Bulls seal crucial away win

2011-04-02 10:19

Wellington - Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn kicked 21 points, including two drop goals, as the Bulls beat the Hurricanes 26-14 in Vodacom Super Rugby action on Saturday.

Both teams scored one try - the Bulls through winger Francois Hougaard and the Hurricanes through Serge Lilo - but Steyn's unerring boot separated the teams.

He kicked seven goals from eight attempts while his opposite number Daniel Kirkpatrick managed only two penalties from five attempts.

The win was the fourth from six matches this season for the Bulls, lifting them to second place in the South African conference behind the unbeaten Stormers. The Hurricanes are now last in the New Zealand conference with one win from six games.

"We're very happy about the win tonight. We knew it wasn't going to be easy," Bulls captain Victor Mafield said. "We knew it wasn't going to be a nice, open game. We had to grind it out and the guys did well."

The Pretoria-based Bulls built their win in the first half when they controlled possession and territory with Steyn kicking three penalties and two drop goals to give them a 15-3 lead by halftime.

"I think that's what it's all about. We have the best 9 and 10 in the world and they're kicking well. We used them well tonight, they got us in their half and we scored the points," Matfield said.

The Hurricanes fought back with a try to Lilo after 45 minutes which cut the lead to 15-8, then a penalty to Kirkpatrick which made the lead 15-11. They had a much greater share of possession in the second half and they attacked desperately, but the Bulls' defense repelled almost every threat.

Steyn nudged the Bulls ahead 18-11 with his fourth penalty. Aaron Cruden hit back with a penalty for the Hurricanes, then Hougaard scored the try for the Bulls that decided the match.

Centre Wynand Olivier made a brilliant midfield break and linked with Hougaard, who scored untouched.

"Wynand cut the line brilliantly and Francois managed to finish it off, so we're very happy with that," Matfield said. "They were really coming back and they were fighting to the end."

The Bulls now face the Crusaders in their second match of an excting road trip. The Crusaders are riding a four-match winning streak, which includes last week's convincing win over the Sharks in London.

"The Crusaders are a team who are in form at the moment but, again, we'll enjoy tonight and think about them on Monday again," Matfield said.

Hurricanes - Try: Serge Lilo. Penalties: Daniel Kirkpatrick (2), Aaron Cruden.
Vodacom Bulls - Try: Francois Hougaard. Penalties: Morne Steyn (5). Drop goals: Steyn (2).


15 Cory Jane, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 9 Chris Eaton, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Serge Lilo, 6 Jack Lam, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 John Schwalger

Substitutes: 16  Dane Coles, 17 Jacob Ellison, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Tyson Keats, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Charlie Ngatai

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Dean Greyling

Substittutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Derick Kuün, 20 Francois Brummer, 21 Gerhard van den Heever, 22 Jaco van der Westhuyzen


  • CliffBradley - 2011-04-02 10:23

    Baie Geluk Aan Julle - Bulle Het Miskien Nou Die Regte Rigting Ingevaar !!!!

      Jaco - 2011-04-02 10:29

      Thanks Cliff. It was tough but we'll take it.

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-02 10:37

      Jaco: like I have said 4 is better than a draw , Good Stuff

      molefeP - 2011-04-02 17:04

      It was better, especcially in the 1st half. But the second half was still woefull. And the kicking away of the ball. I want to tear my hair out! But you are right Cliff, at least it was a win!

      Otello - 2011-04-02 17:39

      I have ben waiting for Morne to drop-kick and kick the Bulls into contention. An improved performance but why oh why do they persist in kicking possession away? Both Steyn and Du Preez are at fault.

      Azurite - 2011-04-02 20:33

      Thanks CF

      Whatever - 2011-04-03 00:27

      Al wat die wen teen n useless spul skollies van Wellington beteken is dat die val volgende week teen die Saders net harder gaan wees.Al die Bulls seker nou weer in die Bokspan.Lucky wen.

      Lloyd - 2011-04-03 12:48

      Whatever, does your dad play for the Wellington Hurricanes?

      Mickey Fin - 2011-04-03 22:47

      @Otella. Did you not read the article? Victor says the No 9 and 10 are the best in the world. So I assume that gives them the right to kick away all possession.

      Whatever - 2011-04-04 00:49

      @Lloyd Yes now that you mention it she actually did. Still better than your mamma who give away free BJ’s in Soweto to fill that fat ole tummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Lloyd - 2011-04-04 06:48

      Whatever referring to his dad as 'she'. That explain a lot.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 08:09

      ...Go Bulls..!! ...Go Lions..!! ...Go Sharks...!! ........who are the Stormers...??

