Like an aviation expert trying to make sure takeoff takes place at exactly the right time, Bulls rugby director Jake White will use the next two weekends of Currie Cup action to try and ensure his team peaks. at the end of the United Rugby Championship business.
The Bulls have already secured a spot in the quarter-finals in Europe, but their match against Ospreys in Swansea on May 20 could decide whether they will have a decisive home advantage for that playoff match.
So basically White is looking for four consecutive wins in the URC to take the title. But his desire to win a Currie Cup crown hat-trick is also great, so he was happy enough on Friday to announce a Bulls team that is a half and half mix of URC and Currie Cup players for the match against Griquas on Saturday night at Loftus Versfeld.
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“It’s mainly the guys from the URC that I want to dedicate game time to, but it’s a double-edged sword because we also take the Currie Cup seriously,” said White.
“There will be another rotation next week for our game against the Lions when we give some of these players the week off.
“But we can’t afford to give the guys from the URC two weeks off before a game as vital as that of the Ospreys, it is absolutely essential to try to get a home playoff. So it’s another success for them.
“It’s an opportunity to try and do the things we want to do in the URC backend and this team is the kind of ideal balance you want every week: seniors and youngsters playing together,” White said.
The Bulls tend to concede more points at the start and death of matches, and a team like Griquas can be lethal if you give them a foothold in the game, so White said starting and finishing better is a work in progress for his team .
“We definitely want to get off to a good start. Along the way, determine what works in terms of a good start – your warm-up order, your pre-match routine, or selection can all be factors.
“There’s no right answer, but the more you do it, the closer you are to getting it right. Once you find a formula that works, you lean on it. You try to find the right recipe, but sometimes it takes a while, “White said.
bulls: Canan Moodie, Stravino Jacobs, Cornal Hendricks, Harold Vorster, Madosh Tambwe, Chris Smith, Embrose Paper; WJ Steenkamp, Cyle Brink, Arno Botha, Reinhardt Ludwig, Walt Steenkamp, Robert Hunt, Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Lizo Gqoboka. Bench: Schalk Erasmus, Simphiwe Matanzima, Dylan Smith, Ruan Nortje, Muller Uys, Keagan Johannes, Juan Mostert, Stedman Gans.