Bulls left want­ing at the break­down

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Ken Bor­land

The Bulls are dis­ap­pointed to have started their Su­per Rugby cam­paign with a de­feat and are most con­cerned with their break­down work, but there are pos­i­tives from their 23-15 loss to the Sharks in Dur­ban at the week­end, ac­cord­ing to coach Pote Hu­man.

“It’s not the way we wanted to start the year, but it is our first game and there are still many more matches to play. You have to credit the Sharks for play­ing well to the end, they were good at the break­down and that’s where they won the game. We didn’t use our chances, there was an open try­line and we dropped the ball, but the break­down is my main con­cern,” said Hu­man af­ter their loss.

“We have to look up in de­fence, keep a high line and make the hits. But we never stopped fight­ing, even though we had to play catch-up rugby, and un­for­tu­nately they scored that try right at the end. But I’m proud of the guys be­cause it’s a new team, and the scrums and li­ne­outs were good. The con­di­tions were dif­fi­cult, it was very wet be­cause it was so hu­mid, so there were lots of scrums which is what we ex­pected.”

Against one of the Conference favourites on their home turf, the Bulls were cer­tainly not a soft touch and what­ever the match lacked in run­ning rugby, it made up for it in terms of in­ten­sity, with both sets of play­ers ob­vi­ously ea­ger to get into ac­tion af­ter a long pre-sea­son.

Cel­e­brated Bulls fly­half Morne Steyn played his first Su­per Rugby game in six years and im­pressed with his kick­ing and some lovely touches, in­clud­ing a well-taken drop goal.

But the Bulls now face an even greater chal­lenge as they take on the Storm­ers at New­lands this week­end.

“Morne was re­ally good be­cause there was lots of pres­sure on him with peo­ple say­ing he’s old and can’t do it any­more. The game wasn’t a spec­ta­cle al­though both teams wanted to play,”

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