Tale of the tape

May 6, 2007
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So, we’ve got two teams through to the Super 14 semi-finals. A good achievement, can either team go on to make it a great achievement? Let’s take a look at what past form reveals about their play-off credentials.

BULLS

1996

Won 8 matches from 11, ended 3rd on the log and faced the Blues in the semi-final in Auckland, going down to a heavy 8 try to 1 loss, 48-11.

2005

Won 7 matches from 11, ended 3rd on the log and faced the Waratahs in the semi-final in Sydney, going down 23-13.

2006

Won 7 matches from 13, ended 4th on the log and faced the Crusaders in the semi-final in Christchurch, going down 35-15.

2007

Won 9 matches from 13, ended 2nd on the log and will face the Crusaders in Pretoria. The first time a Bulls team has had a home semi-final and it’s a guarantee that Loftus will be sold out.

Sharks

1996

Won 6 matches from 11, ended 4th on the log and faced the Reds in the semi-final in Brisbane, thumping them 43-25. They then met the Blues in the final in Auckland, in turn receiving a fairly hefty thumping, 45-21.

1997

Won 5 matches from 11, ended 4th on the log and faced the Blues in the semi-final in Auckland, going down in a high scoring affair, 55-36.

1998

Won 7 matches from 11, ended 3rd on the log and faced the Crusaders in the semi-final in Christchurch, very narrowly going down, 36-32.

2001

Won 8 matches from 11, ended 2nd on the log and faced the Lions in the semi-final in Durban, easily going through to their 2nd final, 30-12. In the final they came up against a rampant Brumbies in Canberra and went down to a heavy loss, 36-6, only conceding three tries though.

2007

Won 10 matches from 13, ended 1st on the log and will face the Blues in Durban, their second semi-final at home. Expect a packed King’s Park as the Sharks take heart from their earlier victory over the Blues in Auckland and remind themselves that the Stormers and Bulls have also beaten them recently in SA.

So, which, if any, South African team will continue their fine form and go through to the final? Or will they stir all local fans hearts and both make it through for the first all-South African final?

One things for sure, all South African rugby fans will be cheering both teams on, Go Bulls, Go Sharks!

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8 Comments

  1. avatar Oranje Orakel says:
    May 6th, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    One things for sure, all South African rugby fans will be cheering both teams on, Go Bulls, Go Sharks!

    For Sure!
    They have played the game – they deserve their positions – and the associated mOOlah!

  2. avatar KoosWyeVoete says:
    May 6th, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Final will be a rematch of the game the Crusaders lost after the hooter sounded in Durbs.

  3. avatar Rasputin says:
    May 6th, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    You reckon, KWV?

    Sharks/Saders @ King’s Park?

  4. avatar JT says:
    May 6th, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Ras, with the Bulls as they are play now it will be a Sharks v Bulls final!

    BTW; Innsbruck beat South Tyrol by 39 – 17 :lol:

    Great weekend for me out side of Superbru!!!

  5. avatar Rasputin says:
    May 6th, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Well done, JT!

    Hope you stocked up on whiskey too ;-)

    I agree, the Bulls are currently playing a form of rugby that would make Test teams wary of going to Loftus.

    The only thing stopping them from lifting the Super 14 trophy is between their ears.

    Carry on like they have and they will go all the way.

    Hesitate, have second thoughts, lose confidence and it might all go down the tubes.

  6. avatar JT says:
    May 6th, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    That game last night against the reds was amazing! It was as if there was no opposition only the 72 points they were chasing! Greatb mental toughness and resolve, if that does not give them confidence to beat ANYONE then what will!?
    Sharks maybe ;)

  7. avatar KSA Shark © says:
    May 7th, 2007 at 7:08 am

    I agree with KWV.

    Not because that is what I want for SA rugby but purely because I would not want to come all the way home for the final only to see my team handed their arses on a plate by the Bulls.

    I would rather prefer to watch a close match against the Crusaders. :wink:

  8. avatar DavidS says:
    May 7th, 2007 at 7:49 am

    I agree with JT

    On this wekeend’s evidence I’d say the only thing standing between the Bulls and the Super 14 crown is the Crusaders.

    And I’d be hesitant about backing the Crusaders at Loftus

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