Cape Town - The Bulls have beaten the Rebels in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash in Melbourne on Friday.GALLERY: Rebels v Bulls
The Bulls won 41-35 after leading 31-28 at half-time.
The Bulls scored five tries, through wings Akona Ndungane and Bjorn Basson, flyhalf Morne Steyn, flank CJ Stander and centre JJ Engelbrecht. Steyn was on target with all five conversions as well as two penalties.
The Rebels replied with five tries of their own by prop Rodney Blake, wing Cooper Vuna (2), scrumhalf Nick Phipps and No 8 and captain Gareth Delve. Flyhalf Kurtley Beale was successful with all five conversions.
The Bulls picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and moved to the top of both the South African Conference and the Combined standings.
The Rebels picked up two points for scoring four tries or more and for losing be seven points or fewer, but stayed fourth and 12th in the Australian Conference and Overall log respectively.
In next weekend's Round 12 action, the Bulls travel to Sydney to face the Waratahs, while the Rebels host the Crusaders in Melbourne.
15. Julian Huxley, 14. Mark Gerrard, 13. Mitch Inman, 12. Lachlan Mitchell, 11. Cooper Vuna, 10. Kurtley Beale, 9. Nick Phipps, 8. Gareth Delve (captain), 7. Tim Davidson, 6. Luke Jones, 5. Hugh Pyle, 4. Cadeyrn Neville, 3. Rodney Blake, 2. Ged Robinson, 1. Nic Henderson
Substitutes: 16. Adam Freier, 17. Jono Owen, 18. Alister Campbell, 19. Ryan Hodson, 20. Richard Kingi, 21. James Hilgendorf, 22. Stirling MortlockBulls:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Johann Sadie