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Western Province

29     14

Blue Bulls

Currie Cup | Newlands
17:00 (GMT) | 18-09-2015
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THATS THE GAME! Province win 29-14. Fantastic by WP. Thank you for joining me tonight, be sure to join us for the opening World Cup match as England take on Fiji up next!
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Bulls knock the ball on once again. Scrum WP
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Bulls try their best to attack Provinces line but there is just no success
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Du Preez pulls his kick from the corner. Tough kick....
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WP lineout they win it and set up the maul. The form well and gain valuable meters . VERMAAK snipes and throws the dummy and SCORES !!!!!!!!!!!
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Bulls attack from the kickoff, they need to score again very quickly as they attack from inside their own 22, until Schoeman has no choice but to kick it into touch.
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Schoeman lines up his conversion kick and he misses the kick.
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The Bulls win the lineout but there was a knock by WP. Scrum Bulls on WP 22 meter line.
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Penalty against WP at the scrum for hinging. Schoeman kicks for touch . Bulls look tired here. Have they given up?
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Province win the lineout and they on the attack again. Bulls force the turnover and in effect have a scrum on their own 22 meter line.
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Schoeman slices the ball into touch. Province lineout inside the Bulls 22.
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WP win the lineout and they are on the attack again inside the Bulls half. Leyds is tackled into touch and its the Bulls lineout.
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Bulls mess up their restart... Its falling to pieces for them. Scrum WP. Kebble struggling a bit with his binding. The Bulls are pinged at the Scrum, a bit fortunate by Province but when its going for you ... ITS GOING FOR YOU.
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DU PREEEEEEEEEZ!!! Its over again by the young man. Province running away with this now.
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Bulls start all the way in their half again. Province force the penalty again for holding on by the Bulls. Du Preez sets up another penalty kick.
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Province penalized at the scrum. Schoeman sets up the lineout. They need to respond here. They throw and they hit the jumper... Province defense good again. They keep knocking on Provinces line until WP turn the ball over and clear their lines.
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Scrum reset... Looks like referee Rasta still hasnt lost his Australian tinge...
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Bulls are on the attack in the WP 22. Ref calls a scrum for the Bulls.
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Du Preez lines up his penalty kick . Its over. The youngster is kicking well today!
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Province play wide and they going forward at a rate of knots here! They have a penalty advantage again near the Bulls 22. They continue to bash against the Bulls line but the defense is strong by the Bulls.
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Du Preez kicks the ball out on the full from the 22 drop out. Bulls on the attack again. They need to get some points here. They win the lineout and lose the ball again.
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Schoeman pulls it badly ! The crowd cheers as he misses his kick
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Bulls have penalty advantage and keep attacking Provinces line, offside once again. What will the Bulls do??? They go for goal, Schoeman lines up his kick
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Bulls applying pressure but WP defence is taking no prisoners
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Bulls win the lineout they build phases but Province are defending really well again
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Bulls turn the ball over and kick it forward but Leyds cleans up well and Province clear the ball into touch.
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Stern warning by the ref again for offside play by both teams. Province set up the lineout , time off as Scarra Ntubeni looks in some trouble. BUT HE SOLDIERS ON! Time back on. Province throw the ball and win the lineout and set up the maul. Province do well and then swing the ball to Notshe. Province on the attack again.
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Penalty again for offside by the Bulls. Du Preez kicks the ball for touch.
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Bulls win the tighthead at the scrum and attack Province again, but they cough the ball up once again.
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Bulls give away possession again. Province on the attack until they kick the ball onto Gelant. They pass the ball to Fouch who kicks the ball dead. Ouch... He gets substituted after that error
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Du Preez lines up a penalty kick. He kicks it and its OVER!
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Province win the ball , they set up the phases inside Bulls half. They win the penalty against the Bulls for tackle release.
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Bulls have the ball on the halfway line until they cough up the ball. Scrum Province .. Province cause the penalty from the scrum. Province kick for touch.
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Penalty against Province. Cloete offside. Fouche kicks for touch. They set up the lineout and miss their jumper again. But they clean it up and continue to attack. Until WP tackle the Bulls player into touch
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Second half underway

