Bulls Defeat 37 – 24
Bulls Defeat 37 – 24: The Bulls were blown off the park in the first half‚ trailing 24-0 at the break‚ largely because the Stormers bullied their scrum and lineout so savagely that it was hard to watch at times. “If you’re 24-0 down at halftime‚ it could become 50 points quite quickly‚ so I was happy with some of the character shown‚ but it wasn’t a good performance from us at all‚” Marais said. “Rugby still comes down to doing the basics well – dominating scrums and lineouts and making fewer mistakes. I can’t put my finger on exactly why we struggled so much in the scrum‚ I’d like to see the video first before making a definitive comment.
Captain Handré Pollard‚ who didn’t have a good match as he struggled from the kicking tee and in general play‚ acknowledged that his performance was below par. But he also praised his team for not folding after the first half. Pollard only landed one of four kicks at goal‚ in a roundly frustrating display from the Bok pivot after a 13-month lay-off from the game due to knee ligament damage. Marais said that he would makes changes for next week’s away fixture against the Cheetahs as part of a pre-tournament plan while lock Lood de Jager will miss the match against his former team in Bloemfontein. “After that we will start rotating. We have a lot of class players and we will need our depth because it’s a long season.”