From the start of the match the Bulls put in a massive effort on the defence and that would be telling for the Rebels as they went down 32-17.
When the Bulls were on attack they looked good and they took opportunities when they turnover ball to create tries as well.
Although Pollard still made some errors he had one of his better games in the last few weeks and control the game much better.
With a 100% possession in the first 8 minutes the Rebels kept the Bulls pinned down in their own twenty two with wave after wave.
They finally got over the line for the first try and the lead of 7-0 when Marika Koroibete powered over.
The Bulls hit back immediately after the kickoff when Pollard got a cross kick across in the hands of Hendricks to get over in the corner. This level the scoreboard up at 7-all.
The Bulls had to defend their line again and had a breakout with Specman doing great work to setup Pollard to step through for their second try and the lead.
It was a massive defensive effort the Bulls put into the first half but they missed the mark when Genia got over for the home side second try. Cooper could not convert so the Bulls still held a 14-12 lead.
The Rebels had more of the ball and more opportunities but the Bulls defence was brutal and kept them out.
With the hooter sounding for the end of the first half Pollard had another penalty to extend their lead to to 17-12 at the break.
The Rebels came out firing like the first half and they put the Bulls under huge pressure which led to their third try of the match. Cooper again could not convert and which left the two teams level after 43 minutes with 17-all.
With the Bulls trying to get the ball out wide Pollard put the perfect flat pass to Specman who kicked the ball down the field to pick up and send Odendaal over. This put the Bulls back into the lead 24-17.
BULLS PULL BACK AHEAD 🔥
Great individual work from Rosko Specman to set up Burger Odenaal as the Bulls go 7⃣ points ahead of the Rebels in Melbourne 🏉 pic.twitter.com/0vBtpc4BLL
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) May 17, 2019
It was Specman again at the end of a great attacking period from the Bulls when Gelant got a long pass out to the winger and gave the Bulls a 12 point lead with ten to go.
The Bulls had to defend their line at the end of the game but too many mistakes by the Rebels on attack from some brilliant defence from the Bulls.
The Bulls hold the score till the end and took an important win on their first match on tour.
Rebels – Tries: Koroibete (2), Genia. Conversion: Cooper.
Bulls – Tries: Hendricks, Pollard, Odendaal, Specman. Conversions: Pollard (3). Penalties: Pollard(2).