History favours 'Saders, Reds

2012-07-19 09:11

Wellington - Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has appealed to television match officials to get "the big moments" right as the Super Rugby enters the sudden death rounds on Saturday.

History favours the Crusaders and Reds in their playoff clashes against the Bulls and Sharks, and Blackadder does not want the results decided by controversial rulings.

A contentious decision in the final round of pool play cost the Chiefs their place at the top of the ladder, and Blackadder does not want a similar error to impact on the do-or-die rounds.

"One thing I do know is there's nothing you can do once the decision is made," the Crusaders coach said.

"It's just something I hope doesn't creep into play especially with the finals on the line now and these big games and big moments."

The seven-times champion Crusaders, who host the Bulls in Christchurch, are always a threat at this crucial part of the season.

The most successful franchise in the competition boasts an impressive record of winning 18 of the 24 play-off matches they have contested in the history of Super Rugby, including winning all 14 played at home.

The Bulls have never won a playoff match outside South Africa and it is 15 years since they last beat the Crusaders in Christchurch in a regular season match.

On their own home ground the Bulls beat the Crusaders in the 2007, 2009 and 2010 semi-finals, where their pattern was to focus on the set pieces and the accurate boot of Morne Steyn.

"They haven't changed one bit of their game plan in the last four years, which is a credit to them because they just keep playing to their strengths all the time. We know exactly what we are going to get," Blackadder said.

Bubbling beneath the surface of this match is the unresolved Bulls' allegations of eye-gouging by Crusaders players when they clashed earlier in the year.

The accusations were never proven and denied by the Crusaders whose demand for an apology was ignored by the Bulls.

The Crusaders will be without injured All Blacks backrower Keiran Read with Richie McCaw slipping into the boot while lock Flip van der Merwe returns from injury for the Bulls, replacing Wilhelm Steenkamp.

The Sharks, who sneaked into sixth spot when they came from 15-6 down to beat the Cheetahs 34-15 last week, head to Brisbane and a date with the Reds knowing they have lost six of seven play-off matches outside South Africa.

They are also down on manpower with fullback Patrick Lambie and lock Pieter-Steph du Toit injured and centre Frans Steyn ruled ineligible because he signed up for the franchise after the April 1 transfer deadline.

The Reds go into the play-offs on a six-game winning streak and eager to reverse their loss to the Sharks in the regular season when they gave up a 17-0 lead to go down 22-27.

But their cause has not been helped by the suspension of Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper who has been suspended for a week, though coach Ewen McKenzie was relaxed about slotting Ben Lucas into the playmaker role.

"I am not worried (about using Lucas). We have always said we are confident for cover if Quade is out," McKenzie said.

"Hopefully he rises to the occasion. He has done it before for us."


  • sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 09:16

    History als proves that Stormers d not have the BMT to win a final in the last twelf years!!,

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-07-19 09:28

      So true Sagrys.... The poor Stompies live in a dream world. Their last two games against mediocre opposition is nothing to get excited about. They "peaked" to early maybe with at least 5 matches where the refs helped them. Come semi final and final time there will be no favors from blind referees. It will not be the Cape of Good Hope anymore. All the "hope" will be gone on the 28th. BULLS FOREVER!!!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-19 09:33

      Welcome back Tokkie,You've been sorely missed

      capri.corn.16144 - 2012-07-19 09:36

      I don't see or understand the senseless comment you made. Firstly, this article has nothing to do with the Stormers! Instead of uttering these uncalled for and moronic statements, rather support ALL the SA teams. Don't you think it's great that SA has 3 teams in the top 6??? I would love to see a NZ-SA and SA-SA semi's with hopefully an all SA final - imagine the confidence boost of SA rugby .....

      steyts - 2012-07-19 09:38

      Sagrys your spelling is so horrible that I can't take you serious!!!!

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-07-19 09:50

      Thanks Maakdiebulle.... Tokkie is on a bit of a mission and I have little time on my hands at this stage to do anything else but work. I will pop in once in a while to see what BS the Stompie supporters with no front teeth write. Tokolos feels the need to put them in their place once in a while. I know it does not help much because they are all so brainwashed by Stormers24 it's not even funny. Reality will hit them hard on the 28th. CHAMPION BULLS FOREVER!!!

