Bulls hold off Crusaders for Super win



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    The Bulls held off a late charge from the Canterbury Crusaders in a breathless finish to record a 32-30 Super Rugby victory on Saturday.

    Springboks five-eighth Morne Steyn kicked 22 points and Dean Greyling and Wynand Olivier went over for tries for a 32-16 lead for the Bulls with seven minutes to go at Loftus Versfeld.

    But the seven-time champion Crusaders stormed back with converted tries by Zac Guildford and replacement Tom Marshall in the dying minutes and the Bulls had to desperately cling on in the face of a last-gasp attack from the New Zealand visitors.

    Steyn kicked eight from 10 shots at goal to eventually outshine opposite number and All Blacks No.10 Daniel Carter, who was shaky with the boot but played key roles in both late tries for the Crusaders.

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    • April 8th 2012 @ 8:07am
      Moaman said | April 8th 2012 @ 8:07am | ! Report

      Very frustrating watching Dagg & Carter kick away all that possession.I was calling for Blackadder to have the balls to sub DC on 60mins.In vain.They showed what they could do with the ball in hand and a more direct approach(than the sideways crabbing of earlier)in those final frenetic minutes.A tactical balls-up.Has to be the worst performance by the great Daniel Carter I have ever seen.Dreadful.Little chip kicks that Hougart(sp?) read like a comic.And Steyn converted into points soon after.Punts right down Kirchner’s throat.Grrrrr.On the positive side….Sam Whitelock was immense,the Crusaders’ loosies all toiled effectively and I loved the endeavour if not the execution of the back 3.KPM will be pleased that Robbie Fruean had a solid game too.Carter should be treated like any other player making his way back from injury now imo.Blackadder has to be ruthless or they can kiss a Final’s spot goodbye.

      • April 9th 2012 @ 12:25pm
        faitala.lima said | April 9th 2012 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

        i wouldnt fruean played a solid game. he ddnt make as much hit ups as he shouldve. all oppositions know how threatening he could be and it wouldve taken a bit more pressure off the back three if had a few crash balls up the middle instead of always throwing it wide.

        • April 9th 2012 @ 4:50pm
          Moaman said | April 9th 2012 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

          I don’t think Fruean calls the shots in that backline;imo they spent the first 75 mins of the match going sideways in the backs.

          • April 10th 2012 @ 3:42pm
            faitala.lima said | April 10th 2012 @ 3:42pm | ! Report

            yes i agree thats true but if he had been clever enough he wouldve taken the responsibilty of straightening up … he shouldnt have to be told what to do. as a center his job is to straighten up and create space for the speedstars. just because they call a move doesnt mean he has to go all the way through with it. if anyone at all in the backline sees it isnt working they should improvise. he is very impressive with the ball in hand and everyone knows that so he should maximise his opportunities …

    • April 8th 2012 @ 12:47pm
      Latimer-Umaga said | April 8th 2012 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

      But… I thought the South African sides played a prehistoric game? KPM, can you help me out?

      Wake up NZ, you’re falling behind. As a Blues fan (my teams goooone) I am just here to watch any good rugby, basically a neutral. The South African sides are running away with it. Where as all our teams are similar and play the same rugby they have variation which can only be good for the Boks. Stormers – the best defense I have ever seen. Cheetahs – Some of the most entertaining rugby you’ll see. Bulls – great set pieces, hard running and working the overlap mixed in with fantastic strike runners that cause chaos. – Lions – well coached, no big names in the side, move on. – Sharks looked great before Lambie was injured.

      Dan Carter was very much outplayed by Steyn. Lots of cheating by the Crusaders caught by the little up and coming Pro Legote.

      • April 8th 2012 @ 1:07pm
        Lippy said | April 8th 2012 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

        How is losing by two points to the Bulls at home falling behind L-U?
        The Highlanders were poor against the Stormers who have exceptional defenses albeit at times pushing the offside line. In saying.that they were fantastic and were driving the Highlanders back everytime they contested lineouts and forced turnovers the Highlanders looked like deer in headlights just didn’t have a clue. The obsession they along with the Blues to run it out of their 22 when they are getting smashed backwards is extraordinary to say the least. Against teams with a sold defensive structure like the Stormers you need to play territory and keep turning their forwards around. As yet no team including South African teams have worked this out.

        The Sharks are woeful and were humiliated by the Hurricanes and id be surprised if they beat the luckless Blues. The Stormers will be in for a fight with the returning Crusaders and the Bulls are yet to leave the republic.

        If you ask me there is little between the African and NZ teams.

        • April 8th 2012 @ 1:35pm
          Latimer-Umaga said | April 8th 2012 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

          Where as in the past the South African sides struggled to win away – and lets face it, their tours were 4 weeks… sometimes 5, not 2 like all the Australasian sides, they’re now doing it on a regular basis. Lets be honest, the Bulls took their foot off the pedal being 16 points up with 8 to go and the last Crusader try was lucky due to Hougaard letting the player go thinking he had offloaded the ball.

          The top South African side just rolled up and crushed the top Nz side at home in front of a packed stadium.

          I’ll admit that the Sharks, despite their potential, are continually disappointing. They’ll be better once Lambie returns and Bismarck gets over his calf strain and could go 2 from 4 on the road which wouldn’t be bad.

          Had this silly conference system not been around, you’d only have 4 spots for the Semifinals – at the moment

          1. Stormers
          2. Chiefs
          3. Bulls
          4. Highlanders

          • April 8th 2012 @ 2:15pm
            Lippy said | April 8th 2012 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

            Lets agree to disagree
            Let their foot off the pedal lol thanks for an Easter Sunday giggle.

