Bulls told to buck up

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Super Rugby on 12 Mar 2012 at 10:54
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Earnest and timely apologies notwithstanding, SANZAR CEO Greg Peters would appear to be singularly unimpressed about the “security lapse” that allowed idiot fan Johannes Nel to invade the Loftus pitch on Saturday night and throw a bottle at Blues captain Keven Mealamu.

Peters has apparently contacted the Bulls to insist that they improve security at the stadium, pointing out that while incidents of this nature are few and far between, the governing body of Super Rugby will not rest until they are completely stamped out.

According to reports, Peters has said that “we will be making sure that the security provisions the Bulls have in force are reviewed, to ensure they are absolutely the best they can be, because protection, welfare and safety of our players is paramount. If there is anything that can be learnt from this incident, it is that we shall be making sure all our grounds are as safe as they possibly can be. You don’t want players having to look over their shoulders and be worried about what is going on behind them.”

Good on you, Greg. Let’s get rid of this nonsense once and for all!


  • Muzi, what did I tell you on Friday….Bulls would lose this game! They had 2 wins against SA sides. Sharks were rusty and Cheetahs aren’t that great. NZ teams tend to like playing at Loftus and Blues are a good side who were hurting after 2 poor results. £100 in my pocket!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.03.12 11:02:40 by Villie Reply
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  • It will be a sad day if high fences have to be used to separate fans from players in our stadiums – Newlands already has some serious gear in place. The Shark Tank would never be the same with restrictive security fences in place. It looks like Unions need to impress upon fans some everyday courtesy onto some fans like booing, insult shouting and other unacceptable behaviour. And thats a shame. 🙁

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.03.12 11:04:26 by Caratacus Reply

  • I think the stampede in the Sharks/Bulls game along with this incident justifies Peters’ intervention. Improved (alert?) security could have made the difference in both cases. I’m just surprised that the latest incident got more attention than the previous one. The stampede was a great deal more dangerous than a plastic bottle being thrown at a player.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.03.12 11:16:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : Yes bud I completely agree with you there. The stampede will not leave my mind too easily, especially since I had to help some little kids from getting hurt by some idiots who refused to accept that things were not as they should be. I think this along with the player / fan incident highlights some serious concerns about the management of Loftus Versveld Match Day security and crowd management…

    This should be taken up in a serious light and a new security company should tender for SANZAR business, with guarantees…

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.03.12 14:47:37 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • The calibre of the supporters which the Bulls franchise attracts is why the fans of all the other unions love to hate them.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.03.12 15:32:18 by klempie Reply

  • I watched most of the SuperrRugby programme on Kyknet last night. The Rene Ranger tackle and resultant non penalty was well discussed but not a word about this incident. Surely this was the perfect platform to address Johannes and his ilk as to why you should not attack the opposition rugby players.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.03.12 08:49:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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