Chee­tahs hand once- proud team one of their most dispir­it­ing losses at home in years

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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.

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