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Bulls not fast enough to stop Cheetahs

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 31 Jan 2009 at 06:43

An intercept try by replacement Björn Basson five minutes from time gave the Cheetahs a 20-16 win over the Bulls in a hard-fought Super 14 pre-season encounter in Polokwane on Friday.

The Bulls, despite taking a commanding 13-3 lead at the break, failed to push that advantage home and left the back door open for the Cheetahs – who sneaked in late in the game.

Rugby 365 reports that Basson’s score came at a time when the Bulls, who enjoyed a surplus of possession, looked to close out the game deep in Cheetahs territory. But the speedy wing collected the ball near his own 22, from a Wynand Olivier pass, and sprinted clear to score the match-winning try. Centre Jacques Louis Potgieter, who took over the goal-kicking from an erratic Tewis de Bruyn, sealed the deal with his conversion.

But before that score there was plenty of drama.

The Bulls played a far more structured game than the Cheetahs, who had to rely mostly on their defence to stay in the game.

However, that defence was rock solid and a crucial factor in the flow of the game. Even though the Bulls often managed to break the first line of defence, the cover was always there.

Based on this evidence, the Cheetahs are likely to win a few more Super 14 games than in recent years.

At the breakdown the Cheetahs also had a clear edge, with Heinrich Brüssow – who became a Springbok on the year-end tour to the United Kingdom in November – often beating the Bulls in the battle on the ground.

The Bulls, defending on the structures that have won them a string of Currie Cup and a Super Rugby title in the past five years, won the battle of the boot – with Morné Steyn’s tactical kicking far superior on the day.

And with Victor Matfield back in the frame the Bulls’ line-outs were also far superior. In fact it took the Cheetahs almost the entire first half to win their first line-out and the Bulls’ sole try came from a line-out steal by Matfield.

With very little possession, the Cheetahs were reduced mostly to a defensive unit, but it was a role in which they were brilliant.

The Cheetahs will also be pleased with the dominance they had over the Bulls in the scrums during a tense second half.


For the Bulls:
Con: Steyn
Pens: Steyn 3

For the Cheetahs:
Demas, Basson
Cons: Potgieter 2
Pens: De Bruyn, Potgieter

Yellow cards: Hennie Daniller (Cheetahs, 32 – professional foul), Marius Delport (Bulls, 40 – professional foul)


Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Marius Delport, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Derick Kuün, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements – from: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Frik Kirsten, Dean Greyling, Danie Rossouw, Heini Adams, Burton Francis, Wayne Julies, Gerhard van den Heever, Braam Gerber/Jaco Pretorius, Jacques Burger, Wilhelm Steenkamp.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Piet van Zyl, 12 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Meyer Bosman , 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Frans Viljoen, 7 Juan Smith (captain), 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Nico Breedt, 3 Bees Roux, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez
Replacements – from: Richardt Strauss, Kobus Calldo, Wayne van Heerden, Hendro Scholtz, Kabamba Floors, Sarel Pretorius, Corné Uys, Fabian Juries, Björn Basson.

Referee: Marius Jonker


  • Wasn’t this a full strength Bulls side?

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.01.09 06:56:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • In other warm up matches.

    Brumbies half-back Josh Holmes gave an early indication he intends to challenge Luke Burgess for the Australian No.9 jersey in 2009 with a dominant display in a 28-14 Super 14 trial win over the Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium.

    The Waratahs thumped the Fijian Warriors 60 – 0

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.01.09 06:59:04 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Defending Super 14 champions, the Crusaders produced a late comeback to beat the Highlanders 40-17 in a pre-season match in Timaru on Friday.

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.01.09 07:19:10 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • But the speedy wing collected the ball near his own 22, from a Wynand Olivier pass

    My initial thought was Wynand Olivier passed the Cheetahs the ball.

    And here is is confirmed :lol:

    I actually feel for the guy, he had an awesome 2008 season IMO and this is just plainly a case of Murphy saying “if there is an intercept let it be off a Olivier pass”

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.01.09 07:27:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • An interesting point from this article is the Cheetahs’ rock solid defence.

