Man down: Famous 14-man rugby triumphs

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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.

Click here for five famous victories by spirited 14-man teams.

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