Vodacom Bulls end on a high

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Vodacom Bulls end on a high, with five try romp as Bulls outplay Cheetahs

The Vodacom Bulls finished their season off on a high note, sweeping aside the Toyota Cheetahs 43-17 in their Vodacom Super Rugby match played at Toyota Park in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The match was a simple formality after the Cell C Sharks claimed the last remaining qualifying spot for next weekend’s playoff rounds, but it didn’t deter the Bulls from going all out to complete a reasonably successful debut season under coach Nollis Marais.

In the end it was a lack of bonus points in earlier game, and a poor performance in Buenos Aires to lose to the Jaguares a fortnight ago, that cost them the spot as they finished one point behind the Sharks on the final log.

Still, considering the way the season has gone and the challenges the team has faced, the final victory will give them a lot of confidence going into the Nashua Currie Cup in the next month as they will play the majority of the young team together for the rest of the year before having another crack at Super Rugby.

On the night they were simply too street-smart and too clinical for an ill-disciplined Cheetahs side who struggled to match the physicality of the Bulls pack, and made too many mistakes that were punished in the process.

In the cold light of day, two statistics will stand out for the Cheetahs in the negative column that basically describe how they lost the game. Thirteen penalties conceded and 19 turnovers given away are statistics that hardly ever find themselves in the winning team’s column and underline why the Cheetahs were never in the game.

The Bulls loose forwards in particular revelled in the amount of ball they got, stood firm in defence and were excellent when given their chances.

While Namibian captain Renaldo Bothma scored a brace to take the man of the match award, the performances of Lappies Labuschagne in his last game, upstart Jannes Kirsten and later on Arno Botha all stood out.

Lock Jason Jenkins also gave a stellar performance while Jesse Kriel’s second game back at fullback was inspirational again, and the Springbok was a rock in the last line of defence.

The Cheetahs will look hard for positives, but two players deserve plaudits for their performances, with no8 Paul Schoeman standing out in the carnage and winger Sergeal Petersen still class among his peers on the night.

While the Cheetahs enjoyed some good early play they found little reward for their efforts, with Tian Schoeman’s boot setting the Bulls up for an early 6-0 lead.

Then in the 25th minute the Bulls took control, as a clinical first phase attack was sent wide with speed, with all the backline players running onto the ball with pace, and ending when winger Travis Ismaiel powered his way over two players in the corner for an excellent finish and the first try of the game.

Four minutes later they drove their point home when from another lineout move, Bothma was put into a gap and ran through with ease to score the first of his brace and send his team into the break 18-3 up.

The Bulls added a penalty early on in the second half to stretch their lead before the Cheetahs found some life finally in the game, with Clayton Blommetjies running onto a ball from close range to go over and put his team into double figures.

But then the Bulls juggernaut got rolling, and an error by Clayton Blommetjies, being caught by Travis Ismaiel on his own line as he tried to dance his way out of trouble, put the Bulls further ahead as Bothma arrived at the breakdown, picked up the ball and went over.

Ismaiel added his second a few minutes later by finishing off a backline move with a lovely inside jink to basically seal the game for the Bulls.

Carl Wegner clawed one back late in the game for the home side, but the rout was completed when Tian Meyer tried to clear, but sent the ball straight into Jamba Ulengo’s belly, and the winger simply ran it in for the final try of the night and a great finish to the season for his team.

Scorers

Toyota Cheetahs – tries: Clayton Blommetjies, Carl Wegner. Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (2). Penalty: Zeilinga.

Vodacom Bulls – tries: Renaldo Bothma (2), Travis Ismaiel (2), Jamba Ulengo. Conversions: Tian Schoeman (3). Penalties: Schoeman (4)

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Jul 16, 2016

(18) Vodacom Bulls end on a high

  1. gravatar VIS says:
    Mooi Bulle julle bly die beste!!! Rian jou 'lekka' ding jy is n warm ou mwah!
  2. gravatar Blouland says:
    Geluk Bulle met die wen, maar laat ons eerlik wees, die Cheetahs was uiters swak gewees op die aand.

    Jenkins, Kirsten, Arno later en veral Bothma was baie goed, agterlangs het Piet, die 2 vleuels en veral Kriel goed gelyk.

    Maar ja, die ou probleme is nog daar, en teen beter spanne, veral volgende jaar teen NZ gaan ons groot pakslae kry: swak skrums, nie goeie balvaardighede nie, balle wat weer onnodig weggeskop, gebrek aan bal in hand rugby, onfiksheid dalk ?

