In a match where only pride was at stake, the Bulls ran all over the Cheetahs, hitting their straps in the second half when they scored 42 points to a lonely three.
The high-scoring and the oodles of tries showed more than any other match just why these teams are struggling rather than contenders .
Petros Augousti reports for the Sunday Times that the tries may have looked impressive, but put into context they showed weak constitution rather than dashing derring- do.
The Cheetahs have officially the worst defence in the Super 14 while the Bulls have the second worst record.
Despite the noise created by a handful of players, a great Sharks start and a late Stormers surge, South African rugby has been the poorer this Super 14 season. That got even worse when Bulls captain and Springbok stalwart Fourie du Preez had to leave the field clutching his hand painfully.
The Cheetahs created all the early pressure and scored through centre JW Jonker.
He raced in for his second try after a moment of brilliance by prop CJ van der Linde but the Bulls hit right back through Akona Ndungane.
The Cheetahs scored their third try, before the half-hour mark, when Jongi Nokwe scored his seventh of the campaign.
But the reason both teams are battling at the bottom is their lapses of concentration and defences weaker than an Earl Rose hand-off. The Bulls scored a minute later when the barn- storming, wrecking-ball Pierre Spies went on the rampage and scored under the poles.
The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the 37th minute when Morne Steyn landed an absolute monster of a drop-kick, giving the visitors a 18-17 half- time lead.
The Bulls then crept further ahead a minute into the second half when Bryan Habana went over for a converted try followed by their fourth through Werner Kruger .
Ndungane then added his second . Steyn completed his ‘full- house’ with a try 13 minutes out to put the Bulls within spitting distance of a half-century.
They managed that through fullback Zane Kirchner. Habana then sounded the death knell on a woeful Cheetahs season with his second.
Steyn finished with 25 points. A try, seven conversions, a drop- goal and a penalty.
Cheetahs 20 — Tries: JW Jonker (2), Jongi Nokwe. Conversions: Tewis de Bruyn. Penalties: De Bruyn
Bulls 60 — Tries: Akona Ndungane (2), Pierre Spies, Bryan Habana (2), Werner Kruger, Morne Steyn, Zane Kirchner. Conversions: Steyn (7). Penalties: Steyn. Drop goal: Steyn.Tweet