'All we ask for is consistency'

Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:12
Large pierre spies bulls looks2 Large pierre spies bulls looks Large frans ludeke   pierre spie2 Large pierrespiesbullstraining3 Large pierre spies   victor matfi

Referees came under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons last week, but the Bulls are focussing on themselves rather than worry about match officials.

Referees came under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons last week, but the Bulls are focussing on themselves rather than worry about match officials.

Despite being at the wrong end of a few questionable calls - including what many refereeing experts believe was a big mistake when Lionel Mapoe was yellow carded for a tackle - in their heartbreaking loss to the Reds, the Bulls are determined to end their Australasian tour on a winning note when they face the table-topping Brumbies on Saturday.

And to avoid falling foul of the referee again, Bulls captain Pierre Spies believes discipline will be vital against the Jake White-coached home team.

"The players in the squad all understand the importance of this game," Spies said in a interview from the team's base in Canberra.

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.

"The spirit in the team is still very positive," Spies said, adding: "We knew from the outset it was going to be tough.

"Last week we weren't playing at our best, but we were still in the game right to the last minute.

"This weekend is another opportunity for us to go onto the field and do what we are good at - we want to score some tries, we want to have an efficient game."

Asked about a number of the questionable calls that went against them last week, Spies confirmed that they are following the normal process in dealing with those.

"We have chatted to [SANZAR Game Manager] Lyndon Bray and we are awaiting some answers," Spies said.

"However, you have to take every weekend as it comes and adjust.

"All we ask for is consistency in what the referees do."

The Bulls captain said that last week is behind them now and they are focussing on a new game with a new referee.

While he readily acknowledges the qualities of the Australian conference leaders, the Brumbies, Spies said it is about the 80 minutes on the pitch.

"Ball retention is very important, you simply can't play without the ball," he said, when asked about what aspects will be key for the Bulls.

"You need to get momentum so you can build some pressure.

"It is something we struggled with against the Reds and one of our focus points this week is to get it right against a very good Brumbies team."

He said they owe their supporters and themselves a big game after the last two defeats.

"They [the Brumbies] are tough opposition, but we are a quality outfit and this is another opportunity to go do what we enjoy.

"It will be great if we can finish the tour on a high, with a win.

"We have put the past three weeks behind us. We are planning to have an efficient and successful 80 minutes on Saturday."

By Jan de Koning

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 01 May 2016
Exeter Chiefs v Wasps 12h00 Sandy Park
London Irish v Harlequins 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Newcastle Falcons 14h15 Allianz Park
Fri, 06 May 2016
Crusaders v Reds 07h35 Christchurch
Brumbies v Bulls 09h40 Canberra
Griffons v Eagles 15h00 Welkom
EP Kings v Blue Bulls 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Sat, 07 May 2016
Sunwolves v Force 05h15 Tokyo
Chiefs v Highlanders 07h35 Hamilton
Waratahs v Cheetahs 09h40 Sydney
Leopards v Boland 12h30 Potchefstroom
Sharks v Hurricanes 13h00 Durban
Golden Lions v Free State Cheetahs 13h00 Randburg
Griquas v Border 13h00 Kimberley
Pumas v Namibia 13h00 Mpumalanga
Wasps v London Irish 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks 14h30 Kingston Park
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 14h30 Sixways
Bath v Leicester Tigers 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Northampton Saints 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 Twickenham
Zebre v Dragons 15h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Munster v Scarlets 15h00 Thomond Park
Ospreys v Ulster 15h00 Liberty Stadium
Connacht v Glasgow Warriors 15h00 Sportsground
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 15h00 BT Murrayfield
Leinster v Treviso 15h00 RDS
Kings v Blues 15h05 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Western Province 15h30 Durban
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 9 5 0 4 23
Brumbies 9 5 0 4 21
Waratahs 8 4 0 4 21
Reds 9 2 1 6 12
Force 9 1 0 8 6
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Chiefs 9 8 0 1 37
Crusaders 8 7 0 1 32
Hurricanes 9 6 0 3 31
Highlanders 9 6 0 3 28
Blues 8 4 1 3 20
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 9 6 0 3 29
Bulls 8 6 1 1 28
Cheetahs 9 2 0 7 12
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 27
Sharks 9 4 1 4 23
Jaguares 8 1 0 7 7
Kings 7 1 0 6 4