“The Result Against Lyon Will Not Derail Our Season” – Nizaam Carr


Springbok and Bulls flank Nizaam Carr was adamant that the result against Lyon will not derail their 2022/23 season. Carr said they did discuss the Vodacom Bulls' results on tour but said that it wasn’t a massive concern for the players.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a concern, but we have been talking about it, we did have a look at that, but that is not the case, the camaraderie between the boys, on and off the field is tight. It will turn around for us, we are working hard and we are focusing on different plans to tackle these things. We are not going away from what we are doing best.”

According to Carr, the Vodacom Bulls are learning to cope with artificial pitches and sub-zero-degree weather conditions. He stressed that the combination of winter conditions and artificial pitches made their ball presentation sloppy and poor against Lyon.

“We are adding another string to our bow on how to tackle these things, especially when we are on tour. We are doing everything we can to get the win.”

“We have a few guys who have European experience, including myself, so we’ve been giving the boys tips on how to prepare. Unfortunately, the result didn’t go our way last week Friday but we’ve had a hard look at ourselves and how we can be better as a pack,” Carr said.

“Touring is a tough thing for every team. You need to start well when you are playing and the first 10 or 20 minutes in the second half is the most important because that is when teams get under your skin or your discipline is not there after that break."

“You have to consider your game plan playing in conditions like that, whatever you have to do to win, with the ref and the weather on the day, playing an important role.”

"We were going through a rough patch. We're carrying with us a lot of confidence. Last week didn’t go our way but we said to each other that one performance doesn’t define us as a group. Words mean little though, and a win over Scarlets will be a massive boost for the Bulls' ambitions, as away points are very hard to come by at the moment in the URC and everyone is worth their weight in gold."