Both teams believe they can win, but the difference between the Vodacom Blue Bulls and the Pumas could come down to the kickers.
In Morne and Casper Steyn, the two teams have two of the more reliable goal-kickers around. Casper at 32-years-old is ten years Morne’s senior and may have the edge on Big Match Temperament.
“I’ve been around a while, but I’m feeling good and as long as I keep relatively injury free I think I have a few more seasons in me,” Casper told keo.co.za.
“And I was pleased with my comeback match (he scored 11 points, including a monster drop-goal against the Sharks) after my injury at the end of the Vodacom Cup. I’m looking forward to playing my old team,” says the man who holds the record for the most points in a match for both the Bulls (40) and Pumas (37).
Casper also holds another dual record: the most points in a season for both the Blue Bulls and Pumas, 361 and 192 respectively.
When the two clash in what actually amounts to a derby Absa Currie Cup encounter in Witbank on Saturday afternoon, victory is sorely needed for both teams.
The Pumas have yet to register a win, while the Bulls have not exactly set the scene alight in the opening three rounds. “It’s not going to be easy, but if we can get good first phase ball and put pressure on them then hopefully I will be able to have a few shots at goal,” said Steyn.
Pumas coach Chris Grobler told keo.co.za of the importance of Casper to his team: â€œIf we can get into good positions in their half then Casper is very capable of knocking over penalties all afternoon. We will try and stretch them wide and force errors and then Casper will come into the game.â€
â€œIâ€™ve said it before and Iâ€™ll say it again, we are close to causing an upset against one of the big teams. We are ready for Saturday.â€
By Andrew Hollely