We've achieved nothing - Spies

2011-06-15 09:27

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Springbok No 8 Pierre Spies may feel like a renewed man as the Vodacom Bulls continue their resurgence in this year’s Super Rugby competition, but he warned his teammates that they have achieved nothing yet.

The big No 8 has been one of the Bulls stars, whose fortunes have mirrored the team’s performance this season but now, after six wins in a row, the Bulls are one game away from a playoff place that seemed a distant wish when they returned from the overseas leg of their competition fixtures.

Spies, like his teammates, were mobbed by dozens of primary school children at Tuesday’s practice session, who turned up with their parents and teachers to get a glimpse of their heroes. While the players stood for almost an hour after practice posing for photographs and signing autographs for the fans, the sense of how big Saturday’s game has become began to sink in.

“Its great to see the excitement here at Loftus, especially with the game sold out. It’s a good sign. We’ve worked hard to get here, but we’re nowhere near where we want to be,” Spies said after signing a plethora of autographs.

Spies rejected thoughts that the Bulls were “almost there” with the win good enough to secure the playoff spot. In an all or nothing game, second best is nowhere near good enough in the Springbok’s radar.

“It doesn’t feel like we’re almost there. We know that both we and the Sharks can lose everything on Saturday. We really can’t look further than this weekend. On Sunday we will look further, every week is still a final for us, and this is just one more,” he explained.

“It almost puts you in a good situation because you know there isn’t any other option but to win. The pressure is there, but it helps you to perform. I’ve got to give credit to our management team and Victor for the way they have handled it. It has been great; the way they have made sure everyone has been positive every week and kept everyone on the right track.”

But now that the crunch comes, the Bulls know they will have to perform. There simply isn’t any other option. Six straight wins in “finals rugby”, as they have termed it must become seven to have the chance of going any further.

“We’re focused on what we want to do. Since we returned from the tour we have known that we can’t do anything else but win. It’s great to be playing at home again and all we can do is put all our energy into this weekend’s game against the Sharks.”

Spies was the subject of so much criticism early in the season, along with several of his Bok teammates as the Bulls engine stuttered and looked set to stall. Now with the team feeding off their own momentum, he is enjoying every minute, and loving the fact that the Bulls are proving people wrong.

“Criticism is part of the game, and you need to back it. But when it makes a difference, then you see those players come through. You really can’t replace the players that are here, and the last six weeks you can see the way these players have come through and performed.

We’ve gone through some difficult times, but we’ve come through it together.

“It is a long season, we had a rough start and the pressure was there.


  • Will99 - 2011-06-15 09:30


      HugoG - 2011-06-16 03:17

      Ag asb tog ou heilige Spies.Tipiese kommentaar van n windgat,arrogante,dom BB.So praat hul hulself moed in soos laerskool kindertjies.Jy is reg JY het f@kall bereik hierdie jaar nie die span het wel.Al wat jou in die span hou is jou vroom Christenskap,soos dit julle etters pas.Gaan smous Bybels in Afrika en put your money where your mouth is.

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 09:32

    Talking like a true Champion and motivator,Now go for the Kill Bulls

      sparkies - 2011-06-15 09:39

      Kill the only hopes of ever seeing another trophy

      Hank Evans - 2011-06-15 09:47

      His humility brings tears to my eyes.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 09:47

      Something like the Stormers 10 Years and still only a dream?

      Real_Issue - 2011-06-15 11:08

      @HanksEvan Iam even crying. He is such humble guy

      Frik - 2011-06-15 11:52

      Sparkies is nou lekker windgat na een poefter trofeetjie!!! Dis pateties man!!!

      sparkies - 2011-06-15 12:06

      Frik, good luck on Saturday.If you lose you can come to my house and watch the Stormeres play in the Finals.Its not like you will have anything else to watch.Invite Hougaard and the rest of the clan along.

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 12:26

      Frik, I don't think it's a good idea to take sparkies up on his offer. Stolen wheelcaps, car on bricks, leaking 'house'.

