Matfield praises rampant Bulls
May 30, 2009
Victor Matfield praised his Bulls side after they secured their second Super 14 title © Getty Images
Bulls skipper Victor Matfield hailed his victorious team after they thumped the Chiefs to win their second Super 14 title in three seasons, but felt sympathy for the visitors who now face a long journey home to New Zealand.
Matfield was on the score sheet as the bull racked up an impressive eight tries and proclaimed the build-up to the final as the best two weeks of his line.
"The last two weeks have been the best two weeks of my life," Matfield told stuff.co.nz. "We started working for this in November. It showed that if you work hard you'll get the result on the field. We had no injuries in the last few weeks and that helped. We all know how hard it is to travel and come all this way. The Chiefs had an awesome year."
Winger Bryan Habana, who also chipped in with a brace of tries, hailed the squad and maintained that despite going down to an early try by Chiefs win Lelia Masaga the Bulls were always confident of victory at Loftus Versfeld.
"We have a very special group of players. It's amazing to be part of an unbelievable team and we have laid the foundations for future generations of this team," Habana said. "We knew the Chiefs would come at us and they scored that first try but we knew if we could keep our composure things would come good."
Chiefs skipper Mils Muliaina, who scored his side's second try at the start of the second half, offered no excuses after his side were swept away by a world-class Bulls side.
"We weren't allowed to play by the Bulls. That was a world class performance and well done to them. They thoroughly deserved their win and title," he said. "They showed us how to play and we just couldn't get going. The Bulls have had a fantastic season and I wish them all the best for Springboks selection."
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