Planet Rugby

Ashley-Cooper out to upset Bulls

26th April 2013 16:40

Share:

Adam Ashley Cooper Waratahs SR 2013

ACC: Only Waratah to win at Loftus

Waratahs centre Adam Ashley-Cooper is the only member of the Sydneysiders' current squad who has experienced victory against the Bulls in Pretoria.

Ashley-Cooper was part of the Brumbies team that secured a 27-21 win at Loftus Versfeld in 2006 and it's a feeling he hopes to achieve again when the Waratahs face the Bulls on Saturday.

''It was my first game at Loftus, I didn't really understand the significance of a win there or understand how hard it was going to be,'' he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

''No one else here [at the Waratahs] has won here. I can guarantee if you win here you will never forget it.''

The Bulls of 2006 were similar to this season's squad and Ashley-Cooper believes smart decision-making and intensity are important factors to succeed against the three-times champions.

''You'd better match them physically, match their intensity at the start and then make smart decisions, because they're a good team that makes smart decisions,'' he said.

''Morne Steyn is a very good kicker and he's going to test us out positionally in the back three, and then they've got their great ball-running forwards.''

After a slow start to the competition, the Waratahs have done well in recent weeks and claimed a shock 25-20 win over the Chiefs in Sydney last week.

The 29-year-old Wallaby believes they can put in a similar performace this week with the same result.

''Watch the first five minutes of the games they play at home, it's fast, hard and physical and that's how they get themselves into the game,'' Ashley-Cooper said.

''We don't want them to get a good start, so whatever we have to do to stop that needs to be in the first couple of minutes ... Then once those boys slow down, hopefully our fitness and skills will give us a good result.

"But, more than any other team, the first 20 minutes against these guys is far more important.''

  • Super Rugby Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , August 2
Waratahs vs CrusadersWaratahs vs Crusaders Preview
More Super Rugby fixtures
  • Super Rugby Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 26
Waratahs 26 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Crusaders 38 - 6 SharksCrusaders vs Sharks Report
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
Brumbies 47 - 25 Western ForceBrumbies vs Western Force Report
More Super Rugby results
  • Super Rugby Table
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Crusaders1651
3Sharks1650
4Brumbies1645
5Chiefs1644
6Highlanders1642
7Hurricanes1641
8Western Force1640
9Bulls1638
10Blues1637
11Stormers1632
12Lions1631
13Reds1628
14Cheetahs1624
15Melbourne Rebels1621
Australian Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Brumbies1645
3Western Force1640
4Reds1628
5Melbourne Rebels1621
New Zealand Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Crusaders1651
2Chiefs1644
3Highlanders1642
4Hurricanes1641
5Blues1637
South African Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Sharks1650
2Bulls1638
3Stormers1632
4Lions1631
5Cheetahs1624