Bulls win in Sydney

2012-05-11 13:20

Cape Town - The Bulls have stretched their lead atop the South African Conference with victory over the Waratahs in their Super Rugby clash in Sydney on Friday.

Werner Kruger scored a 78th-minute try to push the Bulls past the Waratahs to all but end the home side's playoff hopes.

Prop Kruger rolled over beneath a pile of players to plant the ball over the line and secure the Johannesburg-based side's eighth victory of the season, cementing top spot in the South African conference of the southern hemisphere provincial competition.

"It's always tough coming to Sydney," Bulls captain Pierre Spies said in a pitchside interview. "We had to fight it out to the end. I'm very proud of the team.

"When you're playing away from home you need that defence... We're going to enjoy tonight and re-focus on Monday."

The late try was a cruel blow for the Waratahs who dominated possession and territory for most of the night but wilted under pressure in the final minutes.

The Waratahs were left trailing local rivals ACT Brumbies by nine points, with the Canberra-based side holding a game in hand and in the box seat to secure an automatic spot in the playoffs at the top of the Australian conference.

The Waratahs led 13-10 at halftime and held a 24-20 lead in the final minutes but failed to land the knockout punch as they slumped to their seventh loss of the season.

Outside centre Rob Horne came back from a two-game suspension to score a try in the 16th minute, streaming through a hole in defence to cross left of the posts after taking a flat pass from Berrick Barnes outside the 22-metre line.

Lock Dean Mumm undid the Waratahs' good early work by getting sent off seven minutes later for a dangerous line-out infringement and Bulls scrumhalf Francois Hougaard instantly made the home side pay.

The barrel-chested Hougaard took the ball from a ruck and embarrassed the Waratahs' defence by shrugging off a two-pronged tackle by prop Benn Robinson and captain Rocky Elsom near the try-line, then shoving opposing scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius over to score the Bulls' first try.

Barnes slotted a penalty goal shortly after halftime to put the Waratahs 16-10 up, but the Bulls ratcheted up the pressure towards the end of the third quarter.

After repelling wave after wave of attacks on the line, the Waratahs' defence succumbed in the 59th minute when the ball was spread wide to Morne Steyn who fed winger Akona Ndungane for the Bulls' second try.

Steyn's conversion put the Bulls in front for the first time in the match, but Barnes stole back the momentum four minutes later with a long, looping pass to the right that beat a lone Bulls defender and allowed winger Atieli Pakalani to charge over from 10 metres out.

Morne Steyn, who finished with 12 points after another flawless night with the boot, slotted home his second penalty before Brendan McKibbin answered late to give the hosts a precarious four-point lead.

A defensive error on the last line of defence cost the Waratahs dearly, however, as they lost the scrum in the final minutes and were powerless to prevent Kruger barging over with support from the forwards.



15 Daniel Halangahu, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 11 Atieli Pakalani, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Rocky Elsom (captain), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Benn Robinson
Substitutes: 16 John Mann-Rea, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Lopeti Timani, 20 Dave Dennis, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Tom Carter

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 CJ Stander, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dawie Steyn

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 JJ Engelbrecht


  • steyts - 2012-05-11 12:37


      paul.sdoow - 2012-05-11 12:47

      who giving the penalty away whole time?

      steyts - 2012-05-11 13:34

      Congrats to the bulls!! I will never support an aussie or english team ever in my entire life!! Stormers groete...

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-11 13:52

      @steyts en die stormers wat die Bulle geluk gewens het dankie. Ek gaan eers maandag weer by my rekenaar wees, so geluk aan wie ookal wen saterdag. Go Cheetahs !

      Melt - 2012-05-11 15:01

      Baie geluk Bulles. Soos verlede week se ek ....geen kommentaar n wen is n wen. Nou vir die Stormers!!!!!

      RetiefC - 2012-05-11 16:29

      Isak is seker nou hartseer. Hy ondersteun mos die Waratahs. Tipies WP ondersteuner. Die Bulls het nouwel nie 'n bonuspunt nie, maar 'n wen is 'n wen. Nou voel ek ook hoe die Stormers elke week voel sonder 'n bonuspunt.

      steyts - 2012-05-11 17:52

      'n wen sonder 'n bonus punt is beter as 'n verloor met een...

