The Bulls , for sponsorship reasons known as the Vodacom Bulls , are a South African rugby union team competing in the Super Rugby competition. They are based in Pretoria and play their home matches at Loftus Versfeld. 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.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.

History


Early History

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)

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 Matthew 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 didn't 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. 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. At Loftus, the Bulls defeated the Reds 92 points to 3, with the 89-point margin of victory setting a new Super rugby record. The stadium has undergone numerous renovations over the years, and is currently capable of holding 51,762 spectators.

Current Standings


#PWDLGoalsPts
1Crusaders10802324:20237
2Chiefs10802342:23837
3Highlanders11803295:20537
4Hurricanes11704331:24036
5Stormers10613265:17531
6Waratahs10604256:18930
7Brumbies11704277:24729
8Bulls10613258:22128
9Lions9603268:23527
10Sharks10514206:17126
11Blues9513230:21825
12Melbourne Rebels10505235:25823
13Cheetahs11308296:29616
14Jaguares9207237:25412
15Reds11218198:30912
16Western Force10208183:32110
17Sunwolves10118219:3799
18Southern Kings10109190:4524

Recent Matches


Bulls Last 5 Results
DateHomeScoreAwayNotesDetails
29 Apr 2016Western Force20 - 42Bulls   Details
28 May 2016Bulls20 - 56Lions   Details
27 Feb 2016Stormers33 - 9Bulls   Details
26 Mar 2016Sunwolves27 - 30Bulls   Details
21 May 2016Bulls17 - 13Stormers   Details


Bulls Next 5 Matches
DateHomevsAwayNotesDetails
02 Jul 2016JaguaresvsBulls   Details
09 Jul 2016BullsvsSunwolves   Details
16 Jul 2016CheetahsvsBulls   Details

Current squad


The Bulls announced the following squad for the 2016 Super Rugby season :
Bulls Super Rugby squad
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  • Lizo Gqoboka
  • Dean Greyling
  • Werner Kruger
  • Nqoba Mxoli
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Pierre Schoeman
  • Marcel van der Merwe
  • Hencus van Wyk
  • Hookers
  • Bandise Maku
  • Adriaan Strauss (c)
  • Callie Visagie
  • Jaco Visagie
  • Locks
  • Grant Hattingh
  • Irné Herbst
  • Nico Janse van Rensburg
  • Jason Jenkins
  • Jannes Kirsten
  • Marvin Orie
  • RG Snyman
  • Loose forwards
  • Arno Botha
  • Renaldo Bothma
  • Nick de Jager
  • Lappies Labuschagné
  • Hanro Liebenberg
  • Freddy Ngoza
  • Roelof Smit
  • Deon Stegmann
  • Scrum-halves
  • Rudy Paige
  • Ivan van Zyl
  • Piet van Zyl
  • Fly-halves
  • Francois Brummer
  • Handré Pollard
  • Tian Schoeman
  • Joshua Stander
  • Centres
  • Dan Kriel
  • Duncan Matthews
  • Burger Odendaal
  • Jan Serfontein
  • Dries Swanepoel
  • Wingers
  • Bjorn Basson
  • Travis Ismaiel
  • Kefentse Mahlo
  • Luther Obi
  • Jamba Ulengo
  • Fullbacks
  • Warrick Gelant
  • Jesse Kriel
  • SP Marais
  • (c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped.

    Coaches


  • 1996 : Dr John Williams*1997 : Kitch Christie
  • 1998-99 : Eugene van Wyk*2000 : Heyneke Meyer
  • 2001 : Phil Pretorius*2002 : Heyneke Meyer
  • 2003 : Rudi Joubert*2004-07 : Heyneke Meyer
  • 2008-15 : Frans Ludeke *2016- : Nollis Marais

    Captains


  • 1996-97: Ruben Kruger
  • 1998: Adriaan Richter
  • 1999: Schutte Bekker
  • 2000: Ruben Kruger
  • 2001: Joost van der Westhuizen
  • 2002: Chris le Roux
  • 2003: Joost van der Westhuizen
  • 2004: Victor Matfield
  • 2005: Anton Leonard
  • 2006-07: Victor Matfield
  • 2008: Fourie du Preez
  • 2009-11: Victor Matfield
  • 2012-13: Pierre Spies
  • 2014: Flip van der Merwe & Victor Matfield
  • 2015: Victor Matfield
  • Records and Statistics


    Super 12, Super 14 and Super Rugby eras.

