Although John Plumtree would favour a stronger, more recognised Bulls outfit to visit Absa Stadium tonight, it’s game time for his Super 14 players that counts. “There’s a lot of new players in the Bulls side but make no mistake, they always have a point to prove in Durban and have nothing to lose,” he said.
Plum added his players needed contact and game time. “We must know we are ready for Super 14, not hope”.
Skipper Johan Muller highlighted pre-season training, which started in November, had been a blessing for him and the players. “This was a first for me in my rugby career, starting pre-season well in advance and personally, I feel confident and strong. My body is ready,” he said.
With front row woes due to injury, Plum is hoping to give his big name players a run tonight and has enough depth and replacements to allow all fit players a run on the park.
“Beast hasn’t played since November, Jacques Botes and Keegan Daniel will share game time in the second half, Ryan Kankowski has a slight hand injury but will get a run, the backs are strong and it’s a final wrap before the business starts next week in Cape Town. We want to see how players have progressed from the Currie Cup, select the squad for the overseas four-match tour and give some youngsters a run as cover for the senior men as the season progresses. This is by no means our strongest squad – injuries don’t allow for that – but it’s the best we have at the moment. Super 14 is a tough competition and we want to be the best we can be, come the opening whistle,” he said.
Away from Super 14 matters, former Sharks and Springbok scrumhalf, Craig Davidson, was awarded the Freedom of the Park, at Absa Stadium yesterday.Tweet