      Zion - 2012-05-12 08:02

      Viva All Blacks, Viva

      Pietie - 2012-05-17 10:35

      @ZION Viva your moms PUSSY, VIVA!

  • aidan.w.naude - 2012-05-11 12:59

    sadie having a mare

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-05-11 13:21

    the bulls have definately used up all their luck now. and the rest of the games they will need it.

      JohnRambo1723 - 2012-05-11 13:29

      Luck had nothing to do with it. Hougaard's skill saved the day.

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-11 13:34


      David - 2012-05-11 13:49

      Hoekom het die stormers altyd iets te se oor die bulle se spel, of ons wen of verloor, sal ons nooit weer n wedstryd wen nie en ons span is die swakste span in die wereld,ai feite tel nie as jy in die skadu van tafelberg leef nie. Paul I have heard the bulls have used up their luck since they played the crusaders,we play without luck but on skill,thta is why we are on top of the log with a game in hand.

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-05-11 13:56

      @paul, you know the strange thing is. The more the Bull practice the "luckier" they get. 41 to 46, that's all I need to say.

      Sean - 2012-05-11 14:15

      @paul.sdoow - Now explain to me the first 3-4 wins for the Stormers , or did you forget ?? You must rather say , thank you to the ref for gifting you those games !! I`m not even a Bulls supporter !

  • Sylvia - 2012-05-11 13:24

    Well done the Bulls xxxxxx

  • Lionel - 2012-05-11 13:26

    Well done Bulls , from what I heard/saw thank goodness Sadie left Cape Town!!!!!!!

      Priester - 2012-05-11 13:42

      Thanks Lionel, agree with Sadie he sure is not what he used to be. Having said this he will improve and contribute handsomely in the future. Blou Bul Groete!

      Jason - 2012-05-11 14:05

      Well done Bulls, I really didnt think you were gonna do it! Great last ditch effort! @ Lionel im kinda glad he left to.

  • Dirk - 2012-05-11 13:28

    Yes Bulls! This is what I like to see, what a try to seal the game! Hahahaha Wharatahs, julle wou mos hardegat raak.

      Dirk - 2012-05-11 13:52

      lol Waratahs... woops! Of Wha Wha ratahs, julle vleueljie het julle karma geswaai. Swak!

  • frans.delport - 2012-05-11 13:28

    Yay! bulls B team won!

      steyts - 2012-05-11 13:35

      Julle mis maar 2 of 3 spelers en nou is dit 'n b span??? Interessant...

  • Hansie - 2012-05-11 13:29

    Well done Bulls from Stormers supporter!!!!

      Blou-Daan - 2012-05-11 13:37

      Dankie Hansie. Jy bewys nou net dat daar is wel nog Stormers met goeie sportman gees. Sterkte teen die Cheetahs more my maat :-)

      Hansie - 2012-05-11 16:01

      Tx Daan.

  • ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-05-11 13:31

    Bulls played extremely well, the TAHS just never seemed to have the extra edge the bulls did... I just hope the bulls didn't put everything into this game to be out of puff for the next 2 or 3.

      Stirrer - 2012-05-11 13:37

      Did we watch the same game? In the game that I saw, the Waratahs ran the Bulls' defence ragged for most of the game. If that was the best the Bulls could do, they will get hammered by the Highlanders and the Chiefs... By the way, where was Spies? Did he play?

      ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-05-11 13:41

      Ja but like the stormers they held out, The tahs had a lot of ball but a pink machine drove them back and was very impressive becoz we all we hoping for a bulls loose, but credit whr its due they showed that this might turn into a great tour.

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-05-11 13:32

    Julle Ysters... Great win...

  • Pagel - 2012-05-11 13:33

    Well done Bulls for scraping home - I prefer it this way rather than the other teams scraping home :-). From Stormers supporter.

  • Paul Botha - 2012-05-11 13:34

    Jy wil die bulle jinx pasop dat daai swak sportsmanship jou nie more in die gat byt nie!!

      Paul Botha - 2012-05-11 13:37


  • SIMONPRIEKERT - 2012-05-11 13:34

    Well done Bulls, you broke the "second week" bogey!

  • SIMONPRIEKERT - 2012-05-11 13:34

    Well done Bulls, you broke the "second week bogey" !!!!!

  • Braston - 2012-05-11 13:37

    BMT !!!!! Love watching bulls rugby_Never say die .. Stormers groete !

