Kriel excited by Singapore challenge

Date published: March 25 2016

Bulls centre Jesse Kriel is excited by the challenge ahead for his side on Saturday when they take on the Sunwolves in Singapore.

2015 marked a breakthrough year for the 22-year-old, scoring on his international debut for the Springboks in the Rugby Championship against Australia.

Following that up with ten more Test caps, including nine starts, he became a key figure in South Africa's backline during their run in the Rugby World Cup to the semi-finals.

Now on his return to Super Rugby action with the three-time champions, Kriel is settling into a new Super Rugby format as the Bulls look to build on a promising start to the new campaign.

Unbeaten through their last two matches having defeated the Rebels and drawn with the Sharks, now the Bulls travel into the unknown against the Sunwolves – a challenge Kriel is more than ready for.

Kriel said: "I think the new format is great – new places to see and new people to meet, which will be a good experience

"It's quite exciting, I’ve never been to Singapore so looking forward to the challenge. I've played against a few of the players when I played in Japan last year, so it will be good to play against them again. 

"[The Sunwolves] are a great side, and pose a big threat to any team they play."

Famous for their forward dominance over the years, Kriel and the Bulls are now looking to take Super Rugby by storm with an attacking style which they hope to unleash once more in Singapore on Saturday.

Kriel believes that perfecting their new tactical approach can take the side far in the competition in their first year under new coach Nollis Marais – possibly all the way to a fourth title.

He said: "I think our new style of playing is what will take us very far in the competition, there are a lot of new players which have a lot of talent and class.

"I think we have what it takes [to win]."

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