Bulls can enjoy victory, but hard work lies ahead

Henry

Jake White is of course in his element that the Bulls beat the Stormers at Loftus Versfeld to cut short the Capetians’ two-game winning streak.

But it doesn’t matter how sweet the victory of 40 – 22 may taste, there is still hard work waiting for the Pretorians.

“I still don’t think we are quite where we need to be as a team, but in the same breath I am very satisfied with the performance,” said the Bulls’ director of rugby.

The Pretorians enjoyed a half-time lead of 19 – 15 and the Stormers had enough opportunities in the second half to take the lead.

“A year or two ago they would have converted those opportunities into points. It was a long way to get here, but we have now achieved a convincing victory. Against a team that defends excellently, we were able to score four tries, while one was not awarded. At the same time, we also stood strong on defense.”

The Bulls are currently second in the official United Rugby Championship standings; just four points behind Leinster in first place.

“However, the good performance against the Stormers does not mean that we have won anything. We are grateful to stay ahead of them in the standings, but we haven’t won anything big yet. As a team we cannot afford to put the cart before the ox.”

PRC Scoring:

  1. Leinster: 44 points after 11 games
  2. Bulls: 40 points after 11 games
  3. Glasgow Warriors: 40 points after 11 games
  4. Edinburgh: 34 points after 11 games
  5. Ulster: 34 points after 11 games
  6. Munster: 34 points after 11 games
  7. Connacht: 33 points after 11 games
  8. Benetton: 32 points after 11 games
  9. Stormers: 30 points after 11 games
  10. Ospreys: 30 points after 11 games
  11. Lions: 29 points after 11 games
  12. Cardiff: 22 points after 11 games
  13. Zebre: 14 points after 11 games
  14. Scarlets: 12 points after 11 games
  15. Dragons: 11 points after 11 games
  16. Sharks: 10 points after 11 games.