There was another loss for Western Province and Stormers supporters to ponder when WP were outplayed by Griquas in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge semi-finals at the KwaNyamazane Stadium outside Nelspruit on Sunday.
Perhaps it can’t be and shouldn’t be compared to their great era when the Bulls won three Super Rugby titles in the four years between 2007 to 2010, but overall it has so far been a successful 2019 for the franchise and the union.
Springbok wing Cheslin Kolbe, who has surely booked his World Cup place with a series of brilliant performances for Toulouse this year, was well watched in the Top 14 final on Saturday but assisted in two tries to help his side to the title.
It is part of the strange system that drives the present Super Rugby competition that the Bulls, South Africa’s best team, has the toughest task of the country’s two representatives in the quarter-finals.
The Bulls and the Sharks joined the Jaguares as the quarterfinal representatives from the SA Conference in the 2019 Super Rugby competition, achieving it with different styles of play and a marked difference in the quality of their performances.