Good news for Bulls’ defence?

2012-05-07 15:39

Cape Town - The Bulls may have a bit of a try-leakage problem in Super Rugby at present but the team they face next, the Waratahs in Sydney, have been branded as unimaginative plodders.

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That might come as some reassurance to the touring men from Pretoria, considering that they conceded five tries each to prior Australian opponents the Brumbies (at Loftus) and Rebels despite impressively doing enough on attack to win each time.

The Bulls stay high-fliers on both the overall and SA conference tables, and no doubt target another victory against the currently wobbly ‘Tahs at Sydney Football Stadium before stiffer challenges loom in New Zealand against fellow playoffs contenders the Highlanders and Chiefs.

In his regular “Monday Maul” column in the Sydney Morning Herald, seasoned scribe Greg Growden said of the Waratahs: “Until they get some of their X-factor players back, a team short of class and on-field nous will remain among the Super Rugby also-rans.”

His thoughts follow the ‘Tahs surprisingly comprehensive 23-6 defeat to the Brumbies in Canberra.

“That the Waratahs ran 848 metres with the ball during the game to the Brumbies’ 431m and still couldn’t score a try shows something is amiss.

“The injury toll at the Waratahs has hit them badly, as they are without so many big-time performers, such as Test wings Drew Mitchell and Lachie Turner, and it’s clear several of their back-ups are not up to the required standard.”

Growden said that after the departure of Kurtley Beale to the Rebels - he was a troublesome factor against the Bulls in Melbourne - the Waratahs “now lack any real vibrancy or unpredictability to their attack”.

“Beale was a game-breaker. Now the Waratahs have none, relying on predictable plodders.”

The Bulls have some injury or absenteeism problems of their own for Friday’s match (11:40 SA time), with customary starters Dean Greyling, Jacques Potgieter and probably Wynand Olivier unavailable.

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  • Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-07 15:47

    Ons weet mos vorm is tydelik en klas is permanent. Bul groete.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-07 16:10

      Watse rebuilding phase? Bul groete.

      Dirk - 2012-05-07 16:19

      Howzit Isak!! Waar was jy vandag?

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-07 16:22

      Blue, die outjies is goed en hulle gaan alweer net op die regte tyd peak. Bul groete.

      Dirk - 2012-05-07 16:26

      Is jy die doc van Kanada? Die ortopeed? Jy werk mos met boners? So hoekom vra jy my?

      Dirk - 2012-05-07 16:39

      @ Vitrioel, elke peak het een moerse afdraand. Mt Rebel was die peak... se maar net.

      1amAlan - 2012-05-07 18:33

      Ag ja, like the Aussie commentator said in the Waratahs vs the Crusaders "That may not be a knock-on in some parts of the world, but it definitely is here". You guys asked for neutral refs - we've all seen what your definition of a neutral ref is - in fact the whole world saw it. I doubt you're going to be so lucky again.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-07 18:46

      Alan, japjapjapjap. Bul groete.

      Thomas - 2012-05-07 22:09

      I am an avid Bull fan and proudly wear their jersey ( are these new tops still called rugby jerseys today???) here in Vancouver!! However I am worried about our defence and feel the Tahs running lines will be too much for the way we are defending!!! The Brumbies have a monster defence plus it took a little luck to keep the Tahs out!!! Outside of Heinrich from the Cheetahs all our sides let the opposition get the ball even when it's an easy take!!!

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-07 22:33

      @blou&blue- maters, ek dink hulle praat van ons nuwe, groter, ruimer trofee kas!!! ...elke keer wanneer hulle di Bulle se "rebuilding phase" op bring?? hey @blou, moenie my naam so eidelik gebruik ni en verseker ni op so kiwi ooijie ni- danki gaba....

  • Dirk - 2012-05-07 16:04

    The unimaginative plodders and the touring men from Pretoria Directed: by Ron Jeremy Starring: Wobbly ‘Tahs, Pierre Spies and the Monday Maul

      Jc - 2012-05-07 16:33

      @ BlueRaven: The Sharks scored the first bonus point win on tour this season!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-07 16:35

      Trurio, gelukkig hoor my en Blue se God alle gebede. Bul groete.

      Dirk - 2012-05-07 16:43

      'n standbeeld van Steve Hofmeyer tel nie as 'n god nie...

      Dirk - 2012-05-07 16:55

      Come on Vet riool. Ma jokes is so American 90's... try weer, free shot!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-07 17:07

      Steve Hofmeyer jokes ook. Bul groete.

