Ludeke: Mistakes can be fixed

2011-02-21 07:23

J.J. Harmse

Pretoria – Fortunately for the Bulls all the mistakes that nearly cost them victory against the Lions can be fixed with hard work on the training field.

That is the view of Bulls coach Frans Ludeke after his side produced a clinical first 40 minutes and then nearly lost the game in the second half.

The Bulls could not score any points in the second half of their 24-20 win, were penalised heavily at the breakdowns and even got a yellow card for poor discipline.

They also had to defend their line desperately against a determined Lions outfit. The home side managed to cross the line twice.

“It’s about keeping the ball. We used the ball well in the first half and could even have scored another two or three tries. But we conceded too much possession in the second half. We will have to look after our possession better,” said Ludeke.

Bulls captain Victor Matfield took some responsibility in that regard.

“Yes, I was someone who gave the ball away unnecessarily with that kick of mine in the second half. It was not a good option,” admitted Matfield.

He said the team’s defence was a highlight.

“It saps the energy from you when you have to defend all the time and the Lions really tested us in the second half. You have to praise them for the manner in which they kept the ball and we had to make a lot of tackles. I am very proud of the manner in which the guys stuck to the task.”

Bulls scrumhalf Fourie du Preez was also satisfied.

“Our goal was to pull this one off and it happened. My shoulder also held out well and it’s always nice to be victorious in a milestone like a 100th game. But we can play a lot better than that and that will be the focus this week,” said Du Preez.

He celebrated his 100th game with a good performance and stopped many of the Lions’ attacks on defence.

“We were under pressure at times and I’m satisfied that I could stop their momentum at times,” said Du Preez.

Ludeke will hear on Monday what the damage is to Gary Botha’s shoulder, but it does not look good for the hooker. He left the field in great pain after about half an hour and was replaced by Chiliboy Ralepelle.

Bulls flank Derick Kuün will probably be used as substitute hooker while Botha recovers, with Ralepelle set to wear the No 2 jersey for the next few weeks.

Kuün played hooker for the Bulls in 2007 and 2008 before moving back to the flank.

The Bulls are still without Francois Hougaard, but Jaco Pretorius should be declared fit to be able to play against the Cheetahs on Friday.

Danie Rossouw, who had to be replaced by Flip van der Merwe due to a spider bite shortly before kick-off, will also be ready.


  • Alwyn - 2011-02-21 07:29

    I dont call it mistakes,i call it a lack of fitness,a lack of concentration and a lack of discipline,and as a Bull supporter i ask that Bakkies get his act together,4 penalties is not what he is there for.The tide turned the moment Stegman went off,no fetcher and the Lions were allowed to retain the ball,Marius Jonker also made a few dodgy calls both ways that affected the game ,But we have no excuses,We went to sleep the second half,Hope this was a wake up call

      The Observer - 2011-02-21 08:17

      Jakes. What ever, get a bigger tv or some new contacts.

  • Theuns - 2011-02-21 07:32

    Sane game plan,same game plan,same game plan,same game plan,same game biting us in the but. To much experience brings about complacency...............! Lions pack were hungry! - 2011-02-21 08:32

      Any team who plays running rugby against the Bulls would be the winners..... The Bulls are overweight and overpaid and 'over-age'....... GO LIONS !!!!!

      pg001 - 2011-02-21 09:11 Did the lions win?

      Johnny - 2011-02-21 09:52, ........Bulls = Super Champions X3...!!!

      seeps.mazi - 2011-02-21 10:02

      Johnny strikes agai9n with his insightful and intelligent comments = idiotic muppet

      Johnny - 2011-02-21 11:33

      @seeps.mazi, was not a comment, .....its is a FACT....!! ......poephol....

      seeps.mazi - 2011-02-21 11:40

      You show your lack of intelligence young man. Why not go back home drink your brandy and coke and moer your wife again? Your comments are rather stupid and repetitive you anal retentive!!!!

      Balsakhater - 2011-02-21 11:40

      @Seeps.Mazi - Funny how the idiotic muppet is intellectually correct - Poepol

      Johan - 2011-02-21 12:30

      even when the Bulls played K@K for most of the game they still managed to win! that is a sign of a class act no matter how you look or feel about it! BULLS, BULLS, BULLS, BULLS, BULLS all the way!

  • Oukoos - 2011-02-21 07:45

    Beide spanne het tye van stront aanjaag gehad - tipies van 'n eerste wedstryd in die nuwe seision. Maar as spanne wat "swak" speel, hierdie soort van spel lewer, hoe gaan hulle lyk as hulle op stryk is? As Stormers ondersteuner is ek geworried, erg geworried. En ek dink die Shark en Cheethas ondersteuners ook..

      Theuns - 2011-02-21 08:04

      Toemaar Oukoos dit is maar net die begin van die seisoen, daar wag 'n baie goeie super rugby seisoen op ons!

      GraemeBB - 2011-02-21 10:56

      Oukoos - as I watched all the games, most teams were not playing great. There was alot of excitement, but alot of errors. I think we will see the boys pick up the tempo, and start playing better as the season goes on. Stormers should beat the Lions, and I cant wait to watch the game - Stormers should do it though.

