Bulls (rugby union)

The Bulls, for sponsorship reasons known as the Vodacom Bulls, is a South African professional rugby union team based in Pretoria and they play their home matches at Loftus Versfeld. They compete in the United Rugby Championship, having competed in the Super Rugby competition until 2020. Prior to 1998, the Bulls competed in the then-Super 12 as Northern Transvaal, as in those years South Africa was represented in the competition by its top four Currie Cup sides from the previous season, instead of the modern Super Rugby teams.

Bulls
Bulls Rugby Union logo.svg
UnionSA Rugby
Founded1997; 25 years ago (1997)
LocationPretoria, South Africa
RegionGauteng
Ground(s)Loftus Versfeld Stadium (Capacity: 51,762)
Director of RugbyJake White
Coach(es)Jake White
Captain(s)Marcell Coetzee
League(s)United Rugby Championship
20211st (Overall Runners-up)
Team kit
2nd kit
Official website
bullsrugby.co.za

The side won the Super 14 in 2007, 2009 and 2010, placing them among the most successful teams in Super Rugby history with three titles. They were the most successful team of the Super 14 era (2006–10), winning three out of the five titles. They are the most successful South African team, and the only South African team to win a Super Rugby title.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

Prior to the professional Super Rugby competition, Northern Transvaal competed in the Super 10, which was a tournament featuring ten teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Tonga and Western Samoa, which ran from 1993 to 1995. The top three teams from the previous Currie Cup season qualified for each of the Super 10 tournaments.

Northern Transvaal competed in the 1993 season, where they were grouped in Pool B alongside Transvaal, New South Wales, North Harbour and Waikato. Transvaal finished at the top of the pool, with Northern Transvaal finishing third, behind New South Wales. Northern Transvaal did not qualify for the Super 10 (Southern Hemisphere competition)#1994 Super 10 or 1995 seasons.

Early Professional Era (1996–2005)Edit

After rugby union went professional, the Super 10 tournament was restructured. The Super 12 was created, and was to be competed by teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Both Australia and New Zealand adopted new franchise models for their teams, whereas South Africa chose to use the Currie Cup to decide what teams were to be promoted in the Super 12 each season.

Competing in the inaugural Super 12 season of 1996, Northern Transvaal were one of the 12 teams. The side won eight of their 11 games and finished third on the table – behind only Auckland and Queensland. Jannie Kruger finished the season in the top three leading point-scorers, behind only Matt Burke and John Eales. The side was however soundly defeated in a semi-final by the Auckland Blues, with the final score being 48 points to 11. The game was played at Eden Park in Auckland.

After their fairly successful performance in the opening competition, the subsequent competition of 1997 saw them with three wins and three draws from 11 games. They finished at eighth. Following the 1997 season, South Africa adopted a similar franchise system to that of Australia and New Zealand's, abolishing the Currie Cup promotion system in favour of creating new franchises. The Bulls were formed as one of the four new teams. They did not make the semis in the 1998 season. The Bulls were considered one of the worst teams in the Super 12 competition, finishing last or second to last for five consecutive seasons from 1998–2003. In 2002, they became the first team ever to go through an entire Super Rugby season without winning a single game. This record remained until the Lions repeated the feat during the 2010 season. After finishing fourth in the inaugural competition, they did not make the semis again until the years 2003.

The Bulls finished in 6th place in both 2003 and 2004, though still missing out on a finals position. They equalled there 1996 performance in 2005, although there was a very poor start to the season, it was followed by six straight wins to earn them a semi-final berth, where they were defeated by the New South Wales Waratahs. Bryan Habana finished in the top three try-scorers by the end of the season, and was short-listed for IRB player of the year.

 
The Bulls playing the Western Force in Perth, Australia in 2006.

Super 14 Era (2006–10)Edit

In 2006, the Super 12 became the Super 14, with the addition of two new franchises, the Cheetahs and the Western Force. By the last round of the 2006 season, the Bulls, along with the Brumbies and Sharks were all in contention to take the fourth and final position on the ladder to make the semi-finals. After the Brumbies were defeated 33 to 3 by the Crusaders, the Bulls or Sharks could mathematically take the fourth spot. The Bulls defeated the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town 43 points to 10, which ensured they went through to the semi-finals. The Bulls travelled to Christchurch where they were defeated 35 to 15 at Jade Stadium and knocked out of the finals.

