Bulls tops in Lions clash

2012-04-14 21:03

Johannesburg - The Bulls ran rampant as they thumped the Lions 32-18 in an all-South African Vodacom Super Rugby match in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Pretoria-based Bulls scored five tries to two to consign the hapless Lions to their sixth consecutive defeat.

The margin of victory could have been a lot higher if Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn had not missed three conversions and two penalties.

The victory was the Bulls' fifth out of seven matches.

"The first half was quite tough but we got our game going in the second half," Bulls captain Pierre Spies said.

"The Lions were very good on defence but we are glad we got a bonus point because going forward that could be very important," he added.

The unfancied Lions made a fast start to the match and took the lead in the second minute when scrumhalf Tian Meyer charged down a kick from Steyn before gathering the loose ball to go over for a converted try.

Lions outside centre Jaco Taute kicked a long-range penalty kick as the hosts moved into a 10-0 lead after 15 minutes.

But the Bulls dominated possession and finally breached the Lions defence in the 18th minute when wing Akona Ndungane went over in the right-hand corner after a powerful midfield surge from number eight Spies.

The Bulls proceeded to score a further 15 unanswered points in the half as their forwards began to take control of the contest.

Steyn succeeded with a penalty before scrumhalf Francois Hougaard showed tremendous strength to force his way over for a converted try.

The visitors grabbed their third try on the stroke of half-time when fullback Zane Kirchner crashed over in the corner after some splendid interplay between the Bulls' backs and forwards to go into the break leading 20-10.

The Bulls secured their bonus-point try less than a minute after the restart when Ndungane collected a cross-field kick from Steyn before feeding flank CJ Stander who crossed untouched for an unconverted score.

Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies responded with a penalty but the Bulls were in a remorseless mood and lock Juandre Kruger grabbed his team's fifth try after a jinking 30-metre run from outside centre JJ Engelbrecht.

The hosts were not completely deflated and, as the match entered the final quarter, Josh Strauss stretched over to score after his team had taken the ball through 17 phases of play

The Bulls picked up a full-house of five points for their victory, but remained second in the South African Conference, level on points with the Stormers. They moved up into fourth position in the Combined log.

The Lions left empty-handed and remained rooted to the bottom of both the South African Conference and Overall standings.

In next weekend's Round 9 action, the Bulls host the Brumbies at Loftus Versfeld while the Lions enjoy a bye.



15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 James Kamana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Christo le Roux, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Butch James, 22. Lionel Mapoe

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

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Dewaldt Potgieter, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Johann Sadie


  • RetiefC - 2012-04-14 21:06

    Mooi BULLE.

      Benn - 2012-04-14 21:29

      Perhaps the last time they play as separate teams. From next year, it will be the Blue or Pink Lions. Both teams must now play in Australasia and when they return, the log could look quite differently. The supporters should blend quite nicely as well, but they may have to build a "neutral" stadium in Midrand or permanently use Soweto

      Priester - 2012-04-14 21:34

      Benn gaan vra jou skool fonds terug! Apparently het jy niks geleer op skool nie. Blou Bul Groete!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-14 21:46

      @Priester, die ou het nog nooit die binnekant van 'n skool gesien nie, wat nog van skoolfonds betaal!!!

      Benn - 2012-04-15 06:51

      As I said, the comments here just confirm what I said about the supporters blending quite well. All drink Brandy and Coke at the end of the month, Paarl Perle, for the rest and eat fish from the polluted Jukskei river, partly the cause of these comments. A combination of pink horns and manes(Lion) should combine nicely.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-15 08:09

      Benn, it's pap snoek and papsak for you. Bul groete.

  • Priester - 2012-04-14 21:06

    As I said more often than not it makes sense to be a Bulls Supporter! So much to be proud of! Lekker man! Congratulations to both teams for a great game and excellent entertainment. Having said this there are some serious weaknesses in the Bulls team. Kirchner and Morne were the weakest links. Morne is now by far the most temperamental player in the Bulls team and he may cost us dearly in the future. I would suggest bench time for him but we don’t have a suitable replacement as Fouche can be just as erratic. JJ Engelbrecht again proved his worth and is an excellent asset to the team. I do expect a suspension on the Bulls side for a dangerous tackle. Blou Bul Groete.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-14 21:49

      @Priester, Morne must get a rest. Hoekom vir Fouche op die bench sit en nie genoeg vertroue in hom wys deur hom 5 of 10 minute te laat speel. Anders bring vir Wesley Dunlop in - of doen iets, so kan dit nie aangaan nie. MS se general play is goed, maar die skoppe is al stotterend! Baie uit karakter vir die man!

