Set-piece dom­i­na­tion the key to a Bulls vic­tory, says Pot­gi­eter

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BULLS cap­tain De­wald Pot­gi­eter says his side will be look­ing for set-piece dom­i­na­tion against the Brumbies in their Su­per Rugby semi-fi­nal at Lof­tus Vers­feld in Pre­to­ria to­day.

“The Brumbies play to­tal rugby which is sim­i­lar to the type of rugby we play and, given that it is a semi-fi­nal, the great­est as­pect of play would be the set pieces,” said Pot­gi­eter, who has 66 Su­per Rugby caps, and has won two ti­tles with the Bulls.

“The team that dom­i­nates the set pieces will con­trol pos­ses­sion and will play in the right ar­eas for most of the match.”

De­spite the Bulls’ home-ground ad­van­tage, there is lit­tle to choose be­tween the two sides with the match likely to go down to the wire.

The sta­dium has done jus­tice to its rep­u­ta­tion as ‘ Fort Lof­tus’, with the Bulls not los­ing a match there, so far, this year.

The three-time Su­per Rugby cham­pi­ons have also never lost a semi-fi­nal at their base and will be look­ing to win their fourth semi­fi­nal.

The Brumbies have lost their past three matches against the Bulls at Lof­tus – with their last vic­tory in the cap­i­tal dat­ing back ex­e­cute ev­ery­thing, be­cause the young­sters look up to you.

“We are for­tu­nate to have se­nior play­ers who know you have to bring the en­ergy when it mat­ters. It doesn’t help to make a big deal out of it at the be­gin­ning of the week.”

The Brumbies, coached by for­mer Spring­bok coach Jake White, have not played in a Su­per Rugby fi­nal in nine years and the Aus­tralians would be de­ter­mined to en­sure a fi­nal berth.

White is a wily tac­ti­cian and would have done all his home­work ahead of the match, and the Bulls will have to be spot-on in the ex­e­cu­tion of their game plan.

Bulls fly­half Morne Steyn is piv­otal in that plan and his per­for­mance on Satur­day could – as of­ten is the case – be a de­cid­ing fac­tor.

“When one talks about the ter­ri­tory game, Morne is the guy you want at num­ber 10 to lead the charge,” Pot­gi­eter said.

“He knows ex­actly what the team’s strengths are and how to bring them out in a match.

“It is im­por­tant for your num­ber nine and 10 to make the de­ci­sions and Morne is one of the best in the world in that depart­ment.” – Sapa


MY TER­RI­TORY: Bulls cap­tain De­wald Pot­gi­eter says fly­half Morne Steyn is the per­fect man for a ter­ri­tory-based game ahead of to­day’s Su­per Rugby clash at Lof­tus.

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