The Vodacom Bulls failed to reach the play-off phase of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition for only the third time since 2005.
The three-time champions have made the knock-out phase of the competition every year since 2005, except for 2008, 2011 and this year.
The Vodacom Bulls season came to a close on Friday when they outplayed the Melbourne Rebels 40-7 at Loftus Versfeld. The win resulted in an undefeated record for the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in 2014, but unfortunately the team could not manage one win on the road.
This resulted in a final log position of ninth place in the overal conference and second in the South African conference.
The following players represented the Vodacom Bulls in the 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby season (with appearances and points):
Jurgen Visser (14 matches, 8 points)
Ulrich Beyers (8 matches)
Bjorn Basson (16 matches, 15 points) * 50th Bulls cap against Blues on 8 March
Akona Ndungane (12 matches, 5 points) * 100th cap against Blues on 8 March
Sampie Mastriet (1 match)
Jesse Kriel (1 match) *Vodacom Bulls and VSR debut against Rebels on 11 July
J.J. Engelbrecht (16 matches, 5 points)
Jan Serfontein (16 matches, 15 points)
William Small-Smith (7 matches, 5 points) * debut against Highlanders 11 April
Jacques-Louis Potgieter (14 matches, 144 points)*50th Super Rugby cap 26 April against Force
Handre Pollard (13 matches, 76 points) *Vodacom Bulls and VSR debut against Sharks on 15 February
Louis Fouche (2 matches, 12 points)
Francois Hougaard (16 matches, 5 points)
Piet van Zyl (13 matches) *Vodacom Bulls debut on 15 February against Sharks
Rudy Paige (3 matches)
Pierre Spies (1 match)
Dewald Potgieter (3 matches)
Wimpie van der Walt (4 matches) * Vodacom Bulls debut on 26 April against Force
Roelof Smit (2 matches) *Vodacom Bulls and VSR debut against Stormers on 5 July
Jacques Engelbrecht (13 matches)*Vodacom Bulls debut against Sharks on 15 February
Jacques du Plessis (14 matches, 5 points)
Dean Stegmann (4 matches, 5 points)
Jono Ross (15 matches, 20 points)
Wiaan Liebenberg (1 match)*Vodacom Bulls and VSR debut against Cheetahs on 21 February
Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg (1 match)*Vodacom Bulls and VSR debut for on 11 July against Rebels
Victor Matfield (14 matches)*most capped South African Super Rugby player, most capped Vodacom Bulls player, most capped VSR captain)
Grant Hattingh (13 matches)
Marvin Orie (2 matches) *Vodacom Bulls and VSR debut for against Stormers on 5 July
Flip van der Merwe (9 matches)*debut as captain for Vodacom Bulls against Cheetahs on 21 February
Paul Willemse (15 matches, 15 points)
Werner Kruger (16 matches)* 100th VSR match for Bulls on 11 April against Highlanders
Frik Kirsten (3 matches)
Marcel van der Merwe (16 matches, 15 points)*Vodacom Bulls debut on 15 February against Sharks
Morne Mellett (12 matches)
Dean Greyling (16 matches, 5 points)
Callie Visagie (16 matches, 5 points)
Bongi Mbonambi (13 matches)
Bandise Maku (2 matches)*50th VSR match on 26 April against Force
Most points - Jacques Louis Potgieter - 144 (1 try, 14 conversions, 34 penalties, 3 drop goals)
Most tries - Jono Ross - 4
Most starts - Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Francois Hougaard - 16
Werner Kruger, Akona Ndungane played their 100th Vodacom Bulls Super Rugby matches in 2014 and Bjorn Basson in his 50th
Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Bandise Maku played in their 50th VSR matches
Jesse Kriel, William Small-Smith, Handre Pollard, Wiaan Liebenberg, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Roelof Smit and Marvin Orie all made their Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Super Rugby debuts.
Piet van Zyl, Marcel van der Merwe, Jacques Engelbrecht and Wimpie van der Walt made their Vodacom Bulls debuts.
Victor Matfield extended the Vodacom Bulls appearance record to 130 and the South African VSR appearance record to 138. His 82 appearances as captain is also a VSR record.
Frans Ludeke became the most experienced coach at VSR level with 132 matches in charge.
The full results of the Vodacom Bulls in 2014 were:
11 Vodacom Bulls 40-7 Rebels Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
05 DHL Stormers 16-0 Vodacom Bulls DHL Newlands, Cape Town
31 Lions 32-21 Vodacom Bulls, Ellis Park, Johannesburg
23 Vodacom Bulls 44-23 Brumbies Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
10 Vodacom Bulls 28-12 DHL Stormers Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
03 Vodacom Bulls 26-21 Toyota Cheetahs Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
26 Force 15-9 Vodacom Bulls NIB Stadium, Perth
19 Waratahs 19-12 Vodacom Bulls Allianz Stadium, Sydney
11 Highlanders 27-20 Vodacom Bulls Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
05 Hurricanes 25-20 Vodacom Bulls McLean Park, Napier
29 Vodacom Bulls 34-34 Chiefs Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
22 Vodacom Bulls 23-19 Cell C Sharks Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
08 Vodacom Bulls 38-22 Blues Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
01 Vodacom Bulls 25-17 Lions Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
21 Toyota Cheetahs 15-9 Vodacom Bulls Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
15 Cell C Sharks 31-16 Vodacom Bulls Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban
The Vodacom Bulls scored 365 points and conceded 335. They scored 28 tries and conceded 29.