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-14 22:05

      You forget Spies as the weakest link...conveniently

      Priester - 2012-04-14 22:07

      Hi René. Ek stem saam oor Fouche. Hy moet meer blootstelling kry en vanaand was daar 'n gulde geleentheid daarvoor. Fouche moes al in die 50ste minuut opgekom het. MMMM Dunlop... let's agree to disagree. As hulle my wil gelukkig maak moet Goosen gekoop word sodat die Bulls 'n Springbok van hom kan maak. Kom ons hoop maar Liefling kom terug. Miskien is 'n breek net die regte medisyne vir Morne!

      Priester - 2012-04-14 22:12

      @ Stormkaap, Spies is 'n goed genoeg!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-14 22:18

      @Storm, Spies might have his off-moments, but he is most definitely not a weak link! (or weakest link)

      akaRags - 2012-04-14 22:50

      I am a Sharks supporter but when it comes to Super rugby, the thing I enjoy about it is being able to support the other SA teams, esp when they are playing the Aussies

      Lion - 2012-04-15 04:33

      Storm Kaap Keep quiet... This blog is for Lions / Bulls. Go comment on your Stormers blog. Oops, I forgot. There is nothing to comment on. Sorry my friend! Keep quiet or I will tell your nemesis, Tokolos / Bulldozer (as Isak calls him) that you run your mouth here as well. I see that he is putting you Stormer supporters in your place hey!!! What is up with you guys and Tokolos / Bulldozer? Is the hatred really that bad? He seems to be a handful and too much to handle for you guys. Especially for old Crapdetector. He seems to have your numbers. Go Lions / Bulls!!!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-15 06:23

      Lion No need to tell me anything. Tokolos never sleep. You must seriously consider changing teams. Your life must be miserable. At least Tokolos see that you support the best team in the world as well so that is a start. You can come and meet Tokolos and Tokolos will help you with the application and screening to become a full blooded Bulls supporter. Tokolos must warn you that it's a tough screening process because we want to make sure that no Stormer supporter slips through the cracks. We don't like them and we don't want them amongst us. Inbox Tokolos for further detail. Hey, Stormpie Kaapie (Choker) What are you doing on these blogs here? Where is your gay cousin Crappants? Tokolos is watching you!

      1amAlan - 2012-04-15 09:43

      Oosh Tokolos, I hope the bulls have a good tour, else I see a barrage of insults coming your way.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-15 12:09

      Alan Do you think the Tokolos is scared. Tokolos can take anything the Stompie supporters throw at him. They normally choke by the third chirp just like their team. You will see. No comments after this post because they are all afraid of what may come their way next..... Wahahahaha. Tokolos is KING!

      1amAlan - 2012-04-15 12:36

      King clown maybe - your comments do make me laugh.

      Sean - 2012-04-15 13:27

      Stormkaap , you obviously don`t have a clue about rugby !

  • WernerZA - 2012-04-14 21:08

    5 tries... Again, the jewel in the South African crown.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-14 22:01

      @Werner, if memory serves, I think the Bulls are the first team to get the BP against the Lions. All the other games were relatively close (except against Cheetahs 26 - 5) but I don't think the Cheetahs scored 4 + tries against them. The Lions are not a bad team - they play hard & entertaining rugby (ok not tonight), and I hope things will come right for them though.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-04-14 22:08

      Um, the Sharks got the bonus point against the Lions back in round 3...

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-14 22:14

      @Malcolm, true that (memory is not serving me it seems)

  • Nico - 2012-04-14 21:11

    well done bulls! luckily for us morne couldn't kick tonight. my Lions will now have to take the bye to regroup, and then we got a couple of ausie sides, we must get full points against them! GO LIONS!!!

