Richard Ferguson

Super Rugby 2012 – Crusaders (28) vs Bulls (13) F/T


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 21 Jul 2012 at 08:00
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The first of the play-off matches sees the Crusaders host the Bulls in Christchurch, a match that will full of huge hits and big forward play, from both sides, but with more clinical finishing in the form of the Crusaders backs.

The Crusaders are without Kieran Read this week again, but with McCaw in at 8 and Matt Todd on the side of the scrum, the forwards aren’t weakened as much as the Bulls would have hoped. Amongst the backs, Robbie Fruean is back in midfield after missing last weekend’s clash, forming a formidable partnership with Ryan Crotty in midfield.

For the Bulls, Flip van der Merwe is back in the tight five after missing last weekend’s match, bolstering the forward pack. The Bulls backs will have to be in top form to hold the attacking backs of the Crusaders, with defence in midfield a key area, where Olivier and Engelbrecht will be forced to make tackles aplenty!

Crusaders: 15. Israel Dagg, 14. Adam Whitelock, 13. Robert Fruean, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Dan Carter, 9. Andy Ellis, 8. Richie McCaw (Captain), 7. Matt Todd, 6. George Whitelock, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Luke Romano, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Corey Flynn, 1. Wyatt Crockett

Replacements: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Ben Franks, 18. Tom Donnelly, 19. Luke Whitelock, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tom Taylor, 22. Sean Maitland

Bulls: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Pierre Spies (Captain), 7. Jacques Potgieter, 6. Dewald Potgieter, 5. Juandre Kruger, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling

Replacements: 16. Willie Wepener, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Deon Stegmann, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Louis Fouche, 22. Francois Venter



103 Comments

  • gooo bullssssssssssssssss :mrgreen: eish that took a lot out of me :lol:

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.12 08:21:10 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Yeah I’ll also say it, I am a proud SAfrican

    Gooooo Buuuuuuullllsssss

    Stick it to the cheats :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.07.12 08:24:56 by FireTheLooser Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : this is true, unless its my SHarks i never support the foreigners :evil:

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.07.12 08:29:31 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • We should all get behind the bulls today as so should they for us later on..more teams in the semis mean more chances that the cup is in SA preferably in the tanks trophy case ofcourse haha!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.07.12 08:57:38 by shaniboi Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 4) : We’ll only support the opposition when it’s the Streamers playing :twisted: :mrgreen:

    …not really

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.07.12 09:11:24 by FireTheLooser Reply
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  • Wonder how good is Ben Lucas’ kicking game. Trying to think how the Reds are going to approach our game. They’ll try to neutralise our power pack. They’ll try to get us tired or revert to the kicking game they used to beat the Stormers last year. We need to enforce our game and keep ball in hand.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.07.12 09:20:47 by GreatSharksays Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 6) : Ezactly boet, i said this earlier on on another site, Sharks today can win if we keep ball in hand and dont let the game open up to much, also our mental prep is so important, do the boys have the hunger? do they believe?? if so we can win

    People always complare players, both teams have good players etc, For me its how we believe or dont believe that will be key, and show that hunger for 8- min

    In other words, we nmeed to play the Bulls Sharks match style that was played recently again, with same intensity

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.07.12 09:25:51 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Wow… Here we are, after weeks, no months of cat and mouse play we have arrived at the first playoff game….
    And I have to say GO BULLS..
    Geez that was difficult but true… Let’s get a Bulls vs Sharks final….

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.07.12 09:30:53 by Franshark Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 7) : 100%. I’m so pumped, could not sleep last night…feels like I’m playing today. Go Boys, you can do it…and good luck to the Bulls. It would be great to have 3 SA teams in the semi’s.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.07.12 09:40:24 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • :mrgreen: @Franshark (Comment 8) :

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.07.12 09:42:37 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • Carter with the fist attempt PK
    Over…
    Saders 3 – 0 Bulls
    7min

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.07.12 09:43:14 by Franshark Reply
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  • Krusty smashed by Fruean..

