The Bulls are ready for the final after taking a week off.
JJ Harmse – Sport
Blue Bulls team manager Wynie Strydom believes a week’s rest was just the right medicine for the team ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup final against the Cheetahs.
While the Cheetahs trained throughout last week, the Bulls were given some time off.
“We have played so much rugby this year that the guys were quite fatigued, especially mentally. The few rest days was just the right medicine,” said Strydom.
“I can assure you that it will be a squad of fresh players that report for duty on Monday. And a squad with one goal only – to bring the Currie Cup to Loftus.”
Strydom, who has performed his management duties with dedication since 1997, has no doubt that the Bulls have the ammunition and said that coach Frans Ludeke would pick a full-strength side.
If Chiliboy Ralepelle passes his fitness test on Monday, Ludeke will be able to call on all the experience and ability in his squad.
Bryan Habana was carrying a hamstring injury, but the week’s rest should have him ready. Habana has regularly broken the Cheetahs’ hearts with tries over the past few seasons and his presence will add to the Bulls’ confidence.
There is some uncertainty among supporters about the Bulls’ front row and former Springbok hooker Gary Botha had to answer a number of questions about the issue in a question and answer session on the Blue Bulls’ website.
Botha stated that team work determined the success of a front row, rather than individuals.
“In order to improve you have to experience certain things and apply your knowledge when you end up in that situation again,” said Botha.
“The Bulls’ front row is learning all the time. It’s how they adapt that will determine their success.”
He believes that the front row’s performance in the semi-final against Western Province showed that good progress had been made.