Bulls to rework blueprint
Pretoria - Bulls coach Frans Ludeke
says that his team need to learn from their last Super Rugby outing against the Stormers in order to effectively prepare for their semi-final clash with the Brumbies at Loftus Versveld on Saturday.Rugby365's website
reports that the Stormers exposed a few chinks in the Bulls' armour in the set pieces and at the breakdown, something Ludeke is all too aware of.
"I don't think our set pieces, scrum or line-outs, were good enough to play in a pressure game like that," Ludeke said referring to the 30-13 defeat to the Stormers.
"(Also), penalties at the breakdown - you need to be smarter."
Ludeke expressed the need for the Bulls to adapt their game accordingly.
"Also, getting out of our half, we couldn't release the pressure (against the Stormers)," he said.
"The times that we applied pressure we also got points.
"We've said it a number of times, but there is a lot to take from that game (against the Stormers), we can only benefit from the game."
He went onto stress the importance of improving the team's execution of their set-pieces.
"It is a vital facet of the game.
"If you want to apply pressure, you need to make sure you get the ball when you are in good positions, to build that pressure," Ludeke said.
"It is an area will focus on."
Ludeke admitted that although his team have had a week's break, that he is still trying to learn on improving on cutting out the mistakes which led the Bulls to their downfall on their recent visit to the Cape.
"You always go back and see what you can take from it," he said,
"It is now a new competition, the knock-out phases.
"It is a once-off and we will be ready for it.
"The players had a week off and there are plenty of positives that await us and we are determined to end the season on a high.
"We have a semi-final at home, we will prepare for that game and then take it from there."