Richard Ferguson

Super Rugby preview – Bulls


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 21 Feb 2012 at 07:50
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In the first of our local team previews, we have a look at the Bulls team, a team that many are touting to have a difficult season, after having lost so many of their star players. I fear there is bite still left in this team.

The Bulls have always been known for their physical attributes and their strength up front, and that shouldn’t be any different this year, as their forward pack looks good. They might have lost the likes of Gary Botha, Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield and Danie Rousouw, but in Chiliboy Ralepelle, Flip van der Merwe and Juandre Kruger they have nice backup.

The loose forward stock is pretty much where the Sharks are in terms of depth, with a host of players able to take the field any weekend. Amongst Pierre Spies, Dewald Potgieter, Jacques Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, CJ Stander, Arno Botha, Warwick Tecklenburg and even Dan Adongo, it is a difficult decision as to who stays at home.

It is in the backs though that I feel the Bulls are lacking. In Francois Hougaard they have a very exciting scrumhalf, but he is yet to play a full season in this position, and even though I feel he has what it takes to be the next Springbok scrummy, he could be found out at this level. His halfback partner Morne Steyn is well known for his boot, something I feel he uses too much, but this approach has worked for the Bulls in the past, aand we could see it employed again this year. If he can step up and play a more attacking brand of rugby, the rest of the backline will follow suit and we could see some interesting rugby from the men in pink.

The most exciting talent in the backline is the potential centre combination of Francois Venter and Johann Sadie, which we could even see in the first round after the injury to Wynand Olivier.

I predict the Bulls will battle it out for second spot on the SA conference with the Stormers this year, finishing just outside the play off zone, but with a young team, they will be happy to build and dominate in the years to come.



15 Comments

  • Apparently metrosexual Muzi is now also the “proud” owner of one of the new pink pink sunshine jerseys

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.02.12 08:12:13 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 1) :

    He must be so proud..

    I hear it comes with a free make-up kit…

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.02.12 08:17:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.02.12 08:24:06 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Talked about Muzi, his awfully quiet this week…
    He knows what’s coming :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.02.12 09:05:52 by Franshark Reply
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  • We should start spreading the word now that the whole stadium should just erupt in laughter when the bulls take to the field in their pink jerseys in Durban at the end of the season. :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.02.12 09:13:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Enough with the make up jokes now. so predictable. i am not a big fan of the bulls, but i think the pink looks better than the blue and i would buy one if i where a bulls suporter.Sharks forever.
    remember the sharks also played that one game in pink. that looked shit!!!!! black and white, nothing els maters

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.02.12 09:27:59 by Jakes 08 Reply

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  • @Jakes 08 (Comment 6) :

    If you don’t like the banter about the pink kit ..then don’t read em …

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.02.12 09:34:26 by csb Reply

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  • Muzi’s waiting for the Bulls to do the talking on the field. Friday,you better believe it,going with my beloved Bulls. Bulls by 7 points

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.02.12 09:59:27 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Jakes 08 (Comment 6) :

    There is a difference between going pink for an entire season and doing a charity drive for breast cancer..

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.02.12 10:03:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : They ran out of make-up kits but they are throwing in a free sports bra as I understand it. Will do wonders for the figures of some of those oomies!

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.02.12 10:51:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Jakes 08 (Comment 6) : you’re just jealous cos you don’t have one of the jerseys… )

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.02.12 11:00:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 8) : trying hard to think what it is you like about that jersey.. Still thinking… Nah,sorry.. But perhaps they just need to add some small detail to the jersey to silence the banter from the critics:the 3 superrugby titles they’ve won (to date) :-|

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.02.12 12:44:16 by bergshark Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : Sports bra for a beer-boep. :) Or as it is also known in Pta a “kruiwa”. :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.02.12 12:58:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : I’m not jealous. :)

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.02.12 12:59:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : :lol: , by the way your new avatar is all kinds of awesome!

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.02.12 13:20:45 by vanmartin Reply
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