Young Bulls need ‘enforcers’

Date published: February 17 2016

Bulls forwards coach Anton Leonard says their pack needs “enforcers” if they want to pose a serious threat in the 2016 Super Rugby competition.

Leonard and former Bulls hooker Gary Botha, who are entrusted with coaching the forwards, want the Pretoria-based side to return to the trophy-winning outfit they once were.

“The pack hasn’t had enforcers these last few seasons and it is myself and Gary’s task to resurrect things," Leonard told Netwerk24.

“The Bulls have to inflict pain up front and the challenge is to bring that tradition back.

“It was desperate times when I arrived at the Bulls in 2000.

"We didn’t even have a sponsor, but four years later we developed into a team that won cups,”

Leonard also mentioned that the Bulls have a skilled crop, and that he wants them to look to former Bulls lock Bakkies Botha as their role model.

“The current group is more talented and there are several players who will become Springboks in the near future," he added.

"I’m very excited about the heights that this team can reach.

“In 2001, Bakkies came to Loftus as a flank and no-one knew him. He became a Springbok a year later.

“There are two or three players in the Bulls’ pack who can walk the same road and it will be a big opportunity for them to play against the Stormers," Leonard explained.

The Bulls start their Super Rugby campaign against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday, February 27.