Fleck wary of Bulls backlash

2011-09-14 12:03

Cape Town - With the race for Currie Cup semi-final spots heating up a notch every week, the harder it will be for teams to grind out results and obtain precious log points.

It will be no different when the Blue Bulls entertain Western Province at Loftus on Saturday.

Both teams can ill-afford any slip-ups in the now closing stages of the round-robin phase with only four matches remaining after Saturday's clash.

The Bulls are sitting precariously in sixth spot on the Currie Cup log, five points away from the Free State Cheetahs, who currently occupy the last semi-final spot in fourth place.

However, one would think the pressure on second-placed Province would not be as great, but their backline coach, former Bok centre, Robbie Fleck thinks otherwise.

He says that no matter what the log says, the Bulls will always be dangerous opponents and believes the men from Pretoria are striving for a more attacking approach to their play, moving away from their traditional "kick and chase" principle for which they have been frequently criticised.

“They are attacking channel or two wider now. That means that our slack defending in the midfield over the last two weekends will have to be a thing of the past this Saturday,” Fleck told Wednesday’s Die Burger.

Fleck says that proof of this is in the number of tackles the Bulls opponents have had to make in recent weeks.

“The Sharks attempted around 200 tackles and the Free State in the region of 170, whereas the Bulls only had to make something like 60 tackles,” added Fleck.

Fleck maintained that even though their bitter rivals have changed their approach, the core aspect of the Bulls game plan is still to physically break down opponents’ momentum upfront, something which he says Province are still prepared for, much like the past when preparing for a North vs. South Derby.


  • Northern Stormer - 2011-09-14 12:10

    Liewers bang jan as dooie jan - Fleckie het rede om bekommerd te wees want hulle gaan met alles kom wat hulle het. Gaan dit genoeg wees ??? Weet nie sal eers moet sien !!! Ek persoonlik is baie jittery oor die game maar ag wat miskien moet ons maar help met 4 punte want dan kan ons dalk help om hulle die vernedering te spaar om uit die top 6 te val volgende seisoen ?? not a damn - gee als ek vee hulle van die map af - dit moet die attitude wees !!!!!!!!!!

      WHAT - 2011-09-14 13:27

      is jy bietjie bang, vrind, he he he...goeie rede!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-14 14:46

      @WHAT - Nooit bang nie my maat net versigtig, baie versigtig. n Bulls span met die rug teen die muur is gevaarlik maar nie oorwinbaar nie - sal maar moet wag en sien ???

      Zip23 - 2011-09-15 12:22

      well kick some WP backside, and in the same time be nice to Sadie and Engelbrecht :)

  • Shark-Chic - 2011-09-14 13:24

    Never thought I would EVER say this but: Go the Blou Bulle!!!!!

      gooinat - 2011-09-14 13:51

      Thats sux big time:):):)

      BlueSilver - 2011-09-14 14:18

      Thank you Shark-Chic! Good luck to your team as well! Jip, WP, be afraid, be very afraid! Do not count them out yet!! GO BULLE!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-14 14:52

      Why thank you Shark-Chic! But we all know you have your own selfish reasons for supporting the Bulls on this one... Nevertheless we appreciate the support :)

  • warerugby - 2011-09-14 13:57

    Die bulle speel altyd met hard en siel, hulle sal dalk die naweek verloor, maar julle sal die bulle elke week sien groei van krag tot krag!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-09-14 17:13

    Wees altoos versigtig vir 'n gekweste opponent of dra die gevolge. Net jammer my geliefde WP is so uitgedun deur beserings. Maar, nouja, dan wen ons maar die wedstryd met dié wat oorgebly het. Ek voel goed oor die komende wedstryd se uitslag. Voluit vorentoe, WP, moer hulle!

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-15 03:42

      Ignoreer asb. die fake kleinboet wat regtig nou almal irriteer. Bulle sal soos altyd hul comeback maak en die WP vermorsel. WP= JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

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