Blue Bulls ready for game against the Western Province
After winning their first game of the season last weekend against the Eastern Province Kings, the Vodacom Blue Bulls are ready to face Western Province at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.
Bulls coach, Frans Ludeke said that his team has turned over a new leaf after losing 41-17 to the Western Province two weeks ago.
"The main thing that cost us in the last few weeks is the urgency and the work rate, and then the accuracy with that," Ludeke said
"We've had a lot of opportunities, we had field position and possession against Western Province last time, but we weren't accurate enough."
Ludeke has made four changes to his team for the game on Saturday, with Joshua Stander making his debut as the starting flyhalf, if Jacques-Louis Potgieter has not recovered in time after his rib injury.
Piet Van Zyl will be taking Rudi Paige's position as scrumhalf.
The other changes are, Callie Visagie moving into the run-on side while Bongi Mbonambi will move to the bench and prop Werner Kruger will be replacing Marcel Van Der Merwe as he is a call-up for the Springboks.
Bulls captain Deon Stegmann has said that there was a lot of pressure on his team.
"There is huge pressure -- every game in this Currie Cup will have a lot of pressure. It is a sprint with only 12 games and you need to be at your best the whole time," Stegmann said.
"We are looking forward to the contest and luckily we are at home, but we know it is going to be tough. Most of the time it is a good thing to be the underdog as there is a lot less pressure on you and I think Province is seen as the better side following recent good performances,” he added.
Photo caption: Bulls coach, Frans Ludeke hoping for a good game against the Western Province this weekend. Photo courtesy of www.rugby365.com
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The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be facing the DHL Western Province Stormers in a pre-season match in Cape Town at the end of this month.
DHL Western Province president, Thelo Wakefield, has said that their decision not to relocate to the Cape Town Stadium will not be up for discussion.
Vodacom Blue Bulls flyhalf, Tony Jantjies, has officially joined the Eastern Province Kings, ahead of the 2015 rugby season.
DHL Western Province Stormers coach, Allister Coetzee, has said that there is a possibility of the union signing new players to his squad for the 2015 rugby season.
Former DHL Western Province Stormers centre, Tinus Linee, passed away this morning, after suffering from Motor Neuron Disease (MND). He was 45.
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Springbok and DHL Western Province Stormers hooker, Tiaan Liebenberg, has announced that he will quit rugby, after struggling with injuries.
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