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Bulls brace for battle


Coach knows that the Sharks have a bone to pick with the Bulls pack after their previous encounter in Pretoria three weeks ago

NO LOVE LOST: Dylan Sage of the Bulls exchanges words with Lukhanyo Am of the Sharks during their last Super Rugby match at Loftus Versveld Stadium. The Bulls won that match convincingly, and the Sharks are bent on exacting revenge this weekend. Picture: Muzi Ntombela BackpagePix

A slippery ball coupled with a determined Sharks side will make it difficult for the Bulls to bounce back from their demoralising defeat to the Chiefs last weekend when they travel to Durban.

But Bulls coach Pote Human is adamant his charges have put the Loftus slaughter behind them as they look to get their campaign back on track.

“We all know what happened last week but we’ve put it behind us and we are focused on the Sharks now,” Human said yesterday.

“I’m really excited about this game, we had a great week and the players are excited to go out and show what we really can do.

“We all know we are better than what we produced last week. We are focused more on what we can do well to do better than we did last week and that is not difficult.”

Word from the Sharks camp is that they have “a bone to pick” with the Bulls pack following their previous encounter in Pretoria three weeks ago.

The Bulls dominated the Sharks pack on the day which lay the foundation for their 37-14 victory.

Sharks flanker Jacques Vermeulen this week said they would lift the intensity up front which would make for a brutal forward battle in the Shark Tank on Saturday.

Bulls coach Pote Human said he expected a physical confrontation with the Sharks following their win over the Rebels.

“They know what we can bring and we also know they are a physical pack with quite a few Springboks among them so we look forward to a great battle up front,” Human said.

“I’m really excited about this game, we had a great week and the players are excited to go out and show what we really can do.”

Human has kept the changes to a minimum with specialist lock Eli Snyman moving back into the starting line-up with Hanro Liebenberg shifting to the side of the scrum.

Springbok scrumhalf Embrose Papier will also start in the place of Ivan van Zyl while fullback Warrick Gelant has not fully recovered from a shoulder injury.

“Everyone knows the pressure is on but we know they are good players where we had three good weeks against South African franchises,” Human said.

“I know what they can do and they must show this weekend that they are hungry to play for the Bulls.”