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Bulls stop the Crusade


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 23 May 2009 at 22:00
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The brave crusade is over after Todd Blackadder’s side squandered a good lead and allowed the Bulls to charge back to claim hosting right’s for next weekend’s Super 14 final in Pretoria.

Up 20-7 after 24 minutes the Crusaders’ normally water-tight defence got ragged in a costly second quarter that leaked 20 points.

Duncan Johnstone writes for Stuff.co.nz that the Bulls finished with three tries but it was Morne Steyn’s unerring boot that was eventually the difference landing four trademark dropped goals in a deserved 36-23 semifinal victory.

Not that the Crusaders didn’t contribute to this open spectacle which was in stark contrast to the slog the day before where the Chiefs edged the Hurricanes in the other semifinal and must now travel to Loftus Versfeld to try to halt the resilient Bulls.

The absorbing match was marked by some massive hits, two teams throwing everything at each other.

A strong forward effort that made the Bulls look decidedly average at times with accuracy in the set pieces and energy at the breakdowns wasn’t enough.

The Crusaders, who walked a tightrope to the playoffs, eventually tumbled as they were plagued by some poor kicking that allowed the home side to dominate territory. With that came the inevitable points.

So the Bulls advance to their second final – their first at home – and the Crusaders lose their second of 11 semifinals with a repeat of their 2007 playoff in Pretoria.

Brad Thorn was a tower of strength and lock Isaac Ross, prop Wyatt Crockett and loose forward Kieran Read toiled at his side in an effective pick and go game.

Adam Whitelock was lively down the left wing, Leon MacDonald overcame a head knock in the opening minute to contribute plenty and the Crusaders managed to make ground through the Bulls’ makeshift midfield.

But after their strong start they just couldn’t get things going again as their accuracy deserted them and the Bulls made them pay with athletic No 8 Pierre Spies a standout in a stunning comeback.

The Crusaders made a strong start and Thomas Waldrom should have scored in the third minute but dropped a pass with the line begging after Adam Whitelock made ground down the left touchline.

The Crusaders held their ground though and earned a penalty from the resulting scrum with Stephen Brett stepping up to goal.

Uncharacteristically sloppy defence off the edge of a ruck saw Habana slice through to the posts from 22m out.

The Crusaders hit back from the kickoff with a series of rucks eventually allowing an overlap for Whitelock to squeeze over in the corner. MacDonald converted and added a penalty soon after as the Bulls were under pressure in front of their posts.

MacDonald hoisted a bomb to the Bulls’ posts and Keiran Read got up to beat Kirchner and then thumped the ball down for the try. In the blink of an eye the Crusaders were out to 20-7.

The Bulls finally put some phases together and found a metre of room down the left touch that was all Akona Ndungane needed to dart away for the touchdown.

The Bulls swept back on to attack and Waldrom was yellow carded as his defence got too desperate.

The Bulls played the field position and Steyn stepped up with two dropped goals and the Crusaders’ lead had totally evaporated.

Ad Feedback The Crusaders paid for some adventure when Spies gathered in a Jared Payne chip kick and sprinted 60m for the try on the halftime whistle. The Bulls had gathered 20 points in 16 minutes to lead 27-20 at the break.

Play see-sawed from there with neither side able to capitalise on their chances until Steyn got the Bulls clear with a penalty after 62 minutes.

Then he stepped up with the South African sledge-hammer, landing two more dropped goals.

Andy Ellis added one of his own for the Crusaders but it was never enough.

Bulls 36: Bryan Habana, Akona Ndungane, Pierre Spies tries; Morne Steyn 3 con, pen, 4 dg.

Crusaders 23: Adam Whitelock, Kieran Read tries; Leon MacDonald 2 con, pen; Stephen Brett pen; Andy Ellis dropped goal.



33 Comments

  • Just noticed something in a photo and thought that they had used an old Photo, but now seeing the replay on SS they have the right photo.

    Has anyone noticed that Habana has lost all the padding? I recall earlier in the season how HUGE his shoulders looked with all the padding.

    Glad to see it’s all gone. Would be interesting to note WHEN it dissappeared and whether his return to form was around the same time.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.05.09 22:12:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 4 DGs!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn good kicking.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.05.09 22:15:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Intersting obsevation, have to agree it was a but over the top and must have hindered his running form. Bulls fan or not, they surely did play some awesome rugby, I know the detractors will all say boring drop goals, but so what they are in the finals and some of their tries were very good. Go Bulle for Saturday.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.05.09 08:30:21 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 3) :

    I was just busy doing the FL scores for this game and noticed that there wasn’t a single try in the second half.