  • Michele - 2011-02-21 07:52

    First game of the season so it's a little early to be critical. The main thing is that good teams win games even when they play poorly and the Bulls 2nd half was poor. However I am sure that these early crinkles will ironed out in no time at all.

  • Kurt - 2011-02-21 08:05

    Bulls were lucky, besides the ref was on their side as usual. How many high tackles where not seen by the ref on Lions players???? Bulls need a hand this year to even proceed to the semi's.............bring in the forth official to the field....!!!!!!

      2coolnick - 2011-02-21 08:16

      You can only be a stormer supporter....

      The Observer - 2011-02-21 08:22

      Kurt. Face it when you loose, don't be a such a wuss and blame the ref. First 40 the Lion were demolished, no help from ref were needed for Bulls tries. And if your mr. over hyped Jantjies kicked better they could have won. No my friend this one the ref played no part in the Lions loss, get a bigger tv you might see the game next time.

      Peanut - 2011-02-21 08:24

      I agree Kurt. So many high tackles were made and the ref, I think, only blew for one!

      Johnny - 2011-02-21 09:54

      ....Luckily the Srombarians did not lose.... ...because they did not play...!!! .......Ha ha ha ha ha ha ..!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-02-21 10:37

      Kurt, nothing gets to me like a poor sport. The Lions had AMPLE oppotunity to win this one - they didnt. That is the bottom line. And at the end of the season the score card will read 1 point for the Lions in their first encounter. The Bulls are going to make you cry this year again, and you will be talking about a 5th official.

      Johan - 2011-02-21 12:40

      if you play against guys that are half your size your bound to get a few tackles that 'look' high. Bulls were penalized twice as much as the Lions. Boils down to the right decisions made on the field. Oh yes, and a reliable kicker hehehe... BULLS all the way!

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-21 15:37

      Question for the Bulls supporters - and this is serious, not tongue in cheek: This Johnny laaitie commenting here, is he OK mentally-wise? Lyk my regtig sy ma het hom op sy kop laat val toe hy klein was. No way someone could make the comments he does, and not be seriously challenged. Just asking - he's one of yours.

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-21 08:14

    Marius Jonkers call both ways were poor,I DID NOT SEE HIM PASSING THE BALL to Gerhard van den Heever or Zane Kirchner,He also did not distract The kickers ,The ref did affect the game but not the outcome,,,Poor Kicking ,poor options ,poor handling,poor tackling ,counted at the end of the against both teams,The Bulls were lucky to win i admit,but a win is a win

  • sessisie - 2011-02-21 08:39

    "The home side managed to cross the line twice." [?] The Lions scored 3 tries, not 2!

      Alwyn - 2011-02-21 08:41

      And your point is?,,,,look at the score board.A game is won on points,not on tries

      Bulla - 2011-02-21 14:51

      The comment was relating to the 2nd half, moron!

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2011-02-21 08:41

    Alles het verander toe Gary afgegaan het. Hulle het ons gerush en ons het saam gespeel, moes die game stadig gemaak het. 4 punte vir 'n veg game sal ons vat dankie.

      FuzzyStorm - 2011-02-21 08:51

      slowing the game down wont work against the NZ or Aus Teams. Dark day await for the Bulls

  • knight - 2011-02-21 09:18

    Hoop Cheetahs and Lions vaar beter hierdie jaar. Blues, Crusaders en Waratahs lyk goed. Kom ons plaas fokus op hoe ons vergelyk.

  • dushaas - 2011-02-21 09:19

    Well done to the Bulls for holding on. Too many individuals trying to break the line on the lions' side. Much better rugby to watch than the Shark Cheetah game. I was really hoping that the Lions would clinch this one, and boy they almost did. Had a couple of Bulls supporters over and it was nail biting stuff. My games for the weekend was definitely the Blues/Crusaders and the Lions/Bulls. I said the Bulls were going to lose and I was wrong. I can admit as much. My team didn't even have to play and they got 4 points, pure class I tell you, pure class!!! GO STORMERS!

      seeps.mazi - 2011-02-21 10:08

      Dushaas I have been waiting for you - you owe me an apology my mate? Did I not say that the Bulls would be a bridge too far for the Lions? You cannot compare The Sharks encounter as that was rain affected which really helped the Cheetahs who just never got off the bus, dry weather would have seen the Sharks put 50 past them!! Exciting rugby to watch was the Blues/Saders game and the Lions/Bulls indeed however it does tell us that the Bulls are beatable(But we Sharks knew that already). I can't wait for round two of this competition because the Lions may very well have the upper hand against the Stormers purely based on having played the extra game? What say you bru....

      mike - 2011-02-21 15:00

      The Bulls Lions game was also rain affected, it came down in buckets just before the game.

  • mightygrogg - 2011-02-21 14:29

    Bakkies has signed for Toulon. 3 years at 700 000 Euros per year.

  • Mark - 2011-02-22 12:15

    Gooooooooooooo Lions

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