Bulls Leading the way.

April 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Bulls are currently at the top of the SA log and deservedly so. The Cheetahs are only a point behind. Who would have guessed that at the start of the season. (Probably the Bulls and Cheetahs supporters)

I still do not think that either the Bulls or the Cheetahs have enough to win the comp proper but stranger things have happened.

I read in the paper that the reason the Bulls are facing another mass exodus of senior players is because most of them had been asked to take a salary cut due to the fact that all the young superstars the Bulls signed in 2012 are costing them a small fortune. It is difficult for guys like Steyn, Kirchner ect to take a pay cut at this stage of their careers. But that said the young guns they do have on contract are all the real deal and should bring them glory in the short future presuming the can hold on to them. Not sure (as said before) that in 2013 these youngsters have what it takes to win the S15 but 2014 might be.

The Stormers have had an unforgettable season thus far. I know they can still make the play-offs given their end of season is a lot easier than their start and the fact that a few of their “big name” players will be coming back from injury. Still can’t see them ending much higher than 4 th  (3rd pushing it) but as we have seen in past seasons one really needs to be in the top 2 teams to win.

I am still convinced the fact that Aus teams plays a lot less rugby than Nz or SA teams give them an added advantage and the fact that Nz teams tends to rest their Super Star more esp during the NPC puts them ahead of us.


6 responses to Bulls Leading the way.

  1. Good Day Sir :-)

    Where do you place the boys from Natal. Given the Chiefs game and there ability to both aggravate and astonish, there fan base from game to game.

    • On paper this Sharks deff have the best squad in SA. But their backline have been struggling this season more often than not.
      I believe they are missing Bismark and Willem Alberts who gets them going forward ad gives the backline more time to do their thing.
      If or when those guys return then the Sharks might have a decent chance but I am not sure if that will be to late to challange for top 2?

  2. Ja, I don’t buy that excuse of players having to take pay cuts because of the new signings. The Bulls is a massive franchise and surely they know what their budget is in terms of players they can afford. It’s probably more a case of the players not getting the big increases they hoped for and that’s why they are leaving (also consider impact of them not getting Springbok contracts) rather than actual pay-cuts.

    • Might be but it is difficult to say.
      Players like Wynand Olivier, Francios Venter and to a lesser extend Zane Kirchner are all worth less to the Bulls this season (and next) than in 2012 with the emergence of the youngsters.

      But agree players like Kruger and Steyn just got offers from France they could not refuse and the Bulls could not match.

      But the real interesting players are Hougaard and the Potgieter’s who are not satisfied with their new contract extensions. What will they do?

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