    Lekker rus manne, sterkte vir die CB, hopelik hoor ons beter nuus dat Nollis ook die CB gaan afrig.

    Nou kan ons lekker agteroor sit en vir 3 weke kyk hoe speel die ander spanne.
  3. Oom Neels says:
    Ag nee wat, die bulle was regtig nie so goed nie. Die cheetahs was net pateties. 2018 kampione? Net 'n pipedream.
  4. gravatar Blouland says:
    So, hoe lyk ons vir die CB ?

    Spelers wat weggaan:
    Marcel
    Werner
    Lappies
    Steggies
    Brummer
    Hattingh
    JP
    Duhan
    Janse
    Orie?
    Bothma ?

    Bokke toe:
    Trevor
    Strauss
    Paige
    Kriel
    Jan ?

    Beseer:
    Pollard
    Galant
    RG ?
    Jan ?
    Smit ?
    Lizo ?

    CB span behoort so te lyk:
    SP, Ismael, Dries, Burger (o/k), Ulengo, Tian, Piet
    Arno (k), Kirsten, Smit, RG, Jenkins, Ettiene, Jaco, Lizo
    Reserwes: Pierre, Maku, ?, Ruben, Hanro, Ivan, Libbok, Dan/JT
  5. gravatar Bluebull says:
    Great end to an ambivalent season. I think that missed bonuspoint earlier against the rebels and thajt stupid dumb ass loss in Beunos Aires plucked our feathers. But we never looked like championship winners this season. I do think, unlike many supporters, that we eded on a good note and we will be better next year.

    Overall: Good win in Bloem and I don't think the Cheetahs are that bad - their defense and ball handling wasnt that good but they are a formidable scrumming outfit - tonight we came out better.

    It was an easy win in Bloem - a field where we struggled in recent years.

    Jesse Kriel is far more potent at 15 than 13.
    Burger Odendaal at 12 and Dries at 13 is our best midfield combo;
    Piet van Zyl ended this season as our best scrummie - lets hope he can keep this form and become the player that he previously was at the cheetahs.
    Travis Ismael has developed into a very intelligent winger.
    We need a general and game changer at 10.

    Jannes Kirsten was our best loose forward of 2016. I slained the guy for being too slow, but he improved a lot. Hard as nails and he is fast stepping into the shoes of a Danie Rossouw. Hope we can keep him.
    The combo with Renaldo Bothma is complementary.

    RG and Jenkins will continue in 2017 to grow into a very very tough lock pair, together with Lood.

    Bulls will miss Marcell and Lappies.

  6. gravatar Matador says:
    kan iemand bevestig of Renaldo Bothma beskikbaar is vir Curriebeker? Jacques Potgieter gaan wel Japan toe volgens die media.
  7. gravatar Observer says:
    Bothma en Brummer speel vir Pumas. Potgieter in Japan. Lappies en Steggies ook oorsee. Losvoorspelers is dus Arno, Kirsten, Roelof, de Jager en Hanro.
  8. gravatar Blou Kaap says:
    Baie Bulls ondersteuners het jul rugbybtruie weggepak na die Leeu slagting, maar ek dink as daar een man is wat bang is om sy Leeu trui weer an te trek is dit Johan Ackerman! Nollis wie? Het jul mos gewaarsku om jou beste span te stuur.

    Duur les vir die Amateur.

    In elk geval, sal nou maar die Leeus support hiervandaan. Gaan Saterdag Nuweland toe om teen die Stormers op te tree.die eerste keer dat ek vanjaar 'n NZ span sal sien speel.

    Aan Nollis en die manne. Ek dink die seisoen het nie afgeloop soos ons begin hoop het nie, maar daar het paar jong manne baie goed deur gekom. Die 4 games teen die Waratahs, ACT, Stormers en die Leeus was waar ons begin ontspoor het, asook te kort aan bonuspunte. Waarskynlik die teleurstellendste vd seisoen was Lee Loftus Versfeld.

    Lekker rus en mag hierdie die laaste jaar wees waar ons voete op die koffietafel sit en toekyk hoe die Stormers die SA vlag hoog hou in Superrugby.

