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Springbok legend and now Cheetahs scrum gury, Os du Randt, believes the Bulls are a far better team now than the one that suffered a shock defeat to the Cheetahs in the final in 2005 at Loftus.

Hendrik Cronjé – Sport24

The Blue Bulls team that will take on the Cheetahs in Saturday’s Currie Cup final is stronger than the one that played against the Free State in 2005. That is the view of former Springbok prop and Cheetahs scrum coach Os du Randt.

He believes the Bulls are the overwhelming favourites for Saturday’s final as they have a number of world class players in their ranks.

“The Bulls are more mature and experienced than they were in 2005,” said Du Randt.

“They are playing with practically the same squad and are now a better team.”

Wynand Olivier (centre), Bryan Habana (wing), Morné Steyn (flyhalf), Fourie du Preez (scrumhalf), Pedrie Wannenburg (flank), Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw (all locks) and Heini Adams (scrumhalf) were all involved in the 2005 final.

“The Bulls are also in the favourable position that they have played in Super14 finals since 2005 and are the Super14 champions. They would have learned a lot from that,” said Du Randt.

By contrast, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské has set about building a new team since taking over the reins from Rassie Erasmus in 2007.

The only Free Staters that were involved in the 2005 final that will play at Loftus on Saturday are loosehead prop Wian du Preez, replacement flank Kabamba Floors and centre Meyer Bosman.

Du Randt, Drotské and Barend Pieterse (lineout coach) have retired as players since the 2005 final, but are still involved in the Cheetahs’ coaching set-up.

Free State’s backline coach of 2005, Helgard Muller, is now the team manager. Like in 2005, the Cheetahs of this year are keeping their feet firmly on the ground and Du Randt therefore did not want to say much about their chances.

“One thing I can say about the current Cheetahs team is that it is peaking at the right time,” said Du Randt.

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  1. I recall the bragging of everyone before that last game

    Bulls saying

    Rugby is not a contact sport it is a collision sport

    Free State breaking their scrum machine before the game

    Yawwnnn

    More of the same

    Who cares

    As long as the Shocks and WiePee are nowhere near the cup all is well in South African rugby.

    Notice how our dominance of world rugby in 1995 and 2007 coincided with dominance of the local game by inland teams… with a smattering of okay players from the coast…

    Coincidence?

    I think not.

  2. “Springbok legend and now Cheetahs scrum gury, Os du Randt, believes the Bulls are a far better team now than the one that suffered a shock defeat to the Cheetahs in the final in 2005 at Loftus.”

    The Cheetahs are also better than the 2005 team and my problem with the Bulls is that half the team is tired because of Springbok duties. And next week they playing again for the Boks.

    Will they be tired for the Final?
    Will they be thinking of the Test Match against the hoenders?

    Something the Cheetahs do not have!!!

  3. bunny, it is a huge problem. The top boks should have a longer off season between eoyt and the pre season s14 practise and games. I heard in an interview with victor that it is only 1 week.

  4. Copied from a post on the Bulls official website:

    Elke WP en Haai,
    Maak nou ‘n groot lawaai.

    Self kon hul niks vermag,
    maar nou wil hulle spog met die Cheetah se krag.

    Hoor nou die gedonnner en gedruis,
    Van die agterbakse WP-gespuis!

    Skielik het elke Leeu vergeet,
    Uit watter rugby-bak hy vreet.

    Elke diepsee haai,
    Staan tou om saam met ‘n Cheetah te braai

    Wen of verloor my bloed bly Blou.
    Ek verruil nie my siel deur met ‘n Cheetah te trou!

    NOU DIE BLOU!!!!

  5. BVoodskapo wat ek uit Bloemfontein gekry het:

    Daar is net een kwas en dis Griekwas
    Daar is net een staat en dis die Vrystaat
    en
    Daar is net een skaap en dit is gemeenskaap!!

  6. “Self kon hul niks vermag,
    maar nou wil hulle spog met die Cheetah se krag”

    “Copied from a post on the Bulls official website”

    AH

    ten minste is die buLLe “opleibAAr”

    :whistling:

  7. AGGesiestog

    SoMMige blou oNNersteuners het huLLe self so k :poop: k gedra dat huLLe mAAr net sAAm met huLLe se eie sOOrt sal kan brAAi!

    Net vir die rekord

    Die res van die land hAAt juLLe nie

    is verseker OOk nie afgunstig nie

    as gevolg van juLLe eie optrede sedert 2003 is dit net moelik om juLLe onvOOrwAArdlik te “lAAik”

    Ek lEEs dat ouens in brakpan wat skoene dra word dagbesoekers genoem!

  8. Ek dink daai gedig is iets tekort..

    Ek is ‘n Leeu maar glo my

    Die naweek is my bloed blou…

    Die Bloemfonteiners het die ondersteuning van die see spanne en dis genoeg om my van hulle af te walg…

    Die Cheetahs is nie my tweede span nie… die Bulle is…

    Gautengers bymekaar

  9. Reply to Morné @ 10:47 am: Arme Morne kan nie ‘n foto kry van ‘n WP wat celebrate oor iets gewen nie…

    Ek wonder hoekom nie…

    O ja

    Seker omdat hule bokkeroll gewen het sedert 2001….

    Jis amper tien jaar sedert hulle laas eers in ‘n final gespeel het… raak maar bleek ne?

    Ten minste het die Leeus al twee keer sedert 1999 in ‘n finaal gespeel… al het hulle verloor.

    Mens sal maar na groen truie moet gaan soek vir WP’s wat iets celebrate..

    O en die Leeus het darem al paar keer die Vodakak Beker gewen…

    WP?

    NUKS

    :finger: :brownie: : bigfinger:

  10. Die Bloemfonteiners het die ondersteuning van die see spanne en dis genoeg om my van hulle af te walg…

    hehehe

    Die deBBen piete lAAik die ouens wat nie vir huLLe spEEl nie eintlik voKKel!

    :whistling:

  11. nou misbruik mornè sy regte as deel van admin, om ñ foto te post van die vet overrated een. Net oor daar nie foto van puke (sy hero) in ñ strepies trui bestaan, waar hulle actually iets wen nie.

  12. Reply to PietPloos @ 1:28 pm:

    Dear Angel of Death

    This year you took away:

    My favourite singer, Michael Jackson

    My favourite actor Patrick Swayze

    My favourite actress Farrah Fawcett

    Just so you know, my favourite Politician Is Julius Malema

    :cuckoo:

  13. Reply to Minora @ 1:56 pm:

    hehehe

    sOOs ek gese het

    Die BuLLs is darem opleibAAr

    huLLe lEEr uit huLLe foute

    iets wat mens nie van die aNNer spaNNe- or mEEr presies- EEn spesifieke span se suPPorters kan se nie!

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