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Bulls worried about Habana

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news on 22 Sep 2008 at 07:21

The Blue Bulls rugby team will have to dig deep if they are to raise their game to another level against Griquas on Friday.

While Saturday’s win over the Cheetahs in the Currie Cup rugby match in Bloemfontein underlined the Bulls’ defence as a formidable trump card, it should be cause for concern for coach Frans Ludeke that for the greater part of the game his team had to be satisfied with less possession and territorial advantage and scored no points in the second half.

Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that there is also concern about Bryan Habana’s level of play. While he did score one of the Bulls’ two tries, he looked listless and is again too inclined to want to intercept the ball, leaving his defence channel unmanned in the process.

But in the end the Bulls utilised their fewer chances better than the Cheetahs, but could have, and should have, scored four tries for a bonus point if it weren’t for so many critical errors near the hosts’ try line.

Because of poor decision-making the Bulls also kicked away too much possession and conceded so many penalties in the second half that it made it even more difficult to build up any meaningful momentum.

It was good news for the Bulls that Morné Steyn kicked better at the posts after having struggled badly in especially the game against the Boland Cavaliers at Loftus Versfeld.

Against the Cheetahs Steyn succeeded with five of his six kicks at goal.


  • Finally someone who seems to have been as unimpressed with the Bulls’ win as I was.

    I was SUPER impressed with the Bulls in the first half and thought a hiding was on the cards and then in the second half it was as if they said FJ!! OLN!!! and decided to stop playing rugby.

    23 – 5 IS a great scoreline but put that into context of a 23 – 0 halftime score and it is a pretty shocking result.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.09.08 07:24:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • It was a huge turnabout with Bulls dominating the 1st half and Cheetahs the second. The only problem was Cheetahs seem to know how to lose better given their recent form.

    That Ebbertson kid is becoming a real star.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.09.08 08:48:51 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) :

    I was impressed with him.

    The Cheetahs possesion stats have actually made me change my mind about my expected result of the Bland match.

    I was expecting the Cheetahs to not get a BP against Boland but if they can hammer away at Boland the way they did at the Bulls then they should get it easily. It was only the Bulls’ defence that saw them hold out for a win in the second half.

    The Cheetahs may have lost some of their attacking skill but Boland will never waether a sustained 80minute attack like that.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.09.08 08:53:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Habana should be in a conditioning program away from the CC… he’s clearly not recovered from his now long niggling injury…

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.09.08 11:09:06 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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