Ludeke lauds Steyn's effort

2011-04-04 08:29

J.J. Harmse

Pretoria – The two drop goals with which Bulls flyhalf Morné Steyn helped sink the Hurricanes in Napier on Saturday were not part of the game plan, but rather good judgement and instinct from a terrific flyhalf.

That was the admission from Bulls coach Frans Ludeke following the team’s excellent 26-14 Super Rugby win over the Hurricanes.

The Bulls showed with the victory that it’s completely premature to write them off as contenders.

“Those drop goals were instinctive. We did not talk about it beforehand or train to play that way. It shows what a fantastic player Morné is and what a great temperament he has,” said Ludeke.

Steyn’s drop goals in the 13th and 23rd minutes were daggers in the hearts of the Hurricanes, who only managed to break the Bulls’ stranglehold on the game in the second half.

“Those drop goals, and the three penalties by Morné in the first half, were precisely what we needed. We never allowed them to play, got in the right areas of the field and turned pressure into points. Then we could run back and start building from scratch,” said Ludeke.

“Morné grabbed the initiative with those drop goals and it worked very well for us. It just goes to show what he’s made of. He felt the opportunities were there and turned it into something special.”

The Bulls arrived in picturesque Queenstown on Sunday and, according to Ludeke, the natural beauty there is a bonus for the team, who already have a lot of confidence following two good victories.

“It’s always good to start the tour on a positive note and the victory ensured precisely that. We had a good win against the Lions and followed it up with a good one against the Hurricanes. That was important for our momentum.”

Ludeke was particularly satisfied that the Bulls were tactically superior to their opponents.

“We controlled the game tactically, defended superbly, dominated contact and completely disrupted their lineout. They could never get on the front foot.”

The coach was equally satisfied with some of his big name players, who did justice to their reputations for the first time this year.

Pierre Spies, Wynand Olivier, Steyn and Victor Matfield were brilliant, to say the least.

“Yes, it was a hallmark of our game that the right guys made big contributions. It promises good things for the rest of the tour,” said Ludeke.

The Bulls will have two training sessions before arriving in Timaru on Friday for Saturday’s match against the Crusaders.

“There are good facilities here, the guys are up for it and it’s a big challenge to beat the Crusaders. It’s going to be a good week,” said Ludeke.

“The Crusaders are setting the pace and will provide us with a good test.”

Zane Kirchner (knee) is the only injury concern and the Bulls will make a call on his fitness on Tuesday.


Bulls 26 (15): Try: Francois Hougaard. Penalties: Morné Steyn (5). Drop goals: Steyn (2).
14 (3). Try: Serge Lilo. Penalties: Daniel Kirkpatrick (2), Aaron Cruden.


  • JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 08:34

    ...the Bulls have the best no 8, 9, ...and no 10 in the world...!! ....Go Bulls...!!!!

      Otello - 2011-04-04 10:26

      Why are drop-kicks not part of the game plan? It has always been Morne's strength. He kicked the Bull to 2 Super 14 titles. Really, what are coaches up to?

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-04 11:14

      JohnnyBB : Ek sien volgens daai nar van n JJ het julle klaar die super 15 gewen , geluk man julle is briljant om nou al die beker te wen 3 CHEERS

      Daniel - 2011-04-04 11:42

      no.9 Definetly. Not so sure about 8 & 10.

  • JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 08:38

    ....and the best no 5 in the world...!! ...and the best captian....!!

      TheDuck - 2011-04-04 16:59

      He is the worlds WORST captain. Best number 5 - WORST captain.

  • JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 08:38

    ....and the best no 4 in the world........

      mummford - 2011-04-04 09:04

      and you need to get laid!!!

      ksetshotlho - 2011-04-04 09:05

      and the best no. 2, 3, 7. in fact, the best fifteen and vice-captain. and coach. and fans. and stadium. best everything.

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 09:09

      Esme agreed,will give her adress to Johnny

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-04-04 09:53

      Hey Smurfie, you pimpin your sister now? or is esme your wife?

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 10:04

      Actually Mummford will be able to answer you seeing that she is his wifey

      Lloyd - 2011-04-04 10:08

      You mean Rudolph.

