After the Bulls’ heroics at Newlands at the weekend, Quintin van Jaarsveld highlights a handful of other famous 14-man triumphs.
The Bulls displayed exceptional character to snatch a sensational 22-20 win over Western Province in their Currie Cup encounter in Cape Town on Saturday, after losing loosehead Jacques van Rooyen to a red card seven minutes into the second half for what was deemed a dangerous tackle on fullback Warrick Gelant.
The controversial call looked set to spoil the final North-South derby at the old dame of South African rugby but, instead, galvanised the visitors. Powered by passion, the men from Pretoria produced a truly special collective effort to stay in the fight and ultimately stun their traditional rivals at the death.
Trailing 20-15, flyhalf Chris Smith found replacement Marco Jansen van Vuren with a pinpoint crosskick, who went over in the left-hand corner, with Smit showing nerves of steel to slot the winning conversion. It was a fantastic fight-back by the Bulls – befitting of the ‘Last Dance’ at Newlands – and made all the more magical as it snapped an 11-year losing streak at Newlands.
Jake White’s charges inspired us to look back at similarly spectacular shows of outmanned outfits overcoming the odds.