Half Time

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THATS HALFTIME! See you all in a bit! Stay tuned for more!
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Mbonambi finds his jumper and Province set up the maul. Good formation sees Province go forward. They play it wide and the Bulls force the error and almost score!!!!!! THEY WERE SO CLOSE! Great play by the Bulls backline . 5 meter scrum Province for the knock on near Western Provinces line
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Good play from the Bulls again as they turn over Western Provinces ball. They have come into this game nicely. Fouche kicks the ball out on the full, that really is a waste of possession my the Bulls 10.
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Fouche lines up another kick for poles. He connects it well but unfortunately he pulls it to the right.
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Better by the Bulls as Gelant makes a halfbreak , They are playing much better now. Fouche hoists the up and under but its cleaned up nicely by Du Preez. Bulls win the penalty for a high tackle by Province.
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Firm warning by the referee to Province for constant offside play. Penalty Bulls and Fouche lines up his kick. He kicks it and its..... Over once again! Bulls staying in touch with Province here
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Province looking slick today. Bulls continue to test the Province defense but they are not getting much gainline success
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Du Preez gets the penalty over.
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Province win the Bulls lineout throw.. They knocking at the Bulls line again.. They have penalty advantage and they opt to go for poles.
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SENATLA CHARGES THE BALL DOWN FROM THE KICKOFF! IS IT A TRY.... TMO CALLED INTO ACTION..... and..... unfortunately Senatla stepped out. The Bulls will be relieved with that one!
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Fouche lines up his penalty kick and gets it over. Province will take that. Bulls were knocking on their line for a long time there
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Bulls have a lineout near WP's line. They getting close! Until WP are penalized for being offside.
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Bulls on the attack again. Until they are pinged for holding on. Penalty Province.
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Notshe picks up from the base until the ball is thrown to Du Preez who clears Provinces line. Lineout Bulls
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Scrum province on their own line after the Bulls knock it forward
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Bulls win the lineout they are near Provinces line. ODENDAAL has a go and is just short! Great defense by Province. Bulls have a penalty and they go for touch. Better by the visitors
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Bulls clearing their lines every time they get the ball. Province run it back until Deon Stegman forces the penalty against Kolbe for not releasing. Fouche kicks for touch and gets it out 5 meters from Provinces line
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Bulls throw the ball skew again. Province win the scrum and play it wide to Jones, he makes a big handoff until he is tackled into touch. Jones, Leyds and Kotze look hungry in the backs for Province.
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Fouche kicks the ball into touch. Province win the lineout and set up a rumbling maul! Great work by the Province forwards. Groom then kicks it out on the full. WASTED ...
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WHAT A LINEBREAK FROM KOLBE! The Bulls need to stop kicking the ball away. Kolbe made about 40 meters with that run.
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Province on the front foot again after the Bulls 22 meter dropout. Bulls defence is good, but Province have certainly rocked up for this game!
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Du Preez lines up his penalty kick... but he pulls it badly...
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WP win the penalty at the scrum. WP demolishing the Bulls scrum so far. Not looking good for the Bulls so far in this match.
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Bulls throw skew at the lineout. Attacking position again for Province on the Bulls 22 meter line. SCRUMTIME
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WP backline looking extremely dangerous every time they get the ball.
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Bulls have the ball in WP half, they get a penalty for WP incorrectly entering the ruck. They opt to go for the sticks.... Fouche lines it up. He kicks it..... its going.... its going... its.....OVER! Great kick by the Bulls number 10
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Du Preez pulls his kick. Awesome start from Western Province
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Solid scrum by Province . they milk the penalty and swing it wide knowing they have advantage. They build their phases near the Bulls try-line until HUW JONES busts through!!!!!!!!!! SECOND TRY FOR PROVINCE!!!!!!! WP BACKS ON FIRE!!!!!!!
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Lovely clearance kick by Robert Du Preez. Bulls have the lineout in their own half. They win it but Hougaard coughs it up. Scrum Province. Not a great start for Hougy
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Great kick by Du Preez! That should settle the young mans nerves!
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TRYTIME PROVINCE! Kotze breaks through and offloads to Leyds who scores ! Great work by the backline!
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Bulls gather the ball from the kickoff and swing the ball wide straight away! A bit of back and forth kicking until Hougaard kicks the ball out on the full. WP lineout in the Bulls half
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WP Kickoff! We off here at Newlands!!!!!
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Teams come out! We almost ready to go!
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Its a chilly evening at Newlands, but who cares!... It shouldn't influence the game ... This is the North vs South , and the greatest rivalry in the Currie Cup! This will be one heck of a match! Two exciting sides , I expect a great game of rugby!
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The Bulls (2nd on the overall log) come into this match after losing to the Golden Lions last week, while WP (3rd on the overall log) defeated the Sharks in Durban.
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Welcome to Newlands! Tonight we have Western Province taking on the Blue Bulls in this Currie Cup clash!
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Western Province
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Blue Bulls
  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 14 Dillyn Leyds
  • 13 Johnny Kotze
  • 12 Huw Jones
  • 11 Seabelo Senatla
  • 10 Robert du Preez
  • 9 Nic Groom
  • 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 7 Jurie van Vuuren
  • 6 Chris Cloete
  • 5 Ruan Botha
  • 4 Jean Kleyn
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 2 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
  • 22 Kobus van Wyk
  • 21 Demetri Catrakilis
  • 20 Jano Vermaak
  • 19 Nizaam Carr
  • 18 Chris van Zyl
  • 17 Oliver Kebble
  • 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 15 Warrick Gelant
  • 14 Travis Ismaiel
  • 13 Dries Swanepoel
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 11 Jamba Ulengo
  • 10 Louis Fouché
  • 9 Francois Hougaard
  • 8 Pieter Labuschagne
  • 7 Roelof Smit
  • 6 Deon Stegmann
  • 5 Marvin Orie
  • 4 Jacques du Plessis
  • 3 Marcel van der Merwe
  • 2 Bandise Maku
  • 1 Pierre Schoeman
  • 22 Jan Serfontein
  • 21 Tian Schoeman
  • 20 Ivan van Zyl
  • 19 Arno Botha
  • 18 Rudolf Snyman
  • 17 Werner Kruger
  • 16 Jaco Visagie
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Preview: Currie Cup, Round Seven