  • Maarten - 2012-04-14 21:19

    I would like to see Sadie on for WO and Spies off for the two Potties and Stander as a loose trio. I also think that Morne needs a rest, but who to play in his place? Chillie, Houghard, JJ and Jaques Potgieter are playing some fantastic rugby. So I am happy with the win. Feel for the Lions though.

      Saffa - 2012-04-14 21:31

      @Maarten Totally agree, and we just need to buy Goosen now then the Bulls will win the cup for the next 10 years. Adding to the 3 they have already

      attie - 2012-04-14 21:32

      Not Wynand!! He's been OUTSTANDING this season. What a player. Stem saam oor Spies.

      Maarten - 2012-04-14 22:08

      That young Goosen is Playing some really good rugby! One to watch for the future. Same for Caleb Oosthuisen from the Lions. Very impressive youngster. Together with Kirstoff from wiepie we seems to have some hope for young props for the Bok squad,

  • Marius - 2012-04-14 21:41

    How can the Bulls be second in the SA conference when both them and the Stormers are sitting on 29 log points, but the Bulls nett points difference is +97 and tthe Stormers only +42. That is 55 points better than the Stormers.

      Saffa - 2012-04-14 21:46

      @Marius I agree! They probably go by most games won, and we all know and agree the Stormers should have been on 2 wins, thanks mr Ref for the other 4

      Priester - 2012-04-14 21:51

      @Marius I have the same question! It may be because the Bulls lost two games as opposed to the one loss for the papsakke.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-14 21:51

      @Marius, hulle kyk eers na die wen ratio en daarna na die punte verskil. Stormers 6/7 en Bulle 5/7.

      Maarten - 2012-04-14 22:09

      The stormers have beaten us. PD only counts after games won.

      Bossie - 2012-04-14 23:41

      Jys reg Priester- Stormers is voor omdat die bulle teen die bottom of the log Blues tuis en toe op Nuweland pak gekry het

      Lion - 2012-04-15 04:24

      Saffa, Rene en Priester Baie geluk met julle span. Hulle gaan moeilik gestop word hierdie jaar. Ek voorspel dat die trofee weereens in Pretoria staan. Wel gedaan. Volgende seisoen gaan vir my baie interessant wees. In S15 haal ek my Bul trui uit die kas uit en support hulle. In CC kom die leeu trui uit en dan is dit hulle beurt. Leeus gaan vir die volgende paar jaar darem die CC vat as die Kings hulle plek vat in S15. Dis nie noowendig 'n slegte ding vir ons nie. So ja. Exciting times ahead. Go Leeus! Go Bulls!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-15 07:43

      @Lion, dankie ne!!! Kom ons hoop die Leeus doen iets met die Aussie spanne. Sterkte met jou span en support maar die Bulle vir die res v.d. seisoen!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-15 08:48

      It's oK. Next week we will be on top of the log properly after the Reds eat whatever is left of them! GO REEEEEEEEEEEDS!!!

      Priester - 2012-04-15 11:24

      Thanks Lion, we will take the points. Pity it was against your team.

      1amAlan - 2012-04-15 12:48

      Tokolos, provincialism aside, how does a defeat to the Aussies or Kiwis for any of our teams benefit our rugby? I'd really like to see the Aussies and the Kiwis humiliated by any of our sides.

      Marko - 2012-04-16 11:27

      Don't worrie Marius after this weekend the Stormes will be no higher than 4th position!

  • Gert - 2012-04-14 21:42

    Mooi Bulle... Wat my hart warm laat klop het, was aan die einde van die wedstryd toe die kinders op die veld met koeldranke "power-aid gekom het... klomp het Spies vir handtekening gevra... en hy het met n glimlag elkeen wat gevra het, een gegee.... Dis waaroor dit gaan.

      Saffa - 2012-04-14 21:56

      @Gert' Net jammer iemand het nie bietjie weer 'n Powerade botteltjie rond gegooi vir die fun nie

      Marius - 2012-04-15 04:12

      @Gert. Stem saam met jou. Jacques Potgieter is nog 'n sprekende voorbeeld. Verlede jaar, toe hy nog vir die Kings gespeel het, het my 12 jarige nefie hom in 'n supermark raak geloop en na hom toe gestap en gegroet . Jacques het vir amper 5 minute lank met die outjie oor rugby gestaan en gesels. Na daardie dag is Jacques seker een van sy grootste rugby helde.

