The team’s hopes of reaching the play-offs may already be a distant memory by the time their match against the Sharks kicks off at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria today.
The real challenge will be to avoid sinking further down into the abyss and the promotion-relegation play-off zone. It would be an embarrassing slide for a proud and mighty rugby union looking to rebuild following a massive player exodus.
South African unions just don’t have the money to retain or sign the big players demanding even bigger pay cheques.
The Currie Cup campaign is about more than fighting it out for one of the most prized possessions of the local game. The young calves now donning the Light Blue jersey will have to develop into bulls. And quickly. This team represents the core of the Bulls’ player corps for next year’s Super Rugby.