The Bulls lost their first game of the 2007 Super 14 season, going down to the Sharks in Durban 17 points to 3. Entering week 14, the last round of the regular season, the Bulls were chasing an unlikely 72-point win over the Queensland Reds in order to move into second place and get a home semi-final.[1] At Loftus, the Bulls defeated the Reds 92 points to 3, with the 89-point margin of victory setting a new Super rugby record.[1] The Bulls ran in 13 tries with four players getting doubles and Derick Hougaard kicking 11 conversions. The Sharks finished first, so it became the first time that both home venues in the semi-finals was in South Africa.

The Bulls defeated the Crusaders in their semi-final by 27 points to 12, with Derick Hougaard kicking eight penalties and a drop-goal. The Sharks ensured a home-final in the 2007 Super 14-competition by defeating the Blues with a scoreline of 34–18.

When the Bulls met the Sharks in the Super 14 final at the Absa Stadium in Durban the match turned out to be a tight, nervous affair with the Bulls initially being guilty of indiscipline and making a lot of mistakes. The Sharks carried a 14–10 advantage into half-time after a JP Pietersen try cancelled out one from Pierre Spies. The second half of the match was just as nail-biting, with the Bulls gaining the ascendancy in the match, but failing to turn their rising amount of possession into points. A Derick Hougaard penalty closed the gap to 14–13, after which the Bulls made several onslaughts on the Sharks line, only to lose the ball at critical stages. Their match looked to be all but over for the Bulls when Albert van den Berg barged over the line for a Sharks try two minutes from full-time to stretch their lead to six points. However, Francois Steyn failed with the conversion attempt, and the Bulls restarted with barely seconds on the clock. After regaining the ball from the kick-off, play went through several phases before Bryan Habana received the ball on the right wing. He cut infield and scored the most dramatic of match winning tries, more than a minute after official play. The try was converted by Derick Hougaard and the Bulls won the match by 20 points to 19. In 2009 the Bulls again won the super 14, defeating the Chiefs 61 – 17 in the final in Pretoria.

In 2010 the Bulls again finished top of the log by beating the Crusaders in a home semi final to secure a home final. Because the Fifa World cup was being hosted by South-Africa that year and Loftus was included as a venue, they had to play the Semi and Final in Soweto, A first in Super rugby history. The Stormers had beaten the Waratahs at home and would face off with the Bulls in the Final. The Bulls won the final once again in dramatic style when Francois Hougaard side stepped the Stormers Fullback Joe Petersen to score an impressive try.

Super Rugby Era (2011–2020)Edit

The Bulls only managed the Super Rugby South African Conference trophy in 2013 and they were three time conference runner-up in 2012,2014 and 2019. They also reached the Qualifiers twice and Semi-Final once but lost all three play-off matches.

After the 2020 Super Rugby season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic a replacement tournament was announced for each country. The South African tournament was called Super Rugby Unlocked and the Bulls were crowned the champions after ending top of the log.[2]

The South African teams withdrew from the competition entirely, making the Bulls the only South African winners of any form of the Super Rugby trophy.[3]

Pro14 and United Rugby Championship Era (2021–present)Edit

The Pro14 Rainbow Cup was announced as an end-of-season cup competition to introduce the South African teams after their withdrawal from Super Rugby. After the regular season the top of the South African log Bulls faced European top Benetton in the final in Italy. The Bulls lost their first match in Europe as well as the Pro14 Rainbow Cup final 35-8.[4]

The 2021-22 season was a tough start for the Bulls with two straight losses in Europe against Leinster 31-3 and Connacht 34-7. The Bulls got their first win in Europe on 9 October 2021 beating Cardiff Blues 29-19.[5]

LocationEdit

 
The Bulls Cheerleaders

The team is centred around the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, whose catchment covers Pretoria as well as Limpopo, but also draws players from the Falcons Rugby Union, who represent the East Rand. Through 2005, the Bulls also drew players from the Pumas Rugby Union and Leopards Rugby Union, but in the realignment of franchise areas that came from the expansion of Super 12 to Super 14, these unions were moved into the Lions.

