LIVE

    Bulls: No complacency

    2012-03-09 09:10

    Johannesburg - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke knows his team’s fortunes could change in the short space of a week, and will caution his men against complacency when they meet the Blues in a Super Rugby match in Pretoria on Saturday.

    “I think the great thing about the Super Rugby competition is that every week you need to be there, only 100 percent is good enough,” said Ludeke.

    While the Blues have lost the first two matches on the trot, it is not a true reflection of the dangers they pose in the competition.

    The Bulls have been the most impressive of the South African teams since the start of the season and were launched into the log-leading position after a rampant 51-19 victory over the Cheetahs last weekend.

    Despite conceding 18 penalties to the seven that went against the hosts, and attacking less than their opponents, the Bulls won in convincing style.

    Ludeke, however, said his side would not dwell on the result but rather take the confidence from the victory into the Blues encounter.

    “We were fortunate to have good results the first two weeks - that was really a confidence builder going into this match,” Ludeke said.

    “They are a quality side with a lot of international players, so we are really looking forward to it.”

    The Bulls have won both of their matches so far, and will play the Blues for the first time since 2010.

    While the Blues are leading the charge with eight victories in the two sides’ last 13 head-to-head matches, their record at Loftus Versfeld is far less impressive.

    Their last victory in Pretoria dates back to 2003 when they beat the Bulls 56-28 en route to the last of their three Super Rugby titles.

    “They are a team that carry the ball, they play with confidence, and are not afraid to use their skills in contact to get the ball away to a player in space,” said Ludeke.

    “The Blues have a balanced team, the way they play varying their play well with kicks, and they can also play direct.

    “They have a good pack of forwards which creates the right platform for them.”

    The Bulls will hope to finish this phase of their campaign on a high as they will have a bye next weekend, before they take on defending Super Rugby champions, the Reds a week later.

    Spectators are almost guaranteed to see expansive running rugby when these two sides meet, and Blues captain Keven Mealamu expected nothing less for Saturday’s clash.

    In their last three visits to Pretoria, the Blues have conceded four or more tries on each occasion, which augurs well for the Loftus faithful.

    Read More On:  super 15 frans ludeke

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    25 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read
    Commented

    Fixtures

    13 February 2015
    • Crusaders v Melbourne Rebels, Christchurch 08:35
    • Brumbies v Reds, Canberra 10:40
    • Lions v Hurricanes, Johannesburg 19:10
    14 February 2015
    • Blues v Chiefs, Albany 08:35
    • Sharks v Cheetahs, Durban 17:05
    • Bulls v Stormers, Pretoria 19:10
    15 February 2015
    • Waratahs v Western Force, Sydney 07:05

    Results

    24 April 2015
    02 August 2014
    26 July 2014
    19 July 2014
    12 July 2014
    11 July 2014
    06 July 2014
    05 July 2014
    04 July 2014
    28 June 2014
    27 June 2014
    31 May 2014
    30 May 2014
    24 May 2014
    23 May 2014
    18 May 2014
    17 May 2014
    16 May 2014
    11 May 2014
    10 May 2014
    09 May 2014
    03 May 2014
    02 May 2014
    26 April 2014
    25 April 2014
    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Does the Waratahs' Super Rugby victory give the Wallabies an edge heading into the Rugby Championship?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.