After 3 weeks of this Super 14 behind us, there is one thing that has stood out for me of the rugby that the Bulls are playing.
We have heard about the X factor, the Y factor, just about every alphabet factor that a team should have. In my opinion the Bulls’ success is attributable to the KISS factor. Let me explain before Dawie gets excited and starts dreaming of his trips to the local gay bar. The “Keep it simple stupid”- factor.
What a revelation to see the backline of a South African team playing simple but effective rugby again. Not trying to confuse the opposition with fancy moves, which in the end confused themselves even more. Just plain and simple running rugby with emphasis on the skills involved to use the opportunities. When your basic skills are top notched, you do not have to try and confuse the opposition. You outclass them.
Simple skills like doing things at speed, running straight thus creating hesitation, passing and catching. That is all the Bulls have been doing. They played the traditional game. Strong forward dominance and snake like strikes with the backline. The way the game is supposed to be played. Skills like Morne Steyn displayed with that little chip kick. Precise and execute perfectly.
For once we are seeing real traditional South African rugby. The tradition was never 10-man rugby. That was a myth created when our players and coaches stop focusing on the basic skills of backline players other than just defense.
This is short and sweet, but an ode to something great like the rugby we saw from this team over last 3 weeks, need not be a book. Well done Bulls and your coaching staff. You have taken the first step to getting the soul of rugby back into the game.
Afterall we find that the game haven’t really change.