Marais taking nothing for granted

Date published: September 5 2016

Blue Bulls head coach Nollis Marais is taking nothing for granted despite his side's victory over the Golden Lions in Pretoria at the weekend.

That result moved the Bulls into third place on the table – with 15 points from five matches played – while their nearest rivals, the second-placed Free State Cheetahs, are four points ahead of them in the standings and the table-topping Sharks are in first place on 20 points. 

Marais highlighted the importance of his team's remaining matches if they want to make the play-offs. Griquas, the Golden Lions and Western Province are below them in the standings but all three those sides have played one game less than the men from Pretoria.

"I think the top sides will come through, the Lions are a good side and well coached," he told Supersport.

"For us now, we have three games left, Pumas away, Griquas home and then Boland away. Those three matches will be tough.

"The Pumas have some good rugby players, so it will be a tough game with guys like Renaldo who like to go over the advantage line. But it is much better going into those three games with this win here, otherwise we would be stuck in permutations."

Despite facing three of the unfancied teams in the competition, in their remaining matches, Marais wants to build on the win over the Golden Lions.

“It was a great win, getting the four points against the Currie Cup champions – they’ve got a good side and it was important for us,” he added.

“Teams are built on certain things. If you look at the beginning of the season we had a discussion as to why the team is leaking so many tries. You can put a system in place but if the guys don’t work it means nothing.

“Last week we were getting better and this week it was much better. We stopped them a few times on the line, the guys were up for it.

“We still made mistakes, but the attitude was there. And then the scrums and lineouts were better. We attacked and made mistakes but the intent was better. There are still things we can work on.”