Bulls defeat not ominous

The Bulls thrashing at the hands of the Crusaders is not a sign of things to come, says coach Heyneke Meyer.

The Bulls were destroyed in practically all departments as the crashed to a humiliating 35-17 loss that virtually put paid to their already slim semi-final aspirations.

“The way we played (against the Crusaders), we would have beaten many teams,” said Meyer. “We just encountered the Crusaders at the top of their game. I’m not too worried at this stage. We still have a quality squad.”

“Dan Carter was absolutely superb and he kept us pinned in our own half. Almost all our quality possession was our side of the halfway line. We just couldn’t play,” he said.

Despite the hammering – the biggest home loss since the 56-28 defeat by the Blues in 2003 – the Bulls are still hanging on in the hunt for a semi-final spot.

Although, by the time they arrive in Cape Town for Saturday’s anticipated derby match that possibility may already be dead and buried. But Meyer actually believes his team doesn’t deserve a place this year. “We are just not good enough at the moment. We have no excuses, we should be in a better position on the log.”

Apart from the now infamous Linston Manuels TMO call in the Hurricanes match at Loftus Versfeld, Meyer says the Bulls have cost themselves at vital stages of the competition. “The Hurricanes game may have been aturning point considering it came just before we went on tour. Momentum wise it was not ideal.”

“But I think our chances were over some time back. The Chiefs draw and the one point loss to the Reds ultimately were times when we should have secured wins. it just wasn’t meant to be.”

By Andrew Hollely