Werner Kruger praises the Bulls’ ability to adapt in the Dragons win

Bulls star Kurt-Lee Arendse on the charge.  Source: Alamy

Bulls star Kurt-Lee Arendse on the charge. Source: Alamy

Bulls Scrum coach Werner Kruger credited his team with returning to winning ways against The Dragons in Wales despite illness to director of rugby Jake White and half-year-old Chris Smith.

The 29-14 win ended the Bulls’ three-game losing streak in all competitions and is a much-needed change of momentum in the camp.

Late shift

Smith was scheduled to start the game in the rotation phase but was forced to withdraw due to illness and Johan Goosen was promoted to the starting line-up.

The experienced setter rose to the occasion very well and scored one of the actions of the match. Kruger was pleased with how the team handled the late changes to take the win.

“It’s a bit of a disruption and we had a whole week planned with Chris and Jake was obviously involved,” said Kruger. “All credit to the team and everyone who raised the bar by filling in small roles and coming together to make things work on game day.

“Thanks also to Johan for entering the first half. It took some reshuffling, but the boys switched and stayed focused on the task at hand.”

The Bulls came out of the blocks and led 17-0 before the Dragons gained a foothold in the game, scoring two goals to tighten up the game.

Control the game in the second period

Kruger said the Bulls’ inability to come out in the first half opened the door for the hosts, and the emphasis was on controlling the game in the second 40.

“We had a good start and suddenly they came back – it was because we didn’t leave our half. We didn’t kick the ball and they scored in that touchdown from the front of the lineout. We just said we need to manage this turf fight a little better and get out of our half.

“We’ve said before – me and Russell, this requires a special performance away from home [to win]. It starts at the front and it was good to see the boys ahead, especially away from home where it’s not always easy to get your mauls and scrums going.

“It was a great night for the boys and it’s always good to see them progress. Keep it that way and now is a crucial week for us to back up what we did over the weekend. “

The win moves the Bulls back to third in the United Rugby Championship table, ahead of Ulster who lost dramatically to Benetton at Treviso.

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