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Waratahs vow to run with the Bulls

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Update: 12:00PM Defiant til the end, the NSW Waratahs are pledging to run with the Bulls come what may in Saturday night's high-stakes Super Rugby showdown in Sydney.

The Tahs' daring ball-in-hand-style may be putting bums back on seats at Allianz Stadium but it has only yielded four wins from seven outings in 2014, leaving the early-season title favourites clinging to the top six.

A loss to the Bulls would allow the South Africans to leapfrog the Waratahs on the ladder and leave Michael Cheika's side precariously placed at the halfway point of the competition.

"Last week we felt that was a big game (against the Western Force) in the context of the conference and we didn't get the result," skipper Dave Dennis said on Friday.

"We came out of it and thought we're still there or thereabouts if we get the win this weekend, so the pressure's moved to this game."

But refusing to retreat, Dennis insists the Waratahs will live and die by their refreshing style and won't be drawn into a dour struggle with the heavyweight Bulls.

"As a group, we've got a strong belief in what we're doing and we feel if we play our style as well as we can, we'll put a lot of teams under pressure and win more games than we'll lose," he said.

"That will be the case again tomorrow night. If we can put them under pressure, play our style, run them round a bit, we'll get a good result hopefully."

Dennis is also hoping for a big performance from former Bull Jacques Potgieter when the giant back-rower comes up against his old side for the first time.

Potgeiter is champing at the bit to get at his former teammates and Dennis is confident the niggle directed at the South African won't bother him.

"As long as he stays on the field and doesn't see a coloured card, I don't mind what he does," he said.

"But, yeah, I am sure there will be a lot of Afrikaans flying around the scrum and at the lineout and at the ruck, so it should be interesting.

"He said he's pretty keen for it and he's a good team man, Jacques. He enjoyed his time there and has some good mates there, but he's made it quite clear during the week that his priorities are with us and he'll be doing everything he can to try and get stuck into his old teammates.

"It's going to be nice and physical, we spoke about that. They always are, the Bulls, and I am sure Jacques will want to lead the way there against his old mates."

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