EP Kings assistant coach Vuyo Zangqa says his team have hatched a plan to subdue a wounded Blue Bulls team in their own back yard when the sides clash in Currie Cup Premier Division match in Pretoria tomorrow.
After the Kings lost their opening match 28-10 against Boland at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Zangqa and head coach Barend Pieterse have switched their focus to taking on the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.
“We will target breaking them down as a unit,” Zangqa said of a Bulls team that crashed to a heavy 43-20 defeat against the Cheetahs in their last match in Bloemfontein.
“They have Burger Odendaal who gives them good forward ball. We don’t want to focus too much on single players but on the unit. We think we have a better unit.”
Zangqa said his team knew they would be up against a strong Bulls team with in-form players. “Coming from Super Rugby with the same group of players, I think they have some quality players.
“Jamba Ulengo has been scoring some good tries and they have Springbok Bjorn Basson on the wing. “We will move Johann Tromp from centre to fullback this week [to] give us a bit of security at the back.
“He has played international rugby for Namibia in the World Cup. “We don’t want to let Shakes Soyizwapi be alone at the back, so Tromp [will support] him. “They will see whether they can cover those high balls.
“The Kings tried to force a lot of the play in our half against Boland because of the attacking backline we have.
“This week we have addressed those issues in terms of keeping the Bulls playing in their half and when the time is right, to strike.
“A lot of people may have been surprised at the way the team performed [in last week’s game]. “But we did not actually perform that well, because we had a lot of opportunities [to score].
“If we had made Boland pay for those opportunities, we could have been up at half time. There was good work done by the forwards and head coach Barend Pieterse.
“We just want to take it one game at a time and make our decision when the time comes. “We are trying to keep things simple, but also to make it exciting because these guys have not played rugby for months.”
The Kings will name their team to travel to Pretoria today and will have to find a new captain after Schalk Ferreira was sidelined by a groin strain.