Newsletter

Sign-up for the latest, breaking news!

LIVE

    Bjorn: We prefer underdog tag

    2012-07-19 07:48

    Brenden Nel - SuperSport

    Johannesburg - There may be those who feel the Bulls have a mountain to climb to win their Super Rugby qualifier in Christchurch this weekend, but winger Bjorn Basson isn’t one of them.

    SuperSport.com reports that the Bok flyer arrived in the icy cold snow of the New Zealand South Island on Tuesday with his team-mates to take on what many across the Southern Hemisphere see as “mission impossible”.

    It’s difficult to find anyone who thinks the Bulls will cause one of the upsets of the season - given the long journey, conditions and jetlag to travel halfway across the world and win in a city that no South African team has won in for more than a decade.

    But that’s not something that rattles the quiet-spoken Basson. After all, his try against the Lions was his 10th of the season, breaking the Bulls season record of Bryan Habana and allowing him to share top spot in the try-scoring stakes with the Hurricanes' Andre Taylor.

    There is no doubt though that the Bulls enter this game as underdogs. They will be heavily against the odds in Christchurch and will have to produce a compelling performance to beat the home side.

    But that, in itself, is a new feeling for the Bulls side. For years they were one of the dominant teams in the competition, and to once again be written off by all and sundry is a different, if somewhat refreshing experience for the men in blue.

    Basson is one of the new breed of Bulls that hasn’t won a Super Rugby championship - he replaced Habana after the Bok try-scoring record holder moved to the Cape and was one of the stars in a mixed 2011 season.

    “I think we definitely are the underdogs this week,” Basson said, “but that is the way we prefer it. It’s all about handling the pressure and we are a team that back ourselves and goes from strength to strength.

    “It is a new feeling for us though, but then again, given all the guys who left us at the beginning of the season, there were a lot of people out there who didn’t give us a chance of making it this far. We’ve proved them wrong and we’d like to do it again.”

    Basson gets a bit shy when you mention the record, although he is known as one of the best finishers in the game, but while he likes crossing the whitewash, the winger wants to lay his hands on that Super Rugby trophy.

    “It is a goal of mine - it motivates me to do well and to play at my best. Maybe this could be our year after all, who knows? As for the records, it’s a great feeling to know you’ve beaten a record, that’s why you play. It’s my goal to break records and if I can break a few more, I’m happy to do that this year.”

    Rated as one of the best chasers of the high ball, the winger is set to get a lot of work this weekend in the cold air, but if his team-mates show as much belief as he does, the Bulls might just be in with a chance.

    Read More On:  bulls super 15 bjorn basson rugby

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    43 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    • SS3
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    /Sport

    Results

    04 July 2015
    27 June 2015
    20 June 2015
    13 June 2015
    12 June 2015
    06 June 2015
    05 June 2015
    30 May 2015
    29 May 2015
    23 May 2015
    22 May 2015
    16 May 2015
    15 May 2015
    09 May 2015
    08 May 2015
    02 May 2015
    01 May 2015
    26 April 2015
    25 April 2015
    24 April 2015
    18 April 2015
    17 April 2015
    11 April 2015
    10 April 2015
    04 April 2015
    03 April 2015
    28 March 2015
    27 March 2015
    22 March 2015
    21 March 2015
    20 March 2015
    14 March 2015
    13 March 2015
    07 March 2015
    06 March 2015
    28 February 2015
    27 February 2015
    21 February 2015
    20 February 2015
    15 February 2015
    14 February 2015
    13 February 2015

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    EXPERT OPINION

    “Craig Joubert deserves plaudits for making a gutsy call against the home side in the Super Rugby semis, writes Herman Mostert.”

    Opinion Poll

    Super Rugby is a thing of the past. Next up: The Rugby Championship. Who will emerge victorious this season?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.