The Golden Lions all but ended the Blue Bulls hopes of reaching the Currie Cup Semi-finals when they beat the Pretoria franchise 35-26 at Ellis Park.
The result also means that the Golden Lions have secured a Currie Cup double over the Blue Bulls as they also won at Loftus earlier in the season.
The Blue Bulls were thoroughly outplayed but did manage to take a bonus point out of the game as they scored four tries, two in the last seven minutes.
The Lions were unable to take real advantage of two yellow cards dished out to the Bulls in the first half, going into the break only 13-7 ahead.
Bulls fullback Clayton Blommetjies was yellow-carded in the 19th minute for a trip, while flyhalf Tony Jantjies followed him to the sin-bin 13 minutes later after handling the ball in a ruck on his own tryline.
"Defence is all about attitude" is a truism that is bandied around a lot in rugby and the Bulls paid the price for some lacklustre tackling in the first half.
Lions right wing Andries Coetzee forced his way through two poor tackles to open the scoring in the sixth minute and flank Jaco Kriel then raced down the left touchline to score in the 15th minute as the Lions exposed the Bulls defence with ease.
Scrumhalf Rudy Paige seized an opportunity provided by a hole in the Lions defence to score the Bulls' opening try in the 30th minute, but the hosts remained in firm control.
They devoured the Bulls at the lineouts and stretched their lead to 20-7 five minutes into the second half when prop Ruan Dreyer powered over for a try, which was laid on by Coetzee once again injecting some pace into the attack down the right-hand side of the field.
The Lions were then content to play the percentages, with flyhalf Elton Jantjies and fullback Marnitz Boshoff dominating the kicking battle.
The Bulls did briefly threaten to get back into the game when wing Bjorn Basson scored the first of his two tries in the 55th minute.
However, the Lions were once again in obvious control just two minutes later when scrumhalf Ross Cronje broke through on a wrap-around move and replacement prop Jacques van Rooyen muscled his way over the tryline.
The strong running of the Lions' forwards, in particular tighthead Dreyer, then led to a try by Boshoff midway through the second half, stretching the home side's lead to 32-14.
The Bulls kept themselves off the bottom of the log by scoring two late tries by centre Francois Venter and Basson, but the visitors were well-beaten as the pain continues for coach Pine Pienaar and captain Jono Ross.
Final Score Golden Lions 35 (13) Blue Bulls 26 (7)
Tries - A.Coetzee, J. Kriel, R. Dreyer, J. van Rooyen, M.Boshoff
Pen - E.Jantjies, M.Boshoff
Con - E.Jantjies2
Tries - R.Paige, B.Basson, F.Venter, B.Basson
Con - T.Jantjies 3
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Referees: Ben Crouse, Cobus Wessels
TMO: Tappe Henning with Nic Stryp in training
Golden Lions: Marnitz Boshoff; Andries Coetzee, Deon Helberg, Dylan Des Fountain, Anthony Volmink; Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje; Derick Minnie (capt), Warwick Tecklenberg, Jaco Kriel; Franco van der Merwe, Stephan Greeff; Ruan Dreyer, Robbie Coetzee, CJ van der Linde.
Replacements: Willie Wepener, Jacques van Rooyen, Chris van Zyl, Lambert Groenewald, Guy Cronje, Lionel Cronje, Ruhan Nel.
Blue Bulls: Clayton Blommetjies; Akona Ndungane, Ulrich Beyers, Francois Venter, Bjorn Basson; Tony Jantjies, Rudy Paige; Jono Ross (capt), Jacques du Plessis, Wiaan Liebenberg; Wilhelm Steenkamp, Paul Willemse; Werner Kruger, Bandise Maku, Morné Mellett.
Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Frik Kirsten, Grant Hattingh, Jacques Engelbrecht, Lohan Jacobs, William Small-Smith, Jurgen Visser.