Bulls to do talking on field

2012-07-16 22:31

Johannesburg - The Bulls left South Africa en route to Christchurch in good spirits on Monday night, even though there aren’t too many people giving them a chance to succeed in New Zealand. reports that coach Frans Ludeke added Flip van der Merwe, who returns from a hip injury, and Dawie Steyn to the 22-man squad that did duty against the Lions this past weekend for the Super Rugby qualifier against their old foe, the seven-time champion Crusaders on Saturday.

But after a good Monday morning training session, the team headed to the airport after a brief goodbye to family for a game that will determine their season this year.

And its no surprise that the Bulls are being seen as underdogs for the match, with the Crusaders probably the most dangerous team in the playoffs at the moment.

The travel factor must play a massive part in this part of the long season, with a 12-hour flight to Sydney, followed by almost two hours at the Sydney Kingston airport before heading to Christchurch, to arrive just before midnight on Tuesday night.

It is a bit of a new feeling being written off in most quarters by everybody, but Ludeke said on departure he wasn’t really worried by it all, and the team would do their talking on the field.

“The process will be vital for us. Obviously you need a solid plan there, and to execute it for 80 minutes. All the rest of it is just talk. We know it’s a once-off game, a playoff and we’re looking forward to playing on Saturday,” Ludeke said.

Still, as the team boarded the bus for the airport, there was a jovial atmosphere among the players. Given the amount of experience they lost at the end of last year, where Boks Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, Gurthro Steenkamp and Gary Botha - among others - all either retired or headed overseas, there was a genuine apprehension about their prospects this season.

By making the Qualifiers, they achieved their first goal, and while it may not be seen as the result they want, the team has already ticked the boxes they set for themselves this season.

So anything now will be a bonus. But don’t tell Ludeke and co that, they certainly are determined to succeed. They have beaten the Crusaders three times in a row in the playoffs, although all three were either at Loftus Versfeld or Soweto’s Orlando Stadium, and the prospect of winning in an icy cold Christchurch is something altogether different and way more difficult.

It won’t have escaped them that they were in control of their own destiny on Saturday night against the Lions and by securing the bonus point, they chose to head to New Zealand, where their record is not as good as in Australia.

But the Bulls have simply put their heads down and focused on the task, with the extra day in South Africa being seen as a bonus for their efforts.

“There were two flights booked. We took the option for Monday and its always been better for us to fly out as late as possible. We did our preparation this morning, and we will have a final run over there when we arrive. At this stage of the season everything must be in place. It’s all about getting that mental focus that you want,” Ludeke said.

The Bulls will get their first taste of Christchurch conditions on Wednesday, and have a captain’s run on Thursday. But by Saturday they will know what to expect in their daunting task, and the rest of us will know if they are up to it.


  • James Parker - 2012-07-16 23:00

    Would have loved to play the Bulls in the semis but its a pity they wont make it that far:(

      raymond.dick.12 - 2012-07-17 13:36

      Ugly dude ~ Stormers greetings

  • ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-16 23:46

    The talk because they know they can't play.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-17 00:41

      3 cups How many for the Stormers? (and remember just the answer please, geen opstelletjies)

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-17 03:21

      I will give you straight answers without "opstelle" when you ask a relevant, current question. Something about 2012 maybe. Something that is not long forgotten. Something like how many times the Bulls lost to the Stormers this year. If I read your reply correctly you agree with me. The Bulls COULD play. Loooong ago. But they can't play anymore. Thanks Dr. Spiertjies. En wie is jy om vir my te se ek kan nie opstelle skryf nie, dogter? As ek wil opstelle skryf sal ek. Ek geniet nogal die opstelle oor die 2012 seisoen, want dis waaroor dit nou gaan. Jy moet bietjie ophou om daai sifgekykde Beta tapes van jou te kyk en wakker skrik. Ons is al in 'n nuwe dekade onthou.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-17 03:32

      @kalawa Super rugby, thank you. Try and stick to the topic, stay relevant, I know it's not easy

      hugo.naude - 2012-07-17 08:44

      Rekord van die Stommes in Semi's en finale ...: @1999 ... Stommes word (en is steeds) die 1ste span wat n tuis semi verloor (oor geld) @2004 ... Stommes verloor (weer) die keer teen die Crusaders @2009 ... Stommes wen vir die 1ste keer n semi teen die Waratahs @2011 ... Stommes verloor WEER n tuis semi teen die Crsaders Met hierdie geskiedenis van verloor in games wat saakmaak is die voorspelling goed dat die snotsnoeke weer op Nuweland n semi gaan verloor en dus sal hul beker droogte voortduur ....

