Bulls up against it

Bulls assistant coach Mike Bayly has admitted anything less than a 100% performance against the Crusaders on Saturday will result in defeat.

“The Crusaders are an awesome team, but we have the belief we can get the result we want,” Bayly told keo.co.za from the team’s hotel in central Christchurch. “However, if we perform at 90% we will lose, we know that. We need to be at 100% if we are to have any chance of upsetting them.”

Bayly said that the training session on Tuesday had gone extremely well, with all 24 members of the squad taking full part. “Everyone is fighting fit and we should be able to pick the squad we want for the game,” he said.

The Bulls will need to exert huge pressure in the forward exchanges if they hope to nullify the considerable threat of Dan Carter at flyhalf. “If we can put pressure on their pack, which we know we are capable of, then we will hopefully be able to put pressure on their No 9 (Andrew Ellis) and spoil his service to Carter. If Carter can get good quick ball then we could be in for a long evening.”

Bayly praised the ‘Saders and said that Carter was not the only threat in the backline. “Aaron Mauger and their outside backs (Caleb Ralph, Rico Gear and Leon MacDonald) are supremely gifted players. We will have to extinguish the threat on the outside too if we want to progress.”

By Andrew Hollely