Super Rugby

Perhaps Bulls should stay in pukey yellow?

 Josh Strauss (Gallo Images)
Josh Strauss (Gallo Images)

Forty minutes in their "change" white-and-slightly-sickly-yellow jerseys ... and five champagne tries to boast.

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That was the Bulls' unexpected achievement, considering they'd begun in conventional blue, in their Super Rugby match against the Highlanders at Loftus on Saturday.

The blitzkrieg (which you might again say came very literally out of the blue considering the 5-10 deficit at half-time) powered them to a duck-breaking 38-13 triumph with a bonus point in tow.

By engineering that try-fest after the break, the Bulls nearly doubled in 40 dramatic minutes their humble previous tally of six from four and a half matches.

Now on a more respectable 11, they nevertheless remain joint-lowest try scorers at this juncture, matching their vanquished New Zealand-based foes on Saturday (even the ailing, rock-bottom overall Sunwolves have 13).

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I have little doubt that a few long-suffering wags in the Pretoria crowd would have been muttering afterwards that the Bulls should play in their yellow and white "away strip" more frequently ... a reasonable possibility over the next few weeks considering that they are on the road now in Australia and New Zealand?

Still, that happy little avalanche of points in the secondary kit mustn't be allowed to obscure the farce that was their initial, violent jersey clash with the Highlanders.

It just seems the most obvious, routine of events for both the match-day officials and the people in administration during lead-up week to ensure - in challenging times already for spectator interest/appeal - there will no such occurrence at the outset of a high-profile, professional fixture.

I branded it "amateur hour" in an immediate tweet on Saturday, and haven't remotely toned down my views.

Jerseys looking too similar has been a problem before within the SANZAAR set-up, although SA Rugby hasn't always covered itself in glory in that department, either, as some of the Super Hero kits locally, for instance, tend to look irritatingly similar.

I found it hard to suppress a disdainful chuckle in the first half at Loftus when the referee would say things like "roll away, now, blue" (um, which blue?).

Was it just possible, too, when Bulls scrumhalf Embrose Papier broke beautifully quite early on - but then got isolated and conceded a breakdown penalty - that he had found it hard to identify a support-running team-mate in the colour-clash "gemors"?

It's time to put a decisive stop to this needless sort of deficiency in the game.

READ | Bulls boss sheds light on jersey confusion saga

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Bulls v Highlanders (Gallo Images)

*Rob Houwing is Sport24's chief writer. Follow him on Twitter: @RobHouwing

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