Cheetahs hand once- proud team one of their most dispiriting losses at home in years
he Bulls’ woeful Super Rugby season came to a disappointing end when they crashed to defeat against the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld yesterday.
The Cheetahs won 42-29 after leading 28-10 at half-time.
The Cheetahs scored six tries through No 8 Niell Jordaan, flank Henco Venter, wing Clayton Blommetjies, scrum half Sarel Pretorius, replacement lock Steven Sykes and centre Rayno Benjamin. Fly half Niel Marais converted all six tries.
The Bulls replied with tries by fullback Jesse Kriel, wing Francois Hougaard (2) and No 8 Pierre Spies. Fly half Jacques-Louis Potgieter landed a conversion, while his replacement, Tian Schoeman, was on target with two.
The Cheetahs picked up a full house of five points for their victory, but stayed bottom of the South African conference. They did, however, finish the season in 12th place in the overall standings.
The Bulls picked up a point for scoring four tries, but stayed third in the South African conference and ninth on the overall log.
With as many as 10 players leaving Pretoria next season, the Bulls have a mountain to climb to regain their once proud tradition at the summit of Super Rugby rugby.