Could this be the Bulls reasserting themselves as the top SA team? Perhaps, but those who like jumping to quick conclusions in Super Rugby should have learnt their lessons by now. Just take a look at the Lions and how their outlook has changed. After round one there was cautious optimism they might again be the top SA local challenger after they won a tough opening game in Buenos Aires. But after losing first to the Stormers and now so comprehensively to the Bulls, the alarm bells should be ringing. Clearly Warren Whiteley is going to be missed for his leadership in the six weeks he is away nursing an injury. The Bulls game also reignited the questions that were being asked about the Lions after the off-season departure of key forwards. It’s a long time since a Lions pack has looked as toothless as it did at Ellis Park. Mention of the venue should set off the loudest of the alarm bells that are ringing for Lions fans. Heading into the closing rounds of last season the Lions hadn’t l...

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