When the Bulls clash with the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday they will be out to prove that the loss of concentration against the Chiefs was a mere blip.
After being criticised for allowing the Chiefs to draw the match in Hamilton at the weekend, Bulls assistant coach Mike Bayly said the squad have worked hard to iron out the problems and would be prepared for anything the Reds threw at them.
“What we didn’t do well, was adjust to the weather against the Chiefs. After a good first half, we came out to find it raining hard. We didn’t adjust well at all,” assistant coach Mike Bayly told keo.co.za from the team bus in Brisbane.
“While we are disappointed at not having pulled it through after getting into such a good position, we want to build on how we played in the first 40 minutes. We want to show we deserve to be in the semis.”
A loss against the rubble Reds though and Heyneke Meyer can kiss his team’s chances of making the Vodacom Super 14 play-offs goodbye. A victory will put them in a good position to strike for the remaining semi-final berths. Three home matches (against the Cats, Sharks and Crusaders) is followed by a final round-robin fixture against the under-achieving Stormers at the Cape side’s hoodoo ground this year, Newlands.
It is a kind run in towards the play-offs, but wins overseas against the likes of the Reds are imperative if they are to make it count at all.
By Andrew Hollely