Home General Discussions Bulls ready for final fling

Bulls ready for final fling

14
SHARE

The Blue Bulls are on the verge of making history by becoming the first South African rugby team to win the Super 14 and Currie Cup in the same year.

Vata Ngobeni – IOL Sport

Furthermore, Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana, Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha, Morne Steyn, Pierre Spies, Gurthro Steenkamp and Danie Rossouw could become the only players to have won every trophy available to them in one year, with the Super 14, British and Irish Lions and Tri-Nations winners’ medals already in the bag.

Meanwhile, though the Bulls’ victory over Western Province and the Sharks’ shock defeat at the hands of the Free State Cheetahs will swell the coffers of the Blue Bulls Company, it will enrage local soccer fans, as it means the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will have to be moved from Loftus.

With the PSL having banked on the Sharks beating the Cheetahs, which would have seen the Currie Cup final being played in Durban, it was announced last week that Chiefs and Pirates would battle it out at the city venue.

But with the Bulls winning in Cape Town, it guaranteed them a lucrative home final against the Cheetahs.

With the finalists having been involved in some epic finals in the past six years, there is going to be a scramble for tickets, which went on sale today. The Bulls beat the Cheetahs in 2004, the last time the Pretoria side won the Currie Cup outright.

Fate was cruel the following year, as the Bulls were looking at making it four wins in a row, when Meyer Bosman announced his domestic rugby arrival with a last-gasp try at the end of extra time that handed the Cheetahs the Currie Cup trophy.

In 2006 the teams shared the spoils after scores were level at the end of extra time.

It was the Cheetahs that prevented the Bulls from contesting in their sixth consecutive final when they beat them in the Bloemfontein semi-finals in 2007, and last year the Bulls lost in the final to the Sharks.

There will be no love lost between the two sides, and Bulls coach Frans Ludeke believes that playing at Loftus will ease the pressure and tension of the week leading up to the final.

“It is a huge bonus for us. At one stage we were almost out of the competition but we played well and secured the third spot. It is nice not to travel again and to have that crowd.

“We experienced it (the crowd) on Saturday. When you have the home crowd behind you, the opposition need something special.

“Playing at Loftus is where you want to play semi-finals and finals. History is history, and when you reach out for a part in history, that is when it will play a part in your mind. It’s a final, it is level ground and we saw it play itself out on Saturday, where we had to fight,” Ludeke said.

Leave a comment

14 COMMENTS

  1. Oh the cheetahs has also history and show that they can win at Loftus, it’s gonna be a great Final and looking so much forward to it, the Boks of the Bulls against the young cheetahs that was improving from game 6 in the CC. The Bulls are suppose to win but so was the Sharks on Saturday and WP almost gave the CC writers a new script to write if not for the last penalty by the Stall number 10 Morne. That kick was unbelievable against the wind and over 50 meters away, we can be glad to have someone like him in SA and off course the bulls fans love him even more.
    Fu.. why must we wait two weeks wish the final was this Saturday.

  2. Ja buLLyboys

    Now I am even more piSSed of with you lot choking last year in the final.

    Taking us out in the semi’s and then “lOOsing” to them drainfish!

  3. Reply to Bunny @ 9:13 am:

    You dont have to be ashamed

    Province pklayed weLL.

    Finals are by default loTTeries

    That is why in soCCer the most important comp is the one without a final.

    But finals are big business

    Isnt it then Ironic that the “biGGe$t big BuZni$$’ team of them all, chokes in finals!

  4. Reply to Bunny @ 9:13 am:

    Kudos to wiepie.

    WitWillem,

    Die bokke in die BULLS span is moeg en ongemotiveerd. Dit was die probleem met die Sharks ook gewees. Ek se dit nie om afbreek te doen aan julle wen Saterdag nie, maar net vir perspektief.

    Ek sien die Cheeters as gunstelinge vir die final.