  • Saffa - 2012-05-07 16:41

    Well chaps, time to enjoy the stunning CT late afternoon......oh dear life sucks down here - sigh. Anyhooooooooow, as a farewell (and considering this thread is relevant to the Bulls defence - well rather their lack of defence....) I have decided to share with you, a 3 year old interview with Pierre Spies posted on the Keo website .......Enjoy! (giggling and rolling eyes as she leaves.....) Ryan Vrede: “Who is the best No 8 in world rugby?” Pierre Spies: “That player is still in the making. It’s me.” Ryan Vrede: “Wait a minute, you’re breaking protocol here. You’re supposed to sing the praises of the first half-decent players who spring to mind. So, I’ll ask again for fear of misquoting you: who is the best No 8 in world rugby?” Pierre Spies: “Look, I’m not going to make excuses for having confidence in my ability. If you look at the guys out there, not much separates them. I’d like to think I have that extra bit that sets me apart. I know it’ll be perceived as arrogance, like: ‘Listen to this guy talking himself up. He needs to learn his place.’ That’s the way we are as humans isn’t it? We’re encouraged to aspire to be the greatest, then shot down when we do. But it’s not arrogance. I know my limitations and strengths and I’d like to believe that I can be the best in the world. I know I have a long way to go. But I want to get to the point where coaches, players and the public think about the best No 8s in the game and my name is at the forefront of their minds.”

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-07 16:49

      Hy is beter as dom Duanne. Bul groete.

      Heiku - 2012-05-07 16:56

      He is a lot better at interviews than at rugby. Kinda like pdivvy

      Stirrer - 2012-05-07 17:07

      That pic of Spies up top is Photoshopped!!! It shows him attempting a tackle! It's a rarer occurrence than taking a pic of a live coelacanth!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-07 17:11

      Stirrer, volgens Rugbyheaven het hy dan minder tackles gemis as Peter Grant. Nou wat nou? Bul groete.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-05-07 17:17

      And lest we not forget Saffa, he proceeded to write a book about his greatness! But alas, we must all admit that we CAN actually plug some leaks if he decides to start helping the other 2 loosies on defense!

      Rohann - 2012-05-07 17:51

      @ Blouvitrioel, ja want Spies probeer nie eers tackle nie. Hoe kan jy tackles mis as jy nie tackle om mee te begin nie.

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-07 17:57

      Saffa Brat.... Gaan klim in die bed... haal jou tande uit en sit op die bedkassie.... fantasseer oor Spies en huil jouself aan die slaap asb. Hou op kots hier!

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-07 18:00

      Rinus... Tokolos het jou vroeer gesê om vir jou 'n Striker trui te gaan kry. Die Bulle het jou nie nodig nie. Gaan kots saam met jou Striker maatjies soos gewoonlik. Lyk my jy is daai tipe... Jou voorouers was seker "joiners" in die boere oorlog! Ball-boy... PATEET!!!

  • Pedro - 2012-05-07 18:12

    Die bulle gaan lekker bakstene vreet vir die volgende 3 weke.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-07 18:31

      Geen cups vir 11 jaar. Bul groete.

      Schaun - 2012-05-07 18:38

      ek copy en paste die een vir 2min na die game

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-07 22:56

      jaa, ons vreet enigiets!!! julle moet net 2junie pasop wanneer ons 3 weke se bakstene bo-op julle spannetjie beskuit, ek bedoel bou??

      schaun.vanzyl - 2012-05-13 19:13

      Pedro - May 7, 2012 at 18:12 Report comment Die bulle gaan lekker bakstene vreet vir die volgende 3 weke.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-07 18:45

    The bulls are the crusaders of sa rugby. They can grind out an ugly win or they can destroy u. Stormers r auckland, they hv won the most local cups but it hasnt been as rosy in srugby. My team the sharks r just a heart attck waiting to happen...go sa

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-07 22:58

      @mthunzi- wil net 'n klein voutji regstel... "the crusaders are the Bulls, of nz rugby.."?? plesier.

      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-08 06:20

      Touche @ japjapjapjap. Blueraven that bells would be on the rocks mate

      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-08 06:21

      Touche @ japjapjapjap. Blueraven that bells would be on the rocks mate

  • Christo - 2012-05-07 19:11

    I am a Bulls supporter but they defence like a primary school. This article say nothing. Now they playing a weaker team there defence is suddenly on par??

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-05-07 20:31

      Spies 5th on missed tackle stats - 19 sofar!!

