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Vodacom Bulls aiming to reach next plateau against Highlanders


The competitive edge is part and parcel of who the Vodacom Bulls are.

As defending champions they are on record stating that they want to become even better and the phrase ‘building a legacy’ has been heard at Loftus Versfeld numerous times.

A good example of how they push each other was Jacques-Louis Potgieter taking the big prize at Morné Steyn’s golf day on Thursday, reminding the Bulls points machine that his understudy can deliver on any given day.

On top of that there is the ‘one team, one family’ value the team is famous for. It might sound strange that anybody would support someone else to beat him, but the Bulls really do push each other.

It seems to deliver the results. The hosts are the only unbeaten side in the competition, scoring a total of 149 points at an average of 49.7 per game.

The Highlanders could be in trouble today, having lost three star players in Jimmy Cowan, Adam Thomson and Michael Hobbs. But they did beat the Bulls last year and comprehensively so.

“We cannot underestimate these guys,” Bulls captain for the 50th time, Victor Matfield, admitted.

“They have the ability to ruin your day. We need to have our A-game with us. Anything else might just end up in disaster. We only need to remind ourselves of what happened last year. But we are a proud team, looking for that 14th consecutive win at Loftus,” the lock concluded.

The Highlanders could find solace in Mat Berquist, who will replace Hobbs at ten. The Hawke’s Bay pivot scored 14 points against the Bulls last year and tactically outplayed them. They need inspiration and a lucky break, but Loftus Versfeld is not known for their on-field hospitality to visitors.

Teams:

Vodacom Bulls: Zane Kirchner, Gerhard van den Heever, Stephan Dippenaar, Wynand Olivier, Francois Hougaard, Morné Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies, Dewald Potgieter, Derick Kuün, Victor Matfield (c), Danie Rossouw, Werner Kruger, Gary Botha, Gurthrö Steenkamp. Replacements: Bandise Maku, Rossouw de Klerk, Flip van der Merwe, Deon Stegmann, Pedrie Wannenburg, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Jaco van der Westhuyzen.

Highlanders: Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Kenny Lynn, Jason Shoemark, Fetu'u Vainikolo, Mat Berquist, Sean Romans, Steven Setephano, Alando Soakai, Tim Boys, Tom Donnelly, Josh Bekhuis, Chris King, Jason Macdonald, Jamie Mackintosh (c). Replacements: Jason Rutledge, Bronson Murray, Hayden Triggs, John Hardie, Scott Cowan, Robbie Robinson, James Paterson.

Officials:

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan

Assistant referees: Pro Legoete, Christie du Preez

TMO: Johann Meuwesen

Head to head Super 14:

2006: Bulls 23, Highlanders 16
2007: Highlanders 13, Bulls 22
2008: Bulls 47, Highlanders 17
2009: Highlanders: 36, Bulls 12.

Expert picks:

“If there was three Highlanders players the Bulls would not want to face, then its Jimmy Cowan, Adam Thomson and Michael Hobbs. All three – two through their own doing and one through injury – are out this week and that is a big loss for the Highlanders. The Bulls have Pierre Spies back, and Dewald Potgieter is raring to go, so the contrasts could not be more apparent. With this in mind, the Highlanders may look easy prey, but they will be dangerous. Still, the Bulls will have too much power and will score another bonus point win.”

Brenden Nel, Rugby Editor, Supersport.com

“The Bulls should win this one with a bonus point if form is anything to go by. But results have showed so far that is it not always the case, rather the ability to bring your A-game. I believe the Bulls will have exactly that, refreshed by a week-off and strengthened by some quality players returning. The Bulls should win this one handsomely.

J.J. Harmse, Senior Rugby Writer, Sport24

Notables:

· Morné Steyn needs 33 points to equal the record of Gavin Lawless to the fastest 100 points in Super Rugby.
· Victor Matfield will captain the Bulls for a 50th time. He will become the third SA captain to achieve this milestone after Corné Krige (52) and John Smit (50).
· Jamie McIntosh (1.93) and Clint Newland (1.96) are the tallest props in the Vodacom Super 14.
· Jonathan Kaplan will referee his 69th Super Rugby.



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1. Eerste!!!
Posted by Frik (Boksburg) Friday, March 12, 2010 - 21:53
2. How sad!! Vrydagaand!! Surfing?1

Moet maar wag tot 5 uur more middag!!

Go BULLS!!!!
Posted by Frik (Boksburg) Friday, March 12, 2010 - 21:55
3. Ek sien ook nie die naam van Clint Newland in die wedstryd 22 nie.
Posted by Stapper (Pretoria) Friday, March 12, 2010 - 23:34
4. Thanks vir almal se versoeke!

