11/05/2000 There is a new spring in our step
10/05/2000 This team will come good
Krynauw Otto column - What a pity that Friday is the end to our Super 12 season and not the start.
Heyneke Meyer column - There was a shortage of experience in the side, but next year these same guys will look at the Super 12 with confidence, knowing how agonisingly small the margin between victory and defeat is.
10/05/2000 Joost, Os lend power to bench
Joost van der Westhuizen is expected to get 30 minutes' game time in the Northern Bulls' Vodacom Super 12 game against the Hurricanes on Friday evening at Minolta Loftus.
06/05/2000 Randell: We got out of jail
Highlanders captain Taine Randell acknowledged how lucky his team were to "get out of jail".
06/05/2000 Bulls denied victory again
Match report - The Bulls played their best rugby of the Super 12 season so far, but it was not enough to deny the Otago Highlanders. Vote for your Man of the Match.
05/05/2000 'Joost will boost morale'
Hard-hitting remarks by Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen have not sparked division in the Northern Bulls side ahead of Saturday´s Vodacom Super 12 encounter with the Highlanders at Minolta Loftus.
04/05/2000 Senior players rapped over knuckles
Joost van der Westhuizen said the Northern Bulls senior players do not lead strongly by example and should take a large part of the blame for their disappointing performance in the Super 12.
04/05/2000 Drotske, De Beer still bullish
Although their Springbok berths are under threat after the Northern Bulls’ struggles in this year’s Super 12, neither hooker Naka Drotske nor flyhalf Jannie de Beer regret their move to the Bulls.
04/05/2000 Witbank will be welcome ally
Krynauw Otto column - Perhaps we will have an ally in Witbank again this Saturday when we play the Highlanders. The Bulls have never lost a game there.
03/05/2000 Joost 's knee given the all-clear
Depending on whether Joost van der Westhuizen shows any after-efects from tests done on Wednesday, he could be added to the Nortern Bulls substitutes' list for Saturday’s match against the Highlanders.
02/05/2000 Joost may face Highlanders
Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen might get "10 to 15 minutes" when the Bulls take on the Highlanders in Witbank, providing "he is ready to return from his knee injury".
29/04/2000 Meyer still picture of positivity
Ever the optimist, Northern Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer saw some positive aspects in their resounding 75-27 defeat against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday.
28/04/2000 Crusaders embarrass hapless Bulls
More than a 100 points were scored as the Crusaders cruised to a 75-27 victory over the Northern Bulls (halftime 28-6).
27/04/2000 Cats have given us a glimmer of hope
Krynauw Otto column - As for the Crusaders, I think the Cats have given us hope. You might not believe me, but we are not yet down and out.
26/04/2000 Crusaders make surprise selection at lock
Young Crusaders lock Chris Jack, 21, will face up to the biggest challenge of his promising career when he takes on Krynauw Otto on Friday.
26/04/2000 Harris winner of signed jersey
Xander Harris is the winner of thebulls.co.za’s Funny Caption Competition. He will be receiving a signed Bulls jersey.
26/04/2000 I'm forced to work on players' skills
Heyneke Meyer column - I didn’t plan on it, but I have no choice but to work on the guys’ skills level now.
25/04/2000 Bulls make seven changes
The Northern Bulls were forced to make seven changes for Friday's Super 12 clash against the Crusaders in Christchurch.
25/04/2000 Crusaders unsure about Maxwell
The Crusaders still don't know whether All Black lock Norm Maxwell will be fit to lock horns with the Northern Bulls
24/04/2000 Crusaders go back to drawing board
The Crusaders are looking to strike back against the Bulls after a deflating loss against the Cats.
24/04/2000 Joost determined to lift Bulls
Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen says he is not going to allow the woeful Northern Bulls to drag him down and hopes to lift their standard of play when he makes his comeback from injury.
24/04/2000 Relief as Otto gets yellow card
The Northern Bulls breathed a huge sigh of relief as Krynauw Otto was cleared of the stamping charge made against him after the defeat against the Blues.
22/04/2000 Kruger has no excuses left
Northern Bulls captain Ruben Kruger had no excuses after his team were comprehensively beaten 54-11 by the Blues in Auckland on Saturday.
22/04/2000 Meyer's Bulls sink to new low
The Northern Bulls' disastrous Super 12 run continued on Saturday when they lost 54-11 to the Auckland Blues (halftime 28-6). Have your say on the Bulls' performance. Click here
20/04/2000 Bulls have surprises in store
The Northern Bulls will have a number of new plans up their sleeve when they meet the Blues in Auckland on Saturday.
