Matfield: We have a secret plan

2011-06-09 21:58

J.J. Harmse

Pretoria - "The Stormers have a good defence, but we have a plan or two to get through it. We have analysed them and there are ways of getting around it."

Those were the words of Bulls captain Victor Matfield, who is not only respected as a lineout strategist worldwide, but also as someone who is good at analysing the weaknesses of opponents.

According to Matfield, the Bulls have "one or two" new tricks with which they hope to surprise the Stormers, but he admits that the rest of their onslaught will be fairly familiar.

"We won't deviate too much from the typical Bulls pattern - it has, after all, brought us to where we are. But there is a surprise or two in store," said Matfield.

"It's about applying pressure and territorial advantage. Early points will help and if you have a lead and build pressure from there, it will also help," added the most experienced captain in local rugby.

Matfield is only too aware that the Bulls have effectively been engaged in a knockout battle for the past five weeks. It has the ability to exhaust a team mentally.

"But we are mentally sharp. Remember, they are also under pressure. The only thing that counts is what happens this weekend; what happened previously counts for nothing. We need to win and so do they."

He does not doubt that the Bulls want this one more than the Stormers.

"We only have one goal and it's to win this one. Even 3-0 will do the trick. This one has to be won. You only really see in the dressing room whether the guys are switched on, but this one is easy to predict."

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke believes the coaching staff have succeeded in keeping the players focused.

"The pressure week after week could catch up with the guys, but if you strike a good balance with training and keep a good focus on the field, it has a positive effect on the players.

"The team feels they're in a situation where they are in control of their season and that keeps the players focused."

He said that the Bulls would not be making special plans for rookie Stormers flyhalf Kurt Coleman.

"The performances of individuals are usually the result of how the team performs. He has experienced players around him and if the team's structures are good he will play well. We are taking notice of him, but won't focus on him. What matters is that we are accurate in what we want to achieve."

The unexpected omission from the Bok training squad of players such as Bjorn Basson, Zane Kirchner, Dewald Potgieter and Deon Stegmann could motivate those players to produce big performances. None of them have disgraced the Bok jersey and all are having good seasons.

Kirchner and Basson will get the opportunity to measure themselves against Gio Aplon and Bryan Habana.

Potgieter said that matches against the Stormers at Newlands are unique.

"If there are sparks in the eyes of the guys when we assemble on Mondays during any other week, then I suppose there will be shooting stars this time around," he wrote in a column on a website earlier this week.

Matfield's declaration confirms that the sparks will fly.


  • Die Spier - 2011-06-09 22:16

    Why do you need a secret plan against the blind? Don't be modest Victor, you know the Bulls are lifting the cup again for the how many've time

      Crusader Man - 2011-06-09 23:23

      @Die Extremely confident.. How many times have the Bulls won away from home in Finals? Wouldn't give them a chance unless the final is in SA... Really its too early to make these bold statements.. U quite happy if Bulls lose this week to come back on here and say you could be wrong.. Bulls aren't playing that well. What top teams have they beaten this year?

      Die Spier - 2011-06-09 23:48

      @Crusader Man Wait and see. Crusaders losing form,Blues a few unexpected losses, Reds had the easiest pool ever. Bulls peaking at the right time with plenty of BMT

      Zip23 - 2011-06-10 04:07

      Lord knows you have to love sport journos. Matfield basically says that although they will do a few things differently, they will basically stick to the same plan. Why create the impression that there is a secret plan. Anyone with a little rugby knowledge will tell you that it will be business as usual, bar lifting their game for this very special occasion. And then of course the Bulls have to keep in mind that the stormers will play with 5 props, 1,3,9 and the other two on the bench. Then of course the old and trusted basic math equasions on their wrists to keep Duanes mind occupied through the match.

      iceman1982 - 2011-06-10 10:36

      Bulls lifting the cup for the how many'th time? Uhh, it will their fourth....Crusaders trying for their Eigth....please child, let the grownups talk

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-10 11:49

      @Sader Man - hi - I am not as "confident" as my friends, but I do believe that we can do it. I beg to differ, the Bulls have played good rugby the past 4 or 5 games. We beat the Cheetahs that beat the Saders :- ) Wolloped the Chiefs that beat the Stormers :- 0 But, realistically, being a SA derby, I believe that any team can pull it off, BUT the Stormers have home ground advantage, and are the favourites to win the game. I am under no illusion as too how big an effort will be required to win this one, but never write off the Bulls. If we lose, atleast I will know my boys played with heart - and only a big effort from my friends down south will ensure a victory for them. Good luck to both teams. Go Bulls!!