StadiumEdit

 
Bulletjie, the Blue Bulls mascot

The Bulls play all their home matches at the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, which is also the home of the Blue Bulls during the Currie Cup season. The stadium is also a regular host for Springboks Test matches, and was a venue during the 1995 Rugby World Cup which South Africa hosted. Loftus was a venue for Pool D matches including France v Tonga, Scotland v Tonga and France v Scotland. Loftus was also used twice during the finals stages – for the New Zealand v Scotland quarter-final and the England v France third place play-off.

The ground has been used for rugby since 1908, and in 1932 the stadium was renamed to Loftus Versfeld in honor of Robert Owen Loftus Versfeld, the founder of organized rugby in Pretoria.[6][7] The stadium has undergone numerous renovations over the years, and is currently capable of holding 51,762 spectators.

Current squadEdit

A 37-man touring squad for the 2021–22 United Rugby Championship was named in September 2021.[8] An extended squad was named in late-September.[9]

Bulls United Rugby Championship squad

Props

Hookers

Locks

Loose forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

Wings

Fullbacks

(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped, ST denotes a short-term signing.

CoachesEdit

CaptainsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Results per oppositionEdit

Bulls United Rugby Championship results vs different opponents

United Rugby Championship
Opposition Span Played Won Drawn Lost Win% Points for Average PF Points against Best score Worst score 40–49 points 50+ points
  Lions 2021–2021 2 1 0 1 50.00% 55 27.50 43 33–34 (2021) 34–33 (2021) 0 0
  Stormers 2021–2021 2 2 0 0 100.00% 51 25.50 43 31–27 (2021) 27–31 (2021) 0 0
  Sharks 2021–2021 3 2 0 1 66.67% 93 31.00 61 43–9 (2021) 30–16 (2021–22) 1 0
  Benetton 2021–2021 1 0 0 1 0.00% 8 8.00 35 8–35 (2021) Final 35–8 (2021) Final 0 0
  Leinster 2021–2021 1 0 0 1 0.00% 3 3.00 31 3–31 (2021–22) 31–3 (2021–22) 0 0
  Connacht 2021–2021 1 0 0 1 0.00% 7 7.00 34 7–34 (2021–22) 34–7 (2021–22) 0 0
  Cardiff 2021–2021 1 1 0 0 100.00% 29 29.00 19 29–19 (2021–22) 19–29 (2021–22) 0 0
  Edinburgh 2021–2021 1 0 0 1 0.00% 10 10.00 17 10–17 (2021–22) 17–10 (2021–22) 0 0
Overall 2021–2021 12 6 0 6 50.00 256 21.33 283 43–9 vs Sharks (2021) 35–8 vs Benetton (2021) 1 0
  • All these stats include playoff matches (qualifiers, semi-finals and finals)
  • Correct as of 4 December 2021

Super Rugby results vs different opponents as Northern Transvaal 1996-1997 as Bulls 1998–2020:

