Bulls still 'in with a shout'

Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:46
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There may still be a tough road ahead, but the Blue Bulls are still in with a chance of reaching the Currie Cup semifinals.

There may still be a tough road ahead, but the Blue Bulls are still in with a chance of reaching the Currie Cup semifinals.

The Pretoria-based side are fifth on the log, but after beating Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday are only one point away from the Free State Cheetahs, who came up short against Western Province on Friday.

The Bulls would need to overcome the Sharks in their next match - a not-impossible task as coach Pine Pienaar and his side showed against Griquas, that they cannot be written off lightly.

"We are still in with a shout. I am very proud of the boys and the way they played against Griquas, especially in the second half," Pienaar said.

"This victory gives us much-needed momentum before we take on the Sharks and helps keep that hope of playing in the semifinals alive."

Although it had no effect on the final outcome, Griquas dominated the scrums, which was an area of concern for the Bulls.

Prop Marcel van der Merwe was yellow-carded after Griquas were awarded a penalty try because the Bulls could not absorb the pressure during the scrums.

"The scrums are a real concern. We struggled all afternoon and Griquas put us under real pressure there," the coach said.

"It is something we need to sort out this coming week, because we have another difficult outing against the Sharks and need to be at our very best."

Leading 15-10 at halftime, it was still anyone's game, but the Bulls came back out guns blazing and prevented the hosts from scoring a single point in the second stanza.

"The message at halftime was simple. We needed to sharpen our discipline and look after the ball better.

"The guys bought into that and, in the end, it showed on the scoreboard," Pienaar added.

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