Spies: Bulls back on the horse

2012-07-01 12:14

Pretoria - Bulls captain Pierre Spies said it was important for his side to get back on the winning trail after their 40-24 victory over the Cheetahs in Pretoria on Saturday.

“I think the biggest challenge was just to get past this weekend to see what the three weeks [break from Super Rugby] really meant for every team,” Spies said.

“It was good for us to get a win tonight. It was very important to play well, and also for us, we lost three games in a row, so we needed to get back on the horse.”

The Bulls were in fine form on Saturday as they ran in six tries to the four the Cheetahs scored in the last 20 minutes of the match.

While the visitors looked out of sorts for most of the match, they seemed to kick on in the final quarter.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke opted to give Springbok players Spies, Morné Steyn and Francois Hougaard a well deserved rest as he sent his bench on early in the second half.

“I think we did well tonight and in that last 20 minutes I think we took our foot off the peddle,” Spies said.

“We lost concentration and the Cheetahs came back with some tries.”

While the Cheetahs stormed back into the match to secure a bonus point, Ludeke believed it was an opportune time to give his replacement players a run.

“There are many players like Louis Fouché and Jano Vermaak who don’t get a lot of game time and I think it was definitely the right thing to do,” Ludeke said.

“Then there were guys like Pierre, Morné and Hougie [Hougaard] that played in all of the Springbok Tests [against England last month].”

Ludeke felt his side’s strong defensive display was crucial in their victory over the Cheetahs.

“I thought our defence was good," he said.

"In the first half we squeezed a few turnovers and we were accurate from there and actually all our tries from the first half came from turnover ball.

“I thought we had a lot of trouble covering the chip kicks and suddenly they got three tries on us.

“They got some belief and they started to enjoy it and they kept coming, so we had our hands full in the second half.”

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské said the Bulls suffocated his team of quick ball, which proved to be their downfall.

“We didn’t get intensity or momentum and they managed to slow our ball down at breakdown time,” Drotské said.

“We are a team that need quick ball from breakdowns to play our normal pattern and that didn’t happen in the first half.”

Drotské admitted they had not played well in the first period of the game.

“We were under pressure - 26-0 half-time - and against any team, especially the Bulls at Loftus, you’re not going to come back from that."


  • Tom - 2012-07-01 12:33

    Took the foot off the peddle is an understatement. First 60 min, that was rugby. Hard dominant sensual rugby. Bulls might just have a say in the outcome of this super title

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-01 13:37

      Not might, definitely.

      Bossie - 2012-07-01 13:44

      Aaaaaaaaaahahahahahaha- keep fooling yourselves you 2 fools- Living in a world of make-believe,unicorns and funny little hats

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-01 14:06

      Tom, wat were we thinking?! This is the Stormers' year. Ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha ha

      Bossie - 2012-07-01 14:12

      The mad hatter has come to life

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-01 14:17

      yes in the world of make believe, where we live harold. yes stormers will win the s15. just going to take my unicorn out for a piss

      Bossie - 2012-07-01 14:29

      @Tom- lol- moet net nie jou pishoring verwar met n unicorn.. :-) Sorry folk- please feel free to report my post :-)

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-01 15:31

      Yes what are we talking about...the Stormers won it for the last 5 years...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-01 15:50

      I'm going to take my great great grand kids to go visit their cousin Alice in Wonderland.

  • selma.botha.9 - 2012-07-01 13:00

    Need to step up a gear if they are going to contain a desperate Sharks' side in Durban. Sias Eberson's kicks made a hugh impact on the game in the second half. Well done Sias, a loss for SA rugby.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-01 17:40

      The Sharks are in for a fright next week I think. All the sides who played yesterday were rusty, and the Sharks can't afford another slip-up. Should be a great game. Now if the Lions can please beat the Rebels that would be good, if Mark Lawrence isn't the ref that would be better!

  • tongie.chi - 2012-07-01 13:15

    better performance from Morne, although i must say, i would love to see him hold on to the ball a wee bit more.

  • Press - 2012-07-01 13:19

    Ja no fine - but Hougaard needs all the practise he can get . . . . .

  • WernerZA - 2012-07-01 13:41

    This is why the all the bulls are boks. Class act, and oh soon good to watch. We needed a little pick-me-up after the newlands snoozefest... Again.

      Bossie - 2012-07-01 13:51

      Class act...?? jys moooooeeer funny! Same bulls who lost their previous game at Loftus to that Stormers B side. Shame, All hopes will be gone again after next weekend in the tank

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-01 14:03

      werner so succinct as always

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-01 15:32

      Bossie daai perd van jou is al hol rug gery... Kry n nuwe een asb...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-01 15:35

      Werner, my wife had to wake me up after 15 mintes of the snoozefest. She wouldn't normally but somebody had to check the fire.