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-17 09:41

      En die record vir die span nie een van hul wedstryde in die Super kompetisie kon wen gaan aand die BULLE

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-17 17:18

      Stormkaap I can tell you're a bit dull and that's how I like my trolls but I'm feeling charitable today and I'll throw you this crumb ... That comeback doesn't work against a team that then went on to win the competition 3 times . Something your guys still haven't been able to accomplish in 16 yrs of trying . If we hadn't won it or if we ended up dead last after having won it last that would be an effective comeback ..but as it stands it just makes you look like a bit of an imbecile for not being able to recognize that it's not a real diss.. you zzzztormerzzzz supporters have so little going for you I thought I'd help you out a bit. ... you're very welcome

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-17 00:41

    It's like saying "the sun will rise tomorrow" Of course the Bulls will nail the Crusaders like they've done earlier this season. (unlike the poor Stormertjies) 4th cup coming up (4 more than the Stormers)

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-17 03:26

      Nailed the Crusaders? On Moftus the Bulls managed to beat the Crusaders by 2 points. That is hardly nailing. That's more like "saved by the bell". In Christchurch, playing knock-out rugby, there is no way. And you still have not put your money where your big mouth is. Please let us know by how many points the Bulls will "nail" the Crusdaers this weekend.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-17 03:39

      @chrissie What did the Stormers do against the Crusaders? (net die antwoordjie0 Miskien moet jy opvolg as jy vrae vra, ek het jou lankal geantwoord, Bulls 17-Crusaders 11 Bulls-Sharks final met die Bulls wat hul 4de koppie wen (4 meer as die Stormers)

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-17 03:48

      Bulls 17, Crusaders 11? Nie maklik nie. Ons praat weer volgende week nadat die Crusaders 32-13 gewen het. En wat's met die verkleinwoordjies? Ag siestog mamma se kindjie. Kan jy nie groot woordjies verstaan nie? Jy moet liewer bietjie wag tot jy nog 'n paar jaartjies ouer is om met die groot mense te gesels.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-17 03:53

      Ai ek lag so lekker uit my terminale ileum vir jou, elke keer as jy nie weet wat om te se nie of weereens jou naam met 'n plank geslaan het en verkeerd bewys is dan try jy die onderwerp verander. Jy is soos 'n bledie politikus, jy kan eenvoudig nie 'n direkte antwoord gee nie. Altyd "ja maar" of "eintlik is dit so" of bla die bla die bla. Jy het nie die kernfisika prys op skool gewen nie het jy? (onthou, net die antwoordjie)

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-17 04:10

      Die kernfisika prysie op skool. Nee wat, nie regtig geworry daaroor nie. So nou dat jy weer die onderwerpie verander het na beledigintjies, kom ons vat dit terug na die oorspronklike puntjie toe. Jy weet dit en ons almal weet dit. Die tellinkie Saterdag gaan heelwaarskynlik nader wees aan die een wat ek voorstel, nie waar nie? Ek sal nou net by jou wil weet? Gaan jy jou gevreetjie hier wys Maandag nadat die Bulletjies pakslae gekry het? Ek twyfel sterk. En ja ek gaan hier wees, want die Crusaders gaan hulle opfoeter, jy hoef nie te vra nie. 32-13, Crusaders.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-17 04:13

      En terwyl ek dan nou so dom is, hoekom verduidelik jy nie gou vir my die basiese beginsels van kernfisika nie. Toe 'seblief, dogter.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-17 04:41

      @Chrissie Weereens, antwoord die vraag, jy's is die neurochirurgie wat gese het as ek my vrae tot 2012 beperk sal jy my 'n direkte antwoord gee. So ek herhaal, wie het gewen tussen die Stormers en Crusaders in 2012. Jy's mos vreeslik vocal oor die Bulls wat slegs met 2 punte gewen het. So ek herhaal vir die derde keer, nou wat het die Stormers teen die Crusaders gemaak? a) Gewen b) Verloor

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-17 06:55

      Johan... In al die games tussen die Bulle en NZ spanne het die Bulle 78 gespeel, 30 gewen en 46 verloor. Maar as jy kyk na games in NZ, het hulle 37 gespeel en 6 gewen. Teen die Crusaders het hulle 19 games gespeel, waarvan die Bulle 7 games gewen het - almal tuis. Ek hoop die Bulle wen - regtig - want dit sal baie goed wees vir SA rugby, en ek ondersteun altyd die SA spanne in games teen oorsese spanne, maar mens moet darem realisties wees...

