Bulls must use 'deadly' Basson

2011-04-19 08:01

J.J. Harmse

Pretoria – The Bulls are not blind to the attacking abilities of wing sensation Bjorn Basson.

They realise how dangerous a player he can be and will still look to create opportunities where he can cause havoc in opposing defences.

That was the assurance provided by Bulls coach Frans Ludeke from Perth on Monday. The Bulls play their final overseas game against the Western Force there on Saturday.

“We definitely aren’t keeping the ball away from Bjorn because we realise how deadly he can be. Unfortunately things did not work out in such a way that we were able to give him enough space against the Reds,” said Ludeke.

“We had two scrums where we could send him away, but we got penalties at both and kicked for goal.”

Basson showed with his two games against the Reds how dangerous he can be. His second try – when he beat the Reds’ defence and scored off his own kick – show how skilled and instinctive he can be.

The Bulls’ problem on attack can only be solved if they get Basson in space more often.

Up until now the Bulls have mainly concentrated on Basson’s world class aerial ability to win balls– as he did for his first try against the Reds.

However, they will be able to get more from him if he also gains possession through normal phase play.

He scored an excellent try against the Stormers – the team with the best defensive pattern in the tournament – when the Bulls created space for him.

The focus of the Bulls’ attacking play still remains the first two channels next to the set phases where Pierre Spies and Wynand Olivier are used to get go-forward and generate momentum.

The problem with that is that the two players are then in the sights of more than one defender and therefore this tactic is not as successful as in the past.

Spies was in possession 21 times and carried the ball 13 on 13 occasions, while Olivier made 7 carries from the 9 times he was in possession.

“We are aware of the quality of our outside backs. That is why we have them in the team. There is also room for innovation and players can express themselves within our pattern,” said Ludeke.

The Bulls are under heavy pressure.

“We don’t have a choice. We have to win. All we are focusing on is to win on Saturday,” added Ludeke.


  • Garth - 2011-04-19 08:26

    “We are aware of the quality of our outside backs. That is why we have them in the team. There is also room for innovation and players can express themselves within our pattern,” Hahahahaha! Frans has such a good sense of humour! Hahahahaha! Funny man!

      Whatever - 2011-04-19 09:36

      “Deadly Basson” vd Heever JJ? One freak try against the Reds 2 minutes after conceding 1 and you call him “deadly!?” JJ is unbelievable! The 1 day he crucify the Bulls the next day he is after brownie points! What a w@nker! No my “friend’ your “pilletjies Basson” is not deadly!

      Thomas - 2011-04-20 00:54

      This guy is another kick and chase specialist, one on one no contest!! He may have brocken Carel Dup's record in a watered down Currie Cup but he's not in the same class!!!!!

  • Hanjo - 2011-04-19 08:31

    Basson showed with his two games against the Reds...two games? perhaps you meant two tries

  • gooinat - 2011-04-19 08:32

    If Olivier would pass the ball more then we would be able to see Basson's attacking abilities:)

      Hannes Visser - 2011-04-19 08:46

      This is exactly what I think, the only reason why the Griekwas has beaten so many of the other teams last season is because they gave Basson room to play his game. Now Olivier and Jaco Pretorius think they have penetrating abilities, maybe just in the bedroom.

      Marx - 2011-04-19 08:57

      Olivier plays according the game plan, which some will never grasp, this doesn't pass the ball stuff is getting old and lame, fristly, the Bulls had a way better game against the Reds, they had a couple of dodgy calls against them at crucial stages in the game, and made unforced errors that cost them the game. Basson is deadly under the high ball, but he's defensive blunders have cost the Bulls this year too. Luckily that can be fixed, but the Bulls will have to do that sooner than later!!

      gooinat - 2011-04-19 09:10

      @Hannes,jy slaan die spyker op sy kop:) @Marx,The story about Olivier might be old and lame but it is the truth,when he cuts back in etc,how often does he get over the advantage line??????Everybody has worked him out and carries him 2 to 3 meters back.Basson has got great attacking abilities,unfortunately as long as Olivier and Pretorius are there he won't be able to use it,sad but true>

