To be honest, it was wholly understandable given a casualty list that’s as long as last week’s national election ballot paper.
But coach Allister Coetzee could find solace in the showings of some of his youngsters, most notably his splendidly composed second row of Jean Kleyn and Ruan Botha.
Both 21 years old, the duo did the almost unthinkable in truly hassling their far more accomplished counterparts in Victor Matfield and Paul Willemse, even poaching two balls off the Bulls’ throw.
“Our line-out, with those two at the helm, was a highlight for me,” said Coetzee.
“That set-piece has almost been better with those two present than at any other stage of this season. What bigger test could there have been for them than against the Bulls? I was really pleased with them. Even young (prop) Alistair Vermaak is fresh out of club rugby and really delivered a fine scrumming performance.”
Yet as enthusiastic and at times potent the Capetonians were on attack, they simply came short in terms of adhering to structure – so important for launching a good platform.
“It shows that in this competition you need to get the basics right. The Bulls stuck to what they know and they executed it very well,” said Coetzee.