Bulls sound ominous warning

2013-02-09 19:15

Polokwane - The Bulls sounded a stern warning ahead of their Super Rugby campaign as they demolished the Cheetahs 32-10 in their pre-season friendly at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

According to the Blue Bulls website, it may be early days and both teams will downplay the significance of the win, but with both fielding near full-strength sides, the Bulls looked far sharper and played at a significant pace, denting the Cheetahs hopes ahead of a big season.

Led by an exceptional Francois Hougaard, who showed he is just as dangerous behind the pack as on the wing, the Bulls struggled to find their feet in the first half, but accelerated in the second to leave the Cheetahs trailing in their wake.

Hougaard was exceptional on attack, determined on defence and combined well with his forwards to leave a lasting impression, while loose forwards Dewald and Jacques Potgieter both played their hearts out, the latter denting the Cheetahs defence with some massive runs.

However, a special mention must go to Francois Venter. Under pressure from IRB Junior Player of the year Jan Serfontein, the other Grey College centre was dangerous on attack and made some telling hits when it counted to come close to a man of the match performance.

The scoreline could have been much bigger, had the Bulls not fluffed four chances in the first half. In reality, while the Cheetahs defended well in the first half, they also scrambled well but had little ball to play with and did little when they got it.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske will be happy his charges defended against the tide in the first half, but with so much to attack from the Bulls finally found an opening.

The only score from the first half was Dewald Potgieter’s drive over from a lineout maul. The Cheetahs played into the Bulls hands by losing no less than a half dozen lineout balls, and struggled to get going.

In the second half, it didn’t take the Bulls long to add to the scoreboard. While the Cheetahs had missed two penalties through Elgar Watts in the first half, Morne Steyn added two of his own in the second to stretch the lead - the second being a 56-metre bomb from inside his own half.

At 13-0 the game was delicately poised, but Hougaard and co ripped it away from the visitors as they scored twice in three minutes to make the result safe.

Hougaard took the ball from a scrum, stepped Sarel Pretorius so perfectly that his opposition number was left grasping at air, then chipped over the Raymond Rhule and was about to score, but was taken out by Francois Brummer in the tackle. The ball rolled forward and Venter pounced to score.

A minute later, a Cheetahs mistake at a ruck was exploited, with the ball popping out and no scrumhalf, Hougaard nabbing the ball and sending Lionel Mapoe away for a try to make it 25-0.

The Cheetahs finally found their heart, and found some phases to attack, putting the Bulls defence under pressure. It was no surprise when Willie le Roux stabbed a perfect grubber behind the defence and only Johan Sadie and Raymond Rhule were left to chase, with the winger dotting down for his side’s first try.

Rhule and Sadie combined again a few minutes later, attacking the blindside and Rhule this time giving the scoring pass for Sadie to go in at the corner, but it was too little too late.

The Bulls ended as well as they had begun, with Wynand Olivier ghosting through the defence to be stopped short of the line, and Jurgen Visser there to collect and finish off the try.

The Bulls will feel rather healthy at the end of all this, knowing they have depth, talent and are looking better prepared than last year. The Cheetahs will scratch their heads and do a rethink. The same old problems are back again and unless coach Drotske finds a solution they may have a long season ahead of them.

The Bulls begin their 2013 Super Rugby campaign at Loftus Versfeld against the Stormers on Friday, February 22, while the Cheetahs host the Sharks in their opening match on Saturday, February 23.


  • ReneMuller.XOXO - 2013-02-09 19:24

    For proper journalism:

      prot.kpax.33 - 2013-02-09 19:32

      Dankie Rene, as dit is wat ons kan verwag die jaar gaan dit n lang jaar wees. Dis seker omdat dit n bulls game was en nie n stompies een nie.

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2013-02-09 19:33

      Sports24 is maar altyd traag as dit kom by nuus van die Bulle wanneer hulle wen.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2013-02-09 19:44

      Province24 take note, give Rugby365 a rest and copy and paste from Supersport

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-09 19:59

      Did Spies play? If so how did he go?

