The Vodacom Bulls had to work hard for the win against the Waratahs on Saturday but the win has put them back at the top of the South African conference.

With one game in hand they might just be able to move ahead of the chasing African Conference but they do have to welcome the champion side of the Crusaders at Loftus next week.

The game was a topsy-turvy affair as both teams played some good rugby but also at times some real ordinary to poor rugby.

The Bulls general, Handre Pollard had a better match than last week at at Newlands but his kicking at goal was not on par but at least good enough to give the Bulls the lead they need at the end.

The Set pieces of the Bulls was much better as they dominated the scrums and put huge pressure on the Waratahs throughout the game.

Lizo Gqoboka put a man of the match performance and was the main reason for the Bulls dominance in the scrum.

This laid the platform for the home side and with the great work from Marco van Staden on the ground they had the Waratahs frastrated for most of the game.

Add to that the skills of RG Snyman and the brilliance of Daune Vermeulen then you have the game halfway won.

The Bulls scored two tries in that first half to go into the break 18-7 ahead.

That was through a try form Gelant and Vermeulen. Vermeulen intercept the ball from the lineout and ran all the way to the line but not before he handed off Curtis Rona on his way to the line.

The Waratahs hit back early in the second half with Beale snapping over after the Waratahs camped in the Bulls twenty two.

The Bulls have plenty of opportunity to take the game away from the Waratahs but failed to finish the opportunities that came their way.

Pollard also missed two penalties Simphiwe Mantazima did get the winning try after the Waratahs came from behind to level things at 21-all.

Both sides were desperate at the end but mistakes start creeping in and the Bulls would have been happy to take the win from Loftus.


Bulls Bulls 28  21   Waratahs NSW Waratahs

Bulls – Tries: Warrick Gelant, Duane Vermeulen, Simphiwe Mantazima. Conversions: Handré Pollard (2). Penalty: Pollard (3).
Waratahs – Tries: Nick Phipps, Kurtley Beale, Curtis Rona. Conversions: Bernard Foley (3).

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  1. Jeez the Bulls backline is mud. Especially taking account the quality of ball given by forwards

  2. @Jacques Nortier: we’ve been poor in the bak division in all games barring stormers and Sharks at loftus. Midfield injuries has very little to do with it. Pollards form is not good, we lack a playmaker. Specman, kriel and hendriks are all strike runners. Pollard is a direct runner, as is odendaal. Only playmaker is gelant, so we need to involve him more, so our strike runners can just run lines and do what they do best. Warner at 9 for saders. Not sure of that choice, but van zyl has been poor. What happened to the young lions guy we signed. Can’t remember his name, he has a good pass and looked good at the Lions last year

  3. @Aldo: Pollard have bene good in his kicking game but yes his distribution have not been good.

    Talking about the strike runners, almost all our teams have so much quality that just not get ball to show their abilities. It almost feels we concentrate on 100% defence and pack to dominate, then praying the backs might get ball to play with that will result in tries.

    We do not have one team this year that create space and get our backs to score tries, it is once off and come mostly from turnover ball.

    DO not remember when last we saw tries coming from set pieces.
    Our coaching is so bad in SR and that is not going to change. We need to do what Euro clubs are doing and get professional coaches in.

    I am really worried about this and the impact this is having and going to have in the years to come

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