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Waratahs take aim at boot-loving Bulls

By Adrian Warren 26/02/2010 08:44:40 PM Comments (0)

The Waratahs are wary of the kicking game of the formidable Bulls, who boast one player who that has scored more points than the entire NSW team heading into the Super 14 rugby clash in Pretoria.

The defending champion Bulls are the only team with two bonus-point wins from the first two rounds and have already run in ten tries.

Their Springbok five-eighth Morne Steyn has scored three tries and a total of 59 points, exceeding what the Waratahs have produced in both departments.

While the Bulls have hit the half century in both games, the Waratahs have scored fewer tries and points than any other team, despite winning their first-round clash with Queensland.

Although the Bulls have romped in with tries, NSW coach Chris Hickey sees their kicking game as a key to their success.

"They still use that contestable kick to great effect, so you need to be able to manage that situation by winning the contest for the ball," Hickey said from South Africa.

"Secondly, they use that contestable kick in order to head into a lineout in your half and from the lineout is where they base a lot of their strategy."

Hickey has sacrificed height for mobility by bringing in David Dennis into the second row for his first Super start: "He will give us what we're looking for in the lineout and once that's finished, he has good mobility and speed around the park."

Hickey has also revamped his inside back combination with Daniel Halangahu going in at five-eighth and Berrick Barnes switching from that position to inside centre in place of Kurtley Beale.

"When Daniel went onto the field in the Reds and Stormers games, he's gave us really good game management at the back end and we just feel having him and Berrick there together will give us good game management for 80 minutes."

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke says he's wary of the powerful Waratahs pack.

"I thought (Springbok winger) Bryan Habana was the only difference between them and the Stormers last weekend, with his brilliance taking the game away from the Waratahs," Ludeke said on the Bulls website.

"They have an international front row and a massive pack, but the Bulls also have world class players, so we will be ready."

Ludeke revamped his back row following an injury to Springbok star Pierre Spies in their win over the Brumbies last week.

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