The Scarlets fell victim to a rampant Bulls performance as the South African franchise stormed to a 57-12 victory in the United Rugby Championship in Pretoria on Friday.
Jake White’s hosts had crossed for five tries – through Canan Moodie, Marcell Coetzee, Cyle Brink, Johan Grobbelaar and Elrigh Louw – by the time Sione Kalamafoni got the Scarlets off the mark eight minutes from half-time.
Ruan Nortje and Grobbelaar extended the Bulls’ advantage with the Scarlets temporarily down to 14 men early in the second half, and Coetzee and Robert Hunt carried their side’s try tally to nine before Rob Evans’ late consolation.
The result lifts the Bulls to sixth in the overall table and top of the South African Shield ahead of the weekend’s remaining fixtures, while the Scarlets remain 12th.
There is no doubt that this Bulls try below, is likely to be a try-of-the-season contender:
Play of the match
The Bulls were irresistible in the first quarter of the match, playing with a confidence and freedom that would have given any side problems.
One of the best illustrations of their flying start was the seamless exchange of passes between Kurt-Lee Arendse, Madosh Tambwe and Cornal Hendricks in the build-up to the second try.
From there, Smith’s cross-kick put the Bulls on the verge and Coetzee finished the job.