By Fleur Rollason
Pic by: Desiree Schirlinger
The Vodacom Blue Bulls kept South Africa’s hopes of a Super 14 final alive on Saturday, 23 May by beating the Crusaders 36-23. The Bulls will play the Chiefs at Loftus Versveld in the final on Saturday, 30 May. It was a thrilling game with the Crusaders putting points on the board first, leaving the scores level just before half time – before the Bulls literally ran away with the game.
Morné Steyn scored a total of 21 points with three conversions, four drop goals and a penalty. He was supported by tries from Bryan Habana, Akona Ndungane and Pierre Spies. Steyn set the drop goal record for the Super 14. He has also managed to score the most points in the tournament this year, with 172 thus far. The Crusaders played a gutsy game, but were no match for the stronger Bulls side.
Bulls’ supporter, Mxolisi Nkongana, commented on the match, said, “It was a good game, but the outcome was inevitable. The Bulls didn’t play for fun, but to win.” The Sharks missed out on the semi-finals by just two points in their recent match against the Bulls, and many fans were disappointed by their performance. Rhodes student, Sizwe Stomele, said that “The Sharks really underperformed this season.”
The Bulls will meet the Chiefs in the final at Loftus on Saturday, 30 May at 17h30. This will be the second time they have managed to make the Super 14 final. The first time they accomplished this was in a close match against the Sharks in 2007. The Bulls beat the Sharks 20-19.