Bulls got things horribly wrong at Loftus
CURRIE CUP REACTION: Blue Bulls coach Pote Human was left scratching his head after his team’s horror show in a 40-minute game against Western Province at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Province smashed the Bulls 34-7 in a match that was abandoned at half-time when weather conditions – lightning and torrential rain – made it unsafe to continue in Pretoria.
John Dobson’s side dominated all facets of play and they were a lot smarter tactically in horrendous conditions.
“The conditions were the same for both teams, and so we just didn’t play the conditions right,” Human told reporters after the match.
“I think Province did really well and we made way too many mistakes. We wanted to play rugby – offloads, long passes and we didn’t catch the ball out of the air.
“I think everything started in the scrums, they came for us there and they really killed us there and that was the game.”
He added: “It was very disappointing. We said before the game that we can’t play rugby in this weather. It’s about forcing mistakes and that is exactly what Province did to us.
“They played in our area and we made the mistakes and they capitalised on it.”
The two teams will meet again next weekend in a semifinal in Cape Town and Human believes his team still has what it takes to beat Province.
“The one positive thing is that everyone is on zero now, so it [semifinal] is a once off.
“If we can pitch up and play like we can I think we can surprise them, but it is going to very difficult especially in Cape Town,” said Human.
By Warren Fortune