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After 3 weeks of this Super 14 behind us, there is one thing that has stood out for me of the rugby that the Bulls are playing.

We have heard about the X factor, the Y factor, just about every alphabet factor that a team should have. In my opinion the Bulls’ success is attributable to the KISS factor. Let me explain before Dawie gets excited and starts dreaming of his trips to the local gay bar. The “Keep it simple stupid”- factor.

What a revelation to see the backline of a South African team playing simple but effective rugby again. Not trying to confuse the opposition with fancy moves, which in the end confused themselves even more. Just plain and simple running rugby with emphasis on the skills involved to use the opportunities. When your basic skills are top notched, you do not have to try and confuse the opposition. You outclass them.

Simple skills like doing things at speed, running straight thus creating hesitation, passing and catching. That is all the Bulls have been doing. They played the traditional game. Strong forward dominance and snake like strikes with the backline. The way the game is supposed to be played. Skills like Morne Steyn displayed with that little chip kick. Precise and execute perfectly.

For once we are seeing real traditional South African rugby. The tradition was never 10-man rugby. That was a myth created when our players and coaches stop focusing on the basic skills of backline players other than just defense.

This is short and sweet, but an ode to something great like the rugby we saw from this team over last 3 weeks, need not be a book. Well done Bulls and your coaching staff. You have taken the first step to getting the soul of rugby back into the game.

Afterall we find that the game haven’t really change.

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  1. Morne Steyn is getting way too little credit for my liking.

    He delivered on his pre-season promise to step up from last year and he has, in a big way.

    With the 9, 10 and 12 axis of the Bulls it can only be a pleasure being an outside back in that backline.

  2. “With the 9, 10 and 12 axis of the Bulls it can only be a pleasure being an outside back in that backline.”

    I am pulling a Brand on you.

    What will make it a pleasure for them?

    (I kind of like this )

  3. Well done Deon.

    Yes – even I – have been enjoying the Bulls the last three weeks !!!

    And I say again the bit before half-time was the best for me.

    Well done BULLS !!!

  4. You know what I would have been happy even if only one or two tries were scored as well – in total – by both teams.

    The rugby was THAT GREAT !!!

  5. Reply to Deon @ 10:56 am:

    Glad you see that “half statements” and gross generalizations
    is KAK

    Give frigging ENOUGH detail – or there is zero sensible communication !!!

    Bwahahahahahaahaha – pulling a Brand :respek:

  6. Reply to Deon @ 10:59 am:

    Bwahahahaha

    Hate to admit it . . . . . . . . . . .

    but suppose it depends if the other “person” wants to have REAL communication

    or just comment

    Don’t you also now just hate – just comments :evil:

  7. Reply to Deon @ 10:59 am:

    Ha ha ha – Deon – for 3 years you have been hearing me talking about TRANSFORMING – somebody’s life

    or for that matter Team’s “Lives”

    and States
    and Self-Management
    and
    and
    and . . . . . . .

    I am reading a book currently – well studying it

    If ever (OK Christians – except the Bible) I have to recommend ONLY one book to change your LIFE

    this is the book I will recommend

    Why ???

    Because most everything I coach – begins and ends with – the CRUX of this book.

  8. So what the hell is the book??

    Die lees gogga het my weer gebyt. Ek is nou al deur “The World’s most notorious men”, 3 Wilbur Smith’s en ‘n Robin Cook. Ek moet die balans hou, so gee my iets nuut.

  9. Reply to Deon @ 11:11 am:

    Ha ha ha

    book by Marilee Adams

    “Change your questions – change your life” 2nd edition

    If you don;t change the questions you ask

    FIRSTLY – of your self every frigging day – nearly every frigging moment / minute / second

    Secondly – of others

    NOTHING will change – simply the way our brains are hard-wired !!!

    Always KNEW this – could never communicate it as effectively as Marilee Adams does

  10. Reply to The Brand @ 11:16 am:

    OK that is what I decided to do in any case. Ask question instead of trying to convince people. Maybe they will start to think for themselves and not be brain washed. But let us not go there.

  11. Reply to The Brand @ 11:16 am:

    I have read more than 300 books in my professional domain the last 10 years

    THIS book – sooooo simple – is really the beginning and the end – for transformation in Life.

    Everything I have coached and have read – fits inside this change PRINCIPLE !!!

    Not only have I – as stated – not been able to effectively communicate this to others
    but
    sadly yes very sadly – also not to myself.

    Again another example of – we know more than we do
    and why coaching closing the knowing-doing-gap is soooooooo important and effective in transforming lives !!!

