Rain will help Bully Boys

Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie believes the Bulls can pull of a shock victory against the Crusaders in the second Vodacom Super 14 semi-final if the weather is bad.

The ‘Tahs lost 26-17 to the Bulls at Loftus and 17-11 to the Crusaders in Chritchurch, so McKenzie is more qualified than most to make a prediction.

“I think the Bulls-Crusaders game is going to be very interesting,” said the coach. “If it were wet, that might change the circumstances. You could see in that Crusaders game against the Brumbies last week … it was a level pegging game until the last eight minutes and the Bulls, with their forward pack in wet conditions, could put a bit of pressure on.

“I don’t think anything is a given these days. But certainly the Crusaders deserve to be the favourites because they’ve been the best team all year.”