Namibia vs Georgia

Bulls tackle their demons

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 11:07
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Bulls coach Frans Ludeke highlighted his team's commitment and accuracy on defence as the key to their victory over the Cheetahs.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke highlighted his team's commitment and accuracy on defence as the key to their victory over the Cheetahs.

The Bulls dominated the first hour of the game, racking up forty points in a typically powerful display before falling away in the final quarter of the match and allowing the Cheetahs to score four tries of their own.

The victory ended a sequence of three consecutive defeats for the Pretoria franchise and Ludeke said that the platform for their first-half blitz had been laid by some strong defensive work.

"I thought our defence was good. In the first half we squeezed a few turnovers and we were accurate from there and actually all our tries in the first half came from turnover ball," said the Bulls coach.

With his team in a commanding position Ludeke made wholesale changes on the hour mark which seemed to shift the momentum in the game, but he insisted that it was the right decision in terms of managing his players effectively.

"There are many players like Louis Fouche and Jano Vermaak who don't get a lot of game time and I think it was definitely the right thing to do.

"Then there were guys like Pierre [Spies], Morne [Steyn] and Hougie [Hougaard] that played in all of the Springbok Tests [against England last month]," Ludeke explained.

Another factor which helped the resurgent Cheetahs was the impact of their replacements WP Nel and Sias Ebersohn. Nel scored a brace of tries whilst Ebersohn was able to expose the Bulls' defence with a series of chip kicks over the top that resulted in attacking opportunities.

"I thought we had a lot of trouble covering the chip kicks and suddenly they got three tries on us.

"They got some belief and they started to enjoy it and they kept coming, so we had our hands full in the second half," said Ludeke.

Bulls captain Pierre Spies said that although they did not press home their advantage in the final 20 minutes his team are happy to be back to winning ways.

"It was good for us to get a win. It was very important to play well, and also for us, we lost three games in a row, so we needed to get back on the horse."

"I think we did well tonight and in that last 20 minutes I think we took our foot off the peddle. We lost concentration and the Cheetahs came back with some tries," he said.


Namibia vs Georgia
sast: 21h00 | local: 23h00

  • 6 | 0
Fri, 09 October 2015
Western Province v EP Kings 16h00 Newlands
Pumas v Blue Bulls 16h00 Mbombela Stadium
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Wed, 07 October 2015
South Africa v United States 64 | 0
Tue, 06 October 2015
Fiji v Uruguay 47 | 15
Canada v Romania 15 | 17
Sun, 04 October 2015
Ireland v Italy 16 | 9
Argentina v Tonga 45 | 16
Zebre v Scarlets 8 | 20
Sat, 03 October 2015
England v Australia 13 | 33
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 36 | 31
South Africa v Scotland 34 | 16
Leinster v Dragons 37 | 13
Samoa v Japan 5 | 26
Griquas v Sharks 20 | 45
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs 37 | 37
Fri, 02 October 2015
New Zealand v Georgia 43 | 10
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 48 | 27
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 16 11 0 5 52
Brumbies 16 9 0 7 47
Rebels 16 7 0 9 36
Reds 16 4 0 12 22
Force 16 3 0 13 19
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 16 14 0 2 66
Highlanders 16 11 0 5 53
Chiefs 16 10 0 6 48
Crusaders 16 9 0 7 46
Blues 16 3 0 13 20
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 16 10 1 5 45
Lions 16 9 1 6 42
Bulls 16 7 0 9 38
Sharks 16 7 0 9 34
Cheetahs 16 5 0 11 26