Super Rugby
Opposition Span Played Won Drawn Lost Win% Points for Average PF Points against Best score Worst score 40–49 points 50+ points
  Sharks 1996–2020 33 20 3 10 60.61% 717 21.73 685 43–35 (2015) 35–43 (2015) 2 0
  Waratahs 1996–2019 22 12 0 10 54.55% 506 23.00 609 48–38 (2010) 53–7 (2001) 1 0
  Highlanders 1996–2020 23 7 2 14 30.43% 568 24.70 644 59–29 (1996) 65–23 (1999) 2 2
  Reds 1996–2020 23 10 0 13 43.48% 614 26.70 521 92–3 (2007) 48–12 (2002) 2 2
  Crusaders 1996–2019 27 10 0 17 37.04% 626 23.19 909 40–35 (2010) 75–27 (2000) 1 0
  Blues 1996–2020 23 7 2 14 30.43% 588 25.57 759 59–26 (2009) 65–24 (2002) 2 1
  Chiefs 1996–2019 23 8 2 13 34.78% 636 27.65 745 61–17 (2009) Final 53–24 (2002) 1 1
  Lions 1996–2019 29 17 1 11 58.62% 837 28.86 793 62–52 (2004) 57–24 (1999) 2 2
  Hurricanes 1996–2019 22 9 0 13 40.91% 567 25.77 602 48–14 (2013) 64–32 (1997) 4 0
  Brumbies 1996–2019 23 8 0 15 34.78% 568 24.70 672 50–32 (2010) 73–9 (1999) 1 1
  Stormers 1996–2020 34 13 1 20 38.24% 763 22.44 743 75–14 (2005) 42–19 (1999) 3 1
  Cheetahs 1997–2017 20 16 0 4 80.00% 638 31.90 460 60–20 (2008) 42–29 (2015) 2 3
  Force 2006–2016 10 6 0 4 60.00% 264 26.40 221 42–20 (2016) 30–27 (2007) 1 0
  Rebels 2011–2019 7 6 0 1 85.71% 253 36.14 125 47–10 (2011) 35–41 (2012) 4 0
  Southern Kings 2013–2017 4 3 0 1 75.00% 150 37.50 55 48–18 (2013) 31–30 (2017) 1 0
  Sunwolves 2016–2018 5 3 0 2 60.00% 171 34.20 114 50–3 (2016) 42–37 (2018) 0 1
  Jaguares 2016–2020 7 2 0 5 28.57% 160 22.86 218 43–34 (2018) 54–25 (2018) 1 0
Overall 1996–2020 335 157 11 167 46.87% 8626 25.75 8875 92–3 vs Reds (2007) 75–27 vs Crusaders (2000) 30 14
  • All these stats include playoff matches (qualifiers, semi-finals and finals)
  • All fixtures added 19962020

Other notable results:

Date Opponent Location Result Bulls Score Opponent score Notes
1 February 2001 Fiji Developmental side Fiji Lost 27 35 Report
3 February 2001 Fiji Fiji Won 33 19 Report
7 February 2001 Fiji Warriors Fiji Won 19 14 Report
31 January 2015   Saracens Allianz Park, London Won 39 26 Report
17 July 2021 South Africa A Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Won 17 14 Report

Super Rugby recordsEdit

IndividualEdit

Record Held by
Most appearances 140 by Victor Matfield (2001–11) (2014–15)
Most consecutive appearances 99 by Pedrie Wannenburg (19 April 2003 – 31 May 2010)
Oldest player 37 years, 7 months, and 17 days. by Victor Matfield (27 December 2014)
Most points 1467 by Morné Steyn (2005 – 30 July 2013 – 124 games)
Most tries 37 by Bryan Habana (2005–09) 2nd Akona Ndungane 33 tries (2005–14)
Most conversions 234 by Morné Steyn (2005–2013 – 119 games)
Most penalty kicks 263 by Morné Steyn (2005–2013 – 119 games)
Most drop goals 25 by Morné Steyn (2005–13, 119 games)
Most appearances as captain 60 by Victor Matfield (2004–11)

MatchEdit

Record Held by
Biggest victory and the biggest home victory. 92–3 (v. Queensland Reds, 2007)
Largest points for 92 (v Queensland Reds, 2007)
Biggest defeat 9–73 (v ACT Brumbies, 1999)
Most points conceded 75 (v Crusaders, 2000)
Most tries: 13 (v Queensland Reds, 2007)
Most tries conceded 11 (v Crusaders, 2000)
Most points by a player 35 by Morné Steyn (v Stormers, 2005, v Brumbies 2010)
Most tries by a player 3 by Fourie du Preez (v Cats, 2004)
Most conversions by a player 11 by Derick Hougaard (v Queensland Reds, 2007)
Most penalties by a player 8 by Jannie de Beer (versus Highlanders, 1996, then Northern Transvaal)
8 by Derick Hougaard (versus Crusaders, 2007)
Most drop goals by a player 4 by Morné Steyn (v Crusaders, 2009)

Winning streaksEdit

Record Held by
Most consecutive victories 12 (25 April 2009 – 27 March 2010)
Most consecutive home victories 20 (19 April 2008 – 5 March 2011)

