EXTRA MUSCLE: Dean Greyling will play against the Brumbies if he recovers from injury in time. Photo: GALLO IMAGES Michael Mentz
The Bulls yesterday refused to be drawn in to a war of words ahead of their Super Rugby contest against the Brumbies at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
The Canberra side, coached by former World Cup-winning Springbok coach Jake White, arrived in the country with the idea the men from Pretoria would try to cause “disruptions” in their team in some shape or form.
“Let me warn you, it is going to be massive. They are going to go for me, let me tell you right now,” White said prior to his team’s departure. “They are going to try and unsettle the squad by having some sort of dig at me, whether it’s I deserted them, I don’t really know what they are going to do.”
As things stand, the Bulls have earned 29 log points for their efforts in the competition while the Brumbies are on 24, having won four of their seven matches.
The Australia side is, however, one place ahead of the three-time champions on the combined log as they lead their watered-down conference.
Commenting on what White had to say, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke insisted that his men were focused on the task at hand and that the battle would be won on the field – and not in the press.
“What he (White) said is small talk, we want to focus on the game and improve on our performance from last week,” said Ludeke.
“We have goals we want to achieve on the field, the Brumbies are a good team and we know what they are capable of. They are the Australian conference leaders.”
Ludeke could not confirm whether loosehead prop Dean Greyling would be available after picking up a rib injury against the Lions.
If the he fails to recover in time Dawie Steyn will earn his Super Rugby and Bulls debut.
In the only other change to the side Gerrit-Jan van Velze comes in on the bench in the place of the injured Dewald Potgieter.