What a load of Bullderdash…

Written by Sharon van Wyk (Shaz)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 17 May 2011 at 19:00
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Naas is going to have to forgive me. Because even though I live almost within spitting distance of Fortress Loftus (and believe me, if I could spit at it from here, I would) I am not known for my love of those blue-clad, behorned and invariably intoxicated fellows who tend to hang out there supporting a team all and sundry would have us believe to be rugby titans.

Nope. Blue Bulls and I don’t exactly go together well. Perhaps it’s a decade or so working at the coalface that was the Pretoria News that caused the rift. Having to think up stupid headlines like “Incredi-BULL” and “Unbeata-BULL” didn’t help. Nor did having to attend matches in the Pretoria News box trying to appear interested in the antics of the likes of Joost (who, let’s not forget, elected to underplay the size of his, um, gentleman’s tackle, when caught in flagrante with a strumpet who wasn’t his missus!) and a couple of miscreant giants named Victor and Bakkies (I still can’t work out if he’s named after a pile of bricks or a couple of 4x4s).

But I have to grudgingly admit that in spite of my almost terminal dislike of the Bulls and their supporters, you can’t deny that over the years they have been a force to be reckoned with. Back-to-back Super 14 titles bear that out. As does a cabinet full of assorted silverware. Thing is that I have never been a gal to be impressed by titles. And oversized goblets. And people who keep bragging about them. And if there’s one thing that the Bulls have never let anyone forget, it’s just how GOOD they are. Which is why I have been laughing till my beautiful, new, flat belly hurt at the flop that was the start of the Bulls SupeRugby season.

There’s nothing I like more than seeing a braggart get his (or her) just desserts. And the custard pies that have been splattered all over the faces of the Blue Bulls this year have been absolutely classic in my book. Resting on their laurels, the mighty Bull(ocks) came out of the starting blocks with typical bravado and hype, and fell flat on their muzzles before barely a “moo” could pass their lips. They seemed, for all the world, like a group of faded rock stars trying desperately to strangle a clean break from guitars long past their sell-by date.

Now, with only a few short weeks left till SupeRugby crunch-time, Mr Matfield and his cohorts seem to have found their lost mojo (which was presumably hidden under a chair in the open stand at Loftus along with a couple of half-drunk quarts, a mouldy old bag of biltong and a snoring “Bulle” supporter with a supersized blue boep). All of which makes them dangerous in anyone’s book and, if Naas is to be believed, contenders for the play-offs. I keep mentioning Naas because I have a huge amount of respect for him. And am now fortunate enough to be working with him on his new digital magazine “Rugby Mentor”. Don’t ask me how, it just happened. I got the phone call, was asked if I’d like to, and said yes. And so here I am, an award-winning conservation and environment writer suddenly thrown head-first into the world of professional rugby, working with one of South Africa’s best loved sporting legends and a real rugby god. Talk about fate taking a twist! But I digress. Back to topic…

Where was I? Oh yes. Dangerous Bulls. Play-off contenders. The thing is I can see where Naas is coming from, but something just doesn’t sit right. Hell, Bjorn Basson is playing like he’s got no tomorrow. Wynand Olivier has rediscovered the art of playmaking and scoring tries and even dear old Victor, when he’s not moaning at the ref, seems to have found his second wind. Morne Steyn still plays like one of those animatronic characters at Disney World (if it’s 15 minutes into the game Morne will turn to the left and kick…) and Pierre Spies looks like he’s turned into Howard Hughes he’s so afraid of getting his hands dirty or so much as a speck of mud on his jersey, but all of a sudden the Bulls are looking like one of those poor creatures the Spanish love to stick spears in and jeer at – mean and looking for someone to impale.