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 01:30

It is tough to imagine that the big north-south derby has become a sideshow, despite being a crucial match for both teams.

While the World Cup continues to hog the limelight, South Africa's Currie Cup competition is moving towards the home stretch - Round Seven of 10.

And the match of the weekend is between the two most successful Currie Cup teams, Western Province and the Blue Bulls, will resume their fierce rivalry in Cape Town on Friday.

They are second, the Bulls, and third, WP, on the standings.

With just three rounds remaining, Province can ill afford another defeat - while the Bulls will be equally desperate after having suffered their first loss last week.

In the other clash on Friday, the Eastern Province Kings will look to add to their first win of the season when they travel to Nelspruit for their showdown against the Pumas.

Only two points separate the teams on the standings and the Pumas will be looking to secure their third win of the campaign.

The tournament's pace-setters, the Golden Lions, will look to cement and possibly even grow their lead at the top of the standings when they host the Sharks in Johannesburg.

The Free State Cheetahs will also look to bounce back from their loss to the Kings last week when they host Griquas in Bloemfontein.

We look at all the Round Seven action!

Friday, September 18

Pumas v Eastern Province Kings
(Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit - Kick-off: 17.00; 15.00 GMT)

The Eastern Province Kings will look to build on last week's impressive win over the Free State Cheetahs when they travel to Nelspruit for their showdown against the Pumas.

Only two points separate the Pumas and Kings on the standings and the Pumas are desperate to end their three-match losing streak.

Kings coach Brent Janse van Rensburg admitted that they will have their work cut out against a desperate Pumas outfit.

"It is always difficult in Nelspruit," Janse van Rensburg said, adding that the Kings will have to operate as a unit.

"That win [against the Cheetahs] was very important for us, because it was reward for the hard work the players have put in and it will have helped our confidence," the coach said.

"But we know, while we need to be confident, we cannot be arrogant because we will still have to work hard for any win and nothing will just fall into our laps.

"It will be physical and we'll have to fight fire with fire."

He also spoke of his team's discipline - which saw them reduced to 14 men for most of the second half.

"We can be physical and get stuck in, but any other stuff is not acceptable.

"We need to ensure we have a clean record when it comes to discipline."

