Bulls implode to crash to heavy Brisbane defeat
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
The Bulls blew a 17-0 lead after 20 minutes to crash to a heavy defeat against the Reds in their Super Rugby clash in Brisbane on Saturday.
As it happened | Reds v Bulls
After their fast start, the Bulls imploded in spectacular fashion, failing to trouble the scorers again in going down 41-17 to their hosts.
The Reds scored six tries through flanks Liam Wright and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, hooker Alex Mafi, prop Taniela Tupou and replacements Isaac Lucas and Harry Hoopert. Wing Bryce Hegarty added four conversions and a penalty.
The Bulls, who lost for the seventh straight occasion in Brisbane, replied with three tries by scrumhalf Embrose Papier, wing Rosko Specman and fullback Warrick Gelant. Flyhalf Manie Libbok was on target with a single conversion.
The Reds picked up a full-house of five points for their victory, but stayed third and 10th in the Australian Conference and the Overall standings, respectively.
The Bulls left empty-handed and remained fourth in the South African Conference and a lowly 11th in the Overall log.
In next weekend's Round 8 action - should the tournament proceed - the Reds have a bye, while the Bulls play the Waratahs (Saturday, 21 March at 10:45 SA time).
15 Jock Campbell, 14 Bryce Hegarty, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Henry Speight, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Dane Zander
Substitutes: 16 Ed Craig, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Angus Scott-Young, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Isaac Lucas, 23 Filipo Daugunu
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Divan Rossouw, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Muller Uys, 7 Josh Strauss, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Ryno Pieterse, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Marco Jansen van Vuren