As the Vodacom Bulls try to regroup following another defeat in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, Schalk Burger says he’s confident Jake White’s team will soon snap this losing streak.

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A hard-fought loss to Ulster means that the Vodacom Bulls go into the Champions Cup last 16 playoff away to French giants Toulouse on the back of eight successive defeats in all competitions.

However, encouraged by the performance against Ulster, former Springbok and DHL Stormers loose forward Burger has backed the Vodacom Bulls to eventually come right.

“The Vodacom Bulls have got enough talent within that group, coaching staff as well,” said Burger.

“It’s not easy. You search for things when you’re not in winning form and momentum is key in any sport. Where the Stormers have the momentum at the moment, the Vodacom Bulls don’t have any.

“It’s just a question of patience. They’ll turn the corner, hopefully sooner rather than later.”

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With coach White describing this period in their Vodacom United Rugby Championship history as a great test for his own coaching as well as for them as a group, Burger identified team culture as the biggest reason for the Stormers’ current success in second place on the log.

“All credit to Dobbo (John Dobson) and his team. Everyone who puts on that jersey seems to play with the same intensity. They get the results.

“It’s a culture thing. I think Dobbo has been fortunate that he’s had quite a lot of time in the seat and we’ve gone through various iterations through Dobbo.

At the moment they’ve just found a way how to play nicely and have got a good balance in the side. But I think culture is the main difference with the Stormers at the moment.”

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