Bulls supporters are so upset and disappointed with their team’s poor performances this season, that they are planning a protest against “poor service delivery”.
Rugby 365 reports that die-hard fans of the Pretoria franchise will reportedly launch their protest outside Loftus Versfeld Stadium, home of the Bulls, on Saturday, according to Die Beeld.
The Bulls will meet the Highlanders on the same day in a Super 14 clash, that is also seen as a ‘last chance saloon’ for the beleaguered Bulls and their coach Frans Ludeke.
Chris Coetzer, a fanatical Bulls supporter from Richards Bay, said on Tuesday that he is one of a group of around 1000 supporters in the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal who are all very keen to voice their concerns over the dire Super 14 performances of the Bulls this year.
“Everyone knows me as Chris ‘Hou by die Blou’ (stick with the Blues), because there is only one team for me. That’s why all these fanatical Bulls supporters like me experience the team’s misfortunes as if there was a death in the family. Our hearts are aching, and every Saturday the knife is thrust deeper and deeper.”
“The people in our towns are almost exclusively Sharks supporters, and they are openly laughing at us and our team.
“I know one needs permission to have picket protests, but the more we talk about it, the more we realise it is a good idea to have our say at the Loftus gates.”
Coetzer and company are not the only Bulls fans that are at their wits’ end. A petition has been launched on the internet, containing a motion of no confidence against Ludeke and the rest of the coaching staff. By Tuesday, the petition already contained 399 signatures of disgruntled supporters.
The petitioners state that they are not out to threaten anyone or give unfair criticism, but that they cannot express their concern over the regression of their “beloved team” in any other way.
The petition also takes exception to team selections. The feeling is that many senior players are picked purely because the Blue Bulls Company (BBC) invested so much money in them, which means that the best team does not necessarily get onto the pitch.
In a reaction to the issue, Blue Bulls Company Chief Executive Officer Barend van Graan simply stated that he was aware of the petition.Tweet