Bulls aiming to emulate the Lions with a win in France

Because the Bulls journey to France for his or her second Champions Cup match on Saturday towards Lyon, scrumhalf Zak Burger says they may draw inspiration from the Lions’ exploits final weekend.

The Lions pulled off a formidable 28-12 win over French aspect Perpignan away from residence. The victory kick-started their Problem Cup marketing campaign on the appropriate foot, and the speaking level from the win was that Ivan van Rooyen deployed a crew with fringe gamers.

The Bulls are presently on a three-game profitable streak, which included a 27-16 conquer Saracens, and they’ll hope it continues on the Stade Gerland this weekend.

Will probably be the second time the Pretoria aspect go to the Stade Gerland to face off with Lyon; in January they misplaced 31-7 in the identical competitors.

‘We are going to battle’

Regardless of understanding how powerful it may be to go to Lyon, the Bulls will have a look at the Lions’ win over Perpignan and imagine it’s doable to choose up a full bag of factors in France.

“I watched a little bit of the Lions sport, they took their probabilities and acquired an excellent consequence,” Burger mentioned earlier than the crew’s departure.

“We’re going to Lyon to get a consequence. It’s going to be onerous however we’ll battle till the tip of the sport, and hopefully we are able to get a very good end in France.”

Bodily Lyon

The previous Griquas captain is anticipating Lyon to have traits much like a standard South African crew.

“What this Lyon crew has is a really huge pack with fast backs and strike runners within the centres,” Burger mentioned.

“They’ll convey the physicality that we as South Africans have. It’s going to be a pleasant bodily encounter with an enormous pack. It’s going to be a pleasant sport; they’ve an enormous pack that’s very cellular.”

Competitors for locations

Burger has needed to battle for the No 9 jersey with Embrose Papier this season. Papier has been the common scrumhalf, forming a strong partnership with mercurial flyhalf Johan Goosen.

The competitors between the 2 has not introduced any hostilities however has been a wholesome one.

“There’s wholesome competitors inside the squad. For those who have a look at our squad this 12 months, we now have an excellent squad and depth in all of the positions,” mentioned Burger.

“For the time being, Embrose is taking part in unbelievable rugby. I’m completely satisfied for him. We’re fairly shut; we assist one another the place we are able to. If I’m on the bench and his beginning and I really feel like I noticed one thing within the first half, I’ll communicate to him at half-time and contribute to the crew wherever I can.”

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