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Ludeke confident Bulls’ scrum luck is changing

The Bulls coach says the team’s focused on scrumming in preparation for its Super Rugby opener.

Bulls captain Pierre Spies and coach Frans Ludeke. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Frans Ludeke says he's confident the Bulls have turned their scrumming woes around.

The Pretoria unit struggled with the set piece last season and will need it if they want to put the Stormers under pressure on Saturday in their Super Rugby opener.

Ludeke says they've paid a lot of attention to it during preseason.

"We've worked on it. There were some areas and there was actually a blessing in disguise… From last year's performance there are no worries. We'll get that rhythm and confidence from the first to the last scrum. Every scrum will be a new contest. We'll stay in it, I can guarantee you."

Pierre Spies, who was on the side lines for the last 18 months with a bicep injury hasn't managed to secure a spot in the starting 15.

Ludeke believes there's still a role for him to play.

"Pierre on the bench is an impact. We feel that's the best option for him this week and we're starting off with Arno; there's no specific reason, it's just for Pierre to make his own comeback."

He says his new recruits from Bloemfontein have settled in very well.

"The three from the Free State make a huge impact, especially in the front row."