20/04/2000 We back Heyneke all the way
Krynauw Otto column - I heard there were calls for his head, but as far as the players are concerned we back him all the way.
20/04/2000 Meyer's future will be debated
Heyneke Meyer's job as Northern Bulls coach is secure for the immediate future, but his continued involvement would be debated in a post-mortem on their performance in the Super 12.
20/04/2000 Players are 'starting to feel guilty'
Calls for the heads of coach Heyneke Meyer and others have not been lost on the Northern Bulls.
20/04/2000 Meyer will 'stick to his guns'
According to Heyneke Meyer, his biggest mistake thus far in the Super 12 was to listen to his detractors and wanting to play a more expansive game against the Chiefs.
19/04/2000 Bulls make three changes
The Bulls have made three changes and two positional switches to the side to take on the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.
18/04/2000 Wounded Bulls keep low profile
An injury-free Northern Bulls side have deliberately kept a low profile since arriving in Auckland for their Super 12 match against the Blues on Saturday.
18/04/2000 De Beer set to give more structure
Jannie de Beer might get an early birthday present when Heyneke Meyer announces the Northern Bulls side to face the Blues.
18/04/2000 Meyer pleads for support
Northern Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer pleaded with the public to give his side a chance - even though they haven't won a game in the Super 12 this season.
17/04/2000 Blues almost over injury woes
If fullback Adrian Cashmore passes a fitness test, the Blues would then have an entire squad to choose from for Saturday's clash with the Northern Bulls.
16/04/2000 Bulls may do Stormers a favour
While pride is almost all the Bulls can play for now, Ruben Kruger acknowleged that there is the motivation for the Bulls to do other South African teams a favour.
15/04/2000 Poor handling trips up Bulls again
Even a new expansive game plan could not halt the Bulls’ losing streak as they went down 40-7 to the Chiefs in Rotorua on Saturday.
14/04/2000 Jaco must unlock Bulls' potential
Bulls flyhalf Jaco van der Westhuysen will come under scrutiny when they face the Chiefs in a
must-win Super 12 match on Saturday.
14/04/2000 Bulls keen to convert chances
The Bulls have been working hard this week at finishing off moves ahead of the Chiefs' clash.
13/04/2000 We still want to do well
Krynauw Otto column - The Chiefs will be a good test for us on Saturday as they have pretty much had the same rotten luck as us, having won only one Super 12 game thus far.
13/04/2000 Muir, Miller will face the Bulls
Fullback Todd Miller and No 8 Deon Muir will
line up for the Chiefs against the Bulls on Saturday.
12/04/2000 Four changes to Bulls team
Marius Goosen and Hannes Venter have exchanged positions for the Bulls match against the Chiefs at Rotorua on Saturday.
11/04/2000 Maka setback for Chiefs
Waikato rugby icon Deon Muir is in line to play his first Super 12 match of the season against the Bulls because of an injury to fellow No 8 Isitolo Maka.
11/04/2000 World Cup hero on the bench
The talented Jaco van der Westhuysen gets his chance in the Northern Bulls starting line-up on Saturday, with Jannie de Beer being rested.
11/04/2000 We'll have to make our own luck
Heyneke Meyer column - The Bulls have shown progress, but it still hurts that we haven't won.
10/04/2000 Chiefs, Bulls need to beat error streak
What do the Bulls and Chiefs have in common? Basic errors which cost them victory week after week.
09/04/2000 Meyer still backs De Beer
Slow down, it's not that simple, said Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer in reaction to calls for new blood in key positions after the Bulls' loss against the Reds.
08/04/2000 Jaco helps Bulls salvage pride
Brisbane - The Northern Bulls salvaged some pride against the Queensland Reds on Saturday with two late tries to pull back the score to a more respectable 15-34.
07/04/2000 Latham out of Bulls clash
Reds fullback Chris Latham has been ruled out of Saturday’s clash with the Bulls at Ballymore.
07/04/2000 My nappy drill needs fine-tuning
Krynauw Otto column - Young Krynauw really affected my game by providing constant commentary at the top of his voice during my first nappy-changing stint.
06/04/2000 Vos hands advice to Heyneke
"If the Northern Bulls can look after Tim Horan at Ballymore on Saturday, half their battle will be won."
06/04/2000 Heyneke happy about 'no-hoper's tag'
Northern Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer is happy that they have been given "no chance whatsoever" to beat the Reds.
06/04/2000 Coetzee first winner of signed jersey
Ockert Coetzee is the first winner of thebulls.co.za’s Funny Caption Competition. He will be receiving a signed Bulls jersey.