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-06-09 22:19

    Thanks Baldrick

  • - 2011-06-09 22:19

    Who's Matfield? The only surprise that the Bulls have to offer is to kick more than the usual 80% up and unders. If that is your surprise please go ahead and best of luck with it. Do you have a plan B? Is plan B to fall back on the 80% of kicking away possession (Up and unders) Seems if even the Boka addopted this type of rugby. Strongs to both teams

      Die Spier - 2011-06-09 22:28

      @meltie And by the way, Matfield and his team are the guys who won the 2007 world cup for you, the last 2 super cups, how many curriecups. So the most successful team in history

      BardofAvon - 2011-06-09 23:16

      People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. You have won the Super Trophy how many times?

      BardofAvon - 2011-06-09 23:20

      Yes, meltie. It's calling "winning" rugby. Google it.

      Hayden - 2011-06-10 01:14

      SInging: "Pants on the floor, pants on the floor. U (Matfiled) will be looking (Sat) like a FOOL with your pants on the floor" - 2011-06-10 07:24

      @ Die Spier, Hi Meneer. Ek kan immers met n pen sit en telling hou van swak beslissings ek weet nie of jou reelkennis dit toelaat nie. Ek het dit voorheen gese en ek se dit weer. Kaplan is n uitstekende ref en onpartydig hy mag foute maak maar ek sal nooit se hy is bevooroordeeld nie. As die Stormers verloor het ek gese vat ek dit op die ken en se geluk aan die Bulle. Vir 2 jaar se ek al op die blok dat die twee here Joubert en Jonker nie op standaard is nie, skielik is daar heelwat met my saamstem. Wat maak my n onnosel mof? As ek nou minder maniere gehad het kon ek dalk vir jou gese het dat dit nie is wat jou vrou gisteraand gese het nie, maar ek sal dit jou spaar en op rugby konsentreer.

      RobinB - 2011-06-10 07:55

      Well done Meltie.. not stooping to the stupid ass level of Die Spier and Bardofavan.. they're clowns anyway.. just like Lloyd and co.. never really talk Rugby.. always just insults.. and when you beat them with words, they say " ek gaan jou moer... Eks n aap.. "

      Roland - 2011-06-10 08:42

      I am going to enjoy watching Bekker win all Matfields lineouts - again!!!

      Roland - 2011-06-10 08:46

      Gnus is die tipe Bloubul fan wat huistoe gaan om sy vrou te bliksem as die bulle verloor - pienkgras tapid...sluit Saterdag maar jouself (Mev. Wakker) in die badkamer toe my skat...

      Krugga - 2011-06-10 08:54

      Dont read anything into what is said, both teams will have tricks up their sleeves. Vic is just playing the guessing game with Rassie. My prediction - Steyn to attempt drop goals for the first 20 mins everytime they get close to Stomers' 22. Stomers dont have an answer for that and it will demorolise them. NOU DIE BLOU!!!!!

      Gazza69 - 2011-06-10 09:29

      @Die Spier, you must be brain dead, the 2007 World Cup was won by a Springbok team, not by a few Blue Bulls...laughable comment! And by the way, WP have won the most Currie Cups. Pull your head out your arse!

      Andrew Griffiths - 2011-06-10 10:37

      Gnus, funny how your name reminds me of something that I'm sure you are. Starts with a P to give you a clue. Word wakker!

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-10 15:16

      @meltie HA HA HA, jy op jou perdjie nou? Seker 'n manlike perdjie en ek skat die perdjie le bo.

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-10 15:18

      @Roland As sy nie ore het nie dan maak ek haar hoor! Ma sy's veilig, die Bulle verloor nie weer die seisoen nie

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-10 15:20

      @Andrew And that's now the best you can do? Consider the gay or chess blog next time

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-10 15:22

      @Gazza69 Typical Stormer braindead, repetitive comment. For a team that has played 115 years in the Currie Cup 32 cups are pretty pathetic. The Bulls are SA's most successful Currie cup team, they've played since 1938 vs WP from 1888. So gaan kyk gou-gou weer die stats van 1938 af en dan kom rapporteer jy weer aan die baas.

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-11 12:05


  • Jack - 2011-06-09 22:22

    The ref will be a deciding factor, Who is it by the way?

      jontheb - 2011-06-10 04:02

      We've got Kaplan, so it's Stormers all the way!!!

  • lefty - 2011-06-09 22:24

    Kom kom Matfield. 'n Geheime plan of twee in die ou maat al julle geheime planne gaan net mooi "boggerall" help. Die Stormers gaan julle looi!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-06-10 06:12

      Ek is n Stormers supporter in murg en been maar - versigtig nou versigtig !!!! Niemand gaan niemand looi nie - dit gaan bene kou kos !!!!!

