Jean de Villiers has backed the Bulls for the Super Rugby final, just after his team defeated the men from Pretoria in a 30-13 match at Newlands, Cape Town.
The preliminary qualifiers for the 2013 Super Rugby season will see the Crusaders host the Reds in Christchurch on Saturday, while the Cheetahs will travel to meet the Brumbies in Canberra on Sunday.
“It has been a great season for them and hopefully they can cause a couple of upsets,” said De Villiers of the Cheetahs, who have made the playoffs for the first time in the franchise history.
“It is going to be really tough for them, as they will have to travel away all three games if they are going to make it to the Final.
“Good luck to them, hopefully they can do that.”
While De Villiers hopes the best for the Cheetahs, the Springbok captain can’t help but to back the Bulls.
“Essentially you probably going to have to back the Bulls – they still finished second, they will have a week off.”
“Hopefully they will get some injured players back – a guy like Jan [Serfontein], who is very important to them from a ball carrying point of view,” said De Villiers.
The Stormers captain also added that the 7-time Super Rugby champions, the Crusaders, are always a threat.
“You never know what can happen,” added De Villiers. “The Crusaders are on a bit of a roll and they will probably get the Chiefs in the semifinal.
“I won’t be surprised to have a Bulls versus Crusaders Final at Loftus [Versfeld].
“And you have to back the Bulls.”