Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has urged all South Africans to get behind the Bulls ahead of their Super 14 semi-final.
The Bulls face the Crusaders, one of three Kiwi teams – alongside the Chiefs and Hurricanes – in the play-offs. The Bulls and Sharks contested the final in 2007 and De Villiers is aware of the momentum and confidence a successful run could give the Boks ahead of the British & Irish Lions.
‘It’s our duty to support the Bulls after everything they’ve achieved,’ De Villiers told Die Volksblad.
De Villiers didn’t name any Bulls players for the Boks’ only warm-up fixture against a Namibian XV on 29 May and he said the national side is a secondary concern at the moment.
‘The Bulls are most important right now and that gave our Bok coaching team the opportunity to delve a little deeper [in terms of talent identification],’ he said.
De Villiers is confident the home side will defeat the defending champs at Loftus on Saturday.
‘I give the Bulls a 75% chance of winning,’ said the Bok coach. ‘I think their recipe for success this year has been their faith in themselves and the fact that they have faith in each other. They know they can win.’