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Injury ravaged Reds gored by Bulls

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Adrian Warren

BULLS 61 REDS 8

Pierre Spies of the Bulls updends a Queensland player in  his team's  steamrolling of the Super Rugby premiers.

Pierre Spies of the Bulls updends a Queensland player in his team's steamrolling of the Super Rugby premiers. Photo: Getty Images

Injury hit Queensland suffered more casualties as they crashed to a humbling 61-8 loss to the Bulls in their Super Rugby match in Pretoria.

MATCH STATS

The Bulls scored eight tries to one, as defending champion Queensland suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since 2010.

Springboks five-eight Morne Steyn enjoyed a perfect kicking night, landing eight out of eight to compile a 19-point haul.

Compounding the heavy loss were more additions to a Reds' injury list already including playmakers Quade Cooper, Mike Harris and Ben Lucas.

Prop Ben Daley and hooker Saia Faingaa were off before halftime and centre Jono Lance joined them in the second half.

Wallabies' back rower Radike Samo ended up in the centres for the wounded Reds.

The Bulls led 16-3 at halftime and poured on seven of their eight tries after the break, as their forwards dominated and the Reds kept falling off tackles.

Queensland made several try saving tackles before Bulls' fullback Zane Kirchner crossed for the only five-pointer of the opening half in the 33rd minute.

Steyn converted and kicked three penalties, while a Lance penalty was the Reds' only first half contribution to the scoreboard.

The Bulls piled on 34 unanswered points to lead 37-3 before winger Dom Shipperley finished well to score Queensland's only try in the 61st minute.

Centre Wynand Olivier triggered the Bulls' second half try rampage, crashing over within 70 seconds of the restart.

Lock Flip van der Merwe and flanker Jacques Potgieter punctured the Reds increasingly porous defence for further tries before Shipperley's five-pointer.

That was the last scoreboard shot in anger from the despondent Reds, who conceded four more tries in the final quarter.

Replacements Jano Vermaak and JJ Engelbrecht, flanker CJ Stander and winger Bjorn Basson all participated in the try scoring action.

BULLS 61 (Bjorn Basson, JJ Engelbrecht, Zane Kirchner, Wynand Olivier, Jacques Potgieter, CJ Stander, Phillip van der Merwe, Jano Vermaak tries Morne Steyn 5, Louis Fouche cons Steyn 3 pens) bt QUEENSLAND REDS 8 (Dom Shipperley try Jono Lance pen) at Loftus Versfeld. Referee: Jonathan Kaplan.

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12 comments so far

  • This result is a big reality check for the Reds. Many Reds lovers with little rugby knowledge / history have been saying they will win their second tournament. Others who have been around a while have been silently thinking " I hope they are right but I have a funny feeling the good fortune they had in 2011 want be repeated".
    Already we are seeing more injuries, the depth of players is being found out, the draw is a lot harder this year.
    Now they face the Force in Perth, not easy with the injuries they have.

    Commenter
    Coach's Comment
    Location
    Sunshine Coast
    Date and time
    March 25, 2012, 10:36AM
    • Agree with the Coach!! as this was a decent reality check for the Reds for sure.
      The Reds last season played some reasonable stuff, but they had a hell of an easy draw particularly early in the season, (I think their first four games were against so called "cellar dwellers"), and they had a lot of very close and lucky games, but you take that luck for what it is and good on them for that.
      This year is going to be a huge test for the incumbent Super 15 winners as it seems very unlikely that they'll get the same good fortune they had last season!
      Far too many Kiwis in the team anyway!

      Commenter
      Nosmo King!
      Date and time
      March 26, 2012, 11:28AM
  • I recorded the game and watched it this morning. The bulls were dominant the whole game. The depleted reds just ran out of steam as the game went on. This weekend there has been some really good rugby played and the referees seemed to be less present and more consistent too.

    Commenter
    a don
    Location
    sydney
    Date and time
    March 25, 2012, 11:22AM
    • Anyone who thought that the reds Would have won that game is/was deluded... That game was lost at the 60min mark week before against the sharks, when they lost both play makers. It's going to be a long season. But how close has it been apart from the reds blow out. Each game well and truly going down to the wire. Great matches all round.

      Commenter
      Tim
      Date and time
      March 25, 2012, 1:05PM
      • tim, are u on crack mate? game went down the wire? personally I went to bed at the 41st min mark, and slept very soundly...great news also that bryce lawrence was axed from irb panel. funny how nz ref of the year isnt good enough to be on the panel!

        Commenter
        jono
        Date and time
        March 25, 2012, 2:22PM
        • Jono!! I hear you mate re. Bryce Lawrence, and old Paddy O'Brien has been moved sideways also!!

          Lawrence was a pedantic pathetic Ref , a la' Stuart Dickenson who spoiled games as spectacles for the paying public but he's not the only one who's got the shove mate there's a few up North also, including old Wayne Barnes from London!

          Commenter
          Nosmo King!
          Date and time
          March 26, 2012, 11:35AM
      • The standard of the S15 so far this year has been absoulutely shocking, maybe I have been watching the wrong games but the tournament so far isnt a patch on the recently concluded 6 nations.

        Commenter
        Terry
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        March 25, 2012, 3:17PM
        • No surprise really -- that's what happens when a team gets decimated with significant injuries.

          Btw, it's a bit of a stretch calling Mike Harris a playmaker... Great goal kicker though.

          Commenter
          Michael
          Location
          Hamilton, Brisbane
          Date and time
          March 25, 2012, 5:01PM
          • Pretty obvious that reds would suffer from injuries as they do not really have a great deal of depth. Mind you they are not alone on the injury front. Highlanders and chiefs have sufferred massively from injuries. Highlanders still missing about 4 starting players who are yet to get any game time this season. Waratahs too have had there share, not too sure about s.a. Team. Liked the way warpaths plated this week.

            Commenter
            Axle
            Date and time
            March 25, 2012, 6:34PM
            • Sox, waratahs not warpaths. Darn iPad keeps trying to spell for me.

              Commenter
              Axle
              Date and time
              March 25, 2012, 6:36PM

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