Pumas coach MJ Mentz did not hold back this week, accusing some of his players of lacking mental fortitude and the desire to succeed.

"We are still not out of the running, because of the past weekend's results," Mentz said.

"Our goal remains to secure a top four finish and play in the semifinals. However, from now on every game is like a final to us.

"We have been working hard on the mental aspect of the game. We certainly let ourselves down in the last few weeks.

"There has been a lot of honest discussions and from here on the players must take responsibility for their performances on the field."

Previous results:
2015: Pumas won 15-13, Port Elizabeth
2014: Eastern Province Kings won 26-25, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: Back home the Pumas are always tougher to crack and the Kings may come down to earth with a bang. The Pumas should sneak an arm-wrestle by five points.


Pumas: 15 Hoffmann Maritz, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Stefan Watermeyer (captain), 11 Rosco Spekman, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Francois de Klerk (captain), 8 Jason-Colin Fraser, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Frank Herne , 1 Corné Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Marné Coetzee, 18 Jannie Stander, 19 Uzair Cassiem, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Hennie Skorbinski, 22 Marcello Sampson.

Eastern Province Kings: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Phillipus du Plessis, 12 Tim Whitehead (captain), 11 Luther Obi,  10 Karlo Aspeling, 9 Enrico Acker, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Steven Sykes, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Cornel Hess, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Dwayne Kelly, 22 Elgar Watts.

Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Stephan Geldenhuys
TMO: Willie Vos

Western Province v Blue Bulls
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 19.00; 17.00 GMT)

At any other time this game will be a top billing - the two most successful teams in the history of the Currie Cup competition.

Despite the shadow of the World Cup hanging over it, it doesn't mean this will not be as enthralling an encounter as so many of the previous north-south derbies.

Last month in Pretoria the Blue Bulls put their huge attacking potential on display in a 47-29 dismantling of the 2014 champions.

However, the Bulls are well aware that there will be an ambush awaiting them in Cape Town.

With three more pool rounds remaining after this weekend's action, the teams will have their eyes fixed firmly on the four available semifinal spots, which will be staged on October 17.

Province coach John Dobson admitted the Bulls beat his team at their own game in their previous encounter.

"It's always a challenge facing a form team like the Blue Bulls, but we have a bit of momentum back in our game ahead of such a big challenge against a form Bulls side," the WP coach said.

"It's always great being back at Newlands - especially for a North-South Derby - and we're looking forward to the challenge."

Bulls captain Pieter Labuschagne said it will take a mammoth team effort.

"For us to beat WP, we will have to play well as individuals as well as combinations," Labuschagne said.

"Defence will probably have to win this for us, as WP remains the most attacking team in the competition," Labuschagne added.

"We have some serious players on the bench as well, which will be important.

"This will take a 23-man effort to go down to Newlands and beat WP."

Recent results:
2015: Blue Bulls won 47-29, Pretoria
2014: Western Province won 23-18, Pretoria
2013: Western Province won 29-18, Pretoria
2013: Western Province and Blue Bulls drew 24-all, Cape Town
2012: Blue Bulls won 26-13, Pretoria
2012: Western Province won 42-6, Cape Town

Prediction: Sometimes, not often, these games are a blow-out. However, mostly they are brutal arm-wrestles. The Bulls, despite last week's loss to the Lions, showed they are serious contenders for the Currie Cup trophy and should win by about five points.


Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom (captain), 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Nizaam Carr , 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Demetri Catrakilis, 22 Kobus van Wyk.

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pieter Labuschagne (captain), 7 Roelof Smit, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Rudolph Snyman, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Jan Serfontein.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Marius Jonker

Saturday, September 19

Golden Lions v Sharks
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 14.30; 12.30 GMT)

The Lions have established themselves as the tournament favourites, but they have also showed periods of vulnerability.

A lack of discipline and shoddy line-out play were among the big concerns coach Johan Ackermann got after last week's great escape against the Blue Bulls.

The Lions mentor admitted they will not always be so fortunate and will require "concentration for 80 minutes" when they host a dangerous Sharks team this week.

"It is a quality side," Ackermann told a media briefing at the team's base in Johannesburg.

"People may disagree with me, because they will look at the standings," he said of a team sitting fourth - 16 points behind the Lions, with three wins and three defeats.

