Bulls win dreary affair

2012-02-24 21:36

Pretoria - South Africa got its Super Rugby campaign off to a dreary start with the Bulls beating the Sharks 18-13 in a lacklustre match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

The first points of the encounter were only scored in the 43rd minute after a mistake-laden first half.

To add insult to injury, neither of the two teams’ goal kickers found the target with five shots at goal being pulled to the right.

The Bulls made a comedy of handling errors, making 11 mistakes with the ball in hand in the first stanza.

The Sharks on the other hand found themselves on the wrong side of referee Jonathan Kaplan’s whistle because of undisciplined play.

The hosts had a few opportunities on attack but their ball handling got the better of them.

With the Loftus Versfeld crowd still in a slumber from the first half’s rugby, they rubbed the sleep from their eyes shortly after the start of the second half.

The Bulls looked in much better form after the restart and they soon had flyhalf Morne Steyn lining up a penalty kick at goal.

The visitors struck back two minutes later with flyhalf Pat Lambie finally succeeding with his third attempt.

With his kick on target the match finally sprung into action with the Bulls attacking the line with greater fervour.

The Pretoria-based side enjoyed most of the possession and with it the territory but they struggled to pierce the Sharks’ defences.

With the Sharks’ defence holding, the Bulls pointed at the goal posts when the kick was within Steyn’s reach.

Steyn obliged four more times to open the gap between them and the visitors.

With the Bulls leading by 15-3, Lambie succeeded with his fourth attempt at goal.

His opposite number returned the favour with a drop goal to return their lead to 12 points.

The Sharks, however, provided for some excitement when Jacques Botes trotted through for the first and only try of the match with nine minutes left in the encounter.

Lambie converted to bring them within five points of the Bulls.

Lwazi Mvovo made good ground with a fleet footed run to offload to Botes but the try was not without controversy after a pass in an earlier movement clearly went forward.

This strengthened the Sharks’ resolve as they made a number of attacks on the Bulls’ line but to no avail.

The bruising clash had a few casualties with the Bulls’ new centre combination being broken apart due to injury.

Johann Sadie was the first to retire hurt in the 12th minute while Francois Venter left the field near the end of the match.

Bulls lock Juandre Kruger was deservedly named Man of the Match after he made a number of strong runs and showed great work ethic at the breakdowns.

His performance would be confirmation that he could be the answer to the void left by Victor Matfield.


Bulls (0) 18

Penalties: Morne Steyn (5), Dropgoal: Steyn

Sharks (0) 13

Try: Jacques Botes. Conversion: Pat Lambie. Penalties: Lambie (2)


  • Anele - 2012-02-24 21:38

    why my Sharkiez i had so much hope!! well done to the Bulls you took ur chances when u got them

      Taetjo - 2012-02-24 22:07

      *MARCELL COETZEE! It's unfortunate that he shares a surname with Dirk Coetzee... But what a player.

      Ja - 2012-02-24 22:11

      Sharkiez .. oh lord now I have heard it all ..

      Pierre - 2012-02-25 02:04

      What happened to the so-called new era at the Bulls with running rugby? I like drop goals; but 5 penalties and no tries? I am not so sure about “taking their chances”, but the Bulls surely took their penalties.

      Ja - 2012-02-25 09:44

      It is just so great the Sharks lost .. their supporter are the dumbest in SA ..

      Selma - 2012-02-25 14:16

      Anele, I think the Sharks made a huge tactical error by not playing McLeod and Botes from the outset. The Sharks backline came alive when they took to the field. The Bulls defended well but they have an uphill battle ahead. Spies was a ghost. Nice touch when Morne was so concerned when Lambie took two terrible knocks against the head. Well done to Daniels for keeping his cool. The Sharks made unforced errors at crucial times and are the SA team to watch. They should crush the Stormers if they play to their potential AND PLAY THE FRENCHMAN at centre. As a Bull supporter I concede that we were very lucky. The youngsters did well.

  • Jaco - 2012-02-24 21:42

    Daar is net een ding lekkerder as n stil Stormers supporter en dit is n stil Sharks supporter.

      hugo.naude - 2012-02-24 23:44

      Nou moet ons hulle ook stil speel in Durban in ons pienk truie ... Bulle BO!!

      Jack - 2012-02-25 07:10

      well, the Bulls won, so I'll give them that...However, I don't think the Bulls were as good as the Sharks were pathetic...why did they only start playing ten minutes from the final whistle? It's clear that the Bulls can't cope with a running opposition. Hougaard is the only decent back the Bulls have and they waste him at scrumhalf. They should put Vermaak at 9 and let Hougaard create his magic on the wing. I can't believe the Bulls still think they can play kick and chase rugby. The Sharks were very poor and both teams were completely underdone. The Sharks need to wake up and realise that they now have a decent backline (something they didn't have last year) and use it!!!

