Coach Marais sets Bulls playoff target
Pretoria - Bulls coach Nollis Marais has set his sights on a playoff place in this year's Super Rugby competition.
The three times champions haven't won the title since 2010. While
Marais acknowledges they don't have the experience or big names players
usually associated with such success, he does believe his side's possess
the necessary talent and hunger to claim the title.
The Bulls narrowly missed out on the playoffs last year, but Marais is adament they must make up for it this time round.
"No, no, no ... making the play-offs is non-negotiable," Marais told iol.co.za.
"We want to win Super Rugby. We now have depth in the squad and we
have a very good side that can go all the way. But we have to make
playoffs, that’s our main aim."
The Bulls will play most of their games at the beginning of the
competition away from home with two mouthwatering encounters against the
Stormers and Cheetahs away to kick-off their campaign before they
travel to the land of the long white cloud and come home to what Marais
has termed "the month from hell".
"Out of my first seven games, I only have one at home. The Stormers,
we want to go down there and beat them after they beat us 33-9 in the
opening game last year and we are really looking forward to going down
there," Marais said.
"We have a bit of a score to settle with the Cheetahs in Bloem as
well. We’ll play the Sunwolves at home before travelling to New Zealand
and then we come home when the month from hell starts with the
Hurricanes, Highlanders, Crusaders and the Lions. We are looking forward
to it and seeing how the players get through it. Our aim has always
been to win it (Super Rugby)."
The Bulls' first match of the season will be against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday, February 25.