‘Boring’ Bulls slam critics
4 Apr 2006
Heyneke Meyer insists the Bulls haved not played boring, predictable rugby in the Vodacom Super 14 this year.
The Bulls critics have become more vocal in recent weeks, especially after they failed to score four tries against the Western Force.
Former Springbok flyhalf Joel Stransky has been particularly critical of the Bulls game plan, voicing his opinions on Boots & All whenever the Pretoria side has been discussed. Stransky believes the Bulls are one-dimensional and should spread the ball wide more often.
Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer told the Pretoria News that his side was being unfairly targeted by the media.
“We play a lot more expansively than people give us credit for and there are teams from South Africa that play a lot more one-dimensionally in the competition,” Meyer said, hinting that the Cheetahs had escaped similar criticism.
“We’re always the ones criticised. It shows some people simply have an axe to grind with the Bulls. We didn’t play that badly against the Blues. People don’t realise we have never won there and this was our best performance yet. However, it shows that expectations are high and we are thankful for that.
“We are just as disappointed because if you take the two knock-ons that we had going over the line, and the two kicks we missed, that was exactly the difference in the game.”
“We want to do well on tour and will still give everything, but it irks me when people who have no basis for their argument continually say we are predictable.”