Bulls spoil Jake's home coming

2012-04-21 20:55

Cape Town - Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn was back to his sharpshooting best in his team's 36-34 victory over the Brumbies in their Super Rugby match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The pivot scored 26 of his side's points to redeem himself after recent below-par kicking performances.

The tourists, coached by former Springbok mentor Jake White, attempted to outsmart the Bulls at their own game but with little effect.

They peppered the hosts with up-and-unders but the Bulls' back three were more than adept under the high ball.

The home side, however, struggled to find their groove, with the Brumbies more of an annoyance than anything else.

White's charges nevertheless threw down the gauntlet as they were held at an arm's length throughout the match.

Steyn struck the first blow as he got his side on the scoreboard with two penalty conversions in the first seven minutes.

The Bulls' defense, however, let them down as they gifted the Brumbies a try after their defensive system failed in the 14th minute.

They let two tries slip through within three minutes as Henry Speight and Jesse Mogg scored two easy unconverted efforts for a four-point lead.

The Pretoria-based side hit back but they could not convert the opportunities into tries and were rewarded with three points thanks to Steyn's placekicking.

The Bulls wrestled the lead back in the 24th minute, with Bjorn Basson scoring after fellow wing Akona Ndungane got over the gain line with a sniping run.

After Ndungane got through, the Bulls quickly spread the ball wide to Zane Kirchner who cleverly tapped the ball to Basson who dotted down, with Steyn converting.

Steyn had the last say of the first half as he knocked over another penalty seven minutes before the break to extend their lead to 19-7.

The Bulls flyhalf continued his reign of terror as he opened the second half with a drop goal and succeeded with another penalty kick to give his side a 12-point lead.

The home side struck another demoralising blow with hard-nosed flanker CJ Stander scoring a controversial try.

Referee Marius Jonker did not see a knock-on by Steyn and allowed play to carry on as the ball rolled to Ndungane, who passed the ball to Stander to score in the corner with the flyhalf converting.

The Bulls effectively had the last say of the match in the 62nd minute with a Steyn conversion as they allowed the Brumbies back into the match.

The tourists scored three tries in the closing stages with Andrew Smith, Ian Prior and Anthony Hagerty crossing the whitewash.

Hagerty's try at the death took the scores to within two points, flattering the guests in the end thanks to a sub-standard Bulls defence.


15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling/Dawie Steyn

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Johann Sadie

15. Jesse Mogg, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Andrew Smith, 12. Pat McCabe, 11. Joseph Tomane, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 9. Nic White, 8. Fotu Auelua, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Ben Mowen (captain), 5. Sam Carter, 4. Scott Fardy, 3. Dan Palmer, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16. Anthony Hegarty, 17. Ruaidhri Murphy, 18. Peter Kimlin, 19. Ita Vaea, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Robbie Coleman, 22. Tevita Kuridrani


  • Terence - 2012-04-21 20:56

    Not good enough, Bulls.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-21 21:07

      For a champion team, they let their guard down those last ten minutes. Before that, they were pretty solid. Brumbies can be lucky the Bulls defence was a bit dodge.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-21 21:09

      @Terence, probably the worst performance defensively by the Bulls! Is McFarland already at SARU??? Not a good win! Thank heavens, MS had his kicking boots on!!! Well done JW, you've done wonders with the Brumbies! Or maybe it was just my teams poor performance that made your team look good, either way, you game well prepared!

      Terence - 2012-04-21 21:11

      René, ons moes met tenminste 20 punte gewen het. Dit was pateties.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-21 21:15

      - my comment at the end - you came (not game) well prepared! @Terence, ons het hulle heeltemal onderskat, ek voel so bietjie 'naaaar'! So gaan hulle geen kompetisie wen nie!

      Terence - 2012-04-21 21:16

      Ek kyk elke keer die game oor as ons gewen het. Het hierdie een sommer klaar delete van die PVR af. Stel nie belang nie.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-21 21:25

      @Terence, ek stem! You prepare for a 5 star meal and get fed bloody old stale bread! Geez, really disappointed tonight!

      Eben - 2012-04-21 21:38

      2 tries against 5 tries and you win with 2 points - Only Marius Jonker can do the magic - Op toer met hul plaaslike skeidsregters sal wen baie moeiliker wees

      Jack - 2012-04-22 04:15

      I don't think Jake wanted his team to win last night. I think he was after the 2 points - and got it!

      Riaan - 2012-04-22 06:04

      Where did the Bulls buy that ref?

      Terry - 2012-04-22 07:07

      The games are now being decided by the ref and not the players. There were lot's of dodgy decision's by Jopnker in favour of the Bulls - and they win by less than 1 penalty. The Sharks were undone by another useless New Zealand ref (not to mention their own poor decision making and handling) - but seriously there were 2 seperate incidents that warranted red cards - and he did not even award a penalty for either of them. Referrees are playing far too big a role in determining the outcome of games - and it is ruining rugby.