      Whatever - 2011-04-04 11:51

      Lloyd jirre maar jy is skerp PAPPA! @JOHNNY n Stormer is daai ouens wat jy nie agter n Cortina se stuurwiel in Boksburg en Hatfield kry nie.Jy sal nie weet wie hul is nie want jy sal nooit in daai top liga wees nie...plonker!

  • Bren Vander - 2011-04-02 10:24

    YES! Well done men!

  • gerhardvorster - 2011-04-02 10:38

    Mooi my Bulle, ons is trots op julle! Now we can start playing some better rugby. Just need to get Rossouw on No8. We can use Spies and an impact player from the bench, but at the moment his not doing his part in the team. Somehow he’s always the next guy to make a tackle, never the guy making the tackle. Always there, but never involved in the play. Wynand had a real good and solid game. His confidence is growing, thanks to players like Hougaard on his outside. The Bulls where real solid tonight, stuck to the basics for most of the game and we can start playing rugby from now on. Looking forward to the Lions-Reds game today and hope the Lions can upset the Reds. Then it’s the big one for the weekend. Sharks and Stormers… May the best team win. Good luck to both.

      Jaco - 2011-04-02 10:42

      I think they are doing the basics better. There was an improvement in their tactical kicking, I don't think Spies dropped a ball (wow). Defence wasn't bad and Morné is growing in confidence.

      mike - 2011-04-02 10:52

      Definately look to have made the turn, but you could see that last weekend already. Basson has found his feat and Fourie and Steyn were generals today. I agree Spies has had some poor games but him and Werner where awesome today so not sure we watched the same game. Bulls midfield shut down the AB's midfield and WO skinned Nonu for the try, agree his starting to get his game back and when he does that Bulls backline becomes dangerious. For me Werner was a monster today, my player of the match!

      mummford - 2011-04-02 11:17

      Jaco...Morne is growing in confidence??He is our Bok fly half and has kicked the Bulls and The Bokke to victory many times.He has plenty confidence!!!He might have lost it for a few games but he is certainly not growing in confidence!!!I think you meant to say his confidence is coming back!Spies is kak! He should watch a few of the Stormers games and see how a lose forward should play the game.STORMERS!!!

      mike - 2011-04-02 12:02

      mumford not sure you understand how confidence works man! If you beleive Spies played kak today then you are clueless about 8th man play!

      mummford - 2011-04-02 12:52

      No Mike i think you need to brush up on your knowledge of the game.Morne Steyne has huge confidence.When you are a young up coming player you grow with confidence.When things are going bad you might lose a bit of the confidence that you already have but you can GAIN it back.Spies has one good game and did not manage to fall over.He has had a shocking season and i think on average is kak!

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-02 16:24

      Mummford - you guys are like a broken record - Spies,WO blah. @ Jaco - Spies did lose 1 ball in contact, and he needs to protect the tryline better. Otherwise, no problem with his play. I tought the Canes watched him well. He drew 2 to 3 players, so was affored no room to move. Even the NZ commentators rate him as a danger. So lets move on.

      Otello - 2011-04-02 17:40

      How about Spies at centre - Pretorius is a ghost.

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-02 23:51

      @Otello - WTF is it with Jaco Pretorius. I do think he can defend, period. Time to get the cheque book and buy ourselves a good one.

      Whatever - 2011-04-04 11:56

      GRAEME go and smoke some more BB mate. The only danger that Spies hold is for him to lose the WC for SA if Snor is stupid enough to select the poefter. So tell me w@nker if the NZ commentators say Spies is a danger man then he is...according to you!?So they also recons Bakkies is a piece of dirty sh$ you agree with that as well? NZ would love the Boks to play with the dumbass BB players because it will make their road to the final that much easier. Ok I know it’s too much for please!

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-04-02 10:43

    That was a tough game but we will take it well done bulls. That game plan the bulls use is effective and it works yes it's ugly rugby but once you get the right execution then it is unstoppable basson and kirchnes were solid. Morne Steyn and Fourie Du preez controlled the game nicely. I still think morne steyn is the best number 10 he is slowly coming into form. To all you pierre spies haters like saffa cat and the cape brigade spies will improve i thought he had a good game even naas botha even backed the big man he is unfairly being critised. He controlled the ball well even when our tight five was going backwards. I still think pierre spies is not on form but he i slowly getting into form he hit the rucks made his tackles yet people expect him to score buckets tries but he is atleast trying to do the dirty work well played pierre. The loose forwards are not there yet but they were solid. Get jaco pretorius out of the team please paly stephan dippernaar he is younger ...fitter...stronger and on form i heard dippernaar and watermeyer are looking good. Olivier is like spies he played a good game but he is still not at his best. What i saw there was work the boys gave it all. Go bulls

      mike - 2011-04-02 10:58

      Agree Muzi, Jaco looks good on defence but on attack he lacks confidence or something. Ref was ok, missed some clear penalties but mostly on both sides, one area he ref'd badly was the scrum were Greyling had the better of his man but the ref kept missing the intentional breaking of the bind which prevented that pressure from counting in the scrums.

