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Bull's eye view: Vodacom Blue Bulls vs. Cheetahs

The Vodacom Blue Bulls were a happy bunch at Loftus Versfeld on Monday following their terrific 23-5 victory of the Free State but at least three players will miss their next game.

Dewald Potgieter (ankle) and Deon Stegmann (bump on head) are currently nursing small injuries and will not be eligible for Friday's game against the Griquas while Danie Rossouw is also not 100 percent.

Rossouw's shoulder as well as his heel is giving him some problems and because of this the medical team advised the coaches that he should no play against the Griquas.

However, the rest of the players that totally outplayed the Free State will be in action in Kimberley with the purpose of securing a home semi-final at fort Loftus.

With the Bulls' place booked in the semi's we are now going to take a quick look at what the coaches said about Saturday's triumph over the Cheetahs:

Frans Ludeke (head coach)

I think our defence was superb against the Cheetahs. We defended for 80 minutes and in big games it is always your defence that makes the difference between winning and losing.

All in all it was a great victory for us because the Free State Cheetahs are a very tough opponent in Bloemfontein. They are an extremely proud team in the Currie Cup and what pleased me most was the fact that we converted our opportunities into points.

John McFarland (defence coach)

I thought it was a great victory because it is never easy to win in Bloemfontein. I was very pleased with they way we defended for 80 minutes as well as with our dominance in the collisions. The Cheetahs came hard at us for the whole duration of the match but we stayed very physical from the first to the last minute.

Our kicking game was also very good and our chasing lines were outstanding.

The players made the step-up and it is always great to see them so committed and enthusiastic in an away game. Commitment and enthusiasm are the things you need to win important away games and we had it in abundance on Saturday.

Pieter Rossouw (backline coach)

Our defence was very good and that won us the game. I think Wynand Olivier and Morne Steyn did very well in this department and on the whole all the guys played really well. Our kicking game was also really good.

However, on attack I think we made a few mistakes. We unnecessarily kicked away possession in the second half when I thought we could have been more patient with the ball in hand and our options from turnovers weren't spot on.

Bryan Habana scored a brilliant try in the first half thanks to our patience on attack, but we lacked that in the second half. I think we could have tried harder for the four tries, but an away victory against the Cheetahs is always special.

Vlok Cilliers (kicking coach)

Our defence was brilliant and I think our kicking game was very good.

From a coaching perspective it was great to achieve our mission in spite of all the outside factors such as the terrible wind and immense pressure. The Cheetahs were under enormous pressure because they are fighting for a place in the play-offs and we were under pressure because prior to Saturday's game we haven't qualified to play in the semi-finals. But in spite of all this the players rose to the occasion and did what needed to be done.

Morné Steyn and Fourie du Preez did a great job with they way they dominated with the boot and defensively Steyn and Wynand Olivier were awesome.

Wynie Strydom (manager)

It was a great game and the most important thing for me was that a victory like this is very good for our momentum.

We played perfect rugby in the sense that we did exactly what we wanted to do and I think it was our best performance thus far in the competition.

We achieved our fist goal and that was to qualify for the play-offs and now we will go after our second goal and that is to secure a home semi-final.

I think Victor Matfield silenced his critics with his sublime effort and I must declare that I have never seen him this serious. He is desperate to get the Currie Cup back to Loftus and he showed on the field what he is capable of.

I was also impressed with our loose trio and I thought Chiliboy Ralepelle did well when he got game time. Fourie du Preez was the difference between the two teams and Morné Steyn's performance, particularly in the first half, was inspiring. On his outside Marius Delport played his best game of the season.


After every match the Vodacom Blue Bulls hand out six awards for players who did extremely well in different areas of the game and in Saturday's game there were a lot of special performances.

Bison (most cleans):

Mathematically the Blue Bulls' tighthead prop Werner Kruger was the best with 11 in 37 minutes, but it must be noted that his partner in the front row Jaco Engels made the most cleans – he made 18 in 80 minutes.

Sniper (most tackles):

Deon Stegmann had the highest ratio with 16 in 40 minutes. In the second half his replacement Dewald Potgieter made 15 in 40 minutes while Wynand Olivier and Morné Steyn also did a lot of work in this department.

Olivier made an impressive 23 tackles in 80 minutes whilst Steyn made 20 in 80 minutes.

Hit-man (Biggest tackle):

Wynand Olivier

Ant (best back):

Morné Steyn. Steyn delivered a very solid all-round performance: His kicking percentage was 83 percent (5 from 6), his tactical kicking was very good and he defended extremely well.

