Woeful Bulls goes down against Sunwolves


The Bulls manage to get to a new low when the Sunwolves beat them on Saturday in Tokyo with a 21-20 win.

The Sunwolves started the match as we have seen them the whole year with ball in hand and puuting pressure on their opponents early one.

The Bulls was caught napping from a kick and Sunwolves quickly moved the ball to the wing and scored the first try of the match to lead the Bulls 5-0.

A penalty gave the Sunwolves another three points before Burger Odendal ran straight through the Sunwolves defence to score the Bulls first try. This gave the Sunwolves a lead of 8-7 after 15 min.

The Sunwolves implemented a good kicking game with the wet field to put the Bulls under pressure and forcing penalty and turnovers.

The two teams struggled to put long enough phases together losing the ball in contact or at crucial times giving away turnovers.

The Sunwolves kept the Bulls out in the last few minutes of the first half and had the lead going into halftime 11-10.

The Bulls started the second half much better but indecision on attack just led to more mistakes and a change for Sunwolves to exit their tewenty two.

The Bulls were the first to put points on the board in the second half with a penalty taking the lead for the first time in the mtch 13-11.

Both teams tried to play a kicking game which did not work and it took the Bulls till the 65 minute to get over the line after a turnover.

This gave them a lead of 20-11.

The Bulls got a controversial yellow card when Serfontein was send off giving the Sunwolves the opertunity to get over for their first try in the second half.

That reduced the score to 20-18 with 10 minutes to go.

The Sunwolves got a penalty over with 7 minutes to go and kept that lead to give the Bulls another loss on tour and their first win of the season.


Sunwolves – Tries: Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, Takaaki Nakazuru. Conversion: Yu Tamura. Penalties: Hayden Cripps (2).
Bulls – Tries: Burger Odendaal, Travis Ismaiel. Conversions: Tian Schoeman (2). Penalties: Schoeman (2), Francois Brummer.

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  1. Much like in the Ludeke days, we return from our overseas tour with 0 wins. Unlike the Ludeke era, we had an easy game. Jeez, shameful from the Bulls. Sweets should fall on his sword.

  2. Vra maar net: Al die mense wat Stick so kritiseer, waarom sê julle niks oor die kwalifikasies van Anton Leonard en Garry Botha nie?

  3. Sweets Marais was lauded upon his ZeeBull arrival as something akin to the discovery of fire or sliced bread.
    ZeeBulls were referred to as the #1 team going into SR2017 – because they wear blue kits & have the most ill-gotten $ of any of the other teams.
    Now is your chance to be redeemed. Start gathering your friends to petition ZeeBulls to release Burger Odendaal from bondage before its too late.
    Soon in SA – judges will mete out punishment by assigning criminals to sentences working for ZeeBulls organization.
    The exile of exiles. What a Horror show.

  4. This false idol worship of conventional wisdom must stop.
    Refuse to drink from the poisoned chalice that get-a-long “journos” like former SunKing denier Gavin Rich drinks from.
    It’s the same drink that misinforms you NOT to buy Bitcoin @ $1000 & it will be the same at $2K.
    Enough is Enough!

  5. Bulls are lacking a decent set of front-rowers…

    Bulls are lacking Roelof Smit…

    Bulls are lacking pack cohesiveness… Lions/Sharks and Stormers packs have this…

    Bulls lack a decent set of 9’s (but so do all the RSA teams)…

    Bullls need a Todd Louden type to get their backs (and there is quality) playing cohesively…

    All that said… only an ignoramus would not give the Sunwolves some kudos… they are going from strength to strength… their ferociousness at the breakdown and offensive defence was Kamikazi like!

  6. @Aldo: Sorry Aldo, this is a disaster.

    Watched a bit of the first half and then the second half, some of the mistakes the Bulls make are really shocking.

    I sincerely hope they can turn things around. We need all South African super rugby teams to be strong.

  7. @Craven: I don’t think the managmenet at Loftus realise the crisis yet. Marais will be fired, but what then. His assistants are inexperienced, there is just nothing. We need an old head to guide the coaching staff at Loftus, the team and situation the Bulls are in, reminds me a lot of the situation the Boks were in last year. No coincidence that the play rflects it as well. The guys on the field just seem like they don’t know what to do when they get the ball.

    Anyway, I don’t think the season is anything of concern anymore, but really don’t think the guys in charge have the ability to make it better. Instead of showing some sort of improvement every week, we have gone backwards.

  8. @Aldo:

    I agree with the old head in charge of things. Taking the Stormers as an example, they have always had Gert Smal in the background and I believe this helped greatly in assisting a young coach like Fleck settle.