Bulls have no 'scrum nightmares'

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:34
Large dean greyling bulls drinks Large frans ludeke media Large werner kruger bulls scrum

The Bulls' scrum has been branded a potential 'weakness' in the team's armoury, but coach Frans Ludeke is not having any nightmares.

The Bulls' scrum has been branded a potential 'weakness' in the team's armoury ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season, but coach Frans Ludeke is not having any nightmares.

The first test will come when the men from Pretoria travel to Durban on Saturday to take on the Sharks' highly-rated all-Springbok front row.

Bulls props Werner Kruger and Dean Greyling, both also Boks, were among the most penalised front row forwards at scrum time in the 2013 Super Rugby competition - a list topped by Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett and Stormers counterpart Steven Kitshoff.

However, the Bulls props have an unwanted tag and going up against the Sharks' seasoned trio - Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis, along with Tendai Mtawarira - is not going to get them any additional 'street credit' either.

There is no doubting the Sharks front row's pedigree - Bismarck du Plessis (57 Test caps), Jannie du Plessis (51 Tests) and Mtawarira (53 Tests) are far more experienced when compared to the seven international appearances by Greyling (three Tests) and Kruger (four Tests).

However, Ludeke feels the work done in the off season will ensure his team is prepared for the enormity of the challenge.

"They deserve the plaudits they get," Ludeke told this website, when asked about his team's perceived weakness in the front row.

"That's a front row that proved time and again, both in Super Rugby and at Test level, what they are capable of.

"However, it is important for us to focus on our own strengths."

The Bulls mentor admitted scrums are a "very important" facet of the game.

"We pride ourselves on having great aspects of our game.

"The scrum is an area where we were under pressure in a few games last year, [but] we have worked very hard on that in the off-season."

Ludeke believes the Bulls have grown and made significant progress in that area in the past two to three months.

"We worked on being technically more accurate and scum as a unit," he told this website, adding: "We are confident that we'll be able to set a solid platform [in the scrums] at the weekend.

"It has to be solid for 80 minutes, not just one or two scrums."

By Jan de Koning

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 28 May 2016
Blues v Crusaders 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Sunwolves 09h40 Canberra
Western Province v Griquas 10h15 Newlands
Blue Bulls v Leopards 12h15 Loftus Versfeld
Golden Lions v EP Kings 13h00 Johannesburg
Stormers v Cheetahs 13h00 DHL Newlands
Namibia v Griffons 13h00 Windhoek
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 London
Bulls v Lions 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Connacht v Leinster 16h30 Edinburgh
Sun, 29 May 2016
Rebels v Force 06h05 Melbourne
England v Wales 14h00 London
Fri, 03 June 2016
EP Kings v Sharks 17h00 Durban
Sat, 04 June 2016
Griffons v Blue Bulls 22h00 Welkom
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 12 7 0 5 34
Brumbies 11 7 0 4 29
Rebels 10 5 0 5 23
Reds 13 3 1 9 16
Force 11 2 0 9 11
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Chiefs 12 9 0 3 42
Crusaders 11 9 0 2 41
Hurricanes 12 8 0 4 40
Highlanders 12 8 0 4 38
Blues 11 6 1 4 29
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Bulls 11 7 1 3 32
Stormers 11 6 1 4 32
Cheetahs 11 3 0 8 16
Sunwolves 11 1 1 9 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 11 8 0 3 37
Sharks 12 7 1 4 35
Jaguares 12 2 0 10 14
Kings 12 2 0 10 9