In true form, the Hurricanes claimed a 34-20 bonus point win over the Bulls in Pretoria. The defending champions continued their performance and outscored the Bulls by five tries to two.
They kept the Bulls leashed from the outset ending at 24-13 at half-time thanks to Jordie Barrett, Ngani Luamape, Wes Goosen, Mark Abbott and Otere Black.
The Bulls hit back by chipping the defense culminating in a one-two between Matthews and Jan Serfontein. They continued their valiant efforts and were rewarded in the 75th minute but it was too late as the Hurricanes had done enough to see themselves through.