Is the Bulls era over?
24 Jul 2006
The Blue Bulls are a team in crisis and in need of a drastic overhaul if they are to continue to remain a threat in this years’ Absa Currie Cup competition.
Following the second home Currie Cup defeat of the season to the Sharks at the weekend, the Bulls are clinging to fourth place, just two points ahead of Griquas. Griquas travel to Pretoria on Saturday for a match that is shaping as a humdinger.
The Bulls, missing a host of top players, have struggled to stamp their authority on a competition which they have dominated for the best part of four years.
Three Currie Cup titles in-a-row is no mean feat. And they were only denied making it four on the trot in the dying minutes of the final last year.
Since then though – and the Vodacom Super 14 apart – the wheels have started to come off. The quality back-up that has served the Bulls so well since 2002 is not delivering the same impact as in previous years.
An outdated game plan may be also to blame, while the decision to relieve Heyneke Meyer of the hands on duty of coaching the team seems to have had a negative impact on the team. Since his departure the Bulls have lost twice (both at home) and have only a solitary win against log basement-dwellers, the Pumas, to show for their efforts.
Coach Pote Human remained defiant saying the team had learnt from their mistakes and they would be much harder to beat in the second half of the Currie Cup.
“The guys have taken the defeats to heart and we realise we need to adapt or die,” Human told keo.co.za. “The Bulls have a proud tradition in this competition and it is still a long way from being decided.
It must also be remembered that the Cheetahs struggled in the round-robin and finished fourth on the log, but came good winning both their semi-final and final away from home.
Meanwhile, Heyneke Meyer, the man that brought those three titles to Loftus is currently in England on fact-finding mission.
By Andrew Hollely