      Selma - 2012-02-25 14:20

      Jy maak n fout Jaco, hul teem en kerm en kla en verwyt alles en almal behalwe hulself. Dit komende van n eensame bul in Durban. Die Sharksondersteuners in my dampkring is verskriklik kleinlik en onsportief. Hul vrek voordat hul iets goeds oor die Bulls kwytraak.

      Selma - 2012-02-25 14:24

      @ jackblack. Well said. The Sharks remain a frustrating side. They should have crushed a very inexperienced side.

  • Anneleen - 2012-02-24 21:44

    ...a phenomenal second half...better luck next time Sharks! Well done to the Vodacom Blue Bulls. ...a few happy moments during the game...Mvovo's splendid breakaways, McLeod being very busy on the field and Lambie being called a "goldmine of talent" by the commentator.

      Neville - 2012-02-27 11:53

      And don't forget JP at center!

  • Claud - 2012-02-24 21:54

    Young rebuilding Bulls team, well done boys.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-24 21:55

    I eat my words.... again. Very scrappy affair, and I really hope not a sign of things to come (for both teams). Well done Bulls.... excellent attacking defence. see you next time at Kings Park. Mebbe we get a chance to win our home game against the Bulls this year to return the favour 8)

  • Lara - 2012-02-24 22:00

    Sharks lose dreary affair.

  • Jason Children - 2012-02-24 22:00

    very scrappy........compared to the Saders and Blues! Sa teams are going to need to get rid of the rust fast. Well done bulls! both sets of forwards brought some good physicallity

  • Len - 2012-02-24 22:15

    En toe wen die ref ook amper die game vir die sharks , en sy assistente is net so pateties.........

      Derrick - 2012-02-24 23:07

      Len -as a neutral in KZN watching in a local pub everybody was saying that the Ref was totally for Bulle- just depends from whose view your looking

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-25 02:39

      @Jan en Derrick loop vry mekaar man. Daai Sharks drie was 'n meter vorentoe aangee man

      Emile - 2012-02-25 06:25

      Yes Len. 2 almost critical game changing blatant errors. Actually not acceptable at this level and both were prime examples where the TV ref could have played his part. Zane was not even close to overstepping the line - why did the ref assistant call something he clearly didn't see. The forward pass leading to the "lucky" try was also so blatantly forward that the guys behind the posts could see it. Luckily those 2 decisions didn't change the game, but the bonus point could at the end of the competition proof very valuable. I thought 18-6, which should have been the score, was a true reflection of the game. The Sharks will have to wake-up, they were outplayed for most of the game by a group of youngsters. We need the Sharks, Bulls and sorry to say the Stormers at the top when we get to the end.

      Emile - 2012-02-25 06:28

      @ Derrick. I would suggest buys a rule book for the pub. We all know a group of drunks has poor mental capacity. I thought all the critical mistakes were in favour of the Sharks. Whatever - at the end the Bulls were better on the day and the pub crawlers will just have to go and look at the replay of the game when sober.

      Paul - 2012-02-25 13:49

      Have to agree with Len. I've noted this for the past few years -- you don't want to play the Sharks if Kaplan has the whistle. Saw it again at Loftus. By the way, I'm a neutral.

  • Bootman - 2012-02-24 22:22

    This is a sigh of what we can expect from the Boks. Morne kicking up and unders and the rest of the team defending. Captain Invisible was his usual self...........invisible, and fitter and stronger Johan Sadie was.............not so strong.

      Nico - 2012-02-24 23:05

      they still won, no matter how they played, they won. i don't care how we win the world cup, as long as we win. entertaining rugby does not fill the stands, winning rugby does.

      bernhard.b.baatjies - 2012-02-24 23:20

      hahahaha...thats so funny FITTER and STRONGER he said he was...hehehehe...what a chop!!

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-25 02:38

      @ jealous bootman Who won? just the answer please AND NOW: GO DIE CANES GO GO GO ;

      Emile - 2012-02-25 06:30

      Bootman, you sound just like a habitual loser. Are you a WeePee supporter by any chance? Sounds like it. I don't think rugby if for you, maybe you should rather look at that Aussie Rules crap in future.

      Jack - 2012-02-25 07:21

      The second Sadie said that he didn't know he could push his body that far, I knew that he'd get injured. Very poor conditioning by the Bulls. They can't afford injuries because they have little or no depth and this is a long season.

  • jacques.teebs - 2012-02-24 22:56

    To the typical rubbish reporter - won't even put your name to it! You sound like an Aussie - only happy when there's 10 tries by each side, one scrum that gets reset 6 times and no drop goals. Yes, of course there were errors - what do you expect in the first game of the season with lots of new and untested combinations? Despite that, it was tight, exciting, bruising and highly entertaining viewing. Edge-of-your-seat stuff. That is what every rugby purist (something that you clearly are not) loves to watch.

