Adaptable Bulls aim for home knockout clash
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Bulls scrumhalf Zak Burger wants his team to adapt quickly to the climate and travelling schedule ahead of Friday’s Champions Cup match in France.
The Bulls travelling north to take on Lyon on Friday.
The team will undergo a 28-hour long journey before arriving in France.
Speaking to reporters, Burger remains optimistic about Friday’s match despite the daunting pre-game adventure.
“The travelling is not ideal, but we can’t do anything about it so as players we have to make the best out of the situation,” Burger said.
“When we arrive there we just have to adapt and start the recovering process immediately and come Friday just try to deliver a good performance.
“Lyon is going to be difficult at home but it will certainly be a good match.”
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A more disciplined Bulls
In recent weeks, the Bulls have been struggling with their discipline, copping yellow cards against the Stormers and Sharks in the United Rugby Championship.
However, they were a much better outfit against the Dragons and Exeter Chiefs, which saw them recording wins over both teams.
“We really focussed on our discipline. I think against the Stormers and Sharks our discipline was not up to standard,” Burger said.
“However the last two games against the Dragons and Exeter Chiefs we worked on the issue and have improved
“It is difficult to play with 13 or 14 people, but we really improved in keeping all our players on the field.”
When asked about how crucial a win is this Friday as their aim for a Round of 16 home match.
“It’s going to be a massive game. I think there are still four- five points in our group so if we can get the win it’s going to be huge,” the former Griquas star said.
“We want to finish as high as possible on the log and give ourselves the good opportunity to reach the quarterfinals and the semis later and obviously also play a Round of 16 match at Loftus Versfeld.
“Obviously the ball is in our court and we must make use of this opportunity .”