It is this Saturday, May 27th, 2017
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
What a period of time for the Bulls, they have to entertain the defending champions of Super Rugby.
Few years back, ask any NZ team, they would have dreaded the prospect of flying long-haul, come into this much awaited encounter on Saturday.
We see the Bulls as a demotivated and disorganized bunch of players, hence the Canes in these situations con be the less ideal future opponents.
The Wellington-based team as you might know are the leading try-scorers with 72, accounting to an impressive average of 6.54 per match.
The leaders of the tournament i.e the Crusaders themselves are behind by 7 and have already played an extra game.
The Hurricanes also have some things to boast about. They have the best “points for” tally in the competition (483) & they are also the leanest outfit in “points against” (201).
On viewing previous week’s points swinging between 2 teams Hurricanes and Bulls gives us the feeling that the suffering may endure in Pretoria in a few days’ time. Effectively 91 now, if you weigh up the Hurricanes’ win margin of 54 victory over the Cheetahs with the Bulls’ loss margin of 37 in Johannesburg getting pounded by the remorseless Lions
In the early half, it looked as though the Bulls will go in for head to head methods in the fast pacy encounter, on last Saturday with tweets coming around.
After that, doubts about the Bulls began, their collective zeal & also about their fitness levels had turned the vibes around.
They could hardly keep possession & the Bulls were comprehensively taken back 7-2 in try terms and could not even reach the chalk in second half.
They have a mere 25 tries from 11 matches (average of 2.27 per game). Even the Sunwolves have more, 29 tries.
It is a bad scene for the Bulls, their season is closed mathematically as well. They have fallen apart. Behind the Stormers by 15 point who still have 4 games to go.
The Lions have been ahead even prior to their derby humiliation.
Their remaining matches after the formidable Hurricanes this weekend are with the Sharks (away) & Kings and Stormers at home.
Bulls flank Ruan Steenkamp said that they know that they have struggled to be competitive this season and that every time they promise to turn it around, but surely this upcoming match will see that. We have worked hard and long and this is a building process.
We have to keep believing in ourselves.
Personally, it is great to play with the Nz teams with the likes of Jerome Kaino & Liam Messam who are my heroes. Further, I am getting the chance to play against them. Finally, we are playing to better ourselves and we are playing vs the best of teams in the world.
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