Odds stacked against Bulls

2012-07-20 10:47

Johannesburg - The Bulls will be looking to achieve the almost impossible feat of beating the Crusaders in their own backyard in their Super Rugby playoff in Christchurch on Saturday.

They have not beaten the Crusaders away from home since Northern Transvaal did so in 1996.

The Pretoria-based side, however, do not care much for history and they have demonstrated that they have the ability to rewrite the past.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said the team had grown as a unit throughout the year and he felt there was no reason why the team could not go the whole nine yards against the Crusaders.

“There have been highlights and low points and there have been a couple of games where we really felt we did not playing according to our potential,” Ludeke said.

“We would really like to finish the season successfully and we have another chance this weekend.

“We believe the team can do it for us.”

While the Crusaders have been an unsinkable ship at home against the Bulls, the South Africans have had the better of the New Zealanders in playoff matches.

The last time the Crusaders beat the Bulls in a playoff was in Christchurch back in 2006, where they easily won by 35-15, and went on to win the title the next week against the Hurricanes.

The Bulls have since enjoyed the rub of the green on three occasions in 2007, 2009 and 2010 with the matches all played in South Africa.

While the Bulls narrowly won their encounter earlier this year by 32-30, Ludeke felt neither of the teams would go into the match as favourite.

“There isn’t one team that has the edge on another and it will all come down to which team handles the pressure the best,” said Ludeke.

“This is finals rugby and we know how to handle the pressure. We are playing away but we know this is a once-off game and we know what we have to do.

“We know this is the most important game of our season, and we have to have the belief.

"We have made one or two small adjustments to our game, but we are confident going into Saturday’s game.”

Ludeke said his side would have their work cut out for them against a team which was dangerous with the ball in hand.

“The last four of five games they tried to keep the ball in space and up the speed and tempo of the matches,” he said.

“We look forward to the weekend and we’ve worked hard to get to this phase and we will have to make sure we use the opportunity.”


  • brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-20 10:57

    Bulls by 10.

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-20 11:09

      when you realise the difference between optimistic and realistic let us all know! if i was a bulls fan i would not post anything nor say anything untill the game is over!

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-20 11:45

      jono, I assume this does apply to the stormers as well?

      paul.malherbe.7 - 2012-07-20 11:58

      ............and the winners of this weeks inflatable dartboards are: brandon styles, tom retardis, lokkesottie, agtermekaar kanada.............

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-20 12:06

      Correct without a doubt! i wouldnt give any score predictions nor be cocky about the win untill i know the result! Playoffs are totally diffirent to the season! loose in the playoffs you done! so rather zip it and then when the game is done then you can rant and rave if you want!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-20 12:23

      How does one loose in a playoff?

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-20 12:30

      Tom, At least the retard got something right, "If you LOOSE in the playoffs you done". These Capetonians are special.

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-20 12:41

      sorry holborsel and 14...didnt know this was a grammer test but o well...that was your best shot at a comeback for today i assume!

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-20 15:09

      @jono Well if you that much of an idiot you shouldn't be on here oubaas se honne. Go for extra classes or jump of a cliff you retard

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-20 15:40

      Johan Spies? Kan nie slaap nie? nog steeds besig om mense te beledig op die forum? se my, wanneer gaan jy eintlik positiewe rugby kommentaar lewer?

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-20 15:42

      @afr box spies...o my word spies se balle skoonmaker is hier. ek sien jy vat almal hier aan in die chat...hierdie ou is n moroon die ou is dit daai ou is dat...blah blah blah! hoop jy voel beter oor jouself, my suster doen nadat sy haar se gese het maar ons almal dink nogsteeds sy is n bamboes -oes.

      chester.tobias.3 - 2012-07-20 15:55

      @Jono,ignore the idiot!

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-20 15:56

      @frans visser Weereens, as jy nie eers die tydverskil tussen SA en Kanada kan uitwerk nie moet jy dalk eerder vir extra klassies gaan as om jou naam hier met 'n plank te piets oubaas se honne

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-07-20 17:11

      When you have players like Wynand Olivier having to face decent opposition, the odds are always stacked against you.