SeasonEdit

Record Held by
Most points 500 (2010)
Most points by a player 263 by Morné Steyn (2010 – Super Rugby record)
Most team tries 51 (2010)
Most tries by a player 11 by Bjorn Basson (2012)
Most conversions by a player 38 by Morné Steyn (2010)
Most penalty kicks by a player 51 Morné Steyn (2010 – Super Rugby Record)
Most drop goals by a player 11 by Morné Steyn (2009, Super Rugby Record)

United Rugby Championship recordsEdit

IndividualEdit

Record Held by
Most points 66 by Morné Steyn (2021 – present)
Most tries 5 by Madosh Tambwe (2021 – present)
Most conversions 15 by Morné Steyn (2021 – present)
Most penalty kicks 12 by Morné Steyn (2021 – present)
Most drop goals * Record not set

MatchEdit

Record Held by
Biggest victory. 43–9 (v. Sharks, 2021)
Largest points for 43 (v Sharks, 2021)
Biggest defeat 3–31 (v Leinster, 2021)
Most points conceded 35 (v Benetton, 2021)
Most tries: 5 (v Lions, 2021)
Most tries conceded 5 (v Benetton, 2021), 5 (v Connacht, 2021)
Most points by a player 19 by Morné Steyn (v Sharks 2021), Chris Smith (v Cardiff 2021–22)
Most tries by a player 2 by Johan Grobbelaar (v Stormers, 2021), David Kriel (v Lions, 2021)
Most conversions by a player 4 by Morné Steyn (v Sharks, 2021), Chris Smith (v Lions, 2021)
Most penalties by a player 5 by Morné Steyn (v Sharks, 2021), Chris Smith (v Cardiff 2021–22)
Most drop goals by a player * Record not set

SeasonEdit

Record Held by
Most points 191 (2021)
Most points by a player 53 by Morné Steyn (2021)
Most team tries 23 (2021)
Most tries by a player 4 by Madosh Tambwe (2021)
Most conversions by a player 13 by Morné Steyn (2021)
Most penalty kicks by a player 9 Morné Steyn (2021)
Most drop goals by a player * Record not set
  • Correct as of 11 October 2021

HonorsEdit

Super Rugby and United Rugby Championship Finals

Season Result Date
2007 Won the final 20 – 19 against the Sharks 19 May 2007
2009 Won the final 61 – 17 against the Chiefs 30 May 2009
2010 Won the final 25 – 17 against the Stormers 29 May 2010
2021 Lost the final 8 – 35 against Benetton 19 June 2021

Semi finals

Season Result Date Notes
1996 Lost 11 – 48 to Blues 19 May 1996
2005 Lost 13 – 23 to Waratahs 21 May 2005
2006 Lost 15 – 35 to Crusaders 20 May 2006
2013 Lost 23 – 26 to Brumbies 27 July 2013 South African conference winners

Qualifiers

Season Result Date
2012 Lost 13 – 28 to Crusaders 21 July 2012
2019 Lost 28 – 35 to Hurricanes 22 June 2019

TrophiesEdit

Honours
Competition No of titles Runner-up Years
Super Rugby 3 0 2007 2009 2010
Super Rugby Conference trophy 1 3 Champions: 2013 Runners up: 2012, 2014, 2019
Pro14 Rainbow Cup 0 1 Runners up: 2021
Super Rugby Unlocked 1 0 2020
Gauteng Rugby Cup 1 0 2013
Lafarge Zimbabwe Champions Cup 0 1 Runners up: 2016