Which may have most teams shuddering in their boots, but (please, Lord) not the team that wears black and white and likes to eat Blue Bull steaks for breakfast… Well, that’s if you remember what happened on October 16 last year when everyone said the Bulls would win the Currie Cup semi final at King’s Park. And they didn’t. And what happened in the Currie Cup final in 2008 when they went down to us 14-9? Fair do’s, this isn’t the Currie Cup and a lot of water has gone under various bridges since those red-letter days. But I still believe (and hope that fate isn’t a complete bee-aaatttcchhh) that the Sharks have it in them to win on Saturday, in spite of their various wobbles and woes this season. Why? Because we deserve it more than the Bulls do. And if the team can only reach deep inside and ignite on all cylinders come Saturday evening, we are WAY more hungry for it.

A win begins in the minds of the men who have the task ahead of them. For the Sharks, in many respects, the task is tougher. So the minds need to be clearer, more focused. And they will be, because the Bulls, in spite of their dramatic turnaround, have nothing to prove this year. Their egos have become bloated by their own PR, and only a string of losses has spurred them into finding the will to win. They don’t want to win more than the Sharks, they are just afraid of losing and the embarrassment it will cause them if they do.

So what we have to hope (and pray) for is that the Sharks don’t believe the hype, the “Bullderdash” that’s being written and the predictions being made by the pundits. When I asked Plum what preparations, based on the terrible first half performance against the Brumbies, he would be making for this Saturday’s match, he looked at me and thought for a while before replying. “Jeez,” he said, thinking about it and understanding immediately that I was asking (between the lines) if the team were up to the physicality of the clash, “Conditioning, I guess,” he smiled. “That’s actually a good question… yes…. Conditioning. It’s going to be a tough match on us physically, so we need to focus on that. We’ll need to prepare mentally too. It’s always a tough game against the Bulls.” Indeed, coach. And one we have to win. Come hell or high water… So come on you black and white biscuits. Bite those blue balls off and have them for supper! It’s do-a-BULL! :mrgreen: 😈


  • Don’t ask me how, it just happened

    I’ll tell everyone how. Naas read some of your articles on here and as much as he makes the odd error he DOES know a goodthing when he sees one.

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.05.11 19:20:00 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
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  • TLDR πŸ™‚

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.05.11 19:23:13 by FerrisWJ Reply
  • Bulls have won 4 out of the last 5 Super rugby matches against the Sharks in Durbs. 😯

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.05.11 20:01:31 by McLovin Reply
  • bring it on baby! πŸ˜›

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.05.11 20:37:41 by domsmooth Reply
  • Before Plum answered your question, he said that he wants to go down the coast with a case of beer.

    Wonder how he feels this week?

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.05.11 20:52:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • well that was a great read, and read most of your posts when i was on SW as long as Naas doesn’t say how about becoming a BB 😳

    yes and do agree with the whole post

    Sharks are the most hungry of all

    go girl and you can :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.05.11 21:27:57 by chaz Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) :

    Just hope he was not the one driving πŸ™‚

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.05.11 21:42:42 by chaz Reply

  • @domsmooth (Comment 4) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.05.11 21:43:02 by chaz Reply

  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 1) : well he made the right one Our Sharon is great πŸ™‚

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.05.11 21:49:20 by chaz Reply

  • EI-BLEDDIE-NA – thanks for the compliments. Pity such talent is channeled into an utter vitriolic attack on me as a proud Blue Bull supporter.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.05.11 21:58:42 by diablo Reply

  • AND this from someone who professes to try not hurt feelings ❓

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.05.11 22:00:54 by diablo Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 11) :

    i don’t really think that Sharon was out to hurt you as a person she just said what was in her heart πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.05.11 22:05:17 by chaz Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 10) :

    We all no matter what kind of supporter we are we all carry our team with proudness on our shoulders πŸ™‚

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.05.11 22:07:37 by chaz Reply

  • Hehehe well said Shaz. Lovely reading. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.05.11 22:26:52 by Ben Reply
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  • Bulls have plenty to prove imo.