06/04/2000 Meyer upbeat about Horan test
Falcons coach Phil Pretorius is a great admirer of Eugene Meyer’s play, often comparing him to Wallaby star Tim Horan.
05/04/2000 Reds not taking Bulls lightly
Queensland Reds coach John Connolly said on Wednesday they were not taking the Bulls lightly, even though the South Africans were still without a win in this year's Super 12.
04/04/2000 Bosman set to start against Reds
With Krynauw Otto being rested for compassionate reasons, Marius Bosman is set to start at lock against the Queensland Reds at Ballymore on Saturday.
04/04/2000 Mallett has confidence in Bulls
While the rest of the country may have written them off, Springbok coach Nick Mallett still believes the Northern Bulls can pull off a surprise or two in the Super 12.
03/04/2000 Heyneke not daunted by tour
The Northern Bulls left for Brisbane on Sunday, happy at the prospect of being out of the South African media's harsh spotlight for a while on their Australasian tour.
03/04/2000 'Bulls failed to take chances'
The Bulls are still without a victory, but they can take heart from the fact that they are the only South African Super 12 team showing
improvement on their performances of last year.
01/04/2000 Sharks unable to conquer passionate Bulls
Match report - The Bulls played with a lot of passion and heaps of guts on their way to their second draw of the tournament. Vote for your Man of the Match.
31/03/2000 Bok hopeful Espag ready for Ollie
Northern Bulls tighthead prop Jaco Espag is looking forward to squaring up to the Sharks' Ollie le Roux at Minolta Loftus on Saturday.
31/03/2000 Oh boy, here come the 'Alibabas'
Krynauw Otto column - Yeah, I've have heard them all, like since we can't win ourselves, we have decided to build a future winning Bulls team.
30/03/2000 We need to land knock-out blow
Heyneke Meyer column - We lack killer instinct. It's as simple as that. The players came within scoring distance at least three times against the Brumbies in a game we controlled.
30/03/2000 Kruger to lead touring party
Ruben Kruger hasn't been cleared for the Northern Bulls Vodacom Super 12 game against the Sharks, but they have entrusted him with the captaincy for the tour of Australasia.
29/03/2000 Sharks make several changes
Several changes have been made to the Sharks backline for the Super 12 clash against the Northern Bulls on Saturday.
29/03/2000 Lourens rested as precaution
Northern Bulls centre Wynand Lourens, the star of the Stormers match three weeks ago, will not take part in the clash with the Sharks on Saturday. Friikie Welsh takes his place.
28/03/2000 White wary of enigmatic Bulls
"They do have us thinking here. They are improving with every game and will be a difficult prospect," said Sharks assistant coach Jake White.
28/03/2000 Reece-Edwards: We have to beat Bulls
Saturday's Super 12 clash between the Natal Sharks and Northern Bulls in Pretoria might be the most vital game of all to both teams, Natal Sharks coach Hugh Reece-Edwards said.
28/03/2000 Larkham gives De Beer his backing
Stephen Larkham does not understand the debate raging in South Africa on who the replacement for former Springbok flyhalf Henry Honiball should be. He reckons the choice is an obvious one: "Bulls and current Springbok No 10 Jannie de Beer."
27/03/2000 Injury worries for Sharks
The Sharks returned home from Sydney last week to receive the bad news that most of their key players are lagging behind on their recovery schedules.
27/03/2000 Improving Bulls just need luck
Even though the Northern Bulls lost to the ACT Brumbies at Minolta Loftus on Saturday - their third successive loss at home – they are a team that will improve further with every game they play.
25/03/2000 Jones: ‘Bulls are getting there’
"The Northern Bulls are the best defensive team that the Brumbies have played against in the series."
25/03/2000 Wasted chances cost the Bulls
Match report - The Northern Bulls almost did enough to prevent the ACT Brumbies from going on the rampage again after their second successive victory in South Africa. Vote for your Man of the Match. Click here
24/03/2000 Controversy fires up Brumbies
Brumbies skipper Brett Robinson says the controversy surrounding his team has intensified their focus to ensure a positive outcome against the Northern Bulls.
24/03/2000 Gerber sounds warning for Bulls
Legendary Springbok centre Danie Gerber's message to the Bulls on the eve of their Vodacom Super 12 clash against the Brumbies is that they can't afford to lag in concentration on defence.
24/03/2000 Os will make Stu eat his words
Krynauw Otto column - I don't want to play against Os du Randt this weekend.
