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Saracens flew off to Pretoria happy to find some winter sun but this was a blast of cold reality. The Bulls fancy their chances of becoming the first South African side to win Europe’s Champions Cup and it is easy to see why. Most opponents leave the Loftus Versfeld Stadium empty handed and the three-times champions were no exception.
Of course, no team with Owen Farrell in their side will be a pushover. The fly-half we now have to call England’s former captain was making his return to club colours after the bombshell announcement that he was side-stepping the Six Nations. Saracens were always competitive but the writing was on the wall at the interval when they were 14 points down. At altitude and against a team with this much power in their pack and guile behind the scrum, this was always going to be a mountain to climb on the Highveld.
Written by Ian Malin
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/dec/09/bulls-saracens-champions-cup-rugby-union-match-report under the title “Billy Vunipola sees red as Bulls cruise to win over Saracens in Champions Cup”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.