If anyone thought that new Blue Bulls coach John Mitchell just needed to wave a magic wand and everything would be alright, were in for a rude awakening on Friday night.
The Steval Pumas humiliated the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Nelspruit when they beat them 51-15.
The Blue Bulls did not look even close to the team that dominated the early 2000’s and hard work lies ahead for Mitchell and his players.
To add to the misery of the Blue Bulls the Pumas did not just beat them but also passed them on the Currie Cup log moving them into third place.
The Pumas scored eight tries to two in the match through Thembelani Boli, Stefan Ungerer, Khwezi Mona, Ruwayn Isbell, Frank Herne and a Mark Pretorius hat-trick.
Meanwhile, the Bulls scored through Andre Warner and Warrick Gelant but were extremely poor in terms of discipline with three of their players getting yellow cards.
Discipline have been poor from the Blue Bulls as they got three yellow card which would have coach John Mitchell fuming. Playing with 14 men is never a good thing and to have 30 min one player less will not help on a night you are struggling.
The Blue Bulls were dominated in all aspects of the game but Gelant scored a consolation try 10 minutes from time to cap another impressive individual display and he will certainly be knocking on the Springbok door.
However, the Pumas had the last laugh with their biggest weapon – the driving maul of course – as Herne emerged with the ball. Gerrit Smith added the extras to add the finishing touches to a mightily impressive performance from the Pumas and a great humiliation for the Blue Bulls.
Tries: Pretorius 3, Boli, Ungerer, Mona, Isbell, Herne
Cons: Marais 3, Smith
Pen: Van Staden
For Blue Bulls:
Try: Warner, Gelant
Yellow Cards: Mahlo, Venter, Van Heerden