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.07.12 09:45:09 by Franshark Reply
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  • Greyling off side big time..
    Carter PK
    Crusaders 6 – 0 Bulls
    10min

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.07.12 09:47:40 by Franshark Reply
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  • 2nd turn over Crusaders get in their own half…
    Not good play by Bulls…
    Bulls looking like they waiting for something…

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.07.12 09:49:47 by Franshark Reply
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  • Go Reds!! :twisted:

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.07.12 09:50:42 by wpw Reply
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  • Ralepelle off… Injured

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.07.12 09:51:05 by Franshark Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 15) : hehe :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.07.12 09:52:01 by Franshark Reply
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  • Bulls stop the Saders 2 meters from their line… Good defense..

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.07.12 09:53:44 by Franshark Reply
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  • Bulls conceding their 4th penalty against 0 from the Saders…

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.07.12 09:55:18 by Franshark Reply
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  • Adv Sadres straigt in front…

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.07.12 09:56:32 by Franshark Reply
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  • Carter PK missed from in from :shock:

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.07.12 09:58:13 by Franshark Reply
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  • And steyn kicks the ball out on the full from the restart..

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.07.12 09:59:36 by Franshark Reply
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  • Steyn down….

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.07.12 10:00:12 by Franshark Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 15) : Wil jy nou gemoer word of later?? of nou tot later?? :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.07.12 10:00:57 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • Up again but not looking lekka…

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.07.12 10:01:08 by Franshark Reply
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  • Steyn doing his best to give scoring opportunities too the Saders…

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.07.12 10:02:33 by Franshark Reply
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  • Guildford over…
    Bad defense by Steyn..

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.07.12 10:04:02 by Franshark Reply
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  • Carter converts
    Crusaders 13 – 0 Bulls
    26min

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.07.12 10:04:42 by Franshark Reply
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  • Steyn having a shocker….

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.07.12 10:06:36 by Franshark Reply
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  • The Crusaders can be a difficult team..

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.07.12 10:06:44 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Bulls scrum inside Saders half…

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.07.12 10:08:40 by Franshark Reply
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  • Funny how bad Jacques Potgieter & Werner Kruger are… yet they’re capped Springboks and will be there again for the Rugby Championship.

    It’s a good life being a Blue Bull.

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.07.12 10:09:08 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 32) :

    Eish right after I say that, Crockett absolutely demolishes the big man Werner Kruger – what a waste of space :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.07.12 10:10:28 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @Franshark (Comment 29) : Guess what? HM will still pick him…hehehe. He’s had shockers all year.

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.07.12 10:10:48 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Basson down… Not looking good…

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.07.12 10:11:06 by Franshark Reply
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  • Oh boy, the Bulls are just not in this game – they look lethargic and as though they have lead in their boots.

    The Saders are slowly picking them apart, and none of the Bulls play makers have any spark. :|

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.07.12 10:11:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Carter drop goal…
    Crusaders 16 – 0 Bulls
    33min

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.07.12 10:13:54 by Franshark Reply
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  • Bulls get a kickable penalty and opts for the line out

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.07.12 10:14:58 by Franshark Reply
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  • And again…

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.07.12 10:15:44 by Franshark Reply
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  • Knock on and the Saders gets relief…

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.07.12 10:16:18 by Franshark Reply
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  • Bulls must go for broke now…no need to wait until the last 10mins.

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.07.12 10:16:21 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • 3rd penalty for the bulls. Kicking for post this time..
    Crusaders 16 – 3 Bulls
    38min

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.07.12 10:17:45 by Franshark Reply
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  • Basson off… Injured

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.07.12 10:18:13 by Franshark Reply
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  • HALF TIME
    Crusaders 16 – 3 Bulls

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.07.12 10:22:03 by Franshark Reply
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  • Bulls will have to dig deep during half time and find that cocaine Pedrie used for getting some spark. :twisted:

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.07.12 10:23:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Crusaders don’t normally have good second halfs so maybe the Bulls can still claw back.

