The Mercury

Marais finds positives in loss

- Vata Ngobeni

THE subtle but obvious admission by the Blue Bulls board of directors that their team is in crisis would have done their coach and players no favours after their last gasp 17-10 defeat at the hands of the Highlander­s on Saturday.

The Blue Bulls Company issued a statement immediatel­y after yet another loss revealing that they would be consulting their many stakeholde­rs in a desperate move to alleviate the problems that have befallen the once great Super Rugby franchise.

The Bulls have been plunged into crisis in the aftermath of their 62-24 loss to the Crusaders a fortnight ago which had been preceded by a string of losses that saw them experience their worst start to a Super Rugby season in almost a decade.

With Marais’ job under threat and so too the futures of many of the senior players at Loftus, the BBC will apparently be implementi­ng a turnaround strategy that will see them embrace the views of former players and coaches with former Super Rugby winning coach Heyneke Meyer allegedly being courted to take a starring role at the franchise.

Capacity

While Meyer ruled out a return to the franchise in any coaching capacity last week, the former Springbok mentor said he would be willing to help out in an advisory capacity.

However, Marais feels that the team made some strides in their heart breaking loss to the Highlander­s under the captaincy of Handro Liebenberg and aside from the moment of madness that saw lock RG Snyman get his marching orders from referee Jaco van Heerden and deny them what seemed like a match winning try by prop Coenraad van Vuuren, there were enough signs on the field that the Bulls are turning the corner.

The Highlander­s may have capitalise­d on the disallowed try when centre Malakai Fekitoa sliced their defence to score the match winning try with four minutes remaining in the game, the Bulls showed character and resolve that will stand them in good stead ahead of their clash against the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Snyman will today face a disciplina­ry hearing for the red card he received in the game and is likely to miss the Bulls matches against the Lions and Hurricanes.

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