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April 17, 2011

Posted on 04/17/2011

Bulls better...but stuffed

Sport24's Rob Houwing reflects on the Bulls latest Super Rugby defeat at the hands of the Reds.

"In certain respects, it might have been better if the Bulls had simply repeated their Timaru horror show last week and we could all have begun to suspect that there must be unrest of some sort in the champions’ camp.

"But events in Brisbane on Saturday, where the once-mighty Bulls were beaten once more -- 39-30 by the delightfully free-spirited and inventive Reds – did very little to suggest that disharmony is poisoning their flickering Super Rugby campaign.

"For the one thing Victor Matfield’s side did appear to win back in Queensland was their spirit, so glaringly absent for large tracts of their humiliation at the hands of the Crusaders.

"They got stuck in with much more of the bodies-on-line relish you could once virtually take for granted, and never allowed their heads to drop despite being on the back foot, both in field position and scoreboard terms, for the bulk of the pulsating contest."

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