Rifrug, jy bedoel seker Sewe honderd sewe en sewentig sakke sout…. LOL

Sannie sê Sannie sal sewe sakke sout sleep, sonder Sannie sê Sannie sleep swaar, Sannie sê Sannie sal sewe sakke sout sleep, sewe sakke sout is swaar sowaar… Sewe Sakke Sout – Annelie Van Rooyen.

Daar is genoeg S-liedjies in Afrikaans om ons laaank besig te hou, wie kan onthou watter liedjie het daai oom met die groot oë gesing?
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 01:02
5. Song sung blue everybody knows one, song sung blue every garden grows one. Me and you are subject to the blues now and then but when you take the blues and make a song, you sing them out again, sing them out again…Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
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6. Are you going to Scarborough Fair, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme? Remember me to one who lives there she once was a true love of mine… Scarborough Fair - Simon and Garfunkel (Gearboxtrouble lol)
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 01:10
7. I can still see them playing with their pails in the sand, they run to the water their buckets to fill. I can still see the shells falling out of their hands as they follow each other back up the hill… Sara - Bob Dylan

Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 01:17
8. So many things that I would like to say but he took you, took you away. So many things I'd like to ask it's no good, 'cause you're not here. I hear your voice, I see you laugh if only you were here…Say - The Corrs
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 01:22
9. And I said "Lord, oh Lord, you've got to win, the Sun is down and the night is riding in, that train is still on time, oh my soul is on the line, oh Lord, you've got to win.... Spanish Train - Chris De Burgh
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 01:28
10. And Harry doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene he's got a daytime job he's doing alright. He can play honky tonk just like anything saving it up for Friday night. With the Sultans, with the Sultans of Swing…. Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits.
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 01:33
11. Hush little baby don't cry like that God's gonna buy you a Cadillac, he's chosen you to do His will you can spread the world in your coupe de ville. So jump in the river and learn to swim, God's gonna wash away all your sins and if you still can't see the light, God's gonna buy you a satellite…Satellite – The Hooters
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12. Stood on a ridge and stunned religion thinking the world was mine. I made my break and a big mistake, stealing when I should have been buying. All that fightin', killin', wine and women gonna put me to an early grave… Stealin’ – Uriah Heep
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 01:44
13. There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitter is gold. And she’s buying a stairway to heaven. And when she gets there she knows if the store are closed, with a word she can get what she came for…Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin.
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 01:49
14. We all came out to Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline. To make records with a mobile we didn’t have much time. Frank Zappa and the mothers were at the best place around…Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 01:54
15. Die twee beste songs van alle tye?
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 01:57
16. She's got a smile that it seems to me reminds me of childhood memories, where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky. Now and then when I see her face she takes me away to that special place….. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 02:03
17. Jy rock Jimmy. Ek is nou besig om na Voelvry: Die Toer te luister. Snor City dryf bietjie die spot met ons Bulle. maar Siembamba bring goeie of slegte herhineringe terug. Hang seker af of jy n klip of n R4 in jou hande gehad het.
Posted by Blou Karnallie Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 02:07
18. When I'm drivin' in my car and a man comes on the radio, he's tellin' me more and more about some useless information supposed to fire my imagination. I can't get no, oh no no no. Hey hey hey, that's what I say….. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 02:07
19. Blou Karnallie, those were the days my friend....
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 02:10
20. Excellent songs wat jy gepost het, jy mag maar mielies gooi!!!
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 02:11
21. I have no heart I’m cold inside I have no real intent, save me save me save me, I can't face this life alone. Save me save me save me, I’m naked and I’m far from home... Save Me – Queen
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 02:13
22. Say, say, say what you want but don’t play games with my affection. Take, take, take what you need but don’t leave me with no direction. All alone I sit home by the phone, waiting for you baby….. Say Say Say - Paul McCartney
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 02:18
23. You know I need your love so bad, can't you see what you do to me? I try so hard to understand, but the truth's never plain to see. Is it time to go our separate ways…Separate Ways - Gary Moore
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 02:23
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Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 02:31
25. Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away; only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air. You'd better watch out, there may be dogs about. I looked over Jordan, and I've seen things are not what they seem….Sheep - Pink Floyd
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 02:45
26. Strangelove, strange highs and strange lows. Strangelove, that's how my love goes. Strangelove will you give it to me, will you take the pain, I will give to you gain and again and will you return it…Strangelove - Depeche Mode

Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 02:59
27. BLOUBUL!!!! Aai daardie BLOU skrumba, ja daardie blou skrumba dis net die BLOU skrumba, BLOU BULLE bo skrumba, bly jy nou stil skrumba want ek’s ‘n BUL skrumba. ‘n Lekker BUL skrumba….. Skarumba (Bloubul) – Juanita Du Plessis
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 03:06
28. Moet ons Voëlvry revisit?