  • Ron - 2011-06-09 22:31

    Lets all talk again after the match, oh sorry then all the bulls supporters will be in tears.... What will Matfield say after the game, what he always says, we were outplayed.

      BardofAvon - 2011-06-09 23:17

      Well, that is always a good thing to say if you've lost, right, Ron? *slaps forehead*

      Bambie - 2011-06-09 23:19

      Hey Ron i do agree with a bulls supporter i think these guys should rather aviod the press before games and let their rugby do the talking... Good luck to your team and may the best team win...

      Hayden - 2011-06-10 01:03

      WTF Matfield, why don't u just shut up &play the game, damn reminding me of Div big mouth "BEFORE" a LOST game Gosh we Stormers don't have no secrets. Its open for all to see our game plan to play like we started this competition with the same intensity, pressure &creativity which the Bulls don't have hEeheehe. But ok to cut a long story short. Let's see after the game

      Disa2011 - 2011-06-10 07:32

      @Hayden - Stormers doesn't have a game plan as they are still figuring out how to use google. 5 Days ago they contacted EA for a game plan, but EA couldn't help as they are still programming EA Rugby 2011.

  • Ross - 2011-06-09 23:23

    Cant wait to see these 'secret plans' make no difference at all.

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-06-10 07:44


  • Andrew Griffiths - 2011-06-09 23:40

    Potgieter should stick to his day job of writing columns, his future is bright.

  • Willis Blue - 2011-06-10 00:10

    Ok it is nice to know that you plan... I mean really now, who does not plan when going into a game.

  • Hayden - 2011-06-10 01:12

    Ooooooo Oupa Matfield i'm so so xcitd. U making this game sound like some adventure treasure story out of a story book. U guys are probable da villan &we the good guys. Well we all know how these story ends hey so why dnt you keep your stupid, swat mind games to your self cause you are more scared of us than we of you.

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-10 05:11

      @Hayden Hel ek sal like om jou hard te bliksem!

      Boels - 2011-06-10 06:43

      (sigh) Ja swaer (sigh). By the way, how are things there at Sterkfontein Hospital?

      Disa2011 - 2011-06-10 07:33

      @gnus - no need to blimsem him. Why do you think he is what he is?

      RobinB - 2011-06-10 07:59

      @gnus wakker I said it in a previous comment.. "Ek wil jou bliksem.. uuuhh eks dom..." Is that all you can say.. I bet thats what you do to your wife... @Hayden.. I never wanted to stoop to those two morons level, but I had no choice..! Sorry.. Keep up the good comments...!!

      Paul - 2011-06-10 09:22

      @hyene. sounds like u playing way to much Pacman and Donkey Kong, locked away in a room somewere in the middle of who knows were. Any team taking a field off play will (must) have a plan or two. Dont forget ur meds dude. Enjoy the game.

      Disa2011 - 2011-06-10 09:52

      for your info - we don't bliksem our wifes and mother's because we don't need to. We are not the losing/choker team like the stormers. One only bliksem his wife if your team is losing and is cupless for more than 10 years.

      Disa2011 - 2011-06-10 09:53

      why are insurance companies refusing to pay you out for your "broken" TV if you live in the western cape?

      Gazza69 - 2011-06-10 11:13

      @Disa 2011, you dis the Stormers, but you name yourself after The Disa which appears on the WP jersey.......Jackass!

      Disa2011 - 2011-06-10 11:57

      @Gazza69 - you just assuming disa is your beloved flower? lol Shame man, sad to be stupid. Go google the different meanings and abbreviations of disa.

  • benjamin patterson - 2011-06-10 05:09

    die ouens is duidelik naar vir die bulls,ons praat weer na die game,by the way,i live in ctown and a bulls supporter....he..he..he

      Paul - 2011-06-10 09:25

      @Benjamin. So daar is wraagtig hoop in die Kaap.

      Disa2011 - 2011-06-10 16:03

      maak 2 van ons benjamin. Die Stormers wat saam met my werk is vreesbevange. Hulle beskyt hulle panties bietjies bietjies.

  • gnus wakker - 2011-06-10 05:38

    Mike@CapeT, where are you? Trying to delete your post from May 20th?

