Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar feels his team does not have a discipline problem, but they just need to "adjust quicker" to referees.
Speaking ahead of his team's Currie Cup crunch match against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, Pienaar said his team does not concede an excessive number of penalties - despite going down 0-9 as a result of breakdown indiscretions in the 27-39 loss to the Sharks last week.
The Bulls' mentor admitted that while penalties are always a concern, his did not transgress more against the Sharks than in previous matches.
"If you have a look we conceded 12 penalties and the Sharks conceded 18," Pienaar told a media briefing on Wednesday.
"If you then take a look at all the penalties the guys normally concede, the average is around 12 or 14 per game.
"So I think it was more a matter of where we conceded those penalties, that I thought was silly.
"I've said to the guys, you go into a game and you have to adapt as quickly as you can to the ref, and if you can't do that you know you're going to be in a for a bit of trouble for the game."
Against the Sharks the Bulls were 0-9 down after 10 minutes, with Meyer Bosman kicking three long-range penalties.
"It put us under pressure, and from there on we chased the game, and if you chase the game you're going to make mistakes," Pienaar said.
With the Bulls languishing in sixth position on the log, after suffering their fourth loss of the season against the Sharks, captain Gary Botha said the side needed to return to their winning ways.
"Hopefully, we will try and get our momentum back," said Botha.
"We're looking for consistency. It's always tough going down to Bloemfontein, like it is playing away against any big union.
"We're going to concentrate on what we're doing, and sort out our errors which we've made in the past couple of matches."
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