"We also haven't lost a game, but if you look at how many players with Super Rugby experience they have - Thomas du Toit, Marco Wentzel, Ettienne Oosthuizen, Joe Pietersen and Jaco Reinach - then you see there is a lot of quality in that side."

The Lions coach felt the Sharks were "unfortunate" in some of their previous games.

"We didn't play well against them down in Durban, we know they will come out firing and it is a massive challenge for us, as it will be a big thing for them to come and beat us up here."

As is always the case the Lions' powerful scrum will be an important factor.

Sharks tighthead prop Gerhard Engelbrecht revealed that the Sharks have focussed on their set-piece work this week.

"This weekend will need a collective team effort from us," the front row forward said.

"It's that, rather than a step up at scrum-time against a very good Lions pack.  

"It's not so much that we aren't performing, but we need to work together.

"We're making small individual errors; everyone makes the effort, but not always all at once.

"This Lions team has been together for 18 months now, they're a good solid unit while we've only been together for a couple of months; but we'll get there."

Recent results:
2015: Golden Lions won 31-16, Durban
2014: Golden Lions won 50-20, Johannesburg
2014: Sharks won 26-23, Durban
2013: Sharks won 31-25, Johannesburg
2013: Sharks won 33-25, Durban
2012: Sharks won 30-14, Durban
2012: Golden Lions won 28-22, Johannesburg

Prediction: It may sound like a cliche, and maybe it is, but the game is still won and lost up front. That is where the Lions will have the edge - which will see them win by about 12 points.


Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Nicolaas Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9  Ross Cronje, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Ruan Dreyer.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 19 Stephan de Witt, 20 Jaco van der Walt, 21 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 22 Antony Volmink.

Sharks: 15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Marco Wentzel (captain), 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Gerhard Engelbrecht, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Dave McDuling, 19 Daniel du Preez, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Garth April.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Francois Pretorius, Jaco Kotze
TMO: Willie Vos

Free State Cheetahs v Griquas
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 15.00; 13.00 GMT)

Griquas may have struggled this season, with their first win coming only last week in Round Six.

However, any game against their neighbours and Super Rugby franchise partners, the Free State Cheetahs, is like a red flag to a bull.

For the Cheetahs - in fifth place on the standings and one point behind the Sharks (in fourth) - victory is non-negotiable if they are to stay in the play-off race.

Not surprising then that Cheetahs coach Franco Smith was a touch apprehensive this week.

Not only will there be revenge on the Griquas minds (after the Cheetahs won 31-9 in Kimberley last month), but his own charges appear to have lost the momentum they had built up midway through the season.

Smith felt that his own team's unexpected loss to the EP Kings and Griquas' win over the Pumas last week will ensure the men from Kimberley have a lot more confidence.

"It takes a huge weight off when, after five successive defeats, a team wins," Smith said.

"No doubt they [Griquas] will be throwing everything but the kitchen sink at us.

"No doubt they will be riding the crest of the wave and we will have to be at our best."

Recent results:
2015: Free State Cheetahs won 31-9, Kimberley
2014: Free State Cheetahs won 34-27, Bloemfontein
2014: Free State Cheetahs won 36-25, Kimberley
2013: Free State Cheetahs won 40-20, Bloemfontein
2013: Free State Cheetahs won 52-21, Kimberley
2012: Free State Cheetahs won 35-20, Bloemfontein
2012: Free State Cheetahs won 29-16, Kimberley

Prediction: This could be a very entertaining game, a real try-feast - which the Cheetahs could win by about 10 points.


Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Gerhard Olivier, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Burry Uys.
Replacements: 16 Theunis Nieuwoudt, 17 Neil Rautenbach, 18 Reniel Hugo, 19 Freddy Ngoza, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 Tertius Kruger, 22 Sias Ebersohn.

Griquas: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Jacquin Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Jonathan Adendorf, 6 RJ Liebenberg, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jaco Nepgen, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Abraham le Roux, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 19 Wendal Wehr, 20 Dylon Frylink, 21 Gouws Prinsloo, 22 Ntabeni Dukisa.

Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Stephan Geldenhuys

Compiled by Jan de Koning

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Clinical WP see off Bulls

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:59

REPORT: Western Province moved within touching distance of the Blue Bulls on the Currie Cup standings after their 29-14 win over the Pretoria side. 

The home side had the superior pack forwards at Newlands with the Bulls being driven back in the scrums throughout the 80 minutes.

WP also had to deal with the loss of Rynardt Elstadt just before the game, but it did not seem to trouble the home side as they put in a clinical performance to to get revenge for their 29-47 defeat in Round Three. 

It was a frenetic start to the game with both teams intent on testing the opposition defence. It was the home team who opened the scoring in the third minute when wing Dillyn Leyds finished off a brilliant sustained attack to get over for a try. Robert du Preez added the extras to give WP a 7-0 lead after four minutes.

A few minutes later WP then showed their strength in the scrum where they drove the Bulls back with ease. They used their advantage well and after spreading the ball wide centre Huw Jones finished well to get his team's second try. Du Preez could not convert, but WP were already 12-0 in front after nine minutes.

The Bulls got their first points on the board through a Louis Fouché penalty, but they were clearly playing second fiddle to a dominant WP pack. WP were also looking dangerous on the counter with Leyds, Jones and fullback Cheslin Kolbe often finding little gaps in the Bulls defence.

The away team did have their opportunities to score after some sustained pressure on the WP tryline midway in the first half, but some desperate defence from the home side kept them out. However the Bulls were able to reduce the deficit with another Fouche penalty before the half hour mark.

WP were back on the attack shortly afterwards with Seabelo Senatla nearly getting his team's third try after a charge down. They did manage to extend their lead a few minutes later after a Du Preez penalty made it 15-6. 

Despite being on the front foot for much of the first half, WP were penalised on a number of occasions for being offside by referee Rasta Rasivhenge with one of those indiscretions resulting in another three points for the Bulls, which reduced the deficit to just six points.

The Bulls finished the half with a flourish, but still could not find a way over the whitewash with the score reading 15-9 in favour of WP at half-time.

WP were the first to get on the scoreboard in the second half with another Du Preez penalty as the home side continued to dominate the tight phases. The Bulls also decided to change things around by bringing Tian Schoeman on for the ineffective Fouché at flyhalf.

Schoeman had a chance to reduce WP's lead to six again, but missed what looked like an easy penalty kick in the 56th minute. WP then found themselves further in front when Du Preez slotted yet another penalty to bring the score to 21-9 after 59 minutes.

With less than fifteen minutes left that lead increased from 12 to 15 after Du Preez added another penalty with the Bulls being penalised on the ground on a number of occasions.

There was a glimmer of hope for the Bulls in the 73rd minute when wing Travis Ismaiel got on the end of a well-waited Warrick Gelant kick to score his team's first try of the game. However, Schoeman could not add the extras. 

The game was the well and truly put to bed when replacement scrumhalf Jano Vermaak beat a number of Bulls' defenders in the red zone to get his team's third and final try of the night. 

Man of the match: Deon Stegmann showed his class at the breakdowns winning possession for his team on a number of occasions. Western Province's front row was dominant throughout the game with Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi and Steven Kitshoff driving Marcel van der Merwe, Bandise Maku and Pierre Schoeman in the scrums, while centre Huw Jones looked promising on attack. However, Robert du Preez once again controlled the game from the flyhalf channel for the Cape side and deserves the award. 


For Western Province:
Tries: Leyds, Jones, Vermaak
Con: Du Preez
Pens: Du Preez 4

For Blue Bulls:
Try: Ismaiel
Pens: Fouche 3


Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom (captain), 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Jurie van Vuuren, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Nizaam Carr , 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Demetri Catrakilis, 22 Kobus van Wyk.

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pieter Labuschagne (captain), 7 Roelof Smit, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Rudolph Snyman, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Jan Serfontein.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Marius Jonker

Dillyn Leyds (3min), Huw Jones (8min), and Jano Vermaak (76min)
Travis Ismaiel (73min)
Robert du Preez (4min)
Robert du Preez (31min), Robert du Preez (45min), Robert du Preez (58min), and Robert du Preez (65min)
Louis Fouché (11min), Louis Fouché (28min), and Louis Fouché (33min)
VENUE Newlands
REFEREE Rasta Rasivhenge