Reds coach Jeff Miller is a worried man ahead of his team’s clash with the “formidable Bulls” in Brisbane on Saturday.
Fresh from handing the Cats their seventh loss in eight matches in the Super 14 competition, Miller told Keo.co.za that he was “not relishing having to travel home and play the Bulls this weekend.”
“Travelling east is always more difficult and they have been in more or less the same time zone for a few weeks, so it could almost be like they are the home team,” he said with a wry grin.
And Miller believes the Bulls will be extra motivated to get back to winning ways after squandering a 15-point lead against the Chiefs to end the contest all square. “That’s going to have upset them, but we ended our tour (of South Africa) on a high note so we have that confidence.”
After losses to the Cheetahs (10-6) and Sharks (36-28) in their first two matches, the Reds were poor against the Cats, but still managed to finish on top (23-16).
The Bulls though present a completely different set of questions to those teams, said Miller. “The Bulls are a great team and have a formidable pack. We will definitively have to be on top of our game if we hope to get a win, especially in the set pieces. And they also have good runners out wide so it’s going to be tough for sure.”
The Reds are also nursing a few walking wounded and are not in as good shape as when they landed in SA. “We have a few injuries, but hopefully the guys will come right during the week. That’s the nature of this competition though. The other guys have to step up if needed.”
By Andrew Hollely