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Sunwolves made Bulls work hard for first win

The Bulls made hard work on Friday night when they beat the Sunwolves at Loftus 34-21.

It was the first win for the Bulls outfit for the season and the best result they could wish for after the two first losses against the Stormers and Cheetahs away.

The task got a little bit harder for the Bulls when Renaldo Bothma was send off with a red card in the 42 minute of the game for a dangerous high tackle. Their can be no complaints from the Bulls on that decision.

Jan Serfontein got a double on his return to the rugby field after a long layoff due to injury. Pierre Schoeman and Jason Jenkins also scored tries for the Bulls with Pollard and Schoeman adding the extra points with the boot.

The Sunwolves as they did last week gave the Bulls a hard time throughout the match and even though they played with an extra man in the second half showed that they have improved allot since that first game against the Chiefs.

The Bulls struggled in the collisions and at the breakdowns which did not create or gave the backline enough good ball to lay with. The lineouts was not perfect and at with the scrums they never really dominated.

Defense was again poor from the Bulls and the Sunwolves exposed it when they scored just before the break.

The Sunwolves finished strongly and nearly claimed a losing bonus point when Liaki Moli scored after full-time, but the TMO ruled that the ball had been lost forward.

With the Bulls going on tour now, they will have to improve a hell of allot if they want to win against the New Zealanders on the road.

The scorers:

For Bulls:
Tries: Serfontein 2, Schoeman, Jenkins
Cons: Pollard 3, Schoeman
Pens: Pollard, Schoeman
Red Card: Bothma

For Sunwolves:
Tries: Fukuoka, Quirk
Con: Ogura
Pens: Cripps 4

 

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    Aldo

    March 18, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I foresee a tough tour for the Bulls. Strauss could not have returned at a better time. We need him in the scrums and lineouts, as well as the loose. We need his captaincy, as Pollard is not playing good. I would start Schoeman and let Pollard regain form from the bench.

    Our scrums are poor, the rucks are poor, the defence is almost non existent. That try by the sunwolves in first half, the defensive line from a poor kick was scattered, gaps all over the place. It just doesn’t seem like Odendaal is making the step up to superrugby. There is a lot to complain about.

    When I look at that squad, I think this is a team capable of winning the tournament. Sadly it seems as though they are as poorly coached as the Boks were last year. But hey, at least we’re running the ball!

    The red card to me was soft, last year would’ve been a yellow at worst, but the players knew about the rule change, so no complaints can be justified. Contact with arm to face, automatic red. Did Bothma miss class?

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    DavidS

    March 19, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    @Aldo:

    “Made to work hard” makes it sound like it was an equal battle.
    If the Bulls had 15 v 15 it would have been an unequal 60 pointer against the poor Nips.

    It was hard work

    Red was richly deserved. The rule changes have been announced and flighted on television and in newspapers and in emails and by coaches. The red was 100% on the cards.

    Same as Vuilgat Huisbreker Cooper’s on Rohan JVR in the Lions match.

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    Aldo

    March 20, 2017 at 7:40 am

    @DavidS: David, I agree the Red made it hard, and kudos to the Bulls for pulling off the win. But the red was deserved and the problems were there way before the Red card. Bulls were only in the lead by 3. We seriously struggle in the first half and I suspect even the Blues are going to run us off our feet and the second half come back won’t be good enough, as against stormers and Cheetahs. We need to start better.

    It would probably have been a 60 pointer though, if I look at how easy we still scored tries.

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    Aldo

    March 20, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    The red card was actually a pity. Stupid from Bothma and he now got 4 weeks for it, but before that he had a really good game,

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