Bulls have done their home­work on WP

Lieben­berg: If you don’t get your­self up for Prov­ince then I don’t know

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THE north ver­sus south derby has not lost its sting, but ut­most for the Blue Bulls in their cru­cial Cur­rie Cup clash against Western Prov­ince will be vic­tory and mak­ing sure that they se­cure them­selves a favourable place in the semi-fi­nals ac­cord­ing to cap­tain Hanro Lieben­berg.

While the Bulls would have been bel­low­ing all week in an­tic­i­pa­tion for to­mor­row’s derby at Lof­tus, they are also aware that emo­tion won’t win them the game and that they will have to call on all of their strengths if they are to break the Cape side’s un­beaten run.

“Most def­i­nitely. If you don’t get your­self up for Western Prov­ince then I don’t know. When we got here (Lof­tus) on Mon­day ev­ery­one can feel that ex­cite­ment in the build up to a game against Western Prov­ince,” said Lieben­berg yes­ter­day.

With the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons al­ready guar­an­teed a home semi-fi­nal berth, they will come to the cap­i­tal de­ter­mined to show why they are over­whelm­ing favourites to re­tain the ti­tle with their dom­i­nant pack of for­wards and tremen­dously quick back­line lit­tered with stars.

But Lieben­berg be­lieves they have the per­son­nel to match that of Prov­ince and with Spring­boks Trevor Nyakane, Marco van Staden, Ivan van Zyl and Jamba Ulengo back in the start­ing line-up and Em­brose Papier on the bench, the Bulls will be out to prove that they are just as good if not bet­ter.

“Our prepa­ra­tion was very good this week and our home­work on Western Prov­ince was spot on. Ev­ery­thing is set up very well and we are in for a good game. And ob­vi­ously they are a team you have to play 80 min­utes against and we know what they can do. If they get loose balls they will pun­ish you so we know their strengths and our strengths so we have to match them at their strengths,” Lieben­berg said.

Bulls coach Pote Hu­man is also us­ing the emo­tions of the derby to work up his team into a frenzy, but has also re­minded them of the im­por­tance of win­ning the game and stay­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion be­yond this week­end.

As un­likely as it is that the Golden Lions will lose to the Pu­mas, who still have a math­e­mat­i­cal chance of over­tak­ing the Bulls into the semi-fi­nals if the men from Pre­to­ria lose to WP with­out a bonus point, Hu­man wants his side to take a win-at-all-costs ap­proach re­gard­less of the per­mu­ta­tions.

“As I said to them, if they are not mo­ti­vated to play against Western Prov­ince at Lof­tus then they don’t be­long here. I think they are re­ally mo­ti­vated for this one, it’s a big one for us de­pend­ing what hap­pens to­mor­row night (Lions ver­sus Pu­mas) it might be a must win for us to go through to the semis. Ev­ery­one knows the im­por­tance of this game,” said Hu­man.

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BLUE BULLS cap­tain and No 8 Hanro Lieben­berg.

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