Rugby

Bulls beat Reds to go back to top SA Conference

14 April 2019 - 00:00 By MAHLATSE MPHAHLELE


What has been a topsy-turvy season for the Bulls took a positive turn yesterday when they returned to the top of the SA Conference with a comprehensive 32-17 bonus-point win over the Reds in their Super Rugby clash at Loftus.
The Bulls, shocked by the Jaguares last weekend, returned to winning ways and have 23 points from eight matches.
The Reds remain second from bottom on the Australian Conference and are faced with a mountain to climb to boost their chances of making it to the play-offs.
The Bulls have a bye next weekend before they resume their campaign with a tricky trip to Cape Town on April 27 where they will be looking to register a rare double over the Stormers.
The first half, which ended 13-3, was a scrappy affair but the Bulls managed to score two tries from Lizo Gqoboka and Marco van Staden while the Reds managed only a penalty from Bryce Hegarty.
The tempo of the match improved slightly in the second half as they played attacking rugby and their efforts were rewarded with three tries that were scored during the last 40 minutes.
The Bulls scored their three second-half tries through stand-in captain Handré Pollard, Handro Liebenberg, Jade Stighling while Samu Kerevi returned with a brace for the visitors.
Pollard was not at his devastating best with the boot as he only managed two conversions and one penalty but he made up for that with an early try in the second half.

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