      Jack - 2012-04-22 07:50

      Actually, I was really disappointed with the standard of reffing from South African refs this weekend. Craig Joubert had an absolute shocker and virtually handed the Crusaders their win over the Hurricanes. The Bulls second try came off such a blatant knock on that even their own players had stopped playing - to be fair, the Brumbies also knocked on behind their goal line which wasn't blown - but two wrongs don't make a right and it's just a poor show from our officials. There needs to be some kind of appeal or review system introduced to overturn poor decisions.

      Terence - 2012-04-22 08:39

      For some reason all you idiots missed the blatant forward pass that lead to the Bumbies second try.

      Terence - 2012-04-22 09:56

      Very original, crap.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-22 10:12

      Chiefs, Stormers, Bulls, Crusaders, There's your top 4 and the 2013 Super Rugby winner, will be one of them.

      1amAlan - 2012-04-22 11:58

      Hey Terence, a win is a win. Very fortunate for the Bulls, I thought both tries were controversial, offload from Engelbrecht to Kirchner was forward as well as to Basson - that can be forgiven as it was frikkin fast and the handling was brilliant. Then Steyn's knock on, both teams knew it was, both stopped playing - that was unforgivable by the ref. Anyway, the bulls will be getting controversial decisions going against them in the tour, without a doubt, which might cost them the game, so be satisfied with the win. I'm not a bulls fan supporter but am one of SA rugby and will support them in the race against the Australasians, so well done bulls.

  • Johann - 2012-04-21 20:58

    Ek weet nie of julle nou gesien het nie, daar was n ou wat geborg is deur Marriot wat nou net die Brumbies gewen het?

      Warren - 2012-04-21 21:21

      Agreed, the Bulls can never moan about a dodgy ref again!

      Terence - 2012-04-21 21:25

      Warren, is jy altyd so bitter as jou span verloor?

      marnusmnorval - 2012-04-21 23:16

      THAT BOLD PATCH ON HIS HEAD IS WHERE THE BULLS INSERT THEIR CREDIT CARDS Inconsistency se ma se moses.. Net soos Bryce Lawless Lawrence.

      Warren - 2012-04-22 09:09

      @ Terrence: Sorry but the Brumbies are not my team, my loyalties lie with SA sides. However, what I wrote above was just stating the obvious.

      Terence - 2012-04-22 09:16

      Warren, are you not a Sharks supporter?

      Warren - 2012-04-22 10:07


  • Sheldon - 2012-04-21 21:05

    And they still have to tour.Pappa wag vir jou.Stormers 4 life

  • wilma.botts - 2012-04-21 21:07

    The Brumbies are gonna be a team to watch they have always been the underdog and the Bulls beat them by 2 points Well done to Jake and the Brumbies

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-21 21:10

    Glad Bulls won..maar dit was naby.. Hougie has shown that he can easliy fill FDP's boots. But Spies is maar vrot.. That poor attempt @ a tackle to stop the first try, two easliy dropped balls. Poor ball carrying.. Probably the result of half the Bulls missed tackles in the first half. And to think some people want him to be the Bok no8 let alone captain. His performance was abysmal! Keegan Daniel showed that he could wear the no8 jersey for the bokke as opposed that ''hol borsol''

      Terence - 2012-04-21 21:18

      Vir die eerste keer in my lewe stem ek saam met n Stormers supporter oor Spies.

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-04-21 21:18

      Vrot does not begin to describe Spies. But how is that young Potgieter! He is an animal! I say play stander and white haired Potgieter on flank, and try Jacque Potgiter on number 8. Drop Spies.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-21 21:20

      @Storm, I'll agree with you on Spies tonight (and then never again), I told my husband after the first 5 minutes that Spies must go off, put CJ on 8 and bring Arno on 6. Anyway Pierre's performance got better & better during the game, but YES I fully agree he was vrot in the beginning.

      Jaco - 2012-04-21 21:25

      Ek weet nie wie rerig die oplossing is nie, ek weet net dit is nie Spies nie!! Hy is regtig nie op standaard nie, miskien is dit die kaptein ding wat hom afknou???

      Franklyn - 2012-04-21 21:30

      Spies is only good going forwards,same as Skinstad....they look great when running in space,but when the hard graft needs to get done they go AWOL.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-21 21:36

      At the end of the day, we can bash Spies all we want, they will not remove him as captain/player (growing pains) they grow and we suffer the pain. But my team played like a bunch of 'afkop hoenders' with only 3 or 4 players really contributing!

      Saffa - 2012-04-21 21:47

      @Stormkaap - eish brother, when Spies is your last line of defence - surrender. Honestly...After my 3 years of Spies bashing on this forum, I honestly thought the chap was starting to come good and that I would no longer be able to justify my Spies bashing.......fortunately, I knew he would revert to type at some I am free to continue. Personally I think he is allergic to contact.....

