Potgieter backing Bulls backs to fire

Date published: October 15 2014

Bulls fly-half Jacques-Louis Potgieter believes his back-line has a huge role to play in their semi-final at Newlands on Saturday.

While most attention is usually focussed on the Blue Bulls forwards, fly-half Jacques-Louis Potgieter believes his back-line could make a big difference.

Potgieter is likely to retain his place in the starting team with Handre Pollard set to slot in at inside-centre for Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final against Western Province in Cape Town.

He has been one of the team’s most consistent performers this season and when it comes to high-stakes matches, he has been known to provide that winning spark.

Potgieter acknowledged that while the foundation must first be laid up front, the value of the faster men out wide should never be under estimated.

“One big thing which people often forget is that it is the outside guys who can make the inside a lot easier,” Potgieter told SuperSport.

“Guys like Akona (Ngungane), Bjorn (Basson) and Ulrich (Beyers) – if they chat a lot and give you some options then the option-making becomes a little bit easier.

“I’m relying on the guys on my outside to chat a lot. William (Small-Smith) is a good guy in terms of communication. I’m positive that they will make the right decisions at the right time in the game.”

As a side that has over many years built a reputation of being specialists at play-off rugby, Potgieter is delighted that his team will take some late tournament form into the play-off.

The pivot attributed his team’s turnaround to a new found belief in their game plan and hoped that the mindset they have adopted will serve them well at a packed Newlands stadium.

“The game we’re good at, you can play anywhere, whether it’s windy, raining or dry.

“That suits us as a team, so if the heavens open, then it will be fine. We can still play our type of game that we’re focusing on and what we’ve put together in training – whatever the weather may bring.”

The Bulls are expected to announce their team for the semi-final on Thursday.