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Gifted Elrigh advises Bulls to take inspiration from Stormers to stop Munster train

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Elrigh Louw. (Photo by Brendan Moran/Gallo Images)
Elrigh Louw. (Photo by Brendan Moran/Gallo Images)
  • Young Bulls ace Elrigh Louw believes his team can take inspiration from the Stormers in their quest to halt the seemingly unstoppable Munster on Saturday.
  • The Irish giants were seriously discomforted by the Capetonians in Limerick last month before launching a winning comeback.
  • Meanwhile, the highly-rated Louw is ready to fill the void left by Duane Vermeulen.

Labelling the United Rugby Championship clash between the Bulls and Munster at Loftus Versfeld as a battle between the heavyweights of South African and Irish rugby feels like a misnomer given what the tournament's current log looks like.

Former Bulls and Springbok favourite Johann van Graan's visitors sit pretty in third position with four wins from five starts, while the hosts are languishing second from bottom after a poor tour to the UK and Ireland.

But, as Elrigh Louw points out, the Bulls know they are way more potent and talented than their results suggest.

And they might look to the Stormers for inspiration on how to stop a Munster combination that's performing powerfully.

In that meeting at Thormond Park, the Capetonians played some outstanding attacking rugby to establish a 15-0 lead before their assault fizzled out.

If the Bulls can provide a more sustained threat, they could kick-start their campaign.

"That's definitely the type of example one needs to look at," said the imposing 22-year-old flanker, who's earned rave reviews since his move to Pretoria last year.

"The Stormers actually had them really under the pump for a long while. If I'm not mistaken, Munster had to launch their comeback through penalties and maul tries. 

"I definitely don't think that Munster are unbeatable. If we focus and execute on the aspects of our game that makes us so competitive, we'll have a great chance of toppling them."

Not that he's underestimating the challenge that awaits him and his team-mates.

"I won't say we are out to prove a point, but our guys have their own goals, and we want to prove ourselves against the guys here at Loftus," said Louw.

"I rate Munster quite highly. They are obviously a very classy side, and with a coaching staff like that, you can never underestimate them. So, I think they are going to bring a good kicking game, and a very good game on the ground and in the rucks."

With the irrepressible Duane Vermeulen having moved on to Ulster, Louw - a junior Springbok - has a golden opportunity to stake his claim as a rookie worthy of higher honours.

"At this stage, I found my place at No 8 here at the Bulls. I won't say I am just an eight - I can definitely play at seven as well," he said.

"And I think for the rest of my life, I will wake up every day with a Springbok ambition. So, I don't think that passion or my dream of mine will ever go out of the window - it doesn't matter how long it takes."

The Bulls announce their team for Saturday on Friday.

Kick-off is at 19:45.

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