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Patience of Bulls fans running thin


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Super 14 on 14 Apr 2008 at 11:00

After the Loftus Versfeld scoreboard had clocked 50 points for the opposition for the second time in a season, a man with disproportionately long horns on his hard hat,and his young son railed against the dying of the might.

Kevin McCallum writes in the Pretoria News that the Bulls had long departed the field for the safety of the dressing-room, but father and son let loose with a long stream of invective and scorn into the brisk night air.

From Vodacom Super 14 champions to second from last on the log they’ve slid. Only the Lions are beneath them.

“Victor, Heyneke, why did you leave us?” they asked. They were not the only ones. With a quarter of the match still to be played, large chunks of the crowd voted with their feet after the Hurricanes had scored their fifth try.

Others began cheering for the Hurricanes.

One lonely soul began singing and praying for divine intervention from above.

The Bulls – so strong, so dominant at Loftus Versfeld in the past three years – were outmuscled by the Hurricanes, comfortably losing the breakdown competition and also conceding, horror upon horror, two tightheads.

It was their seventh loss in nine matches for the Bulls this year.

More significantly, it was the fastest any team have had four tries scored against them this season with Ma’a Nonu scoring the fourth after just 21 minutes.

“There were some very soft tries,” said Bulls coach Frans Ludeke. “Yet we were out of it by then. It ballooned there in the beginning and we chased for the rest of the night. They got the ball and they kept it. They kept us pinned back.

“Their retention was good. We had our first scrum and lineout in their half in the 25th minute of the game.

“They dominated the contact situation and were better there than us. I thought there was good commitment, but that’s not good enough.

“We started coming back in the second half, but when we got close to the tryline, we couldn’t keep it going.”

Fourie du Preez admitted that he had been finding it hard going this year as the new Bulls captain, which is the understatement of the year. “We lost two main players in the team in Victor (Matfield) and Gary (Botha), who were two players who always kept the guys going forward. We’re in a a transitional phase, but that’s no excuse for the way we are playing.”

Ian Schwartz, the Bulls team spokesperson, did have a form of an excuse, noting that the depth of the Bulls had been eroded from 2007.

“The bench is not making the same impact as it did.

“We had Bakkies and Danie Rossouw playing off the bench, and they made a big impact when they came on. If you look at where we won a lot of games last year it was when the bench made an impact. We’ve lost 17 players from last year.”

Hurricanes coach Colin Cooper put things in perspective for the Bulls, noting that while they had lost Meyer and Matfield, the structures the Hurricanes had been building over the past few years were beginning to pay dividends.

“We’ve got a lot of leaders in the team that we put in the team in 2004, like Piri (Weepu).

“He made his debut here and then played his 50th Super 14 match here (on Saturday night),” said Cooper.

“If you make changes (like the Bulls have done) it takes a while for things to come right. It happened to us last year when they took the All Blacks out. They were hard to replace. I think they showed in the last few minutes what the Bulls can do. It’s going to take patience.”

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of patience around Loftus these days.



27 Comments

  • More significantly, it was the fastest any team have had four tries scored against them this season with Ma’a Nonu scoring the fourth after just 21 minutes.

    Surely that can’t be right?

    Is this like the NZ paper reporting that this was the 1st time this season the canes got a try BP when it was in fact their 3rd.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.04.08 11:08:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • KSA…they scored the fourth try on the 22nd minute…so I guess that’s the FASTEST try BP this season. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.04.08 12:03:12 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply
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  • :mrgreen: :grin: :lol: :smile:

    And if you are a Bulls fan
    :shock: :???: :mad: :sad: :cry:

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.04.08 12:08:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • You forgot… :evil: :oops:

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.04.08 12:12:07 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply
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  • Time to recall Jaco van der Westhuizen.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.04.08 12:30:49 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • We’ve lost 17 players from last year.”
    pray tell who will the 17 be that has been lost, the whole time they have been harping on VM, GB , JR and HM

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.04.08 12:46:09 by barend Reply

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  • I was still trying to count the 17 players who matter and I got stuck at 3.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.04.08 12:50:52 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • We’ve lost 17 players from last year.”
    pray tell who will the 17 be that has been lost, the whole time they have been harping on VM, GB , JR and HM

    Comment 6 of 7, posted at 14.04.08 12:46:09 by barend Edit

    There were the 7 Vodacom Players and then the 3 U/21′s and don’t forget the 6 guys from the u/13 craven week side who are no longer with the Bulls :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.04.08 12:55:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Jaco- the voice of one crying in the wilderness? Wonder if he will return.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.04.08 13:05:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • They lose Fondse to the Stormers and Van Schouwenberg to France.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.04.08 13:10:23 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Johann Wasserman?
    Wessel Roux?

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.04.08 13:17:06 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Cliff Milton

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.04.08 13:19:51 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Well the Bulls are planning a protest for their next game. :shock:

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.04.08 13:22:39 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • Stefan Basson
    Jaco VD Westhuizen
    Andre Nel

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.04.08 13:25:38 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • JOHAN ROETS

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.04.08 13:26:43 by Kal-El Reply

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  • DRIES SCHOLTZ

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.04.08 13:27:34 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Naas Botha.

    Boo hoo… :roll:

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.04.08 13:29:08 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • Johan Heunis

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.04.08 13:32:16 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Doost VD Westhuizen

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.04.08 13:33:50 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Louis Schmidt
    Adolf Malan
    Jan Lock

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.04.08 13:35:47 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Wes, who the hell is Andre Nel?

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.04.08 13:36:08 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • hehehe

    A former Proteas cricketer from NTvl. :roll:

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.04.08 13:41:03 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Louis Schmidt – is he a cross between Uli Schmidt and Louis Moolman?

    What position did Jan Lock play?

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.04.08 13:43:52 by Kal-El Reply

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  • lol @ wes… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.04.08 13:57:51 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • Well the Bulls are planning a protest for their next game.

    Comment 13 of 23, posted at 14.04.08 13:22:39 by blackshark (JAWS) Edit

    :?:

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.04.08 13:58:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Dawie van Wyk

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.04.08 13:58:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA – I was just reading their posts on their website and there are talks of Zimbabwe, Mugabe…Ludeke, blue Bulls in one sentence.

    One guy said if they make a banner it will surely be on TV because they’ll be the only people at the stadium. :razz:

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.04.08 14:05:15 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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