The Bulls recorded their third win in a row after a dramatic 25-24 Vodacom Super Rugby win over the Western Force at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. The hosts took the lead through a Handre Pollard penalty before the Force scored their first converted try through lock Adam Coleman. Pollard replied with two penalties to give Frans Ludeke’s men a slender 9-7 lead at half-time despite their poor play.
The visitors began the second half with far more purpose and got their reward as Sam Wykes capatalised on a rebounded penalty from Burton Francis to have the visitors leading 14-9. However their resurgence was hampered by ill-discipline as they had two players sin-binned in the space of five minutes, and the host took full advantage as good pressure from the forward line had Marcel Van Der Merwe in for a try. Two penalties from Pollard had the Bulls leading 22-14 with 17 minutes left.
The Western Australians however weren’t going down without a fight, as a converted try from Kyle Godwin had them back in the match, and they promptly took the lead through a Sias Ebersohn penalty after Trevor Nyakane was penalised for a dangerous tackle. Michael Foley’s men looked like they were going to hang on for the win but a last gasp penalty from Pollard had the Bulls back in the lead in the 79th minute.
Ludeke’s lot held on to to secure a crucial win. The loss condemned the Perth franchise to its fifth consecutive Super Rugby loss.