SR: Hurricanes 25, Vodacom Bulls 20

April 5, 2014
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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

Teams:

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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72 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    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. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Bulls in their camo strip

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Hurricanes just running at full tilt and on attack

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Bulls defence holds in the first attack, but this Canes side looks full of running tonight

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Good running from Hurricanes, great defence from Bulls, great refereeing from Steve

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    7 min in the game and three Bulls on the ground needing attention, this is fast and furious

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Stegman off the field, du Plessis on for him

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hurricanes take lead with a penalty as they did all the attack in the first 10 min….

    They lead 3-0

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Bulls with first maul and attack end up in a penalty for Hurricanes for holding on….

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Hurricanes from lineout just putting phase on phase and some brilliant interplay to put the Bulls under pressure and have a 5 meter scrum ……

  11. avatar Aldo says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    So all Hurricanes so far bunny? Jees it sucks to work while they play, need to get a drifta.

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    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

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    @Aldo: They try running the Bulls of the park…Bulls needs to take control of the ball and slow down the game

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Bulls on the board with Potgieter penalty…..

    Hurricanes lead 10-3

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Jacques L Potgieter also does not look well, Bulls defence falling apart

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Hurricanes pushed Bulls of the ball in the scrum and gets a penalty……

    Barrett goes for points…..

    OVER!!!

    Hurricanes lead 13-3

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Hurricanes winning the high ball contest as well….they even goes with high ball out of their 22!!!

  18. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Correction try was scored for Hurricanes earlier by Andre Taylor

  19. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Bulls stay in touch with another penalty

    Hurricanes lead 13-6

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Franks going off for Canes after scrum which Bulls got a penalty

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Canes not giving the Bulls any ball and all Bulls are doing is defence, at least that is still good from Bulls

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:14 am

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

    Barrett goes for points

    OVER!!!

    Hurricanes lead 16-6

    Potgieter off for Bulls as well

  23. avatar Aldo says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    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.

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    BULLS SCORE!!!!

    Potgieter kicks a high one (ye he is not off)…

    Potgieter gets the kick and give to Visser to score..

    Hurricanes lead 16-13

  25. avatar Aldo says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    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.

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Dewald Potgieter is the payer off for the Bulls

  27. avatar Aldo says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Well well well, just as Im complaining we score. Lovely!

  28. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    @Aldo: Ref is quit ok Aldo :)

  29. avatar Aldo says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    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.

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    @Aldo: With the amount of ball the Bulls had in the half they done brilliant to stay in touch

  31. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Half Time Canes lead 16-13

  32. avatar Aldo says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    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.

  33. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    @Aldo: Hehehe

  34. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Bulls playing their game in the second half and more direct

  35. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    First skew through in picked up by the ref from Hurricanes

  36. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Another penalty against the Bulls at ruck time, they need to get more people to protect the ball

  37. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Bulls defence outstanding and keeping them in the game

  38. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Jacques L Potgieter now off and Pollard on

  39. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Bulls with maul but lose the ball once they break away from the maul

  40. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Scrum in Canes 22 with their put in…..Hurricanes kick ahead and force the Bulls out…lineout for Canes now

  41. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    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

  42. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    A bit scrappy play

  43. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    From the scrum….Bulls Kick down field and Canes attack but lose the ball…..Bulls pick up lose ball and kick down to Canes 22 for lineout

  44. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    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…

  45. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    From Lineout……..Bulls starts running…..

    Bulls taken through phases……and get penalty which is kickable….Pollard first shot at gaol….

  46. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Bad miss from Pollard

  47. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Bulls miss kick off as well and Canes start running…..

    Penalty Bulls for crawling…heheh

  48. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    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…..

  49. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:00 am

    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……

    OVER!!!!

    Hurricanes lead now 19-13

  50. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    From kick off Canes kick down field and Bulls gather and run with ball….Bulls force penalty and setup lineout 5 meters out from Canes…real change here….

  51. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Canes counter the maul but Pollard slice through the line

    TRY!!!! BULLS!!!!

  52. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Brilliant from the youngster great side steps and through the line and over!!!!!

  53. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Bulls lead 20-19!!!!

  54. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    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

  55. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Scrum Bulls within their own 10 meters……

    Penalty in scrum to Canes and Barrett goes for points….

  56. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    OVER!!!!

    Hurricanes takes the lead now again 22-20

  57. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Another penalty for Hurricanes as they can get out of their own half from ruck again

  58. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    From lineout Canes lose the ball and the Bulls cannot take advantage so referee goes back to scrum for Bulls

  59. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    4 min left not much time for the Bulls

  60. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Bulls try running from deep but forward pass from Bulls and scrum for Hurricanes in Bulls half

  61. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Hurricanes run from their scrum but lose the ball…Last change maybe from Bulls but they will have to go from their own 22 to win this game….

  62. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    1 min left

  63. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    From scrum…..penalty Bulls and they take it quickly and Canes push them out….Why Bulls did not kick for the lineout!!!!!!!

  64. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    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

  65. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Bulls lose the First game on tour…they will think this is one that they could have won……

    Final score Bulls 20 Hurricanes 25

  66. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Hard luck Aldo

  67. avatar Aldo says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    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.

  68. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    @Aldo: See the guys in the studio not happy with Referee in the last 10 min of the game….

  69. avatar Aldo says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    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.

  70. avatar DavidS says:
    April 6th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    @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!

  71. avatar Aldo says:
    April 7th, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Ag Dawie, leave me be. I want to walk on the dark side and support winning on the scoreboard.

  72. avatar Methos The French Stormer says:
    April 7th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Yeah – Apparently scoreboards will be replaced with 4 judges who will give a point out of 10 after the game to decide who won…

    Cheers

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