      Priester - 2011-04-02 11:03

      Muzi your comments are very valid however I do not agree with you on Spies. His defense is not up to standard and he often loses the ball in a tackle. No doubt he does have the talent but need a wakeup call and some bench time may be the right medicine. Blou Bul Groete!

      Stompies - 2011-04-02 16:51

      Muzi - people who doubt Spies should check Rugga Stats - that also shows that Vermeulen is not as in the game as the stormers would like to think!

  • Lloyd - 2011-04-02 10:45

    Go Bulls!!!!!!!!!!! Probably the ref again, or what am I saying? Go Sharks!!!

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-02 10:50

      Jy is maar altyd n idioot , aanvaar dit maar , jy maak die Bul Ondersyeuners "COMMON"

      Lloyd - 2011-04-02 11:25

      Cliff, you know the Bulls rarely win a game without the 'help' of the ref. O.k Ralph, whatever you say.

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-02 11:27

      Jy wil nou seker stront praat , want daai woorde kom nooit van n STORMER ondersteuner af , ons hoor altyd van jou en jou ou maatjies hoe die ref ons help !!!

      Azurite - 2011-04-02 20:34

      Ag nee CF jy bly maar 'n sucker vir punishment!!!!!

      Whatever - 2011-04-04 00:52

      Sorry about the Sharks Lloyd! Don’t worry they will win the Bulls. Who will you support with the BB/Sharks game? Confused? Mamma on the highway again?

      Whatever - 2011-04-04 11:58

      BULLS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-04-02 11:13

    Baie geluk. Die Hurricanes is the swakste New Zealandse span. In daardie lig gesien moet hulle hul sokkies optrek en voluit speel vir 80 minute. Hulle het met tye amper weer swak gespeel. Bulls forever.

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-02 11:24

      Die eerste weg van die huis is maar altyd moeielik - gee kans , ek het voorheen gese , ek is nie n bul ondersteuner , maar voor daai klomp skaapstekers , moet die Bulle maar wen as my Stormers nie goed doen nie !!!

      Bootman - 2011-04-02 11:42

      I agree Carl Muller. This game hung in the balance for too long. This Canes side is not in the best of form and a better side would have put them away much earlier. Spies still looked like he was shying away from the rough stuff and although he had a better game, still needs to improve considerably. Had Kirkpatrick been more accurate with his kicks the bulls fans would have been singing a different tune. That being being said, it was an away win and thats always tough, so well done bulls. Not sure who the MOM was, but my pick would definately have been Jack Lam. Awesome game from the loosie.

      Robschele - 2011-04-02 12:15

      Don't know what they feed the Bulls on the plane but it seems they always win their first away game. Maybe nothing that's why they chow the grass and the opposition after they landed.

      molefeP - 2011-04-02 17:13

      @Bootman, Lam is a monster! So was Hoar! Those tackles around the edges really put the Bulls on the back foot. A lesson for the future for all SA sides. Commited tackles WILL disrupt even the best attack! Watch Alberts today. I think the Sharks have a suprize or two for him.

  • CliffBradley - 2011-04-02 11:28

    MIKE : I hope you see what I meant last night !!!! ( Ref: Lloyd)

      mike - 2011-04-02 12:15

      Point taken but I just try ignore both sides and move on. Try to respond to rugby opinions rather then personnal attacks, can be tough at times. And you had way to much time on your hands last night, lol, hope you got some sleep!

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-02 13:15

      Mike : You Got It Man , 3:00 in the morning on sport 24 !!! MADNESS

  • Muzi Msimango - 2011-04-02 11:43

    The bulls game plan revolves around the 8 9 and 10 axis. It's an effective game plan those who say spies was kak today then i have no idea which game were you watching....spies laid the platfrom for du preez and steyn. Danie Rossouw is not going to repalce spies as a number 8 get that in your stubborn heads bulls supporters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wasit pierre spies has to score tries so people will acknowledge that he is playing well rubbish what saw today was a man trying hard he is not in a good space right well payed pierre spies.

      mike - 2011-04-02 12:17

      Well said, if anything you might see Danie start a game or two at 7. In fact I might be tempted to start him for the Crusaders game if he has rejoined the team. Although Potgieter seems to be back to his reckless impact driven ways(Reminds me of Schalk from 3 years ago)!

