LIVE

    Ludeke praises Matfield effort

    2011-06-13 08:23
    J.J. Harmse

    Pretoria – The captaincy of Victor Matfield was a crucial factor in the Bulls’ Super Rugby victory over the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday, coach Frans Ludeke believes.

    The Bulls won 19-16 and had to see off a spirited fight back from the home side in the closing stages. Ludeke said that his team had been focused and knew what was required to get the victory.

    “Our tactical decision-makers were very good and here one has to emphasise Victor’s role. His decisions were very good and he provided good leadership on the field. You could see everybody knew the plan throughout. The guys were committed to ensure that it was executed,” said Ludeke.

    Matfield captained the team for a 73rd time (a Super Rugby record for a South African captain) and succeeded in keeping his team on the front foot throughout.

    “While we conceded more penalties (16 against 8) than them, I believe we were disciplined in our play. We played in the right areas,” said Ludeke.

    He added that the Stormers did not produce any surprises.

    “Things went pretty much as we expected, though the Stormers carried the ball more than we thought they would. They put a lot of effort into crossing the advantage line and into trying to break the line, but our defence was incredible,” said Ludeke.

    The Bulls made 126 successful tackles against the 68 of the Stormers.

    Ludeke said he was calm at the end.

    “I thought it would be a nerve-wracking few minutes, especially if they could keep the ball. A moment on inspiration could easily have decided the game. That was also the case when (Bjorn Basson) was responsible for that moment with his defence.”

    Ludeke was full of praise for his opponents.

    “Both teams really wanted to win. They were playing to secure a home semi-final and we were playing to keep our tournament hopes alive.

    We finished a little better than them and made better use of one or two opportunities, but other than that it was a very equal match.”

    The coach believes it was probably the Bulls’ best win of the year.

    “That was probably the case if you look at it in the context of what was at stake.

    “We have turned the season. If you look at where we were and where we are now, it has been a great fight back effort. We put in a lot of hard work and are grateful for it.”

    Ludeke said that the task had not yet been completed.

    “With our fight back effort we have created the opportunity for ourselves to be involved in the playoffs, so we want to capitalise on that.”

    Ludeke expects an equally tough match against the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

    “It’s still a must-win scenario. We have the same number of points and are in a battle for a playoff spot. Once again it’s like a final. This week we will focus on nothing else than beating the Sharks.”

    The Bulls will not train seriously on Monday as a number of their Springboks are involved in a training camp in Durban.

    Meanwhile, Fourie du Preez and Bakkies Botha may be involved this weekend.

    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
    123 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    • SS3
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    /Sport

    Fixtures

    07 March 2015
    • Blues v Lions, QBE Stadium 08:35
    • Reds v Waratahs, Suncorp Stadium 10:40
    • Cheetahs v Bulls, Free State Stadium 17:05
    • Stormers v Sharks, Cape Town 19:10
    13 March 2015
    • Hurricanes v Blues, FMG Stadium 08:35
    • Force v Rebels, nib Stadium 13:00
    14 March 2015
    • Crusaders v Lions, AMI Stadium 05:30
    • Highlanders v Waratahs, Forsyth Barr Stadium 08:35
    • Reds v Brumbies, Suncorp Stadium 10:40
    • Stormers v Chiefs, Cape Town 15:00
    • Cheetahs v Sharks, Free State Stadium 17:05

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    From which country will the 2015 Super Rugby winner hail?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

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