The Vodacom Blue Bulls are not taking the Falcons lightly in their opening Absa Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.
“We cannot afford to become complacent. Yes, we are missing several players, but this is an opportunity for the rest to show what they are made of,” Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer told keo.co.za.
With only a handful of regular Super 14 players available for the first Currie Cup match, Meyer realises that against the Vodacom Cup champions his charges will need to be at their very best.
“People musn’t just expect us to beat the Falcons. They have had the whole of the Vodacom Cup together, while we have had the least amount of time to prepare,” said Meyer.
The Bulls though have become past masters at dealing with the loss of the cream of their crop. For the best part of the last four years, the Bulls have had to maintain without a host of Springboks.
“Also, the loss of captain Anton Leonard and vice-captain Ettienne Botha was a huge blow and robbed us of experience in crucial areas.”
Meyer has appointed the usually combative Frikkie Welsh as skipper for the first match and plenty will rest on his shoulders if the Bulls are to get their campaign off to a winning start.
The desire is huge to reclaim the trophy after the dramatic defeat in last years’ final to the Cheetahs.
By Andrew Hollely