For the Bulls to win their last seven matches before the start of the Super 14 play-offs is not as farfetched a notion as some rugby enthusiasts may think.
Morris Gilbert of Beeld writes that Victor Matfield, who captained the Pretoria team when they won the competition last year, says it will be foolhardy to write them off at this stage of this year’s competition.
“People forget how often the Bulls have been in this boat and how often they have proved the doomsayers wrong,” the Springbok lock said from France on Thursday.
“The Bulls are a strange team; they perform at their best when the pressure is at its worst.
“This time it’s different, because the Bulls have to start their comeback in Australasia; not at Loftus Versfeld. This makes the task more difficult but not impossible.
“As long as there is the slightest possibility of them reaching the semi-finals they cannot be underestimated,” Matfield said.
He feels the Bulls can solve the problems that have been dogging them since the start of the competition when they play the Blues on Saturday.
“There is unbelievable talent in the team against the Blues. All the Bulls have to do to play to their potential is to believe in each other and make use of every opportunity.
“The Blues are among the pacesetters but the Bulls are equipped to play the kind of rugby that the New Zealand teams don’t like.
“The Blues play a physical game but they don’t enjoy it when you’re in their face all the time. We have to stop the ball carriers in their tracks and tackle them back, ball and all.”
Matfield agrees that the experimental laws do not suit the Bulls. “We’ve always liked to control the tempo of the game. Especially against New Zealand teams we slowed down the pace to limit the danger their backs pose.”Tweet