    They’re defending champs, and I reckon they would like to prove their detractors wrong. 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.05.11 22:48:27 by McLovin Reply

  • To be fair, Bulls fans had plenty of reason to tell everybody how good they are. 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.05.11 22:54:38 by McLovin Reply

  • Just subscribed to the Naas magazine. 😎

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.05.11 23:03:02 by McLovin Reply

  • Say what you want about Morne Steyn, he’s a points machine.

    Holds a few impressive records. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.05.11 23:11:11 by McLovin Reply

  • Loved reading that ,got goosebumps!Want to go beat a blue bulls supporter to death ,WHOS WITH ME????
    Truth is I love watching the bulls play rugby and I believe they are still the big brothers of south african rugby ,the most dominant in the family. You can never be certain if you will beat the bulls ,even in your own back garden, they are 80 minute contenders ,the sharks in recent times have been 60-70 minute contenders. I would rather cheer the bulls than the nancy boy mountaineers πŸ˜‰ who get under my skin with their duane and flo are the best antics. Go Sharks, GOOOOO!

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.05.11 00:05:33 by Talent Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : had the same argument with many a bull supporter. If he improved his all round game he would pick himself! Defensively costs a few points… But he does seem to be improving!

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.05.11 07:07:45 by Rahul Reply

  • shazzy-pooh you’re a star…

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.05.11 07:28:59 by Megatron Reply

  • JIP, it wouldn’t be inconceivable that the Bulls have turned their season and are in fact marching on towards their 4th title. One can say whatever you want about them, but they have the BMT to view every game as a playoff and win every single one of them.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.05.11 08:30:48 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 19) : Not so much with you on the death thing. 😯

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.05.11 09:55:39 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Great chest-beating prose as usual Sharon!

    To be honest though, I really enjoy the Bulls forward play, have learnt to respect some of their fans (like diablo and bloubullblog), and don’t doubt their pedigree, having won 3 Super Rugby titles to out one.

    I wish we moider the bums, but I really just pray that we manage to beat them.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.05.11 09:55:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • 3 Super Rugby titles to out one??????

    I hope that wasn’t meant to be OUR instead of OUT. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.05.11 10:06:30 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 25) :
    Oops! Was meant to be “to our none”.

    Not great Engrish, but was multi-tasking at the time. 😳

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.05.11 10:20:48 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Bite those blue balls off and have them for supper! It’s do-a-BULL! :mrgreen: 😈

    :mrgreen: See you have not lost your “touch” since the Pretoria News days! Awsome read as always – sistah!

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.05.11 10:23:07 by Ice Reply
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  • Nice article…

    The “pundits” would punt the Bulls, wouldn’t they, which plays into the Sharks hands very nicely… (Mind you, having a squiz at the overall community stats for Superbru – a game that turns out to be a crowdsourcing tool similar to a stockmarket – the Sharks shares are still at “hold” recommendation with 60:40 ratio and an overall average Points margin of one in their favour).

    Its going to be a close one but homeground advantage (Hopefully the Shark army turns out in full force) and benefit of the doubt from a, thank goodness, foreign ref (Bryce Lawrence) will edge the Black and Whites over the finish line.

    Sharks, the underdogs at Kings Park…??? Get real “pundits”.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.05.11 12:17:55 by Heavens Game Reply

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  • @diablo (Comment 11) : award-winning πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.05.11 14:59:40 by rekinek Reply
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  • i do (sometimes.. rarely 😈 critisize teams but with the Bulls i’m always bit afraid that this will come back to bite me.

