Character saw Bulls through : Du Preez

Bulls captain Fourie du Preez credited the Bulls second half 16-9 come back victory against the Stormers to former Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer.

During moments of the first half of this Super 14 encounter it seemed as if the Bulls would continue their horrendous record of losing their opening Super 14 rugby matches.

The Bulls managed to fight back and eventually win scoring the only try of the game and slotting over three penalties.

Du Preez, who took over the captaincy of the Super 14 champions this year after Victor Matfield left the Bulls to play in France, also showered Bulls coach Frans Ludeke with praise for continuing Meyer’s legacy.

“The guys showed character out there, something we learnt from the days of Heyneke Meyer here at the Bulls.

But I must also give credit to Frans for continuing in the same vein as Heyneke and instilling the same character in this team,” said Du Preez after the game on Saturday.

This victory was only the fourth time the Bulls had won their opening game in Super rugby history and the second time under the captaincy of Du Preez.

“It is nice to win and very good for the confidence of the guys,” said Ludeke.

The Bulls, though, will have to take stock of their performance ahead of their clash against the Crusaders next Friday in Pretoria and they could face the possibility of being without wing Bryan Habana who injured his shoulder when scoring the Bulls try in the 35th minute.

“There were too many turnovers and free kicks in the first half and that took us out of the game. We were lucky that things turned for us in the second half.

“We worked better and applied more pressure especially at the collision. We closed them down and prevented them from gaining any momentum. We will know about Bryan’s condition in the next 48 hours,”Ludeke said.

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus admitted that his team had control of the match earlier but suffered under the unrelenting pressure from the Bulls.


“I think we adapted nicely and they struggled a bit. Horrible errors crept in and there was good pressure from them. One point is not enough consolation and the Bulls will be tough to beat especially at Loftus this year,” Erasmus said.

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