Cheetahs to play it safe

Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pote Human expects the Cheetahs to adopt conservative tactics for the Absa Currie Cup final.

While the Free Staters ran in five tries at Loftus two weeks ago to claim a valuable bonus point that earned them a home final, Human believes they’ll be less willing to spread it wide on Saturday.

“I think they’ll keep it tight in the first half and use Willem de Waal’s boot a lot,” he said on Boots & All. “Then if the situation allows it they’ll play a more expansive game in the second half. The key for them will be the performance of their tight five. If they do well, it will allow their loose forwards to get into the game, especially Kabamba Floors.”

Strangely, Human insisted that the Bulls “had nothing to lose” in the decider.

“The Cheetahs are playing at home and they are defending the title, so they are under the most pressure,” he added. “We are well prepared and hungry to bring the Currie Cup back to Pretoria.”

While the Bulls have beaten the Cheetahs twice at Vodacom Park this year (in the Super 14 and Currie Cup) Human was reluctant to read too much into those results.

“History counts for nothing on the day,” he said. “In the end, the team with the best discipline will win it.”

The Bulls will catch an early flight on Friday morning and are expected to arrive in Bloemfontein at 11am.