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-17 07:20

      @dr. spiertjies. O ja ek het vergeet om daai deel te antwoord. Die Stormers het verloor in New Zealand teen die Crusaders. So as jy nou mooi daaroor dink. Die Bulls kon nie die Stormers wen nie en die Stormers het in Christchurch verloor. Dan beteken dit mos die Bulls gaan afgeslag word.32-13.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-17 07:34

      hey spies didn't you or one of your chapstick buddies say the bulls will beat the stormers as sure as the run will rise. i must have missed that day cause they didn't and the Sun did rise. and as for bulls beating the crusader last time as i re call they had a try dis allowed due to obstruction which was a bias call if any. so both bulls and stormersgenu fare well against them but this time you won't have home advantage at all and on paper or peyper the bulls will struggle not saying its impossible but best of luck to them. would enjoy watching for a third time bulls becoming the stormers biaaatches!

      andrew.arde - 2012-07-17 08:40

      The last time the Bulls beat the Crusaders in Christchurch was in 1996!

      Merven - 2012-07-17 10:26

      I wish idiots like ChrisinOz294 would stop commenting on SA sites. Is there no Oz sites?

      Pietskiet - 2012-07-17 11:07

      @caravan?bulls? On witch comment are you replying there is no person on here name is moegoe. It is Loftus. I didn't know rugby is a boxing match you are maybe on the wrong site. PS Stay away from the booze!!:-) Goodluck to both the Bulls and the Sharks for this weekend may you win!!

      MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-07-17 12:47

      The Cape side is givin u Johnny sum sleepless nights, the Stomaz r not playin this wkend_ u can have ur tea peaceful

      MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-07-17 12:47

      The Cape side is givin u Johnny sum sleepless nights, the Stomaz r not playin this wkend_ u can have ur tea peaceful

      schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-07-17 13:50

      Hierdie Johan Spies praat darem maar baie. Johan ek is n Stormer en glo ek weet baie van sport oor die algeheel: 1) Die Bulle het die Crusaders sukkel sukkel op Loftus gewen die jaar (as jy se dit was nie sukkel sukkel nie is ek baie bekommerd oor jou rugby kennis). 2) Die Stormers het teen die Crusaders verloor 20 - 27 (as ek reg onthou) in NZ. M A A R... Se jy my eerlik jy sal R1000 nou op jou Bulle sit (ek en jy in die bet) dat julle sal wen? Se jy ook vir my die Crusaders is NIE n perd van n ander kleur in NZ nie. MENS kan nooit die Bulle en die Stormers se scores vergelyk in die S15 die jaar nie WANT as ek reg onthou het die sukkelende Blues die Bulls getrap op Loftus EN DIE "11 yr cupless" Stormers het hulle getrap in NZ? AL MY DETAILS IS OP MY PROFILE - BEL MY DAN MAAK ONS DAAI R1000 bet op die Bulls/Crusaders game - ons wil mos egter nie mekaar se tyd mors en se n donkie is n perd... Stormer Groete

      schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-07-17 16:53

      @BLUERAVEN - Gaan kyk asb Stormers v Crusaders 2010 of 2011 op Nuweland - dink die Score was 42 - 14 vir die Stormers...

  • Richard Gouws - 2012-07-17 04:35

    @Chrissie!Ek dnk jys n bietjie te arrogant oor jou stormers span,statistieke bewys jule is net ni di span vir grt oomblikke ni!En mnie worry ni my vrind,jule gan ook ni di super 15 wen ni,thts n promise!!