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 09:50

      Seyts,is this a spelling Bee? ,

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-19 10:01

      @sagrys, steyts"the local grammar Nazi"

      charles.hendricks.5070 - 2012-07-19 10:18

      @ sagrys and tokolos i seem to remember that the stormers beat you twice...... yes twice.....or should i say it in afrikaans cos i cn see that you dumb idiots can't even comprehend the english language.... die stormers het vir die bulle twee keer ..... nou wat is die woord....... o ja.....VERKRAAG!!!! HA HA HA..... btw i have all my teeth and can afford shoes unlike you kaal foot rangers....

      riaan.herselman.7 - 2012-07-19 10:19

      Yes BUT sagrys , you first have to get to the final , at least the Stormers make finals . So how about saying " great bmt guys for reaching the final "

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-19 10:24

      mistory, favours the Bulls??

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-19 10:51

      @mister hendriks- ...i see that you (insult of your choice) can not 'comprehend', MY' Afrikaans or MY' english language as well?? wat te dinges beteken verkraag????? het djo mammie van oggend djo hemp se verkraag gestryk? ...of djo verkraag is vuil, omdat djy ni djo gai ordentelik was ni?? mister hendricks it's time for you and your family to go back to your roots and speak malay or something??

      charles.hendricks.5070 - 2012-07-19 11:03

      @japjapjap it was your mother at my house this morning doing that....... ha ha ha..... o and i am not malay....and we dont have to go back to our roots coz we to rich! dom dwoos and i dont mean it as box...... lokl!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 11:49

      Riaan to make it to afinal only to lose is not an achievement, if you make it to a final 3x and win al of them,well lets say the word Champion springs to mind

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-19 12:25

      dit verbaas my hoe die bulle so vol bek is maar na die naweek is hulle nie eers meer in die toernooi nie! ek kan nie sien hoe julle die naweek gaan survive nie nog minder vir ou laas n bonus punt kry nie (want dit is mos waarvoor julle speel?). Goodluck mag julle nie te seer kry nie en onthou na die naweek wanneer julle uit die toernooi is onthou net een ding asseblief...Stomers is in die semi win or loose ons is beter as julle! SFL

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 12:48

      steyts your comment should read: Sagrys your spelling is so horrible that I can't take you seriousLY!!!! grammar nazi has failed

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-19 13:30

      uit daai julle comment tel jy daai op! hoop nie jy krap so diep wanneer jy jou boude afvee nie!

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-19 13:36

      o ya en ek is geworried wanneer ons die sharks in die semis moet speel! sharks doen goed en hulle het ons laas gewen so ya ek is nervous daaroor!

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-19 14:15

      hahaha lol Ek neem aan jy praat van uit experience uit? hulle het julle skrum mos...o ya stukkend vermorsel......en daar le die bulle se skrum weer in stukkies! lol N voorry wen nie die game vir jou nie! jou comment has no value

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-19 16:11

      lol idiot raven! clueless! dit wat op wit en swart staan bedoel soeveel soos iemand wat vir my se steyn is die beste flyhalf wat ons het! v0k0lie

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-07-19 23:02

      Typical Bull supporter sporting the regulation two-tone kahki attire, the compulsory blue balls on his Hi Lux's towbar and the Pretoria mullet and snor! Klierkop deluxe!

  • jason.children - 2012-07-19 09:18

    As a Stormers supporter i cant wait for the Rugga on Saturday Morning! I will be shouting for the Sharks and Bulls!! Go boys give em hell!

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-19 09:45

      mooi man

      joachim.papenfuss.5 - 2012-07-19 11:01

      Jy is vetter as my sussie

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-19 11:40

      Jason die vetgat

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-19 12:26

      Haasbroek and Papenfuss,what a bunch of Tossers,talk rugby you idiots,why insult?? Papenpuss I would not talk if I were you,jys kek lelik.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 12:49

      joachims pic is very widely used in trolling circles. unfortunately as a troll joachim, you are coming in last place right now. up your game man.

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-19 22:33

      Have to agree with tardis for once. Papenfuss is all Avatar and no comment. Wearing thin. Just like tardis. Heheherhe...

