Bulls keep home semi-final hopes alive

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Bulls, EP Kings, Original Content, Super Rugby on 1 Jul 2013 at 09:37
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With only two rounds of Super Rugby remaining, the Bulls are still in a pretty good position to finish in the two top spots and guaranteed of a home semi final. With the table topping Chiefs still having to play the Crusaders and the Blues, the Bulls still need to face the Sharks at home and the Stormers away in their last match.

The Southern Kings looked strong in the opening minutes of the match, they scrummed well and their defence looked strong, but everything went south for the Kings when the Bulls managed to score 3 quick tries around the half hour mark. With 33 minutes gone and the Bulls already scoring their bonus point try there wasn’t really anything more to play for from a Bulls point of view.

As the game progressed, the Kings struggled in the line outs and their defence were poor, not stopping the Bulls momentum in the tackles. The Kings did however scrum well at stages and their driving maul allowed them to score two tries, both through loose forward Wimpie van der Walt. The final score was 48 – 18.

Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, said: “I think we didn’t perform well on the day and that ran throughout the game, it wasn’t a good performance.

“We weren’t accurate and error rate was far too high. We made a lot of unforced errors and gave away too many penalties. We didn’t scrum well and our lineout didn’t operate effectively. It was an error ridden performance and effectively we weren’t up to our usual standards,” he said.

“Fundamentally the game was won between the 30th and the 33rd minute with three soft tries. The first try, when they took the quick line out, we weren’t at the races, we were fast asleep. The other two just came from system errors on defence.

“On a positive note we did very well to score just before half time and then we got the first points just after halftime, getting the score to 32 – 18, it was just silly mistakes that let us down,” he said.

With only two games left, one at home against the Stormers and an away game against the Sharks, the Southern Kings need to regroup and find what worked so well for them against the Force, Brumbies, Rebels and Highlanders before they face the Lions in their promotion/relegation match, which is less then a month away.


  • Die blou masjien rolls on.

    They could well end in top spot. 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.07.13 15:56:19 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    They’ll need to go through the Stormers if they want top spot.

    Thats be an immense grudge-game if the Stormers are able to field a half-decent team.
    Only issue I have is that the Bulls are now stronger without Pear Spear.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.07.13 16:11:23 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : @VinChainSaw (Comment 2) : I saw a heading they waiting for the coastal spoilers, its not about spoiling why should there b any freebies, the Bulls are top of the SA conference if they wanna finish on top they should beat no3 and 4

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.07.13 08:03:43 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • If the Sharks can play good rugby for 80mins and not just 40mins – the Bulls are in for one hell of a game Saturday 😉 😀

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.07.13 09:53:41 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply


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