Senatla seals Stormers win in lively 'dead rubber' against Bulls

Senatla seals Stormers win in lively 'dead rubber' against Bulls

Sevens star Seabelo Senatla scored with 73 seconds left to seal a 41-33 win for the DHL Stormers over the Vodacom Bulls Saturday in a lively Super Rugby "dead rubber".

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The Stormers scored six tries and Bulls five to entertain the crowd at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria in a final round league match where only pride was at stake.

Cape Town-based Stormers had already won the Africa 1 conference and secured a home quarter-final against twice former champions Waikato Chiefs of New Zealand.
Bulls coach Nollis Marais would have loved to finish a dismal season with a win, but it was not to be and New Zealander John Mitchell takes charge next season.
The lack of pressure on the teams probably helped deliver an action-packed match in which Bulls built a seven-point lead only to fall 34-21 behind during the second half.
A couple of tries for the home side narrowed the gap to a single point before a 78th-minute turnover set up the match-clinching score for flying winger Senatla.
Senatla was a key figure early in the World Rugby Sevens Series season for eventual champions South Africa before opting for the 15-a-side version.
Young fly-half Damian Willemse converted to complete the scoring and finish with 16 points from a try, four conversions and a penalty. 
The Stormers completed the regular season with 10 victories and five losses to finish 22 points ahead of Africa 1 pool runners-up Central Cheetahs.

The Bulls managed just four wins and 11 losses, including a 62-24 thrashing at home to record seven-time champions Canterbury Crusaders of New Zealand.

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