Mallett: Bulls have real problems
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett has identified a few flaws in the Bulls armoury after their 29-17 Super Rugby loss to the Stormers at Loftus Versfeld at the weekend.
As it happened: Bulls v Stormers
Mallett was speaking in the SuperSport studio after the opening round of Super Rugby on Saturday night.
“The Bulls have had problems in the scrum for three years, so you've got to ask yourself, where is their recruitment and why is a guy like Vincent Koch down at the Stormers? He was right on their doorstep and he did a great job as a tighthead prop, first at the Pumas and then with the Stormers today (Saturday),” said Mallett.
“There were too many individual errors. You can't drop a ball like (Jurgen) Visser did to let the Stormers back into the game and change the momentum of those first 15 minutes.
“And then finally, the scrumhalves, (Piet) van Zyl and (Rudy) Paige didn't add too much value, while (Francois) Hougaard spent the night on the wing. They needed someone to take a bit more control at No 9. So the Bulls have real problems.
“I would've thought the aggression and the intensity would've come from the Bulls, and it did for the first 10 minutes. But they seemed to be a team with no self-confidence, because as soon as Visser dropped that ball and the Stormers scored, it was almost as if the bubble burst and their confidence was broken.
“Their line speed was really slow and there weren't many aggressive hits from the Bulls. The Stormers' players were allowed to carry the ball over the advantage line. The Bulls were unable to get any turnovers, which meant the Stormers were able to hold onto possession for long periods of time. They had time on the ball, which I wasn't expecting.”
The Bulls next tackle the Hurricanes at home this Friday (19:10 kick-off), while the Stormers host the Blues at Newlands on Saturday (17:05).