  9. gravatar koekemoer says:
    Wel soos wat ek verstaan het die bulle renaldo bothma geteken van die sharks want die sharks het hom geteken van die pumas so ek dink nie hy speel vir die pumas nie want dan sou hulle gese het hy is op loan by die bulle en nie dat ons hom geteken het nie.Ek het ook niks gehoor of hy dalk japan toe gaan of iets nie miskien kan hy vir namibie speel gedurende die cc ek weet nie.Maar ek hoop ons hoor nog van n paar spelers wat die bulle gaan teken vir die cc soos n lekker vaskop en hakker.
  10. gravatar Poliesman says:
    Conrad van Vuuren en John-Roy Jenkinson is glo 2 stutte wat Bulle toe kom saam met Adriaanse. Weet nie of almal vasskoppe is nie. Ek het nog nie van Conrad van Vuuren en John-Roy Jenkinson gehoor nie. Is daar iemand wat meer van hulle weet en hoe word hulle gerate
  11. gravatar Dylan says:
    Bulle het ook vir John-Roy Jenkinson en Conrad van Vuuren gekoop, albei vaskopstutte
  12. gravatar Nguni says:
    Lees nou net die berig op Supersport... Hoop van harte dat Marais nou oorvat in die currie beker!



    It wasn’t part of the plans, but it seems Vodacom Bulls coach Nollis Marais will take over the coaching reins for this year’s Nashua Currie Cup after the Bulls decided to relieve their preferred coach Hendre Marnitz of his duties.

    The Bulls bowed out of the Vodacom Super Rugby race on Saturday with a big win over the Toyota Cheetahs, and now their attentions will turn to the Currie Cup and their hopes of a good run in the domestic competition.

    With few of their players likely to be involved with the Springboks and a young side that has just completed a tough Super Rugby season, the key will now be to take that further and it seems Marais will coach them in the domestic competition as well after the Bulls board informed Marnitz he would not take up the role as planned.

    It is hardly surprising that the decision was taken, especially after Marnitz has struggled since he arrived at Loftus Versfeld, failing to take the under-19s to the playoffs last year in his first season and then struggling with the Blue Bulls team in the Currie Cup qualifiers where the Bulls started off the competition in disastrous fashion, losing their first seven games of the season before finding their feet.

    In Marnitz’ defence, coaching the side below Super Rugby is always a tough task, as the players train early in the week with the Super Rugby side and only start concentrating on their task in the lower competition once the team has been named for the Super Rugby fixtures. However, there is a feeling that the Bulls should have done better in the competition and with the Currie Cup a key part of the team’s plans, there was a feeling that Marais should take over.

    Marnitz will not be fired by the Bulls however, and still has a role to play. It is more likely he will be “redeployed” in a different role when the Bulls unveil their plans in the next week.

    Marais will be hoping the move will see him continue the role with the team and by the time they head to Super Rugby next year, be a more formidable side that will face a tougher challenge.

    The coach was mum about the new role, but did say after the big win over the Cheetahs – which saw them fall one point short of qualification – that there were several positives from his first season in charge.

    “We had 14 debuts for us this year, and when we went to Australia we had 12 out of the 27 guys who were on their first Super Rugby tour,” Marais said.

    “All of those guys came through and if you look at a guy like Jason, he was brilliant against the Cheetahs and him and RG are 21 years old. All the positives are that there are a number of youngsters coming through and at least they have one Super Rugby season behind them and we can start building for next year as well.

    “Next year we can’t use the excuse of youngsters, they’ve done a Super Rugby now. Next year we will have to be much better because we have all the New Zealand sides next year.”

    Marais admitted the team fell short because they failed to get bonus points in any of the games they lost, as well as missing out on bonus points in their two wins at home against the Reds and Rebels.

    “Its been an emotional week for me and I remember telling Adriaan after the Reds game I hope this doesn’t come back and bite us,” he explained.

    “In both those games we missed the bonus points and in every game we lost this year we didn’t pick up one bonus point, which is very disappointing. If you look at that, we only needed two more points to go through. It was a great win for us, but we wanted to play in the playoffs. Bonus points cost us the playoff spot.

    “I’m always happy with a win, but I still feel our best wins were the Stormers, Western Force away. I still believe those were our best games. A lot of guys played well, a lot of guys are leaving after the game but at the end of the day you don’t play for the win or loss, you play for pride, nothing else.”

    With a young side, Marais will be reasonably happy with the season, but would have wanted to be involved in the playoff rounds.

