Ludeke: We have to play clever rugby

Date published: October 10 2014

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Bulls coach Frans Ludeke believes his charges are peaking at the right time as they look to seal a Currie Cup semi-final spot.

Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke believes his charges are peaking at the right time as they look to seal their spot in the semi-finals of the Currie Cup.

The Bulls are hosting a tricky Griquas side at Loftus on Saturday and Ludeke is certainly wary of them. The men from Pretoria are currently in fourth place in the standings, just two points ahead of the Cheetahs.

“We need to make sure we beat Griquas well and will be looking for a bonus point, but we will have to build the innings first and make sure we play clever rugby,” said Ludeke.

“We had to work hard to get back into this situation, so we are grateful and we have one more match to go and would like to tie it up this weekend. We are playing against a side that has other goals, but what is important for us is where we are heading and we would like to do that with a good performance.”

In terms of changes, junior Springbok William Small-Smith replaces JJ Englebrecht and flyer Bjorn Basson forces Sampie Masriet out of the starting line-up.

“It is great to have him back William back after that injury he picked up against the Sharks,” continued Ludeke.

“He’s got different strengths that he brings to the side. He will slot in there and we are confident he will do the job for us.”

The Bulls also welcome back Springbok pivot Handre Pollard. The 20-year-old superstar is just coming off a sterling performance against New Zealand at Ellis Park and will be on the bench come Saturday.

“He is playing with a lot of confidence coming off a fine performance for the Springboks against New Zealand and we will tap into that,” added Ludeke.

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