  5. LEt’s hope it is a better ‘rugby’ spectacle… sure the close nature of the games added to the excitement… and it was physical… all in all… IMO there was a lot of kuk, brainless rugby in both games…

  6. Give credit where credit is due – geluk Bulletjies en dan die stAAt!
    StAAters definitely deserved it, JLP redeemed himself with that DG after missing so many penalties though.
    Ook nog trotse WP, vir seker was daar ‘n hele paar benoude Bulle vir ‘n ruk!

    Soos ou Leon sê “…Die Curri Cup kom weer!”

  7. Congrats on the Tahs abd Bulls wins – awesome rugby on idsplay Been moerse busy – will post more in future but here some news:

    Rugby Club GoldBet Innsbruck 56: 15 Vienna Celtic
    RCGI recorded their first win of the 2009/10 Bundesliga season after overcoming Vienna Celtic in the second half at Hatting in Tirol.
    Vienna Celtic travelled to Tirol off the back of an impressive victory against Linz, the side who had beaten Innsbruck on the opening day. Therefore, even at this early stage, this was a must-win game for RCGI to stay in the running for a third successive Bundesliga Final appearance.
    The match began positively for Innsbruck, with a Celtic handling error over their tryline leading to wing Arian Hintringer diving on the ball under the posts. Full-back Stephen Neill converted to make it 7-0. Celtic struck back with a penalty. Then a break into the Innsbruck 22 set up a ruck where the Celtc winger went over in the corner to give the visitors a 7:8 lead.
    Innsbruck were asleep in the opening half hour, and the pressure was increased when Celtic’s centre fended off a series of tackles to score again after 30 minutes. The conversion made it 7:15 to Celtic.
    With the Innsbruck forwards struggling to get the upper hand, out half Jeremie De Jean De La Batie took matters into his own hands, instinctively tapping a quick penalty in his 22, selling a dummy and racing over for a crucial try which Neill converted to leave the half time score poised at 14:15.
    Innsbruck upped the intensity from the beginning of the second half, led from the front by Captain Christof Mayr. With the forward pack causing Celtic scrummaging problems and rucking with more aggression, the home side saw more ball and began to convert this advantage into points.
    Full back Neill kicked 2 penalties to edge Innsbruck into the lead before a bizarre incident dealt a hammer blow to the Celts. Neill kicked over the Celtic winger, finding touch 5 metres from the Celtic line. The Celtic winger took a quick lineout which Neill anticipated and duly intercepted the pass to gift Innsbruck a further 5 points.
    Injuries disrupted the Celtic backline and the match began to resemble last season’s games against Celtic as Innsbruck ran in 5 tries in the final 20 minutes. Back row Lukas Kegler bashed over after a steal by replacement Arne Rietz. Scrum half Stuart Gooley backed himself on the blind side and beat two tackles to grab a try. Substitute Bernard Hörtnagl bagged 2 tries in succession, the first after a great offload from Kegler, the second after the ever-impressive centre Remi Peillet broke 50 metres upfield and drew the full back. Wing Hintringer finished off the scoring after cutting in off his wing and dashing under the posts from 40 metres out.
    Although the final score flattered Innsbruck and disguises a poor first half, the win was still well deserved over the 80 minutes. Man of the match was returning second row Manu György.
    In the second match of the day, the Tiroler Böcke took on the Celtic Wanderers. A thoroughly enjoyable match ended with a 39:10 victory for the home side. Impressive performances were given by out half Mathias Märk, second row Lukas Kolb, Captain Alisdair Pegg and Dominic the Irish flanker. (Try scorers Christoph Tomory, Lukas Kolb, Arian Hintringer, Bernad Hörtnagel, and kicks from Andi Kirchlechner and Mathias Märk )
    Next Match: RCGI welcome Austrian Champions RC Donau to the Fenner Areal on Saturday 24 October, Kick off @ 14:00

Comments are closed.