Their standing on the Absa Currie Cup log may suggest that the Blue Bulls are the second best side in the land, but captain Victor Matfield believes that a new era of success is about to dawn at Loftus Versfeld.
Vata Ngobeni writes for the Pretoria News that Matfield is of the opinion that the Bulls have finally come together as a unit and they can only improve starting with the Currie Cup clash against Griqualand West in Kimberley on Friday.
The Bulls seem to have taken much from their victory against incumbent champions the Free State Cheetahs last Saturday and are keen to elevate their general play to a level where they are heads and shoulders above the other Curie Cup teams.
“The guys have been playing well throughout the season and with a few of the Springboks back we can improve on the form we have. We’ve always said attack puts bums on seats and defence wins you trophies and that is what the Bulls are about. We always pride ourselves on our defence and that was probably the one aspect where we played best in against the Cheetahs and hopefully we can get better every week. Most of us haven’t played Currie Cup rugby for a few years now and it is nice to be back. Everyone is getting to know each other better and that is what we need, to be a close knit unit if we want to win the trophies and I believe we are getting there,” Matfield said.
And while the Bulls seek to finish off the round robin stage of the Currie Cup with maximum points from their two remaining fixtures, Friday and next week against the Valke at Loftus Versfeld, Matfield placed little emphasis on the fact that a Sharks loss in the next two weeks could see the Bulls go top of the log and secure a home semi-final.
Many of the Bulls faithful will have their fingers crossed this weekend that the Lions beat the Sharks but Matfield believes that the Bulls should focus on what they can control instead of worrying about matters out of their hands.
“I think we need to focus on our own game and our own race. What happens in the other games does not matter, we just need to focus on our game to ensure that we get the points we need,” Matfield said.
The Bulls, however, will need to brush up on their work in the lineouts and dominate the points of breakdown throughout the 80 minutes. There there were patches of play in the Cheetahs match where the Bulls were outnumbered and eventually counter rucked off the ball at the breakdowns.
Bulls forward coach Johann van Graan believes that the Bulls can improve on their lineouts but especially in the rucks where he feels that the men in blue are vulnerable and could be found wanting.
“We can improve every week in every department. I think the Cheetahs pack is the strongest in the competition and we did well against them. Credit must go to the Cheetahs.
“They outrucked us out wide and that is where we are vulnerable and that is an area we will improve on,” said Van Graan. “We must obviously limit our mistakes especially against Griquas, who are very good at the breakdown. The players know that.”
“For us it is important to keep the momentum,” said Bulls backline coach Pieter Rossouw.Tweet