The Vodacom Blue Bulls Absa Currie Cup win over the Pumas in Witbank at the weekend may be the defining moment of the season for the team from Pretoria.
This is the view of coach Pote Human, who has a win under his belt after his debut match was lost to Western Province last weekend.
Although the entire performance was far from completely convincing, the first 40 minutes was sublime and gave a glimpse of what the team can achieve.
“I’m proud of how the guys played in the first half. We really played well,” coach Pote Human told keo.co.za. “This is a very important result in the context of the season. Honestly, it was the first time in the Currie Cup that we played close to our true potential.”
The Bulls were fantastic as they ran in five superb tries to lead 41-10 at the break. The second half was shared at 7-all, bringing the final tally to 48-17 in favour of the visitors and showed that plenty more hard work lies ahead.
“With all respect to the Pumas, they are not considered to be a real contender for the semi-finals, but an away win is precious. It is always hard to come to Witbank and get a good result,” added Human.
And with the topsy-turvy results at the weekend, the Bulls find themselves up a log position in second place, behind last years champions the Cheetahs. The top two teams will earn the right to host a lucrative semi-final.
The Bulls are on 15 points – one behind the Cheetahs – tied with the Sharks, but lead the Durban-based team on points difference. The Bulls and Sharks face each other in a potentially explosive encounter at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
By Andrew Hollely