Battered Bulls beware
10 Jul 2006
The Pumas have yet to win a game in the Absa Currie Cup, but they believe they have a chance against the Blue Bulls this weekend.
Apart from a complete mess against Griquas when they squandered a 26-8 lead after 30 minutes before losing 60-26 in round two, the Pumas have not really disgraced themselves.
They have hardly set the place alight either, but that may change when the Blue Bulls visit on Saturday. Despite three defeats from three outings, the morale in the Puma camp is still good.
And none are more upbeat than 32-year-old fullback Casper Steyn, who made his comeback from a hamstring injury in Friday’s 34-16 defeat to the Sharks in Durban.
“We struggled in the first three games,” Steyn told keo.co.za. “The first game we could have won against Western Province and in the second game we only played for half an hour and then it all fell apart.”
The Pumas face the battered Blue Bulls in Witbank on Saturday in a match both teams need to win and one which the Pumas believe is within their grasp.
“We analysed the video this morning and I believe we really have a chance especially at home. The Bulls are known for their good pack and they have strong runners in JP (Nel) and Frikkie (Welsh). But if we can starve them of the ball then we can cause an upset.”
Steyn’s boot – which slotted a drop, a conversion and two penalties against the Sharks – will be instrumental if the Pumas are to get the better of their neighbours. And he can kick them from just about anywhere. The Bulls have been warned.
By Andrew Hollely