The Bulls became thedominant team of Super rugby for the last few years when they demolished the Chiefs by 61-17 at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria in the Super 14 final.
The scenes were unBULLievable as the stadium was packed with a sea of blue - People dressed in blue, painted in blue, blue flags etc. There was drama as the lights went out, Eskom does have it's problems in South Africa, but thankfully the delay was not too great.
The Chiefs were given a rousing Loftus welcome, and then the Bulls ran out to an amazing reception.
The Bulls had a great start to the game, dominating territory and possession. I thought Kaplan unfairly penalised us in the first two scrums, the second of which allowed the Chiefs to get out of their territory, put pressure on Kirchner and his poor kick allowed Masaga to score a try against the run of play.
At that stage, the Bulls were under pressure, the game could have gone anywhere.
It is a testament to this Bulls team the way they respond to pressure. They are unBULLievable. Guts, character, spirit and masses of confidence. These are the qualities the Bulls have exhibited in bucket loads over the second half of the season. Firstly Du Preez, then Du Preez again.
Then Habana. Once they got on a roll, the Bulls machine was irrepressible. However the Chiefs then got a bit more possession and territory and started to threaten the Bulls line.
It was simply unBULLievable defence that repelled attack after attack, and that led to Bryan Habana intercepting another try right on halftime. ...At halftime, and the game was effectively over.
The Chiefs had to score first after halftime, and they started throwing the ball around as they tried to run the Bulls around. Eventually their possession and willingness to attack gave them a faint sniff of it at 34-14. However once again the Bulls responded with a pressure, pressure and more pressure.
Another penalty, and then Kaptein courageous Big Vic, scored a superb try from the base of the ruck. His vision all season has been superb. And the way he surveyed his options before scoring was awesome. The fact we've only lost one game all year with Big Vic at the helm, is testament to the inspiration of Big Vic.
And that was only a three-point loss when he was coming back from injury and didn't look himself at all. He does so much work that goes unnoticed. He cleans out every ruck, and secures the ball, he scans the field and directs play so well and his try was just reward for a great season.
He's one of my top-three players of all time, a great guy, and a true role model.
After that it was simply a bit of Bulls fun. The result was never in doubt, the urgency was gone from the game and the Bulls were dominant. Olivier try was beautiful, Pretorius butchered a chance on the goal-line, and then Spies capped off a great season with a superb intercept effort and sprint for the line.
Once again, it was Matfield scanning the field and tapping quickly that led to Roussouw's try. A fitting finale to the game.
Overall we dominated everywhere on the field. The set pieces were great, Matfield and Botha reigned supreme in the lineouts. Seven wins on opposition ball. The scrum was backpedalling the Chiefs.
At the breakdown we dominated the collision points. Kuun, Potgieter, Stegmann, they won almost every battle. Our kicking was almost pinpoint. We drove the Chiefs deep into their half. We chipped and chased and scored. We pressurised and contested in the air. There were no weaknesses anywhere.
This Bulls side has simply gained in confidence every week. There is no side that would beat them in their current form.
At their preseason camp in George last year, the Bulls set a goal of topping the log and winning the Super 14. They achieved that. It's a great lesson to other SA rugby teams. What you focus on becomes your reality.
When you talk about how difficult touring is, it is difficult. When you talk about how great defences are and how hard it is to score tries, you won't score (i.e. Stormers especially).
The difference with the Bulls is they offer no excuses and create their own destiny. They believe in themselves and the confidence they have exhibited has gone from strength to strength as they build their legacy.
They were the only team to win all of their home games, eight in total. They became only the fourth team (along with the Crusaders, Blues and Brumbies) to win the Super rugby competition more than once.
They became the highest points scorers in a final (61). The highest points margin in a final (44). The best looking fans, the best crowd, the best looking players, the best ground, the best cheerleaders...where does it end!The Bulls were simply the Best! Go Bulle Go!