      Bossie - 2012-07-01 15:51

      @Chaplin- ..maar dis nog so onlangs wat dit gebeur het.. As ek bull mentaliteit kan aan neem, kan ek vir tenminste nog 3 jaar met dit aanhou..want dis laas wat julle enigiets gewen het en dis waarop julle hammer(dis lekker in die verlede) Soooooo, net so by the way..hoe voel jy oor die bulle wat pakslae op Loftus teen die Stormers B span gekry het..??

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-01 16:26

      Raven, he's got no sterk punte.

      Bossie - 2012-07-01 16:29

      Ai Blue... ek is partykeer in die toekoms.. dit sal volgende jaar 3 jaar wees.. skuus man, dis 2 jaar terug as we speak... Op jou vraag: Stormers het nog geen van genoemdes gewen nie.. en jou punt is...?? Oooo, jy is ook een van daai wat in die argiewe moet krap om goed te voel oor jou span se huidige form.. Lekker dag vir jou ook verder hoor ;)

      Bossie - 2012-07-01 17:12

      @Blue- Eerlikwaar.. nee nie rerig nie.. ek verduidelik.. Bulls: is goeie contenders, maar ek kan nie help om gevoel te kry hulle kan teen enige span verloor.. Probleem areas wat nie reg gemaak word nie: 1.Spelpatroon is so 2007.. :-) Boxkick and chase- sal nie teen NZ ver kom indien hulle playoffs maak nie. 2.Bulls se grootste probleem is hulle supposedly sterk 8,9,10 Spies is Siieeeesssss... jy weet dit!! Great speler in vorm van CJ to waste om die kaptein te accomodate- Hougi, so graag ek n bok span om hom bou is sy vorm terrible op scrummy en dan is daar die boxkick ding(die hele bulls gameplan) wat hy obviously nie reg kry nie.. Morne is laag op confidence..en dit wys! Oplossing? Daar is nie, of altans die coaches gaan niks doen nie.. So nee.. is my antwoord op jou vraag:-)

  • bushpigeventsbar - 2012-07-01 13:50

    Well Well , I remember Bra Gene Terreblanche also being back on the horse , well he fell off !!!

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-01 19:32


      bushpigeventsbar - 2012-07-02 12:15

      graemeltd : Well If you support the BULLS - You Won't

  • bfvillet - 2012-07-01 14:50

    your defense was good they scored four tries in 20 minutes

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-01 15:00


      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-01 19:38

      bf...............Didn't you know that if you score 6 tries and concede 4 then you had a great game? The air is thin up there. Not much oxygen to the brain.

  • cavin.snyman - 2012-07-01 15:13

    Looking forward to see what a refreshed Sharks team can do on Friday. Go SHARKS!!!!!

  • nate.daazeion - 2012-07-01 16:49

    Nice to see bulls supporters happy for a change, even if its only for 1

  • nate.daazeion - 2012-07-01 16:49

    Nice to see bulls supporters happy for a change, even if its only for 1

  • Claude - 2012-07-01 16:52

    Wait till next week for an interesting game and I think the Sharks will win.

  • Pieter Jansen Van Rensburg - 2012-07-01 18:34

    @bossie. Stormers will not win the super 15 this year. How about a small wager ???

      Bossie - 2012-07-01 20:04

      hmmmm.. Im not happy with the lack of attack from the Stormers, but I realise they cant change the gameplan now..sooooooo, wager on the Stormers 50/50.....but... my dear friend.. I will seriously take on your offer that it wont be the bulls taking the cup!!!!

      Bossie - 2012-07-02 12:05

      Nee blue- ek is net nie ignorant of naive genoeg om in so bet in te stap nie.. Cruz en chiefs lyk baie goed.. dis die verskil tussen realiteit en om blou oogklappe(soos meeste bulls supporters) aan te he... Ek is wel meer as bereid om faith in die bulle te he om dit weer nie hierdie jaar te maak nie.. :-)

  • bfvillet - 2012-07-01 19:17

    if you fall off this weekend against the sharks the horse will be dead

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-01 19:35

      When...............not if.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-01 22:00

      come now boys lets not break their spirits now otherwise we won't have any good laughs till Friday! best results are crusaders to win. sharks to win stormers to win. the rest ain't a difference till last week when the bulls realise that they should have gotten more four point matches than the one bonus point loss matches. bonus points only make a difference when you know you can't win matches against nz sides cause should they play in the play offs it would most prob be against their favourite nz side and that's a big IF

  • anwar.addinall - 2012-07-01 22:17

    To hell with the Spain!

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-01 23:29

    Well done Bulls... If you win your remaining two games, you may still surpass your record of winning 10 games in a year. (after all the point of the game is to win games, last time I checked) You have 9 wins with 2 games left. Well done. By the way, the stormers have now won 12 games this season, with 2 regular season games left.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-02 12:39

      Yes. You have. Good for you... You never stop reminding us of that ad nauseum, ad infinitum... what about discussing the rugby of this season, and stop living in the past.

  • Ziggy Hofmeyr - 2012-07-02 07:26

    Let's Bully the Sharks next weekend and finish the 15 with the cup

  • Provence - 2012-07-03 10:01

    No Spies, bulls do not get back onto horses they get onto cows!

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