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Bulls now fly the SA flag


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 22 Jul 2013 at 09:18
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New Zealand are guaranteed a team in the Super Rugby final next weekend, after the Cheetahs and Reds lost out in qualifier action over the weekend.

The umpteen-time champion Crusaders (I must say I’ve lost count) trampled all over the 5th-placed Reds in a one-sided encounter on Saturday, winning by 38 points to 9 in a clinical display. They were forced to wait, though, for the result of Sunday’s game in order to discover whether to pack for Pretoria or not.

As it turned out, the unlucky Cheetahs suffered an agonising 13-15 reversal against the Brumbies, with a last-gasp try unfortunately not converted by flyhalf Riaan Smit. The Bloemfonteiners will return home, having tasted a dose of the same medicine that most other South Africans sides get when traveling away for a knock-out game. As 3rd-placed qualifiers, the Brumbies now face the second-placed Bulls in Pretoria this weekend, with the Crusaders traveling to North Island to take on the Chiefs.

While the result in Canberra was a poor one for Cheetahs fans, neutrals and Bulls supporters alike will be secretly glad at the way things turned out; facing the Brumbies at this stage looks a far better prospect than the Crusaders, for the Bulls and should Richie McCaw and company upset the Chiefs for the second time inside a month, the Bulls would have their third home final in just five years to look forward to.

Vodacom Super Rugby Semi-finals:

Chiefs v Crusaders
Date: Saturday, 27 July, 2013
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Waikato
SA kick-off time: 09h35
Referee: Steve Walsh
AR1: Glen Jackson
AR2: Chris Pollock
TMO: Glenn Newman

Vodacom Bulls v Brumbies
Date: Saturday, 27 July, 2013
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
SA kick-off time: 17h05
Referee: Craig Joubert
AR1: Jaco Peyper
AR2: Stuart Berry
TMO: Shaun Veldsman



45 Comments

  • The Brumbies Cheetahs game was generally very poor but Glen Jackson was the worst of the lot.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.13 09:21:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • it pains me to this but GO BULLS!!!! :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.13 09:24:25 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : Have not seen the game… or all of it… maybe 15-20min at the most.
    But ai ja, never thought the cheetahs would get that close! Well done! Vrystaaat!!!
    PS: Does this really mean we have to support the bulls?!?!?!?

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.07.13 09:25:34 by R Hayward Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : Glen Jackson is pathetic.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.13 09:28:30 by Uli Reply
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  • Good morning guys..
    A bit off topic but I want to know your views on professional rugby players and going out.
    I watched a couple of the bulls players on Saturday night and I must ask myself does drinking excessively actually affect their performance long term.
    Or is it too much to judge them based on a good night out.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.13 10:33:21 by shaniboi Reply

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  • I just can’t support the bulls. They may be South African but they not the sharks. I still think the crusaders are going to win it this year. They peaking at the right time and they playing marvelous rugga.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.13 10:35:02 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @R Hayward (Comment 3) :

    well you can also support the kings :???: or THE LIONS :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.07.13 10:49:27 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 3) : Nope, it means we go shopping with our wives over the weekend. :twisted:

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.07.13 10:53:36 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Ouens my legions lies with the Lions this weekend… If the bulls win so be it… If the Brumbies win, well we still got an SA link there…

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.07.13 11:01:38 by R Hayward Reply

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  • Super Rugby ended for me about 2 months ago already.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.07.13 11:21:52 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • I must say hitting The Watsons with a bat sound like fun, but I enjoyed the eastern capes enthusiasm. And I would love to see the EP a force once more. I think the lions however also need a Spot. Lets face it in future we will see a lot of Saffas in Aus franchises. They just don’t have our depth. And even with 6 teams I think we will always have 4 contenders in SA to lift the Cup. Thanks to Club Champs, Varsity Cup, and a healthy Currie Cup. 3 levels of competition we didn’t have 10 years ago…lets hope in 10 years the Boks are our biggest testimony of this…

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.07.13 11:22:50 by BoerSeun Reply

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  • @R Hayward (Comment 9) :

    Tenuous link mate.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.07.13 11:23:03 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 5) : email me the details please

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.07.13 11:48:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 5) :

    I believe it does effect performance, just based on diet and considering that beer and other alcohol is not the best when you follow a specific nutritional plan.

    You have to be professional. Athletes have to make many sacrifices to be in peak condition for their sport and to perform at top levels, it just seems that sometimes athletes involved in team sports, Rugby, Cricket, aren’t willing to show the same commitment.

    It’s not just the Bulls. And it definitely does have an effect, especially because it doesn’t just happen once a season.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.07.13 11:57:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 6) :

    I feel the same . this is Super rugby , not the world cup . i care about one team and one team only . i did not pick another team to support this season in super rugby .

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.07.13 12:20:38 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Screw the Bulls! Go Brumbies!!!! :smile:

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.07.13 12:45:28 by Ben Reply
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  • why must you now support the bulls. :oops: in england if manchester united make it to the champions league final do you think the rest of england are going to support them.no they do not.they support their team only.so the sharks are out so :lol: i will not support the bulls.