Gooi Mielies!!!!!
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 03:12
29. bloubulbilling dankie ek sal baie waardeur.isak.appels@vcontractor.co.za
Posted by take it easy (cape town) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 05:56
30. Tellings vir vanmiddag:

BULLE 57 - 18 hlanders - Boel
BULLE 51 - 28 hlanders - B1
BULLE 69 - 19 hlanders - hammer1
BULLE 54 - 17 hlanders - CC
BULLE 41 - 32 hlanders - Bl@de Runner
BULLE 38 - 15 hlanders - Rissie
BULLE 64 - 24 hlanders - BlousteBlou
BULLE 43 - 10 hlanders - Jou_Ma
BULLE 46 - 14 hlanders - Sharko
BULLE 51 - 22 hlanders - Frik
BULLE 36 - 20 hlanders - GreGorGy
BULLE 42 - 22 hlanders - cr
BULLE 47 - 09 hlanders - Rifrug
BULLE 34 - 12 hlanders - Vaskophaker
BULLE 67 - 17 hlanders - Lekkerblou
BULLE 35 - 17 hlanders - BBB08
BULLE 55 - 18 hlanders - Bluedog
BULLE 35 - 18 hlanders - Speler 23
BULLE 29 - 18 hlanders - Bloublitz
BULLE 42 - 19 hlanders - Bulzak
BULLE 38 - 20 hlanders - WilleBul
BULLE 39 - 23 hlanders - Bloubefoeterd
BULLE 31 - 14 hlanders - LB
BULLE 53 - 12 hlanders - Noord-Transvaal
BULLE 54 - 15 hlanders - Sterreteken Bul
BULLE 52 - 18 hlanders - Axeman
BULLE 42 - 21 hlanders - Jimmy
BULLE 53 - 18 hlanders - Bloubloed
BULLE 32 - 15 hlanders - Zet
BULLE 64 - 17 hlanders - bBs
Posted by Ligblou Baron (Pretoria) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 06:39
31. Go BULLS!!!!

Vandag moet julle daai hlanders op dons!
Posted by hammer01 (Suid Gauteng) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 07:00
32. GEE DIT HORINGS!!!!!
Posted by Jimmy (Altyd Blou) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 07:55
33. Morne,
ons soek daai vinnigste 100. Jy kan dit doen!!
Posted by hammer01 (Suid Gauteng) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 09:15
34. Jimmy Dankie.

Daar is n paar GREAT songs gewees.
Posted by Bl@de Runner (Krugersdorp) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 09:49
35. Tellings vir vanmiddag:

BULLE 57 - 18 hlanders - Boel
BULLE 51 - 28 hlanders - B1
BULLE 69 - 19 hlanders - hammer1
BULLE 54 - 17 hlanders - CC
BULLE 41 - 32 hlanders - Bl@de Runner
BULLE 38 - 15 hlanders - Rissie
BULLE 64 - 24 hlanders - BlousteBlou
BULLE 43 - 10 hlanders - Jou_Ma
BULLE 46 - 14 hlanders - Sharko
BULLE 51 - 22 hlanders - Frik
BULLE 36 - 20 hlanders - GreGorGy
BULLE 42 - 22 hlanders - cr
BULLE 47 - 09 hlanders - Rifrug
BULLE 34 - 12 hlanders - Vaskophaker
BULLE 67 - 17 hlanders - Lekkerblou
BULLE 35 - 17 hlanders - BBB08
BULLE 55 - 18 hlanders - Bluedog
BULLE 35 - 18 hlanders - Speler 23
BULLE 29 - 18 hlanders - Bloublitz
BULLE 42 - 19 hlanders - Bulzak
BULLE 38 - 20 hlanders - WilleBul
BULLE 39 - 23 hlanders - Bloubefoeterd
BULLE 31 - 14 hlanders - LB
BULLE 53 - 12 hlanders - Noord-Transvaal
BULLE 54 - 15 hlanders - Sterreteken Bul
BULLE 52 - 18 hlanders - Axeman
BULLE 42 - 21 hlanders - Jimmy
BULLE 53 - 18 hlanders - Bloubloed
BULLE 32 - 15 hlanders - Zet
BULLE 64 - 17 hlanders - bBs
BULLE 54 - 19 hlanders - ALS BLOU

Posted by ALS BLOU (Vanderbijlpark) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 10:07
36. Ek weet die debat oor Wilhelm Steenkamp se leen aan die sharks is klaar gevoer, maar ek wi nog een ding sê. Ek sien hy is nou nie eers meer op die bank nie. Sou dit nie beter gewees het as hy darem Vodacom-beker by die Bulle gespeel het nie? Nou speel hy glad nie.
Wat vanmiddag betref. Hoop die Bulle kan aan die Highlanders doen wat die waratahs gister aan die lions gedoen het, (daai 12 - 36 van verlede jaar maak nou nog seer), en die Blou Bulle kan iets soortgelyks aan die golden lions doen.
Sterkte aan die Bulle en die Blou Bulle. Hopelik kan Mornè Steyn vanmiddag minstens 29 punte aanteken.
Hoe het Boel van Mooinooi gesê?
Die BLOU MASLIEN is gestart!!!!!!!! Hy loop seepglad!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Rifrug (Richardsbaai.) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 10:22
37. Tellings vir vanmiddag:

