Log position a 'byproduct' for Bulls

Wed, 01 May 2013 17:56
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Bulls captain Pierre Spies says their place in the standings is not a focal point for his side ahead of their match against the Hurricanes on Saturday.

While they occupy top spot in the South African Conference, Bulls captain Pierre Spies says their place in the Super Rugby standings is not a focal point for his side ahead of their match against the Hurricanes at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

"It is what happens on the field that gives the players confidence and that momentum," Spies said after the Bulls named their team on Wednesday.

"The past three weeks have been good for us as a group and we still have guys coming in and out due to injury, but the group is going forward and growing, which is good for us.

"The situation on the log is a byproduct and is really not a focus or a talking point of the team."

Spies said they had worked hard to return to winning ways, with three successive victories at home, following three straight defeats on their tour of New Zealand and Australia.

"It is more about running the race and the process on the field," he said.

"Coming back from the tour it was tough having those three losses, and to claw back to get that win, once you get that momentum you want to keep it."

Morne Steyn, who starts at flyhalf, will equal the career record of most appearances for the Bulls in Super Rugby, currently shared by Victor Matfield and Danie Rossouw.

"It is a milestone and to get that right it means you have to consistently play good rugby over a long period and I think that describes Morne," coach Frans Ludeke said.

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Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
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Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
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Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Stormers 9 3 0 6 14