  • BlouTokolos - 2012-05-11 13:37

    SUPER BULLS... 2/2 Next week.... Go Waratahs against the Stompies!!!

      Dirk - 2012-05-11 13:55

      Nee man Tok, swak, sies man!

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-11 14:06

      Ok Dirk... Ek sal dit maar net week vir week vat..... GO CHEETAHS!!!

      Dirk - 2012-05-11 14:12


      Pinkie - 2012-05-11 14:17

      mamma se my pink bulle

  • zmiggels - 2012-05-11 13:38

    The bulls, the bulls ,the bulls is on fire

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-05-11 13:56

      we don't need no water let the m............s burn, burn m.............s, burn.

      Stirrer - 2012-05-11 13:59

      LOL @Pieter!!!

  • Bootman - 2012-05-11 13:38

    Lesson to the Bulls. When you consentrate on defence, bonus points are few and far between........but you win.

      Deon - 2012-05-11 14:00

      Rather tell that to the Stormers, 9 Games without 4 ties in a game.

      LaBlue - 2012-05-11 14:10

      @Deon, that's the point he's trying to make ... A defending team wins, albeit without a bonus point most of the time.

      Niel - 2012-05-11 14:11

      Don't think Deon understands.

  • Priester - 2012-05-11 13:39

    What a game! Cliffhanger! We will take the win and the 4 points thank you. I am a bit concerned about Steyn not finding touch with some of the penalties. My beloved Bulls surely did improve on their defense however their ball control on the high balls was a bit suspect. Go Cheetahs and Sharks! Make us proud. Blou Bul Groete.

  • Bootman - 2012-05-11 13:42

    Apparently there was a chap called Pierre Spies playing.................can anybody confirm this.

      Priester - 2012-05-11 13:52

      He sure did and contributed handsomely to their success. I sure hope the Cheetahs will smear your papsakke tomorrow!

      Stirrer - 2012-05-11 13:55

      Nope, never saw him. Must have been the pink kit - he Vanished again.

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-12 08:43

      If you had opened your 'papsak' eyes you would have seen who helped Werner Kruger over the line for the Bulls winning try. Never the less at least we don't have to borrow loosies from Canada hahahahah....WP and Stormers rugby will never come rite.

  • lee.venter - 2012-05-11 13:46

    I think the Sharks need to raid the Bulls office and steal a few of there "Get Out Of Jail Free" cards...

      Schaun - 2012-05-12 10:57

      lol, guess thats the only way shark would win any cup

  • Craig - 2012-05-11 13:49

    It's now time to become a Cheetahs supporter!!!

  • Terence.Craig.Berry - 2012-05-11 13:50

    I just about used up my monthly cap watching the game via Live Streaming at work! But it was worth it!!!

  • Koos - 2012-05-11 13:56

    Dis darem lekker om 'n ondersteuner van die mees suksevolle Suid Afrikaanse Super Rugby span te wees. Welgedaan aan daai jong onervare span wat so baie groot name verloor het en nog steeds die pas aangee. Trots vir die trui, pienk of blou, kom van binne af. Iets wat nie met geld gekoop kan word nie.

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-05-11 13:59

    Ok maar net net!! Nietemin, geluk is in orde.. So well gedaan Bulls 2/2 sover

  • Corne Heyns - 2012-05-11 14:01

    lekker die blou bul!! lekker om 'n naweek so te begin! go bulle, go sharkies en go cheetahs!!

  • mvw74 - 2012-05-11 14:02

    Well done to the Bulls! A win is a win at the end of the day! Go Stormers!!

      Mathys - 2012-05-11 14:06

      Ek hou van jou span poging dis mos hoe dit moet wees n wen is n wen eks n Bull ma sterkte vir die stomers

  • ralph.hopkins.10 - 2012-05-11 14:10

    There has been a lot of talk and joking comments made about the Bulls playing in pink but I don’t know what you say about the teams who lose to a team in pink. The Bulls are consistently getting the job done and have plenty of depth in the team to see them through to the end. The Stomers on the other hand are already borrowing players. Where are the people now who were saying that the Bulls would not even feature after losing all their senior players last season, and this new young team would not make it this year. GO BULLS!

  • BlouMasjien - 2012-05-11 14:16

    "Geluk wense is in orde" Sakkie,saffa,Lablue, Stirrer, Neute dop, valemj,watchman,papa stotm en jack black hoekom is julle so stil?