BULLE 57 - 18 hlanders - Boel
BULLE 51 - 28 hlanders - B1
BULLE 69 - 19 hlanders - hammer1
BULLE 54 - 17 hlanders - CC
BULLE 41 - 32 hlanders - Bl@de Runner
BULLE 38 - 15 hlanders - Rissie
BULLE 64 - 24 hlanders - BlousteBlou
BULLE 43 - 10 hlanders - Jou_Ma
BULLE 46 - 14 hlanders - Sharko
BULLE 51 - 22 hlanders - Frik
BULLE 36 - 20 hlanders - GreGorGy
BULLE 42 - 22 hlanders - cr
BULLE 47 - 09 hlanders - Rifrug
BULLE 34 - 12 hlanders - Vaskophaker
BULLE 67 - 17 hlanders - Lekkerblou
BULLE 35 - 17 hlanders - BBB08
BULLE 55 - 18 hlanders - Bluedog
BULLE 35 - 18 hlanders - Speler 23
BULLE 29 - 18 hlanders - Bloublitz
BULLE 42 - 19 hlanders - Bulzak
BULLE 38 - 20 hlanders - WilleBul
BULLE 39 - 23 hlanders - Bloubefoeterd
BULLE 31 - 14 hlanders - LB
BULLE 53 - 12 hlanders - Noord-Transvaal
BULLE 54 - 15 hlanders - Sterreteken Bul
BULLE 52 - 18 hlanders - Axeman
BULLE 42 - 21 hlanders - Jimmy
BULLE 53 - 18 hlanders - Bloubloed
BULLE 32 - 15 hlanders - Zet
BULLE 64 - 17 hlanders - bBs
BULLE 54 - 19 hlanders - ALS BLOU
BULLE 51 - 29 hlanders - Bloubul-mal
Posted by Bloubul-mal (Empangeni) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 12:07
38. Nou Ja.

Daar val die sharks WEER vas.

BULLE maak ons trots !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Bl@de Runner (Krugersdorp) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 12:34
39. Wanneer gaan die Sharks afrigters en hoopenlik die Bok afrigters besef dat J Smit se dae verby is en dat A Jacobs nie S14 standaard is nie ,ai is dit dan so moeilikl om dit raak te sie ?
Posted by B~B~B (Benoni) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 12:39
40. Die sharks gaan geen SA span help die jaar nie. Ek dink hulle was gelukig om een punt te kry.
Posted by Russel (Almaty) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 12:46
41. Vodacom span het gewen met 27-22 teen Leeus.
Posted by Undertaker (Death Valley) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 16:57
42. Ek veronderstel n wen is n wen maar so patetiese verdedeging het ek lank gesien. As die Highlanders meer bal gehad het het hulle nog driee gedruk. Elke keer wat hulle aangeval het het hulle n drie gedruk. Wat het ons die afgelope 2 weke gemaak? Die Hurricanes gaan meer bal he teen ons en gaan meer diee druk. Die Highlanders het nog sonders 3 van hulle beste speler gespeel ook. Wat gaan aan met ons verdedeging dit gaan al 4 games al so! Word wakker Bulle julle game gaan agteruit. Nog een ding Morne was so agter sy eie punte rekord aan dast hy glad nie goed gespeel het nie. Kom terug aarde toe Morne die die span is groter as jy.
Posted by Bull perd (Johannesburg) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 19:51
43. Stem saam met Bullperd. Ons is besig om momentum te verloor. Vededeging swak. Highlander wen die tweede helfde 21-14
Posted by Leslie (Pretoria) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 20:20
44. Deksels manne, n wen is n wen - ons sit soveel "pressure" op die manne. Wees dankbaar, ons is top-of-the-log - geen verlore tot dusver nie, en vir my is dit so lekker om n Bulls-ondersteuner te wees.
Posted by Little Blue Bull ((We Came, We Saw, We Conquered!)) Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 21:33
Happy birthday to:
8 April - Ettienne Botha (Oorlede)
8 April - Dirk de Vos
9 April - Tjaart Coetzee
9 April - Kerneels Erasmus
9 April - Charles Rossouw
9 April - Bennie van Huyssteen
10 April- Rudi Röhrs
11 April - Piet Kruger
11 April - Johan Schoeman
11 April - Senithemba Zweni