  • gideon.prinsloo - 2012-04-14 22:09

    A very good Game, proud of my Bulls!!!!

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-04-14 22:12

    Blue bulle,maak a lekker ding!

  • Lion - 2012-04-15 03:56

    Wel Gedaan Bulle! Julle verdien dit om te sit waar julle sit op die log en weereens lyk julle na die kampioenspan van ouds. Die beker wink vir julle! Nie te veel te groot probleme vir julle nie. Morne sukkel bietjie met sy game maar hy sal daar uitkom weer. Hy is 'n briljante speler en vorm is tydelik maar klas is permanent. Jy kan dit nie koop nie. Wel gedaan! My arme Leeus... Ek het nou nie meer hoop vir enigiets anders behalwe dat julle ons ander SA spanne gunste sal doen in games vorentoe teen die Kiwi en die Aussies nie. Gee hulle gas en bly positief. Go Lions! Go Bulls!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-15 08:18

      Dankie Lion. Dis jammer dat my 2e fevourite span teen my favourite span verloor het. Bul groete.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-15 08:53

      Hey Blou! Wazzzzzzuuuuuuuuup my cousin? Wonder waar is Sakkie vandag. Die Kaap is maar somber vandag. Hy dink seker nou weer dat ek of jy Bullozer is. Hy sal seker netnou weer met daai storie uitkom as die hartseer weer bietjie verby is. Cheers!!!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-15 09:10

      Tokolos, die vlieg op die kurkprop in ou Sakkie se skedel weet nie meer watter kant toe met daai storie nie. Bul groete.

  • Hugo Klaasen - 2012-04-15 06:53

    I can see the lack of fresh air there in the Gauteng region is affecting people badly....

      Marko - 2012-04-15 15:42

      Ha ha ha, must say Blueraven that was a good comment. Its also that see air that makes their brains all rusted and all mooshy. Never in my life encountered such MORONS!!!!

  • Pomene - 2012-04-15 07:07

    Well done Bulls !!!! However if I was a Bulls supporter, played against the totally out of form bottom of the log team and only win with 6 points - I will be a worried person !!! The win over the Crusaders last week surely made up for this perfomance !! Still a good win for you guys and best of luck on the tour !!!

      Haha - 2012-04-15 07:28

      6 points? Steyn kicked badly otherwise the difference would've been much more.

      Pomene - 2012-04-15 07:44

      Soveel meer rede om van hom ontlslae te raak - hy is deesdae n liablity !! Gebruik Wesley Dunlop - hy is beter . Al het Steyn als oorgeskop moes julle nogsteeds met ten minste 50 punte gewen het teen daai Lions spannetjie - as ek reg onthou het hy 5 skoppe gemis = 15 punte max plus 6 = 21 punte - nie goedg genoeg nie !!!!!!!!!!!!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-15 07:51

      @Pomene, 6 points???? 32/18 gives me a difference of 14 - Morne missed 15 points - but yes the scoreboard unfortunately flatters the Lions (sorry Lions)

      Priester - 2012-04-15 11:18

      Pomene, you came here with your 2rand looking for 10rand worth of sh#t. Your precious papsakke did not excel against them either with a score of 19-24. Wie de hel het jou hokkie geskud?

      Pomene - 2012-04-15 13:25

      Okay I once again gave enough evidence of the mentality of certain people. Sorry to the decent Bull supporters but this deliberate quoting of incorrect score margins was just to get comments from the same old doughnuts - apologies and congrats on the 14 point win !!! Geweet preister,Rene en Raven sou comment - wag nog net vir kanadoos ook !! Lekke dag !!!

      Marko - 2012-04-15 15:36

      No pomene, you make bad excuses for you inabiliyty to count! Let me explain. 32 minus 18 equels 14. Now you make excuses and claim the ones who can count are dumb. And secondly the 'STOMMIS' should have lost against the Lions. But enjoy your last few days on top of the SA conference. Actually the Bulls are allready above you because of points difference. Next week the Stormers will be in 6th position.

