Bulls coach ashamed at his team’s performance

2013-08-27 00:00

IT WAS the bluest of Mondays in Pretoria yesterday as post-mortems into the Bulls’ weekend Currie Cup disaster continued.

The Blue Bulls, on their home ground at Loftus, were thumped 62-23 by the Golden Lions, their near-neighbours. Coach Pine Pienaar admitted he was ashamed at his team’s performance and said it was unacceptable.

After leading 23-20 early in the second half of their match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, the hosts conceded 42 points in a 30-minute period.

“We are obviously disappointed and ashamed by the result. Hopefully it’s a massive lesson learnt by the players. We feel sorry for the fans who came to watch, because we wanted to make them proud with a good performance,” he said.

The Bulls now travel to King’s Park to meet the Sharks on Saturday evening (5.05 pm). They will have Springbok wing Akona Ndungane back from injury.

The Sharks coaching staff are not reading too much into the result. Backline coach Sean Everitt said that the Bulls would bounce back from their heavy defeat. “The Bulls are a young team, but they’re a successful team. The juniors in their team have won finals for the last three or four years and they’ve been together for a while.

“We’re going to have to be top of our game. If you look at log, it’s tightly- contested. There are no easy games and we know there’s still a lot of work to do.”

Everitt said that the Sharks’ lineout had been a problem in the 18-15 weekend win over the Free State Cheetahs.

“We want to sort that out before we meet the Bulls,” he said.

The Sharks are hoping that fullback SP Marais and hooker Kyle Cooper will be fit for selection. They left the field on Friday night with injuries.

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