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Bulls need 'patience' - Mitch

Vodacom Bulls coach John Mitchell lamented his side’s “lack of patience” on attack as they went down 20-14 to the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday morning.

Mitchell said he didn’t have too much problem with the team’s discipline, although they gave away a number of penalties as they defended for most of the second half and lost an early 14-3 lead to eventually fade away in the end.

Mitchell said he would need to dissect the performance more, but was worried about the lack of patience shown on attack, and the team’s inability to look threatening in the second half.

Asked about the penalty count, Mitchell dismissed it, saying he was more concerned about patience. He added that he didn’t think that a lack of experience was a factor.

“It depends on what you mean by discipline. The first half we scored off two good turnovers, and then we let in one just before halftime having sustained a lot of defence. What is most concerning to me is the lack of shape in attack just after halftime when we were building pressure with the ball. We have to learn to become more patient,” Mitchell said.

“How much experience do you need? We are experiencing situations all the time. In my view I felt we were far too impatient on attack and we need to learn that teamwork comes from working together rather than working on our own.

“But maybe spending so much time on defence took a fair bit out of us. So you really have to commend the fight, the guys scrambled on defence and stayed committed to each other. Clearly that presented itself at the end to win a tight match and that last period of play best summed up our whole evening on attack where we tried to do it alone.

“We looked disjointed and you’re never going to get through a side in an untidy situation if you are disjointed.”

Mitchell said the Bulls will just keep on working on their processes ahead of their clash with the Chiefs this coming weekend.

“We just have to keep working on all areas of the game. We can’t spend too much time more in one area than the other. At the moment we are not consistently accurate in all areas and that means at some point if we can put it all together we will present ourselves an opportunity of a win,” he added.

Tim Agaba was due to join up with the team on Sunday night in New Zealand after replacing the injured Nic de Jager.


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