Bulls ready for ‘brutal onslaught’

Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer expects the Waratahs, Australia’s most physical side, to use brute force to overpower his side in their Super 14 Round Six match in Sydney on Saturday.

Meyer said the inclusion of burly David Lyons among the loose forwards – a combination that already boasts beefy stars like Wycliff Palu and Rocky Elsom – is a clear indication of what the Sydney outfit’s intentions are.

“I have worked with Les [Kiss, defence coach] and Ewen [McKenzie, head coach] before and it is very obvious what they are planning,” Meyer told this website from the team’s base in Sydney.

“They are going to use their strength and power up front to take us on physically, because they believe that is the best way to beat the Bulls … to dominate us up front and put our pack on the backfoot.

“They [the Waratahs] are without doubt Australia’s most physical team and it is going to be a very tough game,” Meyer said.

He also spoke of his “respect” for the Waratahs and their coaching staff.

“You don’t reach the play-offs for two years in succession unless you have a good team and some very good coaches.

“They may have won only one game [out of four starts – with two defeats and a draw], but they have a game in hand. One bonus-point win will put them a point behind us [in fourth place] on the standings, so they are not really that far off the pace,” Meyer added.

Meyer, who made just one injury-enforced change and a positional switch to his team, said he is confident that Jaco van der Westhuyzen should have no trouble in switching from wing to fullback – which Meyer said is the player’s best position anyway.

Van der Westhuyzen moves from the right wing to fullback in the place of the injured Johan Roets, while Akona Ndungane returns to the starting line-up in the number 14 jersey – vacated by Van der Westhuyzen’s shift.

“I have always maintained that fullback is his [Van der Westhuyzen’s] best position.

“He is a very special player and brings something different to the game. He has great feet [as a stepper] and he is a real game-breaker,” Meyer said.

He said Van der Westhuyzen is one of those players that can pop up anywhere on the field, and often comes in on the fly-half position.

“His most outstanding attribute is the fact that he always looks for work and he covers so much ground,” the coach added.

By Jan de Koning 365 Digital

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