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Bulls go in search of second away win against Reds

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One of the Bulls’ most memorable and emphatic performances in their Super 14 history was last year’s 92-3 demolition of the Reds at Loftus Versfeld in the final round of league competition.


Needing to win by 44 points to leapfrog the Blues into third place and face the prospect of an away semi-final against the Crusaders, the Bulls went one better, surpassing the 72 points they needed to finish second and earn a home semi-final.

 

The 89 point margin and 13 tries scored are Super 14 records.

The Reds, who finished last in 2007, will be hard pressed to shut out the memory of that defeat when the two teams meet in Brisbane on Saturday (11h05 SA time).


Yet, the Super 14 records show that the Bulls have won only once on their previous five visits to the Queensland capital ‘ a 23-17 win in 2004.


In 2006, a year in which the Bulls also reached the last four, they went down 20-19 and in earlier seasons, when the Bulls were not quite the force they have become, they suffered defeats in 2002 (48-12), 2000 (34-15) and 1998 (28-15).


Whilst history may give perspective, present form is a better indicator of a possible outcome.


The Bulls have not had an ideal start but showed in beating the Auto & General Lions with 14-men last week that they may just be hitting form at the right time.

 

The Reds, after a bright start, have slipped into their old ways and will still be reeling from their consecutive losses against the Stormers, Brumbies and Hurricanes in recent weeks.

 

The Bulls pack appears to be coming into its own and the backs look more assured on the ball, which will trouble the Reds if the Bulls can dominate possession.

 

Defensively the Bulls will be hard to break down whilst Derick Hougaard will be crucial in directing play from pivot.

Previous 10 meetings in Super Rugby – Reds vs Bulls


Reds have won 6 Bulls have won 4


2007 – Reds 3 Bulls 92 in Pretoria
2006 – Reds 20 Bulls 19 in Brisbane
2005 – Reds 7 Bulls 32 in Pretoria
2004 – Reds 17 Bulls 23 in Brisbane
2003 – Reds 19 Bulls 39 in Pretoria
2002 – Reds 48 Bulls 12 in Brisbane
2001 – Reds 29 Bulls 19 in Pretoria
2000 – Reds 34 Bulls 15 in Brisbane
1999 – Reds 17 Bulls 7 in Pretoria
1998 – Reds 28 Bulls 15 in Brisbane

 

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