  • Gadija - 2012-05-11 14:17

    Who taught the Bulls how to come from behind and win a game...Watch how the Stormers do it tomorrow...STORMERS JOU LEKA DING

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-11 14:41

      @Gadija, Die stormers se trofee kas vertel n ander storie, maar julle weet hoe om te "choke"

      gareth.w.strydom - 2012-05-11 14:58

      Hahahahahahah in ur dream papi in ur dream. Jle het dan alwea manne gan haal het jle dani diepte ni. #StormerSuckAssBigTime

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-11 15:19

      @gareth, Jou van pas by jou ! Jy wil stry maar jy is so dom soos grond! 10 jaar bekers loos! Ons gaan haal niemand nie, die jong wepe manne wil groot rugby speel en hulle staan tou om by Bulle en Sharks te speel(If you can't beat them join them)

  • Pomene - 2012-05-11 14:19

    Congrats Bulls.Dit was nie mooi nie maar effektief !!!!!!!!!!!! Julle kan Sadie nou weer aan n Curriebeker-span verkoop - useless !!!!!!!!!!!

      Pomene - 2012-05-11 19:47

      Ons is die top span in ons (RSA) Conference vir twee weke in n ry..............ons speel teen die Waratahs wat derde le in die swakste conference van die S15................ons wen met 3 punte............. ons wil die S15 beker wen (hahahahaha)..........ons het diepte in alle posisies (hahahahaha verloor teen Griekwas in VC) ..........en ons raak in ekstase oor ons midget fetcher ......... o donner nou is sy arm af.........Sterkte manne daar le n paar lang weke voor, baieeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lang weke !!!

      Pomene - 2012-05-12 08:14

      @Raven - Feite dis net hulle wat n Kanadees leen. Grant het nie n wittebrood nodig nie - die feit dat hulle elke week wen is beter as n wittebrood en aan die einde sal n wittebrood met n S15 koppie soveel beter wees of hoe - hoop ek raai reg ??? Cheers moet nou rustig raak want die Cheetahs is nie maklik nie en ek moet myself liggaamlik en geestelik voorberei anders kan ek nie voluit support nie !!

      Schaun - 2012-05-12 11:04

      gaan kyk maar defending miss tackle stats, that super duper mario bross grant, is worst than spies, dislike this,its ok, but stats of super rugby shows facts

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-11 14:35

    It seems pink is worth the charm, lol well done boys

  • Nelis - 2012-05-11 14:38


  • Hermann - 2012-05-11 14:40

    Quite a mixed up report dancing between the first half and the second half. Anyway even lacking to see the final score in print the Bulls still made it.

  • Charl - 2012-05-11 14:42

    Johannesburg based - you wish !!!! Did Tank Lanning write this ?

  • lee.venter - 2012-05-11 14:48

    I must plead ignorance and state the i did not know that the bulls were a "Johannesburg based side" as stated in the third paragraph.

      Johan - 2012-05-11 14:49

      As expected and predicted anothe total walk in the park for the mighty Bulls, SA's flagship franchise. 4de koppie oppad (4 meer as die Stormertjies)

      Stirrer - 2012-05-11 15:02

      Must have been thinking of next year, when the Bulls have merged with the Lions to make way for the Kings.

      Johan - 2012-05-11 15:06

      @Stirrer SA Conf cup leaders, beter kans die Stompies speel Vodacom volgende jaar. En as die bespotlike ref nie die Sharks/Lions 3de span/Bulls game vir hulle op 'n skinkbord gegee het nie so hulle nou laaste SA Conf gewees het. GO CHEETAHS GO GO OG GO

      Melt - 2012-05-11 15:13

      @ Johan, Ek het reeds vroer geluk aan die Bulle gese en ek bedoel dit. Ek is vies vir hulle dat hulle met 3 punte gewen het want op my Superbru het ek hulle + 7 gegee. Om terug te kom na Johan se opmerking.......n wen is n wen .......geluk....maar ek glo nie dit was heeltemal n walk in the park soos jy dit noem nie of hoe? Soos daai pak met die Bulle se skrum geloop het en n vasskop gekry het glo ek sal julle hard in die afdeling moet werk. Daar sal ook beslis aan Spies, Sadie en Stegman gewerk moet word hulle is nie op standaard nie en ek glo daar is beter opsies by die Bulle. Maar.....nogmaals geluk.