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.07.13 12:50:42 by pete69 Reply

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  • @pete69 (Comment 17) : Did you just compare the bulls to Manchester United :shock:

    DO NOT let any bulls supporters see that comment. :|

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.07.13 12:55:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • The decision to play the QF game on a Sunday instead of a Friday/Saturday might come back to haunt the Brumbies.

    Lesser time to adjust and I think they’ll succumb to the Bulls. Not to say that the Bulls don’t have their issues ( scrums are iffy, lineout is iffy in the absence of Spies, Botha and Kruger and their play is based on set piece dominance)

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.07.13 13:09:06 by gatewayshark Reply

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  • @pete69 (Comment 17) : So we should follow the example of English soccer fans? That’s a very slippery slope my friend ;-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.07.13 13:23:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I support Jake White so the Brumbies has to win.

    Also in the dark ages, when there was no chance that any SA team would make it to a semi final, let alone win SR, let alone the Sharks, I used to support the Crusaders when it came to the play-offs (if you can pick a team why wouldn’t you pick the team most likely to win).

    I think the Crusaders have a good shot again this year, even if they have to fly to Pretoria, although then the Bulls might just edge them, but I don’t think the Bulls will be able to win in Hamilton if the Chiefs win their semi-final.

    I’m supporting Brumbies, Crusaders … those are the two teams I like the most of the four.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.07.13 13:36:01 by Letgo Reply
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  • I will rather watch my mother-in-law move into my house than see the Bulls win the Super15….. GO CRUSERS….. I think they have the best chance of beating the Bulls….

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.07.13 13:53:48 by Lassy_lion Reply
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  • Bulls should beat the Brumbies at Loftus, if they play like they have for the majority of the year at Loftus.

    But the Crusaders are looking REALLY good. I don’t think any provincial side will beat them in their current form – home or away.

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.07.13 15:46:11 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • Deciding which team to support between the Bulls and an Aussie team is like choosing between a lumbar punch and a root canal…

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.07.13 15:54:58 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) :

    Just pretend its not happening. Super Rugby is finished for the year – didnt you hear?

    Or just make like your avatar…

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.07.13 16:14:10 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 25) : super what now?

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.07.13 17:08:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • I only have one team the Sharks, but if I had to choose a country where the Super rugby throphy must stand I will pick any place in SA above NZ or Oz. I love SA and want our teams to do good against other countries, and yes that includes the Bulls.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.07.13 19:34:53 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 27) : Thank you, much appreciated :grin:

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.07.13 21:03:22 by diablo Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : May I suggest a colonic irrigation – best procedure to get rid of a “bunged up” colon!

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.07.13 21:04:51 by diablo Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 21) : Must be comforting to have so many teams to support?

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.07.13 21:06:56 by diablo Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 15) : Good on you! That’s yhe way it should be ;-)

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.07.13 21:08:29 by diablo Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 29) :The suggestion is appreciated but redundant; I lived in Pretoria for five years; an experience which makes colonic irrigation seem positively blissful by comparison… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.07.13 21:09:30 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 5) : Welll…., if we base their performance on “a good night out” what does it say about players who represent “THE REST?” ;-)

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.07.13 21:12:07 by diablo Reply

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  • AAAg Flip!!!!!….. Hoekom haat julle ons so? Ons kan nie eens regte sjampanje rugby speel nie en julle maak my ons hartjies soooo seer as julle so teen ons is :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    Go Bulls, We’ll stand by you :grin:

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.07.13 21:19:06 by diablo Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 32) : Colostomy? Surely a “must” after the gups season? ;-)

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.07.13 21:32:29 by diablo Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 35) : Nah, I have long since replaced passion for the Sharks with rampant alcoholism instead. Some much more rewarding on every level.

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.07.13 21:44:34 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 36) : Thumbs up! But so much more expensive since you cannot buy your grog at mr Price “cheap ‘n nasty”…. Enjoy ;-) :o

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.07.13 21:48:24 by diablo Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 37) :
    And being a Bull supporter, we certainly consider you an authority on “cheap ‘n nasty”. :twisted:

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.07.13 22:00:55 by Big Fish Reply
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  • diablo it’s ok, would have loved the Sharks to win the trophy but nou ja good luck to the Bulls.

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.07.13 22:10:22 by JD Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 38) : Yep, seeing that we have to deal with “the rest” every day of the week, us po’ lill’ bulls supporters have become masters of recognizing poef when we see it ;-)

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.07.13 22:10:50 by diablo Reply

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  • PS, guys, sweet dreams and all-night comics, enjoy the rest of your night. :razz:

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.07.13 22:12:51 by diablo Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 41) :
    Good luck.

    Rather the Bulls than a non-SA side.

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.07.13 22:27:55 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Go Bulls.

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.07.13 00:20:23 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : I feel the same way, so I ensured I’ll be in a country where the game won’t be on TV.

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.07.13 04:55:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • i should support one of the teams that will just buy all my teams players next season ? not gonna happen ….

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.07.13 08:07:18 by Zibbie Reply
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