  • Ockie - 2011-04-02 13:17

    Baie geluk Bulls. 'n Wen is 'n wen. Die probleem is egter dat die bal te stadig uitkom uit die los en is die hele agterlyn onder druk as die bal dan by hul uitkom. Fourie is 'n briljante speler, maar maak tans te stadig skoon. Toe die bal een keer vinnig versprei was, het die gaping gekom en het Francois gaan druk. Ek hoop regtig Fourie speel weer soos van ouds, want SA het hom, op sy beste, nodig vir Wereldbeker. Einde laasjaar is gesien hoe ons hom mis.

      molefeP - 2011-04-02 17:09

      Goie punte Ockie.

  • sessisie - 2011-04-02 13:33

    The Cheetahs showed real character - well done. Better performance Bulls - you showed more commitment. Now for the big one - Sharks vs Stormers.

  • GraemeBB - 2011-04-02 16:17

    An improved performance. It was a hard game. The Canes were physical, and it is hard to believe that they are at the bottom end of the log. They have quality players that can rip you apart on the day. Spies and WO are looking better, but I expect them to get much better. The Cheetah's game was great. I have heard enough about Vermeulen deserving a bok cll-up, where he has not done anything eye-catching to warrant it. Rather look at Sarel Pretorius - what a performer!! I dont think The Snor can ignore him.

      Crusader Man - 2011-04-04 13:05

      really .. guys the Huricanes were beaten last week after being 17 points up after 20 min by the lowly ranked Rebels, The Bulls deserved their win by just playing hard rugby because the hurricanes always make mistakes. Wouldn't get too carried away by this win. Will be interested in hearing all your comments next week after they play a good team. Any player looks good against average teams. Nonu/Smith might be AB's but really they are playing very average and will ne intersted to see how the Bulls centres play against the form centres in the comp at the moment. I am looking forward to Stormers test centres againgst the two Crusader centres. I believe that the Bulls will finish 2nd in your conference cos the Stormers have an easy draw in their away games..

  • GraemeBB - 2011-04-02 16:28

    @ Cliff - thanx man. It is good to win again, but I think we all agree, the Bulls are far from back to form. But, you right, moving in a better direction.

      BardofAvon - 2011-04-02 17:59

      GBB... a quick look at the log tells you we are on track, although we will probably have an away semi-final and final.

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-02 23:47

      Brad - we play Saders, and I am not even thinking of the Semi. But, I am hoping in silence.

  • molefeP - 2011-04-02 17:08

    Oh! And there WO passed a ball and what happened? The opposition was so suprized that we scored a try! Imagine if my Bulls could play with 2 centers and a decent 8th man? And with the ball in hand instead of kicking it away all the time! We miss Guthro in the Scrums!

      darkwing - 2011-04-02 21:35

      Yes, Guthro is a concern. Not just for the Bulls for the World Cup as well. He just hasn't looked as if he's recovered from his injury. But that's okay. Cotton wool him for the WC.

  • Whatever - 2011-04-04 00:54

    SPIES IS KAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 08:12

      ...Spies is steeds beter as Skilpad Duanne Vermeulen....

      Lloyd - 2011-04-04 08:15

      Duanne 'loop en val' Vermeulen.

      Bulla - 2011-04-04 09:52

      Don't know what game you watched, Whatever, but if I'm not mistaken, Spies didn't just tackle the opposition, he carried them back a few yards and then took them down. Front foot ball to the Bulls everytime. Spies had a positive influence on the game and lets hope he moves forward from here.

      Whatever - 2011-04-04 12:00

      Hehehehehehe en STEEDS Spies se baas! Spies is n simpel klein snorcity mammasboy en net so n useless banggat soos sy pa was.Druggie!

      Whatever - 2011-04-04 12:01

      BULLA af van jou kinders se computer en in onder daai Cortina se bonnet PAPPA!Spies is n prime p@#s man en klaar!

  • Chadwick - 2011-04-04 14:20

    What a boring game of rugby that was. The highlights of the match were when Hurricanes showed a bit of spark and the Bulls scored a tri. I didnt even watch the whole match, I was falling asleep. Morne Steyn kicking the ball ALL the time, along with Kirchner whose face just irritates me. Now I'm not downing on the Bulls, but seriously, I hope this kicking game works out for them against the Crusaders. We all saw what happened when Sharks gave them a little bit of possession. Their defence isnt the best, and thats where the Bulls will have to strike. But holding onto possession will be the key if they want to win this one. Giving it away to 'Saders is going to end in disaster for them.

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