the massive travel task in getting to New Zealand for a once-off game,
the change meant the team needed to change everything in its planning
for the week, and had to finalise their on-field preparation before
boarding the plane on Monday afternoon.
will also mean they arrive in New Zealand at midnight on Tuesday, and
will only have one day of training before the captain's practice and the match .
Traditionally the draw has always favoured the home side in
the competition, but adding an extra day before the team can travel
tilts the scales firmly in the New Zealand side's favour.
arrive there in the early hours of Wednesday. We will have a little run,
and a captain's run on Thursday and then Saturday the game," Bulls
coach Pote Human said.
"... You can't do anything more now, it is
just mental. Get the guys fresh and get them relaxed, and you know,
focus on the game."
Human has little choice but to carry on and
can't lament the late arrival in New Zealand, but it certainly won't
help the Bulls' chances. The coach remains confident though.
"That’s the game, we can't change anything about that, so we do make the best out of it and focus on ourselves," he sighed.
only arrived here last Saturday night and now we're going this
afternoon. That is what it is and we will have to get the guys ready
psychologically for this one because it is going to be a huge battle out
there but we will be ready.
"If the forwards can peak like they
did on Saturday and be physical, and then we have very good backs and
with Jesse (Kriel) back it will be a boost to the side."
Human added that the team didn't need motivation.
had a lot of hard work yesterday and this morning to see what we can
do. We can just play the way we want to play. They are a very good side
and have the most wins in the competition so far so it is going to be
difficult in Wellington, but luckily we have confidence after our two
games in New Zealand against the Blues and Highlanders and also the
great win we got on Saturday will help the guys definitely.
the start of the competition I said it will only be a great competition
if we win the competition. We have a ticket now for the quarterfinals
and we must use it. There is no motivations needed. If you're not
motivated to play the Hurricanes in Wellington you don't belong here. “
Kick-off is at 09.35 SA time on Saturday.
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