      Mthunzi - 2012-04-21 22:04

      I played with j potgieter u20 club rugby, i broke his nose during trials, he just gt up as if nothing happned. That guy is an animal for real. He once made a statement that he will show everybody what he cn do. I see he has stuck to his word. Gud on him

      Mthunzi - 2012-04-21 22:04

      I played with j potgieter u20 club rugby, i broke his nose during trials, he just gt up as if nothing happned. That guy is an animal for real. He once made a statement that he will show everybody what he cn do. I see he has stuck to his word. Gud on him

  • Chris - 2012-04-21 21:11

    Se BAIE BAIE dankie vir Bloubul Jonker! Vyf driee teen een se alles (selfs die gehardste Bul sal hopelik erken die tweede een was nie 'n drie nie)!

      Terence - 2012-04-21 21:19

      Ek stem saam Chris, maar die Brumbies se tweede was ook nie n drie gewees nie.

      Jaco - 2012-04-21 21:27

      Go Marius!!! Hy kon nie die drieë stop nie!!!

  • Rohann - 2012-04-21 21:16

    Just show you, the best team on the day doesn't always win.

      Terence - 2012-04-21 21:21

      Like the Stormers most of the season.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-21 21:30

      @Rohann, as much as it pains to say, I have to agree with you.

      Rohann - 2012-04-21 22:02

      @Terence, get over yourself. Its nothing against the Bulls. I'm glad the bulls won. Pity the Sharks are strugling. Imagine Stormers, Bulls and Sharks in the top 5. That would bode well for SA rugby.

      Terence - 2012-04-21 22:11

      Apologies Rohann.

      Rohann - 2012-04-21 22:28

      No harm done Terrence

      guidordp - 2012-04-21 22:49

      Terence asb bly stil ..Die stormers bly die beste dankie vir jou samewerking hor..STORMERS BO!!

      Terence - 2012-04-21 23:00

      Guidor, is jy n member van 'Kool and the gang'?

      Johan - 2012-04-22 00:07

      Rohann as jy sulke idiotiese stellings wil maak moet jy verwag om voor gelag te word. Hoeveel tackles moes stormers teen Highlanders maak en het gewen. En een ou wie jy aanval verteenwoordig nie alle Bulls nie, ek se nie alle stormers is tandloos nie!alhoewel tandeborsels swak verkoop daar onder

      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 00:27

      Rohanna... Watch you woorde boetie. Jy lyk vir my bietjie skuins ou perd. Moenie hier openlik kom skoor soek nie. Jy sal 'n oorveeg kry jong. Terence, Jy moet sterk bly ou vriend. Die aap maak 'n statement wat so reg op die Stormers van toepassing is. Ons almal weet dit en jy vra om verskoning. En met sy comments daarna kan jy sien waar die moroon vandaan kom. Stuur hom in sy m.... man!

      Pomene - 2012-04-22 13:30

      @Rohann - Luister beesblaas ek gee nie n moer om wie jy support nie maar as jy my as n blanke afrikaner beledig sal jy gedonner word - end van die storie !!! Indien jy wel die Stormers ondersteun, asb verdwyn jy is n belediging vir die Stormers ondersteuners korps. Jou blatante aanval op soos jy dit noem "whitetrash" kan jou dalk probleme laat optel. Ek is n trotse Stormer ondersteuner maar in die geval moet ek die Bulls manne ondersteun - ga in jou moer !!!!

  • Saffa - 2012-04-21 21:35

    Good evening folk. 1st things 1st - to the victors the spoils......Stormers and Bulls congrats. Now for my little rant of the weekend: 1. Heyneke Meyer will need more than his head read if that fairy starts at 8 for the Boks AGAIN, EVER, EVER, EVER. Duane might not float like a butterfly (a la Spies) but he sure as sh#t STINGS like a bee, and even at his worst, he is 90% better than Jane Fonda - end of. 2. Morne Steyn is STILL a defensive liability at 10 - klaar. 3. Marius, Marius, Marius - eish, fellow Saffas, right about now is when we all SHUT UP about Kiwi and Aussie refs...Jonker has just provided us all with the most incompetent reffing display in the tournie thus far. He pulled a Brycie. Now, something more for the Bulls who keep talking about their 'young team' - count the Springboks who started for you tonight......I get 8 or 9? Wallabies in the Brumbies team - 1 or 2. Springboks in the Stormers team who played the Reds - 3, thats right, 3...Habs, Aplon and de Jongh (not ONE Bok in our forward pack) - tha'ts all..... VS How many Wallabies in the Reds team that played Friday? = 3/4/5? So folk - at the end of it all, The Stormers are still top of the conference, whether Terry likes it or not.

      Terence - 2012-04-21 21:42

      Top of the Conference, but still it won't help you in the end, as always.

      Saffa - 2012-04-21 21:44

      But Terry you PROMISED me that the Bulls would be top a 21:00 pm tonight? I feel let down......

