May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized
Morning fellow bloggers.
First of all, congratulations to Bulls for their third Super title in 4 years. Also bad luck to the Stormers, they are a very good team but fell at the last hurdle.
Now some of you might have read my previous post just before the final where I made comment of the Bulls front row that were hungry for revenge (the push over try by that silly little Luke Watson), and boy oh boy did that revenge taste sweet. Brok Harris and Wickus Blaauw looked out of it (Not for the first time this season) and that is exactly where the Bulls won the game. The bulls forwards were far superior to the pack of the Stormers.
I also think that the Bulls defence in the first 5 minutes or so was the best defence I have seen this year from them. Every tackle was made and not only that, the Stormers were tackled back on almost every occasion in the opening exchanges. The Bulls have been mocked the entire year because of the porous defence, but once again, when the situation demanded it, the Bulls stood up and were counted.
Victor also showed that form is temporary but class is forever. Only lost one ball to Bekker, and led his team to their third title. Bekker at times looked desperate and his brain fart that caused him to jump on a ruck was a big set-back to the Stormers.
Fourie du Preez and Morne Steyn showed once again why they are the current best half back pairing in the world. Fourie’s work in sending Hougaard away and Morne’s ability to dictate a game (along with the strong Bulls scrum) kept the Stormers on the backfoot. Morne also showed that he can run with the ball in hand. He made a couple of line breaks and his passing to the outside men was crisp (including the pass to Habanna – I’m sure Habanna called for the ball lol). Dewaldt Duvenhage is a good scrumhalf and will serve province well, but Fourie du Preez is currently probably the best rugby player in the world. His skills are precise and his decision making is unbelievable.
I also think that Wynand Olivier was a major reason why the Bulls won on Saturday. Every time Jaque Fourie touched the ball, Wynand was there to bring him down. He actually made the “best number 13 in the world” look pretty average. Little Francois Hougaard is still going to play huge rugby for this country. The guy tackled his heart out, won turnovers and made Gio Aplon look slow (When he ran him in after Gio got around him). After Fourie leaves for Japan next year, the Bulls can sleep easily knowing that this guy with his immense talent will comfortably fill Fourie’s shoes.
Joe Peterson and Duvenhage were the stars for the Stromers for me. Joe never looked out of sorts and really tackled well and when he got the ball in hand, he always looked dangerous. Also the replacement hooker that came on, Deon Fourie, i think his name is, should be starting every game for province. He made a huge impact when he came on.
Now for the Curry Cup. Looking forward to the North-South battles this year (will be interesting to see what the teams look like when the Boks are away on Tri-Nations Duty), which is a good thing for SA rugby. I believe that the Bulls will make the semi’s again, but that the Stormers will have to fight for a semi’s place (especially if Grant, Habanna, Fourie, Aplon, Buger, Louw, Bekker and possibly Liebenburg get picked for the Tri-Nations). The WP side did not have a great Vodacom Cup where the Bulls dominated which tells me that the depth in WP rugby is not as deep as they are making it out to be.
Here’s to a succesfull international campaign for the Boks and another tough-as-nails Curry Cup season!
Nou die BLOU!