    Competition Period Games Won Drawn Lost Win % Points for Average PF Points against Most points for Most points conceded
    Super 12 1996-2005 112 35 6 71 31.25% 2684 23.96 3563 75-14 vs Stormers (2005) 75-27 vs Crusaders (2000)
    Super 14 2006-2010 72 48 1 23 66.67% 2064 28.67 1623 92-3 vs Reds (2007) 54-19 vs Crusaders (2008)
    Super Rugby 2011-2015 82 46 1 35 56.10% 2149 26.21 1830 61-8 vs Reds (2012) 42-29 vs Cheetahs (2015)
    Overall 1996-2015 266 129 8 129 48.50% 6897 25.93 7016 92-3 vs Reds (2007) 75-27 vs Crusaders (2000)

    Ten highest Super Rugby scores for the Bulls


    Super Rugby
    Number Score Opponent Date Scorecard
    192 - 3 Rut Reds5 May 2007-
    2 75 - 14 Rut Stormers28 April 2005-
    3 62 - 52 Rut Lions8 May 2004-
    4 61 - 8 Rut Reds24 March 2012
    5 61 - 17 Rut Chiefs30 May 2009-
    6 60 - 20 Rut Cheetahs17 May 2008-
    7 59 - 26 Rut Blues21 February 2009-
    8 59 - 29 Rut Highlanders20 March 1996-
    9 51 - 11 Rut Lions24 April 2010-
    10 51 - 19 Rut Cheetahs3 March 2012-

    Results per opposition

    Bulls Super Rugby results vs different opponents :
    Super Rugby
    Opposition Span Played Won Drawn Lost Win% Points for Average PF Points against Best score Worst score 40-49 points 50+ points
    Rut Sharks 1996-2015 26 15 2 9 57.69% 521 20.04 556 43-35 (2015) 35-43 (2015) 1 0
    Rut Waratahs 1996-2014 20 11 0 9 55.56% 470 23.50 557 48-38 (2010) 53-7 (2001) 1 0
    Rut Highlanders 1996-2014 19 6 1 12 31.58% 468 24.63 561 59-29 (1996) 65-23 (1999) 2 2
    Rut Reds 1996-2015 19 8 0 11 42.11% 510 26.84 421 92-3 (2007) 48-12 (2002) 1 2
    Rut Crusaders 1996-2015 24 10 0 14 41.67% 575 23.96 769 40-35 (2010) 75-27 (2000) 1 0
    Rut Blues 1996-2015 20 7 1 12 35.00% 531 26.55 676 59-26 (2009) 65-24 (2002) 2 1
    Rut Chiefs 1996-2015 20 8 2 10 40.00% 576 28.80 620 61-17 (2009) 53-24 (2002) 1 1
    Rut Lions 1996-2015 23 15 1 7 65.22% 678 29.48 560 62-52 (2004) 57-24 (1999) 1 2
    Rut Hurricanes 1996-2015 19 8 0 11 42.11% 498 26.21 514 48-14 (2013) 64-32 (1997) 4 0
    Rut Brumbies 1996-2015 20 8 0 12 40.00% 524 26.20 589 50-32 (2010) 73-9 (1999) 1 1
    Rut Stormers 1996-2015 25 10 1 14 40.00% 567 22.68 527 75-14 (2005) 42-19 (1999) 2 1
    Rut Cheetahs 1997-2015 16 13 0 3 81.25% 524 32.75 377 60-20 (2008) 42-29 (2015) 1 3
    Rut Force 2006-2015 9 5 0 4 55.56% 222 24.67 201 36-26 (2013) 30-27 (2007) 0 0
    Rut Rebels 2011-2015 4 3 0 1 75.00% 148 37.00 73 47-10 (2011) 35-41 (2012) 3 0
    Rut Kings 2013-2013 2 2 0 0 100.00% 82 41.00 18 48-18 (2013) 18-48 (2013) 1 0
    Overall 1996-2015 266 130 8 128 48.87% 6894 25.92 7019 92-3 vs Reds (2007) 75-27 vs Crusaders (2000) 22 13
  • All these stats include playoff matches (qualifiers, semi-finals and finals)
  • All fixtures added 1996 - 2015
  • Individual

