Sport24.co.za reports that Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and other rugby greats feel that all South Africans should support the Bulls against the Crusaders in the Super 14 semi-final at Loftus.
“I give the Bulls a 75 percent chance of winning,” said De Villiers.
“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.
“It’s our duty to support the Bulls after everything they’ve achieved,” he said, referring to his decision not to include the Bulls players in the Bok squad who will be playing a Namibian team in Windhoek on Friday.
“The Bulls are most important right now and that gave our Bok coaching team the opportunity to delve a little deeper.”
The ex-Springbok prop, Os du Randt, thinks the Bulls have a good chance of beating the New Zealanders.
“The Bulls can definitely win against the Crusaders. If they can neutralise Richie McCaw with an aggressive yet controlled approach, it will boost their chances even further.
“The 50 000 or so supporters will also make things difficult for the Kiwis.”
Ollie le Roux, a former South African prop, seems more certain about a Bulls’ victory.
“The Bulls are the favourites by far, especially if one takes into account how well Fourie du Preez and Morné Steyn are playing.
“They can place their opponents under extreme pressure with tactical kicking.”
A former Bok coach, André Markgraaff agrees. “I think Du Preez and Steyn’s kicking will be the determining factor. They put serious pressure on their opponents.
The Crusaders will thus also try to put pressure on the Bulls right from the start, but I don’t think they have the mettle to win at Loftus.”
There was a word of caution that came from Carel du Plessis, another former Bok coach.
He feels the Bulls can’t afford to relax when they play the Super 14 defending champions.
“The Bulls have a strong pack which has laid the foundation for several victories. The Crusaders are a cunning team, but they’re missing several key players.”
Du Plessis said, “the thousands of local supporters at Loftus will certainly be a factor, but the Bulls will have to maintain the intensity they’ve demonstrated during this season when they face the Crusaders.”Tweet