The Bulls have broken one of the few hoodoos left in Super Rugby by finally beating the Chiefs in New Zealand. Not only that, but they have done it in style, scoring an invaluable 4 try bonus point victory. The Chiefs come out of the game empty handed, without even a bonus point having lost 33 to 19.
The Chiefs showed improvement in their lineout against the best in the business, but their set pieces will continue to be tested by other teams in the competition. In the end it was handling errors that cost the home team, having made up for their scrum definicies through superiority at the ruck. Richard Kahui will be kicking himself for costing his team numerous attacking opportunities through sloppy handling. Stephen Donald will also be feeling guilty have missed two easy kicks, one directly in front.
The Bulls won’t have scared anyone with their performance last night, but that won’t concern them. They have 5 points on the road and are another game closer to going back to their fortress at Loftus.
Tim Nanai-Williams will be very happy with his debut and the fullback position looks to be suitably covered while Mils Muliaina is injured. The Chiefs seem to be particularly missing Sitiveni Sivivatu as they look to really be lacking their trademark attack this year. Sivivatu plays a big part in this by creating opportunities both at counter attack and off set piece. The Chiefs will be hoping he gets back this week.
Lauaki had a good game and looks like the chance of being stood down by the NZRU might have been effecting his game. Sione Lauaki was fined only and may still be able to produce his typical mid to late Super 14 form.
Bulls 33: Gerhard van den Heever, Pierre Spies, Gary Botha, Dewald Potgieter tries; Morne Steyn 3 pen 2, con
Chiefs 19: Brendon Leonard try; Stephen Donald 4 pen, con