Mitchell: Bulls got arrogant
Cape Town - Former Al Black and Golden Lions coach John Mitchell criticised the Bulls’ tactics after their 23-18 Super Rugby loss to the Blues in Auckland on Friday.
As it happened: Blues v Bulls
The Bulls dominated the game for large parts, with their dominance at scrums and lineouts evident throughout.
They also utilised the driving maul on numerous occasions, but in the end the Blues defence held them out.
The home side also made better use of their opportunities.
Mitchell, speaking in the SuperSport studio afterwards, hit out at the Bulls’ performance on the day.
He said: “The Bulls put away their attacking game and got arrogant, thinking they would just dominate with a conservative game (based on) forward domination and a premeditated kicking game.”
The Blues picked up four points for their victory, but remained bottom of the competitive New Zealand Conference. They also stayed 13th in the Overall standings.
The Bulls picked up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, and moved to the top of the South African Conference, and into second place in the Overall log.
In next weekend's Round 15 action, the Bulls travel to Rotorua to play the Chiefs (Friday, May 22 at 09:35), while the Blues host the Hurricanes in Auckland (Saturday, May 23 at 09:35).