Potgieter defends penalty decisions

Sat, 27 Jul 2013 20:42
Large dewald potgieter bulls v br Large bulls v brumbies4 Large bulls v brumbies3 Large bulls v brumbies2 Large bulls v brumbies

Bulls captain Dewald Potgieter has defended his decision to turn down a number of kickable penalties and instead opt for line-outs.

Bulls captain Dewald Potgieter has defended his decision to turn down a number of kickable penalties and instead opt for line-outs in his team's loss to the Brumbies.

The Brumbies will play the Chiefs in the Super Rugby Final in Hamilton next week, after edging the Bulls 26-23 with a last-minute Tevita Kuridrani try winner in Pretoria on Saturday.

Many pundits questioned the wisdom of setting up line-outs instead of taking penalty kicks at goal going into the last 10 minutes - while the Bulls were clinging to a one-point (20-19) lead.

It was not till the 75th minute, after three attempts in succession at creating as try through a maul, that Morné Steyn aimed at the uprights. He slotted it to make it a four-point (23-19) lead.

However, the Brumbies charged hard in the late stages and eventually got their reward.

"We tried to have an attacking mindset at that point," Potgieter said of a period when they dominance of possession and territory brought them no reward.

"We tried to spend most of the time in their territory and it was working for us right up to the end - when we took the penalty and we were back in our own half.

"We just could not exit [our half] from there. We've been struggling the whole match with our exits - so that was basically the reasoning behind that," he said, making it clear it was deliberate tactic to stay in the Brumbies' territory.

"[It is] not always a popular choice, but you got to back what you want to do and the guys were of the same mindset at that time."

Potgieter said he could not have asked for a bigger effort from his team.

"We were up against a side that was good in the set pieces, we knew it was going to be a big battle.

"When it counted, in the second half, our guys came through in those [set piece] departments."

he admitted it was the second match in a row - following the league match against the Stormers - where they did not get off to the best start and were a bit complacent.

"The guys, after about 15 [to] 20 minutes, [they] made a mental switch and we decided to play the balanced attacking rugby that has suited us so well this year," Potgieter said.

"We got the lead and did really well, but once again a bad start probably put us on the back foot."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 01 May 2016
Exeter Chiefs v Wasps 12h00 Sandy Park
London Irish v Harlequins 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Newcastle Falcons 14h15 Allianz Park
Fri, 06 May 2016
Crusaders v Reds 07h35 Christchurch
Brumbies v Bulls 09h40 Canberra
Griffons v Eagles 15h00 Welkom
EP Kings v Blue Bulls 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Sat, 07 May 2016
Sunwolves v Force 05h15 Tokyo
Chiefs v Highlanders 07h35 Hamilton
Waratahs v Cheetahs 09h40 Sydney
Leopards v Boland 12h30 Potchefstroom
Sharks v Hurricanes 13h00 Durban
Golden Lions v Free State Cheetahs 13h00 Randburg
Griquas v Border 13h00 Kimberley
Pumas v Namibia 13h00 Mpumalanga
Wasps v London Irish 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks 14h30 Kingston Park
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 14h30 Sixways
Bath v Leicester Tigers 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Northampton Saints 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 Twickenham
Zebre v Dragons 15h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Munster v Scarlets 15h00 Thomond Park
Ospreys v Ulster 15h00 Liberty Stadium
Connacht v Glasgow Warriors 15h00 Sportsground
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 15h00 BT Murrayfield
Leinster v Treviso 15h00 RDS
Kings v Blues 15h05 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Western Province 15h30 Durban
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 9 5 0 4 23
Brumbies 9 5 0 4 21
Waratahs 8 4 0 4 21
Reds 9 2 1 6 12
Force 9 1 0 8 6
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Chiefs 9 8 0 1 37
Crusaders 8 7 0 1 32
Hurricanes 9 6 0 3 31
Highlanders 9 6 0 3 28
Blues 8 4 1 3 20
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 9 6 0 3 29
Bulls 8 6 1 1 28
Cheetahs 9 2 0 7 12
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 27
Sharks 9 4 1 4 23
Jaguares 8 1 0 7 7
Kings 7 1 0 6 4