Ludeke: Bulls wary of Brumbies

2012-04-20 11:08

Johannesburg - Coach Frans Ludeke says the Bulls expect a stiff challenge from Jake White's Brumbies this weekend as the tourists go in search of their first win at Loftus Versfeld since 2006.

The Bulls square up against the Australian conference leaders in their Super Rugby clash in Pretoria on Saturday.

"Brumbies sides like to play phase-play in the vacuum, a retention kind of game and they do it well, so we have really taken notice of that," Ludeke said.

"They are playing fantastically at the moment and they are definitely a threat.

"They have made a huge improvement on their previous performances.

"When we prepared for them we saw that they were capable of scoring some great tries and can put you under pressure."

A victory will hold the Bulls in good stead ahead of their tour of Australasia in a fortnight's time.

A loss for the visitors, meanwhile, could further expose the warped conference system as the Brumbies should in reality be in sixth position on the overall log.

The Canberra-based team, on 24 points, are third overall, by virtue of leading their conference, while the Bulls, on 29 points, are in fourth place.

The Brumbies, however, should not be discounted as they have won four of their seven matches this season.

White, the former Springbok coach, has done wonders with a youthful side who could prove to be a stumbling block for the Pretoria giants.

The Bulls are fresh off a strong showing in their 32-18 victory over the Lions last week, recording their fifth win from seven matches.

Ludeke nonetheless felt his troops were far from the complete package and were looking for improvements on Saturday.

"We want to improve every week and we are definitely not satisfied with where we are as a team," he said.

"There are many areas that we want to improve in."

Bulls skipper Pierre Spies said it was crucial for his side to take the spoils this weekend before they embarked on their tour of Australasia.

"It is very important to get that momentum before going on tour," Spies said.

"We have the bye next week, so we have time to regroup.

"It is another vital game and we would like to end this phase on a high."

The Sharks, meanwhile, are back at home after a month-long tour of Australia and New Zealand, and skipper Keegan Daniel believed their defence would be tested by a strong Chiefs backline that included centre Sonny Bill Williams.

Unbeaten in Durban this season, the Sharks will look for a morale-boosting victory over the table-topping Chiefs who have lost only once in this campaign.

“That whole backline is filled with X-factor players, not only Sonny Bill, but we’ve all seen what he’s capable of with [former team] the Crusaders and when he’s played for the All Blacks," Daniel said.

"He has an unbelievably good offload game which makes him exceptionally dangerous.

"He’s a big guy who carries a lot of ball, so we will have to pay lot of attention to him.

“But in saying that, they have some unbelievable backs as well.

"Overall, it’s going to have to be one of the biggest defensive efforts from us as a team.”


  • Lionel - 2012-04-20 11:15

    Bulls should be to strong for the Brumbies,good luck!!

      Terence - 2012-04-20 11:49

      Thanks Lionel.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-20 11:58

      Aaaah look at the camaraderie!!! Hot and fussy feel Friday!! Thanks Lionel, good luck with your team too!!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 12:27

      Lionel & Terrence.... GET A ROOM!

      Lionel - 2012-04-20 12:33

      Tokkie,Monday things will be back to normal:):):)

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 13:20

      Tokolos knew this was too good to be true

      Terence - 2012-04-20 13:25

      Can't wait for Monday.

      Raymond - 2012-04-20 16:06

      @Tokolos Get a fatal heart attack

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 17:11

      Raymond.... Your surname says it all so Tokolos don't take you seriously... Tokolos is in very good health thank you and have many years left in him to give idiots like you hell on these blogs. So go play with yourself!

      Lance - 2012-04-21 12:14

      Adding to Lionels love of the moment.. Brumbies will be cheese..enjoy.. Go Bulls !

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-20 11:24

    Listen you Bulls.. one word of encouragement... Kick the crap out of the brumbies.!!!!!!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-20 11:55

      Thanks Storm, same with your team against the Reds!!!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-20 12:03

      Hope Morne Steyn pitches up with his kicking boots this time ...

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 12:29

      Stormpie Kapie... What happened my cousin? What changed your life? Good luck to you too. What is this world coming to? First Lionel and Terrence cuddling and now Stormpie Kaapie. Tokolos don't know anymore!!!

  • Anton - 2012-04-20 12:55

    Wat is dit nou met die ass licking hier nou

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 13:22

      Sê ek ook mos nou Anton!!! Mens sal sweer dis 'n ballet blog die!

  • Japjapjap - 2012-04-20 13:43

    "Bulls good luck!!..." "Kick the crap out of the brumbies.!!!!!!..." ..begin di stoormers skielik maniere kry?? NEE, kan nooit gebeur ni!!! As ons so kyk na di soet sapige soapi hierbo, kom mens net een ding agter,.. hulle begin nou-al gat kruip?? JA, hulle is erg bang- VREES is 'n snaakse ding- dit maak besope viskoppe & sitbokke, nederig en bedagsaam??altans vir 'n kort rukki... danki vir al di gatkruip komplimente daar van di onder wereld...hahaha snork snork hahaha

      Raymond - 2012-04-20 16:12

      I have it on good authority that wild animals only attack when they are scared. Some of you Bulls supporters are just like wild animals. You are alwyas attacking the Stormers supporters ~ you must be scared!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-21 01:45

      Raven... You are right my friend. What a coincidence? Raymond... With a surname such as "Dick"... Who can take anything you say seriously?

      Lance - 2012-04-21 12:19

      Jap...Bulls have to win cause we want to beat them again in the its all bitter sweet...Go Bulls ! I havent got time for petty cr@p when it comes to national pride :-)

  • 1amAlan - 2012-04-20 17:55

    Ah well, if that's the kind of abuse you get for wanting an Aussie side to get thrashed, then I say, Go Brumbies!!!

  • 1amAlan - 2012-04-20 17:56

    Onthou, 'n bul se ma is nog steeds 'n kooi.

      Schaun - 2012-04-20 19:40

      i think in grade one they start to learn people to spell, you just should of holded out 2 more months then you would not only have your pre school report

      1amAlan - 2012-04-20 20:57

      LOL, and they can TEACH you grammar.

  • Jacobus - 2012-04-20 20:44

    ek sal ook worry, as ek n blou aap was, go brumbiesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss, super pic. brumbies 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000!

      Terence - 2012-04-20 21:54

      Gaan speel met jou mailorder bride.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-21 01:49

      Jacoba... Stuur groete vir Nhingtjie!!!

      Lance - 2012-04-21 12:20

      Please dont say youre a Stormer Jacobus...Bulls all the way ! (only for today ;-)

      Christopher - 2012-04-21 13:29

      e ht vertroue in my span en e weet wt n bul ka dun soe ewl nt ve ludeke se en vra hkm hy wory dar is nx om o te wory ni wnt n blou bul weet ni vn velor afi so ja Go bulls go!!!!!!

  • Saffa - 2012-04-21 01:21

    Oh don't be so modest Ludeke, we all know and agree the Bulls will rape the Brumbies by 20+ rocketing into the SA conference lead

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