Coaches settle for stalemate

Victory might have eluded the Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Cheetahs but their coaches seemed content with the draw.

The 28-all draw was only the fourth occasion in history that the showpiece domestic match had not produced a result but far from being rueful of a lost opportunity, Cheetahs coach Rassie Erasmus choose to highlight the marked improvement of his side in recent seasons.

“The positive thing is that three years ago you wouldn’t have said we would win the Currie Cup,” Erasmus told Sapa. “I think we are taking steps in the right direction. I’m glad we did not lose. It just shows how close the battles between these two teams are.”

It was clear that Erasmus still viewed the Cheetahs as the premier side in the country. “It is nice to say that we will defend our title again,” Erasmus said.

Despite his side’s inability to secure their 22nd Absa Currie Cup title, Bulls coach Pote Human remained optimistic.
“The guys showed a lot of character out there. I’m not happy but I’m not crying either,” Human said.

Bulls assistant coach Heyneke Meyer praised the effort of his side and said the unavailability of their contracted Springboks and the loss of key players to injury made the feat more commendable.

“I’m very proud of the guys especially considering we have so many guys out. There are a lot of positives for the team in the future.”