Sunday, May 31, 2009

Chiefs offer no excuses, Matfield cites hard work in "the best two weeks of my life"

"The last two weeks have been the best two weeks of my life," Bulls captain Victor Matfield, who was an inspirational figure for his team in both their semifinal win over the Crusaders and this demolition of the Chiefs where he played his 94th Super rugby match, said.

"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."

He had a word of sympathy for the Chiefs, saying: "We all know how hard it is to travel and come all this way. The Chiefs had an awesome year."
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"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.

"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."

Muliaina also thanked his side for their season if not their final where they were beaten by 44 points: "It's been a hard few years but thanks for your efforts this year."

He even got into the mood when he thanked the massive crowd in Afrikaans for showing up: "Baie dankie."

The Chiefs lamented the way they weren't allowed back into the match as the Bulls hit back with three quick tries after Lelia Masaga had given the visitors hope with the opening try.

The final might have been disappointing because of its one-sided nature but try telling the Bulls that or their 50,000 adoring fans who packed the stadium

Matfield thanked the supporters, without you we couldn't have done this.

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