Cats coach Frans Ludeke says his side must compete with the Bulls forwards in Saturday’s Vodacom Super 14 derby at Loftus.
Speaking to Beeld newspaper, Ludeke acknowledged the massive task facing his side.
“The Bulls have a formidable pack,” he said. “You just have to watch their matches. They drive from the line-outs about 80% of the time, gain metres of ground and no-one has been able to stop them dead. That’s why they do it.
“Then their strong runners take over. And when the forwards gather momentum, the Bulls attack with their backline. It’s been working for them for the past four or five years.”
Ludeke said the Cats would have to get their hands on the ball – and keep it.
“The challenge for our forwards on Saturday will be to get enough possession to play quickly, to place the Bulls forwards under pressure, to stop their driving mauls and also stop their strong runners in their tracks.”
Ludeke has cracked the whip and has informed the players that if they do not perform, they will be dropped. However, he did not say whether the same principle applied to the Cats coaching staff.