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2013-02-09 20:06

      @squeegee, did not watch the game, but followed on 'Twitter' - according to 'reports' - he was very good, but furthermore, Morne's kicking was brilliant.

      dirkjohannes - 2013-02-09 20:55

      Who cares!!

      julius.malememba.7 - 2013-02-09 22:07

      Dom irk Johanna ... het iemand jou met n plank geslaan toe jy klein was .... dit het nie gehelp nie --- jy is nogsteeds stupid en lelik ... Bwahahahaha

      dirkjohannes - 2013-02-10 07:16

      En jy is 'n Malema fan jou dom d@@s.

      julius.malememba.7 - 2013-02-10 08:33

      Dom irk Johanna ... jy is so dom jy kannie eers lees nie ... ek is nie malema nie po3ph0l ... ek is Malememba ... soos ek gese het --- dommer as die plank wat jou geslaan het!

  • BulletjieBulBul - 2013-02-09 19:26

    Nou die Blou!!! Hierdie is die jaar van die BUL! Julle Stompietjies moet maar solank uitvind wie die ref is op 22 Februarie want julle gaan vir hom nodig hê soos wat julle verlede seisoen die refs nodig gehad het. GO BULLE!!!

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2013-02-09 19:41

      110% waar Bulletjie!

      Mandy Casey - 2013-02-09 19:44

      Making excuses even before the seasons first match. Perhaps you are scared of Stormers.

      craven.luyt - 2013-02-09 20:15

      Kaptein Spies and Generaal Steyn

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2013-02-09 20:28

      Vir stormers??? Hell no!!!...hule ken nie hoe lyk bekers nie

      jacobus.rautenbach - 2013-02-09 23:32

      wat jy waar kry, die blou ape gaan nerens kom

      philip.condor - 2013-02-10 17:23

      mandy are you also a stupid blond? Most blonds i know are intelegent, but you do not fit that catagory

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-02-11 18:57

      Am I missing something here 'Nou die Blou" isn't it PINK? GEEZ you fans can certainly talk a good game I am going to enjoy this one from the moneys on the Stormers.......

  • franklin.coetzee - 2013-02-09 19:33

    Friendly's are what they are called "friendly", one cannot read to much in it!, but good luck to all South African teams!!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2013-02-09 19:40

    Well done Bulls, hope you have an awesome Super season!!

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2013-02-09 19:49

    Ek skree nie vrystaat ni ek bly n BUL!!

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2013-02-09 20:13

      Jy klink bekommerd Daantjie....hahahahaha

      julius.malememba.7 - 2013-02-10 08:34

      Ou Caravan eet uit die kleinhuisie uit ... tipies mof van kAapstad

  • Sige Gorabeb - 2013-02-09 19:50

    ek ding vrydag gaan ons 'n idee kry wie die kampioen span in RSA gaan wees. kom ons wag?

      niel.walt - 2013-02-10 10:05

      Yes good idea! The 2 aussie derbies will definately show us who the champion sa side is.

  • henco.swart - 2013-02-09 20:01

    Ek onthou dat die Bulle laas jaar ook goed begin het teen die Cheetahs, in 'n voor seisoen wedstryd, maar so effense die pad byster geraak het na die half pad merk... So, kom ons wees versigtig optimisties oor die Bulls se kanse die jaar. Ek hoop hulle maak dit 'n goeie een, maar dan kan Morne Steyn nie weer so swak pale toe skop nie.

      henco.swart - 2013-02-10 02:19

      Ek onthou, ja. Morne Steyn is nie die engiste speler nie, ek stem... Maar as hy in EEN wedstryd beter kon skop, kon die Bulls in die uitspeel rondtes wees. Die wedstryd teen die Blues op Loftus, wat die Bulls met 7 punte verloor het, is 'n voorbeeld. Morne het omtrent 15 punte weg gegooi... en dis nie al wedstryd nie. Maar ek hoop Steyn kan weer skop soos in 2009. Dit is moeilik om te sluk daaraan, want voor laas seisoen was Steyn so betroubaar... Maar soos ek se, ek hoop die Bulls maak dit weer 'n goeie jaar...

      henco.swart - 2013-02-10 02:25

      Jammer, laat ek net my eie fout resgstel.. 'As' Morne beter kon skop, so ons beter met die uitspeel rondtes kon doen... maar 'as' is verbrand hout. Maar alles in ag geneem, het die Bulls goed gedoen, nadat hulle 9 groot name verloor het na 2011...

