The interpretation of laws by referees is still the biggest problem confronting the Bulls in the Super14, with or without the ELVs.
JJ Harmse writes in Rapport that it therefore remains the team’s biggest challenge to ensure they adapt quickly and Friday against the Crusaders in Christchurch will be no exception, according to Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.
The Bulls have suffered from strange refereeing decisions the past two weeks.
First Matt Goddard completely lost the plot in the game against the Hurricanes and last weekend they struggled to gain possession as Vinny Munroe did not control the breakdowns well.
The Bulls were waiting for the referee to penalise Adam Thomson and his team-mates, but he never did it. Before they knew it the score was 19-5 to the Highlanders.
“We had not taken such a hiding at the breakdowns for some time. It just confirmed the lottery of the ELVs again,” said Ludeke.
“The problem is that you stand back and don’t want to take the law into your own hands, but then it costs you the game in any event.”
Ludeke has included Danie Rossouw as flank, but will be happy that Munroe is merely a touch judge. Craig Joubert will referee the game.
Ludeke believes the Crusaders, who traditionally start slowly, don’t have many weaknesses.
Crusaders No 8 Thomas Waldrom has said that they are planning to take the Bulls on up front.
“It’s a very physical side. I think the Highlanders did us a favour with the manner in which they stopped the Bulls’ momentum. We will look at similar ways of keeping them in check,” he said.
The Crusaders are still without All Black captain Richie McCaw, with scrumhalf Andy Ellis also injured.
Kahn Fotuali’i is set to be Stephen Brett’s halfback partner. George Whitelock is back on the flank.Tweet