      Lloyd - 2011-04-04 10:11

      Oops I mean Ralph.

      mummford - 2011-04-04 10:37

      Oh Alwyn, yes i do.Esme is now your wife.But not Ralph.You see Alwyn if you had any brains you would have remembered i played center not flank and i dont think Ralph took his career further then WP21 where i went to UK and Aussie.But you may call me Ralph if you want.I would not be ashamed at all, he was a great sportsmen.So my new name is Ralph that gave Alwyns wife HORNS behind Bishops Pavilion.

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 11:26

      Why the hell would i know you played centre? youre not even a noteworthy rugby player,,Ralphie stop making like a Judas ,admit you have a wifey called Esme

      Kaapie - 2011-04-04 16:30

      You dont perhaps suffer from obsessive behaviour.. me thinks so. Hou van enige kak wat n blou bul trei dra

  • gooinat - 2011-04-04 08:43

    If the Canes had a decent kicker and an idiot not dropping the ball with an open try line(the pass was crap though)it would have been a different story,if there was a "stronger" ref,Du Preez would have cost them,has he become a cry baby or what???,Olivier is slowly but surely learning,if u pass the ball to the wings they will score tries,well done on the win for the Bulls though!!!!

      Jaco - 2011-04-04 08:48

      Fourie du Preez isn't any worse than Jacques Fourie though. Daai armpies is ook maar all over the show.

      Corrie - 2011-04-04 08:49

      Don't think it is about being a cry baby though I agree with you that one of these days he MIGHT cost the a scrumie he has the ability to see errors made by other players and thus remind the ref of those errors...Olivier had a very good game but I'm not going to praise him for that until I see a few more of those games...All and all it was definately a different team on the field.

      molefeP - 2011-04-04 09:08

      @gooinat, I think the canes where so shocked when WO passed the ball that they stopped playing :-p.

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 09:11

      Maybe you should look at all the teams scrumhalves,they all do it Duvenhage and January included

      Luckybugger - 2011-04-04 09:39

      BS you can understand why January gooi's his arms in the air, he needs the rest as he is packing a couple of extra kilo's, they should really issue him with bigger clothes he looks like a sausage in rugby kit, as for Fourie there is no excuse, he loses the ball atleast once in a game due to his theatrics.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 09:50

      Speaking of scrumhalves, at this stage the No 9 impressing ME the most,is once again, Sarel Pretorious.....

      Marx - 2011-04-04 09:59

      Jaaa gooinat.....and if the Sharks used all there wasted opportunities, they would have won easily!!

      Bulla - 2011-04-04 10:03

      @gooinat: IF this and IF that??? The game is over and nothing can change the outcome. Stop spiiting your anti-Bulls comments!

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 10:05

      @SAFFA,i have to agree ,Sarel Pretorius is currently my choice as well at 9 and Deon Fourie my choice at 2

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-04 11:17

      Bulla - Good comment , please just convey it to all those FLOU Bul supporters that spit bile & always full of vile ,ugly , dirty & personal comments . !!!

      Bulla - 2011-04-04 11:41

      Cliff, I wish all supporters (incl my fellow Bulls) would just start acting their age and be civil. Sport24 allow us to comment on their articles to see what the public think of waht's been written about and not to insult one another. The public's view is very important.

  • watalife - 2011-04-04 08:49

    Sure JohnnyBB they are the best if you have a big fat blue splinter in your eye. Dont get ahead of yourself here JohnnyBB. Same old style still played by the bulls have not favourved them this season nor will it help them going any further. They outplayed the Canes in all aspects of the game but hell the Canes are useless to say the least. The Saders will take the bulls apart this weekend. Sadres +18

      Marius Swart - 2011-04-04 17:07

      @watalife.Miskien moet die blou bul afrigting span al die motiveerders wat hulle betaal om ons spelers te koppe reg te kry afdank en net op superbru lees wat jy oor hulle te skryf het.Geen mens sal dat daar so baie nonsens oor hom gese en geskryf word sonder om te wil beter doen.So van al die blou bul ondersteuners op Superbru wil ons jou bedank vir die onbaatsugtige werk wat jy en jou tjommies doen vir ons span.Se maar waar jy wil he ons n' foto van die super 15 trofee moet heen stuur as die kompetisie verby is.Dankie vir jou harde werk

  • Jaco - 2011-04-04 08:49

    Morne Steyn, Pierre Spies en Wynand Olivier begin al klaar beter lyk. Hulle is mos sommer al vroeg afgesryf.

      Corrie - 2011-04-04 08:54

      Stem saam al wil ek se dat hulle beter geword het wil ek eers nog n paar sulke games sien dan sal ek weet dat hulle begin werk het op die foute.

