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Super Rugby: Bulls take 4-try bonus point in 44-23 win over ACT Brumbies

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PRETORIA, South Africa - The Bulls took a four-try bonus point in a powerful 44-23 win over ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby on Friday to keep the Australian tourists winless on their two-game trip to South Africa.

Flanker Jono Ross' second try in the 75th minute secured the extra point for the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld and put them back in the playoff places ahead of more round 15 games on Saturday.

ACT is fourth but surrendered top spot in the Australian conference to New South Wales Waratahs, which hammered Melbourne Rebels 41-19 earlier Friday.

Jan Serfontein scored the Bulls' opening try in the ninth minute after a break in midfield by veteran lock Victor Matfield. Ross went over for his first in the 24th, with Springboks centre Serfontein providing a flick pass to send him away. Wing Bjorn Basson sped up-field for an intercept try in the 44th for a 31-6 lead for the home team.

ACT had second-half tries by wing Henry Speight, captain Ben Mowen and centre Tevita Kuridrani, who scored two minutes from the end to raise Brumbies hopes of claiming a four-try bonus point of their own. It didn't happen. Ross had already made certain of a maximum haul for the Bulls when he drove over from the back of a rolling maul five minutes from time.

Flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter kicked 22 points for the Bulls and played a major part in ensuring the Brumbies were never in position to repeat their victory at Loftus in last season's semifinals. The Brumbies return home 0-2 in South Africa after losing to the Cheetahs last weekend and now out of the automatic semifinal places.

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Scores:

Bulls 44 (Jono Ross 2, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson tries; Jacques-Louis Potgieter 2 conversions, 6 penalties, Handre Pollard conversion), ACT Brumbies 23 (Henry Speight, Ben Mowen, Tevita Kuridrani tries; Christian Leali'ifano conversion, 2 penalties). HT: 23-6.

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