Botha backs Bulls scrum to improve

Date published: March 1 2017

Bulls scrum coach Gary Botha is confident the Pretoria-based outfit's scrummaging can improve when they face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The three-time champions came off second best in the scrums in their tournament opener against the Stormers at Newlands last week. 

Despite the poor showing – in their 37-24 loss – former Springbok hooker Botha feels his pack should not be judged on one performance and emphasised that this year's tournament is still in its infancy.

“Obviously it was the first game of Super Rugby," he told Supersport.

"It was the same issue as last year, I just don’t think we completely had the rhythm in the game, but well done to them.

“Their preparation was key. We know what we did wrong and the good thing about it is that it is the first round of the competition. I guess it’s back to the drawing board and we have to work on the things we did wrong.

“I can’t comment for the players on the pitch but that was one of their tactics and they executed it well. In the second half the guys pulled it together and more or less started matching it.

“It is one of those derby matches, one team will always prepare better than the other team – not that I am implying that we didn’t prepare good enough. But I think execution on the day was probably better from them.”

Botha feels his charges can fix their scrum woes in Bloemfontein this weekend.

“The emphasis will definitely be on execution, specific possessions and specific parts of the game," he added.

"Definitely come scrum time this week against the Cheetahs will be the same. We definitely worked on it and we have a couple of things we sorted out and hopefully come the weekend we can go and execute better than we did the last weekend."