Bulls return to SA as URC final preparations need to ‘relax’

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David Kriel (Gallo Picture)

David Kriel (Gallo Picture)

  • The Bulls will have a brief turnaround of heroics in Ireland before taking on the Stormers in the URC final this weekend.
  • Despite the logistical “challenges,” the Bulls didn’t bother and expected a “relaxing” week of training.
  • Bull mentor Jake White doesn’t expect to have many choice issues, only David Kriel’s fitness is clear.

A leisurely week of training will ensue for the Bulls after the Stormers ’final march to host the Rugby United Championship (URC) final on Saturday night, meaning the man from Loftus will have to quickly confirm his travel plans.

Because the semifinal against Leinster – won with a 27-26 win last Friday – happened almost 24 hours before the Capetonians ’clash with Ulster, Jake White and his side were in limbo on whether to stay in Ireland or return. to South Africa.

The Stormers victory means the final scenario is confirmed, and on Monday afternoon, the Bulls are back in the state.

However, no one in Hatfield complained because the logistical constraints were anticipated and planned.

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While a relatively late arrival means the first day of the week is an elimination, of course the Bulls will do a lot of training on Monday.

“Honestly, the final week was pretty relaxing. There’s not a lot of training that can be done at this stage of the campaign. It’s really about getting organized and fresh and ready,” the Bulls source said. Sports24.

“Travel planning has been a challenge, but it’s a reality. I’m all here very happy to be able to play in the finals in my home land.”

Meanwhile, White is expected to have many players available for the match at Cape Town Stadium.

David Kriel hesitated after knocking his head in the 36th minute of the Leinster meeting after being at his worst when tackling powerful Irishman Robbie Henshaw.

“He got a bang, and I don’t think he didn’t pass the Head Injury Assessment (HIA). So, hopefully he’ll be fine. This is one of the good things about playing on a Friday – you get more time to prepare for the rest. . game, ”White said after the Leinster victory.

But if Kriel doesn’t pass the HIA, a seven-day back-to-play protocol, it’s firmly in place so he can race with time to get ready.

White’s starting line-up doesn’t have to be fundamentally changed, but it will be interesting to see how his bench will look.

Will veterans like Bismarck du Plessis, Lionel Mapoe and Lizo Gqoboka be listed, or will they be sent on Currie Cup duties to stiffen up their local title defense in the semi-finals against the Griquas?

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