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-15 18:03

      Spies is well spoken, and has all the makings of a leader - even though he isnt keeping Saffa happy, us Bulls are happy. Next Captain?? Wont be the worst person for the job. Make Hougie vice, also shows leadership, and ensure that he stays where he belongs, with the Bulls.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-15 09:34

    Dear Pierre, Once I have seen you a) bleed on the field b) Run towards a ruck-instead of away from one c) Tackle someone as though you REALLY mean it, I will state that you have achieved something. Until then, you remain a nice chap, but a 'less than convincing' 15 man rugby player. I reckon you would shine at 7's.

      Brannas - 2011-06-15 09:51

      Just look at that determination and brutal looks on Spies’s face. The face of a champion. Make Spies Bok Captain and he will give direction to the team and bring the World Cup home, YSTER SPIES.

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-15 09:56

      @Brannas,they had a competition on Boots and All last night about what happens next and this exact same picture came up and do you know what happened next,Spies dropped the ball again,how sad!!!!!!!

      Gilgamesh - 2011-06-15 09:56

      I agree completely. All the physical attributes without the attitude. I really want to enjoy his rugby again, imagine if he had the mind set of Schalk.... or Josh Strauss, he would be incredible. It's like he doesn't want to get injured or bump himself too hard. If he was tougher he would be amazing.

      Raka13 - 2011-06-15 10:40

      What is it in Pierre's GAME that I miss? Really now, why are rugby people rating this guy? I do understand that non-rugby people are attracted to him - he is in good shape and is a good marketing guy for his suplement sponsor

      acdc bulls - 2011-06-15 10:43

      Funny how people (anti-bulls supporters) can only remember negative things about a player. SAFFA-CAT says that Spies must really tackle some one. Apperently you have not watched to many Bulls games lately as Spies not only tackle, but also carry opponents back in the process. Further more it takes 3+ defenders to stop him which creates holes in the opponents defence.

      Raka13 - 2011-06-15 11:00

      I also want to add, that he is a great and humble individual, so don't take it that I have some sort of vendeta against him as person

      Kaapie - 2011-06-15 11:00

      acdc.. tell me when he carried players back so I can go and check it again.. I recall once when he assisted the tackler, but that was once..

      Marx - 2011-06-15 11:40

      acdc.... these so called critics see only what they want to see, none of them will ever acknowledge the fact that Spies is one of the best in the world. He was in poor form early in the season, but we all know form is temporary, his Class is now coming through and he's truly making a big difference at the Bulls !! It takes 3 men to stop him, he drives players back in the contact, ag, we can go on for hours about this guy. Brilliant Sportsmen, Humble guy with his feet firmly on the ground. My sons Hero, for a reason!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-15 11:59

      @Marx and Co - you chaps are confusing "being a nice moral person" with "physical and imposing rugby player". Please provide me with links to footage of Spies (on his OWN) a) tackling players back with ferocity b) making a try saving tackle c) Cleaning out a ruck on his own d) Bleeding due to the ferocity of the contact he takes e) Physically dominating an opponent. If you can prove to me (and the many thousands of others who also doubt his capabilities) that he is a hard man, I will concede defeat. **Do not include links that see him losing the ball in contact, or knocking the ball on once he has received it**

      sparkies - 2011-06-15 12:08

      Spies reminds me of a Poodle.Maybe he should come to CT where we make a man of him!!

      Marx - 2011-06-15 12:17

      Saffa, the 2 Bulls DVD'S are still available, and for the rest, feel free to contact Super Sport, there should be more than enough to keep you busy for a while. Does the Stormers have any footage they can share.....dvd's maybe.....nah......

      Superdude - 2011-06-15 12:18

      Brannas - determination and brutal looks does not always =success, I am determined to get that message across to you, I am even pulling a brutal face.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-15 12:31

      @Marx - I asked you to prove it to me, not Supersport. You chaps carry on as if I am the only person in the world whinging about Spies. You forget about masses of rugby lovers (here and abroad) who ask the same questions of Spies that I do. You avid Spies fans are really in the minority, as very few peeps outside the Bulls setup rate the man as highly as what you guys do - fact. That said, you chaps should consider starting young Arno Botha at 8 once you manage to get rid of Spies. That kid is an 8th man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 13:18

      SAFFA, you avid Vermeulen fans are also a minority.