23/03/2000 Chat to Selborne about Super 12
Don't miss the live chat session with Springbok and Stormers loose forward Selborne Boome. The chat will be conducted from 4pm to 5pm on Friday, March 24.
23/03/2000 'It's not a one-man show anymore'
Northern Bulls flyhalf Jannie de Beer says the days are numbered of giving the ball to a Naas to win the game for you. Everyone has to accept responsibility now.
23/03/2000 Drunken Brumbies get off lightly
Three Brumbies were fined and two others escaped with warnings when the ACT Rugby Union judiciary committee handed down its verdict on Thursday.
22/03/2000 Joost: ‘Attack is the way to go’
If the Bulls go out with the mindset of defence only, they will suffer their biggest loss of the season. That is the view of Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen as the Bulls prepare to face the ACT Brumbies at Minolta Loftus on Saturday.
22/03/2000 Police report may save Brumbies
A decision on the penalty to be imposed on the ACT Brumbies players who went on a drunken rampage in Cape Town has been delayed until Thursday. A police officer claims the incident has been grossly exaggerated.
22/03/2000 Doubts over Leonard's fitness
A bout of bronchitis may prevent Northern Bulls
No 8 Anton Leonard from playing against the Brumbies at Minolta Loftus on Saturday.
21/03/2000 Brumbies stars may be sent home
Five Brumbies players - including World Cup heroes Joe Roff, Owen Finegan and Rod Kafer - may be sent home for breaching the International Rugby Board's code of conduct after a drunken rampage.
21/03/2000 We want the Brumbies' best
Heyneke Meyer column - We were written off against the Stormers and from what I gather the same scenario faces us against the Brumbies. I like it that way.
20/03/2000 Naas believes Bulls can upset Brumbies
Legendary flyhalf Naas Botha believes the Northern Bulls can go into their contest against the Brumbies at Minolta Loftus on Saturday with confidence.
20/03/2000 'Hangover' may trip up rowdy Brumbies
Judging by the Brumbies' drunken antics after their historic win over the Stormers on Saturday,
over-confidence may trip up the Australians when they come up against the Northern Bulls on Saturday.
20/03/2000 Brumbies fire warning at Bulls
"I was very impressed with the way the Brumbies played on Saturday," Northern Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer said. "It was a great performance and it's really hard to read their running lines. They also tend to break the tackles easily."
18/03/2000 Jaco waiting to grab next chance
Jaco van der Westhuysen was very nervous taking the field at Newlands in the unfamiliar position of wing. After a stunning performance, however, he is in such high regard with Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer that he wasn't released to play Vodacom Cup rugby at the weekend.
17/03/2000 Boost for Bulls on injury front
There is good news for the Northern Bulls on the injury front - only Casper Steyn might miss their Super 12 clash against the Brumbies.
17/03/2000 Os revved up for Brumbies
Springbok prop Os du Randt will be revved up more than usual when the Northern Bulls face the Brumbies at Minolta Loftus
16/03/2000 Baby, building keeping me busy
Krynauw Otto column - Sometimes we need a break from rugby for far more than just giving our bodies a rest. For one, I know my wife, Linda, loves it when we have a bye. She also sometimes wants my attention. And how she deserves it!
15/03/2000 A strong support base critical
Heyneke Meyer column - Isn’t it funny how people always tend to see the negative side of things. The Bulls game against the Stormers was a landmark clash in the history of the team. It was our first draw away from home and the closest we ever came to an away victory.
15/03/2000 Bulls receive slap in the face
The Northern Bulls would have been motivated by the undeserved slap in the face they received from a South African betting company, who made them rank outsiders to win the Super 12. Do you agree? Fan's View
14/03/2000 Bulls stir 'superfan' Grant's passion
Saturday’s superb result at Fedsure Park Newlands really stirred up some pride and passion in the die-hard Bulls' fans out there. Here is what some of them had to say on Fan's view
14/03/2000 Lourens on the mend for Brumbies
Midfielder Wynand Lourens has a very good chance of being ready for the Bulls' Vodacom Super 12 game against the Brumbies next week at Minolta Loftus.
13/03/2000 ‘I believe we have turned the corner’
The draw with the Stormers at Fedsure Park Newlands on Saturday was a huge psychological victory for his charges. This is the message from Northern Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer.
12/03/2000 Steyn, Meyer and Lourens sidelined
Northern Bulls winger/fullback replacement Casper Steyn played the last 20 minutes of their game against the Stormers at Fedsure Park Newlands
on Saturday with a broken arm.