            3 of the top 6 teams are from NZ and the undefeated Stormers are only two points ahead of the Chiefs Who are easily the best team in NZ at the moment and due to the nature of the Format do not play each other and could only do so in the Finals

            There is hardly the gap that you wish for us all to believe!

            p.s I dislike the conference forum also however its here to stay.
            The top Australian team would be seventh due to points differential behind the Crusaders therefore technically speaking four NZ teams would be in the top 6 further annulling your argument.
            Using your placings it only highlights there is little to nothing between the two countries with a 50/50 split in the top 4

            • April 8th 2012 @ 2:40pm
              Latimer-Umaga said | April 8th 2012 @ 2:40pm | ! Report

              How else would you describe the two soft tries that were scored by the Crusaders? It certainly wasn’t from any special attack.

              The Chiefs were defeated by the Highlanders in round 2 and struggled past the Force.

              The only real threat we have for the Super rugby title this year would be the Crusaders, and lets face it they haven’t been anything special since 2006, even the 2008 side was iffy. The other nz teams are pretenders.

              • April 8th 2012 @ 2:51pm
                Lippy said | April 8th 2012 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

                The table speaks for itself your getting a little hysterical over the supposed gap in conferences.

              • April 8th 2012 @ 3:03pm
                stillmatic1 said | April 8th 2012 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

                would be nice if you didnt get into the habit of our aussie cousins of counting our chickens before they roost, latimer!! we are only just coming up to the mid point of the season and a long way to go.

                teams like the saders and reds will come into the season later than expected but due to the format why would you need to go hard at the start of the season? the bulls havent left south africa yet, are looking good but could miss out if the stormers continue on their way. the saders struggle against the bulls and yet had the ability to stay with them if the strategy had of been tweaked. morne kicked 22 points for gods sake, nothing special there, but enough to win games and stifle the oppositions play. frankly though, the bulls are a great team and unstoppable when on the rampage, so at home, what can be expected.

                the highlanders were stupid with the way they attacked the stormers, it was like watching a rugby league side. when they tried something and changed the angles they were effective and it showed in the missed tackle stats of the stormers.

                as far as i can tell, the aus/nz/sa teams are playing to type and nothing i can see will change that scenario until later in the season.

              • April 10th 2012 @ 8:21am
                Rugbug said | April 10th 2012 @ 8:21am | ! Report

                The Stormers are looking good there is no denying that, if they can beat the Crusaders this weekend in Christchurch I will say it will be a long and hard road for the chasing pack to pull them back.
                This does however depend on how the Chiefs go in SA against the Cheetahs and Sharks.
                Then again the Bulls won’t take it lying down and they could be the team that knocks the Stormers off their perch.

              • April 10th 2012 @ 8:51am
                mania said | April 10th 2012 @ 8:51am | ! Report

                LU- “How else would you describe the two soft tries that were scored by the Crusaders?” those tries were let in because israelDagg had a brain explosion.
                I was saying this last season when mils got dropped. “Dagg makes more mistakes in one game than mils would in an entire season”. Dagg is almost a great player but let the saders down. he wasnt the only one mind u as there were a lot of basic errors from other players, but when u get stepped and fall for a dummy pass from a prop u have got to be asking questions of yourself

              • April 10th 2012 @ 2:45pm
                Lippy said | April 10th 2012 @ 2:45pm | ! Report

                Just been over your comments again as I thought I may have been a little hard on you.
                That was until I got to your last sentence in the above comment. I don’t know too many Kiwis who refer to themselves as we when talking about South African teams.
                I think I can safely say Kiwi you are not.
                Im not sure why you feel the need to create a false persona which lets face it was blown pretty quickly with your extremely negative and antagonistic views towards NZ posters and the Franchises from the Shakey Isles on the various threads since you’ve been around which in itself hasn’t been too long
                Be proud of supporting your teams from the Republic the Stormers are travelling well, own it be proud of it. But don’t try and be someone your clearly not.

    • April 8th 2012 @ 1:08pm
      Hwood said | April 8th 2012 @ 1:08pm | ! Report

      I didn’t think they got any favors from the ref and his assistants!
      What the heck was that obstruction call and so many unusual attacking team pk!

      Oh well, you can’t rely on that but I think they are showing enough to be a force later on in the comp! They won’t lose a game from here on in

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      • April 9th 2012 @ 12:30pm
        faitala.lima said | April 9th 2012 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

        very true.. if they had scored that try they wouldve had alot more time to launch a comeback … but instead they burned another minute or so to have to rescore that one ..

    • April 8th 2012 @ 3:02pm
      Sylvester said | April 8th 2012 @ 3:02pm | ! Report

      The obstruction call was definitely bizarre but the Crusaders deserved to lose.
      They lacked intensity outside the first 10 and last five min, kicked poorly – both for position and goal, showed little imagination in the backs for all that talent, and gave away too many easy penalties.
      They’re getting left behind and may not catch the pack with the form they’re showing.

    • April 8th 2012 @ 3:08pm
      Latimer-Umaga said | April 8th 2012 @ 3:08pm | ! Report

      @ lippy (can’t use the reply feature for some reason)

      Just a passing observation that you seemed to have taken offense to. Nothing hysterical about it.

    • April 8th 2012 @ 3:25pm
      Nicksa said | April 8th 2012 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

      Maybe we can get Mr Murray Mexted to write another piece on how far ahead the nz super15 teams are ๐Ÿ˜›