The Blue Bulls will be hosting Western Province in one of the Absa Currie Cup semi-finals on Friday 16 October, at Loftus Versfeld at 19:00. Loftus last hosted a Currie Cup semi-final in 2008, with 35 000 fans enjoying an epic encounter. Under the innovative leadership of newly appointed coach Nollis Marais, or ‘Chuck Nollis’ as he has more affectionately become known by fans, a rather young and inexperienced Bulls team have managed to ignite the imaginations of their fans. Winning eight out of the ten pool matches, the men in blue cemented their second place spot on the log with a close final round win over the Pumas in a hot and humid Nelspruit on Friday.
Marais says: ‘Coming into the tournament, people didn’t give us a lot of hope. We decided at the outset to create our own culture in the team, one that the saw these young men enjoying their rugby and having a bit of fun. Make no mistake; it’s been far from perfect, but it’s a great way to start moving forward.’
Captain Lappies Labuschagne, is a soft spoken man of few words, and even though he believes in doing his talking on the field, his excitement is obvious when he chats about next weeks game. He says: ‘Every team wants to have the luxury of a home semi-final, so we are really grateful to be in this position. There’s very little that compares to the home ground advantage when getting into this stage of the tournament. The influence and power of a packed Loftus should never be undermined. Our fans have shown amazing support and belief in us, and I truly believe that we owe them this semi.’
Tickets will be on sale from 09:00 on Saturday 10 October and will be starting from as little as R40 (North and South behind the Poles). These will be available online at Bulls.ticketpro.co.za, and at the Loftus Ticket office.