Bulls miss Bok backs

Outgoing Blue Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer admits it will take time for his new-look backline to gel.

Meyer has handed the Absa Currie Cup coaching reins over to his assistant Pote Human, but will still be involved in team selection and tactics.

He said one of the aspects he’d be looking at in his new role as director of rugby would be the improvement of backline play.

“I definitely think South African backline play can improve but I still believe our forwards are our strong point,” Meyer told Beeld rugby writer De Jongh Borchardt. “If I get the opportunity to do more research it will definitely be one of the aspects I will look at.”

The Bulls backs have struggled over the last two weeks, but Meyer says this is because of all the new combinations being tested.

“We are playing with a new pair of centres and the whole back triangle is new because Johan Roets, Akona Ndungane and Bryan Habana are out,” Meyer said.

“Then we also miss Wynand Olivier’s decision making [at centre], but I believe these things will improve with time and coaching. It is also important that Frikkie [Welsh] has to establish himself at inside centre.

“We are a long way from where we should be. The Cheetahs and the Sharks definitely have more momentum than we have because they have fewer players out.

“However, I enjoy being regarded as the dark horse. The pressure is on the other teams but we showed against the Lions that nobody should forget about the Bulls.”

The Bulls play Western Province at Loftus on Saturday.