The Waratahs are hoping that Bulls captain Victor Matfield recovers in time for their Vodacom Super 14 encounter in Loftus, according to second rower Dan Vickerman.
Sydney Morning Herald’s Ben Kimber, on tour with the ‘Tahs, reports that Vickerman’s response when told of Matfield’s effort to regain fitness was a simple one: bring it on.
“Good,” he enthused, when told that Matfield is a likely starter. “He’s probably the best lineout forward going around, so it’s always good to see how you measure up against those guys. But in saying that, we’ve got confidence in our lineout that we can go out there and do the business on Saturday, so we’re not going to shy away from the challenge.
“I’ve been injured for a while myself and I know what it’s like watching, you never like it, so I’m sure he’s keen to get out there as soon as possible, as everyone else is who plays football and is injured,” he said.
“And he’s a pretty astute operator and I’m sure he’s been doing a lot of the lineout work for the guys while he’s been injured, so I think he was just casting an eye over and making sure everything was running to plan.”
Meanwhile ‘Tahs assistant coach Steve Tuynman stated that the Sydney side would not shy away from a confrontational approach upfront.
“We’ve gone out and taken it to their forwards and got on top of them in the drives and things like that, so if we put pressure on and stop their might in the forwards it makes it a lot easier to attack. But then again, they don’t just have forwards, they also have one of the fastest wingers around [Bryan Habana].”