Vunipola sent off as Saracens lose in South Africa

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Kurt-Lee ArendseSouth Africa World Cup-winner Kurt-Lee Arendse was a threat throughout the game
Bulls: (20) 27
Tries: Kriel, Swanepoel, Moodie Pens: Goosen 2 Cons: Goosen 3
Saracens: (6) 11
Tries: Daly, McFarland Pens: Farrell 2

Billy Vunipola was sent off as Saracens started their Investec Champions Cup campaign with an away defeat by Bulls.

The number eight made direct head contact in the second half while attempting to clear out a Bulls player.

Bulls scored two first-half tries via David Kriel and Janko Swanepoel, with the boot of fly-half Johan Goosen cancelling out Owen Farrell.

Canan Moodie added his side's third score before Elliot Daly and Theo McFarland grabbed a try each.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Bulls: Le Roux; Arendse, Gans, Kriel, Moodie; Goosen, Papier; Steenekamp, Van der Merwe, W Louw, Swanepoel, Ludwig, Van Staden, E Louw (capt), Hanekom.

Replacements: Wessels, Matanzima, Smith, Slabbert, Coetzee, Burger, Van der Walt, Petersen.

Saracens: Goode; Lewington, Daly, Tompkins, Maitland; Farrell (capt), Van Zyl; Ma Vunipola, George, Clarey, Itoje, Tizard, Gonzalez, Christie, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Dan, West, Judge, McFarland, Knight, Davies, Hartley, Cinti.

Referee: Andrea Piardi

Sin-bins: Alex Goode (26), Maro Itoje (39) Janko Swanepoel (70)

Red card: B Vunipola (52)

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