Dlulane atones for Hurricane howler

Tim Dlulane’s disastrous cameo against the Hurricanes in an earlier round of the Vodacom Super 14 has been forgotten in the wake of his dogged display against the Chiefs on Saturday.

Beeld quotes statistics from Bulls defence coach John MacFarland showing Dlulane’s tackle count for the weekend stood at an impressive 24, the most by any Bulls player this season.

The Bulls currently lie in fifth after the draw, and victory against the rubble Reds is a necessity if they wish to kindle semi-final aspirations.

“We’re doing well to remain fifth on the log, but we also know that we’ll have to produce a consistent high level of play in the five remaining matches.”

Referring to the Reds, McFarland says they would return to Australia with a lot of self-confidence after their victory over the Cats at Ellis Park on Saturday.

“Just like we would like to end our tour on a high note, they would like to celebrate their return home with a victory.

“We’re doing well to remain fifth on the log, but we also know that we’ll have to produce a consistent high level of play in the five remaining matches,” MacFarland said.

“Just like we would like to end our tour on a high note, they would like to celebrate their return home with a victory.

“We’ll have to play very well if we want to beat them.”

Meanwhile MacFarland would not commit whether Jaco van der Westhuyzen would start in Brisbane, but an injury to Johan Roets means his inclusion at fullback is more likely than at flyhalf.

“We haven’t really talked about our starting lineup, because it’s important to get clarity about the injuries of Roetsie, Morne and Derick and also establish how ready Jaco is to play Super 14 rugby.”