'Tahs brace for Bulls' forward challenge
Cape Town - The surging Waratahs are preparing to adjust to
a third different South African challenge in as many weeks as they seek to
maintain their mid-season Super Rugby momentum.
Three straight wins have propelled the Waratahs back into
Australian conference contention.
The Sydneysiders are level on points with the
conference-leading Brumbies and have a game in hand, with the Rebels two points
After thrashing the Force, the Waratahs cracked the
defensively strong Stormers and nullified the attack-minded Cheetahs.
They will face another style next Saturday in Sydney when
the Bulls bring their forward-based power game.
The Bulls' three highest scores of the season were against
Australian sides and they will be facing Aussie opposition for a fourth
straight week after defeating the Rebels 45-25 in Pretoria early in the season.
Over the past three rounds they beat the Reds 41-22 at
Loftus Versfeld and smashed the Force 42-20 in Perth, before losing 23-6 to the
Brumbies in Canberra last Friday.
"Good set-piece team, big, strong guys and we've copped
a few injuries," Waratahs captain and openside flank Michael Hooper said.
"The Bulls have had a great start to the year and are
going to be a really tough outfit, especially after Friday night, not getting
the points there.
"So they'll come out firing. They've had a few weeks in
Australia and they'll be good to go."
The Bulls have always been renowned for an uncompromising
and intensely physical approach and the ‘Tahs expect more of the same at
Waratahs pivot Bernard Foley insisted there was still a lot
of improvement left after they struggled to score against the Cheetahs in the
"The Bulls are a dangerous side and we definitely have
to match them up front. They've got some big guys across the park," Foley