    WHO gives Sh1t though, it was still a damn exciting game. Tries or no tries.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.05.09 09:05:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • As i predicted I had a shocker in Fantasy league this round. :sad:

    My 7 players scored me 101 points. 39th on the log for this round.

    Barely managed to hold onto 2nd overall, 2,75 ahead of Mbaysharks.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.05.09 09:09:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    :lol:

    I only have three players in the Finals. :oops:

    Mbaysharks has 9 maybe 10 if Olivier is fit in the finals. i think my 2nd place will be gone next week. :sad:

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.05.09 09:12:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : i cant wait to try this FL stuff :razz:

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.05.09 09:22:39 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 7) :

    It’s a blast.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.05.09 09:26:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : next one is CC right?

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.05.09 09:28:53 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 9) :

    Yip I believe so. :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.05.09 09:32:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : is there going to be a LMS for the CC?

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.05.09 09:35:25 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I gave up on that one ages ago, I prefer the prediction, too much pt changing the side all the time

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.05.09 09:40:06 by Whindy Reply
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  • i see theres a story in Rapport about the inconsistency of the citings commission.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.05.09 09:40:35 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 13) : im not a skilled writer :oops: but it sounds like they might replace the citing officers etc.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.05.09 09:42:29 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 13) : About time they regulated, that High tackel = 2 weeks etc. Its BS that some get 4 while others get 2, and even worse others get away scott free I don’t suppose you could regulat that.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.05.09 09:43:53 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 15) : and 12 weeks for eye gouching, hey i also see a reader’s letter/sms stating that juan smith punched luke watson, i dont know anything about that :???:

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.05.09 09:47:31 by JarsonX Reply
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  • if luke does get a springbok call-up, its going to be bad for the team, theres still to many pure hot blooded dutchmen around

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.05.09 09:51:01 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Geez the site is quiet this weekend, is everyone sulking because the bulls won? :grin:

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.05.09 10:03:50 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 18) :

    Well not EVERYONE. :smile:

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.05.09 10:29:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 11) :

    yes there will be we just need to work out the finer details of applying LMS to a double round of matches.

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.05.09 10:31:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 13) :

    I see that but I all see that BB Harmse lays the ground with reliable unnamed sources etc.

    More of an opinion piece than anything else IMO. If he had named ONE (just ONE) source then I might have believed there tobe some creedence behind the article.

    He is so blinded by emotion that he couldn’t get Brett Sheehan’s name right, and he referss to Luke Burgess getting away with a Shoulder charge. :???:

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.05.09 10:35:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 16) :

    becasue it didn’t happen that’s why you didn’t know about it. :wink:

    It was nothing more than a bit of Jersey pulling on the ground.

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.05.09 10:36:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Bulls played well – really lifted the intensity when they needed to.

    Spies was very good, but FDP was awesome. Having a general like that to marshall the Sharks would be something special.

    I think they can do this – just a bit concerned about who will be marking Kahui and company in midfield.

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.05.09 10:42:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : like i said im sometimes a bit lazy to read :lol: im missing the stuff between the lines/fine print :oops:

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.05.09 10:44:13 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : well i did see 2 guys having a go but i missed the audio and their numbers :roll:

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.05.09 10:45:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @admin… Cant we get direct links to Superbru and Just Rugby please, if there allready are links :oops: sorry but i cant see them on my mobile :razz:

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.05.09 11:00:59 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 26) :

    can you see THE Links page?

    There are no links to Superbru or JustRugby at the moment, but it’ll be of no use to add them if you can’t see the links page on the Mobile skin anyway. :wink:

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.05.09 11:14:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : no i cant :sad: arent i a pain in the ass today :mad:

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.05.09 11:40:29 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 28) :

    Will point it out to Rob and see what we can do about ti. :smile:

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.05.09 11:45:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) : its not that important anyway, most people are using a pc, i can view the standard browser skin on my phone but its eating up more data than the mobile skin.

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.05.09 11:57:54 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 30) : and for some reason i cant reply to a certain comment

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.05.09 12:01:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I thought the bulle were awesome,Guthro was all over the place,Stegmann had a huge first half.But like Fishy said,Fourie was just masterful.Morne should be smiling,theres an article in the sunday times punting fourie as bok 10.

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.05.09 12:02:17 by Claytie Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 30) : and pc is dangerous, malware, spyware, virusses etc :lol: and all those bloody ads.

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.05.09 12:03:55 by JarsonX Reply
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