Ludeke wary of Force

2010-03-24 11:21

Brenden Nel

Johannesburg - Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke won’t be underestimating the threat the Force pose to his high-flying team when the two sides meet on Saturday.

Ludeke’s Bulls are the only unbeaten side left in the Vodacom Super 14 at the moment, and are on a run of 11 straight Super 14 victories, but will face a challenge of a different sort in Perth on Saturday.

On the face of it, the Force’s lowly 14th position points to a one-sided game, but Ludeke is wary of what he saw in the Force’s narrow 14-10 defeat at the hands of the Waratahs and believes the Australian side is very much a threat to his charges.

The Bulls arrived safely in Perth on Wednesday afternoon, Australian time, and headed to their hotel to rest after their long flight, but will only take a decision on scrumhalf Fourie du Preez’ injured ankle later on.

Ludeke said while the Bulls had not been flashy in their victory over the Hurricanes, they were happy with the win. They are also preparing for a massive onslaught against the Force, who last year lost narrowly to the Bulls and beat them the year before in Perth.

“We’re focussing on our own game and we will continue to back our own structures,” Ludeke said, “And you are prepared to adapt as we did last weekend to grind out a result when things don’t go your way, then you will always be in with a chance.

“They have shown a massive improvement in the last two weeks and the return of some of their senior players has made a remarkable difference in the way they have played.

Ludeke has taken note of the Force’s defensive structures, especially at the breakdown where they are strong.

“Their defence is good, especially at the breakdown and around the fringes. This is why a lot of the teams don’t get their momentum going against them, because the Force are incredibly competitive at the breakdown.

“We need to be committed and accurate at the breakdown this weekend. They also have a good setpiece – and in this competition when a team has a good setpiece and good defence, they will always be a danger to anyone they play.

The Bulls will name their side after they have more clarity on Du Preez’ fitness.


  • StuartW - 2010-03-24 12:34

    If the Bulls play like last weekend, they are going to loose....guys, I do hope you got out of that slump you were in....They should not under normal circumstances loose to the Force.....good luck

  • Molefe - 2010-03-24 13:05

    Anybody who watched the Force against the Tahs last weekend and STILL underestimate them si a fool! Come on Bulls, you cannot possible expect to get another get out of jail free card like you did this past weekend! Pull up your socks boys!

  • Gerrit - 2010-03-24 13:14

    Last week we showed that we can pull off a close win against the expectations of the non-believers. Even if our defence is "leaky" as some would suggest, the Force just don't have the striking power to be a real threat.

  • Stormer - 2010-03-24 13:31

    Go bulls, kick @** on your away tour we want you fighting fit for the Bulls vs Stormers final. Forget last weekend and play like you have done all season.

  • Dawie Schrader - 2010-03-24 13:56

    Bulls just stay focused, concentrate and believe me your tour will be a great success. Come on you are at least the Champs. Nu staan op en maak ons almal trots."BULLS BO" good luck

  • Marcus - 2010-03-24 15:24

    Matt Hodgson's been outstanding this season for the Force in David Pocock's absence. I hope he gets rewarded with the Wallaby jersey this year- he deserves it!

  • bloubal - 2010-03-24 15:51

    laat vir du Preez rus en speel vir heini adams. hy het bietjie game time nodig en is goed genoeg om in te staan vir du Preez. Die S14 is nog lank en ek dink nie die Bulle moet onodige kanse vat met senior spelers nie

  • Province - 2010-03-24 16:25

    @Gerrit: "Last week we showed that we can pull off a close win against the expectations of the non-believers"? My, how the tune has changed, hey. Touring is not as easy as playing at Moftus where the absolute retartedness of the spectators, and the fact that they all look the same, stun the opposition into making mistakes.

  • The Godfather - 2010-03-24 16:48

    You know what has impressed me most about this Bulls side? Once the expansive running game doesn't work they can just as easily fall back on their kicking/mauling game. How many teams do you know of that has 2 or 3 types of tactical games they can use whenever they want? And those people who complain about the defence; 11 Straight wins in the Super 14. Nough said.

  • hardiblu - 2010-03-24 18:22

    Province - Yet again a perfectly good thread is tarnished by the scourge of so called Stormers supporters, who insist on leaving their slime trails wherever they pass. Your bovine excrement comments suggest only that your adolescent thought process surpasses only that of a dodo, and that is not to suggest that a dodo cannot out wit you! Don’t you think that you would be more comfortable in a more familiar surrounding; your rodent similarities suggest that your utterances and behavior will perhaps be best suited in a sewer?

  • telg - 2010-03-24 19:43

    Bulls have a very simple but effective game plan - just keep on scoring more than your competitors. Every game will be hard as all the teams step-up their game against the current champion. Remember Bulls isn't "wanna-be's", have done this before - rest of Sa still trying!! But keep at it, it is worth the effort.

  • Blue Jake - 2010-03-24 20:37

    @hardiblu. You took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Molefe - 2010-03-24 23:19

    @hardiblu & Blue Jake. Ignore him. It is just that low life Anti-Bull trying to get a rise out of you. Cant you smell his BS?

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-03-25 09:17

    @StuartW. What slump? The Bulls have won 11 games in a row in S14, and lost only 3 of their last 22 games. Those 3 were against the Brumbies (31-32), Crusaders (13-16) and Highlanders (12-36), all away games in 2009, and we still won the title. Slump ???? What slump ????

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-03-25 09:59

    StuartW: I allowed these Blue clowns to get to me again , don't fall for their tricks, leave it , you gonna get a lot of stupid comments about your best wishes for the Bulls. ( Bulls Supporters Like Unabashed Dutchman & Co can't read to well , so they will not understand that you are actually wishing them well)

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-03-25 11:33

    @Province. It takes the world biggest retard to call other so. You are a pathetic suurgat loser. Get a life you little pizza faced weasel.

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