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


The Vodacom Blue Bulls finished the round robin stage of the ABSA Currie Cup with a hard fought 22-20 victory over the Valke but the coaches aren't that concerned about the team's struggling performance.

This is what the coaches said about the match:

Frans Ludeke (head coach):

The main thing for me was that guys like Heini Adams, Burton Francis, Wayne Julies, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bandise Maku got game time. We obviously didn't play that well but from a coaching perspective it was great to see that the youngsters could grind out a tough match.

We haven't had much time together as a team and therefore there wasn't any rhythm but it was a good thing that the Springboks and other senior players had a break.

John McFarland (defence coach):

I think we defended well against the Valke – our defence kept us in the game. Their first try came from a charge down and one cannot defend that while the second try was the result of good pressure.

It was a good opportunity to see how the players perform at this level because there is a big difference between Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup rugby.

Pieter Rossouw (backline coach):

The players were very disappointed with their performance and I got the feeling that they felt that they didn't use this opportunity to impress the coaches. The advantage of a game like this one was that guys like Heini Adams, Burton Francis and Wayne Julies got game time, but we were very undisciplined and conceded a lot of penalties.

We struggled to adapt to the referee's interpretation of the laws but that that will not be the case in the semi's. In the play-offs there is no time to concede penalties.

Vlok Cilliers (kicking coach):

It was very important for us to win this game. We did it without 12 or 13 of our top players and that meant we could have a look at our number two's in each position to asses our depth.

Wynie Strydom (manager):

The game is over and we all know that there weren't much in it for us.

We wanted to do three things and I think we achieved all three of our objectives: Firstly we wanted to honour Sarfu's request to rest the Boks, secondly we had to give the players who are struggling with niggling injuries a chance to recover and lastly we wanted to keep the players fresh for the semifinal.

It was a great chance see which of the youngsters could perform at this level and it was also a big character test for the players to pull this one off. At the Bulls we go out with one goal in mind and that is to win the match. We did it and that says something about these youngsters.

AWARDS:

After every match the Vodacom Blue Bulls hand out six awards for players who did extremely well in different areas of the game.

Bison (most cleans):

Deon Stegmann. Stegmann made 30 in 80 minutes.

Sniper (most tackles):

Chiliboy Ralepelle. Chiliboy made 7 in 52 minutes.

Hit-man (Biggest tackle):

Tiger Mangweni on Jeff Perkins

Ant (best back):

Tiger Mangweni

Workhorse (highest work rate):

Deon Stegmann

Bumble bee (manager's award):

Juandré Kruger. Kruger delivered a Man of the Match performance under difficult circumstances and again made fully use of his opportunity.



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1. 1ste soos die Bulle!
Posted by Blou Sonneblom (Pretoria - Bulls or nothing) Tuesday, October 07, 2008 - 07:47
2. Tiger is 'n yster. Kom ons hoop dat Ludeke hom eerder as Kitchner in die semi's speel. Ek kan nie wag vir Saterdag nie.
Posted by bbvb (Cape Town) Tuesday, October 07, 2008 - 10:19
3. Ek stem 100% met jou bbvb. Ek hou baie van Tiger, en Kitchner vang elke nou en dam iets aan. En ek is bang hy gee n geelkaart weg met n spear tackle.
Posted by JONES (Pretoria) Tuesday, October 07, 2008 - 13:39
4. Burton Francis is ligjare beter as Morne Steyn. Morne Steyn se taktiese skoppe is goed by tye, maar hy is stadig, een-dimensioneel, en sy doelskoppe rekord is nie goed genoeg nie.
Posted by vanStraaten (Pretoria) Wednesday, October 08, 2008 - 02:43
5. Jaundre Kruger, jys n moerse speller, Bly net n Bul!!!!!
Posted by Richie Mc Caw (Christchurch) Thursday, October 09, 2008 - 14:28