  • izzy.noodle.9 - 2013-02-09 20:08

    This match wasnt broadcast, why?

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-09 20:25

      Because Cheeky rules..ok?! Although I must say watching the Queens lose was worth it...

      jacobus.rautenbach - 2013-02-09 23:35

      swak games word nie gewys

      izzy.noodle.9 - 2013-02-10 00:24

      The stormers game was broadcast, why then?

      philip.condor - 2013-02-10 17:27

      Because it's not soccer, only soccer gets broadcast,

  • princess.nguni - 2013-02-09 20:46

    Sound another warning to 'men' who rape! Wear RED FOR ANENE this Friday... Spread the word... Real men don't rape!

  • Jason - 2013-02-09 20:49

    Do I have to comment in afrikaans so the Bulls fans can understand?

      bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2013-02-09 20:58


      eugene.brink.9 - 2013-02-09 21:20


      mike.hoffmann.334 - 2013-02-10 08:20

      Jy is plain net onnosel.

  • Jimmy NZ - 2013-02-09 21:14

    The stormpies are in so much trouble!

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-02-10 02:54

      Late night bro?

      craven.luyt - 2013-02-10 03:21

      Jimmy , crusaders don't even break into a sweat against the strompies. Ignore these mountain people.

  • eugene.brink.9 - 2013-02-09 21:19

    Die blou opmars begin weer . . .

  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2013-02-09 22:11

    Sal die Cheetahs ooit regkom? My hart gaan uit vir hulle, net jammer hulle kan nie al hulle spelers behou nie...

      niel.walt - 2013-02-09 22:17

      Solank as wat naka daar is en saru nie die finansiele wanbelans in sa rugby uitsort nie, nee.

      marcus.vermaak - 2013-02-11 11:31

      Don't feel too sorry for them, they are and will always be the wildcard! Expecting good things from them! GO FS!

  • trev2 - 2013-02-09 22:16

    The Bulls will do better than last year. But that won't be difficult because they sucked last year.

      Kykweer - 2013-02-09 23:09

      Well they were fourth on the log by points, fifth because the reds got boosted to third. Certainly hope they do better too.

      philip.condor - 2013-02-10 17:31

      trev you use words that you do not know the meaning you only heard it somewhere. You SUCK

      Threetimeschampions - 2013-02-10 20:06

      Trev, die foto van jou girl is weird my china....

      eugene.brink.9 - 2013-02-11 08:09

      Sucked? They were among the top 6 with a young team. That hardly sucks.

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2013-02-09 23:29

    ag siestog, moet nog baie oefen om da te kom

  • craven.luyt - 2013-02-10 03:24

    The storm in a tea cups have the best team on paper, pity that they capitulate under pressure. Wait another year!!

      niel.walt - 2013-02-10 10:00

      Sharks are the best on paper.

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2013-02-10 06:51

    Ja ons gloe jou lmpa

  • keba.mothoagae - 2013-02-10 07:39

    I did not see the mentioning of the Stormers just once in the story, but hot damn, some people are already frothing at the mouth in their direction. Keep fooling yourself, but you'll soon accept that the stormpies are here to stay and are a premier rugby team. The Bulls do not give us sleepless nights nowadays. At all.

      julius.malememba.7 - 2013-02-10 08:38

      the u r as stupid as the evolution theory u probably support also

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-02-10 08:26

    Cheetas should actually be kicked out of super rugby. They still play only for 40 minutes, like last year and many years befor that, Naka failed to get this self destruct mode out of his team, and should be kicked out as coach.

      niel.walt - 2013-02-10 09:59

      Speaking of kicking, you should be kicked in the face.

  • saud.abrahams.7 - 2013-02-10 08:40

    Hopefully they ditch the pink outfit so that they only play like sissies - not look the part too. Stormers vreet blou biltong!

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      niel.walt - 2013-02-10 09:58

      Yes, the bulls, stormers and sharks always demolish, destroy, run riot, wreak havoc etc on other sides.

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