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Bulls want continuity against Crusaders


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Article Published: Friday 6 April 2012


The Bulls say they will not only be looking to beat the Crusaders on Saturday but that they will also be looking for some continuity in their game.

While the hosts have played some quality rugby over the last two weeks, they need to perform consistently if they want to end the season as conference winners and secure a home semi-final.

The Bulls have won 6 out of 10 of their match-ups against seven-time champions the Crusaders in Pretoria, and they will hope to extend it to seven at their Loftus Versfeld fortress.

A mere two points separate the Bulls and the Crusaders on the log, with both teams having lost two matches of their five so far this season.

Last year the Pretoria-based side failed to get on the scoreboard in their 27-0 loss to the Crusaders in Timaru.

"You can’t take too much from where the log is at the moment and from performances," said Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.

"Every week is a totally different contest for all the sides and seven teams will lose. "

"Obviously we want to be the team that will be successful, so our focus is spot-on.

"We had a good week’s preparation, the players are freshened up and we are looking forward to the weekend."

The Bulls will look to make up for last week’s narrow defeat to the Stormers in Cape Town, and they will be desperate to hang on to their fifth place in the standings.

Skipper Pierre Spies said the home side were prepared for another tough battle against a quality side.

"The competition is tough at all levels. We’ve played against three quality sides and the Crusaders is our next outfit," Spies said.

"But it doesn’t matter who you play against, it’s going to be another tough battle.

"That is the way you prepare for it and you have to get over the past game and prepare for the next one."

Spies believed his side had improved as the competition progressed and they were looking to progress further on the upward curve.

"We are moving forward. There are a lot of positives," he said.

"Even though you get mistakes in the games, you look at the things like how you come back.

"There are positives we look at and as a team we are growing a lot but I feel like we are finding our feet more and more.

"Even though the results have been inconsistent I feel we are on the right track."

The Crusaders are fresh off an unconvincing 23-13 victory over the Lions in Johannesburg last weekend and will hope to build on their momentum.

They are, however, also struggling to find consistency and will target the Bulls match in an effort to hit their straps.

-Sapa

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