Brumbies out to tame Bulls

Date published: March 28 2013

Jake White is ready to take the Bulls by the horns when his Brumbies host the three-time Super Rugby champions on Saturday.

Brumbies coach Jake White is ready to take the Bulls by the horns when his side host the three-time Super Rugby champions on Saturday.

The former Springbok mentor believes his side have the mental and physical capacity to bounce back from last weekend's defeat and win their fifth game of the season.

White's men returned to Canberra after their two-week tour of South Africa, which resulted in a 29-10 win against the Sharks and a 35-22 loss against the Stormers.

But the Bulls are shaping up to be the Brumbies most physical battle yet and arrive at Australia's capital having spent the last four weeks on the road.

The South African outfit are renowned for their physical forward pack and aggressive play, but White believes the Brumbies have the ability to take it to them up front.

“We are comfortable enough that our team is big and strong enough against anybody and we know exactly what the Bulls are going to bring to us,” White said on the official Brumbies website.

“We played the Bulls at Loftus last year so we know what worked against them and what didn't.

“At least I know the players know at the back of their minds what's coming.”

The Brumbies nearly prevailed in their last meeting with the Bulls, going down 36-34 at Loftus Versfeld in Round Nine last season.

But while White believes the Bulls will be eager to finish their month-long tour on a high, he is adamant his side can learn from their mistakes in the loss against the Stormers and again take it up to the Bulls forwards.

“The Bulls are now on their way home and they are going to try to make sure they finish their tour in success,” he said.

“Last weekend provided us with a platform on how we have to play against bigger sides.

“So there is defiantly a learning curve out of the game, but the challenge for us now is how much of that learning we take into this week.”

White also expects to welcome star duo Nic White and Jesse Mogg back into the side after recovering from their injuries which saw them rested against the Stormers.

Both the scrum-half and Mogg have started the 2013 season in remarkable form, posting their claims for Wallaby selection and White is looking forward to having the pair back in the side.

“They have recovered quite nicely by having the week off, so I'm hoping all things being equal they will be available for selection on Saturday,” he said.

“It's a major boost having guys like this come back from injury because they have been so good for us this season.

“Both Jesse and Nic are very important in how we get from our D and C zones into the A zone. So it will be good against the Bulls if we can get them both back.”