    Last year they were pipped at the post more than just once because of leaky defence eventually conceding 57 tries in the season, TEN more than their nearest “rival” for that honour.

    Seems they have definitely pin pointed one of their weaknesses and got it sorted.

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.01.09 07:36:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Blues recorded their first Super 14 pre-season win after they held on to beat the Reds 26-24 in Auckland on Friday.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.01.09 07:40:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Morning ya’all.

    Class on a Saturday morning – life sucks! :cry:

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.01.09 07:41:45 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) :

    OUCH!!!!!!!!! but welcome to my world.

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.01.09 07:42:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • How to TRY and put a positive spin on things and also have a dig at the referee at the same time.

    From the Bulls’ official site.

    The Vodacom Cheetahs snatched a 20-16 victory over the Vodacom Bulls in their last warm-up match which was played in Polokwane on Friday night.
    The Bulls started very well and were leading 13-3 at the break, but after Marius Delport’s yellow card in the second half the Cheetahs got their claws back into the game and scored twice to clinch a victory that will be a huge moral boost for Naka Drotské’s troops.

    The Cheetahs scored the winning try in the dying minutes of the match thanks to an intercept pass from Wynand Olivier but the Bulls will only blame themselves for this result.

    The Bulls’ handling of the wet ball wasn’t as good as they would have liked it to be and they conceded numerous turnovers as a result of all the contesting that was allowed at the rucks.

    Victor Matfield and his teammates will be disappointed with the final score, but the good news is that all the senior players got a lot of game time and none of the players picked up any serious injuries.

    :roll: “as a result of all the contesting that was allowed at the rucks” :shock: Why? Don’t they USUALLY allow contesting at the rucks?

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.01.09 08:05:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Bulls are going to be in trouble with the ELVs again.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.01.09 08:15:36 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 10) :

    Yip I think so as well.

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.01.09 08:22:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • What i wanna know is how Hmmm managed to get hold of KSA Shark’s password… Speaking to urself there boet…

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.01.09 08:40:04 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    I TOLD you it happens on occasion. :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.01.09 09:16:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Meisiekind jou doring :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.01.09 09:46:46 by Charlie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    Just for the Liverpool supporters out there.

    A Primary Teacher explains to her class that she is a Liverpool fan.

    She asks her students to raise their hands if they too are Liverpool fans.

    Everyone in the class raises their hand except one little girl.

    The teacher looks at the girl with surprise and says, ‘Mary, why didn’t you raise your hand?’

    ‘Because I’m not a Liverpool fan,’ she replied.

    The teacher, still shocked, asked, ‘Well, if you are not a Liverpool fan, then who are you a fan of?’

    ‘I am a Man United fan, and proud of it,’ Mary replied.

    The teacher could not believe her ears. ‘Mary, why, pray tell, are you a Man United fan?’

    ‘Because my mum is a Man United fan, and my dad is a Man United fan, so I’m a Man United fan too!’

    ‘Well,’ said the teacher in an obviously annoyed tone, ‘that is no reason for you to be a Man United fan.

    You don’t have to be just like your parents all of the time..

    What if your mum was a prostitute and your dad was a drug addict, what would you be then?’

    ‘Then,’ Mary smiled, ‘I’d be a Liverpool fan.

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.01.09 10:54:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Bulls are honest-to-goodness going to go into the Super 14 with a 0 from 3 record…

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.01.09 11:14:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :

    Their supporters are ALREADY calling for Frans Ludeke’s head on their website. :shock:

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.01.09 11:15:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) :I say keep him!

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.01.09 11:31:47 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : serious? Lovin it!

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.01.09 14:10:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : oh oh… I see Piet Pienaar has found that site again…

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.01.09 14:14:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : :shock: lemme go look

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.01.09 16:41:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    Oh my word Piet must’ve been bored. :lol:

    A few classic comments on there.

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.01.09 16:45:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Which thread? That site is like a jungle…

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.01.09 17:07:12 by blckshrk - Go Serena! Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • damn 0-0 draw!

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.01.09 17:27:15 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @blckshrk – Go Serena! (Comment 23) : bulls lose to cheetahs one

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.01.09 17:33:15 by robdylan Reply
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