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Hopeless Bulls get a real Caning

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 13 Apr 2008 at 07:08
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A bit like the band that kept on playing when the Titanic sank, the stadium announcer kept playing Steve Hofmeyr’s song Die Blou Bul while the Hurricanes smashed away at the Bulls last night.

“Die blou bul eet nie van die vloer af nie”, Hofmeyr kept singing. But it’s clear that not only do they eat from the floor, but they now do it at the place once known as Fortress Loftus.

Has a Vodacom Super 14 title ever been so badly defended?

Simnikiwe Xabanisa writes in The Sunday Times that the Bulls’ loss last night means the defending champions remain 13th on the log with just 10 points after nine games.

With 12 players in their line- up having started last year’s final, all that remains for the Bulls’ administration is to decide whether the coach or the players are responsible.

Something has to give, because this was pathetic to watch. The Bulls were lethargic and slipped first-time tackles with alarming regularity against one of the more skilful teams in the tournament.

Just how dire the Bulls were could be gleaned from the fact that the visitors, who kept their play-off hopes alive with the win, scored their bonus points try in the 21st minute.

It was a clear sign of who came to play and who came hoping for the best.

The Hurricanes’ preferred route to the tryline was clever interpassing between their backs and forwards, while the Bulls’ was by sticking the ball under Derick Kuun’s jersey at the back of a rolling maul.

When the hosts tried to give the ball a bit of air, running and catching took on the proportions of a multitasking minefield. The Bulls’ impotence was such that the only time they looked like scoring was when the ’Canes simultaneously had centre Conrad Smith and flanker Jerry Collins in the sin bin. Even then, the best they could manage was a try by No8 Pierre Spies, who predictably scored by barging over from the base of a five-metre scrum.

The Bulls’ cluelessness aside, credit must go to the Hurricanes for coming with a plan to exploit it. Colin Cooper’s charges were better at the scrums; harassed Bakkies Botha at the lineouts to nullify the Bulls there; and had the upper hand in the loose.

Among the backs, the simple plan was to run at the Bulls’ defensively brittle midfield.

This was a ploy which yielded their first try, through inside centre Ma’a Nonu, and frequently laid the platform for the rest of their seven tries.

Nonu was the chief destroyer there as he basically made a beeline for Derick Hougaard every time he got the ball, which invariably introduced the line- break they needed to have the Bulls defence at odds.

As a result, all they had to do in the second half was to keep ticking over, which they did by adding three more tries whenever the Bulls made mistakes trying to play catch-up.

What would have worried the Bulls more than the fact that they play what looks like outdated rugby in the ELV era was how little control they had up front.

Coughing up tightheads, gifting lineout ball and coming off second best in the physical exchanges has never been a hallmark of this team.

It’s amazing what a difference a year makes in rugby.

Bulls 22 – Tries: Pierre Spies, Wikus van Heerden, Jaco Engels. Conversions: Derick Hougaard, Morne Steyn. Penalty: Hougaard.

Hurricanes 50 – Tries: Ma’a Nonu (2), Chris Masoe, Conrad Smith, Hikawera Elliot, Shannon Paku, Cory Jane. Conversions: Jimmy Gopperth (5), Piri Weepu. Penalty: Gopperth.


  • Ha ha ha

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.04.08 07:52:21 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • yup my sentiments exactly. i cannot believe though supporters actually showed up for the game. with the petrol and beer price at record highs, wouldn’t their time been better spent on the farm?

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.04.08 08:04:48 by try time Reply

  • It is no secret that seeing the Bulls lose is not something over which I lose sleep.

    But the Bulls doing badly and THIS badly is a major point of concern.

    As the author says, they had 12 players who started in last years S14 Final.

    Is it the fact that the Bulls are unhappy with the new coach or is it the sense of “we are the WChamps and the S14 Champs, what else is there to achieve” feeling.

    I HOPE it is neither.

    Let’s think ahead for a minute.
    What are the guys going to do under another new coach (PDV) in a few months time when they have to play the 6N chapiuons Wales?

    I don’t know what the solution is BUT the Bulls need to find that solution and FAST.

    Do they have a “mind coach” in their setup?

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.04.08 09:06:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • A mind coach at the Bulls? That’s about as useful having a rain gauge in the Sahara.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.04.08 09:53:30 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Ole Ole Ole Ole

    We are hot hot hot

    The Bulls are not not not


  • Comment 5, posted at 13.04.08 11:11:00 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • The Bulls need to get their act together. Someone cocked up big time.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.04.08 11:40:48 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Delarey Delarey… nie eers jy kan hierdie Bulle kom lei Delarey…

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.04.08 13:14:30 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • I don’t know so much guys.

    You can only kick the guys while they are down for so long and then it isn’t fun anymore.

    These guys need to pick their game up.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.04.08 13:29:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • De Wet, De Wet. Sal jy die Bulle kom red?