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 08:59

      Habana ,Smit weereens bewys die week dat hulle oor die muur is,Deon Fourie is die beste hakker in SA.Steyn het weer bewys dat hy n wedstrydwenner is.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 09:12

      ....Bryan Banana and Baby Aplon = "has-beens"...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 09:51

      @Jaco - hate to break this to you mate,RE your: Spies and Olivier are finding form, but even Jacob Zuma makes a good decision every now and again......

      Lloyd - 2011-04-04 10:10

      Whatever tart.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 10:47

      @Mummford: Who earth does Alwyn think you are? Has he simply googled every WP age group player from 1991 and thrown a dart at his PC screen to decide on your identity?

      mummford - 2011-04-04 11:11

      SAFFA...I did not play WP21 in 1991.....Still at school!So let him have his little thing.Alwyn , how is Ricky doing?

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 11:29

      Mummfart you never played for WP,,NOT AT ANY LEVEL,,But there were a stage that they battled to find waterboys,maybe then you were selected as part of the support team

      mummford - 2011-04-04 12:06

      Alwyn, i did and if you want me to prove it i will.But im really not Ralph.How tall is "your" Ricky?and is he colored or white??Now focus

      Whatever - 2011-04-04 13:04

      Jaco jy is n dom d@@s!

      Whatever - 2011-04-04 13:05

      JACO kan jou vrou nie reel dat jy Spies n BJ gee een of ander tyd terwyl sy sy eiers suie nie.Miskien sal dit jou laat bedaar jou simpel Snorcity NAR!

      Whatever - 2011-04-04 13:11

      ALWYN hoe vêr is jy met die Cortina PAPPA!? Imagine n Orange Cortina met chrome mags in Boksburg of Hatfield.Agter die stuur is Phillip Burger wat skuins hang met die regterarm by die venster uit.Lings voor Bakkies Dowwe Botha.Regs agter Oierre Spier Spies,lings agter Morne Jacobregop Steyn en in die middel agter Tappet Hougaard! Almal natuurlik met agterstevoor BB kepse, moulose T-shirts met hul voorname agterop en Jesus loves you voor oppi borsies!Hehehehehehehehehe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Die kar stop by die garage en ALWYN maak vol terwyl JACO die ruite was...te mooi PAPPA!

      Bulla - 2011-04-04 14:12

      @Whatever: Jy het 'n ongelooflike ryk verbeelding. Gebruik nou hierdie gawe van jou en skryf 'n bietjie iets betekenisvol op hierdie website!

      Kaapie - 2011-04-04 16:33

      Miskien Morne maar ek weet nie WO en Spies nie. Hulle twee speel al nou sleg vanaf begin van verleede jaar se S14 - 2011-04-05 10:29

      JohhnyBB lol what do you know abour rugby , Bulls dont have the ref's on there side like they did all those years now they are KUK. hahahaha. Stomers will walk it this year. Bulls the only team to lose 12 games out of 12 in super 12 LOL losersssssss.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 08:58

    Whattt??????? And Ludeke has no praise for Meisiekind? Spies? Shame on you coach.

      mummford - 2011-04-04 09:08 i am truly not concerned about any other team but our Stormers.Wow are they proving some of these nob heads(Alwyn,Jaco) wrong.Yes the Bulls played well but for me it was all about us beating the Sharks and Garry Kirsten.Besides him dropping the ball , our Captain is a true legend.I would love to see his work rate stats!

      Corrie - 2011-04-04 09:09


      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 09:13

      ...Meisiekind, no 12....!!

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 09:21

      Ralphie the great waterboy from Bishops,,,,,thanks for not being concerned about the Bulls ,as a matter of fact im sure they dont give a sh*t

      gooinat - 2011-04-04 09:22

      @Mumford,wonder how Ludik is feeling after Burger nailed him,this Baron smurf chop,do you think it is who I think it is???

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 09:26

      You know who Baron Smurf is chaps......f@rk I was hoping a an overloaded taxi would have driven over his foot whilst he was "running" on Saturday morning...bu no such luck....The Hugh Hefner of Warmbad with his harem of morbidly obese circus ladies, lives to embarass himself another day....