      Sheldon - 2012-04-21 21:52

      Hi saffa I still can not understand the whole young bulls team story.I have count their super rugby caps and they are not that young.great post

      Terence - 2012-04-21 21:52

      Please quote me where I said it. But I expect the same response as everytime I asked you to quote my 'racist' remark I supposedly made about Snor. No response, just silence.

      Melt - 2012-04-21 21:59

      @Terrence, jy kan by tye goeie kommentaar lewer maar hoekom partykeer so suur wees? Se geluk aan n span wat gewen het en beweeg aan. As jou span pak gekry het, vat dit op die ken en vl Saterdag gaan dit weer beter. Die Bulle en die Stormers le baie beter as verlede jaar die tyd so wees bly. Praat positief oor jou span, jou teenstanders en jouself. Ek sien uit na goeie kommentaar uit jou hoekie. Grte

      Jaco - 2012-04-21 22:03

      Well said Saffa!!

      Bootman - 2012-04-21 22:04

      Terence it seems everytime you make a dumb remark, you have a bout of amnesia and then ask others to quote what you said. I also recall you saying that the Bulls would top the SR log by 21:00 today. So much for that........

      Terence - 2012-04-21 22:15

      Melt, I was one of the first to congratulate the Stormers yesterday. Siffe, so you are implying that only coloured people work on fishtrawlers? Now THAT is racist. Again, please quote where I said the Stormers were going to lose. Bootman, it's got nothing to do with amnesia. It's just when somebody want to make up a story without being able to substantiate it, it smacks of ignorance.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-21 22:37

      Saffa, jy gebruik seker n latrine vol dames 'produkte'. Bul groete.

      Johan - 2012-04-21 22:47

      Keep div off the trawler he will f that up as well. Why don't the stormers employ him, he fits the profile

      Terence - 2012-04-21 23:02

      Johan, even Div deserves better than to go to the Stormers.

      Johan - 2012-04-21 23:08

      Terence, imagine the team talk between Coetzee and Div! Remember Divs famous head injury 'concuzzin'! Come on WP entertain us

      Michael - 2012-04-21 23:57

      Saffa jy ken nie rugby nie, so hou jou bakkies. Daai versies is vandag ge expose op defence. Met die Bulle wat die bokke gaan afrig kan NS maar die 4 nations cup nou al hou.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 00:39

      Saffa.... I think you belong in the kitchen. Your stupid "rant of the weekend" about springboks in the teams makes no sense. You came to Ellispark last year with how many... I think about 9 or 10 Springboks and an average Lions team send you packing in the cc... SO SHUT UP!!! If the reds had just one of their injured back... Quade Cooper you would have lost on Friday and that's a fact. He is a Wallaby and so much for your international count. So you and all of your "attachments" here on these blogs, who believe everything you say is gospel can keep quiet because you have just hit your name not with a plank... but a sleeper!!! As far as the ref. You guys have nothing to vent about. You got helped in at least 3 of your 6 matches this season. I rest my case.

      Terence - 2012-04-22 08:48

      Just as I thought. The tart accuses me off something and when I ask for proof, she can't provide it and disappears. All bek but no bite.

      1amAlan - 2012-04-22 15:38

      Ah, but I remember reading the comment too, although I can't be 100% sure who said it. Funny enough, I save all the links like these and revisit them as I find the chirps quite entertaining, but I can't find that one any more - they should never have put the delete option there. The only one that I can still find is Saffa Olivier's comment about the Bulls raping the Brumbies and taking it with 20+ points.

  • Werner - 2012-04-21 21:46

    This was supposed to be the year of rebuilding for Brumbies. Currently they top the Oz conference. Scored bonus point try on Loftus. Jake is doing an excellent job. Just Marius faults saw the Bulls through.

  • Bootman - 2012-04-21 21:46

    That performance from Jonker was shocking. That knock on from Steyn???? Even Steyn stopped dead in his tracks because he knew he knocked the ball on. Then he tried to make up for it by ignoring a knock on by the Brumbies near the end. It will be a huge injustice if Jonker even gets paid for reffing this game. He cost the Brumbies the match and should lose his salary.

      Terence - 2012-04-21 21:54

      I suppose you didn't see the Brumbies' 2nd try, when the ball was passed a meter forward?

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-04-21 21:57

      I gave you a thumbs up, but the knock was not Jonker's only mistake. He made many mistakes BOTH ways. I don't think Jonker even knows what an offside line is! Never mind the correct channel to enter a ruck from. I hate it when any ref determines the outcome of a game.

      Bootman - 2012-04-21 21:59

      The heading should read "Plonker spoils Jake's homecoming"

      Bootman - 2012-04-21 22:15

      @Maarten for sure it was not his only mistake but it was the most obvious and what made it even worse was the assistants would'nt even step in.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 04:03

      Bootfairy... IDIOT!!! What do they teach you in school when you start to play rugby? You play until the whistle goes!!! Stop running your mouth here. You know nothing about rugby and it seems to me that you are only here to back up whatever Saffa Cat has to say. You are really lame and very stupid. Get over it. The Bulls won and you are not going to change it. Cupless again this year I predict for you papsakke!!!

