Revenge on Sharks minds
19 Jul 2006
The Vodacom Blue Bulls are expecting a massive onslaught from Dick Muir’s Sharks team in Friday’s Absa Currie Cup clash in Pretoria.
The Blue Bulls have not come close to firing on all cylinders so far this season and will need to lift their game if they hope maintain their recent dominance over the Sharks.
“The definitely want to beat us badly after we won the Super 14 match at Loftus and then dumped them out of the semi-finals in the last round,” coach Pote Human told keo.co.za.
The Sharks have employed a dual squad system and suffered their first defeat at the hands of Griquas in Kimberley last weekend.
But on Friday night they will field a full-strength Sharks outfit in a game both teams are desperate to win. “That’s a huge compliment and I respect that. This is a huge game for us too. And I think they are out for a little revenge and after losing last weekend they need to get a win.”
Heyneke Meyer has been helping out this week as the Bulls try to resurrect a shaky start to the Currie Cup campaign. “We have only been firing at about 60% and we need 80% plus for the full 80 minutes if we want to emerge victorious on Friday. I know it is still early in the competition, but if you want a home semi-final then you have to win your home games, especially against the big teams.”
The Bulls have already dropped points to Western Province at Loftus Versfeld and simply cannot afford to do the same on Friday. It is shaping as one of the defining games of the entire campaign.
By Andrew Hollely