Overall proceedings certainly lacked rhythm but for significant chunks the hosts were far more compelling than some will be willing to acknowledge.
Pine Pienaar’s, above, Bulls charges were particularly dominant in the second half, spearheaded upfront by a superb pack and a fundamental mental shift of not trying to tinker with their approach, even when a 5-3 deficit at halftime might have prompted flutters of anxiety given the overall tone of their campaign to date.
“I thought we actually played well throughout. During the first half perhaps we were hampered by the old problem of conceding turnovers but the talk at halftime and the whole week for that matter was to keep the faith that things would turn,” said Pienaar.
“We said to each other to stay calm and it paid off. We didn’t play differently, it was more a matter of just looking after the ball better.”