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-19 10:17

      @Marx. The Stormers, and various Bull-haters are unable to see anything but their hate. I agree, the Bulls played much better. The Spies thing is working on my tits. I thought that he had a decent run. WO still making too amny mistakes - but, as you have correctly pointed out, he is also playing his role in the game plan, and therefore passes less than these people like. Spies and WO are watched by the opposition, and Ludeke needs to spread the game plan wider. He needs to take the focus off these two, and start being creative with the rest of his players. It shows us that some guys here think it is school rugby, and dont understand game plans, and how it effects the players. I like Basson, but is a bit dodgy on defense.

      vdwjasper - 2011-04-19 10:50

      @Hannes. Both on the field and in the bedroom, most often Olivier is the one getting penetrated.

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-19 13:32

      @jasper, I know about his field performance, however, I will take your word about the bedroom.

      Oukoos - 2011-04-19 13:37

      HANNES VISSER, according to BRANNAS Oliver has penetrating abilities. However not on the r=ugby field.

  • JP - 2011-04-19 08:33

    probably one of the most predictable fullbacks in the world, and poor defence. Not a good player, in fact a very bad player

      mummford - 2011-04-19 09:03

      @JP...Welldone, you hooked , line and sinkerd Brannas.Brannas jou dom Ape!!! HUSH PUPPY

      Trokkie - 2011-04-19 09:21


  • Gorilla - 2011-04-19 08:33

    "deadly Basson" hahahahahahaha.

      Marx - 2011-04-19 09:03

      Go play with your banana......

      Hanjo - 2011-04-19 09:07

      he broke the try scoring record in the Currie cup last year,was 19,he scored 21. he has scored 5 tries so far this season, this with a struggling team, and bad "service" , he joined the bulls at the beginning of the season, so he's still new to the team, he has been impressive, and he has certainly been DEADLY

      Gorilla - 2011-04-19 09:16

      Gentlemen. Bassons record against teams that can play rugby has been dismal. Lets see how he features against teams who take rugby seriously.

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-19 10:18

      @Gorilla. Like, ummmm, lets say the Redds?

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-19 13:48

      Did I forget the Stormers? Are they serious enough Gorilla?

  • Brannas - 2011-04-19 08:37

    Daar is baie meer "deadly " spelers in die Bul span, Spies, Wynand Olivier, Victor, Bakkies Fourie du Preez en Morne' is almal " deadly " spelers. Hulle sal die wa nog deur die drif trek, die beker is nog nie gewen nie, wag en sien.

      mummford - 2011-04-19 09:04

      I think you mean DEAD spelers you twat!!

      gooinat - 2011-04-19 09:14

      @Mummford,morning to you,go back to the "Stormers trio runaway picks" article and check what Brannes was trying to say to Saffa,I nearly wet myself with laughter.

      Shark_4_Life - 2011-04-19 09:17

      Maybe, but at the moment they are useless! I really hope Matfield and du Preez return to form sooner than later. The rest of them can go fly kites for all I care.

      mummford - 2011-04-19 09:18

      Gooinat just read it.i Fink we have a new captain for the DAH Club.

      Trokkie - 2011-04-19 09:19

      i think Brannas had to much brannas die twat

      Whatever - 2011-04-19 09:40

      Brannas jy moenie Skip saam met jou pap vreet in die oggende nie jy gaan sooibrand kry.Meng jy daai brannas met turps?

      Kaapie - 2011-04-19 10:33

      Deadly spelers and you mention Spies.. he has been kaka for two seasons now. The steroids have worked off and he is manhandled by players smaller and lighter than him. The only meters/carries he's made is acroos field. Watched him play France @ Newlands LY and missed 4 tackles in the first 7 min of the game. deadly se voet

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-19 13:39

      los ander mense en spelers persoonlik uit !! FSSSSSSSSSSSSS dis die mees tappeste ding en komminste ding om te doen is om ander mense persoonlik aan te val en te vloek oor die span wat hulle support. het julle mense nie manier nie, maar julle is vinning om ander as tappet uit te wys !!

