Marais hails Blue Bulls’ comeback

Date published: August 15 2015

Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais hailed his side's second half performance that helped them clinch a 36-12 come from behind victory against Griquas in Pretoria on Friday.

The Bulls changed gears in the second haf to power to their second victory in the competition after trailing 6-12 at the interval.

Bulls fly-half Tian Schoeman contributed a try, two conversions and four penalty kicks in his man-of-the-match performance. Dayan van der Westhuizen, Francois Hougaard and Jamba Ulengo also crossed over for tries in the bonus point win.

Ntabeni Dukisa and Ruhan Nel both scored tries for Griquas in the first-half.

“It was a learning curve for us without doubt," said Marais.

"I think it can only be good for us to have these games where we can make mistakes that will in the long run help us improve.

“The level of focus in the first-half just wasn’t there and we made a number of silly mistakes that are normally not part of our game.
“It’s good that we made some errors before the Western Province game to know what to work on and what not to do.”

Bulls captain and flank Lappies Lubuschagne credited the youthful exuberance of his team for helping them with their tricky assignment.

“The players are all about the team and you could see how we came back in the second half," he said.

"At half-time we calmly talked over what we needed to do and we managed to execute.”