    Sorry KSA. It’s still too funny to start feeling sorry for them

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.04.08 13:40:54 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.04.08 13:54:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I don’t get any enjoyment from any South African team losing to a team from anywhere else. This destruction of the Bulls does help to put last week’s draw into perspective. The Hurricanes are an extremely good team, and they had a terrible time trying to crack the Sharks and on their home ground. Our wins may not be convincing, but we have managed to win, even against the best teams.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.04.08 15:10:20 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I tend to agree with you DB.

    The Stormers are going to have their work cut out next week.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.04.08 16:29:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • nice userpic, btw

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.04.08 18:22:42 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Can’t believe I went against my gut on SuperBru. Could’ve bagged some points with a Canes win. 😡

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.04.08 18:43:14 by Kal-El Reply

  • Same here Cru El. 🙁

    Thought the bulls had to win something sometime, regardless of the form.

    Seems i cocked up

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.04.08 19:20:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA, I agree, I have been so happy to see the Stormers play positive rugby while on tour, and successfully too. Just look at the players compared to last year, they are enjoying themselves this year, having fun, and it shows in their play and results. That being said, this Hurricanes team is very good, and will give the Stormers everything they can handle. The ‘canes are only 5 points back of the Sharks, and we have three tough games left on this tour. We need to Stormers to play well and beat the ‘canes next week, it will help the Sharks put some daylight between us and the rest of the semi-final contenders.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.04.08 19:57:39 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • nice userpic, btw
    Comment 13 of 16, posted at 13.04.08 18:22:42 by robd’ylan

    hehehe, thanks RobD, it is a Dancing Bear afterall, and it is the official logo of all my sailboats and sailing teams. 😀

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.04.08 19:59:47 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I liked the sail boat better 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.04.08 20:01:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • hehehe KSA, didn’t leave it because it wasn’t me or my boat. I don’t broach and capsize enough for people to get pics. 😆 Decided to go with the logo instead, or the frostbite sailing picture from last year. 😆

    Not complaining or anything, but at the other site, I had my own smiley face logo, think you can arrange something here? 😀

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.04.08 20:03:17 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Does this work?

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.04.08 20:10:14 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • 😆

    Does what work?

    You would have to speak to rob about arranging that smiley 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.04.08 20:11:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I almost want to say that the canes match would prove if the Stormers have what it takes or not, but that would be unfair really.

    IMO the Stormers showed they are a good side by doing so damn good on their tour.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.04.08 20:16:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Agree KSA, I tried to post a smiley from the smiley face site advertised, but it wouldn’t work. I will have to e-mail the smiley to RobD, and have him put it here, it is nice to have your very own smiley. 😆

    Agree about the Stormers, they are a very good team, whether they make the playoffs or not, they are so much improved from last year.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.04.08 20:28:45 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • it is also pleasant to see that rassie is achieving all this with the team without having to resort to the flashcards and lights.

    Maybe he has adopted the “this is the general gameplan, but play the situation as you see it” approach. it worked for the Sharks last year.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.04.08 20:39:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I don’t know if Rassie can give up control that easily, we will see. Either way, they are playing well and enjoying themselves, which is so important to express a team’s flair.

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.04.08 20:42:54 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • The Stormers must now start winning the close ones like the Sharks have been doing, and then they will have proved their mettle.

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.04.08 20:46:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • almost 10pm for me tommorrow is “wednesday” already so i need to get to bed.

    Good talking to you again.

    We are going for our US visa interview’s in a few weeks time. Hold thumbs and then we may have a beer with you in the summer 😉

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.04.08 20:50:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 😆 Have the Sharks won anything OTHER than close ones 😆

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.04.08 20:51:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • It would be great to have a beer with you, perhaps somewhere on the shores of the Chesapeake! Best of luck KSA, I will be pulling for you.


  • Comment 29, posted at 13.04.08 20:54:37 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • hehehe, yep, they thrashed the Bulls with a great last quarter performance! 😉

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.04.08 20:55:22 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Help with the geography here please?

    Annapolis is on the shore/coast of The Chesapeak bay right?

    We will definitely be going to DC while there.

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.04.08 20:57:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Sorry missed this post KSA, Annapolis is on the western shore of the Chesapeake, about midway up the Bay. Annapolis is only 35 miles from Washington DC, and I work just on the outskirts of DC, so if you will be coming to DC, we will definitely have to get together.

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.04.08 22:19:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • DB I take no satisfaction out of the Bulls performance… I had high hopes these chumps were turning their season around and were going to contribute to our other sides campaign… but that was just pathetic… and one cannto blame the coach solely for that swill…

    As Australian Tim Lane said after being criticised for the Cats performance…

    “Give me some [email protected]#t$ that can tackle!”

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.04.08 02:32:43 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • If you look at the amount of players the Bulls have lost then it is in my mind actually pretty simple to ask meyer to come back.

