Rossouw reveals Bulls' plan

2011-05-10 22:41

J.J. Harmse

Pretoria - The higher the intensity, the better the Bulls will perform against the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday.

And, to get that right, the Bulls not only have to repeat that superb half hour of the Chiefs game, but play even better and ensure that quick possession is the order of the day.

That is the view of Bulls backline coach Pieter Rossouw, who provided an insight into how they will approach the Rebels game after training on Tuesday.

The Bulls are renowned for their excellent play from first phase possession (with lineout drives in particular destroying the Chiefs) and may follow that route.

However, that will mean that they would have to slow play down and force the Rebels into the kind of wrestling match that they are so accustomed with.

The other option is to test the visitors' lungs at altitude as the Rebels only arrived in South Africa on Tuesday.

"We will definitely follow the second option. I'm not so sure about jetlag because they have only arrived here now, but altitude will definitely be a factor. The idea will therefore be to raise the tempo," said Rossouw.

Another advantage the Bulls may gain from such an approach is to stretch the Rebels' defence.

The Rebels have conceded many tries (50) this year, though defensive weak link Danny Cipriani is not touring with the team.

"They use a kind of rush defence, so there may be holes if everybody does not work together. We will definitely look to exploit that, but as we saw against the Chiefs, the key to beating any defensive pattern lies in quick possession," said Rossouw.

"It will therefore be our aim to play with high-intensity and get quick possession."

The former Springbok wing will also warn his players about the dangers the Rebels could pose on attack.

"Yes, they concede a lot of tries, but they also score a lot (22, the same as the Bulls). It's because they don't hesitate to play high-risk rugby where the ball is off-loaded in the tackle and distributed," he said.

Rossouw was full of praise for wing acquisition Bjorn Basson, describing him "as supremely gifted, world class and one of a kind."

Those are big words and Rossouw does not hesitate to predict that the Bulls' leading try-scorer could be even more prolific if he's released into space.

"It is part of our plans," said Rossouw.

Basson is set to return to the starting line-up after being replaced by Akona Ndungane against the Chiefs for disciplinary reasons.

In another move Danie Rossouw is set to replace Victor Matfield, with the Bulls captain struggling with a sore neck and back.


  • Lloyd - 2011-05-11 00:08

    To all my supporters out there: I will be a little quiet over the next week or two. Either that or I will make my comments at strange times during the day/night. The FBI Headquarters is in Washington and there is quite a time zone difference. Don’t worry, I will be back soon to share my vast knowledge with you all.

      Marcell - 2011-05-11 00:19

      Jy moet dit geniet. Pasop vir die yanks, hulle is net so unreliable soos die stormers!

      Lloyd - 2011-05-11 00:44

      Dankie tjom. Ek gaan n bietjie met jou verskil oor die Yanks. Hulle is nie sooooo pateties soos die Stormers nie. Julle moet ons naam hoog hou.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-11 05:55

      Lyk my jy werk rerig by Mcdonalds, as ek kyk hoe laat jy jou comments op die blog sit??

      gooinat - 2011-05-11 07:08

      @Lloyd,thanks for leaving:)

      Andre - 2011-05-11 07:57

      Moet nie worry nie LLoyd. Ek ken jou 4 lyne al uit my kop uit. Sal dit sommer so nou en dan namens jou plaas.

  • springbokke - 2011-05-11 00:28

    It may be a bit late to to participate in the ' last six' so to speak, but please Bulle , give us supporters good rugby to close off the comp.

  • jontheb - 2011-05-11 02:31

    Ag - enough Bullsh1t - just make sure you beat the Sharks twice ok...

      Marcell - 2011-05-11 03:57

      And the 'world class' team from down south.

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-11 05:54

    High pace?? With Fourie du Preez and Morne Steyn in the backline I want to see. The Rebels by 7....

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-11 07:10

    So they want to start playing more like the Cheetahs ?

      Andre - 2011-05-11 07:56

      If the Bulls ever play like the Cheetahs they will be a 100 times better than what they are at the moment.

  • Twoplusthree - 2011-05-11 07:14

    To Slapchips: Pass the ball to Basson and make use of him. The next time I see a "up'n'under" I'll kak myself. Asumblief tog.

  • charles - 2011-05-11 07:20


      YB Normal - 2011-05-11 07:29

      and do not forget the "Do not know how to pass a ball" Meisiekind next to Steyn.

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