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Crusaders battling more than the Bulls

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 19 May 2009 at 05:28
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The Crusaders aren’t just playing the Bulls – they are up against the whole of South Africa.

That has become abundantly clear to Todd Blackadder’s squad since they arrived in the republic to prepare for their semifinal with the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday (NZ time).

Duncan Johnstone writes for Rugbyheaven NZ that the Crusaders have based themselves down the freeway in neighbouring Johannesburg but it’s clear that the Bulls have the whole of the country behind them in their quest to win a second title after claiming South Africa’s first in 2007.

Rugby news in the national media has been dominated by the Bulls campaign.

Super Rugby semifinals in South Africa a rarity – this will be only the fifth held in the country in 14 seasons.

And they are out to make the most of it in a year when South Africa will host the British & Irish Lions. They see this as the ideal appetiser.

It’s the Bulls against New Zealand in their eyes with three Kiwi sides making up this year’s playoffs.

The 50,000-seater Loftus is set for a sellout with die-hard Bulls fans snapping up the tickets. Many of them camped overnight on Sunday once the makeup of the semifinals was confirmed.

The first tickets went on sale last night (NZ time) and were to be phased through to Wednesday.

But the Crusaders can be sure – there won’t be a spare seat in the stadium and not many of them will be filled by red and black fans. The place will be a sea of blue as it lives up to its reputation of being one of the most intimidating venues in world rugby.

The Crusaders are wisely keeping out of Pretoria until they have to, only transferring there on Friday for their captain’s run at the stadium.

The Crusaders lost the 2007 semifinal there 12-27 as the Bulls went on to beat the Sharks in the final for their first taste of the silverware.

But the Crusaders do know how to win there. In fact they have won four of their eight matches there down the years as they have dominated Super Rugby with seven titles.

They are 11-5 against the Bulls overall.


  • Well not quite the whole of South Africa!!! 😆 Okay lets not go there or I will have Rob and Baldrick spitting poison at me!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.05.09 05:58:55 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 1) :


    But that is the way it should be though. This should now become Fortress Africa not just fortress Loftus.

    But I have no qualms with anyone supporting another team. After all, we all know what is hanging in my closet. 😳 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.05.09 06:25:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : But thats for use as a doormat when ever the boks play the Poms isn’t it 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.05.09 06:29:58 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 3) :

    Spot on. 😆 or like the RWC final when i loaned them to friends so that I could mock them for wearing them 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.09 07:11:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 1) : it will be watered down poison cos I like you 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.05.09 08:04:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • I will be supporting the Bulls…if it was the Stormers it might be a different :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.05.09 13:48:16 by Villie Reply
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  • dis nou wel nie ‘n SA span nie maar die odds dat ek elke dag vir ‘n jaar in ‘n Crusader/Chief/Hurricane gaan vasloop en moet hoor hoe goed hulle is, is skraal…

    That is the reason why a friend of mine decided on supporting the Crusaders for the S14 Cup! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.05.09 15:43:59 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 7) :

    and not the Bulls..off course.. 😳

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.05.09 15:46:00 by Prof. Ice Reply
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