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-07 23:29

      @christo- jy klink baie eerder na 'n stoormer?? geen Bul ondersteuner steek sy span in di rug en skinder 'n klomp str00i oor di Bulle op 'n forum, waar weepee bosluise sit en geleenthede soek om piepie te spoeg op elke Bul, veral wanneer daar 'n "handsopper & joiner" kom met hulle kretiek?? tyd om eerder aan te beweeg na daar onder waar di losers mekaar vashou...

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-08 03:29

      Rinus... Spies is strait. Jy kan maar ophou fantasseer oor hom nou. Klaar nou! Gaan kry jou Striker trui. Hulle is op special nou by alle stadions landwyd!

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-05-08 08:17

      Strait? Jy bedoel seker Dire Straits - en DAARMEE stem ek beslis saam .. Spies is presies daar .. maar dis seker bietjie bokant jou vuurmaaklplek, so vra gerus as jy nie verstaan nie!

  • Johan - 2012-05-08 01:06

    @Jan Hier's WP/Stormer stats: En onthou sommer vir 'n begin, NOG NOOIT gewen nie. 1996: 11de uit 12 1997: Nie gekwalifiseer vir Super rugby nie (te pateties) 1998: 10 de uit 12 2001: 7de uit 12 2002: 7de uit 12 2003: 10de uit 12 2005: 9de uit 12 2006: 11de uit 14 2007 11de uit 14 2009: 10de uit14 Een semi, GEEN WENNE Nou vra ek jou met trane in my katgrou oe hoe jy kan reken hulle is SA se mees suksesvolste?! Maar jy reken ook jy en JdV is onafskeidbaar en whatever, foeitog, op watter planeet bly jy?

      Stirrer - 2012-05-08 10:47

      Dr Death, as jy wil stats gooi, maak seker dat dit reg is, asb. Stormers 1998: 9e, nie 10e nie. 2003: 9e, nie 10e nie. 2007: 10e, nie 11e nie. Drie semis plus een finaal. So moet asseblief nie lieg nie. Kom ons gee 'n paar selektiewe stats vir die Bulls, net soos jy met die Stormers gemaak het, die verskil is dat hierdie stats KORREK is. En onthou sommer vir 'n begin, die Bulls is die ENIGSTE SPAN wat dit nog kon regkry om NIE EEN ENKELE WEDSTRYD TE WEN in 'n seisoen nie. Hulle is ook die enigste S15 span wat nog ooit deur die Kings geklop is. 1997: 8e uit 12 1998: 11e uit 12 1999: 12e uit 12 2000: 11e uit 12 2001: 12e uit 12 2002: 12e uit 12 - geen, nul, zip, nada, boggerol games gewen, dis 'n rekord 2008: 10e uit 14 2011: 7e uit 15 Gemiddelde log posisie: Stormers 6.80, Bulls 6.81 (marginaal, maar Stormers tog beter!) Punteverskil: Stormers -106, Bulls -323 Sjaddup nou en kruip terug in onder jou klip in.

  • Vincent - 2012-05-08 07:46

    RE: Bulls/Stormers comparison: As a staunch and proud Bull fan I am prepared to commend the Stormers on their overall good play this year, should indeed be encouraging to their supporters, but I would like to advice them as well. Support SA Rugby, not Aussie rugby. It is unbelievable that you opt for any support against the Bulls, but we are use to that by now, so let us then see what you've got. Your good fortunes recently should make you proud, so please enjoy it while you can since we all know by now about your one big problem, called big match temperament, and your team are by far the champion "chokers" team in SA. They are very good at playing good rugby in scheduled games, but when it matters most they collapse big time, we have seen that year after year. Apart from my team (Bulls) and as a proud SA Rugby supporter, I would rather bank on the Cheetahs/Sharks to compete in the play-off's above you guys, respectfully said in all honesty, because I simply have no confidence in the Stormers to deliver the goods, despite your wealth of talent. Their best chance at winning the cup was when they played us in the final two years back in Soweto, but the result? A case of "so close, yet so far". You hate the Bulls, but we simply made you guys proud as South Africans by having won the cup 3 times, whilst you are still ambitious, dreaming about your first cup. So please get real South African and support local rugby henceforth, The Aussies will not support the Stormers, point.

  • Andre - 2012-05-08 13:45

    As die Bulls 3 uit 4 van hulle oorsee games wen,dan wen hulle vanjaar die beker vir 'n 4de keer-dit is defnitief.Interressant gewyse,na presies 9 games in die super 15,is die Bulls die voorste span,nie die Stormers of Chiefs nie-ek se weer,kyk die punte met almal wat 9 games gespeel het.

      Vincent - 2012-05-09 08:55

      You deserve and should be given a Bells, Andre.

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