Blue Bulls coach Pote Human admitted his team was out-scrummed and out-thought in their weather-affected 34-7 loss to Western Province at Loftus on Saturday.
In a match that only lasted a single half due to lightning, Province used the scrum to good effect, winning multiple penalties that led to a yellow card to Bulls prop Matthys Basson and an eventual penalty try.
Human said his side’s approach to the game was wrong and they will have to improve when they meet Province at Newlands in their semi-final on Saturday.
‘We made way too many mistakes,’ Human said. ‘We wanted to play rugby with offloads and long passes. They came for us at the scrums. They really killed us there and that was the game.
‘I was very disappointed. We knew before the game that we couldn’t play rugby in this weather. We got on to the field and were forced into too many mistakes. They played in our area and we made too many mistakes and they capitalised.’
Bulls captain Hanro Liebenberg said there wasn’t much he could do to help his props during the match.
‘I got my hands cut off. There isn’t anything I can do except to motivate them. At the end of the day, they have to scrum. In a game like this, as soon as the [opposition] scrum gets momentum, you won’t recover from that and that is what happened tonight.
‘I think they got a sniff tonight and we will just have to sort it out. We have to be hard on each other. We spoke in the dressing room now. Next week [Province tighthead] Wilco [Louw] is again going to play, that is not going to change, so we have to be up for the challenge.’
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