  12. Reply to Deon @ 11:20 am:

    Deon KOOP en LEES en PAS-TOE hierdie boek

    ek BELOWE jou –
    nie net jou lewe SAL verander nie maar ook die van jou vrou, jou kinders, jou vriende en jou werk-kollegas

    Dit is sooooo kragtig !!!

  13. On the topic of books!

    There are only 2 books I would recommend for any one involved in rugby: Total rugby and Think rugby by Jim Greenwood!
    :bowdown:

    PS: Brand – will be getting the book you mentioned – already have it in my Amazon cart.

  14. Reply to JT @ 11:24 am:

    JT this book WILL transform you rugby-coaching as well !!!

    Ha ha ha – surely you can see how excited I am about this

    I am just blessed to be able to share it with you guys as well.

  15. Reply to JT @ 11:29 am:

    Great !!!

    And this book will provide you with the skills to do JUST THAT effectively.

    Amazing – still is to me – HOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW many people don’t want to change

    The following saying applies to them.

    “Would you rather have what you want in life
    or
    the reasons you don’t?”

    Most people sadly – choose the – reasons they don’t

  16. Reply to Deon @ 11:15 am:

    Die lees gogga het my weer gebyt.
    ======
    Vir nostalgie: Lees weer Trompie.
    Vir kultuur: Herman Charles Bosman.
    Vir spanning: Deon Meyer.

  17. Reply to The Brand @ 11:36 am:

    BTW am reading a very interesting book mat the moment, nothing to do with rugby or coaching but interesting none the less!
    A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson!

  18. Reply to JT @ 11:41 am:

    Yes it is interesting – got it as well.

    I recently bought – on sale and half-price of on-sale price – Bwahahahahahaha
    the book – The Book of War by Dwight Jon Zimmerman
    “one-pagers” on the most influential wars in human history – the commanders – and the inventions
    absolutely fascinating !!!

    ha ha ha – was thinking of DawidS when I bought hit – ha ha h a

  19. Reply to The Brand @ 11:46 am:

    The problem I have with history books is that it is most of the times written from the writer’s perception and his/her’s bias are included.

    To be honest, thinking back the most unbiased history books I ever read was the ones, I had at school. Very little that I have found afterwards contridicting the facts.

  20. Reply to JT @ 11:48 am:

    Nah I wanted to say that if it was a short history about the Liberalism, it would only be 2 words. Seeing that you now opened the can, I guess I can say it.

  21. Reply to Deon @ 11:50 am:

    hahaha SA school books unbiased – give me a break!
    It is just the history you would like to believe hence in your opinion unbiased!

    Sad thing is that all history books are written from a certain perspective with a certain agenda! :cuss:

  22. Reply to Deon @ 11:50 am:

    True

    yet reading different perspectives on history is EVERYTHING reading about history IS !!!

    And it fascinates me – that two human being – or many more – have absolute different perspectives about EXACTLY the same thing or event.

    Reading History books expecting the TRUTH is false to fact

  23. Reply to JT @ 11:52 am:

    Just one thing. The history books we had was never politicised. Just the basic of how things came about. But then again I dropped it in St8 so I don’t know if maybe those 3 years were different.

  24. Reply to Deon @ 11:15 am:

    “ligte lEEswerk”

    The walking Drum- Loius L’Mour

    Post his westerns- type of Zane Grey JT Edson Style

    died before he could finish the 3 bOOk project

    what a pity

    StiLL

    gOOde read.

  25. Reply to WiLLem @ 12:13 pm:

    Maybe I just don’t remember it that well then. Was never interested in that very much. Hell who cares what happened yesterday when today is here and the future ahead, when you are 14 years old.

  26. Reply to Deon @ 12:19 pm:

    hehehe- agrEEd on being 14 and bored in the history class

    The olde history bOOks had maybe – leSs than a confrontational agenda than the current ones

    But I wiLL mail you an lecture on “diSSent”

    I must say your take on the role of History – when projecting the future – are flawed – to my not so humble opinion.

    Human nature have changed liTTle the past 3500 years- the impact of the actions had however changed radicaLLy.

    HIS Story- HER story – the way it reaLLy was/ should have bEEn

    Quite relevant…..

  27. Siende dat hier niks aangaan nie.

    Lyk my die liberals is eintlik die slimmes.

    More intelligent people are significantly more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history. Specifically, liberalism and atheism, and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence, a new study, published in the March 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Social Psychology Quarterly,finds

    :whistling: :pot:

  28. I suspect the forward pass & the boer war are two subjects that have been extensively ‘debated’ on this site. :mrgreen:

  29. More intelligent men are more likely to value sexual exclusivity than less intelligent men.

    Bit worrying that the doffies pomp more than the clever okes.

