S14 Final review

The Vodacom Blue Bulls beat the Vodacom Stormers on Saturday 25-17 at Orlando Stadium and in doing so became the most successful team in the Vodacom Super 14.

Before I carry on, does anyone else find it a bit strange that both teams in the final are sponsored by the same company that sponsors the competition? Coincidence???

Actually they sponsor the Vodacom Cheetahs, never mind.

Well done the Bulls!! They have now won 3 titles in the 4 years since the Super 12 became the Super 14. The Crusaders were the undisputed best team of the Super 12 but the Bulls will forever be the best team of the S14. Quality.

Once again Orlando stadium was its festive best and President Zuma was there. When asked how big his support for the Bulls was, he said “thiiiis big”

There are suggestions that he was asked a different question but as yet those rumours are unfounded.

The Bulls experience seemed to count when it mattered most in this game, especially in the first 20 min or so where the Stormers looked nervous, made more mistakes and were penalised at scrum time.

It has been suggested in the (Cape) media that the ref was the reason for the loss. In particular a certain controversial but respected scribe whose name sounds remarkably similar to Bark Shmehone, who last week, predicted the Stormers by 10.

This seems like an emotional reaction to me. If you looked at the final objectively as an impartial spectator (something a Lions supporter always has the luxury of doing) you would have to say that the game was won by the better team on the day. Achieved with dominant scrums, constant pressure, superb tackling, good discipline and accurate kicking.

The Bulls to a man upped their game from last week, especially in the first half. Fourie Du Preez, played a blinder and his perfect pass to Fancois Hougaard set up the speedster, who side-stepped and then ran around a very small looking Joe Pietersen.  He then once again risked both testicles as he swallow dived over the try line.

Spies, Matfield, Steyn, Steenkamp, Potgieter and Kirchener all showed their class and Wynand Olivier was exceptional. Van Den Heever looked like he pulled a hammy early on so we didn’t get to see that particular battle but Olivier was all over De Jonge and Jaque Fourie. These two will surely soon make up the Bok centre pairing and I for one am very excited. Look out, rest of the world!

Du Preez and Steyn had the upper hand on Duvenhage and Grant and the Stormers more fancied loose forwards were heavily penalised.

I will admit that I don’t think Craig Joubert was that good. He did seem inconsistent and was possibly subconsciously influenced by the crowd but the Bulls just seemed a calmer bunch that never looked like losing. Interestingly, it was the Bulls who impressed more on defence on Saturday, while the cheerleaders impressed with their navels, I mean smiles.

The Stormers have done very well this season and would have beaten most teams on Saturday. Next year they should be even better and if they can secure a home final, will be very hard to beat.

As for the unanswered questions, Habana did score in the final, Grant did seem put off by the vuvuzelas and no Jaque Fourie is not going to be back for the Lions. We did get John Mitchell for the Currie Cup though. Way to hire the coach of the worst performing Aussie team guys… FAIL

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~ by bowlphilosophy on May 31, 2010.

6 Responses to “S14 Final review”

  1. I hate to be the one to point this out, but who’s the chunky redhead on the left? It looks like the other cheerleaders brought her with for the day, because it has always been her dream to wear tight blue ski pants and she only has 13 weeks to live before the tapeworms kill her.

  2. Up the Bulls !!!!

  3. Loving it! BULLS!!!

  4. Goooo LIONS!

  5. gooooooooo SEATTLE MARINERS!!!!!

  6. gooooooo SEATTLE MARINERS!!!

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