      1amAlan - 2012-04-22 15:44

      True Tokolos, true, but according to you, and copious numbers of your fellow supporters, the Stormers have the refs in their pockets and on their payrolls, so your bulls can give it up right now as they're not going to get anywhere.

      1amAlan - 2012-04-22 15:46

      Actually Terence, no I didn't see the ball go a meter forward, at least not on the Brumbies second try. I did however notice it on the bulls first try, twice.

  • Koketso - 2012-04-21 21:49

    SA rugby dissapointed all of them, Stomers win but cant score tries, Sharks arent scoring, Bulls defence was so fluid today it was a bonanza for the Canberra Uni, they did not deserve to win. We have a long way to go

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-21 22:17

      I like expression.. Bulls were fluid.. No sir..Spies was fluid..Dop this oke. Play Stander @ no8 and a lot of the problem will be solved

      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 00:46

      Koketso & Stormie Kapie... Shut Up!!!

      Alan - 2012-04-22 05:10

      Koketso the stormers scored 2 tries, the bulls scored 2 tries and the sharpies butchered 20 tries. I see nothing wrong with the stormers scoring 2 tries per game. That is proper rugby not this basketball 15 tries a game, no defense rubbish the media are pushing for. For 100 years people have been happy if their team scores 2 tries and wins. Suddenly the kiwis control the irb ( Oregon Hoskins is a kiwi fan) and everyone wants basketball rugby - I question why this is the case. Also I am just fine with my team winning , scoring 2 tries. Higher try counts require the ref to miss fwd pass tries alla al kiwi games

  • zmiggels - 2012-04-21 21:55

    It was close very close but on the day the bulls get the job done at least its a win

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-21 21:57

    This guys seem to go into Zombi mode when they are ahead. Completely took their foot of the gas (again) when they thought they had it in the bag and nearly threw it away. When is Ludeke going to train them out of this? It also happened against the Crusaders. This is nothing new with the Bulls.

  • Keith - 2012-04-21 21:58

    Marius Jonker het vanaand ons fight teen oorsese refs se eenogigheid gedood.Sowat van swak blaas van 'n SA blaser het ek lanklaas gesien.Dit is net jammer dat die oorwinning van die Bulle deur sy performance gespoil is.SA franchises wil nie met skeidregter hulp wen nie. Ons het genoeg kwaliteit spelers vir dit Geluk Bulle van 'n Stormer vriend.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 04:08

      Tokolos is van mening dat Jonker net so gatvol was vir die ander refs se swak blasery dat hy besluit het "'n oog vir 'n oog". Tot hiertoe en nie verder nie. Dis nou maar die storie van die Super 15 die jaar. Die gehalte van refs is pateties... veral met die Stormer games sover (alles in hulle guns natuurlik). SO LEEF DAARMEE!!!

  • Eidel - 2012-04-21 22:03

    I beg to differ that the Bull spoiled Jake’s home coming . As an ex ref I am very reluctant to blame a ref. But for goodness sake this was blatant. Look at the scoreboard, the ref actually conclude the victory.

      Terence - 2012-04-21 22:45

      He made one very bad mistake, but I don't think he was THAT bad, otherwise.

      Jason - 2012-04-22 09:58

      Completely agree. I have never in my life seen more blatant bias than what I saw in that game. The ref was so clearly slanted towards the bulls favour. Just attrocious

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-22 10:01

      Ag ou Jason, hoe voel dit om n span te support wat 11 jaar laas iets gewen het? Bul groete.

  • Braston - 2012-04-21 22:18

    Potgieter is playing some good rugby

      Rohann - 2012-04-21 23:07

      Yeah, he is knocking on the bok door.his coming from a stormer. We have a abundance of talent at loose forwards. Joshy also doing very well.

      Rohann - 2012-04-21 23:17

      Sorry meant to say, \this coming from a stormer\

      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 01:17

      "Joshy"? Really Rohanna?

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-22 10:26

      Tokkie.. are u wanting Spies for the Bokke??? Ek se jou die ou(Spies) is niks meer sonder sy streoids nie.. finish and klaar!!!!

  • Phillip - 2012-04-21 22:19

    Looking at the Bulls defence, not only the last 10 min, but as from the start.... i think Heineke stripped the Bulls to the bone in taking all their assstant coaches, and they are paying for it. Truth be told, with continued performances like this, there is no way that the Bulls will get close to a cup this year.

      Eidel - 2012-04-21 22:28

      The assistent coaches are currently still with the Bulls, so what has chenge? If my memory serves me correctly they will return to the Bulls after the England tour...

      bfvillet - 2012-04-21 22:33

      i am so glad he did not take jaques nienaber the two centre buys from the stormers might come back to haunt the bulls

      Johan - 2012-04-21 22:34

      Too soon to blame HM, but what he did is show Bulls the finger and go for money and fame. Hope he fails

  • Rohann - 2012-04-21 22:20

    I'll give the Bulls the win. They might not have been the best team on the night but they are certainly better than the Brunbies overall. Having sain that, if Spies gets the bok nod I'm gonna kill myself. Vermeulen and Alberts are way better than Spies can ever drean to be, he looked like a small child out there, I'll even pick Josh Strauss obver him on eight man. Morne is also a problem, his defence is shocking and his kicking is nowhere where it used to be. Goosen is the answer on 10 or Lambie.