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.07.12 10:25:50 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 45) : :lol: the fact is that they are not that far behind… They are playing bad and not so much the Saders playing good…

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.07.12 10:25:57 by Franshark Reply
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  • The Saders are beatable…

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.07.12 10:28:14 by Franshark Reply
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  • Go Bulls! :twisted:

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.07.12 10:28:14 by JarsonX Reply
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  • The closer it gets the more nervous I get…

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.07.12 10:29:27 by Franshark Reply
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  • 2nd half under way…

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.07.12 10:32:32 by Franshark Reply
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  • Bulls playing with some energi…

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.07.12 10:33:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 32) :

    And then there’s Kirchner… :shock:

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.07.12 10:33:53 by hendrikp Reply

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  • Penalty to the Saders.. Bulls holding on

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.07.12 10:33:57 by Franshark Reply
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  • Carter miss touch..

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.07.12 10:34:23 by Franshark Reply
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  • Okay… so the Bulls have the ball on the Crusaders try-line.

    Werner Kruger isolates himself. Gets the support, but doesn’t place the ball.

    How that guy is a professional rugby player, I’ll never understand.

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.07.12 10:36:49 by hendrikp Reply

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  • Bulls loose the ball 2meters out… The Saders running out their 22….

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.07.12 10:36:55 by Franshark Reply
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  • Got Saders by 8

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.07.12 10:36:56 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Ndungane off injured… Jano on…

  • Comment 59, posted at 21.07.12 10:37:33 by Franshark Reply
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  • When are SA teams going to learn that games are won and lost in breakdown? What’s wrong with our coaches? Get numbers to the breakdowns and get the technique and timing right.

  • Comment 60, posted at 21.07.12 10:39:57 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Bulls are going down like flies after a spray of Doom

  • Comment 61, posted at 21.07.12 10:40:29 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Carter PK
    Crusaders 19 – 3 Bulls
    49min

  • Comment 62, posted at 21.07.12 10:41:23 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 50) : join the club lol

  • Comment 63, posted at 21.07.12 10:41:26 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • Hougaard put the ball out on the full… :(

  • Comment 64, posted at 21.07.12 10:42:39 by Franshark Reply
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  • Steyn with a high-tackle…
    Lucky not yellow…

  • Comment 65, posted at 21.07.12 10:44:05 by Franshark Reply
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  • Is the ref fair and consistant?

  • Comment 66, posted at 21.07.12 10:45:07 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Carter PK
    Crusaders 22 – 3 Bulls
    52min

  • Comment 67, posted at 21.07.12 10:45:19 by Franshark Reply
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  • LOL.

    You are playing terribly, and then you look at bringing on Deon Stegmann.

    Things aren’t going to improve.

    Well done Crusaders.

  • Comment 68, posted at 21.07.12 10:46:08 by hendrikp Reply

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  • Kruger off… Steenkamp on..

  • Comment 69, posted at 21.07.12 10:46:15 by Franshark Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 66) : my opinion.. Yes.. Fair

  • Comment 70, posted at 21.07.12 10:46:57 by Franshark Reply
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  • Steyn is the NR1 reason the bulls are loosing this game…

  • Comment 71, posted at 21.07.12 10:50:44 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 70) : My BB boss will probably blame the ref again :razz:

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  • Penalty to Saders…
    Carter miss again from in front :shock:
    Crusaders 22 – 3 Bulls
    59min

  • Comment 73, posted at 21.07.12 10:53:12 by Franshark Reply
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  • Try for Dewalt in the corner…
    From a driving mall..