  • jeanres - 2011-06-10 05:45

    Thanks Victor for the silly mind games, Die stomers se verdediging is rots vat, kom skyf ons!

      jeanres - 2011-06-10 05:46

      rots vas! ek moet nie comment as ek siek is nie

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-10 05:52

      @jeanres Jy's duidelik siek ja, siek in die kop

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-06-10 06:06

    Hoop Victor vat iemand saam om die geheime vir hom halftyd voor te lees - Of steek hy krip notes in sy arm "pad" weg ??? - Sterkte Stormers en sterkte Bulls - MAY RUGBY WIN !!! Nie die ref nie !!!!

  • Lloyd - 2011-06-10 06:24

    ATTENTION: This is the last time I will be commenting using this name. My stalker fits a disturbing profile, similar to that of 'The Night Stalker - Richard Ramirez'. My experience tells me it's time to get out. Regardless of tomorrow's result, I will not be commenting using this name. I will use a different name and goodluck figuring me out. Go Bulls!!! Stormers suck!!!

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-10 07:33


      MaestroX - 2011-06-10 09:40

      Dont forget, I have named my kids after my wet dream lover Sonny Bill

      Dark Stormer - 2011-06-10 15:24

      Now Lloyd repeat after me: |..======================.| ||......I WILL NOT TALK IN CLASS....|| ||......I WILL NOT TALK IN CLASS....|| ||......I WILL NOT TALK IN CLASS....|| ||......I .-------.OT T,......................|| ||......./..><....\ .. ./.......................|| ||......|.............| /\........................|| ||.......\______/ /\/.........................|| ||.........(____) / /...........................|| ||.__/ _ . _. ___/________________|| |'.==\___\_).|==============.'| ???.|____| ???.| .|| .| ???.|_||_| ???(__)(__)

      phil.smuts - 2011-06-10 16:54

      Good luck with the new persona. If you really want to stay unfigured, I suggest you avoid your old story line of 11 years no cups/stormers suck et al.

  • Wonder net - 2011-06-10 07:03

    Mal oor sulke berigte. Gee my die kans om my te verwonder aan die kommentaar of "commontaar" van seker Blou Bul ondersteuners. Dit lees soos 'n Huisgenoot. Klink of jul nie lewe buite rugby het nie en as ek na die "commontaar" luister het jul iewers vir 'n Kaas en Wynspan of moet ek sĂȘ, Pap en brandewynspan uitgedraf. Gnuswakker wil almal bliksem, tipies die reaksie van 'n persoon wat nie kan redeneer.

      Marx - 2011-06-10 07:25

      Wonder Maar....miskien moet jy die vreeslike intellektuele bydraes van jou Stormers maatjies ontleed hoor. Die k*k wat julle kwytraak het ongekende lae standaarde.

      Disa2011 - 2011-06-10 07:35

      jy wonder teveel en dink te min. next chirp.

      Boels - 2011-06-10 09:11

      Dear Wonder net, I'm also STILL playing for a Pap en Brandewyn span every Saturday and loving every moment of it. So please go ahead and belittle the REAL people who love this game and still contribute to the popularity of it as much as you like. If it weren't for okes like us, the game would have died out in small towns long ago. Kind regards. Boels

      bullincapeto - 2011-06-10 11:43

      Wonder net, I disagee with you.Would you like to "bliksem" Julius Malema?? Is this because he can't "redeneer" or you cant "redeneer".Some people like stormers supporters and Julius you just cant "redeneer" with.

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-10 15:30

      @Wonder net En die intelligensie straal natuurlik uit jou uit. Ai, ek val op die mat neer en kry eintlik 'n epileptiese aanval soos ek vir jou lag. Is dit nou die beste post wat jy mee vorendag kan kom? Ek sien die fetale alkohol sindroom het jou maar hard geklap, ons almal weet die hoogste insidensie en prevalensie daarvan wereldwyd is in die Wes-Kaap. Kombineer dit met Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Retrovirus en inteling dan sit jy met 'n bolls-up. En dan, 'n span wat vir meer as 'n dekade geen beker kan wen nie... I rest my case

  • Claude - 2011-06-10 07:09

    Maybe they are going to bring Slap Chips on from the bench. LOL Secret plans are just words - may the best team win without refereeing controversy and I believe that will be the Stormers.

  • bigguy - 2011-06-10 07:30

    Yeah there secret plan is that they have already paid the Ref .......

      Disa2011 - 2011-06-10 07:48

      blaming the ref for your losses is getting boring after like 100 years. So please, try something new.

      Punani - 2011-06-10 15:33

      Bigguy....WTF? To start blaming the ref BEFORE a match even takes place is next level. If brains were wouldn't have enough to blow your nose!

  • Ryan - 2011-06-10 07:41

    Whatever the plan is, I hope it works. Go Bulls!.

