SA star Canan Moodie URC

Springbok and Bulls star Canan Moodie interacts with fans. Photo: @BullsRugby via X.

REACTION: How Springbok-powered Bulls stormed to second on the log

Springbok ace Canan Moodie scored a hat-trick to propel the Bulls to second on the URC log leaving Jake White to believe they have a ‘lotto ticket’ for the title.

SA star Canan Moodie URC

Springbok and Bulls star Canan Moodie interacts with fans. Photo: @BullsRugby via X.

Jake White was in a cheerful mood after this ruthless Bulls side thrashed Benetton to move up to second in the URC standings and secure a home quarter-final.

The Bulls were on the rampage at Loftus as they crossed for a whopping nine tries to seal a 56-35 bonus-point win over the Benetton and thus officially book their place in the playoff.

The result also propelled the Bulls up to second in the log standings with one round of regular season action to go before the knockout stage of the competition commences.

After finishing fourth in the inaugural tournament in 2021-22, the Bulls finished seventh last season, but will be South Africa’s best-placed team on the URC log this season.


Speaking after the match against Benetton, White said that he is confident that the Bulls will put in a strong challenge to win the URC title.

“Last year we came seventh. This year, the worst we can finish is fourth. That means it’s already a quarter-final. That’s an improvement on where we were last year,” the Bulls boss said.

“We are there. There’s this thing of you can’t win the lotto if you don’t have the ticket. We still got a ticket and while you have a lotto ticket, there’s hope.

“Are we where I would like us to be? No, if we had beaten Munster, we would be top of the log. That’s the margins of what we sit with. If we won that game with a bonus-point, we would be first or second. That’s how close it is. But there’s no doubt in my mind about the improvement.

“The Bulls players have grown massively over the last year. We’ve still got youngsters in our group. So having them signed for another three years, the age profile and experience you have in three year’s time is over 100 URC games and an average age of 26 or 27.

“I am very excited about where we are. The four games we have left, if we go according to how it is now, would be Sharks, Stormers, Glasgow and Leinster. I really believe we are good enough to beat any of those teams. If we can get that right over four consecutive weekends, is what we will get challenged on.”


One big talking point from the Bulls’ last two wins against Benetton and Glasgow Warriors has been their defence. Despite securing early four-try bonus points against both teams, the Bulls also conceded a combined nine tries from the two games.

“It’s no different to the great Brumbies side, that had great Wallabies like [George] Gregan, [Stephan] Larkham and [Stirling] Mortlock. That’s what happens to really great teams, the longer they train together, the longer they play together, the better they become.

“It’s not like next week, when we are off, I can have a meeting with the boys and suddenly fix it. We have to coach it. We have to create scenarios where we try and get situations where we are under the same pressure. But you can’t replicate game in front of a crowd in a training session. The pressure is very different.

“So I’m not concerned. I’m excited about the way we play now. Can you imagine if we become the best defensive team in this competition? It’s going to be a very difficult team to beat.”

Bulls final score graphic against Benetton.
The Bulls thrashed Benetton 56-35 at Loftus Versfeld. Image: @BlueBullsRugby via X.