Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The Bulls lost the second match on their Australasian tour against the Highlanders at the Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin on Friday.
AS IT HAPPENED: Highlanders v Bulls
The Highlanders won 27-20 after the scores were dead-locked at 13-all at half-time.
The Highlanders scored three tries through flyhalf Lima Sopoaga, flank Gareth Evans and centre Malakai Fekitoa. Sopoaga was also on target with all three conversions as well as two penalties for a personal haul of 17 points.
The Bulls replied with tries by wing Bjorn Basson and replacement prop Marcel van der Merwe, as well as two conversions and two penalties by flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter.
The Highlanders picked up four points for their victory and moved to second in the New Zealand Conference and fifth in the Overall standings.
The Bulls picked up a losing bonus point for going down by seven or fewer points, but stayed second in the South African Conference. They did however slip to seventh in the Overall log.
In next weekend's Round 10 action, the Highlanders have a bye, while the Bulls travel to Sydney to face the Waratahs (Saturday, April 19 at 11:40).
Ben Smith (captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun
Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Elliot
Dixon, 7 Shane Christie, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Brad Thorn, 3
Chris King, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames
Substitutes: 16 Ged
Robinson, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Jarrad Hoeata, 20 John
Hardie, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Trent Renata, 23 Nasi Manu
Jurgen Visser, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Johannes Engelbrecht, 12 Jan
Serfontein, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Pieter
van Zyl, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor
Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe (captain), 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie
Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling
Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Paul Willemse, 19 Morné
Mellet, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 William
Small-Smith, 23 Ulrich Beyers