‘We should have taken the bonus point’ – Marais

Bulls head coach Nollis Marais admits they should have taken the bonus point in their 45-25 victory against the Rebels in Pretoria on Saturday.

Despite being 42-3 ahead in the first few minutes of the second half, the Pretoria side failed to secure the try scoring bonus point.

The new system dictates that in order for the winning side to receive a try scoring bonus point, they will have to outscore their opponents by three tries.

"Ja, 10 to 20 minutes into the second half, we let them back into the game when we should have taken the bonus point," Marais told Business Day Live.

Bjorn Basson crossed the whitewash three times, the home side were leading the try scoring tally by six tries to none in the 45th minute.

The visitors scored in quick succession remarkably dotting down three times in a space of ten minutes. 

A fourth Rebels try late in the match ensured that the Bulls were denied the bonus point.

Marais has said they are happy with the win but should have walked away with five points.

"We are happy with the win, but we should have finished it off and taken the bonus point," Marais said. 

"It is not good when you find yourself 42-3 ahead and then allow them to come back."

Adriaan Strauss admits they should have finished off with a bonus point, the captain was however happy with the brand of rugby that they displayed.

"It felt really good to win at Loftus and to play a good brand of rugby," said Strauss.

"But we needed the bonus point. Although we are happy with the win, we let it slip when it comes to the bonus point."

The Bulls will have a one week break before they face the on the Sharks at Loftus.