'We threw it away' - upset Bulls coach
Cape Town - Bulls coach John Mitchell was left frustrated after their 42-37 defeat to the Sunwolves in Singapore over the weekend.
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It was the Bulls’ second away loss in succession to the Japanese side and left their hopes of qualifying for the Super Rugby playoffs hanging by a thread.
The Bulls had led 24-14 early in the second half but weak defence - they slipped 18 tackles - cost the Pretoria franchise dearly.
“We threw it away. We decided not to stick to the processes,” Mitchell said, as quoted by Netwerk24.
Mitchell also said his team’s preparation was less than adequate, calling his starting side a “patched-up” XV.
“There are about five forwards who aren’t entirely match-fit. Embrose (Papier, scrumhalf) was in a Test environment the past month but he did not play and it was Jamba’s (Ulengo, wing) first game in a long while at this level.
“There are many injuries, many players aren’t match-fit and there’s also one player who arrived overweight and did not meet our standards. In this manner, we won’t move forward in this competition.”
The loss to the Sunwolves was the Bulls’ ninth of the season and leaves them second from bottom in the South African Conference and 11th overall.
Their remaining group matches are against the Jaguares at home this Saturday (July 7) and Lions away (July 14).