Cup double a dream come true for Ludeke

BLUE Bulls coach Frans Ludeke says winning this year's Absa Currie Cup and Vodacom Super 14 titles is a dream come true.

BLUE Bulls coach Frans Ludeke says winning this year's Absa Currie Cup and Vodacom Super 14 titles is a dream come true.

The Bulls lifted the Currie Cup at the weekend after beating the Cheetahs 36-24 in a thrill-a-minute final at Loftus.

They also won the Vodacom Super 14 after beating Waikato Chiefs of New Zealand at the same venue early this season.

Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, an impressed Ludeke said they were keen to build on this year's success next season.

"We had a great season and we want to work hard to maintain the momentum for the coming season," Ludeke said yesterday.

"I doff my hat to all the players in the squad. They proved that they are world class. They really played their hearts out for the success of the team. To say they were excellent would be an understatement.

"We knew there was a lot to play for at the beginning of the season and we managed to achieve our objective. The players and technical staff worked hard as a collective through good and bad times.

"Collecting the two trophies in the same year was a great achievement.

"We have now set our sights on retaining our trophies next season. But we know that it will not be easy because all the teams will want to beat us based on what we have achieved this season," added Ludeke, the former Lions coach.

He also congratulated his flyhalf Morne Steyn and scrumhalf Fourie du Preez for winning SA Rugby awards on Monday night.

Du Preez won the player of the year award, while Steyn won three awards, including the players' player of the year award.

The champions have been given a three-week break.

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