Heinz Schenk
1 minute read
19 Apr 2014
9:00 am

Bulls skipper calls for a massive effort

Heinz Schenk

After a few weeks of encouraging reprieve, the Bulls have steadily slumped back to the darker days of the beginning of their current Super Rugby campaign as doubts over the potency of their challenge resurface.

Flip van der Merwe.
Picture: Getty Images.

Frans Ludeke’s men go into today’s meeting with the Waratahs in Sydney on the back of two defeats and a draw and are running out of time fast to salvage something meaningful from their tour.

“There definitely is a sense of desperation but in a good way,” said skipper Flip van der Merwe.

“We’re really keen to gain a victory. The thing that’s helping is that we’re patient. We know that all the foundations are in place and we’ve played some really good rugby in patches previously.”

Naturally big question marks will remain over the Bulls’ ability to compete at the breakdown in the absence of Deon Stegmann while a lack of out-and-out proven class is also conspicuous.

Last week, elementary errors proved detrimental to their cause.

Sure, dropping balls and making poor decisions isn’t flattering in the final analysis, yet it suggests that merely a bit of application could prove a remedy.

“Last week was the first time I could remember that we created more opportunities and had more possession on tour against a New Zealand side,” noted Ludeke.

“It was a matter of one or two final passes going astray and coughing up far too much balls in contact. What counts for us is that we know what’s going wrong.”

The Bulls defence will also have to contend with a returning Israel Folau though Van der Merwe believes the hosts will launch a more collective backlash.

“They lost last week and will try their utmost to play a better game.”