October 19, 2009 in Uncategorized
Even though it comes down to the same thing, it is not!! & I want to say it again: BULLS DIDN’T WIN THAT GAME, WESTERN PROVINCE LOST IT…
If you think about it, just think about the last 5 min, WP was leading (even if it was just by a point) to win, but 2 lineout fumbles & 1 high-tackle later, we lost it.. I’m not gonna do the obvious and blame Sireli “slow-mo” Naqelevuki or hail Steyn for a brilliant kick coz I already did that on Saturday. But after reading what some of my Bulls friends (yeah I got them) said on their facebook, I have to set the record straight here. Like Luke said in the 24.com article, nobody but them gave them a chance & those who did, merely did it coz of what their heart told them would happen.. I believed we would win & my supersport currie cup prediction will back me up on that.
The game started out exactly how I thought it would, Bulls looking like this was just another walk in the park & WP defending for all their worth yet making silly in-experienced errors & penalties.. I remember thinking at half time when the score was 12 – 6, about what John Smit told his players when they were trailing 16 – 8 to the Lions at half time in that game in Pretoria. For those who don’t know (n I cant remember the exact words) he said something along the lines of: the lions are playing out of their skins, we are playing poorly, making silly mistakes yet they are still only leading with 8 points… if we step up, if we show we want this more, we will find a way to win.. Now I know WP isn’t the Boks (duh) & WP didn’t have the experience the Boks had in games like these, but I cant help to think that something along the lines of what John said was said in that WP locker room.. & boy did they show it.. at one point, they looked like super 14 champions & not like a team playing their 1st semifinal in 4 years against arguably the best provincial side in the southern hemisphere..
You know the high tackle by slow mo wasn’t the 1st time I thought aah man, that mistake is gona cost us the game …but it was a certain try that didn’t happen.. In about the 70th minute or so (could even have been a bit later in the game) Joe Petersen tried to finish off a couple of phase plays by trying get through 2 bulls defenders 5 meters from their tryline but got nailed.We at least had the penalty to fall back on which he converted to take a one point lead but when they showed a the replay of the run & the tackle from a birds eye view, right in the corner you’ll see an unmarked “winger” named Tiaan Liebenberg that basically just had to catch the ball & dove over for the try.. Hell, he could even have galloped a couple of meters in towards the poles to make the conversion easier for Joe but he never got the pass.. And what could’ve been a 3 or even 5 point lead was only a 1 pointer..
If it comes down to one moment, one very silly, messed up (throw in a couple of swear words) moment, then we all can point to slow mo for costing us the game.. n you can then even turn it around to morne steyn coz he kicked it over. But morne didn’t beat slow-mo on Saturday, the bulls beat western province & that’s how the history books will see it. But Province, you guys have nothing to be ashamed of, you played one hell of a game and were 3 minutes away from beating the team everyone said couldn’t be beat.. I hope this game also showed you and everyone else in this rugby country that Province is back and eventhough it wasnt this year, die currie cup kom weer…