Town - Bulls coach John Mitchell remains
positive that he has a long-term plan to bring success back to the franchise.
The Bulls go into their final
match of the 2018 Super Rugby season against the Lions in Johannesburg on
Saturday without any chance of making the tournament playoffs, but after his
first full year in charge of the side, Mitchell remains optimistic.
"I think it's pretty clear
to everyone that our style of football and our approach is quite
different," he said on Thursday, reflecting on the season.
" There are two things that
have changed over the last year: a new process and new systems, and a new style
which comes with mindset and approach.
"One thing I have done is
given all of the talent in Super Rugby and Currie Cup a chance, so I'm better
off after a year to understand where we've got to commit to next.
"That's between myself and
the board now. I have a particular strategy that I'm after that I think is
going to be the blueprint of success and we need to be committed.
"If we commit to it then we
give ourselves every opportunity.
"You just have to look to
the fact that we've lost six close games. Ultimately you cannot sustain
performance in this competition unless your depth is spot-on and you cannot
Mitchell has said for a couple of
weeks now that there is not enough depth in key positions at the Bulls, and
that is something he will be looking to remedy in the off-season.
The immediate challenge, however,
is the Lions this weekend.
"It's important that we go
with an extremely positive mindset. We're well aware of their strengths and how
important the game is for them," Mitchell said.
"What is important to us is
that we finish off with a performance that we're pleased with.
"The team is going to have
to deliver an extraordinary performance on Saturday."
Kick-off is at 15:05.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan
Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton
Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga
Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques
Substitutes: 16 Corne
Fourie, 17 Johannes Jonker, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus
Schoeman/Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 22 Howard
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis
Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Manie Libbok, 9
Ivan van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 RG
Snyman (captain), 4 Jannes Kirsten, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1
Substitutes: 16 Johan Grobbelaar,
17 Matthys Basson, 18 Mornay Smit, 19 Ruan Nortje, 20 Nick de Jager, 21 Embrose
Papier, 22 Boeta Hamman, 23 Divan Rossouw