Bulls knew they could do it

Victorious coach Heyneke Meyer has attributed the Bulls’ historic 20-19 Super 14 victory over the Sharks to his side’s “knowing and not believing” that they could do it.

The Bulls side were the first South African side to lift a Super rugby trophy in the professional era after Springbok winger Bryan Habana broke the Sharks’ hearts by scoring a match winning try on full-time to snatch an assured victory from the hosts’ grasp.

“We needed to know and not believe we were going to win,” said Meyer.

“Hats off to the Sharks though. I think we’ve been blessed but they probably were the better team on the day.”

The home supporters in the sold-out ABSA Park Stadium had already started their celebrations when Sharks’ replacement lock Albert van den Berg had powered over for a try with barely 80 seconds left on the stadium clock.

However it was Sharks wing Francois Steyn’s missed conversion that ultimately led to the Bulls having a chance to hit back in the dying seconds of the game.

“At the end of the day you need a team with a lot of character,” said Meyer.

“You need guys that can pull it through it through at the end and that’s what the Bulls stand for.

“I’ve always described the thought of winning like a piece of charcoal – the more you put pressure on it, the more it will turn into a diamond.”

There’s no denying that the Bulls had to work hard for their precious Super 14 jewel, a stone that Meyer and the team had spent four years working towards and have ultimately grown as a family in their quest for Super rugby success.

“It’s an awesome feeling finally winning the trophy with my team,” said an emotional Meyer,

“It’s an honour and a privilege to coach these guys and I am the most proud coach in the world right now.”

“Each and every player enriches my life every day, and it just goes to show that if you get behind your team, the South African side can go all the way to winning the World Cup.”


365 Digital

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