12/03/2000 Snyman has high hopes for Bulls
The Northern Bulls were always going to need a couple of games to gel as a unit and to make an impact on the Super 12. It might even take another game or so for them to start performing at their peak. This the view of former Northern Bulls centre and now Sharks recruit Andre Snyman.
11/03/2000 Meyer praises improved performance
Northern Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer says Saturday’s draw against the Stormers at Newlands is a
much-needed boost for his team.
11/03/2000 Bulls on road to recovery
Cape Town - A moment of brilliance from Wynand Lourens ensured the Bulls a share of the spoils against the Stormers at Fedsure Park Newlands, but that elusive victory for Heyneke Meyer's team will have to wait a while longer.
10/03/2000 Loyal fan given Newlands tickets
The Northern Bulls' website have rewarded one of the team's loyal fans, Grant Skinner, with two tickets to Saturday's crucial Vodacom Super 12 encounter against the Stormers at Newlands.
10/03/2000 Kruger may be ready for Brumbies
Springbok captain and Northern Bulls scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen won't play Super 12 rugby this year, but Bulls captain Ruben Kruger is hoping to be ready for action in two weeks' time.
10/03/2000 Van Wyk: 'It's not over by a long way'
Eugene van Wyk has one message for the Northern Bulls: "Chin up, you can still do it." According to their former coach, the Bulls can go into Saturday's Super 12 match against the Stormers with confidence.
09/03/2000 Treu puts his money on the Bulls
New Northern Bulls wing Paul Treu says they expect the Stormers to want to put pressure on the Bulls backs, forcing them into errors and then feeding off those mistakes.
09/03/2000 We know we're on the right track
Krynauw Otto column - We know we are on the right track and we know a win will come. All we really need is one good game for everything to fall into place. This I can tell you: there is an urgency in the team. We want to put things right. We want to get over the losing thing.
08/03/2000 Midfield given more fire power
After two seasons of playing together for the Falcons, Eugene Meyer and Wynand Lourens will take their centre partnership into the Super 12 for the
Northern Bulls when they face the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.
07/03/2000 'We're still behind you - just pump it up'
Sports fans are generally a fickle bunch, but they should look to Grant Skinner as an example of what the true meaning is of being a Northern Bulls supporter - even after two successive defeats.
07/03/2000 Crusaders our motivational tool
Heyneke Meyer column - Yup, I'll take it on the chin. The responsibility for the loss is mine. Enough said, though. The Bulls can't live in the past and we will go into the Stormers game full of pride and passion for the Bulls jersey.
06/03/2000 Bulls turning negatives into positives
Northern Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer is confident ahead of their Super 12 clash with the Stormers at Fedsure Park Newlands on Saturday.
06/03/2000 Joost : Why SA teams have an uphill task
Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen believes that not everyone is pulling their weight in the Super 12, making it difficult for South African teams to triumph in the competition.
06/03/2000 Treu the silver lining for Meyer
Injured Northern Bulls winger Paul Treu will be ready for the Bulls’ Super 12 match against the Stormers at Fedsure Park Newlands on Saturday.
05/03/2000 Meyer: 'There is still a long way to go'
Even after their second successive Super 12 defeat, there is no reason for Northern Bulls supporters to start thinking that they will be reliving last year's tale of woe.
04/03/2000 Bulls will need to beat the Stormers
The Northern Bulls went down 33-13 to the Waratahs at Minolta Loftus on Saturday night after trailing by only six points at the break. The match was effectively lost in a two-try blitz at the start of the second half after some sloppy defence by the backline.
04/03/2000 I think we showed some character
Heyneke Meyer column.
03/03/2000 Meyer: 'Judge us at your peril'
Bulls coach responds to Tiaan Strauss' comments.
03/02/2000 Kruger blow for unlucky Bulls
Pretoria - Northern Bulls skipper Ruben Kruger was taken to hospital for X-rays with a suspected broken leg after their clash at Minolta Loftus on Saturday. Kruger was injured 20 minutes before the final whistle, won 23-19 by the Cats.
03/02/2000 Controversial loss for unlucky Bulls
Northern Bulls-Cats match report.
03/02/2000 Captain call-up for experienced Naka
Naka Drotske replaces Ruben Kruger as captain.
03/02/2000 Waratahs make two changes
Kennedy brings in Moore and Warner.
03/02/2000 Meyer makes Drotske’s task easier
“Captaining the Cats two seasons ago was a job made in hell, but things are so different this time around.”
03/02/2000 Little's big talk to fire up Bulls
Waratahs captain Jason Little to motivate Bulls.
03/02/2000 Never-say-die Bulls' spirits high
Krynauw Otto column.