Bulls back on track
13 Jul 2006
The problems that plagued the Vodacom Blue Bulls against Western Province at the weekend have been sorted out.
That is the view of captain Frikkie Welsh, who was one of the guilty pair to receive a yellow card during the match. “We have chatted about the game in-depth and we have sorted the issues out,” Welsh told keo.co.za.
He refused to elaborate though. “We were also poor against the Valke in the first round. And last weekend was inexcusable, but I don’t want to harp on the reasons and we are looking ahead now to the Pumas.”
The Bulls only notable victory came against the Lions at Ellis Park in round two, but the fact that Eugene Eloff’s charges languish at the bottom of the eight team log with just one point perhaps puts that win into proper perspective.
The Bulls need to step up a gear if they don’t want to lose pace with the pace-setters – the Sharks and Cheetahs. And discipline is vital to attaining that consistency needed.
Coach Pote Human, whose position as head coach was endorsed by the Union Committee on Wednesday, did not mince his words. “The next player to show a lack of discipline will be dropped.”
It was clearly a statement directed at his skipper, especially when he qualified it with: “I think Heini (Adams, the other player yellow carded) was hard done by. Bolla (Conradie) did the exact same thing earlier, but he got away with it.”
Human though laid the blame for the defeat at the door of the forwards who, apart from the tireless Tim Dlulane, failed to match their Province counterparts. “The forwards dropped us and the same thing happened against the Valke. We have worked hard on certain aspects this week and hopefully we will show an improvement in Witbank.”
The match kicks-off at 3pm.
By Andrew Hollely