Mission: ImpossiBull

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Sharks, WP on 9 Oct 2010 at 09:32
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The Cheetahs laid down a very strong marker in thrashing the Leopards by 70-odd points last night and in the process, set the Blue Bulls a target they are highly unlikely to reach.

In racking up a 12-try-to-1 victory, the Bloem side firmly entrenched themselves in second place on the table and while the Bulls are expected to join them on the same number of log points, assuming they pick up all 5 in Kimberley this afternoon, there’s the small matter of a huge gulf in points difference to overcome. We know how the Bulls like to approach situations like these; back in the 2007 Super 14, they set themselves a target of beating the Reds by 70+ points in order to sneak ahead of the Crusaders on points difference and host a semi-final.

This time around, the number that the coach would need to write on the board in the change room is 115 – that is the margin by which the Bulls need to beat Griquas in order to leapfrog the Cheetahs and stand a chance of hosting a semi-final at Loftus. Should they achieve that unlikely feat, though, they will still be at the mercy of the Western Province-Sharks result. Any sort of a win at all for Province will see them clinch second place.

The fact that the Lions lost takes a fair bit of pressure of the Pretoria team, though. They know that they can finish no lower than fourth now and are guaranteed a semi-final. This can work either way, but I expect they’ll make sure of the 5 points against Griquas, but not kill themselves in the process. This might result in a lack of intensity which might just see Griquas sneak a win. If they can do that, they’ll finish ahead of the Lions in 5th spot.

For the Sharks, there is a new goal ahead. In scoring 12 tries last night, the Cheetahs edged ahead of them on the total tries table and are now the leading try-scorers in the competition, with 60. The Sharks will want to score at least two against Province today – and prevent the home side scoring more than 4 – in order to ensure they top that stat. Then again, if Griquas score 6 or more against the Bulls, they could also put their name into that particular hat.

A thrilling day’s rugby lies ahead, that’s for sure.


  • So if the Bulls do win its like this in the semi’s 🙁
    And Province win 👿

    Sharks / Cheetahs
    WP / Bulls 😕

    oh my its going to be a repeat again just hope the SHARKS can pull this one over and win the home semi’s

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.10.10 10:31:12 by chaz Reply
  • I don’t think for one moment that the Bulls can catch the PD so

    Sharks / Bulls in Sharks Tank SEMI’S 😕

    WP / Cheetahs in Province that is if the WP win if not then

    then it will be a

    Sharks / WP in the semi’s
    Cheetahs / Bulls
    gee twice in a row 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.10.10 10:59:48 by chaz Reply
  • the bulls are stuffed! 😀

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.10.10 11:01:50 by Megatron Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 3) : :mrgreen:
    thats a good one STUFFED :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.10.10 11:05:55 by chaz Reply
  • Sharks WP semi would be the best option for me. Pity about the week break. I’d like to play either Bulls or Cheetahs the week after they hammer each other in a semi 👿

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.10.10 11:22:10 by goyougoodthing2 Reply
  • Personally I’d love to see the Bulls reach that 115 target and then the Sharks lose to WP. (both unlikely 😉 )

    That would then give us another chance to stuff the Harold Versters.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.10.10 11:33:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : Not your favourite bloke either then? Mine either.

    Think the latest issues have shown they are dodgy… anyway, also don’t like the way Muller coaches from the side lines and they all use walkietalkies. Thought that was illegal? Why not just put speakers and mics in their scrum caps and be done with it.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.10.10 11:47:09 by goyougoodthing2 Reply
  • I’d just like to know what SuperSport’s addiction to Wynie Strydom is. I reckon every South African rugby fan knows who he is. Does anyone know the name of any other team manager in SA?

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.10.10 13:54:48 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 8) : Perhaps it’s because Wynie is so passionate and not afraid to carry his heart on his sleeve. Go Wynie ❗ 😀

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.10.10 14:34:57 by diablo Reply
  • @diablo (Comment 9) : That man is a legend

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.10.10 14:37:15 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 10) : He often epitomises my own actions and feelings during a game 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.10.10 14:40:56 by diablo Reply

  • Go Griquas!! Sorry diablo. 🙄

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.10.10 15:04:15 by wpw Reply
  • @diablo (Comment 9) :

    Heart on his sleeve, Smokes in One pocket and Brandy in ALL the others.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.10.10 15:17:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • LOL @ KSA! 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.10.10 15:22:04 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @diablo (Comment 9) : I reckon he pays the cameramen so he can show off his sunglasses and new watch.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.10.10 15:40:25 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 15) : :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.10.10 15:48:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©

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