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Match Report – Chiefs ran rampant at Loftus


The Bulls was brought down to earth hard on Saturday when the Chiefs demolish them 56-20 at Loftus.

Definitely the worst game we saw from the Bulls this season as they Chiefs just ran them off their feet.

The Bulls struggled to get the dominance in the set pieces with the Chiefs dominating the rucks as well.

The Bulls lost Vermeulen early on which did not help them as well but their option taking and attack lack the energy we have seen this year.

The Chiefs were first to put points on the board with McKenzie boot to take an early lead 3-0.

Pollard counter that with a penalty from his boot to make it 3-all before the chiefs got hold off a loose ball to get over for the first try of the match.

That gave the Chiefs a 10-3 lead after 29 minutes. The Bulls only other points in the first half was a penalty from Pollard but the Chiefs kept scoring tries.

There speed on attack and handling was just too much for the Bulls in that first half and had a great lead of 24-6 at the break.

The second half started well for the Chiefs who immediately got back on the scoreboard with another try which took the lead to 31-6.

They got another one before the Chiefs was given a yellow card for a dangerous tackle. With an attacking lineout, Pollard got the ball, put a kick through for Kriel to pick up and power over the line.

That made the score 38-13 with 15 minutes to go. The Chiefs slotted a penalty to extend that lead to 41-13.

If that was not enough the Chiefs got another try with another penalty to 50 past the Bulls.

The Bulls were able to put one last effort in and it was Odendaal who powered through the gab to get over but the Chiefs had the last say with their seventh try at the sound of the hooter to end 56-20.

This was a poor performance from the Bulls but one must give huge credit to the Chiefs for the way they played today.


Bulls Bulls  20 56  Chiefs Chiefs

Bulls – Tries: Kriel, Odendaal. Conversions: Pollard (2). Penalty: Pollard (2).
Chiefs – Tries: Alaimalo (2), Nankivel (2), Retallick (2), Tahuriorangi. Conversion: McKenzie (5). Penalty: McKenzie (3).


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  1. This was a rude awakening for Bulls, they were totally outplayed

    Chiefs made the game fast and Bulls were not able to keep up or adopt to the game

    Good learning curve and hopefully they learned something

  2. Sounds like it Jacques.

    Looking at the highlights , the chiefs are just deadly and so fast at recycling and pushing it wide – Boks must learn from this. Retallick, Barrett and Mackenzie turn chiefs from ordinary into special. Was hoping Brits and Vermeulen and pollard do same for Bulls. Need Snyman and de jäger back – I like burger Odendaal for bokke also.

  3. @cab: Vermeulen going off in the first half was huge blow..Also do not think Hanro Liebenberg is a lock, actually he is over rated in my eyes.

    Ivan van Zyl is not even SR quality 9, do not know how he became a Springbok. He is useless with his kicking, not that many SA 9’s can kick and he is way too slow behind his pack. That put extra pressure on Pollard and less time to play his game.

    Not that Pollard had a good game himself.

    Van Zyl must be send to a French club…

  4. I honestly don’t know who we’re trying to bluff here guys.

    SA Rugby is hardly competitive in any of their franchises. We feel like we’re world champs when we have a local Derby win, or against the Sunwolves, but the moment we come up against anything remotely decent, we get slaughtered. That counts for all the SA franchises by the way, not just the bulls.

    This happens every year, the moment we’re up against the Chiefs, Crusaders, Canes and anybody ells decent, we get donnered in our own backyards, nevermind away.

    Get rid of Quotas and transformation in management, coaches and players, its destructive to the game, select on merit solely from schoolboys level, and professionalism will save our game. Otherwise, it’s certainly going to the slums as quickly as all the SOEs in SA.

  5. @Welshbok die Brandwag: Well, if SARU was a listed company I would surely not invest a cent! The brain drain has a massive impact – but one could argue the same happened in NZ and Australia, and they keep on klapping us. Then we have the worst coaches locally – and management and players are too sensitive / frail / plein kak bang to appoint a NZ coach (reminder: Kamp Draadtrek – and how “tough boys” were crying about how they were treated!!!!).
    Two biggest drivers are undoubtedly quotas and the exchange rate – and we can do nothing about either. So best is to celebrate the local fake derbies, have a dop and discuss the merits on whether Stampkar Die Ellende or Tikkop Esterhuizen is the best centre “in the world” – and reminisce about the good old days…

  6. Jacques – couldn’t agree more on van zyl. I don’t get how he is a Bok at all – rather give papier a go. He’s sharp.

    Welsh – think all our sides can be competitive but bulls got injuries at moment. Look at chiefs they look like world beaters now that all their stars are back but got hammered in previous games without them. Every side needs their stars to be competitive v nz.

  7. It’s what Mitchell said, bulls just needed a few stars to take them to next level. Do they bought Thor and Brits , and Pote made a b good move by pulling in two veterans on the wing. With Snyman, de jäger, van Staden and papier all selected – I think it becomes a v good side. They missing a big roving nlinsider like brink who was also on Mitchell’s wish list. Not sure about the bulls props tho.

  8. @Bekke:

    Or adopt new teams domestically and internationally, who play decent rugby. SA Rugby is broken, just the same as everything ells in SA.

  9. As it is, I watch Saracens as my domestic team, and living in Wales, my love for the Welsh national team has grown considerably in the past 18 years. If SA got their house in order, obviously I’d support them again, always, but I’m so incredibly GATVOL for being disappointed year in and year out for the past 10 odd years.

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