Marais to fulfill his mission at Bulls

Sun, 07 May 2017 14:05

SUPER RUGBY REACTION: Bulls head coach Nollis Marais is not about to exit Bulls' headquarters despite horrific performance throughout the Super Rugby season.

Their recent 24-62 defeat against the Crusaders in Pretoria left a sour taste in the Loftus Versfeld faithful's mouth.

The visitors needed only five minutes to take the lead against the Bulls through flank Pete Samu and built a 31-3 advantage by half-time which saw many supporters making their way to the exit.

The Bulls managed to score three tries but passive defence resulted in 10 tries being conceded.

With many pundits and former Bulls' players calling for the Bulls' mentor to be axed, Marais brushed off suggestions that his job is in jeopardy.

Instead, he has regarded it as a situation every coach face.

"That's a decision that is not up to me. I think there are two coaches in life – one that is fired and one who is going to get fired.

"The the only thing I can do now is to get the team ready for the next match.

"I know there are a lot of unhappy people and I have accepted it. Whatever happens at the end of the day that is the [Blue Bulls Union board’s] decision," Marais said.

"In the beginning, I set up a goal and went to the board and said this is our plan and this is our way forward - and I will stick to that plan.

“I have a certain belief in rugby, I know it doesn’t look like that now – I have always been successful where I coached, however, I do think there are certain things we need to change.

"We have a good coaching staff and if they want to blame someone it has to be me.

"I am in control of the team, so I take full responsibility for the team.  I do believe that the Bulls will again be a force to be reckoned with," he added.

With no chance of making the play-offs after six losses in nine outings, the under-fire coach is left with a mammoth burden of preparing the Bulls to face the Highlanders, Lions [at Ellis Park] and Hurricanes before the June break.

"It is not easy, the three weeks ahead are a difficult period before the June break.  However, we should just take the loss [against Crusaders] and work on next week.

"We do feel let down by certain things during the match and the players let themselves down. There were certain things that we don’t coach that came out when they were faced with pressure.

"But I am not going to sit here and points fingers that will just divide the team further. We need to stick together and fight,"

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19