      ARRA - 2011-06-15 15:30

      saffa is blood a turn -on for you ,you dont need to bleed to play well ,those who bleed normally dont know how to tackle,to play constructive rugby you must play the ball not bleed on the field ,they normally do a blood replacement witch took about 10 minutes play time. a Person normally get cuts by diving into someones booths or knee, a elbow or head might also do some damage,just answer me why do locks and props dont bleed that often-answer -they dont just dive blindly into a opponent and by that hurt themselves

      ARRA - 2011-06-15 15:57

      SAFFA I have seen the junior team playing last night ,and yes I agree with you on Arno Botha brilliant 8thman ,we are blessed at the Bulls to have so much dept in all the posisions ,If you watched the Vodacom games ,we do have a lot off talent coming threw

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-15 17:36

      SAFFA is like a broken record - all her moaning isnt going to get that useless Duanne into the RWC squad.

      Kaapie - 2011-06-15 18:07

      Arra gee whiz you are literal.. that is not what saffa meant. And no you dont have a lot of talent coming through.. You lack real quality centres other than Dippenaar.. Yes I would plau Botha @ no8 ahead of Spies on form or even Van Velze..

      jan du preeaz - 2011-06-15 22:44

      oh oh, smaak my siffiliskat het n' crush op spies

      HugoG - 2011-06-16 03:18

      Hahahaha Brannas sy gevreet lyk so van banggatgeid!Dis soos jy lyk wanneer jou vrou uitvind jy het R10 op wyn spandeer.

  • sparkies - 2011-06-15 09:38

    Hey, somebody has seen the light.Deflated & Unmotivated Like a true Blue Bull

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 09:48

      Good Morning Spark the Profile Poacher

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 09:59

      Nah thanks will wait for your moms 11 o clock appointment

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-15 10:03

      @Agent,thats right,she told me you are deflated and overrated.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 10:11

      She doesnt complain about the R10 she recieves everytime

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-15 10:14

      Thats how much she charges you for parking,we all know you just in then you out again!!!!!!

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 10:20

      AGENT, for R5 less she takes her teeth out.

      sparkies - 2011-06-15 10:24 profile has also been taken once or twice.So no old ugly chap, its not me.I am really not that childish.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 10:34

      Spark,could have fooled me with your comments on this site(Childish) Gooinat its almost like parking in a handicapped parking, Ace thanks but the red marks on my ---------is not lipstick according to the doctor so i wil not be making use of that hillbilly lady (gooinats mom)again

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-15 10:47

      @Alwyn,red marks on your small ......,is that not maybe carpet burns??????

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 10:53

      gooinat i replied to your serious Q on Jonker Nah some disease ya mom gave me

      sparkies - 2011-06-15 11:41

      Bloodagent,Ace says when you "deflated" yourself it was like Krakatoa erupting!! I can only imagine!!!

  • BardofAvon - 2011-06-15 09:47

    "We've achieved nothing". That is in stark contrast with the Stormers, who are already handing themselves a a magnificent "Administrator's Trophy" (for having achieved some sort of position on some sort of chart) when in fact they have won precisely nothing. Nothing at all. After Saturday, only 3 more wins for the Bulls then we can get the proper trophy.

  • Bosveld - 2011-06-15 09:50

    I agree with Saffa-Cat. Spies het nog niks hierdie seisoen bereik nie en ek is bevrees hy gaan ook nie. Wat het geword van Spies se "siekte" so paar jaar terug? Of het sy spel toevallig agteruitgegaan na dit?

      Skiballas - 2011-06-15 10:22

      steroids bly ook net so lank in jou sisteem. Its a miracle, he is healed!!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 18:23

      @Skiballas - speaking of steroids - why do you think Schalk, Duanne, Elstadt and Bekker are so bright?

  • Theuns - 2011-06-15 10:06

    @sparkie Your wit exceeds your beauty which makes you conspicuous by its absence! Iemand gaan jou sparkie nat piepie nog voordat die Super Rugby reeks verby is....go Bulls!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 10:13

      Sy sparky het nog nooit gespark nie ,ek vermoed al nat gepis toe hy eerste keer n wp game gekyk het

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 10:20

      Nou pis hy hom nat met elke game wat hy kyk.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 10:35

      Dis net nie die suurwyn wat hom suur laat ruik nie

      sparkies - 2011-06-15 11:35

      Theuns"William Shakespeare"....I could imagine Alwyn and Lloyd starching theirs heads when you graced us with your poetry.Alwyn"i dont fink know what man he says....just agree him Lloyd, oh and laaf".Theuns, talk to Lloyd, he enjoys a good warm Golden Shower.Maybe he can fulfill your desire/dreams.