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 09:28

      @Mummford - My question re Spies and Meisiekind was sarcasm of the highest....Meisiekind is now apparently the finest centre in SA.......and Spies, well, he faked 4 tackles, not 2.....failed in protecting his tryline, and didn't fall over - and now he is suddenly BACK IN TOP FORM? Tsk the ANC sheeple some of these clowns are. Indeed our BOYS.......stoked stoked stoked.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 09:29

      @Gooinat - my moment of the match :) Koster nailing Bissie and driving him backwards.....I reckon at about 80km/s per hour.

      mummford - 2011-04-04 09:42

      Baron?? Yes Saffa it is.Just picture both eyes pointing south whilst he tries to write his lovely upper class comments".I fink it a good game was"The Bulls is the best south afrrica team rugby i fink."Hey B*&% bring another me Brandy wif coke wif ice"

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 09:49

      Hey Ralph ,,,,what does Esme have to say?

      unbeatabulls - 2011-04-04 09:49

      SAFFA-CAT...getalife and comment on your own team. As for the bulls, the build up is beginning, will peak at the right time, just love this player management and have full confidence that Bulls will regin champions again this year, bulls 4ever!!!!

      gooinat - 2011-04-04 09:50

      @Mumford,I thought Alwyn drank Branners and Diet Dixie Cola,he has to watch he's weight,after all he is a champion marathon runner,did you get the nod to he's birthday party last Friday at the Barons mansion???

      mummford - 2011-04-04 10:02

      Alwyn....Ralph and Graeme Koster , i think , are the uncles to Nick Koster.Does everything have to be explained to you 3 times.I did not go to Bishops but to a school not to far away and i was about 3 years below him if im correct.So try again Alwyn.You really embarrassing yourself this morning hey??Did your wife let rip on your head again this morning??

      mummford - 2011-04-04 10:14

      Saffa- I have always said a scrum half is only as good as he is behind a loosing pack or team.In this case i think Vermaak really deserves a tap on the back.He is not having it easy and always seems to perform on the day.Oh i promised i would not say anything but this Esme girl Alwyn keeps bringing up, its actually his blow up doll that wears a stormers jersey with Januarie on the back.Shhh dont say a word.Very embarrassing for the old guy!

      gooinat - 2011-04-04 10:18

      @Mumford,LOL re- the blow up doll comment:)

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-04 11:19

      unbeatabulls : Get the Flou Bul supporters to do the same OK

  • molefeP - 2011-04-04 09:06

    @johnnyBB, you feeling ok boet? You should not skip your lithium like that! That said, at least my Bulls won!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 09:14

      ...Go Bulls..!! .....Champion Bulls..!!!!

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 09:15

      hini indaba bafana?

      molefeP - 2011-04-04 09:33

      @Baron Smurf, lets stick to english. Trust me, my english is a lot better than your Zulu.

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 09:43

      Khuluma isizulu,Sawobona Makelwane Molefe,,,,e Bulls Makhulu Mlungu,s

      mummford - 2011-04-04 09:50

      And Alwyn once again you look like a chop.Stick to English nob!

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-04-04 09:51

      lol molefe...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 10:22

      @Gooinat -ok dude, I am ROTFLMAO - that is the comment of the day!!!

      gooinat - 2011-04-04 10:50

      @Saffa,Mumford is indeed the Fastest Gunslinger alive,the guy cracks me up with laughter:)

  • BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 09:06


      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-04 09:20

      ......he he he he he ..!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 09:30

      Alwyn - was your "marathon?"

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 09:41

      Sub 4,,,,

      mummford - 2011-04-04 09:48 mean SubWay.........

      gooinat - 2011-04-04 10:07

      @Alwyn,thats not bad for a fat boy,did the crowd erupt into singing "Liefling" when you entered the stadium.

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 10:08

      No thats where i meet Esme for a quicky,,,Subway Tango

      mummford - 2011-04-04 10:39

      Esme...the famous blow up doll.When can we meet her??

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 10:43

      Mummford just admit that Esme is your wife,FB dont lie

      mummford - 2011-04-04 11:07

      Oh you went on to FB to look up Koster.Hell you are a true Japs eye.LOL Where does Ralph live these days?He is originally from the Karoo.But i am flattered you made so much effort...truly i am.But i am younger then him.

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-04 11:20

      BaronSmurf : SAFFA CAT , you read wrong , he only passed grade 4 !!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 11:20

      @Mummford - oh dear Saints.....Alwyn is indeed an online predator.......not sure if I should be chuffed that I was correct, or concerned about Alwyn "Facebook doesn't lie" Kruger.

