08:36

      Bwohahahaha , Definitief gesuip. Weateter taal. Die man het baie pyn. Ek voel you pyn, kom huil op my skouer. @Whatever - Met sulke vuil commentaar het jy nou net jou naam n P gemaak.

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:41

      @ whataver Jy is tappit en kommin , besef dit neem dit in en bly weg van blogs af waar grootmense wil praat.

      Paddy - 2011-04-26 12:20

      DAMIAN en BALSAKHATER go f....yourselves!Snorcity Cortina drivers!

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 14:42

      @ paddy We will leave the f@cking to the capetonions we all know you are good at it, veral man op man!

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-26 16:02

      Damian@bulls: You just been moaning about the Stormers , now there you go again - CALM DOWN

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-27 16:06

      @ cliff I responded to a personal and bad comment from a stormer that will be watalife, may i not respond? moet ek my mond hou dat hy sy wat hy wil nou moet ek kalmeer? please be objective m8.

  • Georgp2 - 2011-04-25 21:10

    Somehow I like the add aboout the guy that can do the 100 flat from the coach to the TV or knows all about rugby in the 70's. I am one of those people and sorry but if it werent for us where would you have been. Sorry the obstruction running of some of the teams is plain kak. The by the way Bulls rolling scrum as a big Bull supporter to me is also obstruction. Thats the rules use them. The whatever you call it skoon van Merk soos in die ou dae What a load of shit. Skaapvang if you are skilled and tap somebodies ankle into the ground you can end his career for ever. That is allowed nowadays. All this spear tackles and crap wrestlers and Judo players do that all the time in rugby it is dangerous. Yah it is difficult but we are going to end up like soccer soon

      vicj - 2011-04-25 21:22

      George, I feel for you and am trying to understand where you are coming from and what you are trying to say but wont it be better to express yourself in your mother tongue. We all can read understand the taal from North.

      nohorse - 2011-04-25 21:57

      @georgep2: You should be Snorman's assistant coach. Your insight in the game is a revelation. Sympathy with the headache tomorrow.

      Mickey Fin - 2011-04-26 00:30

      @George. Just hang in there dude. Those voices will go away when you take those pills the doctor prescribed. Then you can sleep peacefully!

  • Whatever - 2011-04-26 05:59

    Same old promises after every disastrous weekend. The Bulls will lose at least 1 game against the Sharks, their game in Cape Town against the Stormers and against either the Chiefs or Tahs. Bring on the wheelchairs.

  • Claude - 2011-04-26 06:24

    Whatever the Bulls manage from here the bigger picture is the World Cup. Will Peter De Villiers recognize that a large section of the Springbok team are over the hill. Will the players themselves see this and go out of their international careers as the Heroes they currently are or will they persist and become the objects of derision by the public? I can only say again that I hope Rassie has a big say in selection. While the correct team selection is critical for the future there must be some balance with experienced players even if they have to come off the bench.

  • rugby_guru - 2011-04-26 07:40

    Why can't the Bulls supporters admit the truth........ The truth I keep saying week after week, some of the best players in the world, not in the country and where are they? nowhere! and I blame this down to the coach... if spies does not perform after game two, drop him... Just like Plumtree did to Smit, you not good enough, you come in last 20 minutes... Look what it has done for John it has made him play his best game when he had a chance to open at his position... Ludeke is the problem, just freakin admit it!!!!

      Balsakhater - 2011-04-26 08:49

      As n Bull supporter i can tell you that all the bull supporters i know has been moaning from the start with this Ludike. How he got the job from the start sounds like a sjommie sjommie thing. His track record with the Lions speaks for them self. only one win. WTF. From an inside source at Loftus - There is a big problem between the senior Clic and the youngsters. These players are all profesional its the coach's job to be able to gel them together . Heyneke was a master with this but Ludike has lost the plot and the senior clic is f%cking up the team. Victor/Bakkies/Fourie you r legends , leave as legend's give the youngsters the oppertunity what you had for the last few years.

      Oukoos - 2011-04-26 09:15

      'Die Bulls speel tans kak rugby. Feit. As Stormer ondersteuner het ek egter steeds groot respek vir die Bulls.en slegs 'n onnosel gek sal die Bulls ooit afskryf. Met 'n verstelling hier en daar (o.m. beter aanwending van Spies en die vervanging van Olivier, kan hulle steeds terug kom. Ek sal eers gerus slaap nadat die Stormers op Nuweland teen hulle gespeel het EN gewen het.

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:43

      @ rugby guru Agreed with balsakhater , the coach must take control and he cannot do it. we agree with you

  • Kurt - 2011-04-26 07:42

    Wahaha. Now hopefully we can have a decent Springbok Squad picked for Tri-Nations and World cup. Bulls are starting to play like when Jooste the D*** played. Their saving graces is the Lions or maybe next year they will surpass the Lions. That comes from put has been plays on the starting line-up. guaranteed if they are picked for the Boks squad they will never do well in the World Cup!!!!. Start nursing younger better talent BULLS..........

