Bulls looking for momentum

    2015-02-19 20:04

    Pretoria - Following their opening defeat at home, the Bulls will be looking for quality possession when they take on the Hurricanes in their second-round Super Rugby match in Pretoria on Friday.

    Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said his side could not quite execute their game plan in their 29-17 loss to the Stormers last weekend.

    "It is about what happens on the gain line, if you get that front-foot momentum ball then any team will look dangerous," Ludeke said.

    "The attacking mindset is there, but you need to get that momentum, get over the advantage line and build from that."

    One of the biggest areas of concern in their opening match was their scrum, where they were put on the back foot early on when specialist Werner Kruger left the field injured in the opening exchanges.

    Their battles in the scrum, coupled with the Stormers' dominance in the contact areas, gave the Bulls little possession to create attacking play.

    Ludeke, however, was confident his charges would produce a better performance against the tourists.

    "We will improve this weekend, no doubt about that. It wasn't good enough last weekend losing here at home," Ludeke said.

    Bulls captain Pierre Spies said although the players were not happy with the result, they would go into Friday's encounter with the Stormers match forgotten.

    "It was obviously a big disappointment. We want to start the season and when you start at home you want that victory," Spies said.

    "The biggest thing is to put it behind you as quickly as possible. We had hard words for each other and we want to make it right this weekend."

    The Hurricanes made a superb start to their campaign by outsmarting the Lions in Johannesburg a week ago.

    The New Zealand outfit were rewarded for their tireless defensive effort by winning the match without much possession.

    Ludeke said the Hurricanes were a side with an all-round game.

    "What we saw last weekend against the Lions was their strong defence, definitely a more improved defensive system," Ludeke said.

    "They have a good work-rate by getting the numbers up, while they are very competitive at the collisions, and like any New Zealand side when they get their offloading game going they are a dangerous side.

    "They are class outfit from number one to 15, but we back ourselves, and it is about putting an 80 minutes performance together."

    Spies said the Hurricanes, brimming with international experience, would have taken a lot of confidence from their victory over the Lions.

    "We know we were not good enough (last weekend)," Spies said.

    "We did not play the important moments well and made silly errors that cost us dearly. Everyone is ready to make the step-up."



    15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Morne Mellett

    Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Hanro Liebenberg, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 Jurgen Visser, 23 Dayan van der Westhuizen


    15 Jason Woodward, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Reggie Goodes

    Substitutes: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Ardie Savea, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 James Marshall, 23 Matt Proctor

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