      Pomene - 2012-04-16 07:39

      @Makro - Glo maar wat jy wil solank as jy wil pella maar dis duidelik daar waar jy bly is sondae "droomdag" - Hoop julle doen goed verder en sien julle later weer in die kompetisie !!! Niemand is dom nie my maat maar as die skoen pas trek hom aan en as hy gemaklik sit hou hom aan. Indien ek wel sou sukkel om te tel is dit in elke geval nie nodig om te kan tel nie - ek kan op my een hand uit puzzle hoeveel onnosel comments ek gaan kry en jip kyk hierbo - Haha (duimpie) + Rene (duimpie se maat) +Raven (Langeraat) + Priester (Fielafooi) + en dan........................Marko(Piepie in die kooi !!!!!!) Sien dis maklik net 5 van julle !!!! Maak eers skool klaar dan kom gesels jy saam met die ooms grootseun !! Lekker dag !!

      Pomene - 2012-04-16 09:22

      @Raven - Fyngevoelig ou Bul ?? Lekker om uit te deel maar te ingat om te ontvang ne !!! Weereens sterkte en ja 2 Junie 2012 is om die draai en dit nogal op Floptus !! Sien jou daar !!!

  • Ockie - 2012-04-15 07:28

    Well done Bulls. Lions have no excuses is not injuries, but stupid mistakes and poor decision making. The rest next week will do them a lot of good. Unfortunately it is not getting easier .. 4 weeks on the trot in Oz/NZ. Hopefully you can still turn things around.

  • LeonTheShark - 2012-04-15 09:23

    The lions a big dissapointment.

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-04-15 09:29

    Hey Rene, BlueRaven and Lion... thanks a lot for the thumping last week !!! Anyways awesome to be back in the land of the living :) Oh Lion did you notice DC's little epic fail yesterday ??? The sun was in his eye's ;) Where is balsak ??? think I might have to go and post a welcome to NZ and have a nice day on his facebook page :) Notice where the Bulls are on the log and haven't heard 1 bull fan say that they have won the competition already.... just saying :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend !

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-15 10:32

      Howdy Jimmy, congrats on your win! The Crusaders WILL be in the semi's - no doubt. I'm very proud of my boys in Blue (and occasional pink/purple whatever), the season is still far from over - but so far, I'm happy with my team.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-04-15 10:49

      Thank matie's :) I like the way you think, keep it real !!! We are still gonna have to come back to Loftus me thinks before this is all said and done :( By the way you need to tell Morne' to chillax a wee bit, he seems to have the world on his shoulders... Just remember the dude with the black hair flew the plane (and got the girl) and goose sat in the back...

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-04-15 11:33

      i know he will, he is an excellent young man :)

  • Kerneels - 2012-04-15 16:48

    can anybody tell me why is the stormers still top of the south african log we have the same points we have a better points difference and actually beat them in everything accept the 2 losses

      Maarten - 2012-04-15 19:33

      Because this year they look at number of wins first, then only at points diffs. And the WiePie have a better win/loss record than we do. 6/7 compared to our 5/7.

  • zmiggels - 2012-04-15 23:37

    Pink bulle,blou bulle,flou bulle,mighty bulls,blue bulls for me they are the SUPERBULLS 3time SUPERCHAMPS any game againts the bulls around the world is a SUPER game ask yhe storms they were in SOWETO its was a SUPERCLASH .Loftes is ayoba

  • Riaan - 2012-04-16 05:54

    @ Rene, Bloudaan, Priester. Well done to the Bulls. You definitely deserved to win.

  • Vincent - 2012-04-16 08:34

    Stormkaap, I can't wait for the 02nd of June when you will be outclassed by a Bulls team led by your "weakest link" (Spies). I am sure you guys are nervous about the foresight of us having a revenge game against the Stormers at Loftus. At the recent Bulls/Stormers clash you led 14 vs 0 at halftime, and what was the final result, your team only won by 3 points. Ouboet, the Bulls would never have allowed the Stormers to get back into the game that much. I wonder what you are going to say after that game, which I have no doubt the Stormers are going to loose. You better eat snoek that day and drink "dikvoet", don't watch the game. You will get stressed up big time.

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