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 10:52


      sparkies - 2011-06-15 11:45

      and that made you wip it out???

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 12:06

      Nah just went back to the article and comments on the Hougaard buy, and read all the happy stormer comments that surely by now has turned into disapointment,Hougie will be staying at the team that made him a Super star,Lifes a bitch aint it?

      Theuns - 2011-06-15 12:24

      @sparkies, ek sien jy het alweer skool gebank, jou ma gaan jou pakslae gee as jy so baie op die net met die grootooms gesels!

      sparkies - 2011-06-15 12:37

      Theuns, talk English, i dont understand your Boere inbreed crap.Theuns you must be a Brakban/Germiston guy.I can tell buy the way you write.Tell me im wrong.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 12:48

      Sparkie,Mummford,Afrikaans is n amptelikke landstaal en as jy te onnosel is om dit te verstaan is dit jou saak,Theuns verskoon die ongeletterde water en lemoene draer van sy skool se derde span,brein nog nie lekker ontwikkel nie

      sparkies - 2011-06-15 13:04

      bloodytampon>If i wanted to hear your opinion i would have farted.You will speak when spoken to, you hear nooby??

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 13:30

      Booohooo im scared of the big bad poofter mr Spark

  • SpringBOXX - 2011-06-15 11:09

    I would like spies to hammer SBW

      MrMojoRising - 2011-06-15 11:20


      HugoG - 2011-06-16 03:19

      From behind in the shower?

      Howzitekse - 2011-06-16 07:16

      Spies could not hammer his way out of a wet paper bag.

  • JJRR - 2011-06-15 11:35

    Until the Sharks and the Stormers understand this, You have not achieved anything until you have won the cup, something neither of them has done, THEY WILL AMOUNT TO NOTHING. Keep on talking nonsense about the Bulls (who has won 3 times) and you will win NOTHING for the next 10 years to come! Pathetic bunch. How can you talk about champions if you haven't been one or supported one!

  • jk - 2011-06-15 12:15

    ai sparkies 9sounds like a jack russel...0, spies like a true motivator, what else is he gonna say? be negative...,

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 12:50

      Looking at the empty Rugby cabinet at Newlands makes Stormers negative

      sparkies - 2011-06-15 13:05

      and when your wife looks at you it makes her ill

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 13:31

      No that only happens when she reads your sick comments

  • jeronimo - 2011-06-15 14:17

    Hey Sparkies - you say Spies should come to CT so you guys can make a man of him ... how you going to do that when CT only has gayboys ... Go Sharks !

      Kaapie - 2011-06-15 14:41

      You forget the gays guys used to play for you Cabous and freddie

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 16:06

      ATTENTION PLEASE! There's a profile theif, sorry thief posting under my profile. Just ignore the scum. I will only post under my own pedophile, sorry profile. I told you all that Hougie is staying with the Bulls, pay attention when I talk, i know the facts. He and SPIES are true legends and I have many pics of them on my wall. Thank you

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-15 17:18

      Hi everyone I don't normally post this time of the day cuz I don't have internet at home, but my cousin on my moms' side has internet so I'll be here looking out for the profile thief. Please just ignore what he's saying, i'll always just post under my own profile. Now let's talk rugby: what are likely scenarios for the super 15, here's what I'm thinking. Eventhough my heart is with the Stormers i don't think they as good as we hoped for, i'm sensing a loss in Bloem and i really can't see them taking the Bulls in a quarter or semi. The bulls are our flagship team and lets unite behind them. At least that's a trophy for SA. 2 Actually if we can win the WC

      jan du preeaz - 2011-06-15 22:48

      janee, maak sy hare blond, stuur hom na UCT vir acting klasse en "interact" met kaplan dan is hy sommer gou gou n' pure stormer!!!

  • flat bier - 2011-06-15 17:26

    ...hy doen nou maar die praat werk van die veld af...

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