“I Am Looking Forward Going Up Against The Best In The World” – Nizaam Carr


Nizaam Carr said the Vodacom Bulls are excited to host the Sharks, on Saturday at 15:00 (SA Time) in an expected physical match and that he is looking forward to the prospect of going up against the "best in the world."

It is the first derby of the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship for the Bulls, and Carr insisted that the Bulls are up for the challenge posed by the Sharks.

“We know the Sharks is a very physical team. They are set-piece driven and we are excited.”

“We as players like judging and testing ourselves against the best in the world and we (South Africans) are the best in the world because we are back-to-back World Cup champions," Carr said.

“I’m looking forward to it. These are the games where you find out if you are a big player or not."

“Jake said to us we have been doing well, the pressure shouldn’t be on us. If we go out and execute our plans and enjoy our rugby, then things will go well for us," Carr said.

“Yes, we’re playing at home and people expect us to win, there’s a lot of factors that we take as a positive where other teams will struggle and we should capitalise on that."

“Teams are wary of when they come play at Loftus, it is a tough place to play, and I guarantee you that every team and every player wants to beat the Bulls."

“It’s a lot of pride and ego, and you just want that bragging rights after a couple of games against SA sides … you want to be the best in SA, and that’s where we want to head to.”

“We’ve got a young side but we’ve got a lot more experience from when we first started with Jake in 2020-21, so a lot of players have grown,” he added."

“We’ve got noticeably more Springboks and whoever steps in is doing a wonderful job. Whoever the captain’s armband is given to, they know what is expected of them."

“The nice thing with Jake, it’s a collective effort where one guy will do the attack, we have a defensive leader, a breakdown leader in Marco van Staden; it’s not everything coming from you."

“Like Reinhardt Ludwig, if he captains the team he has the support system that Jake has put in place, and that makes it easier for us to step on the field and focus on the referee if the decisions are maybe going against us."

“You’ve got that whole department to help you and it was no different against Cardiff, and it was easy having quality players around me.”