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Bulls v Reds

Bulls v Reds

Last week the Reds had their best game of rugby since… well it’s a long time okay. This week they have taken the long flight to South Africa and are facing the 4-5 Bulls at Altitude. Every Reds supporter is hoping ‘the boys’ can keep their momentum going but the Bulls are never easy beats at home.

The Match

The Bulls started the game at 100 miles an hour. Pressuring the Reds defence but the Reds scrambled well to keep the home team out. When the Reds got their first opportunity in the Bulls half they took it. They ran a set move off the back of their strong scrum and put Feauai-Sautia over in the corner.

The Reds faded towards the end of the half and the Bulls took advantage scoring two late tries to van der Merwe and Straus. Things were starting to look very lopsided at 17-5. As the half time hooter sounded The Reds won a ruck penalty 35 metres from the Bulls line. Frisby played on and passed to Liam Gill standing in at flyhalf who calmly slotted the 35 metre drop goal. The half time scored still looked ominous at 17-8.

The Bulls started the second half as well as they started the first. They racked up ten points before the Reds had put their mouth guards in. The Bulls first try of the half was a screamer with a chip over the line from Brummer and the two centres regathering and putting Labuschagne away and over close to the posts.

To their credit the Reds stuck with it and Samu Kerevi manage to cross twice to keep the Reds in touch 27-22 but again the altitude seemed to effect the Reds and they couldn’t maintain their line speed and their handling dropped off. The bulls scored two more tries stretching their lead and winning the game 41-22. At the death the Bulls were looking for the bonus point try but a poor lineout robbed them of a chance to score and Liam Gill once again ended the half with a kick.

The Reds forwards looked less assured without Rob Simmons and the backs while improving still looked clunky. There was a lot of dropped ball and many passed bounced or were behind the man. The Bulls matched the Reds in the forwards but their backs looked like a well drilled unit playing to their strengths. The score line was a good reflection of where each team performed and their place on the Super rugby ladder.


The Game Changer

The Reds were competitive for much of the match but many of their big names failed to make an impact this week. Rob Simmons absence was keenly felt but the biggest factor in the game was the altitude. At about 30 minutes into each half you could see the Reds game drop slightly. For a team at the top of their game it’s manageable. But a team struggling for form will always struggle


For the Reds Nick Frisby played very well but it’s hard to single anyone else out for credit. Samu Kerevi scored two tries but was pretty well contained the rest of the time. Liam Gill produced his usual outstanding effort.  The south Africans picked Jannes Kirsten and it’s hard to argue against their decision, he was every where. Jannes Kirsten is the GAGR Man Of The Match

Wallaby watch

Eto Nabuli is a big unit but he was beaten in the air twice by a much shorter, hungrier opponent. Karmichael Hunt tried his best but had a forgettable night. Andrew Ready looks like he will spend some time around wallaby camp this year. Liam Gill was everywhere as usual but with 53 great Aussie openside in Super Rugby his wallaby future is less clear.

The Details


Score & Scorers

Bulls: 41
Tries: Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss, Lappies Labuschagne, Travis Ismaiel, Piet van Zyl
Conversions: Francois Brummer 5
Penalties: Francois Brummer 2
Reds: 22
Tries: Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi 2
Conversions: Jake McIntyre 2
Drop Goal: Liam Gill

Cards & citings


  • jamie

    I think you made a typo with the drop goal. Liam Gill would never…

    Had to be seen to be believed. I replayed it a few times lol.

    I feel a Wobblies team of


    Would work just fine…

  • ForceFan

    Impressive effort to not only stay up to watch the game but also get this written in the early hours.

    • And up at 7 for patrol at the surf club and now on the beer at end of season break. I’m going to crash any second.

  • Gottsy

    Good effort from the boys. Was always going to be a tough game- some good experience for the young guys

  • DReido

    Credit where credit is due. It was a 41 meter drop goal with plenty left on it. Show me where the pooper could do that!!!!! Gilly for gold 7!!!!!!

    • Chieka should revolutionise rugby by playing 4 opensides for the Wallabies – McMahon, Pocock and Hooper in the back row and Gilly at 10.

      • DReido

        Impossible. #10 position is also owned by a wallatah

      • Who?

        Why not five? Hodgo at 6, McMahon at 7, Pocock at 8, GIll at 10, and Hooper at 12! :-P

  • Pedro

    Top write up Sully. Good to see the reds make a decent fist of it against a tough opponent.

  • JJJ

    I’m not sure you can blame the flagging fitness solely on the altitude. It’s not often I watch a game at superugby level or higher and think “Gee those guys look buggered”, but I’ve thought it several times watching the Reds this season.

    I know the trip to the republic is pretty gruelling and the altitude is a significant factor, but I’ve seen them looking absolutely wrecked with 10 minutes to go at home. Something isn’t right. Maybe it’s the price they pay for their scrum power, because it’s usually the tight forwards.

    • HK Red

      Maybe not really worked hard enough in the off- and pre-season and it’s a bit late to be working on extra fitness this deep in the season. Totally agree with you though, the Reds fitness has looked well off the mark, all season.

  • John Tynan

    The Dunning Club?

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Just another Rugby tragic. Shane "Sully" Sullivan has been in man love with the game since high school in the 70's. He inflicts his passion on family and anyone who will listen. He can't guarantee unbiased opinion but he can tell you the Reds are Awesome! To read non-rugby content head to http://www.onesully.com.au

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