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-07-19 09:25

    history proves nothing! as sports fans we know anything can happen. history favored barca against chelsea in 2012, history favored all blacks in 2003, 2007 world cups, history favored australia in 2011 cricket world cup . . . get my point? bulls have beaten the saders in knock-out games before!

      capri.corn.16144 - 2012-07-19 09:42

      Agree, history means nothing - it's about the who plays well on the day and who converts most of their opportunities to points. Although, history will have an influence psychologically, but knowing the Bulls - they are too thick (and I really mean that in a good way) for this to have an influence, not too sure about the Sharks but they have character! I truly hope to see the Sharks and Bulls progress to the semis.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 09:44

      now this is an indian man i like

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 09:44

      give that man a samoosa!

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-07-19 09:49

      @tom, hahaha.

      igenatius.bekker.1 - 2012-07-19 09:58

      The Crusaders fell apart last week when they took off McCaw and Carter. Those are the guys that hold that team together. If the Bulls manage to keep them quit they will take the win. The Sharks just need to do what they have been doing the last few games. So excited for the rugga! Yes man!

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-19 09:29

    Forget about history. In the playoffs, homeground favours. Unless you're the Stormers getting walloped by the Crusaders in Cape Town, or the Sharks choking against the Bulls in Durban...

  • tokolos.tokkie - 2012-07-19 09:46

    The Mighty BULLS will show some BMT this weekend and return home victorious. The Stompies must hope that they DON'T play the Bulls in the semi. there will be no 3rd time lucky for them this season. This is the stage of the competition where true champions stand up and rise to the occasion. GO BULLS!!!

      charl.koegelenberg - 2012-07-19 09:54

      There is no way the bulls can win this weekend, but it would be funny to see them going down to the stormers 3 times in one season.... But saterday is where it ends for the bulls this season

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-07-19 09:56

      Sakkie.... What does the Stormers have to do with rugby?

      hvanderlinde - 2012-07-19 10:26

      Charl: I'm with you on this one!! That would be hilarious!! And next year we'll hear the same thing all year round 3 Cups to 1 Cup. blah blah blah

      jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-07-19 11:13

      Raven waar val jy nou uit met Stormers 0. Jy verwar dit met die Bulls se 0 van die jaar.

      prudence.arendse - 2012-07-19 11:37

      @Tokolos tokkie - The Bulls r no threat at all! We stomped them on their own turf!!! Did u forget??

      jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-07-19 11:53

      Raven`tjie ek weet die beker beteken nie iets nie. Ek het ook nooit gese dat dit iets beteken nie;) Se maar net wen ons eers 2-0 volgende jaar voor jy sulke uitsprake lewer. En ek gee nie om wat die vorige 15 jaar gebeur het nie.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 12:51

      prudence please can you go back to cleaning the windows. i left windowlene, newspaper and my old underwear there at the front door for you to start. get off my computer and do your work please. i will be home at about 5 with your pay. and im not driving you to the taxi rank again today. you can walk

      jonathan.snyman.3 - 2012-07-19 16:45

      Tokkie Welcome back. Your team has a massive mountain to climb even with there BMT. Good luck. STORMERS

      prudence.arendse - 2012-07-19 16:45

      Oh Tom Retard - u such a bore! DROP DEAD!!!

      smellarat.smith - 2012-07-19 22:45

      Sometimes you wonder whether there are actually nice individuals behind some of the trolls here. Tardis, however, by making a comment with flagrant racist, overtones clearly reveals that he actually is the fool that he appears to be.

  • steveroodt - 2012-07-19 09:52

    Damn ............Not Saturday yet

      joachim.papenfuss.5 - 2012-07-19 11:01

      Nou ees dinsdag.

  • steveroodt - 2012-07-19 10:05

    A tweet by Quade Cooper appears to have put an end to the Queensland's thoughts of appealing the Reds playmaker's ban ahead of Saturday night's Super Rugby qualifying final against the Sharks in Brisbane.

  • mvw74 - 2012-07-19 10:31

    can't see the bulls beating the crusaders at home - superbru pick Saders by 9

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-19 10:35

      it's not about seeing... it's about believing?? Bulls by 9

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-19 10:39

      @sak- The Bulls beat and beat and beat and wacked and smacked and smashed and destroyed the stoomers 175-14 or so in a game!!!!! ..and beat and beat and....

      mvw74 - 2012-07-19 10:44

      Japjap -- say what?? you don't make any sence, please try again boet!

