Rampaging Bulls Super 14 Champions

Ian TaitCorrespondent IMay 31, 2009

What a fantastic display of rugby! Yes, the Super 14 final for 2009 was a lesson in how rugby should be played.


The Chiefs started off well and were worthy finalists. The Bulls however, are even better and are worthy champions. Any coach or player that wants to learn how to play rugby, get a copy of the game.


The 44 points is the biggest win margin in the history of the finals, with the Bulls winning 61-17.


Loftus was a sea of Bull and I am sure that the parties carried on until sunrise today. Anyway to the Bulls, I salute you; well done on a great Super 14.


The Springboks 7-a-side are champions on the world tonight. And although they lost to Fiji 20-19 in the final, the points they had gathered through the season was too great for any other nation to make up.


Fiji came second and England third. Paul Treu and his charges will certainly believe that the effort and dedication that was put into the pre-season paid off handsomely.


The British Lions started off their 2009 tour of South Africa with a strong comeback win against a Royal XV in Rustenburg on Saturday. They had to come from behind to win 25-37 while trailing with 15 minutes to go.


Yes, one can not read much into the opening game of the tour, but a mouth watering encounter is set for the first test in Durban.


The Boks that played in Windhoek against a Namibian XV came off with a solid 37-7 win. The win was laboured, but it was to be expected, given that it was a squad team playing.


What would your side be for the Lions? My side has changed some since the last one I put out. Let me know what you think.


  1. Beast Mtararirwa
  2. BismarckDu Plessis
  3. John Smit (Captain)
  4. Bakkies Botha
  5. Victor Mattfield
  6. Schalk Burger
  7. Juan Smith
  8. Pierre Spies
  9. Fourie Du Preez
  10. Morne Steyn
  11. Brain Habana
  12. Jean De Villiers
  13. Jacques Fourie
  14. JP Petersen
  15. Ruan Pienaar


Why Ruan at Full back, well at the moment if Peter De Villiers cannot see the value of playing the best Fullback in South Africa in Stephan Terblanche, he will have no other option.


Earl Rose would not even be selected in my Varsity third side and the thought of him putting on a Springbok jersey would annoy me more than if Luke Watson was ever recalled.


Steyn at first five eight is a no brainer, but then again this is the Springbok selectors we are talking about and who knows what political pressure would be put on them in selecting the “right” team.


I must say it was very satisfying to see Terrie Henry see his dream come true, finally getting his hands on the European Cup with Barcelona beating Manchester Untied 2-0 in Rome.


Barcelona were incredible making United look like some practice team. Anyway United will still be happy with the English Title.


Chelsea won the FA Cup beating Everton 2-1. Good news for all Bafana fans was that Steven Pienaar played a full 90 minutes and he should be fine for the Confederation Cup. On the Scottish side, go Rangers you beauties.


They took the Double in beating Falkirk 1-0 in the Scottish Cup and them taking the title away from Celtic.


With the soccer and rugby leagues over it is now onto the international scene. Confederation Cup starts on June 14 with SA taking on Iraq.


The World Cricket T20 starts in England on the fifth of this month. The Lions Tour has started and of course the French Open is in full swing. There is plenty to see for everyone.


Until next week, have fun, take care.