AS MUCH as they would like to bask in the afterglow of a superb victory over the Blues, the Bulls have no time for frivolity.
After all, their next test is against seven-time champions the Crusaders on Saturday.
Bulls captain Pierre Spies expects a focus on the line-out, which happens to be his team’s most reliable springboard to making inroads.
“The line-outs will be a huge focus for them and sure they’ll be trying to disrupt our ball. Line-outs are important to us. It gives us a base from which to attack,” Spies said about an area under the supervision of Victor Matfield, a line-out master.
The Bulls have lost none of their prowess in that department, having seen just four out of more than 40 of their own feeds going to the wrong hands this year.
Spies knows that more areas of their game will fall under scrutiny this weekend against opponents who probe relentlessly for pressure points.
“The Crusaders are good at the primary phases. They place pressure all over. They have world-class players and they have a good kicking game. They are a quality team,” said Spies.
There is also the small matter of a Crusaders backlash after they suffered defeats to the Blues and the Hurricanes. “They won’t be happy with their results, especially the last one which was in their grasp and they let it slip. I’m sure their preparation will be good. It will be tough, perhaps even tougher than