    Maybe that’s why there are so many dof people on the planet.

  30. Reply to manvanstaal @ 2:47 pm:

    hehehe

    “and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence,”

    eish

    now isnt there a couple of pOOrly disguised minefields in there!

    :poop:

    :jester:

  31. Hello ou kankerballe,

    Pappa was 3rd in SA final matric exam History paper. 2 months before the exam the rules changed. For the exam we would be allowed to either for or against whichever history we were writing about, as long as we made a solid argument. Since then its changed but I still thik thats the best way to view history. Its open, not closed.

    So, the article, who was the clever doos who said Morne was average? Was it not Ollie? More is now pretty much what we all hoped Ruan would be.

  32. Reply to Deon @ 11:38 am:

    If he (Morne Steyn) keeps this up he surely will put all doubts aside as being a restricted fly-half.
    even Snor will have to admit that Steyn is a better and more talented FH than RP. :bowdown:

  33. Reply to newbokshields @ 6:42 pm:

    I said that his performance for the Springboks last year was average and by no means brilliant. I also said thatt I really hope that he ups his game as he says he plans to because the Springboks need a good 10.

    So far in the S14 he seems to be doing exactly what he said he would. Lets see if he carries that on through for the Boks. I really hope he does, because as far as I am concerned the RP experiment didn’t work and Steyn is the 1st choice 10 for the Boks at the moment.

  34. Reply to Ollie @ 12:12 pm:

    Ja, he’s becoming better.
    That chip that lead to
    Potgieter’s try was out
    of the book.
    Also the best tactical
    kicker and a good defender.
    Not too much more one can
    ask for – just consistency.

  35. Reply to Boertjie @ 12:18 pm:

    and to adapt to NH (cold, wet) conditions. IMO that was the biggest problem on the NH tour. It was his 1st time AFAIK so if he can adapt to that then he will be as good as it gets

  36. Reply to Boertjie @ 12:18 pm:

    I haven’t watched him this year yet, but I hope that his distrubution/running game gets better.

    Last I saw was that he would run the ball up into contact purposely and not really threaten to break the line himself. That said, his support running was ok.

    Like I have said before, he seems to be predictable in that he will either kick or pass and if he is forced to run it it will be into the defence to setup another phase from a ruck.

  37. Reply to Ollie @ 12:25 pm:

    Reply to JT @ 12:46 pm:

    I keep on remembering Shileds stating that Morne was know at shools level as one-dimentional
    he was know as a RUNNING-10

    Shileds correct me if I am wrong.

    As the old saying goes – “past skills/abilities are not GONE – they are simply hidding in funny places”

    His running AND distrubution was exceptional last 3 games – he had the oppo thinking “what next” the whole time.

  38. Like I have said before, he seems to be predictable in that he will either kick or pass and if he is forced to run it it will be into the defence to setup another phase from a ruck.

    Must be the most moronic thing I have ever read on RW

    Geez a flyhalf must

    1. Pass
    2. Kick
    3. Take contact

    Did you forget maybe just the aditional thing? He is so predictable and boring… he iether kics, runs the ball or passes… I mean all opponents can see that one coming a mile away…

    I think three tries in three games pretty much shuts Ollie up in any case…

    Ollie was always the RW bonobo so his skils are more about what girls do rather than Bulls

  39. Reply to DavidS @ 1:50 pm:

    Must be the most moronic thing I have ever read on SF

    Don’t read your own posts a 2nd time obviously

    Let me clear this up for you and please bear in mind I am talking about when he played for; a. the BOKS, b. LAST YEAR

    1. Pass: It was catch and pass stuff that even a chimp could do. The 10 IMO should be getting his players into space, not giving to the 12 to do “something”.
    2. Kick: no problems there
    3 Take contact(not that I agree that this is a task of the 10): Not in the way that the opposition can easily predict (if not control) where the contact will be and make the tackle with minimum players committed. The opposition should be always be working hard to figure out what his plan is with ball in hand and be on the back-foot come tackle time.

    And if you read my posts carefully you will note that I say I haven’t yet watched him play this season yet, so I don’t know how his 3 tries were scored, but if it was through support running then I made a point that his suppport play was good, if it was through him being 1st ball receiver and breaking the line then it bodes well if he can keep it up when playing for the BOKS.

    I think three tries in three games pretty much shuts Ollie up in any case…

    I get it, you actually think I don’t like Steyn. :roll:
    :Ollie: & :wave: , boys

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