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Bulls scared of another home defeat


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 7 Mar 2008 at 13:11

The Bulls start their Super 14 tour of Australasia on Friday night. What they do or fail to do against the Lions will determine in what mood they board for their flight on Saturday.

Morris Gilbert, News24

That is one of the home truths that veteran Bulls manager Wynie Strydom conveyed to the players this week as they prepared for the crucial match against their neighbours at Loftus Versfeld.

The Bulls are scheduled to depart for Australasia on Saturday and their mental approach will depend largely on how well they play on Friday night.

Strydom and Bulls captain Fourie du Preez are well aware of the consequences of a third consecutive home defeat.

“All Super 14 teams are under the same huge pressure week after week but we don’t have the luxury of saying the match against the Lions is just another game,” Du Preez said on Thursday.

“Only victory will get our campaign back on track. We have to win, at all cost.”

Strydom, who has been the team’s manager for 13 seasons, knows best what the difference between victory and defeat is on the eve of an overseas tour.

“I know what it feels like to go on tour after losing your last home match,” he said on Thursday. “Defeat creates a depressing atmosphere.”

The biggest risk the Super 14 champions face on Friday night is that their fear of suffering another defeat may be bigger than their will to win.

They know they went down to the Sharks last week because they lost concentration and made basic errors.

Against the Lions, every player will be expected to perform with courage, character and pride.

The teams:

Bulls: Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Morné Steyn, Bryan Habana, Derick Hougaard, Fourie du Preez (capt), Pedrie Wannenburg, Wikus van Heerden, Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Rayno Gerber, Derick Kuün, Gurthrö Steenkamp.

Substitutes: James van der Walt, Werner Kruger, Dean Greyling, Deon Stegmann, Dewald Potgieter, Heini Adams and Stephan Dippenaar.

Lions: Louis Ludik, Dusty Noble, Jaco Pretorius, Walter Venter, Ryno Benjamin, Louis Strydom, Jano Vermaak, Joe van Niekerk, Ernst Joubert (capt), Cobus Grobbelaar, Willem Stoltz, Gerhard Mostert, Ross Geldenhuys, Willie Wepener, Heinke van der Merwe.

Substitutes: Ethienne Reynecke, JC Janse van Rensburg, Anton van Zyl, Willem Alberts, Chris Jonck, Jaco van Schalkwyk and Jannie Boshoff.

Referee: JC Fortuin

Television: Live coverage on M-Net and SuperSport 1 on DStv, starting at 19:00.



46 Comments

  • come on Lions!

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.03.08 13:11:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • this is the one pick this weekend that I hope I’ve got wrong.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.03.08 13:12:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen: rob

    Why do you despise the Bulls so much Rob???

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.03.08 13:20:30 by wpw Reply
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  • 07.03.08 13:20:30 – wpw

    wpw you could have phrased that question as….Tell me about your childhood?

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.03.08 13:26:38 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Because they are despicable wpw

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.03.08 13:28:30 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • geee… where should I start? :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.03.08 13:29:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • you mean despicaBULL, claytie? :)

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.03.08 13:29:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • of course

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.03.08 13:33:44 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • da da da daaaaaah

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.03.08 13:36:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • 5th of Beethoven?

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.03.08 13:40:11 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • I’d also be shit scared of a Bulls loss if I were their supporters.

    Some Bulls losses have almost caused rugby blogs to come to a dead standstill.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.03.08 13:51:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Watse [email protected] praat julle wetters van my liefling-span? Die magtige Blou Bulle is vir niks bang – die Super14 beker staan in Pretoria!

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.03.08 14:10:22 by Stan Reply

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  • KSA :)

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.03.08 14:10:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Stan you forgot to change your photo as well dude :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.03.08 14:12:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • oh dear…

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.03.08 14:12:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • thank heavens for profile pics :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.03.08 14:13:34 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • ‘n Ou kan ook nie lekker stir op die haai site. I deleted the foto, but it still shows. Damn! :evil:

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.03.08 14:14:08 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Rob – we’re on the same page…

    Picked the Bulls and I hope i’m wrong. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.03.08 14:14:25 by blackshark Reply

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  • Is it a bird?
    Is it a plane?

