Crusaders coach Robbie Deans is expecting a “totally” different game from the Bulls in Saturday’s Vodacom Super 14 semi-final than their comfortable win in the round-robin match.
The Crusaders beat the Bulls 37-17 in Pretoria after they had suffered their first loss of the season a week earlier to the Stormers. “There’s no way we’ll get through this fixture like we did in the last encounter with them,” he told the New Zealand Press Association. “It will be a totally different contest.”
Deans is expecting more of the rampaging type of game they played in beating the Stormers 43-10 in Cape Town to steal a semi-final berth from the Sharks. “That’s an indicator as to what they’ll bring here,” he said.
He dismissed travel dislocation and jetlag as factors that could possibly be in the Crusaders’ favour. “It’s not relevant at play-offs where it’s ‘do-or-die’. The adrenalin carries you,” he said. “The games go very fast and fatigue won’t be an issue.”
In the other semi-final, the Hurricanes host the NSW Waratahs in Wellington on Friday.