      Johan - 2012-05-11 15:32

      @Melt Moet se ek kannie meer anders as om met jou te stem nie. Spies is useless. Speel die Potties en Stander. Weet nie wanneer Sadie tot sy reg gaan kom nie.

      Stirrer - 2012-05-11 16:06

      Sadie is deur WPRU aan BBRU verkoop as 'n geheime wapen. BBRU het geval daarvoor :D

      Melt - 2012-05-11 18:22

      @Johan, Julle het goeie plaasvervangers vir senter en die losvoorspelers maar wat gaan julle doen op voorry? Die Bulle is mos ons voorry fabriek of hoe? Kon nie glo daai Ausies haak n vasskop teen julle nie. Bly om te sien Steyn is al amper weer homself. Jammer oor julle Vodacom span.........maar Griekwas verdien dit.

  • Nick - 2012-05-11 15:39

    Prop Kruger rolled over beneath a pile of players to plant the ball over the line and secure the Johannesburg-based side's eighth victory of the season, Johannesburg-based side?

  • Bergelmir - 2012-05-11 15:53

    Congrats to bulls from a proud WP/Stormers fan! More trap ons die cheetahs!

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-05-11 16:22

    Kumbaz makumbe,the bulls are coming!

  • daan.klopper - 2012-05-11 16:33

    Yip. Winning in Sydney and in pink. Let that be a lesson to all the jokers....

  • wynand.vanloggerenberg - 2012-05-11 17:22

    Prop Kruger rolled over beneath a pile of players to plant the ball over the line and secure the Johannesburg-based side's eighth victory of the season, cementing top spot in the South African

      wynand.vanloggerenberg - 2012-05-11 17:26

      Wie het hierdie berig geskryf -Bulle = Pretoria asseblief

  • marga.goss - 2012-05-11 17:34

    "the Johannesburgs side " What are you smokoing at news 24 ?

  • Bill - 2012-05-11 18:26

    Wish some of the other teams just have a bit of the bulls luck then it will be much better they just just win every time of cause with the refs help they will fall out of the bus at the end watch

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-12 08:28

      Have a look at the points difference and you will see how close the Bulls have won their games. Bulls 108, Chiefs 92 and third the Stormers 66. Now considering the Bulls won 8/10 and the Chiefs and Stormers 9/10. The Bulls win average is 13.5 points per game compared to the Chiefs 10.2 and the Stormers 7. Rather make a sensible comment in the future.

  • Christiaan Apollis - 2012-05-11 18:29

    Kom nou julle hierdie bulle het baie guts.Kyk net waar le hulle op die log!!! Hulle was nie gerate om daar te le nie...Al die pad Blou Bulle!

  • Learn - 2012-05-11 19:23

    Dit was vinnig, verwyder my kommentaar oor ek die skrywer,(kan hom nie n journalis noem nie want hy weet waarvan hy praat nie) weet watter franschise speel nie en hy het nie n idee hoe die game verloop het nie, die laaste paragraaf is toetaal verkeerd. Gaan kyk weer die game saam met iemand wat iets wee van rugby. regtig moet ons sulke K@ lees en word betaal, gee jou geld terug.

  • Learn - 2012-05-11 20:14

    It looked as if the Bulls had lost their opportunity as they fluffed a lineout five metres out, only to have Hougaard catch No 8 Sitaleki Timani behind the scrum and with the help of former SA under-20 captain Arno Botha, drag him back over his own tryline. It was a defining moment in the game, one which signified that while this Bulls team is far from the completed product, it certainly has the character and heart to grind out a result. Dis hoe die game ge-eindig het jou aaap! thanks to

  • Jco - 2012-05-11 21:15

    Since when is this franchise a Johannesburg based franchise? This article got it wrong!

  • Mhluleli - 2012-05-12 00:57

    welldone and thank to the might BLUE BULLS keepon shinning boys show them....from a proud supporter horn them.

  • Ockie - 2012-05-12 08:29

    Congrats Bulls. Huge improvement in defense this week. Keep it up … 2 more to go!

  • banks.mokhachane - 2012-05-12 17:36

    in other news orlando "blue" pirates won their encounter against bloemfontein celtic and are just 90 minutes away from retaining the Absa Premier Soccer League