Monday Apr 21 22:25 AEST
Israel Folau celebrates a try. (AAP)
Try-scoring king Israel Folau has made a royal return to lead the Waratahs to a bruising win over the Bulls in front of the royal family.

Matt Hodgson of the Force signals to his players during their match against the Waratahs (Getty)
The Brumbies retain top spot but the Western Force are the talk of the Australian conference after extending their record Super Rugby streak.

Nick Cummins crosses for a try. (AAP)
A stunning three-try effort by Nick Cummins saw the Western Force stun the Israel Folau-less Waratahs.

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