URC – “We Were Uncharacteristically Ill-disciplined” – John Dobson


Although DHL Stormers Stormers coach Dobson lamented their ill-discipline, saying it was uncharacteristic he said he is confident they will rebound from a “horror show” performance in their 40-22 United Rugby Championship loss to the Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria.

“That first half-hour was probably one of our worst in the URC in terms of discipline. At 12 minutes, we were on five penalties; you can’t play against a team as good as the Bulls like that."

“I don’t know where that came from, it was remarkably poor. It was always just when we started clawing our way back into the game, we would just do something silly. We were uncharacteristically ill-disciplined. It was an almost lazy performance."

“They have a strong lineout contesting team. Coming up here, we always knew we would be under some pressure. It wasn’t good enough by us at all against a good Bulls team."

“I’ve just never seen things go wrong like that. Kicking directly into touch, losing virtually every contestable, Manie sending kick-offs into touch or not 10 metres. It was a horror show."

“What gives us some solace, is that we wanted to turn it around and get back into the game and we could,” Dobson said. “I thought 19-15 was generous to us. But the way we dominated territory in the second half, we were waiting for the dam wall to break."

"It was a four-point game with us having all the momentum, but we gave away a penalty for those two no-arms charges into the ruck and they scored the try. I thought we were in it, but credit to the Bulls for how they closed it out."

“There are nuggets in this performance that show who we are.”