- The aftermath of the Currie Cup clash between the Blue Bulls and Western
Province in Pretoria earned praise for the one and shame for the other as the
hosts claimed a 47-29 victory over the defending champions.
coach Nollis Marais’ much-vaunted change in strategy was on display in the
second half with the back three of Warrick Gelant, Jamba Ulengo and Travis
Ismaiel in devastating form.
in five tries in the final half-hour of the match the Bulls turned in what WP mentor
John Dobson described an “exceptional performance”.
was full of praise for the Bulls but in the same breath lambasted his charges
for an embarrassing display.
are playing a good style of rugby, I expected them to play that way, it is good
for Bulls rugby, the Currie Cup and South African rugby,” Dobson said.
don’t think there is a player (in the WP side) who enhanced their reputation,
we normally have a man-of-the-match award and we are not going to give it.
think it was an embarrassment to Western Province Rugby in that second half.”
Province took an 11-point lead when Dillyn Leyds intercepted and ran the length
of the field to score in the 45th minute before Demetri Catrakilis added three
more points with a penalty conversion.
celebrations for his try against the run of play which included a dance move
did not sit well with Dobson.
celebrated like we won the game, to me the signs were already on the wall
there, it was poor behaviour by us,” Dobson said.
three-pointer was the final points of the night for the visitors before Burger
Ondendaal's try on the 50-minute mark sparked their five-try blitzkrieg giving
the Bulls their first victory over Western Province since their 26-13 win at
Loftus Versfeld in October 2012.
class of 2015 is at this early stage of the competition looking like serious
contenders but the Bulls mentor believes his side still has much to improve on.
are still too many mistakes that we need to fix, too many basic errors, the
breakdown and the set-piece,” Marais said.
are way off from where we want to be conceding silly points like the intercept
tries so we have a another few weeks where we can improve. We haven’t won
anything, we need to fix certain things to be a better side every week.”
is nevertheless a fresh breeze blowing through Loftus Versfeld and one can
sense this team could return the Bulls to the force it once was should the team
reach maturity .
seemed to have succeeded in his first goal of entertaining the supporters with
a good brand of rugby.
were 27 000 people and we said we wanted to give them value for their
money and we did that, so I am just glad people had a good time,” he said.
try to bring new things in and we will back ourselves, sometimes it might work
and sometimes it might not but they are doing well at the moment.
is surprising when you give players an opportunity to play to their natural
strengths and put confidence in them how much they can achieve.”