Round 8 brings a welcomed break for the Vodacom Bulls as they enjoy their second bye after a gruelling Australasian tour and two home derby matches.
It may be a bye but rest assured that the Vodacom Bulls are fine-tuning their best yet under head coach, John Mitchell, with the men from Pretoria gaining valuable experience each week.
The Winning Formula
The Vodacom Bulls continued what has worked for them this year with a strong lineout to launch attacking phases, the ability to retain the ball which provides options on attack as the defence crumbles while most importantly, backing themselves to execute those plays that usually leave a player second best. The difference was the home team’s ability to see out the match which they failed to do against the Reds and Chiefs on tour.
Prop Pierre Schoeman has been a revelation at loosehead as he has held his own in the scrums while being an incredibly mobile menace in the loose. Outside centre Jesse Kriel has shown his mettle on more than one occasion this season as he continues to find the form that he announced himself with back in 2014.
Discipline remains an issue at Loftus Versfeld as they conceded 13 penalties and yet another yellow card of which Round 9’s opponents, the Cell C Sharks, will punish through the boots of flyhalf Robert du Preez and fullback Curwin Bosch if the Vodacom Bulls do not rectify it. Sooner rather than later will be the most suitable option as their discipline may come back to bite the Vodacom Bulls during the business end of the season.
Vodacom Red Rewards
A group of 7 lucky Vodacom Red clients and their partners experienced a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New Zealand and Australia with Vodacom Red and the Vodacom Bulls. After watching the Vodacom Bulls take on the Crusaders in Christchurch, the tour group made the short trip to Sydney where they took in the sights and sounds of this world-class city. Watch the video below:
Vodacom Red clients have the opportunity to take part in a number of Vodacom Red Rewards this rugby season. To stand a chance to be a part of any of these money can’t buy experiences, Red clients can register at www.vodacom.co.za/redrewards
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