SR: Hurricanes 25, Vodacom Bulls 20


imagesHurricanes coach Mark Hammett rolled the dice this week with his suggestion that the Bulls make use of illegal tactics at the maul – no doubt trying to get Australian-cum-New Zealand referee Steve Walsh distracted from whatever weakness might pop up.

It is an old ploy many coach before him used and no doubt many after him will attempt to use. The Hurricanes, determined to keep the momentum going that they created in their bonus point 29-26 win over the Crusaders last week, were boosted by the return of star loose forwards Victor Vito and Brad Shield (the latter sitting on the bench).

Now third in the New Zealand conference, and 10th overall, victory for the Hurricanes over the Bulls will propel them back into the top half of the draw ahead of their bye next week.

The Bulls, currently third in the South African standings, on 16 points, and seventh equal overall, will look to continue a recent trend against the Hurricane – four back-to-back wins, including their last visit to Napier in 2011. The Bulls are still smarting from their draw last week – when the Chiefs came from 16 points down to deny the Bulls not only a win, but also two invaluable points on the standings.

Recent results:
2013: Bulls won 48-14, Pretoria
2011: Bulls won 26-14, Napier
2010: Bulls won 19-18, Pretoria
2009: Bulls won 19-14, Wellington
2008: Hurricanes won 50-22, Pretoria
2007: Hurricanes won 17-9, Wellington


Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen/John Schwalger, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger/Reggie Goodes, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Hadleigh Parkes, 23 Marty Banks.
Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Jacques du Plessis, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers.

Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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Better known as Bunny, Took over after Pissant went over to the "Dark Side"


  1. First game on tour was the game for me that spoiled the Cheetahs and Stormers game…in that sense this is a big game for the Bulls…..and this will set the trend for the rest of the tour

  2. TRY!!!! Hurricanes….Brilliant hit one side go the other and Barrett kick one for the wing who taps it down for Jane to score…just too much skill for the Bulls

    Hurricanes lead 10-0

  3. Bulls given away another penalty in the ruck…Bulls just too slow in the breakdown points…..

    Barrett goes for points


    Hurricanes lead 16-6

    Potgieter off for Bulls as well

  4. With the Bulls’ recent history against the Canes, if we cant win there, this is going to be a tour from hell. Maybe it is just one of those games, but it seems almost as horriffic as the live singer at this farmers market where I’m displaying.

  5. It sucks to not watch a game. As an avid Bulls fan I love nothing more than swearing at the ref when we are behind, somehow it just isnt the same when having to read updates.

  6. So stegmann and potgieter off? That leaves us with hatting at flank? 3 tall big guys, no one playing to the ball? Makes sense then.

  7. Ref is never any good when the Bulls are behind bunny. You have a long way to go to understand the normal run off the mill Bulls supporter, of which I am the biggest.

  8. From lineout…..

    Canes kick ahead but Basson gathers but kick ahead which Canes gather….

    Bulls turnover……kick down field…Corry gather and start running for the Canes……

    Canes lose the ball and scrum Bulls inside their half

  9. Free kick against the Bulls for closing the gap in the lineout….

    Canes kick down field and Bulls return with Canes attacking now with ball through backline……Smith kick down field and stolen the ball but referee give penalty to Bulls…play move play into Canes half…

  10. Bulls in Canes half with lineout…..Bulls maul……Bulls pick and go and as soon as they go with backline they spill it…lucky the Canes spills it as well and we goes down for Scrum…..

  11. From scrum inside their own 22…Canes kick through Bulls backline and gathers the ball and get within inches of Bulls line and force a penalty….great scrabbling defence from Bulls…..

    Barrett goes for points……


    Hurricanes lead now 19-13

  12. Hurricanes give away penalty but Bulls do not kick out……Canes on attack now…..

    Referee pick up forward pass as Canes get pass the Bulls defence with open try line…Bulls scrum

  13. Referee gives a scrum for Bulls…….on the Bulls 22…..

    Canes turn over and they get a penalty and goes for points…..

    Bulls as Stormers lose their first game on tour which they should have won…….

    Barrett kicks over and Hurricanes win 25-20

  14. 2 games in 2 weeks that the Bulls should’ve won but didnt. Not the stuff of champions this team, not yet but great guts from the guys and a bright future.

  15. Soooo, interestingly the Bulls scored 2 tries to one against the much vaunted attacking NZ’ers, with their illegal and boring gameplan, yet still lost. Uhm is this how it feels to play pretty rugby? Rather give me ugly winning rugby then.

  16. @Aldo:

    Blaspheming Aldo?

    Don’t you know winning or losing has nothing to do with rugby… it’s like ballet and gymnastics… the way you pplay the game is far more important than winning…

    Dammit get with the programme!