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Crusaders 41, Bulls 19


The Crusaders showed their pedigree with a resounding victory over the Bulls in their Super Rugby clash in Christchurch.

The Bulls surprised friend and foe last weekend with their first ever win in Auckland – can they continue this run of form to beat the best team in Super Rugby history


Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Adam Whitelock.

Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Jurgen Visser, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Jan Serfontein.

Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

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  1. Saders score another – different laws for the teams but Bulls also at fault because they are not competing well enough at the rucks – not enough numbers and no cohesion :bangheadt:

    Saders 22
    Bulls 9

  2. Well, after all the hullaboo about the Bulls
    last week I can only add a loud BOO! for this
    inept performance – totally outclassed, nowhere
    to go and no idea how to get there.
    :Rule 9:

  3. Does Pierre Spies have shoulder problems? He never uses them!!! He tackles with his chest, cleans with his hands ie. tries to push the guy away from the ruck like he is pushing a pram.

    Needs to grow a pair…


  4. The reason Spies wear those fore-arms gaurds is because when he tackles he tackles either with his chest or he swings his forearm into the guy. No strength in your forearms – that is why they run through him..


  5. Once again I am amazed that Jacques Potgieter ever became a Springbok. A massive indication of how lost Heyneke was with his initial team selections last year. Someone like Arno Botha is streets ahead of him.

  6. Reply to Craven @ 3:33 pm:

    Jacques Potgieter actually had a massive spr 15 last year, absolutely justifying his selection taking into account the injuries we had in our loose forward group.

    However, like W Olivier, he couldn’t make the step up to bok level.

  7. I don’t understand how rival South African franchises revel in the loss of another against overseas opposition when the malevolent “spirit of Bryce Lawrence” is so clearly visible to ensure a fair contest does not take place.

    Then we turn about and blame our own players, coaches, teams for a loss which saw a hapless XV playing against a slick XVI.

    Then we’ll also bray the typical ESSA excuses of “you play the ref” or whatever the new fashionable self effacing remark will be from overseas placating inferiority complex locals.

    I spent the first ten minutes and seeing the number of times Crusdaers players either just fall on top of the ruck or illegally take out players standing legally around the fringes of the ruck while not being part of it and the ref just ignoring it I just switched off and watched Jake and the Neverland Pirates… at least there’s a semblance of “fair play” in that programme…

  8. Reply to Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa @ 12:42 am: Huh? No idea what you are on about. I was at the game and the nearest thing to foulplay that was cardable was the attempted haymaker by Potgieter soon after he had been subbed on – and he missed by a country mile. Each side was penalised 8 times , nobody was carded and generally it was a great game of rugby. There was no time for foul play, the Crusaders were too busy running the ball (671 m run) and the Bulls tackling like demons (170 times).

  9. Reply to Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa @ 12:42 am: OK I see in this morning’s paper that hooker Ben Funnell who was subbed for Corey Flynn was cited and pleaded guilty to a charge of making a dangerous tackle on replacement Grant Hattingh and has earned a week’s suspension. Although the incident was regarded as not deliberate, Sunday’s consideration by the Sanzar judicial officer N. Davidson QC was made after he had viewed the video footage, citing report and heard from Funnell and his counsel. Hattingh suffered concussion because of a poorly executed hold to the neck which was held as the players went to ground but is expected to be fit for the Bulls match v the Reds.

    I am glad for Hattingh’s sake there was no injury. The suspension will serve as a reminder to players to avoid tackles around the neck which the Bulls were also guilty of, but to suggest that this is some conspiracy of the “Anzacs” against Saffers is a mischievous misinterpretation.

  10. Reply to DavidS @ 11:36 am: A pity you didn’t stay tuned longer. If you had watched the full first 20 you would have witnessed high-paced rugby with a string of Crusaders handling errors more to do with a great defensive effort by the Bulls than a lack of skills. As the pundits predicted, the Bulls rush defence repeatedly drifted the Crusaders against the touchline and threatened to break out with an intercept try any moment.
    But in countering the Crusaders hectic gameplan, the Bulls tired and the floodgates opened. Not pretty to watch if you are a Bulls fan but a great watch if you are a rugby fan.

    I don’t agree with those criticising Spies, I thought he put in some good defence and a couple of great attacking moves, one of which would have lead to a spectacular try but for an unfortunate obstruction by his prop. Morne Steyn and Chiiliboy Ralapelle also had good games. Strange that Hougaard wasn’t given a run and that Dewaldt Potgieter has fallen out of favour. They might have helped the cause.

  11. Reply to DavidS @ 11:36 am: however tou may feel about the referees, one :support: thing is clear in the
    Is season’s super XV, if you have superior numbers at every ruck and virtually no resistance the referees swing their whistle towards the team with all the momentum.

    Numbers to the breakdown is key and the Bulls fialed miserably to comlete at the breakdown.