The home team had their work cut out for them against a resolute Emirates Lions’ attack and they will have to tighten up on defence against the Reds in Round 4 of Vodacom Super Rugby as they would want a winning start to their Australasian tour.
Discipline was a contributing factor in their loss to the Emirates Lions as two yellow cards and 10 penalties allowed their Gauteng neighbours to play in the right areas of the field despite enjoying less territory and possession than the Vodacom Bulls.
Vodacom Bulls on Tour
Next up are the Queensland Reds, who punished the Brumbies last week for their infringements by landing six penalties, but the Vodacom Bulls will take comfort in the fact that the Queenslanders’ defensive line can be broken as they leaked two tries in their Australian derby.
The Vodacom Bulls are continuing to improve week in and week out and the way they finished against the Emirates Lions with tries to Lizo Gqoboka and Travis Ismaiel will go a long way in creating a never die attitude amongst this young team.
History favours the Reds in Brisbane as the Vodacom Bulls last beat them at the Suncorp Stadium in 2004. However, the men from Pretoria will take heart from the fact that overall they average 29 points to 23 and have scored four tries to three despite losing 10 of the 18 encounters between the two teams.
The Vodacom Bulls have the ability to rewrite the history books and claim a victory in Brisbane because of their high octane yet patience approach to rugby under head coach John Mitchell and they will look to impose themselves in the forwards with Roelof Smit leading the charge so that the backs can have the freedom to express themselves.
What will be interesting is if Mitchell decides to keep Handré Pollard at inside centre. It was ultimately an injury to Burger Odendaal that forced Mitchell’s hand but it proved to be a masterstroke as Pollard added another element to the Vodacom Bulls’ backline.
Vodacom Red Track Day
Vodacom Red Rewards are in full swing and this Saturday Loftus Versfeld Stadium will play host to a number of Vodacom Red intrepid campers when they camp out on the field with their sons in the Vodacom Red Father and Son Sleepout.
If you couldn’t make it, no worries, the next Vodacom Red event is around the corner and open for registration. The Vodacom Red Track Day will satisfy your need for speed and is taking place on 25 April at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. So, if you’re keen to step into racing spec Ferraris make sure you register here: www.vodacom.co.za/redrewards.
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