Bully Boys fear Shark bite

Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer is a worried man ahead of the all-important Vodacom Super 14 clash with the in-form Sharks at Loftus Versfeld next weekend.

“The Sharks are definitely the form team,” conceded Meyer after watching his team get the five points needed from the clash with the Cats, “and we are not playing our best rugby. I’m not happy with our scrums and after the loss of several guys last season, others are now having to play out of position.”

Meyer is clearly getting some verbal jousting in early for match that amounts to an elimination fixture. The loser is out of the race for a semi-final berth, while the winner will stay in contention for the fourth place.

“We only played well in patches (against the Cats) and will definitely have to work hard this week. Also our tactical kicking game was poor. It is something we will concentrate on too.”

The win was even sweeter for Meyer, who has never beaten the Cats in Super Rugby and avenged the 23-17 defeat in the first round at Ellis Park last year. “It’ the first time I’ve beaten the Cats and we were not taking them lightly. There are no easy games in this competition.

Bulls skipper Victor Matfield, who was again a tower of strength for the home side had a word of warning for the Cats ahead of their clash with the Force. “The Force are tough. We struggled against them trying to get four tries. They play at high pace and have a great skill level. That said, it is a game the Cats can win.”

By Andrew Hollely