  • justitiae - 2011-04-26 07:48

    Shame. Who cares, just another mediocre SA Rugby team. Unlike the mighty Crusaders!

      Staalbal - 2011-04-26 09:02

      Your "mighty" crusaders got klapped this past weekend

      jvscooter - 2011-04-26 09:19

      What are you doing on a SA site oh yes you don`t have any respectible sites in the mighty NZ they dissapeared, your team is going down as their rugby stadium did. The Bulls are s%@* this year but be afraid very afraid for the stormers and sharks.

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-26 09:45

      @ Jus You will choke agian at rwc2011 enough said!

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-26 16:04

      justitiae: Come to East London - I know a good sheep farmer , plenty of nice ewe's on his farm !!!

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-26 09:34

    Torro - forget about the last 12 years, I have just been watching the Bulls lose 5 games so far this year and there is nothing there, I don't think, that is going to cause the Stormers (or the Sharks) to shake in their pants. They are a team (apart from 1 or 2) of tired 'has beens' and a tired game plan. I supported them to beat the 'Reds'.....they let me down!

      Effel - 2011-04-27 02:52

      @Mike@CapeT I've watched the Stormers not win a single Super cup in 17 years of trying old c@nt face.

      Jamiside - 2011-04-27 13:52

      @EFFEL You are right, they never won the Super Rugby titles, but they were never laughing stocks at the bottom of the superlogs either. Er how many times were the bulls at the very bottom?????

      Paddy - 2011-04-27 15:27

      @Jamiside I'll be ashamed if all i can mention about my team is that they've never been last!!! So everyone is gonna remember the Stormers because guess what, they've never been last, WOW! ZERO, hear it again, F@ckol trophees. Jokers of world rugby

  • demonhunter1 - 2011-04-26 09:41

    South Africa's biggest problem that I can see currently is lying with our centres. The Sharks actually has a problem there. They play Stefan Terblanche on centre (not a position he actually always plays). We only have 2 world class centres at the moment in Jean de Villiers and Jacque Fourie (of which the latter is the only real performing one). I do not think that all the players in the Bulls team should be dropped. As a team they are struggling to get rhythm, but individually, and when put in another team, thing can go completely different. What I do not understand is that coaches don't do more to work on the weak points of players. Take Pierre Spies, and Bryan Habana for instance. The coaches would rather defend the players, instead of working on specific problem areas in their game. Pierre Spies needs to do a lot of tackling practise. Make him use his size, and make him practise lots of crash tackling. Habana needs to not shoot up for the intercept the whole time. That part of his game has become overly predictable. He needs to cover the outside. Only coaches can help players work on these areas. If we put all the under performing bulls into a springbok team, with new players filling in the gaps, and put a good coaching team, things can still go well in the world cup. New team, more passion, different morale. Better players in key postions...Only problem is that we have helium for a coach...

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-27 19:54

      demonhunter1 - I agree with you. We lack an inside centres, although JDV can shine. Sharks weak link is their centres. Player management is important. I think a few players are playing in teams who's game plans dont work for them. Habana is a kick and chase player. He likes to take advantage of broken play, and intercept. Stormers dont play his kind of rugby, and therefore he is not coping. The Bull's game plan was more suited to his playing style. As for the Bokke with PDV, who knows what to expect. I think the Bulls have a leadership problem - starting with the coach. The Bokke need to be smart about their game plan, and select the correct players to execute it correctly.

  • Raymond - 2011-04-26 16:30

    I wish the Bulls the best of luck on Saturday and I hope that they have a good win to regain their confidence.From I Am A Stormer.

  • Effel - 2011-04-27 02:55

    Hi all, My name is Cliffie Bradley, I'm so gay that it's not even funny. I don't know too much about rugby but I'm persisting with my brainless comments on this blog. I can't get attention any other way. Me and Whatever also have regular masturbating visits together and sometimes sleep with other siblings.

  • Paddy - 2011-04-27 15:24

    Let's give the Bulls the credit they deserve. Yes they going through a bad patch, but let's be honest, it's the best provincial team ever seen. No other SA side can even be named in the same sentence. They are the current Vodacom, Superrugby and World cup champions!

  • Effel - 2011-04-27 20:54

    Paddy doesn't know how close his PK is.

  • Effel - 2011-04-28 03:32

    Hi All, I'm Cliffie Bradley, I'm a shepherd in the East London area. I've got the same appetite for sheep than the Kiwis. My daughter Bella has been conceived when I fooled around in the herd one Saturday night. I'm so proud of her, the ears are a little bit low from the inbreeding but she's as cute as her mom Merino Bradley. She's 11 now and she also supports the Stormers, but like her 17yr old sister Dorper Bradley she's never seen the Stormers lift a cup.

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