Monday, July 29, 2013

Brumbies snatch victory from Bulls to reach Super Rugby Final

Brumbies coach Jake White says that the Bulls' decisions to turn down three kicks at goal heavily played in his teams favour during the dramatic second Super Rugby Semi Final on Saturday. The Brumbies won the game 26-23 after snatching a late try.

The Bulls could have extended their lead on more than one occasion in the final ten minutes, but instead opted to go for lineouts, much to the dismay of the local fans at Loftus Versfeld.

"The players said they grew a bit of a leg on the basis that they weren't going for poles, it almost I suppose helped us a bit because we kept saying: 'They are leaving the door open'," Brumbies coach White said post match.

"I don't know what the reason for that was, considering that they took Ralepelle off and they had a new hooker, and then you have the best goal kicker in the competition (Morne Steyn) on the field."

The Bulls failed to score tries on all three occasions, but coach Frans Ludeke, who was clearly unhappy with the decisions at the time, has said that captain Dewald Potgieter's thinking was that keeping them down in that half was safest. In the end, it backfired anyway.

"He felt like keeping them down there and if you look at the whole evening getting out of our half - we weren't on top of that area of our game," Ludeke said. "His feeling was to keep them down there and the pressure is on them as they can't get out of their half."

In the end, with a minute to spare, Tevita Kuridrani snatched a try and gave the Brumbies a place in the final, where they will face the Chiefs in Hamilton next weekend.

"The most important thing is just mentally and physically recovering as quick as possible," said White. "It will be about believing it’s going to happen and believing the things we’ve practised for the past two seasons is enough. We've just got to believe and get it right."

Time: 11:19
Credit: ttrugbyvids

Posted by Rugbydump at 12:05 pm | View Comments (7)

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Ando July 29, 2013 5:04 pm

Can't wait for Speight to become eligible to pull on the boots for Australia!

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RamRugby10 July 29, 2013 7:54 pm

me too! gonna be awesome!

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Eddie-g July 29, 2013 7:27 pm

I thought Potgieter was smart, but maybe not. So he decides to kick for the corner, keep the pressure on and aim to score a try which would kill off the game. It's a higher risk strategy, but ok, fine, I understand it. Even in a Super XV semifinal.

What he says though afterwards about keeping the Brumbies pinned back is moronic. If Bulls are awarded a penalty, and Steyn takes a shot, one of two things happens.

(1) He slots the kick, and the Bulls extend their lead. They then receive the following kick-off, and because it's Loftus, the Bulls can punt the ball deep right away, making the Brumbies play from deep. Advantage Bulls.
(2) He misses the kick. The Brumbies are still pegged deep in their own half. Advantage Bulls.

Sometimes it’s good when rugby players think on their feet, but for stuff like this, they really should heed the coach.

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stroudos July 31, 2013 1:25 pm

And given the high probability of Morning Stain's nailing the kick, scenario 1 would look a pretty reasonable bet.

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matt July 29, 2013 9:29 pm

I think you have to go back quite a way to find a year when a lions host didnt win super rugby. I thought the reds would be the ones to try and keep up that record this year, but I was wrong.

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TotesMcGoates July 29, 2013 9:49 pm

What I don't get about the whole scenario is that they attempted a drop goal in between the the penalties they opted not to kick! And a tricky one at that. The Bull blew it on this occasion.

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sebabill July 31, 2013 12:44 pm

Bulls made the wrong decisions at a crucial point in time. Kicking for the corner twice and not coming out of it with any points. But also, in the last try, Basson is completely out of position trying to be a glory boy, there is no time to go for an interception when you have to put up the Barbwires ! The scary thing is that he is a Springbok meanwhile the whole game he did not make one tackle. Clearly overrated player. This is all coming from a Die Hard Bulle Supporter !!!! They breed them big and strong and brilliant at rugby in Pretoria, but gosh they don't provide them with brains !

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