Bulls' late lapses a concern for Marais
Pretoria - Bulls head coach Nollis Marais is baffled by his
side's inability to deliver a full 80-minute performance in their Super Rugby
The men from Pretoria's victories over the Rebels, Sunwolves
and Cheetahs were characterised by them dominating the early stages but lapses
in concentration in the second half of those matches allowed their opponents back
In Saturday's clash against the Cheetahs, the Bulls raced in
to 15-3 lead and were 20-10 up at half-time but were made to work hard in the
second half before securing a 23-18 victory.
"I think it's more a focus thing," said Marais at
the post-match press conference.
"You are looking at a young side that's playing well
and then suddenly they lose a bit of momentum and then they stop playing.
"I don't think it's a fitness thing because we’ve done
the tests and we are better than where we were last year - we are fitter than
last year. We might need to work on the intensity or work rate or something
"I can't give you the correct answer."
Marais feels the Cheetahs' dominance at the scrums in the
second half gave them momentum.
"If we handled the set pieces better, then we would
have been in control of the game," he added.
"We played very well in the first half, scored
beautiful tries, moved the ball around, and an in the second half the set
pieces put us under pressure.
"They (Cheetahs) got their momentum from that. It is
something we were good at in the last three matches."