Monday, May 25, 2009
The Bulls will meet the Chiefs in the final of the Super 14 at next weekend after they staged a stunning recovery to beat the Crusaders 36-23 at Loftus Versfeld this past weekend.
An early try by Bryan Habana got the home team on the board, but it was last years champions, the Crusaders, who then flew off to a 20-7 lead, much to the dismay of the 52 000 strong home crowd.
The Bulls the staged an inspired comeback as they scored 22 points in eight minutes, taking them to a 27-20 half-time lead.
Flyhalf Morne Steyn did his Springbok aspirations no harm as he kicked four drop goals and converted three of the Bulls tries, contributing 21 points and earning him the Man of the Match award.
The Bulls will host the Final at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday against the Chiefs. Home advantage will be a huge factor, with the majority of tickets already sold out.
"We will need to build extra stands for the final," joked Bulls skipper Victor Matfield as he thanked the passionate blue-clad crowd after the match.
"The Crusaders began with a bang and the way our boys came back was nothing less than awesome."
Crusaders captain Richie McCaw accepted defeat with dignity.
"We were not good enough because after a great start we surrendered the momentum to the Bulls."
Kick off is at 17:30 local time (GMT +2) on Saturday 30th May.