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-17 04:42

      @richard Kyk die chrissie perd is bewys dat inteling steeds voorkom.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-17 07:24

      @Richard. So jy maak 'n gewoonte daarvan om jou promises te breek? En wat maak jou die een om dit te promise by the way. Is jy daai monster in die Crusaders span wat die Stormers gaan stop volgende week? Moet maar liewer nie promises maak waaroor jy geen beheer het nie.

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-17 06:37

    Not gonna be easy at all but good luck

  • Michael - 2012-07-17 06:57

    It seems that being constructive on this forum is taboo - oh what the hell, I'll have a go anyway - As a loyal Stormers supporter, I hope The Bulls give those Kiwis an asskicking of note! There, I said it

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-17 09:16

      How is that constructive?

      schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-07-17 16:55

      he did more than what you could ever do tom re-tardis as he wished the local "enemy" good luck against a NZ opposition...

  • jaco.fourie.9889 - 2012-07-17 07:21

    Please win the crusaders so that the stormers can beat you for the third time this year !!!!

      luke.spies.58 - 2012-07-17 07:34

      please WIN the crusaders.....enough said,,,

      jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-07-17 07:36

      Ya enough the crusaders?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-17 14:19

      i will crash you

      schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-07-17 16:56

      @ tom? how? like you crash those 2kg dumbells in the gym? dont break a sweat now...

  • - 2012-07-17 07:28

    Easy game vir die Crusaders Die Blou nulle gaan en hulle stamp karre gan dit nie maak nie

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-17 07:39

      My prediction 32-13 for the Crusaders. Yours? I think I'm a bit generous towards the Bulls, but let's say they get lucky and score 13 points.

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-07-17 07:32

    Ek wens julle die beste toe manne,kyk om te weet wat julle moet doen om die reds te kry en julle gan staan en vat die saders is redelik dom maar dit vat ook groot B@ll@5 julle is voorwaar I span waarop SA kan trots wees!make us proud hier in die vrystaat en ook die hele SA!go BULLS!

  • denepaul - 2012-07-17 09:26

    What I really love about all this is that typical Kiwi's have written off the Bulls before they have even got to NZ (dont they learn for their own history). Has someone forgotten to mention to them that they also have to play in the freezing conditions which actually suit the Bulls type of close in rugby. Are the Crusaders immune from loosing the plot like they did in the 2nd half of the game against the Force. Come on guys the Bulls really do stand a good chance of beating the Crusaders. The only real weak link (and I would like to know why) is that the scrums have recently started to be a problem. Other than that we can match the Crusaders in an aspect of the game.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-07-17 09:48

    The bulls will have scrum a lot better than they did on Saturday and in fact all of the season. Frankly in this phase they going to struggle. Crocket and the Franks bros look too strong in this regard.. Honestly I cant see the Bulls bringing home the bacon

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-07-17 09:48

    Has anyone factored in that the Crusaders are not playing at AMI Stadium? Rugby League Park if half the capacity and not the fortress the Crusaders can intimidate with. The smart money is obviously with the Crusaders but a Bulls win is still very much possible. The Saders have also blown hold and cold this season. Good luck Bulls, here's hoping you make the small trek to Waikato next week

      Ashley - 2012-07-17 11:10

      This is the Crusaders at home,they will need a whole lot of luck

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-17 10:27

    Good luck boys, ons hou duim vas, dink nie julle gaan dit maak nie, maar staan anyway agter julle!!!!!

  • bfvillet - 2012-07-17 10:34

    and the whinging off the field

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-17 11:03

      great it just means they gonna play with 15men f du preez on Saturday.

  • andre.j.h.cloete - 2012-07-17 14:42

    GO BULLS! You have one hell of a match ahead of you... But we know it can be done. To the Sharks, wish you all the best against the Reds! DO it for SA Boys!!!

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-07-17 16:51

    I suppose it also does not bother you that you had 2 wins from your last 6 games, and that those were against the bottom 2 SA teams at Loftus. And that we could not beat a Stormers B side at Loftus. And that the Sharks outplayed us completely AWAY from home. And that the Lions scrummed us into the ground. And that we do not have a decent Captain or no 8 in the team. Oh, and our place-kicker's % is below 70%. And our one centre makes sure that the top try-scorer in S15 only touch the ball once in each half. If none of this bothers you Ludeke, I will also sleep well tonight and my Sperbru pick will be Bulls by 15...

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