The Bulls slipped up in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon. The DHL Stormers recorded the fourth ever clean sheet in a local derby when they beat the Bulls 16-0 at Newlands. Just before the June break, the Capetonians did the same when the Toyota Cheetahs 33-0, again in Cape Town.
It will be only the third time in the last 10 years that the Bulls will not feature in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, on Friday evening the Lions recorded their sixth win of the season when they beat the Rebels by 34-17 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The win means that 2014 will go down as the most successful for the Joburg based team since the Cats franchise was dissolved.