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Bulls hopes extinguished

The Bulls' Super Rugby play-off hopes were ended on Saturday as they went down to a 16-0 defeat to the Stormers in Cape Town.

Jaco Taute scored the only try, with Kurt Coleman booting 11 points, as the already-eliminated Stormers took advantage of some sloppy play to go in 16-0 up at half-time.

The Bulls came into the game more after the break, but could find a way to score in testing conditions as the home side eased to victory.

Coleman booted the Stormers ahead after five minutes with a penalty, but the Bulls followed that with a good spell before the home side had their first try.

Coleman was at the heart of it as his break created space and, when he off-loaded to Nizaam Carr, the back-rower found Taute who went over.

The extra two points were added by Coleman and the Stormers led 10-0 after 15 minutes.

It was a scrappy contest and Coleman punished mistakes at every opportunity, adding another three points from the kicking tee.

The Bulls were seeing plenty of the ball, but persistent errors stopped them making any real inroads and they were once again made to suffer as another penalty made it 16-0 at the break.

The second half began in bizarre fashion as the Bulls gained a penalty at the scrum, but referee Craig Joubert then reversed the decision after Deon Greyling slapped Deon Fourie on the head.

The Bulls continued to battle in the wet conditions and came close to scoring as they mauled toward the line, but Schalk Burger intervened with a vital turnover.

The Stormers were on the back foot, but they came close to putting the game out of reach when Cheslin Kolbe looked certain to go over only for Marcel van der Merwe to produce an impressive last-gasp tackle.

Coleman hit the upright with a penalty as he had the chance to add to his lead in the last 10 minutes, but it was of no consequence as the Stormers ran out comfortable victors.

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