The Bulls have put behind them their embarrassing defeat at the hands of Jaguares in their last Super Rugby match and will be eager to bounce back against the Queensland Reds on Saturday.
Poor discipline was what cost the Pretoria side in the previous match, but the former champions will be inspired by the return of six Springboks to the starting line-up.
Coach Pote Human has made wholesale changes to the team that narrowly lost to the Jaguares.
Springboks Warrick Gelant, Jesse Kriel, Handré Pollard, Ivan van Zyl, Marco van Staden and RG Snyman all return.
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— Official Blue Bulls (@BlueBullsRugby) April 10, 2019
The loss to the Argentines was the Bulls’ second defeat at home against overseas teams this season. They once again face another foreign opponent at Loftus Versfeld. Although it is still early in the season, they will be keen to avoid another defeat on the trot.
The Bulls are currently second on the South African Conference after four wins from seven matches.
Bulls captain says that they have to focus on the results. “You got to focus on your results, we’ve got one more then another bye and we head into that business part of our season with tour and a couple of big sides coming to Loftus. If we can get this one before the break, it will be five out of eight and it will be great it keeps the momentum we are still in the competition we are right there in the middle of the log everything to fight for so we are really excited.”
The Reds claimed an important 24-12 win against the Stormers before heading to South Africa. The Australians didn’t have the greatest of starts to their campaign, but are currently looking good. It’s expected to be a highly physical encounter.
Human says that they have to do better in their game. “It’s a tough Reds side they showed against the Stormers, what a quality side they it’s up to us to stop their momentum. like I said, we are not focusing on the results we are still in the process we just got to do the small things better.”
Meanwhile. the Bulls have teamed up with SANParks and Wild Card to raise awareness of their efforts to protect national parks.
On Saturday the Pretoria side will play in their away green strip to pay tribute to SANParks.
— SANParks (@SANParks) April 10, 2019