Rugby

No quick fixes, says Bulls coach

2014-12-08 10:25
Frans Ludeke (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke is hoping for a more prosperous season for his team next year.

Fans in Pretoria are unhappy after another disappointing season for the men in blue. They won only 13 out of 27 matches (Super Rugby and Currie Cup), while tries were also hard to come by.

The last time the team won a noteworthy trophy was the 2010 Super Rugby competition.

In an interview with Netwerk24, Ludeke said it's understandable for fans to be upset.

"We started moving away from the old game plan this year, but execution and decision making cost us dearly - often at critical moments. The team has to get the self confidence back which Bulls teams of the past had, and there are no quick fixes."

Ludeke also said losing several key players cost them dearly. In 2013, the Bulls lost Juandre Kruger, Wynand Olivier, Morne Steyn, Jano Vermaak, Zane Kirchner, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dewald Potgieter and Jacques Potgieter to overseas clubs.

"It had a big impact because it caught us off guard," said Ludeke. "Our strategic planning was in disarray losing so many players all at once. In 2013, we couldn't pay the guys what they wanted and we couldn't compete with the overseas markets."

The Bulls start their 2015 Super Rugby campaign at home to the Stormers on February 14.

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