Crusaders 41, Bulls 19

March 16, 2013
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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

Teams:

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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34 Comments

  1. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Can the Bulls pull it off? :support: :wave:

  2. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Already 3 questionable decision either called or ignored by the ref against the Bulls – did they all get another get the Japies memo? :whistling: :pot:

  3. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Saders try!
    They lead 10-3 after 26 minutes

  4. avatar Methos The French Stormer says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    JT.

    Ref is very questionable. Sitting here and swearing at laptop.

    See spies is back to his pissy self. Must have ran out of brandy…

    Cheers

  5. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Another Saders try – Bulls not showing the intent they had last week :censored:

    Saders 15
    Bulls 3

  6. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Reply to Methos The French Stormer @ 9:08 am:

    A few times the Bulls could have smashed the Saders when Saders were throwing loopy passes and yet sat back and let saders run at them :bangheadt:

  7. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Jan Serfontein is on!

  8. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    How many times are the Saders going to get away with off-side at the ruck :dead horse:

  9. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    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

  10. avatar Welshbok die Brandwag says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    2 knock ons for Crusaders in build up to last try.

    Is this man called Stevie Wonder?

  11. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    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:

  12. avatar Methos The French Stormer says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    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…

    Cheers

  13. avatar Methos The French Stormer says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Don’t know why Chilliboy didn’t start? He is 10 times better than Wepener. He needs to move overseas where he will play on merit.

    Cheers

  14. avatar Methos The French Stormer says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    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..

    Cheers

  15. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Reply to Methos The French Stormer @ 10:05 am:

    Not only him, as good as the Bulls were last week they are as bad this week!

  16. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Reply to Methos The French Stormer @ 10:07 am:

    :agree:

  17. avatar Methos The French Stormer says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    41-19 – Not 45-19

  18. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Reply to Methos The French Stormer @ 10:05 am:

    tries to push the guy away from the ruck like he is pushing a pram.
    ———
    :muahaha:
    And yet he’s played how many tests?
    :Rule 9:

  19. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    On Spies – his work rate is up this season and he was really good last week. I reserve judgement a bit longer

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny)Die wat nie hier is nie is elders!! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Not good if my predication on Rat Race against an SA team is write. I was happy to lose the points.

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny)Die wat nie hier is nie is elders!! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    right :whistling:

  22. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I am getting all games wrong this week :-( only got Kings & Bulls games right but margin not even close

  23. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Ek hoop nie jy dink die Sharks
    kan vanaand wen nie?
    :fishing:

  24. avatar Craven says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    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.

  25. avatar Welshbok die Brandwag says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    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.

  26. avatar Vetgesmeerde Blits says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Some champaigne NZ rugby by the Crusaders. No team would have stopped them today.

  27. avatar biltongbek says:
    March 16th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Hmmm, the Bulls folded. :Rule 9:

  28. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    March 17th, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Once again an Anzac is only red carded after the game and not during. This happened a lot last year where refs were blind during the match.
    I still wonder is there is going to be a ref reviewing panel?

  29. avatar DavidS says:
    March 17th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    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…

  30. avatar out wide says:
    March 17th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    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).

  31. avatar out wide says:
    March 18th, 2013 at 12:25 am

    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.

  32. avatar out wide says:
    March 18th, 2013 at 12:49 am

    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.

  33. avatar biltongbek says:
    March 18th, 2013 at 7:06 am

    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.

  34. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 18th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Reply to biltongbek @ 7:06 am:

    Without a doubt… Bulls went from smashing the break-downs in numbers and at pace the week before… to none of the above against the Saders… the rest is history…

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