Bakkies dummies the ‘Saders

Bulls and Springbok lock Bakkies Botha is not expecting to score anymore spectacular tries in the remaining two Vodacom Super 14 matches.

Botha scored twice against the Sharks, once barging over from close range, while the other, more spectacular, would have made any centre proud. Botha collected the ball from lock partner Victor Matfield and spotted a gap. Quick as a flash he scythed through it for a memorable five-pointer.

“That was a great moment, but I’m expecting the next two games to be much tighter. I doubt I’ll be throwing any dummies like that against the Crusaders, but it was a great show and go wasn’t it,” Botha told keo.co.za.

“When I went over it was a great feeling. It was lekker to show some flair and a little bit of pace. I don’t think the game against the Crusdares will allow for moments like that.”

Botha is far better known for his scrumming, lineout and mauling ability and it is in these departments as well as the general tight phases that he will need to be at his best to counter the likes of Crusaders captain Reuben Thorne and Chris Jack.

Botha was the standout performer for the Bulls as they survived a concerted fightback from the Sharks to triumph 34-27 and stay in the hunt for a semi-final place.

The Bulls are expecting a huge backlash from the Crusaders in Friday night’s match following their humbling defeat at the hands of the Stormers on Saturday. “The Stormers showed us that they can be beaten. They have more titles in this competition than anyone else. They will not be easily overcome.”

If the Crusaders can be overcome, the final round-robin match against the Stormers at Newlands could decide the Bulls ultimate fate.

By Andrew Hollely