    Considering they had 12 of the players from the S14 final in this weekends team. it should be EASY for meyer to get the guys comitted again and then things will turn around

    Comment 4 of 4, posted at 13.04.08 21:01:55 by KSA Shark © Edit

    To add on /clarify.

    This squads is one that HM put together, it is virtually the same squad he had last year he should be able to step in and turn it around overnight.

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.04.08 05:14:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Meyer’s a Stormer now!

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.04.08 07:15:32 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Comment 36, posted at 14.04.08 07:25:02 by Clayton Reply
  • 🙂

    I take it you are a happy chappy this morning PJLD 😆

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.04.08 07:29:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Woulda been a bit happier if the second half was like the first but i think im just being greedy.
    Waiting for Ghost to arrive though,i need a quiet word with him about his Bulls prediction 😉

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.04.08 07:34:14 by Clayton Reply
  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.04.08 07:36:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 38.62%
    of all players in SuperBru correctly predicted a win by the Hurricanes.

    What was the 61.38 thinking? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.04.08 07:49:47 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Ludeke blames players

    Posted in Super 14 by Simon

    Bulls coach Frans Ludeke says his Super 14 champions are out of form.

    On Saturday, the Bulls conceded 50 points to the Hurricanes – the second half-century hiding they’ve taken at Loftus this season. The defending chumps are now languishing in 13th place with just 10 points from nine matches.

    While the Bulls lost key players like Victor Matfield and Gary Botha in the off-season, 12 of the XV that started against the Canes played in last year’s Super 14 final. The Pretoria franchise is definitely not in a rebuilding phase as some would have you believe.

    Ludeke, who has been told not to speak to keo.co.za because of recent “negative” reports, told the Pretoria News that he is putting the best players on the park.

    “I believe we have our best possible team on the field at the moment,” he said. “It is just that the guys are not playing to their potential. I still believe in my players. It is just that they are not on form and we will have to address that.”

    However, it’s perhaps time for Ludeke to start looking at his own ability as a coach, instead of blaming his players. Yes, he’s a nice guy, but does the team go out and play for him as they did for Heyneke Meyer last year? Does he have the ability to get the best out of players who have proven they have what it takes to win the Super 14? The fact that the Bulls missed 39 tackles against the Canes (including 17 in the first 16 minutes) suggests the answer to both questions is a resounding no.

    It’s also worth noting that after Saturday’s gutless performance, Ludeke’s coaching record at Super Rugby level reads: played 34, won: 5, lost: 29. His win record of 14% suggests it’s not just the players who aren’t up to scratch.

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.04.08 08:02:22 by barend Reply

  • Ludeke, who has been told not to speak to keo.co.za because of recent “negative” reports, told the Pretoria News that he is putting the best players on the park.

    If he carries on this way he will pretty soon not be allowed to speak to ANY reporters.

    I think even JJ harmse might start posting negative comments about the Bulls.

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.04.08 08:07:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Is there anything positive about the Bulls game? NO!!!

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.04.08 08:13:01 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Ludeke’s coaching record at Super Rugby level reads: played 34, won: 5, lost: 29

    😯 😯

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.04.08 08:18:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Holy Crap!

    Ludeke is hopeless.

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.04.08 08:21:15 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • Found this on Voldy:

    # 127 peanut
    April 14th, 2008 at 8:23 am

    Dear Bulls Team

    As a rugby supporter, I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you guys for returning to the form we, the rugby supporters of South Africa, have become accustomed to.
    After a brief blip on your Super Rugby performance chart last year, you have returned to the nether regions of the table where we all expect to find you. At least now, when we are looking to find the Bulls on the table, we don’t have to waste time scanning through 14 teams, we can just go straight to the bottom.

    As a Stormers supporter, I would like to thank you chaps for allowing the Hurricanes to beat you by such a substantial margin, thereby giving them the confidence they will need ahead of our clash this weekend. I would hate for them to be in a negative frame of mind going into the Stormers game, thereby robbing the supporters of a hard fought, entertaining match.

    Finally, I want to thank you for hindering the Stormers’ march up the table by giving the Hurricanes 5 easy points. I would hate for the Stormers to reach the semi-finals in their first year under Rassie, thereby becoming big-headed and adding fuel to G13G and the other Neanderthal’s Cape Town hating fire.

    Yours Faithfully


  • Comment 46, posted at 14.04.08 08:28:12 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • “What would have worried the Bulls more than the fact that they play what looks like outdated rugby in the ELV era was how little control they had up front.”

    And I suggest that what would have worried them the most will be the booing and barracking they got and will continue getting from their supporters. Expect a call from oom Frik and some other bedonderde, ware manne.

  • Comment 47, posted at 14.04.08 08:54:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • And the band played on…I mean Steve…

    Somebody get Habana out of there…

  • Comment 48, posted at 14.04.08 09:00:02 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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