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-04-21 22:32

      Stein missed 2 kicks. Yes, he missed a few tackles too. But his kicking was fine! Goosen is a brilliant prospect for the fututre. The danger is in pushing him too hard and burning him out. He needs a year or two at this level before he wears the green&gold. Lambie is not consistent enough. Brilliant moments, but not an 80 minute game yet. Maybee in ayear or two. But by then Goosen should be way past Lambie allready.

      Rohann - 2012-04-21 22:49

      Good points Maarten, what do you think of Peter Grant? Great form so far.

      Alan - 2012-04-22 04:44

      Notice how the Brumbies picked and played to Spies as the weak point on the Bulls. This must be of concern to Bol selectors. He cannot be select on this form... Actually he has been self for years now so it is more than bad form but rather no talent - just a show pony. I would pick griot Duane, Aberts and Josh Straus in the Squad. As for 10 Grant to back up Lambie with Gooseneck in the squad.

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-04-22 09:08

      @Rohann, I am not Grants biggest fan. But he IS very consistant. Keep in mind, Grant has two centres who are very strong defensivly who back him up. MS has "Kuiffie" (WO) and a recycled winger. So yeah, he is always going to be more vulnarable. If my Bulls just had decent centres, we would give away a lot fewer tries. Look, I really like Engelbrecht, but he has a long way to go as far as learning to dominate the midfield. And Sadie has been a real disapointment this season. I had very high hopes for him.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-22 09:24

      Peter Grant? OMW!

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-22 10:28

      Rohann they two dislikes you got are from Tokolos and Blueraven.. they both Spies groupies

      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 12:47

      No Stormpie Kaapie The two dislikes or "thumbs down" was from Peter Grant and Josh Strauss themselves you IDIOT!!! Is this all you do whole day? Go count likes and dislikes and then post something in the hope that you get a "thumbs up"... Pathetic Loser just like your team!

  • Deon - 2012-04-21 22:29

    K dink eerder di ref het jake se hart gebreek as di bulls!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-21 22:38

      Hoe lelik kan n mens wees? Bul groete.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 01:19

      Vanwaar Gahasie?

  • Ken - 2012-04-21 22:51

    SARU fired Jake White, appointed Pieter de Villiers and Oregon Forskin is still the boss ? .....Work that one out!

  • Jacobus - 2012-04-21 22:58

    ja nee dumwin of bobbejaan, ons kan sien waar jy gebore is. blou aap vally

      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 00:50

      Jacoba... Gaan speel met jou mail order bride!!!

      Saffa - 2012-04-22 01:37

      @Jacobus Ten minste order hy nie vroue online nie

  • Jacobus - 2012-04-21 23:00

    rene, jy moet met jou poppe gaan speel

  • Jacobus - 2012-04-21 23:03

    terence dom leeu, daar word nie eers gepraat van die welpies nie

      Terence - 2012-04-22 08:51

      Ek is nie n Leeu supporter nie idiot. Slaan jy jou naam lekker met n plank.

  • guidordp - 2012-04-21 23:03

    Brumbies was die beter span en oh ja al die blou bulle wat se jah die stormers is sleg want hulle het nie 'n bonus punt gekry nie.Wel waar is die blou bulle se bonus punt?? Ek dink die pienkes kan kom leer om te defend by die STORMERS!!

      Armandt - 2012-04-22 08:48

      Ja dis seker waar ons het nie n bonus punt gekry nie ,maar kyk nou as mens n baie verdedigende span is dan kry mens GEEN bonus punte nie ja die stormers wen elke naweek maar hulle gaan nie die titel vat as hulle nie kan driee druk nie

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-22 09:26

      Hoekom wil ons leer by n span wat nie cups kan wen nie? Bul groete.

      Marko - 2012-04-23 12:05

      Die simpel storrmers he nog geen 4 diee bonus punte nie. Die Bulls het twee driee teen een gekry teen die Stormer en is dus die beter span op die veld gewees so paar weke terug. Ek dink gaan kruip terug in jou ou gat in en gaan slaap verder, lyk my jy is so bietjie VAAkm

  • lambertus.louw - 2012-04-21 23:17

    Ja nee, the Bulls should have a lot better! If it wasn't for Morne Steyn's kicking book...eish...I shudder to think. Those Brumbies seemed to slice our defence to ribbons the moment they got the ball - passing the ball in the tackles with such consistency. Correct me if I'm wrong, but they finished the game with zero handling errors? Where the Bulls made quite a number of unforced handling errors. No, if the Bulls want to to even sniff the possibility of winning the Super 15, they are going to have to put a lot more effort in their defensive game. On the attack they were dangerous, and looked like the Best of the Best. If it weren't for some sloppy moments we could have scored a few more tries, but on defence we looked the Lions...terrible. Jake White, you came close, but no cigar...thank goodness! That said, this Brumbies team is young and talented, and we all know what Jake White can do with a team over time. They might not win this year, but watch out for the Brumbies next year!