      Emile - 2012-02-25 06:35

      100% agree with you. I'd rather look at tense and hard rugby like this than losing rugby some other province "tries" to play. When it comes down to the business end of any competition, constructive tight rugby wins the games. This is one lesson the Stormer still needs to learn after 11 years of nothing - but they always have the most to say.

  • wilnabester - 2012-02-24 23:11

    My husband lost his season tickets at the disabled parking tonight! Please let us know if you have perhaps found it?

      wilnabester - 2012-02-24 23:13

      The name on the tickets and disabled parking disc is IG Geldenhuys.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-25 02:37

      @wilna ag nee man, hoeveel bottels klippies het jou man uitgesuip?

      Lara - 2012-02-25 07:35

      Ek hoop julle het gesien die vrou is 'n narkotiseur en ek hoop een van julle hoef nie binnekort vir 'n operasie te gaan nie.

  • Pieter Janse van Rensburg - 2012-02-25 00:31

    Wow! What a boring game! Same old play from the Bulls. Get to the 22 and then Morne kicks mmmmm Maybe one day we will see some gameplay from the Pink Team

      Emile - 2012-02-25 06:38

      Can you remember the Super 14 final a couple of years ago when the Bulls ran riot against the Chiefs? When the opportunity is there and the situation allows it, the Bulls can play a much more spectacular game than any other team in SA. The difference is that the Bulls try to play winning rugby and at the end of the day that is all what matters. Maybe difficult for you to understand.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-25 10:33

      Boring? Then you don't know very much about rugby! (IMHO) Rugby is not only about running and scoring tries. If that is what you like, watch 7s rugby.

      Kevin - 2012-02-26 15:31

      Pieter, just look at the comment from Noudieblou and be glad SA Rugby doesn't let the fans select the teams. As long as his team wins, he doesn't care that the game was boring, we are likely to get hammered by the Aus and NZ teams and that insulting a blogger makes him feel better. Not exactly an informed opinion, don't you agree?

  • Marinus Botha - 2012-02-25 01:05

    Aag dit was lekker om die twee spanne te sien speel. Bly vir die Bulle.

      Emile - 2012-02-25 06:39

      I agree, the best two sides in SA for a very long time now.

      Selma - 2012-02-25 14:27

      Dit was lekker.

      lvanaswegen2 - 2012-02-27 08:36

      ja dit was lekker om op loftus die game te kyk,Altyd n harde game tussen die twee spanne en n goeie wen vir die bulle, (eks n sharks supporter)

  • Noudieblou - 2012-02-25 01:21

    As expected a walk in the park. 7 bonus points to the Sharks from Mr Kaplan. Real score = 18-6 Pitty we didn't play the useless Stormers today: 85-0 Bulls

      Jack - 2012-02-25 07:26

      My thoughts exactly: Stormers 85 - 0 Bulls...we're gonna run circles round you!!!

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-25 15:23

      @jackie boy GOOD LUCK!

  • Noudieblou - 2012-02-25 01:26

    Ek wil ook soos die Stormers maak: Hi almal, kyk bietjie wie's "top of the log!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Pierre - 2012-02-25 01:57

      Enjoy it. Might be the last time this season.

      Pierre - 2012-02-26 01:35

      @ Noudieblou - Watch your mouth mate. Don’t broadcast your lack of a proper upbringing on this forum.

      Kevin - 2012-02-26 15:34

      There's only one thing worse than a bad loser, that's a bad winner. Seems a lot of the Blue/Pink Bull supporters have this characteristic.

      Jack - 2012-02-26 18:59

      It's the Stormers of course!!!

  • Jco - 2012-02-25 03:30

    Sit hier in New Zealand en lees jul "comments". Ons het die wedstryd tussen die Blues en Crusaders gekyk. Hier se almal dit was 'n patetiese wedstryd met baie foute! Hier noem almal hoe goed die game was tussen die jong onervare Bul span teen 'n gelaaide Springbok Shark span! Daar noem jul weer hoe goed die game hier was in NZ en hoe sleg die game daar was! BAIE INTERESSANT hoe mense verskil oor goed en sleg!

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-25 03:37

      @Jco Ek stem saam, ons almal weet die Bulle gaan wen. ALWEER

      Emile - 2012-02-25 06:42

      @ Jaco. Nee man, dit wys net weer hoeveel poepholle daar in die wêreld is. Al wen die Bulls met 9 drieë soos Super 14 final 'n paar jaar gelede, sal jy steeds die gebruiklike sotte kry wat negatiewe kommentaar lewer.

