Bulls' defence a growing problem

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:05

REACTION: The Bulls' leaky defence continues to be a problem after their 14-38 defeat to the Blues in Albany on Saturday.

After a 7-all score at the break, the floodgates opened in the second half with the Blues scoring five tries to secure a bonus-point win. 

"If you concede so many tries in the second half and in every match then defence is definitely a concern," said Bulls coach Nollis Marais.

"That [defence] is something we will need to revisit and have a look at."

Marais believes his team played into the Blues' hands in the second half.

"I think we were very competitive in the first half. 

"We did not take our chances in the second half like we were supposed to do and we gave the Blues too many opportunities to score. 

"However, we had a great scrum. I thought it was an excellent scrum performance by Trevor [Nyakane] and we were dominant in the scrum, so that's a very good positive," Marais added.

The loss was the Bulls' third in four matches this season and they are currently 12 points behind leaders Stormers in the Africa Conference One standings.

The Pretoria side travels to Hamilton next to face the Chiefs. They then travel to Tokyo to take on the Sunwolves.

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Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
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Hurricanes v Stormers 07h35 Westpac Stadium
Cheetahs v Highlanders 17h00 Bloemfontein
Sat, 06 May 2017
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Northampton Saints v Harlequins 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Wasps v Saracens 22h00 Ricoh Arena
Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh 22h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Dragons v Cardiff Blues 22h00 Rodney Parade
Zebre v Treviso 22h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ulster v Leinster 22h00 Kingspan Stadium
Munster v Connacht 22h00 Thomond Park
Scarlets v Ospreys 22h00 Parc y Scarlets
Gloucester v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Kingsholm
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Bristol v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Ashton Gate
Rebels v Lions 05h00 Melbourne
Chiefs v Reds 07h35 New Plymouth
Waratahs v Blues 09h45 Allianz Park
Sharks v Force 13h05 Kings Park, Durban
Bulls v Crusaders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Jaguares v Sunwolves 21h40 Buenos Aires
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Waratahs 9 3 0 6 13
Reds 9 2 0 7 11
Force 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 8 1 1 6 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 9 9 0 0 41
Chiefs 9 8 0 1 37
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 9 6 0 3 28
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 9 6 0 3 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 9 2 0 7 10
Sunwolves 9 1 0 8 6
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 8 0 1 37
Sharks 9 6 1 2 28
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 20
Kings 9 3 0 6 15