Coach Jake White is delighted that the Bulls seem to be considered by most to be the favorites for their quarter-final match in the United Rugby Championship against the Sharks on Saturday, despite the KwaZulu-Natalians’ defeat. twice this season, and said: “My analogy with the players is that they are. like a golfer with a chance to win the final ”.
The Bulls will host the South African derby quarter-final as they finished fourth on the URC final logone place above the Sharks, and White wants his players to feel at home pushing a winning game.
“I’m very proud of our preference,” White said. “We have finished ahead of them on the log even though we have lost them twice and they have eight current Springboks and no holders. He is a feather in our cap for all our coaches and players.
“It simply came to our notice then Loftus like the old days. We will stick to what we are doing and not be influenced by others. My players are totally addicted carte blanche express themselves.
“They are like runners coming down the final stretch now. I gave them a golf analogy and told them that the pressure to make the cut on Friday is very different to playing in the final when you have a chance to win.
“I want them to enjoy and try it out, and I hope we can be proud of our supporters. We have a few new things to bring to the Sharks and it will be interesting to see if it works …, ”said White.
The Bulls lost 29-22 against the Sharks in their last meeting in Pretoria, in February, but a lot went wrong that day and White is hopeful it will not happen again.
“We then made a few mistakes – we had to play with 14 men, a front kick bounced straight into the hands of Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Time scored a long range interception attempt.
“I have full confidence in going into this game and we played well in the winning games,” White said.
The only thing White seemed unhappy about on Friday was injury list to curls his toes. With the long-range blows that excluded Lionel Mapoe, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Johan Goosen, Jacques du Plessis and Jacques van Rooyen it is now possible to put on the short hamstring that Cyle Brink’s loose forward pressure suffered.
Arno Botha is a good substitute in the front line and Reinhardt Ludwig’s inspiring youngster will be on the bench.
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