Blues brace for Bulls

MARK KEOHANE writes the Blues are talking up the Bulls but it should be the other way around.

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan singled out the Bulls pack, the influence of Pierre Spies and the educated boot of Morne Steyn as the biggest threat to a third successive Blues win.

Many in South Africa would disagree and I would be among the many.

The Bulls were poor against the Force and it would take a monumental transformation to beat the Blues in Auckland.

Kirwan told the New Zealand media: ‘The Bulls are big on forward-orientated rugby with Steyn getting them down there. They try and play a bit more footy than they used to but when you have the accuracy of Steyn and the drive of Pierre Spies, you have a confident rugby team who know how to strangle football teams.’

The Bulls play the Blues, Crusaders, Reds and Brumbies in the next month and on the evidence of the first two rounds could battle to get a win overseas.

The Cheetahs, having looked good against the Sharks in Bloemfontein, were pumped in Hamilton.

It could be an indicator of what Bulls fans could experience in the next month.