      Oukoos - 2011-04-19 13:43

      Maar lekker dom ne? Victor, FdP en Bakkies was (verlede tyd) goeie spelers. Hulle tyd is verby en enigiemand wat iets van rugby af weet, weet dit. Spies en Wynand Olivier is never-beens. Ja die Bulls het die beker 3x gewen, maar dit gaan 3x10 jaar vat voordat hulle weer die beker wen

      Raka13 - 2011-04-19 13:54

      Habana is also deadly.........

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-19 13:59

      @Damian - n mens raak moeg vir die spul se goed. Selfde mense elke dag. @Oukoos In your oppinion these players are hasbeen and neverbeen. They are far more accomplished that you, and are recognised in various rugby circles outside the Bulls union as talented players. My guess is that you arent to bright.

  • YB Normal - 2011-04-19 08:37

    I have to support gooinat, the problem is not with the wings, but at center. both the bulls centers need to learn to pass the ball and stop running the crash ball or else basson will be of no use to the team.

  • Henster - 2011-04-19 08:43

    Fire all the Bull Players ,, they are not playing Rugby any more !!!!

  • Brevan - 2011-04-19 08:49

    Well, when your inside centre is carrying 7 of 9 balls and your flyhalf or scrumhalf is kicking a significant amount of your ball, it means that your outisde backs aren't getting the ball. It seems obvious why Bjorn is not getting enough ball. I can understand that Spies is carrying the ball. That is his role. I just wish he would try to run into gaps instead of trying to run through people.

      Gareth Jones - 2011-04-19 09:03

      A Blue Bull run into a GAP?? Now that would be something to see...

      Leon - 2011-04-19 09:05

      The flyhalf should be creating the space and they simply don't have one.

  • Gotcha - 2011-04-19 09:15

    Olivier never passes a ball, that's why Basson has been wasted thus far, if I recall correctly Basson's first try was scored after grabbing the kick-off and the second Victor Matflied passed the ball with Olivier nowhere in the backline (most probably still part of a ruck he created with his crash ball).

  • Robynsky - 2011-04-19 09:30

    I think that one swallow does not make a summer, Basson is good, there is no doubt, but they need to be looking at new plays, new moves and getting their players match fit, cause they are not. they should be fit for 90 minutes not 60. Conditioning is the key and at the moment they may be fit for 60 minutes but they need to work on their conditioning to be able to last 90 minutes. 80 minutes is not going to be good enough they need to be more conditioned than they need to be. Last weeks game against the Reds was at a very fast pace, and the Bulls showed more than ever how tired they were. with the proper conditioning they could have won that easily. Fatigue causes most errors in any

      Shistirrer - 2011-04-19 11:56

      No, Robynsky, not tired, just OLD. As you get older everything starts going, starting with the legs and the lungs.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-04-19 09:34

    The Bulls has no strategy. Everyone knows how they play. You just wait for them to kick the ball away and then you have it to attack. Then you score tries because their defence is very suspect. Ludeke must start with a strategy plan. What I don;t understand is that they want to keep the guy with the ball in the air. To do what? Why don't they attack the guys near the line to go out. That way they get the ball to throw in. They disappoint us very much these days. Bulls forever.

      Marx - 2011-04-19 09:51

      Carl, I agree that our team disappoints at this stage, but I saw a much improved side last weekend, discipline was much better, I think we are slowly getting there. We need a good win this weekend.

