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Less kick-and-chase for Bulls?

2012-02-28 09:18

Cape Town - The aerial bombardment with which the Bulls halted the Sharks might not be repeated so often against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this weekend.

The men from Pretoria constantly peppered the Durbanites with high kicks in their Super Rugby clash last Friday night, with the Sharks struggling to cope and eventually going down 18-13.

But the Bulls' kicking coach, Vlok Cilliers, told the Beeld newspaper they decided on that tactic specifically for the Sharks clash.

"The kickers kicked to the right spots and Bjorn Basson and company applied pressure and contested brilliantly in the air.

"It put the Sharks under immense pressure," said Cilliers.

The Bulls' driving mauls from lineouts were also impeccable against the Sharks and definitely a tactic they'll employ against the Cheetahs.

They also used this aspect of play well in their pre-season victory over the Cheetahs earlier this month. At times during that game they had the Cheetahs on the back foot for more than 60 metres and eventually ran out comfortable 39-16 victors.

The men from Pretoria successfully used the rolling maul 13 times against the Sharks, much more than any other team in week one of Super Rugby. The Blues and the Lions (five each) are second best.

Sport24

Comments
  • Jason - 2012-02-28 09:24

    I really like the Cheetahs brand of rugby, and its a pitty they battle to hold onto young talent........but I dont think they will have enough to down the Bulls. Stormers 4 life!

      Saffa - 2012-02-28 09:30

      The thing with kick and chase is: If it works on the day, it leads to victory BUT it usually only works effectively 5 games out of 10 -which is why the Boks don't have a higher winning percentage.....If the Boks want to win as many games as the Kiwis do (IN BETWEEN WORLD CUPS) we need a few other options - like keeping the f####g ball in hand because we certainly have the players to do so.

      Tim - 2012-02-28 09:56

      The reason the Bulls kicking game was so good on the weekend was because of accuracy. Most of those kicks were high and not so deep that those coming through couldn't challenge for the ball. Basson was excellent and where players couldn't get the ball, they were able to tackle immediately. In wet/humid conditions and if your kicker is not on form this would not work. I'm excited to see what the Bulls do to the Cheetahs and if they arrive with a brand of attacking rugby emphasising possession.

      Timothy - 2012-02-28 10:07

      The Bulls unlike the Stormers lack an attacking backline. Sadly they will not go far in this tournament because they play an one dimensional style of rugby. As a South African rugby supporter who supports all our franchises I really hope they do but I cant see that happening. They really weren't impressive against the sharks nor were any of our teams except the Stormers. The Stormers are the only SA team who is showing an attacking style of play and I expect them to go far

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-28 11:45

      Tim, the Bulls have won it 3 times with their brand of rugby, idiot.

      Christopher - 2012-02-28 12:28

      They've won 3 times Bulldozer but the top teams are adapting to kick and chase and are punishing it. Just look at what happened to the Boks in 2010 when we tried to repeat the kick-chase successes of 2009. The All Blacks ass-raped us!!! A team needs to be well rounded ie. use kick-chase, have a backline that's skillful with ball in hand and have a forward pack with the grunt to outdrive the opposition. The 2003 England squad are a good example of this as are the All Blacks. The Boks and Bulls sometimes lack a plan B when the kick-chase isn't working.

  • Lionel - 2012-02-28 09:34

    Bulls want to change there kick and chase game which is great news but Meisiekind is playing so the ball want go further than him!!!

  • Papa-storm - 2012-02-28 09:37

    yhea right thats not gonna happen if whats his face is eyeing a new record

  • Gavin - 2012-02-28 09:38

    Why not kick and chase? It befuddled the hapless and hopeless Sharks and won them the game. The Sharks were hopeless against this tactic but maybe the point is, other teams won't be so clueless?

      Lionel - 2012-02-28 09:45

      I think maybe its because the Cheetahs are very dangerous on attack!!!!

      Christopher - 2012-02-28 12:29

      Exactly! The Sharks were hopeless on the day but try that against the Reds, Blues or Crusaders and the Bulls will be in for a long day!!!

  • Timothy - 2012-02-28 10:07

    The Bulls unlike the Stormers lack an attacking backline. Sadly they will not go far in this tournament because they play an one dimensional style of rugby. As a South African rugby supporter who supports all our franchises I really hope they do but I cant see that happening. They really weren't impressive against the sharks nor were any of our teams except the Stormers. The Stormers are the only SA team who is showing an attacking style of play and I expect them to go far

      jean.rossouwsa - 2012-02-28 10:54

      Ag my hel... nie weer die Bulle kots nie! Leer julle nooit nie????? Bulle weet hoe om te weet en jou span moet nog uitvind. Hierdie wp is die allerbeste raak nou wragtig afgesaag... Newsflash maar jou span het nog NIKS gewen nie, en gaan ook nie.

      Lion - 2012-02-28 16:37

      @ Tim... What are you smoking? Luckily your name is not "Tim The Thinker". This sh@t you write here definitely does not come from a man who think. Bulls will eat you guys for breakfast any day.

  • Danie - 2012-02-28 11:36

    Dis al rugby wat die Bulle kan speel anyway,en 90% van die tyd is spelers voor die bal,wat soos gewoonlik nie geblaas word nie..... Even NAAS het gese laas jaar dat de Bulls moet wegkom van die styl van speel... Skop die bal in die lug op en hou duim vas die ane span kan nie die bal vang nie.....pateties...... Eendag gan hulle nog hele wedstryd lank skop,dan kry hulle n span wat niks misvang nie,dan sit hulle met bogerol besit..... Kan nie wag om dit te sien nie....

  • rondee.scherman - 2012-02-28 12:49

    Who is the ref? If its Lawrence again we can start to line up the kickers again. His record stands at 30 penalies in 80 minutes. Lets see if he can better it!

  • Jenny - 2012-02-28 14:11

    Whether kick and chase works or not, its boring. Nobody can argue otherwise. Bulls play BORING rugby. End of story.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-28 14:14

      Bitter much?

  • Lion - 2012-02-28 16:36

    @ Tim... What are you smoking? Luckily your name is not "Tim The Thinker". This sh@t you write here definitely does not come from a man who think. Bulls will eat you guys for breakfast any day.

  • Ockie - 2012-02-28 17:14

    The Bulls will not kick that much to the Cheetahs, because of a tall fullback (Daniller). They will however still kick, chase hard and maul as this is their game plan to put other teams under pressure. Hopefully the Cheetahs will be better prepared for this than the sharks. Watch out for young Johan Goosen. He might punish them if they kick the ball into his hands.

  • bertiedw - 2012-02-29 06:42

    High kick and charge have been the brand of rugby Noord Transvaal , Die Blou Bulle and The Bulls played for many a year. It worked for them so why change? You dont need many brains to coach this style and less brains to implement it. Then why buy all the talented youngsters from other provinces? Maybe to keep them out of the system? only a question!

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