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Friday, May 28, 2010

Bulls vs Stormers Super 14 final preview

Bulls vs Stormers Super 14 final preview

The Bulls and the Stormers of South Africa meet tomorrow in what is the first ever Super 14 rugby final to be held in the black township of Soweto, a highly significant moment for the country. Its not only an achievement to have both sides in the final, but politically its a massive step forward.

The match being held in Orlando Stadium has been hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as 'the most important development in South African rugby since the World Cup in 1995.'

The sport has once again proved to be a nation-builder, as fans of all races converge on the streets around the stadium to celebrate rugby as one, and watch what should be a titanic battle as the traditional powerhouses of SA rugby go head to head.

The match is being held three, as was the semi final, because the Bulls homeground in Pretoria is under going final preparations ahead of the FIFA World Cup.

"It is one of those special South African moments that proves we are better off for having one another, and that despite the challenges we face, our society is on the right track," said Nobel Peace Prize winner Tutu in a statement.

The Stormers will be playing in their first Super Rugby final, while the Bulls, defending champions, will be looking to pick up their third trophy in four years.

"If you win the battle there, you will be remembered for a long time. We have to embrace this opportunity to play in Soweto and be part of this bit of history in our country," said Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.

"Soweto has been perceived as a soccer-playing community, so it's not rocket science why there is such excitement. It shows how far our country has moved along," he added.

The 40 000 seater stadium, considered not big enough to host FIFA World Cup matches, was sold out earlier in the week. Its set to be a massive physical battle with Springbok kingpins going up against each other ahead of the international season.


Time: 03:23
Credit: Thanks to Supersport

Posted at 9:39 am | 12 comments

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The Schpoople Master May 28, 2010 8:32 am

Im guna go right ahead and be 'that guy' First!!!

Right, i believe that we will have an entertaining first 50, but the Bulls will lock the game down at the end and win at a canter once the Stormers begin to run out of steam. Also, i believe the hype about Bekker will be undone and Matfield will dominate him physically and mentally for the full 80 minutes.

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Castrospaghetti May 28, 2010 8:32 am

Stoooorrrmers. :) Can't wait! Big up Soweto. What a great day we've got ahead of us.

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edbok May 28, 2010 11:00 am

The head says Bulls, the heart says Stormers, the gut says the game will be decided on one or two crucial moments.

I think if the Stormers front five are up to the challenge - and that is a big "if", they got dominated by the Sharks - then they will have an edge. The Bulls will probably have the better of the territorial battle, but the Stormers defence should be good enough for the Bulls to turn that into too many points.

The Stormers have the more inventive backs, can they make it happen... only if their tight five is giving them the platform.

Cannot wait, promises to be one of the great S14 finals.

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boomer May 28, 2010 1:06 pm

lol @ those capies!!!!!!!!

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Jps May 28, 2010 2:24 pm

@Schoople master.

matfield will dominate bekker metally and physically for 80 minutes.....yeah right,i guess you haven't seen bekker playing this season have you.
The Cape side's defense will earn them the trophy.

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rehanb_bl May 28, 2010 9:45 pm

anonymous you must be a bitter aussie, if this is the case, hahahaha! you lose f@cker

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Anonymous May 28, 2010 10:32 pm

proud ass boks

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Kyle May 29, 2010 2:34 am

haha. great comments. gotta love the aussies talking about arrogance. stormers all the way. come on the final. at the end of the day however, rugby will be the winner.

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Anonymous May 29, 2010 1:30 pm

I'm from NZ and we all know that the two best sides have made the final - just because your country isn't in the final doesn't mean you have to turn nasty and act like soccer fans - I will still watch the final and I believe the boks will once again be the team to beat come the 3n ( at least I'm man enough to say it!) Just hope the AB's can get our act together come 2011!!! Good luck to bulls and stormers ( don't mind who wins!)

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Anonymous May 29, 2010 1:34 pm

It's not SA arrogance, it is the fact that they are a proud rugby playing country and they should be as they are the world champions, it's called being patriotic - something some of the above idiots know nothing about!! Im from England and hope the stormers win as the bulls have done it before!

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Shaft May 29, 2010 1:44 pm

I love the bitterness from those fans who's teams couldn't make the final. Excuses, insult slinging etc. Pathetic really. Does it hurt that bad to be beaten by better sides? Get over it. It happens to everyone once in a while. Guess that, it'll happen to one of the two sides in the final today. Sh*t happens. You would enjoy the spectacle if you're a true rugby fan.

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Anonymous May 29, 2010 5:24 pm

BULLE!!!

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