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-19 11:04

      oops sorry @mvw, ek sal dit seker met meer 'SENCE' moet se'?? THE BULLS BEAT AND BEAT AND BEAT AND WACKED AND SMACKED AND SMASHED AND DESTROYED THE STOOMERS 175-14 OR SO IN A GAME!!!!! ..AND BEAT AND BEAT AND.... ...happy??

      prudence.arendse - 2012-07-19 11:28

      Japjap has NO brainmatter whatsoever! Let's not stoop to his level of mentality!! Typical ol classless BB fan.

      ruan.vanniekerk.754 - 2012-07-19 12:39

      I second that. More like apeapeapeape. Lmao

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 12:52

      prudence, the madam asked if you could change the linen in the guest bedroom too please

  • Ashley - 2012-07-19 10:49

    Todd will you complain if that \big moments\ is in your favour...

  • johan.arendse.90 - 2012-07-19 10:53

    is tom my gay friend here,tom if u are u did not pay for the room last night,as usual.........cheapskate!!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 12:54

      yeh but your woman said it was free for yesterday cos she had double booked with someone else and pushed my appointment back a day.

  • pieter.kotze.148 - 2012-07-19 10:57

    I just want to find out if I have this correct? If the Bulls and the sharks win then the Bulls will play the Chiefs and the Sharks will play the stormers?

      jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-07-19 11:14

      Pieter maak nie saak wie speel wie nie Stormers 2012 S15 kampioene.

      jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-07-19 12:21

      Raven ek hoop die sharks wen want hul gan flou wees. Om 5 dae uit 14 op n vliegtuig te wees en n Super game te speel is nogal n tameletjie.

      jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-07-19 12:39

      Raven ek is darem nie so onpatrioties om n NZ of AUS span te ondersteun nie. Om 3 SA spanne in die semi`s te he sal flippen great wees. Solank Heneyke net al die Stormers bokke maak;)

      jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-07-19 13:08

      Haha. Ja ja. Die realiteit Raven Bulls Lover is: Stormers wen S15 vir die eerste keer. Hoofopskrif in die Rapport: HM kies 15 Stormers en slegs 2 Bulls vir die kampioene trofee. Dan wil ek net baie geluk hoor NIKS anders nie!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-19 13:13

      @jacques. En toe jy wakker word is jou koffie koud.

      bidi.barett - 2012-07-19 13:44

      mr kotze that's correct yes

  • clinton.aploon - 2012-07-19 11:12

    Dis hoe d crusaders al heeljaar d refs intimideer j kanit sien op d veld ook ..hoeveel miscall or jugdes was da in d crusaders se guns d jaar d meeste maar grysgat blackadder moan alwee!!!

      cape.maori - 2012-07-19 11:32

      @Clinton- Ek dink nie die Saders maak die besluite nie of dink jy so? Jy moet minder drink en beter spel sodat ek verstaan wat jy probeer se.

      niel.walt - 2012-07-19 12:35

      Hoeveel games het die bulls, sharks, stormers nie ook al gewen deur die ref nie? Dis deel van die game, dis die refs se skuld, nie spelers sin nie

  • - 2012-07-19 11:27

    The tappit who wrtoe the "article" never mentioned why history favours the Reds. Their history was as poor as that of the Lions until 2 seasons ago. At this stage all one can say about them is that they are a one season wonder.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-19 12:16

      I know you are nobody's fool, but maybe someone will adopt you

      niel.walt - 2012-07-19 12:18

      They won it and are still in the running? U make no sense. Was it not for injuries they wouldve been higher up than they r - 2012-07-19 14:06

      Ok, Niel, what part of history indicates to us that they are good come play-off time? Their first success in Super rugby came last year. That's it. That's the only positive blip in their history. Look at the Saders. Now there's a lot of history.

  • bidi.barett - 2012-07-19 13:35

    the sharks has a better chanse than the bulls. Saders to win by 10

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-19 13:38


  • charl.koegelenberg - 2012-07-19 14:27

    Crusaders wil win by 15

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-19 16:21

    Says the Master of cheat!

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