Richard Ferguson

Currie Cup 2012 – Lions vs Bulls


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content on 13 Oct 2012 at 18:00
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The Currie Cup round robin stage comes to an end, and considering the evenly matched tournament to date, it is rather disappointing that the final match is set up to be a one sided affair.

The Lions are assured of second spot on the log, and with the Sharks winning last night, have absolutely nothing to play for. The decision to rest their big name players could work in their favour, in keeping them fresh ahead of the more important games, or against them by taking any momentum they had going into this time of the season, and chucking it out the window.

The Bulls’ task is simple – win and they are almost guaranteed a spot in the play-offs. Obviously a loss is not negotiable and could even leave the Bulls with the slight matter of a promotion/relegation match against the Kings. Pine Pienaar has gone all out in selecting all his Springboks, and with the Lions selecting their weakened team, has made the job easier.

Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Butch James (captain), 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 CJ van der Linde.

Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Whestley Moolman, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lionel Mapoe.

Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Juandré Kruger, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morné Mellett.

Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Dean Greyling.



64 Comments

  • I was so looking forward to a Bulls’ relegation match. Bloody Ackers! :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.10.12 18:03:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Shame… Have Elton’s two caps tired him out so completely he has to sit on the bench? :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.10.12 18:08:52 by Shaz Reply
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  • If the Bulls lose the game by 6 points they play in the promotion/relegation game

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.10.12 18:56:05 by Mutley Reply

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  • OK… Who’s taking bets on how many Morne will miss? :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.10.12 18:58:26 by Shaz Reply
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  • @Shaz (Comment 4) : I’ll do. 2 misses. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.10.12 18:59:50 by JarsonX Reply
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  • c’mon Lions!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.10.12 19:00:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kick off

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.10.12 19:11:20 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penalty Steyn
    Bulls 3
    Lions 0
    5min

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.10.12 19:16:06 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penalty James
    Lions 3
    Bulls 3
    7min

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.10.12 19:18:49 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penalty James
    Lions 6
    Bulls 3
    12min

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.10.12 19:22:56 by Mutley Reply

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  • Try Micheal Rhodes

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.10.12 19:25:09 by Mutley Reply

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  • Conversion over
    Lions 13
    Bulls 3
    14min

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.10.12 19:26:24 by Mutley Reply

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  • Drop goal Steyn
    Bulls 6
    Lions 13
    15min

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.10.12 19:27:14 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penalty James
    Lions 16
    Bulls 6
    17min

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.10.12 19:28:45 by Mutley Reply

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  • Three most brain dead players in RSA, flippie, Jacques and Dean. Common denominator Bulls………..

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.10.12 19:31:19 by Bayshark Reply

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  • Penalty Steyn but misses
    Bulls 6
    Lions 16
    19min

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.10.12 19:31:20 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penalty Steyn
    Bulls 9
    Lions 16
    23min

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.10.12 19:35:43 by Mutley Reply

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  • Must say that this is not the score I wast expecting.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.10.12 19:36:21 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 18) : Still early though.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.10.12 19:37:14 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Penalty Steyn
    Bulls 12
    Lions 16
    28min

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.10.12 19:40:41 by Mutley Reply

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  • Try Basson

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.10.12 19:44:42 by Mutley Reply

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  • Converted
    Bulls 19
    Lions 16
    33min

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.10.12 19:45:54 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penalty Steyn
    Bulls 22
    Lions 16
    Halftime

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.10.12 19:53:15 by Mutley Reply

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  • 2nd half starts

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.10.12 20:05:31 by Mutley Reply

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  • Jantjies on

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.10.12 20:06:20 by Mutley Reply

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  • Penalty Butch
    Lions 19
    Bulls 22
    43min

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.10.12 20:07:20 by Mutley Reply

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  • Lions need to win by 6 or more to send the Bulls to the bottom.

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.10.12 20:09:04 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • Penalty James
    Lions 22
    Bulls 22
    47min

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.10.12 20:12:25 by Mutley Reply

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  • Correct me if I’m wrong, Here be dragons, but if the Bulls only lose by 6, they get a bonuspoint for finishing within 7 and they end with 1 point more than the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.10.12 20:14:15 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

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  • Try Vermaak.

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.10.12 20:14:32 by Mutley Reply

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  • @Here be dragons (Comment 27) : Nope. Would have to be more than 7. If they finish within 7 then they get a BP and stay ahead of Cheetahs.

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.10.12 20:15:25 by klempie Reply

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  • Converted
    Bulls 29
    Lions 22
    50min

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.10.12 20:15:47 by Mutley Reply

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  • How many tries to the Bulls atm?

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.10.12 20:16:20 by klempie Reply

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  • another shocking TMO decision

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.10.12 20:16:28 by byron Reply

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  • Ah, forgot about that. Make that 8.

    :oops:

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.10.12 20:18:33 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 34) : fking mindblowing. When will it stop?

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.10.12 20:18:48 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • How was that pass backwards?!

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.10.12 20:18:50 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • Try Anotonie Volmink

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.10.12 20:19:42 by Mutley Reply

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  • Try Volmink right behind the posts.
    29 all.

