‘Best performance of Gelant’s life’
- 15 Apr 2018
- More by Nick_Mallett
What former Springbok coach NICK MALLETT had to say on SuperSport about the Bulls' 40-10 win against the Sharks at Kings Park.
‘I thought the Bulls were absolutely outstanding today. There was a little bit of a travel effect, perhaps, for the Sharks coming back [from New Zealand] and also having played so well overseas they may have gone into this game without the same intensity.
'The Bulls, who had a week off, would have wanted to repay John Mitchell for giving them that week’s break. They just played really good rugby and took their opportunities beautifully.
'Warrick Gelant was outstanding, I don’t think he has played a better game in his life. He scored three tries and made some fantastic defensive tackles. His positional play was excellent. He has very good left and right boots, so he is comfortable on both feet. I have not seen a better performance from a South African fullback this year, or in a very long time, in fact. He was outstanding in wet weather conditions against a big side that came into this game with confidence.
'The Sharks fought their way back into it and it was 21-10. But then the rain came down and all the Bulls had to do was consistently push the Sharks back into their half. They did it well using their inside centre Burger Odendaal as a crash ball and then straight away kicking off that second phase, making sure the Sharks turned around all the time.
'Eventually, in the last 10 minutes, the Sharks just made stupid mistakes on defence and conceded a couple of soft tries.
'So it was a great performance from the Bulls and not one that anyone on any Superbru would have called. I certainly didn’t.'
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