Marais fears for his job

Date published: April 8 2017

Bulls coach Nollis Marais has admitted the pressure on his job is mounting after Saturday's 21-20 loss to the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

The defeat means the Pretoria-based side have won just once in six matches and are in the ignominious position of being the only South African side to have lost to the Sunwolves.

Marais believes his side's poor display was down to their inability to execute the basics correctly, for which they were duly punished.

"We made too many errors; kicking for touch, kicking directly out, small little things that cost us and they changed a lot of things in the game," said Marais.

"We are going home where we have a lot of games and we will focus on getting things right for the Jaguares next weekend. The only thing that we can do for now is to get ready for that match against the Jaguares."

The former U21 coach, who made the big step up to coaching the senior team last year, is well aware that he is not meeting the expectations of a union who have high expectations.

"I think every coach’s job’s is on the line. If you win one out of six matches I will always feel that you are under pressure," the Blue Bulls coach said.

"It doesn’t matter because this is Super Rugby and people expect a lot from coaches. I know that our board has a lot of faith in me but the results need to prove it and we must fix things before our next match at the weekend."

A lack of discipline cost the Loftus side dearly in the end, as Jan Serfontein was sin-binned in the last quarter.

"I have to review it. Unfortunately it cost us in the end. The last time we played with 14 guys it inspired us but 14 guys today was difficult to defend.

"I thought it was an excellent tackle by Jamba Ulengo to prevent a try but unfortunately we got a yellow card," said the 45-year-old.

He added that he is unsatisfied with performances of certain players.

"I feel unsatisfied by certain performances but you have to look at it as the whole team and at the end of the day we were not good enough to win on the day.

"The players know that they did not produce the results. We have nine games to go in the competition and I think about six or seven of those matches are at home.

"The supporters must stick with the team because they know exactly what to do to get out of this situation."