Bulls: No complacency

2012-03-09 09:10

Johannesburg - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke knows his team’s fortunes could change in the short space of a week, and will caution his men against complacency when they meet the Blues in a Super Rugby match in Pretoria on Saturday.

“I think the great thing about the Super Rugby competition is that every week you need to be there, only 100 percent is good enough,” said Ludeke.

While the Blues have lost the first two matches on the trot, it is not a true reflection of the dangers they pose in the competition.

The Bulls have been the most impressive of the South African teams since the start of the season and were launched into the log-leading position after a rampant 51-19 victory over the Cheetahs last weekend.

Despite conceding 18 penalties to the seven that went against the hosts, and attacking less than their opponents, the Bulls won in convincing style.

Ludeke, however, said his side would not dwell on the result but rather take the confidence from the victory into the Blues encounter.

“We were fortunate to have good results the first two weeks - that was really a confidence builder going into this match,” Ludeke said.

“They are a quality side with a lot of international players, so we are really looking forward to it.”

The Bulls have won both of their matches so far, and will play the Blues for the first time since 2010.

While the Blues are leading the charge with eight victories in the two sides’ last 13 head-to-head matches, their record at Loftus Versfeld is far less impressive.

Their last victory in Pretoria dates back to 2003 when they beat the Bulls 56-28 en route to the last of their three Super Rugby titles.

“They are a team that carry the ball, they play with confidence, and are not afraid to use their skills in contact to get the ball away to a player in space,” said Ludeke.

“The Blues have a balanced team, the way they play varying their play well with kicks, and they can also play direct.

“They have a good pack of forwards which creates the right platform for them.”

The Bulls will hope to finish this phase of their campaign on a high as they will have a bye next weekend, before they take on defending Super Rugby champions, the Reds a week later.

Spectators are almost guaranteed to see expansive running rugby when these two sides meet, and Blues captain Keven Mealamu expected nothing less for Saturday’s clash.

In their last three visits to Pretoria, the Blues have conceded four or more tries on each occasion, which augurs well for the Loftus faithful.


  • Pierre - 2012-03-09 09:21

    Bulls, demigods of super rugby. Enough said.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-03-09 09:28

      untill they have won more times than the crusaders, you will have to settle with Bulls- a very good team in super rugby

      S - 2012-03-09 09:35

      "Bulls, demigods of super rugby" - so says the guy who lists Gay Zombie Porn as his favourite movie. Enough said.

      Pierre - 2012-03-09 09:54

      Stirrer, I sometimes wonder when news 24 will start having basic IQ tests as a prequisite for commenting on this site.

      S - 2012-03-09 10:10

      True that, Pierre. Then we would not have been subjected to your drivel.

      Pierre - 2012-03-09 10:16

      You go with that interpretation, stirrer.

  • Frans - 2012-03-09 11:03

    @Pierre Daar is net Een wat aanbid word. Kry jou prioriteite reg ou grootman, moenie dat bloubulrugby jou hele lewe oorheers nie. Soms raak die bloubulondersteuners so erg dat hulle totaal en al belaglik en kinderagtig raak. Behou gesonde balans anders gaan jy dalk dit nie maak as die bulle weer n paar keer uit die bus val vanjaar nie.

      Pierre - 2012-03-09 11:14

      @ Frans, your arguments about Bulls supporters is just as valid when looking at your religeon. I will respect your views, as long as you dont have an opinion on mine. Oh, and "demigod" does not refer in any way to christianity. You go use that Google toolbar my son.

      S - 2012-03-09 11:37

      Pierre, looking at your FB profile, you are one sick individual. It's guys like you who totally mess it up for the other Bulls supporters.

      Pierre - 2012-03-09 12:47

      Stirrer, when looking at a profile, you shouls ask yourself wether it really is my profile, or one created especially for news 24, to get exactly the kind of response you have. Stupid some?

      S - 2012-03-09 14:43

      No Pierre. Real or fake profile, to put up the stuff you did as favourites, gives a very good insight into your psyche. Besides, calling me stupid all the time, shows that you think you are superior to others (even though the opposite is usually true) - it's another symptom of a budding psychopath. Sick, really sick. You need professional help. By the way, did your kids have head lice?

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-09 17:34

      @Pierre- GENADE jys siek verby. daars nie veel waarmee ek en stirrer saamstem mbt rugby omdat ons almal passievol is nie, maar as sulke gedrogte soos jy, met hul siek facebook profile hulself hier kom opplak maak dit mens naaaaaaar! en nou dat raven nog instem en opkom vir di tipe sieko's?? maak dit hom seker ook deel. dis ongelooflik hartseer!!!!!!!!!!!! gelukkig is die bulle en hulle regte ondersteuners christene & reguit & gesond binne! en vereenselwig hulle hulle glad met die tipe sieko's ni. HARTSEER!!!

      Pierre - 2012-03-09 20:20

      japjapjapjap, jy hoef jouself met niks te vereenselwig nie, oubaas. Glo jy maar in die fairytales wat jy van kleins af gevoer is, en eet dit op vir soetkoek.

  • Robsschele - 2012-03-09 11:52

    I am still standing by what I said earlier. This game is going to be a cracker. The team to win the game will be the one that uses its chances and if you go into the match, thinking you've won already then you'l have to change you thoughts very quickly.

      Pierre - 2012-03-09 12:58

      If you go into a game, thinking that you already won, you can either time travel, or you are mentally unstable, and forgot to take your stormer pills. The pills should then change your thoughts very quickly.

      S - 2012-03-09 15:48


  • Marcel - 2012-03-09 15:17

    Has any1 seen the log standings on this site - How did the stormers get 12 points from playing 2 games - I think Anon is stormers supporter

      Ignatius - 2012-03-09 15:27

      Stomers has a bye this weekend, which means they get 4 points. Bulls have a bye next weekend then we get 4 points!!!!

  • Ignatius - 2012-03-09 15:26

    Go Bulls, make us proud!!!!!

  • Lafras - 2012-03-09 23:00

    Bulls - most tries scored in a Super final - 8.Most points in a Super final - 61.Biggest points difference in a Super final - 44.Won the Super title 3 times in 4 years,with the rules of the game having changed each year they won it. Won 1 final at home,1 final away from home and won 1 final at a neutral venue.Any more questions?

      Saffa - 2012-03-10 02:15

      @Lafras No more questions. Clearly the best provincial team in world rugby

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