Dobson is scratching his head over a poor first half


Poor discipline in the first half probably sank the Stormers ship at Loftus Versfeld last weekend.

The Bulls won the United Rugby Championship match 40–22 to beat the Cape Town for the first time in eight attempts.

“If you look at our discipline in the first half hour, you can rightly say that it was probably one of our worst performances yet. After 12 minutes we had already conceded five penalties,” said John Dobson.

The Bulls enjoyed a lead of 19-5 in no time and according to the Stormers coach, a team simply cannot afford to start a game like that against the Pretorianians.

“You can’t play against a good team like the Bulls. I don’t know where it suddenly came from, but it was not good at all.”

The Stormers were able to hit back with a couple of tries just before the break, but any talk of a comeback later in the game was dashed by unforced errors.

“I have never seen things go so badly wrong. Among other things, we kicked the ball directly out, lost the battle for the ball in the air and struggled with our kick-off. It was almost a thriller show for you.”

There were some bright spots.

“I think Warrick Gelant played brilliantly, while Manie (Libbok) and Damian (Willemse) were also good. In the second half we built up good momentum, only to give it all up again with an unnecessary penalty kick against us.”