No one deserved to lose

Vodacom Cheetahs lock Barend Pieterse believes a draw was a fair reflection of Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup final.

Pieterse was unlucky not to have been named Man of the Match following his dominant performance at the line-outs. He stole five of the Bulls’ throws and was safe in securing his side’s own ball.

“We are a bit disappointed with the result because we wanted to win the game,” he said. “But a draw is probably a fair reflection, and well done to the Bulls.”

Bulls flank Pedrie Wannenburg agreed with Pieterse’s sentiments. “A draw is never nice, but we’ll take it,” he said. “I hadn’t played for four weeks so to return for the final was great. We had a fantastic crowd here today.”

Cheetahs captain Ollie le Roux thanked the crowd for their support and promised them more success next year.

“We have a great team and we have built a great culture in Bloemfontein,” he said. “Matches against the Bulls are always great battles and we enjoy testing ourselves against the best.”

Bulls captain Gary Botha thanked the travelling Bulls fans and said his team would look to build on their performance next season.

“We only got halfway there today, but we’ll go back to Pretoria and work even harder,” he said.