THE WESTERN Force has led at half-time in two games this season, and led with nine minutes left in the third, but the end result was still the same - another defeat.
Three-time Super Rugby champions, the Bulls, condemned the winless men from Perth to a third consecutive defeat after winning the round three showdown 36-26 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria yesterday.
After losing to the Rebels and Southern Kings already this season, the Force was given no chance of ending the disappointing run of results against the powerful Bulls.
The boys from WA didn't win, but they certainly made the hosts work hard for the win.
The Bulls led 14-9 at half-time before the Force rallied after the break and led 26-19 after a Toby Lynn try.
However, any thoughts of an upset win ended after the Bulls piled on 17 unanswered points, including tries to forwards Jean Cook and Werner Kruger, which secured a four-try bonus point victory while the Force missed out on a point altogether.
The 12th placed Force have the bye this week before tackling the Reds in Brisbane on March 16.
In yesterday's other game, the crowd resorted to doing Mexican waves in an attempt to inject some life into the all-South African clash between the Sharks and the Stormers at Kings Park in Durban.
The Sharks won the kickathon 12-6 and all the points came from second-half penalties after the first 40 minutes produced a rare scoreless opening half.