Bulls' calls gave Brumbies an extra leg

Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:02
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Brumbies coach Jake White said the Bulls' decisions to decline three goal-kicking opportunities in the final quarter of the match assisted his team.

Brumbies coach Jake White said the Bulls' decisions to decline three goal-kicking opportunities in the final quarter of the match assisted his team in securing a 26-23 victory in their Super Rugby semifinal at Lotus Versfeld, Pretoria on Saturday.

"The players said they grew a bit of a leg on the basis that they weren't going for poles, it almost I suppose helped us a bit because we kept saying: 'They are leaving the door open'," White said after the match.

"I don't know what the reason for that was, considering that they took [Chiliboy] Ralepelle off and they had a new hooker, and then you have the best goal kicker in the competition on the field."

After the Bulls obtained the lead for the first time in the match in the 60th minute, captain Dewald Potgieter opted to go for the sideline rather than going for the points on three occasions in a 10 minute period towards the end of the match.

All three times the Bulls failed in their attempt to score from the line-out and it ultimately backfired for the Pretoria side.

Brumbies centre Tevita Kuridrani scored with a minute to spare to ensure his side a place in next week's Super Rugby final against the Chiefs in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said the logic behind Potgieter's decision was that the Brumbies had pinned his team in their quarter of the field and in going for the line-outs, his side kept the tourists in their half.

"He felt like keeping them down there and if you look at the whole evening getting out of our half - we weren't on top of that area of our game," Ludeke said.

"His feeling was to keep them down there and the pressure is on them as they can't get out of their half."

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Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
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Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
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Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
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Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
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Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28