Granted, many of their showings have been dull and error-strewn, but there have been times, notably against the Blues and Chiefs, where Frans Ludeke’s men has impressed with their willingness to vary their core approach and keep ball in hand.
“If you look at all the good times we’ve had at home, even this year, we’ve done very well against teams that favour opening up a game,” noted stand-in skipper Victor Matfield, above.
“We like to put teams under pressure, affect the turnover and capitalise. I think we’re a really good, attacking side from broken play.
“We like attacking from that platform because we realise the need for points. Open games means points and that means the opposition could also score a few.”
While Ludeke concurred, his pragmatism tells him his troops need to be wary of not thinking the Australians will just be free-wheeling when they take the field.
“The Rebels don’t kick much, but three of their tries have come from rolling mauls so their forwards can be effective. It should be a good all-round contest,” he said.
It’s understandable to feel that the Bulls should have too much ammunition on the night, but the Bulls won’t be complacent.
“There are no bad teams in this competition. We’ve learnt that the hard way,” said Ludeke.