Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick of tries as the 2007 Bulls demolished the 2019 Jaguares 47-21 at the José Amalfitani Stadium in our interactive Greatest Super Rugby Team tournament.
SA Rugby magazine readers dived into Game 4 of the 32-team knockout tournament, with the travelling Bulls claiming a comfortable victory after 47% of voters backed them to win by more than 11 points in Buenos Aires.
Just as he was in the 2007 final against the Sharks, Habana was the difference maker in this contest, helping the legendary Bulls team get revenge for the two losses the 2019 team suffered against the same opponents.
The Jaguares, who did the double over the Bulls in 2019, had few answers for a rampaging Bulls pack and were simply bullied in the scrums and mauls.
This result eliminates the 2019 Jaguares from the tournament while the 2007 Bulls advance to the round of 16, where they will face the 2008 Crusaders.
A first-half hat-trick from Habana had the Bulls going into the break 21-14 up, with the Jaguares’ tries coming from hooker Agustin Creevy and fullback Emiliano Boffelli.
Habana’s third try was the pick of the lot. After receiving a kick-off, No 8 Pierre Spies broke the defensive line, with his offload finding Fourie du Preez, who chipped the ball ahead and the speedster won the race to ground it over the line.
The Bulls went into overdrive in the second half as Spies crashed over from an perfectly executed move from a lineout on the 22-metre line. Gary Botha then scored from a driving maul, before JP Nel was able to force his way over in the corner.
A number of pick-and-goes then had replacement lock Danie Rossouw score, before Boffelli snatched an intercept to dot down for what was ultimately a consolation try.
2007 Bulls – Tries: Bryan Habana (3), Pierre Spies, Gary Botha, JP Nel, Danie Rossouw. Conversions: Derick Hougaard (3), Morne Steyn (2)
2019 Jaguares – Try: Agustin Creevy, Emiliano Boffelli (2). Penalties: Joaquin Dias Bonilla (2).
2019 Jaguares – 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente (c), 11 Matías Moroni, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Subs: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 20 Tomás Lezana, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Sebastián Cancelliere.
Coach: Gonzalo Quesada
2007 Bulls – 15 Johan Roets, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JP Nel, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Pedrie Wannenburg, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Rayno Gerber, 2 Gary Botha, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.
Subs: 16 Jaco Engels, 17 Danie Thiart, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Derick Kuun, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Morne Steyn, 22 Jaco van der Westhuyzen.
Coach: Heyneke Meyer