    It’s STAN!

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.03.08 14:15:36 by blackshark Reply

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  • :lol: blackshark

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.03.08 14:23:31 by Kal-El Reply

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  • yeah… agree with what you said on the other thread. SB points will at least mean I get some slight joy out of a Bulls win.

    Crap – I know it’s unpatriotic, but it’s time for me to fess up. I don’t even support the Bulls against overseas sides!

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.03.08 14:24:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ha ha ha…sorry man…this whole schirzophrenia thing is not easy hey…

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.03.08 14:26:18 by blackshark Reply

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  • rd – me too :lol:

    The only time I’d support the Bulls is if we needed them to win to stay in the competition…and even then I’d have to pray about it …

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.03.08 14:28:11 by blackshark Reply

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  • blackbull won’t sound that cool anyway.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.03.08 14:33:55 by Stan Reply

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  • God forgives all manner of sins, blackshark

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.03.08 14:34:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • you terrible men, how unbrotherly of you all :twisted:
    how can you so openly trash another south african team :?:
    and in fact the 2007 Super 14 winners at that :shock:
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    feel the same way :grin: :lol:

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.03.08 14:34:36 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • hi “stan” welcome to sharksworld :wink:

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.03.08 14:35:28 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • STAN!

    Long time no argue, boet.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.03.08 14:38:47 by Dawn Reply

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  • dontjie,
    julle het mos gedink ek sal nie hier kan inkom nie. Maar ek is nou moeg van al die nonsens wat julle bergbokke en sandhaaie praat. Die Super14 beker staan in Pretoria!

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.03.08 14:41:47 by Stan Reply

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  • Stan… go have a look at Admin’s post on the other thread, ok?

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.03.08 14:43:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • And along came stan…..

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.03.08 14:48:36 by hellbent Reply

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  • Stan, is your pic of a cominc strip character because no-one takes you seriously?

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.03.08 14:49:29 by hellbent Reply

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  • hellbent :lol:

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.03.08 14:52:28 by KSA Sharkette Reply

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  • Bergbokke en sandhaaie!!!

    That’s why I like him.

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.03.08 14:53:00 by Dawn Reply

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  • dawn AND everyone else.

    IT’S NOT STAN!!!!!!!!!

    It’s Kal-El messing about. :evil:

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.03.08 14:54:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Kal El from some Sci Fi movie?

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.03.08 14:55:05 by Dawn Reply

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  • I can honestly see the Lions taking this one, and I’ll be behind them all the way. If the Lions play an expansive game, keep the ball away from contact, recycle quickly where necessary, they will blow the Bulls away. Bulls are in moerse trouble!

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.03.08 14:55:58 by hellbent Reply

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  • from your lips to Glod’s ears, HB

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.03.08 14:57:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • blackbull won’t sound that cool anyway.

    07.03.08 14:33:55 – Stan

    I think I like STAN better…

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.03.08 14:59:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • ok – enough. Don’t make admin show his goat-like face on this thread too.

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.03.08 15:00:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • KSA asseblief moenie so excited raak nie man.

  • Comment 41, posted at 07.03.08 15:01:15 by Dawn Reply

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  • Is Glod the ref?

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.03.08 15:01:39 by blackshark Reply

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  • JC Fortuin is the ref.

    He’s gonna need ALL the help he can get.

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.03.08 15:03:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • So who is this “Glod” characher that RD is referring to? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 07.03.08 15:05:00 by blackshark Reply

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  • RD – when was the last time you went to church bro? :???:

  • Comment 45, posted at 07.03.08 15:05:56 by blackshark Reply

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  • Fortuin the ref – we can just hand this one to the Bulls!

  • Comment 46, posted at 07.03.08 15:30:53 by Nessa Reply

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