      Alan - 2012-04-22 04:34

      Wag scares me is that Heyneke Meyer in all his \great wisdom\ wants to contact the idiot behind the bulls (lack of) defense to be the Springbok defense coach? Or does he just want to rescue the bulls from this plonked....

      Terence - 2012-04-22 08:53

      Alan, it's the same defence coach that helped the Bulls win 4 Currie cups and 3 Super rugby titles. Do you have anything else to add.

  • Saffa - 2012-04-21 23:19

    As expected and predicted another walk in the park for the mighty Bulls, SA's most successful franchise in history in all forms of the game.

      Jacobus - 2012-04-21 23:32

      jy moet wakker word

      Rohann - 2012-04-22 00:10

      Don't Province have more Currie Cups?

      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 00:53

      Rohanna Waar val jy uit. Daai conversation is al holrug gery.... Op papier JA, in die regte lewe... NEEEE!!! Stelling aan jou. Don't the Bulls have more Super Trophies?.... YES!!!

      Saffa - 2012-04-22 01:30

      @Rohann Not if you count from 1948 when the Bulls joined the Currie cup.

      jaco.hoon - 2012-04-22 08:26

      Ja, maar saffa sal dit nie weet nie, hys te besig om sy pa en sy ouma af te loer...

      Johan - 2012-04-22 10:50

      Bulls sou altyd wen. Het gespeel vir die wen nie bonus punt dis hoekom Morne gekop het toe ons reeds ver voor was. Jy kies jou bonuspunt teenstanders soos bv 2 Junie

  • Jco - 2012-04-21 23:34

    I fly all the way from NZ to see the Bulls play against the Brumbies. The Bulls won but it was not good rugby! I am a Bull supporter from NZ, next week I will be back in the Bay of Plenty and wait for the game between the Bulls and Chiefs in Hamillton! To see and hear that people on Loftus did not boo when the opposition kick for goal was an eye opener! May all follow your example! I hope the Stormers trash the Chiefs next week!

  • Paul Botha - 2012-04-21 23:35

    Bulls won, don't care if it's by one or one hundred with the ref or without well done boys we march on ! Ps. Pierre Spies tackle soos my ma!??

      Niel - 2012-04-22 08:12

      Paul, please stop watching rugby with immediate effect as you have no idea what the game is about. Getting helped by a ref to win a game is not only embarrasing it also robs the game of a fair contest. Clearly just another badge supporter and not a true supporter of the game of rugby.

      Paul Botha - 2012-04-22 09:51

      @Neil ou seun ek weet dalk baie meer as jy van rugby af ! My punt was actually net om te sê n wen is n wen ! En wat is jou rugby profiel dat jy so grootbek is ! Jy was seker n springbok in een van jou drome!

      Niel - 2012-04-22 12:37


      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 16:11

      Niel... Ou Spiertier... Tokolos het jou nou die dag gesê jy moet die roids los ou Yster. Daai goed maak jou dom en jou piepietjie klein.

  • Piet - 2012-04-22 00:13

    ook maar goed die reff het Steyn se aanslaan "perongeluk" misgekyk? Bulle sal hul verdediging moet verbeter, nie goed genoeg nie.

  • malose.lekalakala - 2012-04-22 06:57

    Chiefs 8 7 1 0 208 148 60 3 35 2 Stormers 8 7 1 0 193 141 52 1 33 3 Brumbies 8 4 4 0 208 186 22 6 26 4 Bulls 8 6 2 0 270 171 99 5 33 5 Highlanders 8 6 2 0 192 170 22 2 30 6 Crusaders 8 5 3 0 216 173 43 4 28 Can somebody explain these. I don't understand how the Brumbies got this position

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-04-22 07:57

      The Brumbies are top of their conference. So they advance to the next round. The Bulls are behind the Stormers in our conference, so we have to play for a "wild card" spot.

      MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-04-22 07:57

      They r conferenc leadaz in their country

  • David - 2012-04-22 07:09

    Tokkolos. Jy is die grootste blou bul fan IMBISIEL. Waar val jy uit?

      Franklyn - 2012-04-22 08:54

      So praat hy met sy familie ook !

      Tokolos - 2012-04-22 15:49

      Ou Davie... Dis lekker om 'n Blou Bul imbisiel te wees. Ten minste het Tokolos 'n "cause" in die lewe om 'n imbisiel te wees. Jy het nie, jy is so gebore! Ou Franklyn... Ek dink jy bat vir die ander span ou perd. Moet jy so "pout" op jou foto? Ou skewe sewe!

