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Bulls aim to end on a high

 Mar 28,2013
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

The Bulls are hoping to redeem themselves against the Brumbies following two consecutive losses on tour.

Captain Pierre Spies said the team wanted to end their four-match trip of Australasia on a high following last weekend's 23-18 loss to the Reds and the 41-19 drubbing by the Crusaders the week before.

"We understand the importance of this game, the spirit in the team is still positive," said the Springbok number eight.

"Last weekend we weren't playing at our best, and we were still in the game until the last minute.

"This weekend is just another opportunity for us to go onto the field and we want to score some tries and have a good game," he added.

The Bulls face the unenvious task of trying to rewrite the history books against former Springbok coach Jake White's tournament-leading Brumbies.

The Pretoria-based franchise have only beaten the Australian side on their own turf once out of six matches played there. In their last visit to Canberra four years ago, they were edged out by the Brumbies 32-31 in the dying moments of the match.

Until last weekend's 35-22 loss to the Stormers in Cape Town, White's men were the only unbeaten side left in the competition.

"We need more points and we need to get it in Canberra," said Spies.

"If we want to finish this tour the way we planned, we cannot afford another match full of slipped opportunities."

In what could be perceived to be an effort to strengthen their fire power in midfield, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke this week called on rising star Jan Serfontein to make his starting debut for the side.

The Bulls have further been boosted by the news that flanker Deon Stegmann was fit play in their last match on tour.

They have been found wanting in the past without a recognised opensider such as Stegmann, and his role will be further emphasised against Australian stalwart George Smith.

Spies said discipline would once again be crucial in a match where they were desperate for the result.

Going up against fellow countryman, Ludeke said he had a lot of respect for White, and ignored the notion of the battle of the two South African coaches.

"They are well-coached, well-structured and have a number of players that can kill you off," he said.

"We will have to be at the very best of our game, something I feel we are getting close to."
 

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