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.10.12 20:20:22 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • Converted
    Lions 29
    Bulls 29
    54min

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.10.12 20:20:50 by Mutley Reply

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  • Bulls get a kick able penalty and go for the line out, TMO decision. No try, but they get another penalty for the Bulls and again go for the line out and again go for the TMO and given

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.10.12 20:29:52 by Mutley Reply

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  • Converted
    Bulls 36
    Lions 29
    60min

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.10.12 20:31:10 by Mutley Reply

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  • @Here be dragons (Comment 35) : No. 7 will be enough cos that will tie them on points and points difference. I imagine it then goes to BPs, which the Cheetahs are way ahead on.

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.10.12 20:33:23 by klempie Reply

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  • Try Dewald Potgieter

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.10.12 20:34:52 by Mutley Reply

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  • Converted
    Bulls 43
    Lions 29
    65min

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.10.12 20:36:19 by Mutley Reply

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  • Doesn’t matter, Four try BP for the Bulls, and I can’t see the Lions catching up.

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.10.12 20:43:27 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • Intercept try for Ndungane

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.10.12 20:46:09 by Mutley Reply

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  • What was THAT?
    Shocking handling gifts Akona an interception try.

  • Comment 48, posted at 13.10.12 20:46:24 by Here be dragons Reply

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  • Converted
    Bulls 50
    Lions 29
    75min

  • Comment 49, posted at 13.10.12 20:47:28 by Mutley Reply

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  • K. So it’s Sharks/Bulls and Lions/Province.

  • Comment 50, posted at 13.10.12 20:52:57 by klempie Reply

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  • Full Time
    Bulls 50
    Lions 29

  • Comment 51, posted at 13.10.12 20:53:30 by Mutley Reply

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  • Anybody else thinking “match fixing” here? Lions playing pretty decent rugby and completely in the picture when, all of a sudden, a ridiculous quick throw-in in the Lions 22 (Potgieter try), rubbish tap-on by James when he would normally have gone for the re-gather (Ndungane try) and an unexplicable turnaround in scrum domination near the Bulls 22 when just minutes before the Lions got killed in a scrum near their tryline.

    I´m not even going to mention the nutcase of a TMO´s decision on Vermaak´s try. That´s a whole different can of maggots.

  • Comment 52, posted at 13.10.12 20:55:22 by rhineshark Reply

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  • How’s about Victor Matfield’s awarding of MOTM to Morné Steyn ?! :shock: :roll:

  • Comment 53, posted at 13.10.12 20:58:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 53) : Shame, you can´t blame the outjie for wanting to give his old buddy a bit of a nudge after his fall from Heyneke´s grace. :|

  • Comment 54, posted at 13.10.12 21:04:37 by rhineshark Reply

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  • @Bayshark (Comment 15) : Frightening observation – takes one to know one??

  • Comment 55, posted at 13.10.12 22:34:51 by diablo Reply

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  • I,,,flippin,,,idiots! Give credit where due.

  • Comment 56, posted at 13.10.12 22:39:07 by diablo Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 56) : Thought to myself after the game that the Bulls supporters will once again be their obnoxious selves – never really saw you around here giving credit to all the teams that managed to beat the Bulls. ;-)

    Bit rich coming on here now – but not surprising from a Bulls supporter though. :roll:

  • Comment 57, posted at 14.10.12 07:19:47 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 56) : You,,, also,,,, celebrate quite well by the sounds of it.

  • Comment 58, posted at 14.10.12 08:33:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 53) : Why are you surprised ,they will always take care of their own .Sickens me .

  • Comment 59, posted at 14.10.12 09:13:51 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 59) : Of course Morne had to be Victor’s man of the match… Otherwise it would have been patently obvious to all concerned that Patrick Lambie was the best performing flyhalf of the weekend and we can’t possibly have that happening or a certain Springbok coach might have to concede that the best hope for the Bok Number 10 shirt has been sitting on his bench as a fullback. Whatever next? :roll:

  • Comment 60, posted at 14.10.12 11:56:55 by Shaz Reply
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  • @Shaz (Comment 60) :My friend put it well ;you cant drop your mates :lol: Wonder if Morne’s wife has had a deep meaningful with Heyneke yet? I’m sure she has.

    The best flyhalf of the weekend ,but possibly the worst inside center at the same time ,was Butch. That guy will always remain one of my favorite players of all time

  • Comment 61, posted at 14.10.12 14:01:11 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 61) : Nah – Butch was too staid. Lambie varied his game and kept the Griquas guessing. Butch at 10 is a brick wall you need to avoid. That’s his strength. His kicking too is another. But I prefer Lambie there’s more options.

  • Comment 62, posted at 14.10.12 15:01:19 by Caratacus Reply

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  • How’s Joel Stransky – decrying the Bull’s kicking game as old and tested and failing then crowing about it in the second half? He did mitigate his comments once with it’s working but he doesnt like it but really – !!

  • Comment 63, posted at 14.10.12 15:03:27 by Caratacus Reply

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  • Yes bulls kicking game worked agains lions that could not catch a cold – lets see how it works against Ludik, JP, Keegan, Lambie, etc. Looking forward to see Lambie against steyn. Go Sharks!!!!!

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