The Blue Bulls are on the verge of making history by becoming the first South African rugby team to win the Super 14 and Currie Cup in the same year.
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Furthermore, Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana, Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha, Morne Steyn, Pierre Spies, Gurthro Steenkamp and Danie Rossouw could become the only players to have won every trophy available to them in one year, with the Super 14, British and Irish Lions and Tri-Nations winners’ medals already in the bag.
Meanwhile, though the Bulls’ victory over Western Province and the Sharks’ shock defeat at the hands of the Free State Cheetahs will swell the coffers of the Blue Bulls Company, it will enrage local soccer fans, as it means the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will have to be moved from Loftus.
With the PSL having banked on the Sharks beating the Cheetahs, which would have seen the Currie Cup final being played in Durban, it was announced last week that Chiefs and Pirates would battle it out at the city venue.
But with the Bulls winning in Cape Town, it guaranteed them a lucrative home final against the Cheetahs.
With the finalists having been involved in some epic finals in the past six years, there is going to be a scramble for tickets, which went on sale today. The Bulls beat the Cheetahs in 2004, the last time the Pretoria side won the Currie Cup outright.
Fate was cruel the following year, as the Bulls were looking at making it four wins in a row, when Meyer Bosman announced his domestic rugby arrival with a last-gasp try at the end of extra time that handed the Cheetahs the Currie Cup trophy.
In 2006 the teams shared the spoils after scores were level at the end of extra time.
It was the Cheetahs that prevented the Bulls from contesting in their sixth consecutive final when they beat them in the Bloemfontein semi-finals in 2007, and last year the Bulls lost in the final to the Sharks.
There will be no love lost between the two sides, and Bulls coach Frans Ludeke believes that playing at Loftus will ease the pressure and tension of the week leading up to the final.
“It is a huge bonus for us. At one stage we were almost out of the competition but we played well and secured the third spot. It is nice not to travel again and to have that crowd.
“We experienced it (the crowd) on Saturday. When you have the home crowd behind you, the opposition need something special.
“Playing at Loftus is where you want to play semi-finals and finals. History is history, and when you reach out for a part in history, that is when it will play a part in your mind. It’s a final, it is level ground and we saw it play itself out on Saturday, where we had to fight,” Ludeke said.