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Matfield hails awesome victory
Bulls skipper delighted after thrashing Chiefs
Delighted Bulls skipper Victor Matfield hailed "the best night of my life" after his side thrashed the Chiefs 61-17 to clinch the Super 14 trophy.
Matfield ran in one of eight tries for the rampaging Bulls at Loftus Versfeld as they made their home advantage pay.
The captain believed home support had been vital for the team, who also won the title in 2007 after defeating the Sharks in Durban.
People started queuing for tickets immediately after their semi-final victory over the Crusaders at home last weekend and Matfield hailed the support as "awesome".
"Two years back we were awesome with two South African sides, but I think this last week, arriving here on Monday morning and seeing everybody queuing here, we almost couldn't get to training on Monday," Matfield said.
"Luckily we trained at Tuks (University of Pretoria) otherwise we wouldn't have been able to train with all the people here (at Loftus).
"It was just awesome with all the support and everything. It's been a great year and we're happy to finish it like this."
The skipper believed both continuity and progression had been the keys to their success.
"I think it's just nice that we had the same plans throughout the year," said Matfield.
"That's one thing that we believe in at the Bulls, we do the same things, we just try and do it better every week and fortunately the ball bounced for us and we're very happy with the result."
Matfield also gave credit to the Chiefs, saying they had shown a lot of character in their first Super 14 final but the away conditions had played a big part in their disappointing performance.
"They're a great team," he said, "I think they showed throughout the year what a good side they are."
Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina, who scored one of his team's two tries, paid respect to the Bulls and their crowd following the defeat.
"We weren't allowed to play by a fantastic Bulls side, you showed us how to play," he said at the presentation ceremony, adding the crowd had been "awesome" even though they were not backing the Chiefs.
The skipper also praised his own players for their efforts during the season.
"It has been a pleasure captaining you, you have been a fine group of men," he said.
Chiefs coach Ian Foster added the side had not been expecting such a hiding.
"Clearly we didn't expect a runaway victory when we came here and we got beaten by a very good team," Foster said.
"They took opportunities early and we got behind, and then we had to try to play catch-up rugby."
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