MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Charles Dumbwin
Comments: 32
Article views: 3
Latest Badges:

View all Charles Dumbwin's badges.

This article has been selected as an Editor’s Choice report. Articles are selected based on quality of writing, audience response, newsworthiness and originality, and is at the discretion of the MyNews24 editors.

Why the Bulls failed

23 July 2012, 13:23

The Bulls have surprised everyone in this year’s Super 15 Rugby competition.  After losing seven of their world-class stalwarts, they’ve done far better than expected.

This past Saturday, after a long season, they booked a place in the quarter-final playoff against seven-times champions, the Crusaders. 

Travelling to Christchurch for any visiting team is a tall order.

But let’s not make excuses.  The Bulls had as good a chance as any team this season to upset the Crusaders on their home ground.

Saturday’s game was not to be and the Bulls came up dreadfully short, again, exposed by a superior team that actually had a game-plan.

The last six Bulls give Bulls games paint a dismal picture of a team riding high earlier in the season that simply self-imploded at the final hurdle.

Rugby is a team sport and the team is to blame.  But I have to be honest, I have never seen such a dismal lack of team skill or strategy as what we’ve witnessed from the Bulls over the past few weeks.

If the Bulls are ever expected to ascend again to the top of world rugby, then simply bullying their way forward, or spreading the ball wide to an unimaginative backline who run themselves into touch, is not going to do it.

The game has changed, and without a professional strategy and game plan designed for the specific opposition on the given day, the Bulls are destined for eternal mediocrity.

I like the Bulls, they’ve been the trendsetters of world rugby for a decade now, but they’ve lost their passion for innovative strategy and have once again become a predictable one-dimensioned team.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Keegan Fisher
A Former Lecturer's Voice on #Fee...

After being a lecturer at a large university in South Africa for the last 5 years, I have seen a huge decline in standards - both from the student body and in the academic quality of the degrees.  Read more...

0 comments 3861 views
Submitted by
George Tiernan Jenkins
Students to invest in their own f...

The current turmoil in our universities is creating a far bigger problem than I think the protesting students realise. Read more...

0 comments 325 views
Submitted by
De Wet Ferreira
5 reasons to grab a cuppa’ Joe ri...

To some, coffee is like the R5 coin you need to start the ride at an amusement park – without it there is no chance of regular human functioning or interaction.  Read more...

0 comments 189 views
Submitted by
The capture of South Africa

So here’s the thing. In 2005 Mbeki removed Zuma from office of the Deputy President of South Africa. That’s only 11 years ago folks. Read more...

0 comments 889 views
Submitted by
Sane Sunyshine Sihiya
Discrepancy! Discrepancy! Discrep...

Where have we gone wrong since the great 1994 aftermath of the attainment of the right of freedom of expression through voting for all was afforded? Read more...

0 comments 351 views
Submitted by
Thabang Maotwe
Online Application

I don’t understand how it is possible for the district or whoever controls the schools, to notify the schools to reject children and tell us to register our children in schools that are closer to where we stay. Read more...

0 comments 174 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2016 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.