It’s an odd sight, seeing the Bulls down in sixth spot on a Currie Cup log, and something that non-Bulls supporters would have thought was not going to happen for quite some time. The thing is, I am of the opinion that they will stay right where they are, not getting close to even fourth spot on the log.
My reasoning for that is quite simple. The season for them is basically over, and if you look at their fixture list, it only gets tougher the further you look down. They might end the season with three games against the minnow teams (one of which is against Griquas in Kimberley), but before that, there are still trips to Bloemfontein (this weekend) and Johannesburg.
That said, a home game for the Bulls doesn’t necessarily equate to points either, with this weekend’s match against the Sharks a prime example. And there they still have to face a Western Province outfit that is in a two horse race with the Sharks for the second home semi-final spot.
The bad news for the Bulls is, where other teams are expecting a list of Springboks to return from New Zealand, they don’t have many real stars coming back for them. They will lose in the region of 400 caps in Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, Fourie du Preez and Victor Matfield, which is a lot of experience to be without going into a SupeRugby tournament.
The Boks that are returning though, include Chiliboy Ralapelle, who will most likely lead the team ahead of Gary Botha, Pierre Spies, Francois Hougaard and Morne Steyn. Even though these players will make a huge difference in key positions, the team as a whole is very young and will need a few years to grow into the Bulls team we have come to know.
In closing, I think the Bulls are going to have a torrid few weeks in the Currie Cup, and new coach Pine Pienaar will have the luxury of giving the youngsters a decent run at Currie Cup level with nothing to play for.Tweet