Bulls will bring it, says wary Win­ter as Storm­ers look to quar­ters too

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“We know the Bulls are go­ing to be a proper chal­lenge for us and that’s the way we want it. It’s go­ing to be their last game at Lof­tus and a typ­i­cal derby. We ex­pect noth­ing less than an ab­so­lute dog­fight. And that’s what we want,” Win­ter said.

“We want to prep our­selves and put ev­ery­thing to­gether that we need to for our quar­ter­fi­nal. There is no one bet­ter than the Bulls to play ... when they’re on, they can beat any­body. So, we’re look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge. It’s one that is go­ing to be prop­erly fought up front.”

Win­ter also made a spe­cial men­tion of the Bulls’ backs, and he added that the Storm­ers weren’t plan­ning on drift­ing from the at­tack­ing style they’ve been mak­ing good strides in this sea­son. He also al­luded that they would want to keep their “out­stand­ing” back­line in the game, and it’s not that hard to un­der­stand why.

The Storm­ers back three were dev­as­tat­ing on the counter-at­tack against the Sun­wolves and scored, and cre­ated, a num­ber of tries from turnover ball in bro­ken play, with full­back Dil­lyn Leyds (two tries), wings Ch­es­lin Kolbe (hat-trick) and Se­abelo Se­natla (one try) all adding their name to the Storm­ers’ 50-point score­sheet.

“The Bulls are go­ing to prop­erly bring it. When they’re on, they’re eas­ily one of the best packs in the com­pe­ti­tion, and I think they’ve got an out­stand­ing back­line. But so do we. So, we don’t want to go away from that. We don’t want to change any­thing we’ve been do­ing in the last cou­ple of weeks, we’re go­ing to stay the same and hope­fully just im­prove on what we’ve been do­ing,” Win­ter said.

It’s con­tentious to ques­tion a team’s per­for­mance if they put 50 points on their op­po­nent, but given the Storm­ers’ per­for­mance in cer­tain stages against the Sun­wolves, the crit­i­cism can’t ex­actly be frowned upon.

The Sun­wolves’ low-set scrum made things tough at times for the hosts when it was time to pack down, while they can also con­fi­dently say that they have pro­duced much bet­ter line-out per­for­mances.

Win­ter also added that they wanted to cre­ate their own tries rather than just cap­i­tal­is­ing on op­po­si­tion mis­takes.

“We’re go­ing to have to make sure that we keep the ball bet­ter and cre­ate tries from the set-piece and the way we want to play, in­stead of cre­at­ing it from turnovers or the op­po­si­tion’s mis­takes,” he said.

“Our line-outs weren’t as good as we wanted them to be, not by a long way ... we’ve ad­dressed the line-out. I don’t want to say it’s a per­son­nel is­sue, but it is some­thing that we must ad­dress be­cause we lost three balls. That’s not good enough, es­pe­cially com­ing at this late stage. We don’t want to give too much away on why we lost the ball ,.. we do know why we lost it.” race, and tech­ni­cally did not.

South Africa is cur­rently ranked ninth.

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