The Vodacom Blue Bulls may have lost the Currie Cup final 29-25 to the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, but they have reason to hold their heads up after a successful season and with the junior titles in the bag, there is reason to believe that there will be many more trophies in the future.
Of course, the team would have loved to give captain courageous, Anton Leonard, the perfect send-off, but with a record of 48 victories from 57 games as captain, his career can be classified as a huge success.
The Blue Bulls have never been into the excuse-making business, so hats off to the Cheetahs for their valliant efforts. The victory will do wonders for rugby in the area and create just the right platform to launch next year’s Super 14 campaign from.
Despite the loss, there is still plenty to be positive about. Both the under-19 and -21 sides won their competitions, proving that the structures are in place and that the future of Blue Bulls rugby is bright.
The under-21 side showed real character after losing to the Lions two weeks ago. In the final, they demolished the selfsame Lions side 36-10 to win their title.
The players have all been given a two week break before training for the Super 14 starts again and the whole process repeats itself.
Vodacom Blue Bulls: Try: Akona Ndungane. Conversion: Morne Steyn. Penalties: Morné Steyn (4), Derick Hougaard. Drop Goal: Johan Roets.
Vodacom Cheetahs: Tries: Bevin Fortuin, Meyer Bosman. Conversions: Willem de Waal (2). Penalties: Willem de Waal (5).
Blue Bulls under-21:Tries: Pierre Spies (2), Hilton Lobberts, Marius Delport, Thabang Molefe. Conversion: Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Penalties: Potgieter (3).
Golden Lions under-21: Try: Edrick van Tonder. Conversion: Arno Coetzee. Penalty: Coetzee.