Bulls kicking themselves

Naas Botha has questioned the tactics of the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the Absa Currie Cup.

The Bulls were beaten 15-10 by Vodacom Western Province at Loftus last weekend, and Botha believes Pote Human’s side has only themselves to blame.

“When [winger] John Mametsa knocked the ball on with an open tryline ahead of him, the Bulls must have known that it wasn’t going to be their day,” he said on Boots & All. “So why did they put five penalties into touch when they could have gone for posts? Even if they had just kicked two of those, they could have won the game.

“In the first half the Bulls kicked the ball into touch and couldn’t score a try, so why would things change in the second half? In a tight game, like last Saturday’s, you take the points when they present themselves.”

The Bulls play the Pumas in Witbank on Saturday and Botha believes they’ll get back to winning ways.

“The Currie Cup is already broken up into the top-four and the bottom-four teams,” he said. “If a top-four team loses to a team from the bottom-four then they only have themselves to blame. I think the real battle this year is to determine which two teams will get a home semi-final.”