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-20 18:48

      C'mon Bulls, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-20 20:56

      As a Bulls supporter I know it's going to be a huge task, but we can do it since it's a one off game!! The Stormers sit and watch what happens and prepare for that!! They performed the best this season and you must give them credit, plus I am glad there is still another SA side still there no matter what happens this weekend!!! I feel in my" blupink blood" that there could be a few surprises this Saturday!!!

      jakes.stormer - 2012-07-21 08:41

      As a stormer supporter, i hope the Bulls win, because they are a south African side. But more so that the stormers can make them our bitches again at newlands, Beating them a third time this year will be the icing on the cake, and maybe just then johan spies will shutt the f}#%^#} up, the idiot retard. Johan, jy is dommer as grond...

      craig.williams.14224094 - 2012-07-21 12:26

      in what era are living?... spies a f u so is morne... no class

  • jason.children - 2012-07-20 10:59

    The one or two small adjustments are upping their defensive structures and lowering their attacking lines! Finals Rugby! what the Stormers have been playing all season. Best of luck to the Bulls, but i think the Saders will take this one, no matter how loud i scream, and i will be screaming, for the Bulls! SFL

      joachim.papenfuss.5 - 2012-07-20 11:01

      sorry maar wie is die saders. ek hettie geweet os speel tee hulle nie

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-20 11:01

      You're to fat to think. The fat takes up all the available space in your coconut.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-20 11:10

      PapenPuss and Brandon=Dumb and Dumber Get a life you tossers.

      bulla.loftus - 2012-07-20 11:13

      @Jason, I agree, the Saders at home... The bulls won't have any go forward momentum, due to lack of form of Spies and the scrumming capabilities of W. kruger. They are going to mess up the bulls front row this weekend. @ Joachim, hettie is a womans name... it should read "het nie", os is an old rugby should read "ons" and tee is tea. Should read "teen". Now get off your computer and go into class. Your teacher is waiting for your spelling test... Hopefully you got the 35% that is needed to pass. Anders gaan jy alweer graad 5 dop vir die 3de keer!

      joe.province.1 - 2012-07-20 11:28

      Hahaha Bulla, you just schooled poor Joachim!

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-20 11:29

      Caravan, you got it wrong mate, I don't rent hoes, they rent me. Be careful, your wife might be one of them.

      joachim.papenfuss.5 - 2012-07-20 11:40

      ek het lakal skool gepaas.

      bulla.loftus - 2012-07-20 11:56

      En n mens paas n rugby bal. Hopelik "paas" jy graad 5 hierdie jaar! Klaar gepraat!

      joe.province.1 - 2012-07-20 11:58

      Schooled again, so shoooooosh now numbnuts!

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-20 15:14

      @jason Is that a unanimous decision from all 14 chins or are a few split on this? I'm thinking at least 8 of your chins think the Bulls will win this competition once again. Jou Stormer brilletjies gaan binnekort diep in jou terminale ileum opgedruk word jou eenogige moroon!

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-20 17:56

      Lionel, moral high ground , you're doing it wrong .

  • seanb09 - 2012-07-20 11:00

    crusaders by 15+

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-20 11:12

      isaak you got it all wrong. the bulls will take it why won't they they got 3cups and they the flagship union and only springboks in the line up and their unique kick and chase strategy . why would they lose? o that's right they playing in pink. that makes the edge over the crusaders and their seven cups mean nothing cause that's history

  • seanb09 - 2012-07-20 11:17

    I wonder where Turdis is, he only reads Stormers articles clearly. Must be a real Stormers supporter. or maybe hes having his legs waxed, or a manicure maybe.

      joe.province.1 - 2012-07-20 11:41

      Or getting a spray tan again. He's famous for that!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-20 12:25

      I touched up my tan and got some early morning flos, now gonna pomp some yster then take your moms for jäger body shots

      hoffjw - 2012-07-20 20:34

      With his bf....

  • luzanne.vandermerwe.1 - 2012-07-20 11:47

    Bulls by 20. Spies to score a hat trick of tries. Whooaaa!!

      seanb09 - 2012-07-20 11:48

      hahahaha, i always love a bit of comedy on a Friday morning...

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-20 11:55

      lol@Sean Luzanne,drinking so early,not good for you:):):)

      bulla.loftus - 2012-07-20 12:17

      Yes, you are right he will try and try and try again to score one, but won't succeed in it because he can't run forward. Might score an own goal though?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-20 12:26

      Sean u love comedy on a Friday morning I like Flossie

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-20 13:53

      The Bulls has once beaten another team away from home in a Final, slim chance of repeating it like in 2007.

