Griquas coach Pote Human described Friday's dire 15-9 loss to the Blue Bulls as one of the worst games he had seen.
No tries and a high number of penalties kept the excitement levels to a minimum at Loftus.
The score reflected the mistake-ridden match, with neither side deserving of a try, and with place-kicking having decided the winner.
Blue Bulls full-back Jurgen Visser bagged three penalties, with two more going to fly-half Tony Jantjies.
Francois Brummer scored all his side's points, following two earlier failed attempts by regular kicker for the Griquas, Nico Scheepers.
"It was very bad. I think it must be one of the worst games I've watched, as a spectator or as a coach," said Human.
"If we ever had an opportunity to beat the Bulls, we could have done it in this match, because they didn't want to play, but neither did we.
"Maybe all the penalties were disrupting to the players, but it felt like they were scared to play.
"I didn't watch the Sharks match [against the Lions], but it must have been a good match if you are looking at the score, then you get this circus outside. And now we have to drive back on the bus!"
Human also discussed the strict officiating by referee Marius van der Westhuizen, who yellow carded Bulls scrum-half Ruan Snyman for not feeding the ball in straight at the scrum.
The stricter application of the rule also impacted the Griquas, as Human replaced scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee in the 30th minute before he could be sent off for a skewed feed.
"This is the rule and we will have to adapt. We can't blame the referee," added Human.
"Coetzee was penalised once or twice for his feed and it rattled him and it influenced his game ... and he also could have been yellow-carded.
"I feel sorry for Ruan, I don't think he was on the field long when he received the yellow card.