Perhaps it cannot and also 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.
On an individual note, Handré Pollard who succeeded Lood de Jager after the Springbok lock was injured early in the Super Rugby campaign, scored the most points in the 2019 competition. He scored 170 points, 28 more than Bryce Hegarty of the Reds.
It was the first time since Morné Steyn topped the list in 2007 that this feat had been achieved by a Bulls player.
Reaching the play-offs in fifth place – and let’s disregard the various Sanzaar system for the competition – was the first time that the Bulls have made it to the play-offs since 2013.
Their last play-off in 2013 ended with a defeat against Crusaders in the semi-final after the Bulls were conference winners and were second in the overall standings.
The 2019 fifth place overall is the Bulls second highest finish in nine years since they won the title in 2010 when they beat the Stormers 25-17 in the Soweto final. They thereby retained the title they won the previous year when they trounced the Chiefs 61-17 at Loftus.