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Bulls need outside help

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news on 8 Sep 2008 at 07:08

The Blue Bulls are numerate enough to be able to figure out for themselves that following their defeat against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday they can no longer finish as Currie Cup log leaders on their own steam.

To get to first place the Bulls not only have to win all their remaining four games, but also have to depend on the Sharks going down to the Cheetahs or Lions.

Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that while the Bulls are still in second position, at least, thanks to the Cheetahs’ defeat against Western Province, they still face away games against the equally desperate Free Staters and Griquas.

Everything points to the clash against the Cheetahs on September 20 in Bloemfontein possibly assuming the nature of a “final” for second position.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke conceded on Sunday that his team needs a favour or two from the other contenders to play a semifinal at home.

“The defeat against the Sharks was a big setback, but the picture can still change quite a lot over the next four weeks.

“For us it’s important not to lose again, because that is something we can control. As far as the rest is concerned, we can only hope for the best.”

The Bulls will have to show as early as Friday night against the Cavaliers how much they’ve learned from the mistakes that cost them the match against the Sharks.

Missed out on second bonus point

It is unlikely that Morné Steyn will kick so pathetically again this season. He could slot only two kicks from a total of seven and one has to wonder out loud why the last penalty wasn’t entrusted to replacement Burton Francis instead. A successful kick would have meant a second bonus point for the Bulls.

Similarly, Tiger Mangweni will have no excuse for the certain try that he threw away by knocking on the ball with an open try line in front of him.

The fact that both Steyn and Mangweni had their first real off-days of the season in such a critical match could yet come back to haunt the Bulls further down the line.

Victor Matfield looks to be the only Springbok that will be rested against the Cavaliers. The only injured player causing quite serious concern is centre Wynand Olivier, who turned in an outstanding performance against the Sharks. He took a severe knock on his hip.


  • The Blue Bulls are numerate enough to be able to figure out for themselves………

    Sheez this guy gives the Bulls a lot of credit :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.09.08 07:19:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Good morning happy Sharks supporters.
    What a game ! and it was even better watching it again on Sunday morning. :lol:

    The Bulls were unfortunate with there missed kicks but were lucky with the bounce of the ball twice.

    That Sharks teamwork to come back was fantastic.

    Bring it on Cheetahs

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.09.08 08:04:41 by Ernie Reply
    ErnieVodacom Cup player
  • @Ernie (Comment 2) :


    We can thank our lucky stars that Morne Steyn Left his kicking Boots in PTA.

    Either that of Ruan stole them

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.09.08 08:07:10 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I must say that have changed my mind re Meisiekind.
    He had a finger in almost every BB try. :oops:
    Very fast off the mark – sliced through Sharks with ease.
    Sorry to say it but it’s true.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.09.08 08:25:32 by Ernie Reply
    ErnieVodacom Cup player
  • I must concur, IMO Wynand was by far the most impressive palyer in Blue , in fact between him and Ruan on the field. He has perhaps sent a reminder to the Bok selectors for the end of the year tour.
    This is just my opinion here but I think that Habana looks jaded, he seems to have bulked a tad too much… perhaps he has rekindled his liking for KFC :wink: . But on a serious note he looks like a (fat) shadow of his RWC form.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.09.08 08:33:05 by Ragged Reply
    RaggedVodacom Cup player
  • @Ernie (Comment 4) : WO was head and shoulders my man of the match

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.09.08 09:48:39 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Remove his posting rights I say… :shock:

    Commendable though!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.09.08 09:56:10 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 7) :

    It is true though. :grin:

    On current form I would draft WO into the Sharks tomorrow.

    He has had a good season and has not faded away when the Boks came back.

    In short he has shown that his CC form was not just due to the Boks being away.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.09.08 10:07:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : I did say after the match he murdered us in midfield. I was only shocked to hear such brave, bold admissions from one Rob. :roll: :grin:

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.09.08 10:14:11 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver FoxCurrie Cup player
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 9) :
    And did you notice the special wink Matfield gave all his Sharksworld fans when he scored that try.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.09.08 10:23:54 by Salmonoid Reply
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    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) :

    No there was a turd on my TV screen and I couldn’t stand looking at it. :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.09.08 10:33:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :
    The more you couldnt stand looking the bigger his smirk was getting.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.09.08 10:50:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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