    But after the signings of Renaldo Bothma and Jacques Potgieter – with Bothma playing a man-of-the-match role in Bloemfontein - and Lood de Jager in recent weeks as well as confirmation they are looking to sign a few players to boost their squad next season, the Bulls will be looking forward to the next round of Super Rugby.

    High Performance Manager Xander Janse van Rensburg confirmed they were negotiating with a number of players – including Kings hooker Edgar Marutlulle, former SA Sevens and Boland flanker Shaun Adendorff, Stormers centre Daniel du Plessis and Sevens players Tim Agaba and Justin Geduld at the moment, but that the deals had not been finalised.

    Their arrival will add much needed depth to the Bulls squad with Marais looking for the next step with the youngsters which will be a much tougher draw than the team had this year.



    © supersport.com
  13. gravatar Bloukaap says:
    Conrad van Vuren het in Nelspruit matriek geskryf en is daarna Shimlas toe en het vir die Cheetahs verleee jaar 019 en 021 gespeel. Hy is 'n bielie van 'n jong man.

    Jon Jenkinson (25 jr) was op Glenwood Natal op skool waarna hy Pukke toe is en vir hulle en die Luiperds gespeel het. Vanjaar het hy vir Maties uitgedraf. Ook 'n vasskop.

  14. gravatar Blue Bull says:
    Brave step by BBM to let Maritz go. Nollis wil steady the ship. Although he probably could have done with a good rest after the Superrugby. But the Bulls cant carry on being a mediocre union.

    I see the Bulls are looking to bolster the squad at hooker, loose forwards and centre. Must say I was inpressed by Edgar Marutlulle at hooker on Saturday. Stand out player in a loosing team.

    What about flyhalf guys, and scrummie?
  15. gravatar Poliesman says:
    Thanks vir daai info Bloukaap. Hoop hulle kan hulle man staan
    Sal goed wees as ons vir Marutlulle kan kry. Die bietjie wat ek van hom gesien het, het hy my ook impress. Van die ander name wat genoem word, het ek maar min in aksie gesien . Rede - ek het net te min rugby gekyk vanjaar.

    Hendre Marnitz????? My vraag is: Hoe kon die Bulle hom in die eerste plek aanstel. Hy was nie opgewasse verlede jaar nie maar toe word hy bevorder tot die CC span. Hoe werk dit of is dit n boetie -boetie storie daar op Loftus. Ek is bly dat Nollis oorvat as die CC afrigter ook. Dit sal hom toelaat om binne perke te eksperimenteer. Wat ek daarmee bedoel is dat sekere spelers blootstelling gegee moet word. Kie n sterk span maar rus n ster speller en gee n ander speler ook n kans.
    Soos iemand vroeer gese het, nou kan ons lekker agteroor sit en die rugby geniet wat die ander spanne gaan opdis. Ek hoop die Lions doen gioed maar ek hoop die stormers en sharks word sommer vroeg hard gestamp.

  16. gravatar Blou Kaap says:
    Poliesman

    Ja ek dink net hulle is wat Superrugby aan betref papnat agter die ore. Ons het vanjaar gesien hoe dit lyk. Ons jong manne soos Qboka en Pierre Schoeman het vir my oor die algemeen nie sleg deur gekom nie.
  17. gravatar Rian Malan says:
    Vis,al warm ding wat jy kry is n warm yster van jou gay maatjies,so by the way hoeveel geld het jou ma en sussies toe die naweek op die straathoeke gemaak.Dit is n goeie ding dat Lood bulle toe kom,maar om nou die kombinasie van jenkins en RG te breek gaan veroorsaak dat ons een van hulle gaan verloor met die tyd saam.Ek hoop ook die Stormers sien hulle gatte.

    Gun wonder Vis se bynaam is Vis nie want hy kuier gereeld saam met die passiongap anties wat so 4 dae laas gebad het,arme doos
  18. gravatar enrique says:
    Goeie wen! Hoe goed was botma nie? Wat n koop! Met Rg snyman en jenkins en botma...sien ek n bakkies, victor en n danie rossouw! Hoeveel bal het ons agterste 3 gekry met paige en brummer op skakelpaar? Van zyl was vir n slag goeie speler en schoeman het advg lyn aangeval! Burger en dries werk great. Burger met spoed gee soveel meer vir vleels as n kriel. Kriel op 15, wat n ander tipe speler! Soveel meer bal en soveel meer beweegruimte! Posetief dat ons n goeie kaans gaan he vir currie beker!

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