Pretoria - Blue Bulls prop Werner Kruger
believes they have the squad to make a strong run towards domestic success this
The Blue Bulls boast one of the most
successful records in the Currie Cup, with 23 titles (four shared). Only
Western Province have more accolades with the Cape Town-based union boasting 34
titles (four shared).
However, it’s been six seasons since the
Bulls have lifted the Currie Cup trophy, having last won the domestic
tournament in 2009 when they beat the Free State Cheetahs in the final in
Kruger believes the Bulls have the talent
to end their title drought.
“You can’t compete in a competition if you
don’t feel like you’re going to win it. We definitely want to win it,” Kruger
“We are a young squad, but we have a lot of
exciting talent and a good blend of experience.
“Some of the younger guys have Currie Cup
experience under their belt. For others, it will be their first tournament. So
we just need to put the proper structures in place and execute them.”
Kruger added that the senior players have
an important role to play.
“We need to bring calmness to the field,”
said Kruger. “We need to step in, especially in pressure situations, and remind
the guys not to rush and force things.
“During training, we also offer insight and
advice based on our previous experience at this level.”
The Bulls begin a new era under head coach
Nollis Marias, who has achieved success with Tuks during the Varsity Cup and
the Blue Bulls Under-21s in previous years.
Kruger believes Marais has been effective
since his appointment.
“We’ve been training hard and well over the
past four weeks. Things have been going well under coach Nollis so far,” said
“We are excited to achieve the right
results during the Currie Cup with a new squad and a new coach.”
The Bulls start their Currie Cup campaign
away to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday (14:15 kick-off).
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