Bulls hold on to down Kings

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 6 Feb 2012 at 07:54
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The Bulls, fielding a weakened side, ran out to a 13-0 lead over the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday evening, but were forced to dig deep as their hosts came back at them strongly in the second half. The Pretoria side emerged 16-12 victors.

Flyhalf Louis Fouche opened the scoring for the Bulls with a drop goal, before flank Jean Cook and winger Sampie Mastriet crossed for tries, neither of which could be converted. That was to be pretty much that in terms of dominance for the visitors, though, with the Kings then proceeding to gain the upper hand in the forward exhancges, growing in confidence as they did so.

Former national Sevens captain Mzwandile Stick scored a try for the Kings shortly before half time, which Louis Strydom duly converted to bring them within 6 points of the Bulls at half time (13-7).

Bulls skipper Wilhelm Steenkamp, who had a standout game for his side, ruled supreme in the middle of the lineout and managed a number of crucial steals against the throw close to the line; the Kings did eventually manage to get a drive right from this phase, though, with Luke Watson scoring their second try off the back of a lineout drive. Fouche had added a further three for his side just prior to this, though and with the conversion of Watson’s try not finding its mark, the Kings had a 4-point deficit still to overturn, which proved too much for them.


Bulls: Tries: Jean Cook, Sampie Mastriet. Penalties: Louis FouchΓ© (2).
Kings: Tries: Mzwandile Stick, Luke Watson. Conversion: Louis Strydom.


  • Not much can be read into these games, I am pretty sure about that.

    Will be interesting though what a full strength Super Rugby team can do against a full strength Kings outfit.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.02.12 07:59:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Altho the result is pretty much par for the course, its really what the respective coaches got out of it that counts for far more. That’s what really determines the winner on the day. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.02.12 08:06:58 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 2) : ja, but on de udder hand, beet, cowboys don’t cry and looks at the scoreboard!

    Must say, I’m still battling to cope with the idea of a rugby match where the result doesn’t matter.

    Why play the bloody thing then? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.02.12 08:23:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : I still think if this result mattered,the Bulls wud have sent their strongest team to PE, put 60 pts+ on the board before allowing the Kings a consolation try or 2. But then the coach wud not have found out how Lionel Cronje plays at 12, what Ulrich Beyers can do at 13, if Steenkamp leadership is up to scratch, what kind of form his new man Steyn is in etc etc. I believe that the reason this team was picked and played was to gain more intel on backup players ahead of the season. πŸ™‚

    I agree that the Bulls played to win but they had other as important objectives to.

    The only time this result wud have mattered was if the Bulls had lost. Then the media wud have jumped all over it and made far too big a deal of it.

    This is the 4th comment, if the Bulls had lost it wud have been the 40th comment. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.02.12 08:54:22 by beet Reply
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  • Phew this was a close match but i’m happy we won.
    Atleast some of the fringe players in the vodacom cup team had a chance to impress Ludeke.

    Barend Van Graan said cronje,j-j,stander,dawie steyn and steenkamp impressed.

    Grey Frystaat will be a tricky game i hope the big boyz bring their ‘A’ game.

    The match will be live on SS2 at 16:45 finally some rugby on TV.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.02.12 09:26:15 by Muzi Reply

  • Its only a little practice match for the Bulls Vodacom Cup side. The Kings had everything to beat them.
    1. They played at home
    2. Kings best 15
    3. Bulls B side
    4. And SAA also tried to help the Kings by losing the Bulls kits

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.02.12 14:24:20 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 6) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.02.12 14:29:31 by Franshark Reply
  • But still SA’s 10th best team couldn’t win

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.02.12 14:30:37 by Mutley Reply
  • @Mutley (Comment 6) : “kings best 15” bwahhahahaha give that man a Bells πŸ˜†

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.02.12 16:07:01 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 9) :

    I wouldn’t know the Kings best 15 if they kicked me against the head! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.02.12 16:16:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well if everything we read is true then it seems only the Sharks will be fielding a real Super rugby side against these guys.

    Should be worth chuckle or two.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.02.12 16:19:52 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : that’s no suprise though is it? πŸ™„ πŸ™‚

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.02.12 16:28:13 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 12) : How about posting their best XV for us? I’d actually be interested to see how many local players are in there.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.02.12 16:44:10 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 13) : how many local lads are in the Sharks team?

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.02.12 16:54:50 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : that number is growing…

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.02.12 16:55:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : oh, but the Kings must have then right away hey? hhhmm love the double standards πŸ™„ πŸ˜›

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.02.12 16:59:36 by Megatron Reply

  • Love how the Kings are sending out ‘second-string’ teams against everybody…

    That way if they get humiliated, they can just put it down to not playing their best XV.

    More then willing to embarrass themselves, and SA rugby to look after their own selfish desires.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.02.12 17:04:33 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 17) : yes, you’d rather the Kings played 5 games in 20 days, that way you and most here would crow about how not ready for super rugby they are πŸ˜€ πŸ™„

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.02.12 17:14:12 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : We don’t promote ourselves as being that though.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.02.12 17:18:06 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 16) : The thing is that the Sharks haven’t promoted themselves as having all this local talent that is losing out.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.02.12 17:20:15 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 19) : i can understand why, what with lambie being the fist michaelhouse boy to ever be a Bok πŸ™„ πŸ˜†

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.02.12 17:27:25 by Megatron Reply

  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 20) : but we do have local talent, it doesn’t mean it will all come through at once! so why expect it to?

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.02.12 17:29:07 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 21) : this is a stupid argument you’re trying to get into, Megs… raise your game, we know you can πŸ™‚

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.02.12 17:31:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : i never started any “argument”. it’s just that the imaginary hoops that the Kings must somehow jump through are fcuking ridiculous. which team in this country fields mostly it’s local talent? – Free State

    why do the others get away with not promoting local talent?

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.02.12 17:39:46 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 24) : yes, but the whole point behind the “EC MUST have a franchise” debate is because so much rugby talent is produced by the area

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.02.12 17:54:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 21) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.02.12 18:03:13 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @robdylan (comment 25)
    : um, rob in 2006 when the Cats were dissolved and the cheetahs & lions franchises were created, Pumas & Leopards applied, you here APPLIED to SARU to be part of the Lions ad they approved it, they didn’t play any games to prove anything.

    In the deal, the pumas were to get R750 000 every year (To increasr ever year by 10%) from the Lions franchise – remember i didn’t say from the GLRU.

    Now why must Border, EP & SWD go through flaming hoops to join super rugby & BENEFIT like all other SARU affiliated unions?

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.02.12 23:37:01 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 27) :
    Its actually pathetic how many punters seem to get a sick satisfaction from anything negative about the Kings.

    @robdylan (Comment 25) :
    So what’s the point? Are you saying that if the Kings don’t instantly produce results, then this proves that the EC doesn’t produce tons of talent?

    Because producing talent and retaining talent (under current circumstances, including not having a Super Rugby franchise) is not the same thing.

    Clearly the EC produces tons of talent, if you look at how many of their natives are making it elsewhere.

    The question is whether the pipeline will get even more effective if they are given a chance to play in the profitable Super Rugby league. Already saying that they are not living up to a mark cos they aren’t filled with local stars is like condemning a man for not opening a box with a key locked inside it.

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.02.12 23:49:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Big Fish (comment 28) : well said BF, bloody well said ❗

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.02.12 05:07:17 by Megatron Reply


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