Bulls coach Frans Ludeke says that he was happy with Victor Matfield's performance in their Super Rugby debut and said that he will improve with more game time.
The Bulls lost their opening match of the Super Rugby season 31-16 to the Sharks who also scored four tries to earn the bonus point.
The result has put the Bulls at the bottom of the Super Rugby standings with a negative 15 point differential.
The former Bulls captain Matfield came out of retirement last month as he wants to play in another Rugby world Cup and this was his first proper match.
The Bulls trailed 23-9 at half time and Matfield came on as a replacement in the second half and helped Jonathan Ross score the Bulls consolation try.
"I thought that the longer he played, the better he became," said Ludeke of Matfield.
"But he's a classy player and had immediate impacts in the line-out. He will just get better as the competition goes on, that I have no doubt about."
Ludeke was less pleased with the way the rest of his team played.
"This must be the easiest way the Sharks have ever beaten us," Ludeke said.
"We conceded so many soft turnovers and gave away two easy tries."
"That gave them the momentum for the game. So we lost against ourselves I feel, particularly in that first half."