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Pretoria Super Rugby franchise the Bulls have admitted that they had mixed feelings after their 45-25 victory over the Rebels at Loftus Versfeld.

The Bulls raced out to a 42-3 lead before letting the Rebels back into the game which effectively cost them the bonus point.

Under the new rules in Super Rugby a team is only awarded a bonus point for tries if they have scored three or more tries than their opponent.

The idea is that teams will not sit back once they have scored four tries and if the opposition does come back into the game and scores the side in the lead has to continue pushing for the bonus point whilst also keeping their defence tight.

On Saturday the Bulls had scored six tries but they let the Rebels back into the game and the visiting side scored four tries which meant the Bulls had only scored two more tries than their opponents.

“Ja, 10 to 20 minutes into the second half, we let them back into the game when we should have taken the bonus point,” Bulls coach Nollis Marais told BDLive.

“We are happy with the win, but we should have finished it off and taken the bonus point. It is not good when you find yourself 42-3 ahead and then allow them to come back, ” Marais said.

Captain Adriaan Strauss admitted that they had mixed feelings about the result when the whistle went for full time.

“It felt really good to win at Loftus and to play a good brand of rugby. But we needed the bonus point. Although we are happy with the win, we let it slip when it comes to the bonus point.”

The Bulls have a bye this week and then they return to face the Sharks at Loftus and coach Marais has identified areas of their game they they want to polish up on.

“We are not even 30% where we would want to play. There are obviously improvements that we need to make,” he said.

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