United Rugby Championship: Bulls looking to avenge Rainbow Cup final loss to Benetton

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 Credit: PA Images
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The Bulls hope to put their Rainbow Cup defeat to Benetton to bed when they face the Italian side at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Benetton claimed a surprise 35-8 victory over the Bulls in last year’s Rainbow Cup final, but Jack White’s men will be seeking revenge as they push for a play-off spot in the United Rugby Championship.

Learning from mistakes

Bulls breakdown coach Nollis Marais says the Bulls have used their week off to correct the mistakes made against the Stormers last time out.

“We know what we need to fix for our match against Benetton after our last match against the DHL Stormers and we will be well-prepared for them,” he told Times Live.

Marais revealed that Benetton surprised the Bulls at the breakdown in that painful defeat and said his team has adapted to how European teams approach that facet of play.

“For two years, we played local sides where we saw the same picture every week at the breakdown, attack and all other areas. Then we played in the Rainbow Cup, it was the first time we played overseas, and that brought us a totally different picture about the breakdown and what we were used to,” he said.

“That is when we realised it didn’t matter what level we thought we were in terms of the breakdown and other aspects, we were a bit behind the European sides. We needed to adapt quickly.”

Marais believes the Bulls have progressed and responded well since the start of the season, commending their development at the breakdown.

“At one stage, we were not that good with ball carries and we are now one of the top sides, it’s getting better,” he added. The breakdown is getting better and I think that is an area we made a huge step up from the beginning of the Vodacom URC.”

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