Bulls ready to 'finish' the Force

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:26
Large bulls training Large bulls scrum Large flip van der merwe bulls tr Large jacques potgieter bulls tra Large chiliboy ralepelle bulls tr

The Bulls will not be in a charitable mood when they host the Western Force at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. Jan de Koning reports.

The Bulls will not be in a charitable mood when they host the Western Force at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Despite beating the Stormers in their opening Super Rugby encounter last week, the Bulls feel they are still some way from the standards they have set themselves.

The Force, still without a win this season and consistently one of the worst teams in the competition, are not expected to be much of a threat to the Pretoria-based outfit.

However, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke told this website they have their own goals.

"If we want to have any say in this competition [reach the play-offs], then our home games are vital," he said.

The Bulls mentor felt the Force's defeats this year - to the Rebels and Kings - will make the visitors more determined to end a losing streak stretching back to May last year.

"We are playing against and Aussie team that will provide a very different challenge," Ludeke said, adding: "They enjoy moving the ball around and keeping it alive, with lots of movement in the game.

"They also like to create broken-field situations and it will be a very different challenge."

However, the Bulls feel that they must focus on themselves and rectify their own shortcomings.

"There are also many aspects of our game from last week [against the Stormers] that we would like to improve on," Ludeke said.

He said that their finishing was one aspect that wasn't up to standard.

"We had plenty of opportunities, we got into the right areas and applied pressure, but did not always look after the ball well enough - we have to be more accurate," he told this website.

"Another aspect is the line-outs, where we lost a few [three] on our own throw.

"It came down to communication and that is an area we have to work on as well."

While many pundits expect the Bulls to bag a full-house five points from the match, Ludeke said they are going to stick to a system that has worked for them in the past.

"If you play well and lose, then it means nothing," the Bulls mentor said, adding: "We have to do what is necessary [to get the win].

"We need to make good decisions.

"All teams play to be successful, but at the end of the day it is all about tempo and workrate.

"The processes do get you there, but our focus is on ensuring we execute better and we are accurate in what we are doing.

"Last week there were some areas in which we were spot-on and that produced good results for us.

"When you do that, the result takes care of itself."

By Jan de Koning

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 20h15 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 04 March 2017
Hurricanes v Rebels 04h15 Wellington
Highlanders v Crusaders 06h45 Dunedin
Brumbies v Sharks 08h45 Canberra
Sunwolves v Kings 10h55 Singapore
Lions v Waratahs 13h05 Johannesburg
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Welford Road
Worcester Warriors v Bristol 15h00 Sixways
Bath v Wasps 15h00 Recreation Ground
Glasgow Warriors v Dragons 15h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Stormers v Jaguares 15h15 Cape Town
Cardiff Blues v Munster 17h15 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cheetahs v Bulls 17h30 Bloemfontein
Leinster v Scarlets 19h35 RDS Arena
Sun, 05 March 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Saracens 15h00 Kingston Park
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 1 1 0 0 4
Reds 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 1 0 0 1 1
Force 1 0 0 1 1
Rebels 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 1 1 0 0 5
Blues 1 1 0 0 5
Chiefs 1 1 0 0 5
Crusaders 1 1 0 0 4
Highlanders 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 1 1 0 0 4
Cheetahs 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 1 0 0 1 0
Sunwolves 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Jaguares 1 1 0 0 4
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Kings 1 0 0 1 0