Home Currie Cup 2017 Blue Bulls stay in hunt for play-offs with win over Free State

Blue Bulls stay in hunt for play-offs with win over Free State

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It started as a must win game for the Blue Bulls and they showed from the start that they wanted to go out for the full 5 points on offer in the game.

The Blue Bulls are starting to look like a really good team as they do the basics right and have some slick handling which gave them allot of go forward ball.

It was Van Zyl who took a quick tap and put the visitors on the board with 7-0. The Blue Bulls looked very dangerous every time they got their hands on the ball.

The Free State, although starved from the ball did took their opportunities and scored three tries of their own in the first half.

Although the Blue Bulls already had the bonus point in the bag by halftime they will be disappointed that they only led by 4 points after dominating the match for most of that half.

The second half as with the first belong to the Blue Bulls as they dominate play and keep ball in hand. The kept the scoreboard ticking over and the Free State was stretch on defence for most of the match.

What has been impressive from the Blue Bulls was the way they scored their tries and how most of the team was involved of most of their tries.

Although the Free State came back during the second half with some tries of their own the Blue Bulls looked always as the one that will score more tries on the night.

With this win the Blue Bulls stay in the hunt for a play-off spot.

Scorers:

Free State Cheetahs

Tries – Greef, Maartens(3), Jansen van Rensburg

Penalties – Petzer

Cons – Petzer(3)

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Tries – Van Zyl, Odendaal(3), Gelant(3), Matthews, Grobbelaar, Gaba

Penalties –

Cons – Boshoff(5), Jantjies (2)

 

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  1. @Aldo: Actually listened to a interview with Mitch where he said that although defence is not there it is something they practice, practice and practice. It will not come over night but something they work on hard to get right

  2. To me it sort of shows a lack of trust and communication. Look, the players have been rotated so many times with injuries etc, it is easy for trust and communication to be wanting. But to me it just seems as if though our defensive structures are not there yet.

    Our scrums is also a big problem, but then we haven’t really ever dominated scrums, even in our golden years, we rather dominated rucks and mauls than scrums. It needs sorting out. Fitness levels, which were really poor, seem really good now. Obviously the first thing Mitchell focused on.

    Let’s not forget that this was basically the Shimlas we played. Still lost due to our defense at Loftus last weekend. Need it sorted out sooner rather than later.

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