    However , if I were a bulls management, I would not be overly excited about comprehensive beating the Rebels who are beaten pretty much comprehensively beaten by everybody (maybe except of the Sharks πŸ™„ )

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.05.11 15:04:59 by rekinek Reply
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  • one thing that i have noticed since joining sharksworld near the end of last year’s currie cup, is that you guys love it to label yourselves as the underdog. fair enough, usually is the easier position to be in before the game. we fool ourselves with saying that being underdogs means less pressure.

    you guys comprehensively beat us the last time we played you in durban. i doubt you’ll find a bulls supporter that thinks we were anywhere close to winning that game.

    that counts in your favour. then you have alberts and deysel, alberts especially demolished us on that day. then you have the sharks-supporters-proclaimed wunderkind in lambie. sure, i rate him very highly, and i can appreciate your excitement over him. over the last couple of months, we continously heard that he is so much better than steyn, or any other flyhalf for that matter, and that he should be the bok incumbent.

    and your front row is in a better class than ours. even though i think our two props will be great in about two years.

    that means at 1 and 3, 7/8(not sure where alberts will play) and 10 you have players that at least according to most sharks supporters, completely overshadow their bulls counterparts.

    we might have vic and bakkies, but you guys can minimize their impact by not kicking out, or by keeping the ball.

    on top of that, we have been hearing all season how over the hill vic and bakkies, and some other players are.

    i don’t fall for the sharks being the underdogs for a second. you are above us on the log, are playing at home, and should be the favourites. even if only marginally.

    either way, this game is going to be huge, and the favourites\underdogs tags won’t make any difference as soon as the game kicks off.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.05.11 07:21:08 by bloubulblog Reply

  • @bloubulblog (Comment 31) : Hehehehehehe strange how we claim the best players in most positions and say how over the hill those of yours that we can’t compete with are yet still claim the underdog tag.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.05.11 08:28:40 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @bloubulblog (Comment 31) : I do have a theory on that though.

    In week 1 to 4 Lambie WAS streets ahead of Steyn, Matfield WAS useless, Fourie Du Preez was no better than a Vodacom Cup Player and Pierre Spies couldn’t tackle a wet blanket or run over a chihauhau.

    That all has changed in the last few weeks and I for one would certainly not repeat those statements on current form.

    And then let’s not forget that we choke quite often so that alone should entitle us to the underdog tag in every game. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.05.11 08:33:51 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 33) : And then let’s not forget that we choke quite often so that alone should entitle us to the underdog tag in every game.

    Nailed it with that statement, oubaas…

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.05.11 08:38:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @bloubulblog (Comment 31) :

    I think it’s more of a case of ‘healthy’ respect for the Bulls(although not everybody here will admit to it)
    It remains from my perspective anyway the highlight of the rugby year when the Bulls take on the Sharks. This game usually is very high on emotion and that is what the fans crave. We hate losing to the Bulls more than losing to any other team and we love beating the Bulls more than any other team.

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.05.11 08:43:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 33) : but then you must also remember that the sudden form (if you want to call it that) has come against the lowly chiefs and rebels. so if you lend your ears to the average supporter, the bulls haven’t actually hit any kind of form against quality opposition.

    anyway, i don’t think the underdog\favourites tag will have any impact on the result.

    this game is going to be huge. i can’t remember when last i was this nervous.

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.05.11 16:12:08 by bloubulblog Reply

  • @bloubulblog (Comment 36) : I’m always VERY nervous before a Bulls/Sharks clash so at least we agree on one thing! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.05.11 16:14:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 37) : glad to hear i’m not the only one!

    i am happy that we don’t have to contend with keegan daniel as well. at least with willem alberts you know he is coming pretty much straight at you. not that it makes it any easier to stop him.

    but with daniel he can really make something out of nothing. which is a trait he likes to display against my team.

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.05.11 16:17:34 by bloubulblog Reply

  • Go Bulle! You can do it! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.05.11 18:30:30 by wpw Reply
  • Did dose blue balls taste good??? mmmmm…. ❓ Mebe, if yu had paid attention in the Pta News “losie” you might have learnt a thing ot two about rugby, nd not only looked at da boykies!!! Choker! 😈

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.05.11 22:25:33 by diablo Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 40) : fancy finding you here πŸ™„

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.05.11 22:28:40 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 41) : πŸ˜‰ You’ll find me where “protection” is needed :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.05.11 22:32:47 by diablo Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 42) : “bietjie” not your style though… πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.05.11 22:41:21 by rekinek Reply
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