      SAFFA_CAT - 2011-06-10 15:57

      @Ryan I think the Bulls will have too much for the Stomes to handle

      Disa2011 - 2011-06-10 20:51

      @sifflis - was dit seer gewees?

  • Jacky - 2011-06-10 07:43


      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-06-10 10:52

      Now you're just gloating

      Punani - 2011-06-10 15:34

      Stop shouting.

  • Rasky - 2011-06-10 07:44

    To Crusader man; The bulls are only peaking now! where most teams have already and are running out of steam slowly.But hey there is nothing in it it is going to be very tight not just this weekend but for the rest of the super15.

  • Riaan Bell - 2011-06-10 07:45

    @Hayden If I can remenber correctly the stormers was just as arrogant last year?you guys have a good team but relax things might just pan out differently!!then you made a fool of yourself and your team..but there is always next year!

  • Hannes van der Linde - 2011-06-10 07:47


  • thumper - 2011-06-10 07:50

    Its no secret. As one Bulls supporter said yesterday, the Bulls got their gameplan from google, as another one said, they're going to continue to allow Spies to run in circles but after checking google the Bulls have now decided to let him run a hexagon pattern because there are more angles. Besides that, its going to be a cracking game for supporters of both teams to watch. Stormers by 12!

  • GHT - 2011-06-10 08:24

    Oh BS JJ Harmse. Granted Zane and Basson has had some good games in a Bok jersey and even Potgieter hasn't disgraced our beloved Boks, but did you not watch any of the games that Stegmann was involved in? His poor form was a down right disgrace!

  • John - 2011-06-10 08:37

    If they watched the Chiefs game we can expect to see the halfbacks kicking behind the Stormers backline with the chasers coming through.(Basson & co). No big secret Vic but make a mistake and the Bulls are going to caught on the counter.

  • JJRR - 2011-06-10 08:41

    Ek geniet hierdie comment vanaf Matfield! Wie Pie was altyd eerste met hierdie "mindgames" .. ons het n plan vir Matfield,Spies,Morne,Habana(toe hy vir ons gespeel het) ext. Shame. Julle gaan seker nou weer aan verbale diaree ly en al was n gemors comment!

  • Aribs - 2011-06-10 08:51

    Secret plan..?! This should be interesting....everytime the baby blues try something new it backfires. Maybe what he means is they are going to try and be onside @ the breakdown in this game for once...maybe the surprise would be that Steyn is only going to kick the ball 85% of the time and not 90% as he always does, maybe Spies will make 2 metres forward instead of 1 metre when he goes on one of his "bullocking" runs...maybe, who knows.... To be very honest though, the Bulls one dimensional attacking style doesn't stand a chance against the Stormers defence. There is going to need to be a 180 degree shift in the Bulls tactics for them to win this....true story...

  • MrMojoRising - 2011-06-10 10:01

    Het 'n gevoeling dat daar klomp vrouens geslaan gaan word Saterdag nadat die Bulle verloor het! Skink solank julle brannas en coke . . . haha

  • Tools1 - 2011-06-10 10:31

    Thats it my boy. Float like a 120kg butterfly and sting like a freight train bee. Lets see Schalk down on one knee.

  • Hannes van der Linde - 2011-06-10 10:52

    The only plan they could possibly try to adopt is the same tactic the Chiefs used against us in the second half of that game. They were unable to go through or around our defence thus decided to go over the top. It yielded dividents as Jantjies was below par on that day and fluffed a couple of balls allowing the Chiefs to pressure on us. This is the plan. Two maybe three set piece moves with Morne or Kirchner chipping over the top.

  • benjamin patterson - 2011-06-10 11:53

    Thanx Paul.die helfte in di kaap is bull supporters,strange but true..

  • LadyL4169 - 2011-06-10 12:04

    that the problem with stormer supporters, altyd groot bek voor die game. en as die flop kom, dan wil hul nie eens met iemand praat nie. lets wait and see what happens tomorrow. the best team will win. go Bulls, all the way.

  • radar - 2011-06-10 17:04

    Craig Joubert robbed the Stormers of a win in last years Super 14 final by blowing Stormers to death at the breakdown. It does not take a genius to see that the Stormers will win this one - albeit with their 5th string flyhalf!! Stormers are the new kings of SA rugby and far more physical than any other SA franchise as shown by the one sided whuppings given to Bulls and Sharks this season. And I am a Sharks fan. Have to acknowledge dominance when I see it. Imagine when Grant is back how good they will be. Stormers are going all the way this year!!!!

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