Workhorse (highest work rate):

Dewald Potgieter. Potgieter had the highest work rate recorded by any Bull in 2008 (including the Super 14).

He made a lot of cleans as well as tackles and made two crucial turnovers. He carried the ball on numerous occasions and was just all over the park in the last 40 minutes.

Potgieter's work rate could have been even higher but he sprained his ankle in the 50th minute which meant that he had to play for half an hour with an injury which obviously slowed him down.

Bumble bee (manager's award):

John Mametsa. Mametsa wasn't even in the match 22 but he went to Bloemfontein on his own cost and supported the team wholeheartedly. It is things like this which makes the Blue Bulls a family and Mametsa just showed again what an unbelievable team player he is.


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1. Eerste.......soos die BULLE......superbru picks vir die Shaiks en Lions gaan moeilik wees
Posted by posts 2 (BULLAND) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 06:59
2. Eerste soos MAMETSA
Hy is die een speler wat elke keer sy beste gee as hy n blou trui aantrek, daar is nie nog n speler soo dedicated soos hy, hy speel die game nie die geld. Geluk BAAS MAMETSA ek wens ons het meer spelers soos jy gehad
Posted by BB1 (Piet Retief) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 07:02
3. More Almal.........En daar moes John sy eie transport betaal....C,mon
Posted by posts 2 (BULLAND) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 07:02
4. Môre Bulle, Bullinne & Bergbok.
Pottie jou yster.
Met 'n persoon soos John Mametsa kan die Bul net goed vaar sou almal sy dedication hê. Mooi so John!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Bulletjie 1 (Bulle gaan Gaffel!) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 07:23
5. P2 shaiks het voorry probleme wat dit 'n moeilike pick maak en WELL DONE John Mametsa sulke toewyding vandag is skaars en is dit 'n ongelooflike voorbeeld vir almal in vandag se tye. So ken ons die manne van die Verre Noorde (wil se laas toe ek deur Polokwane gery het het dit bleddie baie soos Pietersburg gelyk) Leka dag Bulle
Posted by BloubulindieBoland (Ashton) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 07:38
6. John jou yster!!
Posted by BlueCon5 (Pretoria) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 08:09
7. Goeie dag aan al die Blou-Bul ondersteuners...!

Beeld - In die Engelse Premierliga het die voormalige Blou Bul-afrigter Heyneke Meyer se Leicester Tigers onoorwonne gebly met ’n naelskraapse oorwinning Saterdag oor die Worcester Warriors.

Die Tigers se Franse skrumskakel, Julien Dupuy, het sy span gered met ’n drie kort voor die einde wat hy ook verdoel het.

Die Sale Sharks is tweede op die liga se puntelys na hul oorwinning van 9-6 oor Bristol. Sale en Leicester het albei nou 12 ligapunte.
Posted by BLOU OSSE (WITBANK) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 08:10
8. More Bulle...
Wow wat n game...
Geluk Bulle,julle is Blou Ysters glo my...
Dis nice dat John da was,ek het hom gesien by die hotel toe ek da stop...
Ma mense ek sien so uit na die volginde paar games,die Bulle gan vanjaar die curie beker terug bring glo my,hy hoort da in Loftus...
Vrydag oggend vroeg vat ek die pad Kimberly toe,as iemand wil saamry kan hulle my op 084 952 5403 skakel,ek ry we saterdag oggend so 7 uur terug Pta toe... Da is plek vir so 2-3 mense...
Lekker Bloubul dag vir almal...
Posted by Bloubulhoringkoning (PTA) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 08:16
9. Ek het baie hoop vir Werner Kruger vir die toekoms - toe hy die tweede helfde opkom was hy die persoon wat die vasskop kant stewig gehou het - hy is strate beter as Gerber - go bulls
Posted by Realistix (Kempton Park ) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 08:26
10. As Bryan Habana se spelpeil nie binnekort 'n opwaartse kurwe begin toon nie, gaan hy binnekort deur die ander spanne as die "weak-link" in die Bulle se agterlyn beskou word ...

Hy is so ingestel om te "onderskep" dat hy nooit by die "tackles" uitkom nie...

Hy verdedig amper nooit meer sy kanaal nie..
Posted by BLOU OSSE (WITBANK) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 08:36
11. Ligblou, vorige blog.

