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Bulls can win without the Loftus factor

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 22 Apr 2010 at 06:52
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Bulls coach Frans Ludeke is adamant that his team can win games without the Loftus factor, but they still enjoy playing on their home ground.

Speaking to rugby365.com, in the build-up to Saturday’s trans-Jukskei derby against the Lions in Pretoria, Ludeke said it is not about the venue, but rather what happens between the four lines.

Earlier this week the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd and Free State Rugby Union, along with the South African Rugby Union, met with the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation to discuss the state of the pitches in Pretoria and Bloemfontein – both venues that will be used for the Soccer World Cup.

Reports had suggested that the meeting could decide that the Bulls and Cheetahs should no longer use their stadiums in order to deliver world class pitches for the global soccer showpiece.

However, it was decided that the Bulls – and Cheetahs – will play their remaining home fixtures at their traditional stadiums.

Ludeke said the off-field drama did not really affect the players.

“Luckily the problem was resolved before it became an issue in the team,” Ludeke told rugby365.com.

He added that while it is “always great” to play at Loftus, they are grateful that it was resolved.

“However, what is more important is what happens between those four lines,” Ludeke said.

“That is why it is important to have those systems and processes in place, so that you can play on any stadium and perform,” the Bulls mentor said.

He said at this stage of the season, with just four rounds of league action remaining, you don’t want to focus on any sideshows.

“It is important that our focus is on what we need to go and do as a team out there on the field.”

Ludeke also said they do not see the Lions, currently winless and at the bottom of the table, as a soft touch.

“We won’t treat them any different, we approach it like any other game,” the Bulls mentor said.

He added that despite their [poor defensive record earlier in the season, the Lions have made good progress and are now a real threat.

“If you look at their game against the Sharks [last week], they had already made huge strides on defence.

“We expect them to make further improvements this week, just like we hope to improve our game this week.

“The important thing is to be able to adjust in the game to what they produce. If you are able to adjust to the situation on the field, you will give yourself a chance to win the game.”


  • Frans Ludeke is adamant that his team can win games without the Loftus factor

    This not a Loftus factor but an altitude factor. The Reds howed last week that even with flying home during the week they can run the Bulls ragged.

    The Bulls rely on the last 20min at altitude to win it FOR them. The Reds showed that as Sea level they are not fit enough. Precisely why my SB pick will be for the Stormers in round 14.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.04.10 06:58:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • well just have too wait and see

    But well i think they will
    got Bulls by 15 😕

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.04.10 08:12:43 by Chaz Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Very true, that’s why they always win in the last 20min. Well spotted young sir. 😆

    So they will be having a harder time against the snoiL, it’s a pay of between altitude vs. attitude. Let’s see if the snoiL can bring the attitude on defense.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.04.10 08:48:47 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • They’ve won 2 games on thier NZ/Aus tour – they are definately capable of winning away from Loftus, but I have to agree that they do tend to rely on that altitude factor far to much.

    As for KSA Sharks comment about them not being “fit enough” at sea level – I’d very much like to know the reasoning behind that. When you buy a car at altitude(pretoria)and you drive it down to the coast you usually get a bit of extra performance out of the car due to the increase in Air Pressure – it’s the same with a rugby players fitness – if 2 identical players follow the exact same fitness plan, but one is at sea level and one at altitude the one at altitude would beat out the one at sea level for fitness every time. If the Bulls are unfit it’s because of poor fitness traning not the fact that are playing at sea level.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.04.10 09:03:43 by MB1810 Reply
  • @MB1810 (Comment 4) :

    maybe fit enough wasn’t the right term to use.

    If you look at the way they perform at altitiude they still have something left in the last 20 and the visiting team doesn’t.

    But look at the way the Bulls start their games. They have been said to slowly strangle the opponents and then kill them in the last 20. During that slow strangle in the first 40 they don’t run eveyrthing, they get Steyn to kick everything and use the oppertunities that they have.

    The reds have cottoned on to that and showed how to convincingly beat the Bulls last week. Run at them, run at them and then when they kick the ball to you run at them some more.

    If you are a coastal team playing at the coast the Bulls will run out of gas because they are not used to running hard for 80min.

    If you are the Lions this week who will not be affected by the altitude then you should run at them, run at them and run at them some more.

    The Bulls have been shown up last week for a team that cannot tackle for 80minutes non stop.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.04.10 09:14:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @MB1810 (Comment 4) :

    i was an athlete who ttrained at altitiude and came to Durban to win a race or two, I know the effects of altitude, 😛

    I wasn’t actually blaming being at sea level for them being unfit, more for the other team now being on a more level playing field than what they would experience if they were playing at altitude.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.04.10 09:17:45 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    Agreed then – lol. They have what it takes too win away from home, but they keep shooting themselves in the foot when they prepare for away games as if they are playing at home. They have all the weapons in the armory, they’re just not utilizing it very well.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.04.10 10:23:15 by MB1810 Reply

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