Skinstad calls for 'Bulls' rugby

Photosport     04 Jul 2007     Photosport

The Springbok flanker, who has been named to lead a weakened team for its away leg of the competition, says Jake White's team should adopt the same style of play used by the Bulls during their successful Rebel Sport Super 14 campaign from earlier this year.

White's insistence on leaving 20 players at home has been greeted with anger in Australia, but Skinstad was clinical in his assessment of what it would take for the so-called 'B' side to beat its hosts at Telstra Stadium.

"It's got to be Bulls rugby," insisted Skinstad, who turned 31 on Tuesday. "It's going to be a hard game, a lot of guts and a big boot.

"You can even call the tight five, the tight eight, because the forwards are going to have to do the hard yards, and then Derick Hougaard dropping into the pocket and controlling the game with his boot. It's Bulls rugby."

Skinstad believes that players such as Hougaard, who was pivotal in the Bulls success, and Saracens prop Cobus Visagie are the key men for his team.

"Derick doesn't have the reputation on the world stage that he has in South Africa but when you look at what he's done in the Currie Cup, he's won the Super 14...we've been to World Cups with worse fly-halves and I've toured with worse sides.

"Super 14 rugby is very different to that of the [Guinness] Premiership. If he [Visagie] was dominating up there, he will dominate here. We have some special individuals here," added Skinstad.

The Springboks name their team for the Test on Wednesday.