    RecordHeld 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 (2005-13 - 119 games)
    Most penalty kicks 263 by Morné Steyn (2005-13 - 119 games)
    Most drop goals 25 by Morné Steyn (2005-13, 119 games)
    Most appearances as captain 60 by Victor Matfield (2004-11)

    Match

    RecordHeld 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 Streaks

    RecordHeld by
    Most consecutive victories 12 (25 April 2009 - 27 March 2010)
    Most consecutive home victories 20 (19 April 2008 - 5 March 2011)

    Season

    RecordHeld 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)

    Honors


    Finals
    Season Result Date
    2007Won the final 20 - 19 against the Sharks19 May 2007
    2009Won the final 61 - 17 against the Chiefs30 May 2009
    2010Won the final 25 - 17 against the Stormers29 May 2010
    Semi finals
    Season Result Date Notes
    1996Lost 11 - 48 to Blues19 May 1996
    2005Lost 13 - 23 to Waratahs21 May 2005
    2006Lost 15 - 35 to Crusaders20 May 2006-
    2013Lost 23 - 26 to Brumbies27 July 2013South African conference winners
    Qualifiers
    Season Result Date
    2012Lost 13 - 28 to Crusaders21 July 2012

    Trophies


    Honors
    Competition No of titles Runner-up Years
    Super Rugby 3 0 2007 2009 2010
    Gauteng Rugby Cup 1 0
    Lafarge Zimbabwe Champions Cup 0 1 Runners up

    Season-by-Season Standings


    Super 10 (Amateur era)

    Super 10 Results
    Year Place Played Win Draw Loss PF PA Diff BP Points Playoffs
    19933rd 4202109109008-
    1994Did not qualify ----------
    1995Did not qualify ----------

    Super 12

    Super 12 Results
    Year Place Played Win Draw Loss PF PA Diff BP Points Playoffs
    19964th 11803329208+121638 Lost semi-final 48-11 to Auckland Blues.
    19978th 11335264342−78422 -
    199811th 11308249306−57416 -
    199912th 111010203447−24437 -
    200011th 11128231395−164311 -
    200112th 11209241378−137311 -
    200212th 110011232500−26811 -
    20036th 11605320354−34530 -
    20046th 11515302320−18628 -
    20053rd 11704301229+72634 Lost semi-final 23-13 to Waratahs .

    Super 14

    Super 14 Results
    Year Place Played Win Draw Loss PF PA Diff BP Points Playoffs
    20064th 13715355290+65838 Lost semi-final 35-15 to Crusaders.
    20071st 151104435254+181642 Defeated the Sharks 19-20
    200810th 13607324347−23428 -
    20091st 151203435311+124646 Defeated the Chiefs 61-17
    20101st 131003436345+91747 Defeated the Stormers 25-17

    Super Rugby

    Super Rugby Results
    Year Place Played Win Draw Loss PF PA Diff BP Points Playoffs South African conference
    20117th 161006416370+46654 -3rd
    20125th 161006472369+1031159 Lost qualifiers 28-13 to the Crusaders.2nd
    20132nd 161204448330+118763 Lost semi final 23-26 to the Brumbies. 1st
    20149th 16718365335+30838 -2nd
    20159th 16709397388+91038 -3rd
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