Bulls must have the right 'attitude'

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:54
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The Bulls may be at the back end of an arduous month-long Australasian tour, but with the right attitude they can end on a high.

The Bulls may be at the back end of an arduous month-long Australasian tour, but with the right attitude they can end on a high.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke, speaking ahead of their tour finale against the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday, said the team remains "positive" - despite defeats in their last two outings.

After an impressive start to the four-match expedition, when they smashed the Blues in Auckland, the Bulls were outplayed by a determined Crusaders outfit and then edged by the Reds in a heartbreaking loss last week when a sliver of grass with white chalk on it touched the boot of utility back JJ Engelbrecht to deny the tourists a famous match-winning try.

Ludeke admitted the Jake White-coached Brumbies will be on par with the most demanding of matches on tour, despite having to travel back from Cape Town where their unbeaten run was ended by the Stormers last week.

However, he felt it was more important for his team to focus on their own game, rather than worry if the Australian conference leaders will be affected by travel fatigue.

"It is more important what our attitude is going to be and the intensity we will take into the game," Ludeke said from the team's base in Canberra.

"We can't talk for the Brumbies," the Bulls mentor said, adding: "We have our own [game] plan and obviously we would like to be accurate in how we execute it this coming weekend."

He said there are some areas from last week where they would like to step up.

"We have to focus on ourselves. We can control the opposition, what their mindset is and how they travel. We must be ready for anything and we are looking forward to this game."

Ludeke said they prefer to get the Australasian tour out of the way early in the season, as it is good for team unity.

"It allows us to sort a few issues out and get combinations right," the coach said, adding: "Our approach has not changed at all and we have this weekend remaining and looking forward to the contest against the Brumbies.

"We were very positive before the tour, that we would be successful and get good results. We had a good game against the Blues, then ran into a determined Crusaders side and came close [against the Reds] this past weekend.

"We have one match remaining on tour and we are positive."

The Bulls mentor admitted it will require a concerted 80-minute effort to overcome the Brumbies, something that probably cost them the game last week - when they only played to their full potential in the latter stages of the game.

"We were close in the end [against the Reds], but it wasn't good enough. We should have created more opportunities to get our attack going. We do have the ability to score brilliant tries and that will definitely be something we will look at."

Asked about going up against the World Cup-winning former Bok coach, Jake White, Ludeke said the game is about the players - not the coaches.

"Jake and I have been friends for many years," the Bulls mentor said.

"I have a lot of respect for him, he did a fantastic job when he coached South Africa.

"However, the team that will deserve it this weekend will be the team that produces the best 80-minute effort.

"I don't feel it is the coaches, it is the players on the field on the day that make the calls and make things happen."

He said that White has a good understanding of the Bulls and they will be ready for this weekend.

"I don't think you can predict beforehand what will happen," he said, when asked if he is expecting anything different from the Brumbies.

"It is about decision-making on the field.

"It will again be the battle of the gainline. All teams would like to have go-forward, quick ball - that is the type of ball you can score tries from."

By Jan de Koning

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 20h15 AJ Bell Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 24 February 2017
Munster v Scarlets 21 | 30
Dragons v Leinster 22 | 54
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 17 | 18
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 18 | 27
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
NWU-Pukke v UCT-Ikeys 20 | 15
TUT v WSU 13 | 17
UWC v Rhodes 88 | 8
Sun, 19 February 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 46 | 31
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Reds 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Blues 1 1 0 0 5
Chiefs 1 1 0 0 5
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 0 0 0 0 0
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Cheetahs 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 0 0 0 0 0
Kings 0 0 0 0 0