Ek stem saam met jou. Die doellose skoppe het niks bereik nie. Behalwe dat ons weer en weer moes verdedig as die vrystaat teruggekom het. Ek dink dit sou beter gewees het om die bal uit te skop.
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 08:37
12. Realistix, ek het ook baie hoop vir Werner. In die eerste wedstryd teen die leeus het hy vir Heinke 'n les geleer. Toe het hy bietjie van 'n insinking gehad en nou is hy 200%. Hy is 'n aangename kêrel en verdien om verder te gaan.
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 08:40
13. En weet jy rustig die mannetjie skrum nie net nie hy speel die hele veld vol - nog 'n aanwins is Dewald - sy werkverrigting is ongelooflik - ek dink hy kan 'n tweede Wikus word - ek wonder of hy 7 vlank kan speel?
Posted by Realistix (Kempton Park ) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 08:45
14. Realistix, maar ek sien hy is alweer beseer.
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 08:48
15. Ja Rustig dit is een ding wat my bekommerd maak hy sukkel met beserings - ek is net baie bly dat Delport sy beste spel begin bereik op senter - die mannetjie het baie spoed en hy knap sy verdediging op
Posted by Realistix (Kempton Park ) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 08:52
16. However, on attack I think we made a few mistakes. We unnecessarily kicked away possession in the second half when I thought we could have been more patient with the ball in hand and our options from turnovers weren't spot on.

Ligblou, ons is toe nie so dom nie. PR dink dieselfde.

Dankie oor Delport. On moet nou nog net vir Blou Karnallie daarvan oortuig.
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 08:59
17. Soos Mametsa is Delport ook 'n span man, en sal hy nooit die span in die steek laat nie.
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 09:00
18. "we converted our opportunities into pints"? So did we, did we!!!
Posted by Ligblou Baron (Pretoria) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 09:08
19. Goeie een Ligblou. LOL
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 09:11
20. More more almal

Ek hou altyd van Pieter Rossouw se uitleg van die game.

Hierbo word 'n toekoenning aan Mametsa gemaak en dit vertel die verhaal van wie die Bulle in wekrlikheid as 'n span is: welgedaan!

Ek het ook gedink ons defence was besonder goed Saterdag maar dat ons soms ne te veel skop of nie goed genoeg opvolg nie. Agterlangs sukkel Tiger so nou en dan om om te draai en dan weer diep teriug te skop, belsis 'n faktor wat nie in ons guns tel nie. Teen groter kanonvoete soos Grant en Montgomery of selfs die Sharks gaan Tiger op sy heel beste moet wees en sy senuwees moet beheer.

Ek het ook effense bekommernis oor Habana en hy lyk nie vir my beseringvry nie. Dit kan ons duur te staan kom in die play offs, aangesien Mametsa nie in die 22tal gekies kan word nie. ek onthou nog 3 jaar terug het Anton Leonard sy skouer beseer in die semi teen die Leeus en in die finaal teen die Cheetahs kon ons netsowel met 14 spelers gespeel het. Ek hoop werklik nie ons dons ons kanse onnodiglik op nie. Ek dink amper Brian moet rus hierdie naweek, nes Danie.

Dan wil ek net 'n interressante opmerking maak: vrydagnag na 12h00 was ek saam met groep vriende in Kaapstad en ons het daar vir Luke Watson raakgeloop. Luke doen uitreikwerk na haweloses in Kaapstad. Ek moet sê ek het respek vir hom gekry om na 'n Curriebekergame nog dit te gaan doen ook. Jy kan sien hy het 'n slag om met die mense te werk. Hy het voorgekom as 'n reguit, plat op die aarde ou.

Net jammer hy speel vir so 'n k$k span.

Posted by mosselbaaibul (mossel Bay) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 09:47
21. Sies Mossel, hoe kan jy die WP vergelyk met k&k.;
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:01
22. Kreef k*k?
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:02
23. Dewald Potgieter het in die tweede helfte flank gespeel. Hy is nie 'n tweede Wikus nie, hy is besig om in die liga van Schalk Burger te speel
Posted by Stapper (Pretoria) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:17
24. Stem Stapper, hy moet net die beseringsspook afskud.
Posted by Rustig (Centurion) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:31
25. Rustig, ek het dit darem met 'n dollar teken geskryf. Vir wat dit mag werd wees.
Posted by mosselbaaibul (mossel Bay) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 11:53
26. Ek het iets anders opgemerk Saterdag - ons blameer Habana se spelpeil maar ek het ook in my dae met beserings gespeel - 'n mens kan nooit 100% gee nie en dit wat jy moet doen, doen jy nie. Ek wens die ouens wil Habana eerder twee weke gee om te herstel
Posted by Realistix (Kempton Park ) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 11:53
27. ek stem reaistix. habana speel met besering
Posted by mosselbaaibul (mossel Bay) Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 12:21