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-19 10:26

      @Carl. I saw a change in the plan this weekend. I thought that the Bulls tried to do more. It is a pitty old Ludeke only wanted to change strategy half way through the season. As for defense, I feel some guys arent making their tackles, and arent covering their ground. Irrespective of the collective anti-Bull sentiments on this site, I believe that the Bulls can still turn this season around, and put in a good showing. Perhaps we may not retain the crown, but I am also predicting that some supporters here are going to eat their words as far as their teams are concerned.

      Shistirrer - 2011-04-19 12:00

      Yes Marx, I have to concede, the Bulls are slowly getting there. Spies tries to go forward slowly, Matfield and Bakkies get to the rucks and lineouts slowly, Steyn's brain is working slowly, Meisiekind misses his tackles slowly, etc etc. Yup, definitely slowly getting there.

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-19 13:36

      @Shistirer. Brilliant comment. And I always saw your posts as a waste of time, but you just showed me!

  • Bulla - 2011-04-19 11:31

    The Stormers supporters keep pointing at the inability of the Bulls to attack and their useless backs. Well, looking at the stats after the last round the Stormers are placed 13th in the try scoring section with only 12 tries. That's 1.3 tries per game. Even the Lions and Cheetahs are placed well ahead of them. The Bulls have scored 16 tries but still remain ahead of the Stormers. I know the Bulls have it kind of bad this year but lets not forget that in 2008 (the year after their first super trophy) they collapsed to the mid table. Yet the following 2 years they won it. This is one point all you single minded Stormers tend to forget!

      Shistirrer - 2011-04-19 12:09

      "The Bulls have scored 16 tries but still remain ahead of the Stormers." WTF are you smoking, dude? What planet are you from? Ahead in what? Please also look at tries CONCEDED and we can talk again. The Bulls leak tries like a sieve. And by the way, 10/14 is not "mid table", that was damn near the bottom.

      Bulla - 2011-04-19 13:07

      And your point is? By saying "ahead of the Stormers" I was reffering to the try tally, DUDE! You still haven't won it!

      Raka13 - 2011-04-19 14:01

      Shame, at least the Bulls are ahead of the Stormers on some log - for what it matters. Bulla, maybe you can throw more logs at the Stormers? What about the conference log?

      Rugby Rocks - 2011-04-19 16:23

      Bulla-Thank you so much for bring that point to our attention , I will surely let the guys at SANZAR know to adjust the log , they say no one told them that even if you lose most of your games 4 of 8 but score tries , you should be on top , they will proberbly adjust it over the next day or two !

  • haha - 2011-04-19 14:16

    No, he is not deadly, maybe lucky but I think his defence is crap. I can only think that the Bulls bought him because he has a record. The Loftus crowd will never call him "liefling".....I would rather put Francois Houghaart in his place should it be that FDP is playing scrumhalf.

      Bootman - 2011-04-19 18:50

      @ haha......Look, I dont know Bjorn personally but I can tell you one thing for sure. He most certainly wouldnt want anybody at Moftus calling him "liefling" If you ask me, I think that is the reason Derrick Hougaard left. I certainly wouldnt want 30 000 men calling me "liefling"

  • Effel - 2011-04-19 15:17

    @Whatever You are proof that abortions can talk. Talk a lot of @#$@ shit. And then they say Bulls fans are screwed up??? Man what a sad low IQ c@nt you are

      Whatever - 2011-04-20 00:24

      EFFEL I am impressed that you actually know about IQ’s etc. The problem is do you know what that means? Shame mate I can only imagine how you think about me all day, working out how you will smash me (in your dreams that is) I still cannot understand why you don’t phone me to meet? By the way how are your wife and my kids? Do you still put your teeth in a glass with OMO water at night!!?? The Snorcity way of whitening your teeth! Sweet dreams en lekker skommel jou drommel!

  • Shovels - 2011-04-19 22:55

    Just a pitty that he did not learn to takle , seems that he can only atxck but takle is not always part of his game

  • mozzer - 2011-04-20 15:05

    I didn't know he had HIV??

  • carjan - 2011-04-20 17:28

    He may be "deadly", but he is no intelligent player

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