Season-by-Season StandingsEdit

Bulls season standings and results
Competition Season Pos P W D L PF PA PD BP Pts Playoffs Season Result Conference/Shield Top points scorer Points Top try scorer Tries
United Rugby Championship
2021–22
Pro14 Rainbow Cup 2021 1st 6 5 0 1 183 117 +66 5 25 Lost Final 35–8 to Benetton. Runners up 🥈 N/A Morné Steyn 53 Madosh Tambwe 4
Super Rugby Unlocked 2020 1st 6 5 0 1 178 92 +86 3 23 No playoffs 1st - Champions 🏆 N/A Morné Steyn 62 Stedman Gans 5
Super Rugby
2020 12th 6 1 0 5 115 152 -37 1 6 Season cancelled due to Covid-19 4th Morné Steyn 40 Rosko Specman 4
2019 5th 16 8 2 6 410 369 +41 3 41 Lost Quarterfinals 35–28 to the Hurricanes. Quarter-finalists 2nd - Runners up Handré Pollard 194 Cornal Hendricks, Rosko Specman, Hanro Liebenberg 5
2018 12th 16 6 0 10 441 502 -61 2 29 5th Handré Pollard 144 Jesse Kriel 8
2017 15th 15 4 0 11 339 459 -120 4 20 3rd Tian Schoeman 80 Jesse Kriel 5
2016 9th 15 9 1 5 399 339 +60 4 42 4th Francois Brummer 109 Adriaan Strauss, Travis Ismaiel 6
2015 9th 16 7 0 9 397 388 +9 10 38 3rd Handré Pollard 167 Francois Hougaard 7
2014 9th 16 7 1 8 365 335 +30 8 38 2nd - Runners up Jacques-Louis Potgieter 144 Jono Ross 4
2013 2nd 16 12 0 4 448 330 +118 7 63 Lost Semi-Final 23–26 to the Brumbies. Semi-Finalists 1st - Champions 🏆 Morné Steyn 248 Jano Vermaak 5
2012 5th 16 10 0 6 472 369 +103 11 59 Lost Qualifiers 28–13 to the Crusaders. Qualifier exit 2nd - Runners up Morné Steyn 228 Bjorn Basson 10
2011 7th 16 10 0 6 416 370 +46 6 54 3rd Morné Steyn 216 Bjorn Basson 9
Super 14 2010 1st 13 10 0 3 436 345 +91 7 47 Defeated the Stormers 25–17 Champions 🏆 N/A Morné Steyn 263 Gerhard van den Heever 8
2009 1st 13 10 0 3 338 271 +67 6 46 Defeated the Chiefs 61–17 Champions 🏆 N/A Morné Steyn 191 Bryan Habana 8
2008 10th 13 6 0 7 324 347 −23 4 28 N/A Morné Steyn 80 Akona Ndungane 7
2007 1st 13 9 0 4 388 223 +165 6 42 Defeated the Sharks 19–20 Champions 🏆 N/A Derick Hougaard 161 Bryan Habana 8
2006 4th 13 7 1 5 355 290 +65 8 38 Lost Semi-Final 35–15 to Crusaders. Semi-Finalists N/A Derick Hougaard 93 Bryan Habana 7
Super 12
2005 3rd 11 7 0 4 301 229 +72 6 34 Lost Semi-Final 23–13 to Waratahs . Semi-Finalists N/A Morne Steyn 110 Bryan Habana 9
2004 6th 11 5 1 5 302 320 −18 6 28 N/A Derick Hougaard 101 Fourie du Preez 5
2003 6th 11 6 0 5 320 354 −34 5 30 N/A Louis Koen 139 Frikkie Welsh 5
2002 12th 11 0 0 11 232 500 −268 1 1 N/A Boeta Wessels 29 Adrian Jacobs, Wylie Human 5
2001 12th 11 2 0 9 241 378 −137 3 11 N/A Casper Steyn 97 Frikkie Welsh, Friedrich Lombard, Adrian Jacobs 4
2000 11th 11 1 2 8 231 395 −164 3 11 N/A Jannie de Beer 123 Deon de Kock 3
1999 12th 11 1 0 10 203 447 −244 3 7 N/A Franco Smith 59 Jan-Harm van Wyk, Schutte Bekker, Pierre Ribbens 2
1998 11th 11 3 0 8 249 306 −57 4 16 N/A Franco Smith 65 Casper Steyn 5
1997 8th 11 3 3 5 264 342 −78 4 22 N/A Casper Steyn 50 Jacques Olivier 4
1996 4th 11 8 0 3 329 208 +121 6 38 Lost Semi-Final 48–11 to Auckland Blues. Semi-Finalists N/A Jannie Kruger 139 Adriaan Richter 4
Super 10 (amateur era) 1995 Did not Qualify N/A
1994 Did not Qualify N/A
1993 3rd 4 2 0 2 109 109 0 0 8 N/A
Key: Super 10 Super 12 Super 14 Super Rugby Super Rugby Unlocked Pro 14 Rainbow Cup United Rugby Championship

ReferencesEdit

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