  • Bidi - 2012-04-22 07:23

    we nearly threw the game away! I also thought steyn was very selfish although he had a point to prove. It was the most disapointing win i've ever seen. But a win is a win i suppose

  • Hermann - 2012-04-22 07:49

    Die wen vir die Bulle was maar flou gewees. Hulle het darem momentum in punte omgesit, maar het die laaste paar minute gaan le, soos teen die Crusaders. Hulle moes ook vir die bonuspunt gegaan het, wat my laat wonder of hulle nog daardie selfvertroue het. En laastens die verdediging was aan flarde gehardloop. As ons dit nie uitsorteer nie, mag dit dalk 'n baie lang toer word.

  • Lance - 2012-04-22 07:50

    Well done Bulls, you got that one but had us worried. I thinlk the Brumbies ball handling was typically Australian, full of flair. Altitude never affected them the way the Bulls had hoped. Steyns knock on looked backwards..but must have been confusing if viewed from the front.Spies sucked, bad defence and he seemed slower off the mark, Potgieter could be ready for green n gold..Kirchner seemed better than usual. Enjoy the win, but please know the Chiefs are going to be a big one. Greetings from the calm of the Storm(er)..Hope we do batle in the final !

      francis.titus - 2012-04-22 09:40

      Like your commenr lance.

      Lance - 2012-04-22 12:01

      *battle..typing to fast on a BB. I'd like to think my perception of the game was an unbiased one.

  • Nico - 2012-04-22 08:09

    Since we all now do some ref bashing.....remember Jaco Pyper cheating Province in the CC semi against the Lions last year or was I the only one watching?

      Terence - 2012-04-22 08:55

      You were the only one who saw that.

      Danie - 2012-04-22 22:37

      No only you watched that game. I am a wp fan but the ref blew great. The lions were great and deserve all the credit. Nobody could stop them last year in the CC even the Springbok loaded Sharks were blown away, and i am not talking of the ref.

  • Leon - 2012-04-22 09:04

    Terence , jou kommentaar is die irriterendste en verveligste. Het jy nie iets beter om te doen nie ?

      Terence - 2012-04-22 09:20

      Nee, het jy?

      francis.titus - 2012-04-22 09:45

      Django, daai Terence outjie klink vir my baie onosel.

      Johan - 2012-04-22 10:33

      Se jy dan iets sinvols. Iets van jou span, of is die kop leeg

  • Raymond - 2012-04-22 09:07

    The Bulls have to Thank the Ref for ignoring a knock on that gave them seven points for nothing.The writer has not give the Brumbies any credit and does not mention the try scoring ratio.No mention that another five minutes of play the Brumbies would pulled this one off.No mention that the last ten minutes the Bulls were completely outplayed.

      Terence - 2012-04-22 09:20

      The game is 80 minutes, not 85.

      Tumi - 2012-04-22 09:29

      sometimes u got 2 ride ur luck bt non the less they've scored more than 20 points on fair nd squre

      Riaan - 2012-04-22 09:36

      Sorry Raymond, Terence has small penis syndrome.

  • Ockie - 2012-04-22 09:38

    Sies Bulls. You almost gave the game away after good play in 3/4 of the game. If Jonker were not the Plonker again, you could have lost!

  • Gerald - 2012-04-22 09:52

    A far below par performance by the Bulls at "fortress Loftus". If they play this way while on tour, I cannot see them winning many, if any. The Brumbies played with more fire, passion and desire to win. it's as if the Bulls thougfht they just needed to 'turn up' and would win easily. I was really disappoimted in both them and the Sharks

  • Jason - 2012-04-22 09:57

    No offence. Im glad the bulls won but my god that ref was so bias towards them its just incredible. I have never seen such long advantage being played in my life, even when they kick the ball away they come back for the advantage. Just attrocious.

  • andrebotes1982 - 2012-04-22 12:09

    I dont mid if a ref makes a mistake but Marius made a critical mistake

  • andrebotes1982 - 2012-04-22 12:10

    I dont mind if a ref makes a mistake but he made critical mistakes that cost the brumbies the game. thats very unfair.

      Marko - 2012-04-23 11:55

      As far as I can remember the Brumbies 1st try was from a forward pass. Open up you eyes before you ignorant mouth.

  • Frank - 2012-04-22 12:17

    Only one SA team will end in top 4. Stormers. The rest are out already.

  • marinus.steyn - 2012-04-22 13:16

    JW is a happy man, 5 against 2 tries of the Bulls, well done sir, Bulls lucky!!!!!!!

  • Wim - 2012-04-23 12:37

    We cannot bleat about Bryce Lawrence all the time if we have Marius Plonker refereeing so poorly all the time. The man gets emotionally involved and I seriously question his impartiality.Let's face it, the Brumbies should have won that match.

  • Alfred - 2012-04-23 13:42

    die bumble bee vir die week is seker Marius Jonker.

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