  • Comment 74, posted at 21.07.12 10:56:25 by Franshark Reply
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  • And Steyn’s kick refuses to go over…
    Crusaders 22 – 8 Bulls
    64min

  • Comment 75, posted at 21.07.12 10:57:40 by Franshark Reply
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  • Carter again miss touch for a penalty…

  • Comment 76, posted at 21.07.12 10:59:48 by Franshark Reply
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  • Game becoming loose now…
    4 turnovers in one move…

  • Comment 77, posted at 21.07.12 11:01:29 by Franshark Reply
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  • Maitland miss with a DG, with a smile…
    Carter PK
    Crusaders 25 – 8 Bulls
    71min

  • Comment 78, posted at 21.07.12 11:05:42 by Franshark Reply
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  • Morne Steyn is terrible…he is done…

  • Comment 79, posted at 21.07.12 11:06:01 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Jacques Potgieter has been very good…

    JJE has been very good again…at centre and wing…

    Vermaak has been better at 9 than Hougaart…

  • Comment 80, posted at 21.07.12 11:07:31 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Bulls have been Bullied…

  • Comment 81, posted at 21.07.12 11:08:20 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 79) :agree…

  • Comment 82, posted at 21.07.12 11:08:30 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 80) : I think, no I know..
    Your in love with JP… ;)

  • Comment 83, posted at 21.07.12 11:09:21 by Franshark Reply
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  • I guess it’s safe to say: Sorry Bulls.

  • Comment 84, posted at 21.07.12 11:09:51 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Steyn off…think 5 min with Steyn off enough time for Bulls to win?

  • Comment 85, posted at 21.07.12 11:09:53 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 80) : Hougaart has been very disappointing of late and I was a HUGE fan of him…

  • Comment 86, posted at 21.07.12 11:11:03 by Franshark Reply
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  • 30mins to go for the REAL rugga :mrgreen:

  • Comment 87, posted at 21.07.12 11:11:18 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 85) : :lol:

  • Comment 88, posted at 21.07.12 11:11:37 by Franshark Reply
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  • Meisiekind in the corner…

  • Comment 89, posted at 21.07.12 11:12:02 by Franshark Reply
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  • Were the Bulls playing in pink again?

  • Comment 90, posted at 21.07.12 11:12:05 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 83) :

    Who is JP?

  • Comment 91, posted at 21.07.12 11:12:16 by Hmmm Reply

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  • As I thought…the Bulls got a fighting chance with Morne off…

  • Comment 92, posted at 21.07.12 11:13:26 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 87) : ja the Bulls and Saders must feel privilege to play the pre-match for the main game :)

  • Comment 93, posted at 21.07.12 11:13:29 by Franshark Reply
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  • Crusaders 25 – 13 Bulls
    78min

  • Comment 94, posted at 21.07.12 11:14:31 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 93) : :razz:

  • Comment 95, posted at 21.07.12 11:14:34 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 91) : Potgieter…

  • Comment 96, posted at 21.07.12 11:15:01 by Franshark Reply
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  • Carter PK
    Crusaders 28 – 13 Bulls
    FULL TIME

  • Comment 97, posted at 21.07.12 11:16:34 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 86) :
    And he is even worse when he tries to kick…

  • Comment 98, posted at 21.07.12 11:17:06 by Hmmm Reply

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  • It was Clinical vs. Juvenile

    Eish :x

  • Comment 99, posted at 21.07.12 11:17:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Ooh Righty Then.

  • Comment 100, posted at 21.07.12 11:18:02 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 96) :

    Nah…I think Strauss is better…

    I would say best 4 is when fit:
    Burger, Alberts, Vermeulen, Strauss…

    And a scrum is 80% strength with Keegan there…

  • Comment 101, posted at 21.07.12 11:21:55 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Must give Heineke Meyer credit…he has an eye for talent…wondered what he saw in JJ Engelbrecht…but JJE been the SA centre that has been breaking the most tacles in the last 4 weeks…even today again in a poor Bulls side…

  • Comment 102, posted at 21.07.12 11:26:18 by Hmmm Reply

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  • I see Reunion (NZ rugby show) picks Basson and JPP as the best wings for this year…

    With Bizzy, Beast, Etsabeth and Coetzee…

  • Comment 103, posted at 21.07.12 11:41:34 by Hmmm Reply

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