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Bulls in “favourable position”

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 19 Apr 2010 at 04:53
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The Bulls remain in a “favourable position” to retain their Super 14 title, despite their second loss of the season.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke, who could regain the services of two, possibly three, Springboks for their remaining league matches, described their four-match Australasian tour as a success.

Jan De Koning of Rugby 365 writes that despite defeats against the Blues and Reds, both disappointing results, the defending champions collected a healthy 10 points and are second to the Crusaders only on points difference.

And with three of their fours matches – against the Lions, Sharks and Crusaders – at Loftus Versfeld you simply can’t ignore the claims of the men from Pretoria.

Their encounter with the Stormers at Newlands in the final round of league action on May 15 looms as a possible decider.

The good news is that Springboks Chiliboy Ralepelle and Akona Ndungane will return to the squad this week, bringing some much needed experience, while there is a possibility that stalwart lock Bakkies Botha could also be available this week.

While the 12-17 loss to the Reds at the weekend was a setback, it was certainly not the end of the world.

“We are returning home and all but our last game, against the Stormers, are at Loftus,” Ludeke told rugby365.com, when asked about the mood in the camp.

“There is a lot to play for and we are in a very favourable position,” the Bulls mentor said, adding: “There’s a lot of rugby left to play.”

Ludeke said he has confidence that it is within this team’s capability to have a “strong finish” in the competition.

He also spoke of his team’s “massive effort” on defence against what he feels is a very good Reds team.

“We had to put in a big effort on defence and they deserve credit for the manner in which they kept the ball through the phases,” Ludeke said in reference to the 188 tackles made by his team.

He admitted that because the Reds managed to keep the ball for long periods, his team was unable to force their game plan on the match.

“The things that makes us a dangerous team – such as the maul and the scrums, aspects from which we lay a sound foundation – just never got going,” he told rugby365.com.

“Credit to the Reds for the way in which they kept the ball away from us.

“Even from deep inside their own territory they just retained the ball.

“We were forced into making a huge number of tackles and that took its toll on us.”

The Bulls coach said his team had their chances and on a few occasions came very close, but failed to convert.

However, he remained upbeat that they will be there in the final play-off mix.

While some critics will again raise the issue of player fatigue and the need to rest some players, it is unlikely that there will significant changes for their derby against the Lions this coming Saturday.

There are also no serious injuries to report from the encounter with the Reds.


  • He admitted that because the Reds managed to keep the ball for long periods, his team was unable to force their game plan on the match.

    Ja nee kyk as jy nie will luister nie dan moet jy voel.

    You would have thought that after the Bulls didn’t kick the ball out for the 30th time and the Reds just ran it straight back at them. That maybe then they would have realised they need to stop kicking the ball away and keep it in hand.

    The Reds have shown the world that the Bulls are not as fit as they need to beand that altitude makes them look fitter than they actually are.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.04.10 04:57:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I wonder if the Bulls will implode like we did last year 😳

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.04.10 07:33:33 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Well I for one hope my Sharks friends will do us a favour by beating the Cows!!

    Come on Sharks!! You can do it!! :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.04.10 08:00:47 by wpw Reply
  • I’ve got to attend a wedding on the 1st of May….I don’t know how people pick their dates??? 👿

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.04.10 08:11:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : And the Crusaders. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.04.10 08:51:13 by McLovin Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 3) : cows in Bull cows eeeeeaaahhhh 😳
    oh gee that game at Loftus but we can do it its been done before
    the teams thinks they are untouchable and thats when we just go and keep going till the end :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.04.10 09:13:54 by Chaz Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : well like some family do the bars should have one and make sure you sit quite near and watch the game,
    don’t worry me going camping that week-end in me new caravan so me would have to listen or find a bar too 😥

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.04.10 09:17:26 by Chaz Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 6) :

    I am sure you guys can do it!! 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.04.10 09:25:07 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) : well i think the bulls are not going to make it easy at all 🙁 and we are going to give it our all :mrgreen:
    to win and get up in 6th on the log :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.04.10 09:38:25 by Chaz Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    We will beat them, but then us beating you as well will cancel that out. 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.04.10 14:38:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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