Heyneke Meyer has admitted instructing the Vodacom Blue Bulls to secure the draw in extra time of Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup final.
With the scores locked at 28-28 and time up on the stadium clock, replacement Morne Steyn booted the final penalty into touch instead of throwing it wide and driving for the win. This has disappointed many of the Bulls fans, as well as a few of the players who felt Steyn should have played on.
Meyer has claimed responsibility for this decision, stating that it was too risky to run the ball, as the lethargic men on the field may have conceded a penalty and gifted the Vodacom Cheetahs the win.
“It was a 50-50 call, and it was my call,” Meyer told Brenden Nel of Independent Newspapers. “I wanted the guys to take it quickly and we had a move for that situation planned, but they took too long and Free State organised their back three very quickly.
“I was just scared because we had a lot of guys hurt and with cramps at that stage of the match. I was worried because we hadn’t kicked well and had missed a tackle or two and I was also worried that we would concede a penalty that could have cost us the Currie Cup. We had enough chances to win that game.”
Meyer confirmed that the fear of losing played a big part in the decision to share the trophy, and considering the Bulls side’s up and down season, the draw should be seen as a positive result.
“I had that taste in my mouth from last year – I know what it feels like to lose a final. You always play to win, but we will settle for the draw,” he said.
“As long as I am involved, then a draw won’t be good enough, but considering the season we have had and the game we went through; to arrive and overcome the sea of orange flags and a bad start, to have a chance to hold the trophy again is unbelievable.”