Over the previous 18 months, the Bulls have established themselves because the main South African facet, profitable back-to-back Currie Cup titles and progressing to the Rainbow Cup last in opposition to Benetton.
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Their closest rivals throughout this era do appear to have been the Sharks, who’ve just lately gone via a recruitment drive forward of the URC, including a number of high-class gamers to a significantly bolstered squad.
For Friday’s fixture in opposition to the Bulls, new recruit Bongi Mbonambi joins a number of Springboks who’ve been drafted again into the Sharks’ matchday squad.
“There’s no pressure on us,” White stated throughout a press convention on Thursday.
“They’ve acquired internationals from Samoa, Scotland and Australia (and Argentina), they’re enjoying at dwelling … They’ve been telling us for months that it’s only a question of time earlier than these guys arrive again and issues change. So I’m wanting ahead to seeing how good they’re, as a result of we’re simply rising alongside as a crew.
“Bongi is the dominant hooker who starts every week, and we’ve got Bismarck du Plessis there – he’s got 79 Test matches and has won a World Cup, and I’m quite keen to see how he and Bongi’s battle goes. Scrums are always important in South Africa. And we’ve got a guy who played 79 Tests, weighs over 100kg, knows Thomas (du Toit) well, and I’m sure he will introduce himself to Bongi tomorrow evening.”
Why Bulls picked Arendse at fullback
White additionally defined the choice of Kurt-Lee Arendse at fullback, warning that the Sharks can be punished in the event that they kicked poorly.
“We’ve simply performed David Kriel there, and I’d wish to see another choice at fullback. I believe a man like Kurt-Lee will get some house – the Sharks kick a number of ball – so what I’m considering is that in the event that they kick poorly and he will get the ball in his fingers, he can play like a sevens participant.
“He can counter-attack, and I appreciate the fact that he is very good when he’s got some space around him. The other thing about fullback is that he can play on both sides of the field. When he’s on the wing, he’s probably limited to certain plays going his side, whereas at fullback, we can use him to the left and the right.”
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