‘Positive’ Bulls want more tries

The Bulls, with their feet firmly on the ground despite their seven try rout of the Stormers at the weekend, have promised to continue with the positive approach that saw them score a four-try bonus point only the second time in 10 outings.

Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer, speaking after his team’s 49-12 hammering of the Stormers, said they will continue to be positive in their last three league matches – against the Lions, Blues and Reds – because that’s the only way to ensure they keep their play-off prospects alive.

Meyer said he told the players in the Loftus Versfeld dressing room, after the win over the Stormers, that they must get their feet on the ground immediately.

They know that they have another three tough weeks and can’t afford to dwell on past games for too long.

“In the dressing room after the match I told them, ‘this game is over, it is done and dusted’. It was nice to win so convincingly after we were written off before the game, but we now face the Lions,” Meyer told this website.

“We rate the Lions as a very good team and they have done very well this season. They are physical and are on their home ground.

“We will have to go out and be positive again and play with the same intensity that we produced against the Stormers.

“We have to go out there and play positive, because it [play-off prospects] is in our own hands. The players know they will have to lift the bar again,” the Bulls coach added.

He said one of the reasons for the decision to play an expansive game – in contrast to their approach in most games this season – is because they needed to beat the Stormers by a big margin.

“We knew the other teams – like the Brumbies and Chiefs – had a much better points difference than us, so we wanted to play positive rugby. We needed to make up about 38 points [on points difference] and that was why we went out so hard,” he said of the team’s all-out onslaught against the Stormers.

“It was great and I am very proud of the way they [the players] played.

“We did get a lot of criticism when we were abroad, but very few people realise how tough it is to play five big games in a row on tour. We won three game in Australasia, but we always knew that once we get home we’ll be a different team.”

Meyer said the fact that most of his star players had finally returned from injury – Pierre Spies played his first game of the year – also contributed to the team’s improved standards.

“It was the first time this season that I could pick a full-strength team. It was only Richard Bands I could not consider.

“It is just nice to know that the guys I trust will pull it through when it matters,” the coach added.

Another reason why Meyer could smile in the aftermath of the Stormers encounter was because his team’s defence and discipline remained almost impeccable throughout.

Even though the Stormers scored two tries, one in the opening minutes, it was the manner in which the Bulls held out in the latter stages of the game that pleased their coach.

“What was great is that the Stormers kept trying to the end and we needed some strong defence. I think our defence was really great. They [the Stormers] showed last week [against the Lions] they can score tries and I’m proud with the commitment of my team towards the end,” he added.

By Jan de Koning 365 Digital 

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