Bulls coach's job on the line?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:18

REACTION: Bulls coach Nollis Marais admitted that he is 'under pressure' after a horror start to the Super Rugby season.

However, he felt he still had the support of the board and he will not throw the towel in just yet.

The Bulls are 14th in the 18-team competition - with just one win from six starts.

That victory was against the Sunwolves at Loftus Versfeld in Week Four.

The same Sunwolves piled the misery on the Bulls by claiming their first-ever South African scalp when they beat the Bulls 21-20 inTokyo this past weekend.

The men from Pretoria also suffered losses to the Stormers (24-37 in Cape Town), Cheetahs (28-34 in Bloemfontein), the Blues (14-38 in Auckland) and the Chiefs (12-28 in Hamilton).

The run of defeats has resulted in some questions being raised about Marais' future as Bulls coach.

Marais brushed off the suggestion that his job is on the line and said they will focus on their next match - against the Jaguares in Pretoria this coming Saturday.

"Every coach's job is on the line if you are one out of six," Marais said of his team's poor form.

"You will always be under pressure.

"It is Super Rugby and people expect a lot from the coaches.

"I know that our board has a lot of faith in me, but the results need to prove it and we need to fix it before next weekend."

Marais said he felt a bit "unsatisfied" about the performances of certain players, but would not point out any individuals.

"You have to look at the whole team," he said, adding: "At the end of the day, the whole team was not good enough [against the Sunwolves].

"The team knows they never produced the results and we have another nine games, of which seven are at home.

"They know exactly what to do and we must fix it this week."

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Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
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Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10