  • marnus.coetzee.56 - 2012-07-20 11:55

    It's always the same yada, yada, yada before and after each match. Point is, Pierre Spies and Morné Steyn have not been at their best for the last year or more. They should be dropped and replaced by players in form and on song. Sillyboy Ralepele has had three poor matches in a row and should also not be in the team, or at leat not start the match, but be on the bench. Frans Ludeke has no plan B and has little skill in analysing the problems in the lineouts and scrums. He keeps persisting with out-of-form players match after match. The Bulls are going to lose and lose badly on Saturday.

      bulla.loftus - 2012-07-20 12:31

      Agreed! Morne, Spies and W.kruger have been pathetic! At least the bulls have players that can replace Morne and W.kruger. But for spies...that's the issue! He's the captain after all...ala John Smit-they can't be dropped...

  • jovan.daniels.7 - 2012-07-20 13:19

    The same story different headline, we know the history and we know the chances of the bulls. I just really hope the Bulls beat the cheating saders. Go Bulls, Go Sharks!!!!

  • hennie.gerber.3 - 2012-07-20 13:53

    Bulls to get a Hiding .!!!!

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-20 15:17

      As ek by Germiston Tech gewsot het sou ek erens in 'n grot loop wegkruip het. Of koppie eerste van 'n gebou afgetuimel het

      kobus.gerber.921 - 2012-07-20 20:41

      Johan, ek ken baie Suid Afrikaners in Kanada. Waar bly jy, dan kom kuier ek dan hou ons lekker partytjie.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-20 22:14

      Dis reg Kobus, ek nou net die laaste week in my nuwe huis ingetrek. Ek is in Shaunnesy Heights , West Vancouver. Wanneer wil jy kom braai?

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-07-20 14:47

    I am as Blue as they come.........BUT ,the Crusaders are gonna destroy the Bulls by 20 !

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-20 15:25

      Die muf in jou kop is dalk Blou, maar jy moet maar eerder generasies van inteling loop voortsit jong. Loop speel in die sandput voor ek jou teen die kop klap

  • lean.sadie - 2012-07-20 15:15

    Reposting it here too,read it folks.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-20 16:19

      Too long didn't read

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-20 16:30

      What else is new? You just troll, don't expect anything of meaning or that makes sense to come out of you and the rest. But there are quite a few people who would appreciate that article. It is obviously not meant for you. You have no idea what rugby is about, or sport. For you it is all about you, and you alone. Eh, wasting my time. You will just insult or name call again anyways. Take care bud, I Sincerely wish you the best, and pray that one day you might be a real person.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-20 17:19

      too long, didnt read

  • jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-07-20 18:05

    Johan Spies, Bekeer jouself liewers, gaan kerk toe. As jy nie iets goeds kan se nie hou jou mond. Vir iemand wat kamma 'n dokter is in Kanada is jy maar vreeslik kommin met die dinge wat uit jou mond uit kom. Gaan bietjie kerk toe Hillside church, 1393 Austin Ave. (604) 936-2313

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-20 22:12

      Ag Jacques, skink 'n wyntjie en hou op onsmaaklike snot hier kwytraak

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-20 18:22

    As a BIG Bulls fan I need to say. This looks to be a bridge to far my team! I just cant see the bulls pull this one off!!! Spies @ 8 has been crap to say the least, Morne has had better seasons in his life and most of all, the 'strenth'of the bulls, our tight 5 has really under performed this season. @ the start of the comp nobody gave the Bulls a chance, never mind them making the play offs, So all in all, I think we did as good as that can be expected and can stand outside and say "we did the best we could"!!! Bulls for ever!!! O and GO SHARKS!!!

  • koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-20 18:48

    C'mon Bulls, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Albert - 2012-07-20 20:07

    Bulls by 20...... behind crusaders

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-20 22:11

      @albert Gaan speel met jou maatjies oubaas se honne, jy irriteer bietjie die mense op die blog.

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-07-21 09:49

    i see dean penalty greyling at his best in offside position again.

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-21 10:28

    Uiters swak eerste helfte bulle

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-21 11:22

      The whole bloody bulls were pathetic in all aspects

  • Cliff - 2012-07-21 11:19

    Poor POEFTE BULLS may be they should have worn their pink tutus

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-07-21 11:19

    where are all those guys who said a moftus final? johan spies? tom turdis? and an co? reason for bulls losing ? penalty count and that kick away possession!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-21 11:26

      never once said loftus final. knew we would lose this

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-21 11:20

    Pateties swak skoppe swak tackle swak afbreek punte swak paas swak beheer swak in alle aspekte en nee dis nie die ref se skuld nie dit was die swakste wat ek nog nie bulle sien speel het

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-23 12:23


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