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Bulls still aiming for Semi’s

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 31 Mar 2008 at 09:27

The Bulls are still aiming at a Super 14 semi-final berth, even though they have lost three successive matches on their tour of Australasia.

The reigning champions, with two key players injured, must now earn the maximum number of log points in each of their remaining six matches to reach the play-offs.

However, there is concern about the fitness of hooker Derick Kuün and flyhalf Derick Hougaard as the Bulls go into the make-or-break stage of the competition.

Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that Bulls coach Frans Ludeke maintains that a semi-final berth is not an unrealistic target.

“There are still 30 points available,” Ludeke said on Sunday. “We are going flat out for fourth place on the log. And even if we don’t make it, we will at least know we tried our best.”

The Bulls, beaten 23-21 by the Blues in Auckland last Saturday, face the Western Force in Perth on Friday before returning to South Africa.

To remain in contention for the play-offs, they have to win in Perth and register their first full haul of points of the season.

After this week, they have four successive home matches: against the Hurricanes on April 12, the Highlanders on April 19, the Waratahs on May 3 and the Brumbies on May 9.

‘We believe in ourselves’

“Our inspiring performance against the Blues showed the turning point is just around the corner,” Ludeke said.

After saying earlier that the team’s performance curve was climbing, Ludeke on Sunday pointed out “the huge difference between the matches against the Blues and the Reds.

“We scored three tries against the Chiefs and another three against the Blues. It proves we are now getting to be more at ease with the experimental laws. We believe in ourselves again, which will make the road ahead so much easier.”

The Stormers showed up weaknesses in the Force’s make-up at the weekend but the Bulls expect a huge onslaught from the South Australian flagship team.

“They’ve been wounded and this makes them dangerous,” Ludeke said. “Instead of concentrating too much on them, we must carry on from where we left off against the Blues. The rest will follow.”

Ludeke feels the most heartening aspect of the performance in Auckland is that they have overcome their “first-half syndrome”.

“We were a threat to the Blues for eighty minutes,” he said.

However, the coach is concerned about Kuün and Hougaard. Kuün, one of the stars throughout the tour, has a sore rib and a thigh injury. Hougaard, whose consistency is highly valued, has a sore buttocks muscle.

Unless injuries force his hand, Ludeke won’t change the starting lineup for this week’s match. Momentum and continuity are now the priorities.


  • Delusional!

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.03.08 09:42:31 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Bulls still aiming for Semi’s


  • Comment 2, posted at 31.03.08 09:43:52 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Possible but YES delusional.

    The most games a team has ever lost and still made the Semi’s is 5 and that happened in ’96, ’00, ’01, ’03, ’04 and 07.

    The Bulls have already lost 5, so they will need an undefeated run into the Semi’s.

    NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.08 09:45:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • PJLD 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.08 09:45:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Perth is in West Australia, not South Australia

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.03.08 10:25:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Let them think that way its good of SA rugby and it will help the Sharks and Stormers if they can down a couple of the top teams.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.03.08 10:29:04 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Bulls should aim lower.

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.03.08 10:42:47 by Kal-El Reply

  • Kal-El…

    For the balls ❓ 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.03.08 10:47:06 by Charlie Reply

  • 31.03.08 10:47:06 – Charlie 😆

    It would just be nice if they caught their own balls…. 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.03.08 10:50:15 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • Bulls still aiming for Semi’s…

    …of the Vodacom Cup.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.03.08 11:08:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • I think they are hoping for a bit of a miracle!

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.03.08 11:11:19 by Nessa Reply

  • Even if they do win all remaining matches wiff bonus points, it leaves them on 39 points. 7 teams between them and 4th at this stage. Can’t see it happening.

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.03.08 11:16:09 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Not only do they have to win their games – they are going to have to hope some of the teams at the top of the log lose a few as well.

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.03.08 11:17:00 by Nessa Reply

  • 31.03.08 10:47:06 – Charlie
    :mrgreen: 😛 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.03.08 12:34:06 by Kal-El Reply

  • What a great weekedn of sport behind us.

    The stormers cleaned up in orstralaysia.
    The WP klapped those pretenders called the Pumas and then yesterday Neil and Brent cooked as Sarries put more than a half-century on Leeds…

    Oh and we managed a draw in the cricket…

    If Maties win tonight it’ll be a clean sweep for me over the last three days! Glory!

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.03.08 12:41:48 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Vinnie if you include Neil and Brent then you have to include De Wet Barry’s achievement as well. 🙄 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.03.08 12:43:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • lol. Have yet to see the tackle… but I’ve heard its quite bad!

    Although its sweet retribution imo – wasnt it the self-same Tait that pushed Percy into the camera in the WC final?

    Or was it Flood? Cant remember – all the kids look the same these days – way too skinny to be a pro rugby player.

    Heard Carter was also guilty of a shocker over the weekend – yet to see that tackle too!

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.03.08 12:46:41 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Didn’t see Carter’s tackle but have seen a few similar ones “live”. Nothing you can do really unless it borders on spear tackle then you can react.

    You CERTAINLY can’t call it a trip if the tackler has his hands involved as well.

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.03.08 12:53:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • clearly somebody is smoking some good stuff at the bulls, maybe they smoking bull shit like their rugby

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.03.08 13:29:17 by djgap Reply


    Maybe they been hanging with Gibbsy. 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.03.08 13:54:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hougaard has a sore buttocks muscle? Isnt this the same injury Andre Pretorius had for ages? 🙄
    What is it with Number 10’s these days? 😯 😈

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.03.08 14:10:33 by Villie Reply
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  • As long as the Bulle have a carrot in front of them they’ll give it all they got. Hope they clubber the Farce over the weekend. Can easily see that the way those lot forwards play backs.

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.03.08 15:40:21 by PaarlBok Reply

  • 31.03.08 14:10:33 – Villie

    And they not even gay icons like Freddie….wait, wait all those large men at Loftus, dressed in blue and having double phallic symbols on their head sing, “Liefling” to him every week he plays there….

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.03.08 16:16:09 by Dive Pass Reply

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