Coach John Mitchell says he has to be patient with this group of Bulls players. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

PRETORIA – With one victory out of five matches in this year’s Super Rugby competition, Bulls coach John Mitchell is well aware of the challenge they face back on home soil and preparing for their next clash with the Stormers this weekend.

After beating the Hurricanes in their opening match at Loftus Versfeld, the Bulls lost to the Lions at home and were then beaten by the Reds, Chiefs and finally the Crusaders on tour.

“We’re now one for five and clearly we want to be better than that,” said Mitchell. “We’ve got to get a couple of things sorted in terms of getting the conversion out of our driving maul.”

But Mitchell believes the tour to Australia and New Zealand also revealed a lot of positives.

“The ethic and the attitude of the players has been outstanding. We know where we are and we know where we want to get to. We’ve just got to fill that gap.

“As a group we’ve taken a lot out of this trip. Ultimately we can’t allow frustration to get to us.

“We’ve got to go a bit more bone-deep in our preparation.

“And I’ve got to keep being patient with this group and make sure we’ve got the right people within the 23 doing the job.”

African News Agency (ANA)