Bulls complete Super Saturday for SA

    2015-04-11 22:18
    Jacques-Louis Potgieter (Gallo Images)

    Pretoria - The Bulls defeated the Reds 43-22 to go third in the Super 15 table and complete a Super Saturday for South African sides against Australian opponents.

    As it happened: Bulls 43 - 22 Reds

    Bulls' triumph in a Loftus Versfeld stadium try-fest followed wins for the Stormers over the Waratahs in Sydney and the Cheetahs over the Force in Perth.

    Left-wing Francois Hougaard bagged two tries for the home side and No 8 and skipper Pierre Spies, prop Marcel van der Merwe, centre Burger Odendaal and replacement scrumhalf Piet van Zyl one each.

    Flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter kicked four conversions and one penalty before being replaced by Tian Schoeman, who slotted two conversions.

    Winger Lachie Tunner, scrumhalf Will Genia, flyhalf Nick Frisby and South Africa-born replacement forward Marco Kotze crossed the try-line for the Reds.

    Turner succeeded with a conversion in front of the posts, but failed with three others from difficult angles.

    Victory for the Bulls enabled them to bounce back after a last-minute Gauteng derby defeat by the Golden Lions in Johannesburg a week ago.

    It was a sixth consecutive defeat for the bottom-of-the-table Reds and a seventh in eight games in the southern hemisphere inter-provincial championship.

    Bulls are seven points behind combined standings leaders Hurricanes of New Zealand, but just one adrift of second-place Brumbies of Australia.

    The South Africans punished mistakes to lead 24-5 after a first half in which they had only 30 percent possession and were forced to make more than twice as many tackles as the Australians.

    Genia and Frisby scored early second-half tries for the Brisbane outfit to cut the gap to seven points before two incidents had a major impact on the outcome.

    Reds No 8 Adam Thomson was yellow-carded for collapsing a maul as referee Jaco Peyper lost patience with the visitors after a number of forward infringements.

    And the South African match official awarded a try to Van der Merwe two minutes later despite big-screen replays suggesting it should have been disallowed for a double movement.

    Three-time champions the Bulls took advantage of their numerical superiority to outscore 2011 title-holders the Reds by two tries to one.

    Springbok Hougaard came close to completing a hat-trick of tries before Van Zyl dotted down 11 minutes from time and Schoeman converted to close the scoring.

    Bulls are away to the Sharks in Durban next weekend while the Reds tackle the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

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