Nice way to start the season! Go Bulls

February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

Morning Blogland,

Today I am a happy Bulls supporter. After the build up last week and the long wait for Super rugby to start here in SA, my nerves were shot. I am very happy with the outcome of the game and the way the Bulls performed on their first outing.

I was very satisfied with Spies’ performance. He made his tackles, even tackled some Stormers backwards, he did his fair share of work at the rucks and best of all he made some telling runs, gaining lots of ground and putting the Bulls on the front foot. I think he showed the Bok selectors and Duane Vermeulen that he is back and ready to work his way back into the Bok team.

I had a feeling that Elton Jantjies would not have had enough game time (he actually had none) to integrate with the Stromer team, and his poor place kicking did not help the Stormers’ cause at all.

Morne was back to his best. The hard work that had gone into his tactical kicking before the season started has apparently paid off. He always put his forwards on the front foot, and thanks to a masterclass show by the forwards in the scrum, Morne had lots of opportunities to go for poles and converted them like the Morne of old.

The debutant Morne Mellet impressed me immensely as the Stormers said during the week that they would target him at scrum time. But that was all for naught as the young prop dominated at scrum time and also did his fair share of work around the park.

It wasn’t the best game by both sides but that was to be expected as it was the first game in the South African conference.

The Sharks and Kings (would you believe it) also played good rugby to win their games! I think we are going to have some great rugby to look forward to this season.


5 responses to Nice way to start the season! Go Bulls

  1. Glad to see some good games out of the local derbys, although the lineout play off all SA teams were concerning…. Well done to the Kings to stun everyone, glad for the players to get some confidence, they gonna need it come the rest of the comp, will support them on the field (still say the watsons are d##se though), and to the Sharks to grind it out in the end… They almost gave it away to a fierce comeback by the Cheetahs. Bulls did well, although Stormers were stuttering from the start, probably the only real let down of the weekend. Still a long ways to go…..

  2. Bulls had a solid game and Morne was good at what he does best. Stormers struggled in the scrums and at the breakdowns, were shocking in the lineouts and Jantjies had a horror game.

    Sharks nearly threw it away when they went to sleep and allowed the Cheetahs to play their own game. Coenie Oosthuizen should go and learn his trade at club level before he pulls on another Cheetahs jersey.

    The Kings defence was superb, missing only 15 from 215 tackles and Steven Sykes had a stormer. Petersen definitely someone to watch.

    • “Missing only 15 from 215 tackles” I didnt see that stat. That is very impressive indeed. If memory serves the Bulls missed 3 out of 90 odd and the Stormers 5 out of 60 odd.

      Did not see enough of the Sharks/Cheetahs game to comment on their defence..

    • Great stat of the Kings there Bay. Shows they took those bad pre-season defensive performances to heart and worked out the kinks. They need to keep stepping it up, this was only the Force, to take on NZ teams later and the Sharks coming next, its gonna get a lot tougher…

  3. Bulls deserved to win and did. But that was more to do with the Stormers being woeful than the Bulls being good.
    Steyn did have an good game but the Bulls still struggled to score tries or legitimate tries.
    Look do not get me wrong the Bulls was way better than the Stormers but I am still not convinced the Bulls will bother the top 3.

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