The Vodacom Bulls played to a 26-all draw against the DHL Stormers in Wellington on Saturday.
Both teams scored four tries and kicked three conversions in their Vodacom Super Rugby warm-up match in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Boland Stadium on Saturday.
The teams got stuck right into each other from the word go, with some big hits on both sides in a bruising opening 10 minutes.
The Vodacom Bulls struck first with a try from flank Roelof Smit, who broke off a maul to score, following some resolute defence from the Stormers.
The Stormers got into their work and made some forays into opposition territory in search of a response.
They would go level as some slick hands from Damian de Allende and Chris van Zyl saw EW Viljoen race over for a try, which was converted from out wide by Damian Willemse.
The teams looked set to go into the break deadlocked at 7-7, but the visitors grabbed the lead back on the stroke of half-time with a try from scrumhalf Andre Warner.
The Stormers were back on level terms early in the second half, with Cobus Wiese crashing over from an attacking line-out to make it 14-14.
The Bulls responded soon afterwards when they were awarded a try in the corner, which gave them a 19-14 advantage.
However, the Stormers would hit the front for the first time in the game with a try from Craig Barry which saw the forwards do plenty of hard work hammering away at the Bulls’ tryline before it was sent wide to the finisher.
The Stormers had their tails up and continued to pile the pressure on the Bulls defence. It was not long before they had a fourth try with replacement George Whitehead putting in a pinpoint cross-kick for flank Johan du Toit, who scored in the corner.
However, the Vodacom Bulls were back on level terms with a try from scrumhalf Embrose Papier, which left the teams deadlocked at 26-all on the final whistle.
For the Stormers: Tries: Viljoen, Wiese, Barry, Du Toit. Conversions: Willemse (2), Whitehead
For the Vodacom Bulls: Tries: Smith, Warner, Strauss, Papier. Coversions: Boshoff (2), Libbok