No surprises from Bulls
21 Jul 2006
The Vodacom Blue Bulls will stick to what they know best for the much-anticipated Absa Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld tonight.
Flyhalf Morne Steyn says it is highly unlikely that the Bulls will deviate from the successful “normal Blue Bulls style rugby” for the crunch game against Dick Muir’s Sharks outfit.
“The last game went quite well even if only for the first half,” Steyn told keo.co.za. “But we showed glimpses of our potential against the Pumas and now we need to continue that.”
The Bulls will rely heavily on the boot of Steyn to keep them in their opponents half and then they have the option of kicking for poles or driving up in search of a try.
There is added pressure for the Bulls in that their home form, for so long a major contributing factor to their success in recent seasons, has been dismal in the Currie Cup this year.
“Our home form has not been good and after a win by just two points and defeat to Western Province the guys are keen to rectify the situation.”
Loftus has done no favours for the Bulls since the Currie Cup began so they should not expect that merely turning up will guarantee them victory tonight.
“We are focussed on our own game and are not too bothered about the Sharks. Everyone knows what we do and how we play. It’s all about getting that right for 80 minutes now.”
A second defeat for the Bulls at home will set the alarm bells ringing, while a second consecutive defeat for the Sharks will do likewise. The race for a home semi-final berth is gaining momentum already.
By Andrew Hollely