Bulls 20-34 Hurricanes, Loftus Versfeld
A dominant first half performance from Hurricanes saw them register a 20-34 win over Bulls in their Super Rugby encounter at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
It took Hurricanes just one minute to get off the mark as Jordie Barrett crossed over while Otere Black added a conversion but the scores were levelled 7-7 after Duncan Matthews responded with a try of his own for Bulls while Tiaan Schoeman added the extras.
However, the defending champions dominated the remainder of the second half with tries from Ngani Laumape, Wes Goosen and lock Mark Abbott. Schoeman scored two more penalties but Hurricanes managed a 11 point lead at half time.
Replacement Leni Apisai further extended Hurricanes' advantage with replacement Leni Apisai going past the line in the 59th minute while Black scored a conversion and a penalty on either side to give a clear advantage to the visitors having secured a 21 point lead.
Nic de Jager's try in the 75th minute provided some respite for Bulls but still they succumbed to a 14 point defeat with Hurricanes claiming their second position in New Zealand Conference displacing Highlanders. Meanwhile, Bulls are positioned third in Africa 1 Conference.