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-02-25 07:04

      @jco daar was 11 springbokke in die bulls se begin 15

  • Frans - 2012-02-25 09:26

    Ook maar niks om oor huistoe te skryf nie, een drie teen geen en dit op hulle heiligdom, shame. Maar sommiges sal selfs die vermetelheid he om windgat te raak, in plaas van net te ontspan en weer behoorlik asem te haal.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-25 15:25

      @Frans As die hangover klaar is daai maak jy jou ogies vir dokter oop en vertel my wie't die game gewen. En dan lig jy ook jou vetg@t van die stoel af en staan op aandag en vertel my of die Sharks drie rerig 'n drie was.

      Kevin - 2012-02-26 15:39

      Noudieblou, check the scoreboard as you love to say. The try was given and is in the scorebook. Vloek all you like, they're not going to take it out. It seems to be you're not a very good winner, wonder what will happen when your team loses a few? Going to blame the TV crews then, huh?

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-26 23:51

      @Gay Kevin OK, i checked the scoreboard, it says the Bulls won. Next please

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-25 09:56

    Dreary? Only to those who don't quite understand rugby! What about the Bull's defence patterns, which are totally different from last year's? What about tackling behind the advantage line, turning the attacker and driving him back? You did not notice? What about the Sharks' efforts of disrupting the Bulls patterns? What about the war in the rucks and mauls? What about the Bull's running mauls? What about the influance McLeod had on the Shark's play? 'Good' rugby is not only about open, running rugby, Mr Reporter! There are subtle things which are obviously lost on the ill informed journo!

      jacques.teebs - 2012-02-25 14:53

      Exactly what I was saying. Maybe he should rather cover the sevens.

  • Grace - 2012-02-25 10:02

    A win is a win.........go Bulls !

  • mabeeden - 2012-02-25 11:04


  • Skwertno1 - 2012-02-25 12:12

    Johan Sadie, said earlier in the week that he 'was fitter, stronger and keen to show how the "bulls' culture had benifited him' (off in the 12th min) Pull that pink jersey over your head lad, and think before you speak.......

  • Mike - 2012-02-25 13:12

    MikeF I am a South African rugby supporter who supports the Sharks. I have always been proud of the non biase with the commentators on the SA airwaves & TV. Last nights showing on Supersport was exactly the same as watching an NZ or AUS commentary team. The biase of ALL the commentators both behind the mic and on the field towards the Bulls was extremely un-professional. Comments like "Naas punching the air" when Morne kicked a penalty, or Naas saying in the after match summary, "We let the opposition in" or Victor's, "We", "We". This is not sour grapes. Listen to 10 minutes of a re-run for yourself. Come on Supersport you are supposed to be Professionals.

      Paul - 2012-02-25 13:59

      Hey Mike, I agree with your sentiments completely. However, with Brosnihan, Stransky, Skinstad, Capastagno and even Blades, the Sharks are usually HEAVILY favoured by the commentary team. I'm not a Bulls fan, so I have no bias here. But at least now you know how the rest of us normally feel.

      Leonard - 2012-02-25 14:18

      @ Paul Bros has always been a bull supporter Nasal Stransky and Bobby are for WP and everyone knows Blades has always been a Lion supporter. PS: just because they were born and played for Natal schools doesn't make them supporters

      jacques.teebs - 2012-02-25 14:58

      @ Leonard: The Bros has played for just about everyone. His loyalty is undoubtedly with the Sharks, though. It's a toss-up between him, Owen, Capo and Joel who the worst commentator is. Victor & Naas would obviously back the Bulls. Joel is for anyone who plays against the Bulls. Blades is usually inebriated when he commentates but last night was worse than usual.

      Bootman - 2012-02-25 15:53

      Bottom line...........our commentators are pathetic. Hugh Bladen should have retired five years ago. Half the time he gets the players names wrong. Supersport should invest in some decent commentators.

      Kevin - 2012-02-26 15:44

      Actually guys, I want to have a meeting with Bros, Joel and Bobby, because KZN (Natal) gave them their rugby upbringing and yet they give very little credit to the Sharks. I got tired listening yesterday to them going nuts over the Bulls players and failing to give even Lambie credit for a pretty solid game.Not a balanced view from the commentating team, I'm afraid.

  • Judy - 2012-02-25 18:41

    It was the first game of the season - what did anyone expect - the classiest performance to date. All of the teams are rusty and the Bulls fought a defensive game. They came out the winners on the night so the nerves have settled and their next game will be a hummer never to be forgotten.

  • Keith - 2012-02-25 19:10

    Stormers just pulled off a win against the Hurricanes. Heynecke don't have to worry a bit. In Juandre Etsebeth and Bekker we have some good locks to replace Victor and Bakkies.

  • Morné - 2012-02-27 07:23

    Now with the pink jerseys a side and you guys now it is not the coulor of the jersey that matters only PURE BULLS POWER, Sorry Sharks !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hannes - 2012-02-27 10:04

    The best team won on Friday!!! Sharks only got a bonus point due to a blatant error by the refs.....

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