  • kosie - 2011-04-04 09:07

    better by the bulls, but the canes aren't that good this year, and they played kak saturday. but at least it is a win for the bulls.

  • Dave-the-bul - 2011-04-04 09:18

    Much better Bulls, Morne, Fourie, Hougaard, Matfield, Olivier and Spies great! Thanks Bulls great win in NZ!

      Dave-the-bul - 2011-04-04 09:20

      And Dewald Potgieter WOW! awesome performance! I could not believe you got up after one of the Hurricane players tackled you! GO BULLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 11:38

      ja look me and dave-the-bul are friends.. tx.

      Dave-the-bul - 2011-04-04 11:43

      I concur with rugby_guru Even though he is a Sharks supporter, and I support the greatest team in the world the Bulls, we are friends because we unite for the Rugby World Cup 2011 Tx

      rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 11:46

      Ja look and even though he is a Bulls supporter and i'm a Sharks supporter (the sharks greatest team on the face of the planet) we will unite the rugby world... As friends, aka rugby friends (only)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-04 11:46

      Oh for the love of the best gunslingers who eventually die. Dave?

      mummford - 2011-04-04 11:54

      Someone give Dave a Tissue

  • cheetahh - 2011-04-04 09:20

    nice game bulls, congrats. Enige wen oorsee is goed.

  • Gary - 2011-04-04 09:29

    Victor said it best in his after match interview. "We have the best KICKING 9 and 10 in the world" Pity that is all they know how to do or at least, told to do.

  • Jean - 2011-04-04 09:35

    Well done bulls! Maar julle kan julself nie teen die hurricanes meet nie, hulle is ma kakerig die jaar! Sien uit om te sien hoe julle teen die crusaders speel! Good Luck!

  • Hannes van der Linde - 2011-04-04 09:49

    Die hele naweek se ek al vir my vriende die Bulle se bekke gaan weer groot wees hierdie hele week oor hulle wen. Dit was maar droog die laaste paar weke maar as 'n Stormer ondersteuner will ek graag vir die Bulle se geluk. Wel gedaan, dit is die eerste een op die pad en ek hoop hulle hou dit daar. Morne is besig om vorm terug te kry en dit lyk of Papier Spies amper wil begin fisies raak. Olivier kon uiteindelik weer die lyn breek maar hy gee nogsteeds nie uit nie. En dit is goed om vir F Hougaard weer op die veld te sien. En as hulle volgende een verloor, gaan hulle bekke die week daarna nogsteeds groot wees maar hulle gaan dan die hele week aangaan oor hoe dis Stormers "Suck". Moeilik om te glo? tog nie

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 10:09

      Nou Hannes as Olivier die lyn gebreek het en nie uitgegee het nie hoe de moer het Hougaard met die bal opgeeindig om te gaan druk?

      Marx - 2011-04-04 11:10

      Hannes, slaan jy nou weer jou naam met ñ plank..........

  • Witsand local - 2011-04-04 10:09

    Let's just hope the rest of his Bok/Bulls team mates regain their form because I doubt that there will be any surprises when the rwc squad get announced.

  • Eugene - 2011-04-04 10:11

    and the most common supporters in the world!

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-04 11:21

      Eugene : You got no argument there !!!

      BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 11:34

      Stormers Supporters ,i have to agree,do suck and are extremely common

  • rugby_guru - 2011-04-04 11:37

    Erm, they dont have the best 8th, but they do have the best 9/10

  • sessisie - 2011-04-04 11:40

    Very good effort all round.

  • JustinD - 2011-04-04 12:46

    Well done Bulls, you scrapped past the wipping boys of the competition........very impressive!!!

  • Whatever - 2011-04-04 13:12


      unbeatabulls - 2011-04-04 14:43

      PHUCK YOU WHATEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oukoos - 2011-04-04 16:03

    Well done en baie geluk. Moet net nie te gou windgat raak nie. Daar is nog twee Shark wedstryde wat in Mei en Junie voorlê en ek regtig nie sien hoe die Bulls die Sharks kan wen nie -- selfs die Stormers het maar teen die Sharks gesukkel.

  • StBad - 2011-04-04 21:37

    He commanded the field this wkend, no doubt... but lets be honest, he's been very flat for a very long time now. Lets hope he continues so PDV doesn't pull a shocker on selection at flyhalf later this year (EJ???).

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