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Western Province

Currie Cup | Johannesburg
11:45 (GMT) | 24-10-2015
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The Golden Lions are the CHAMPIONS and end the season as the INVINCABLES. Well done to the men from Johannesburg. Please remember to join us for the World Cup semifinal clash between the Springboks and the All Blacks in just over an hour.
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Skosan clears the ball and the referee blows the whistle for full-time and and the Lions WIN THE 2015 CURRIE CUP!!!!!!!
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The Tmo judges that Chris Van Zyl made a dangerous tackle and he is YELLOW CARDED and the penalty reversed.
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WP get a penalty but they have to score twice and this game looks lost for them.
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WP get a penalty inside their own half and Coleman puts it out on the Lions 22. Province go wide with Jones. Lions steal the ball again
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They go for another lineout but WP steal the ball and run from inside their own half. de jongh pops a kick and Kolbe collects. They are stopped on the 22 as De Jongh knocks-on. Lions clear the ball just inside the WP half
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Mnisi takes the ball from Boshoff but he drops the ball as he goes for the tryline. The referee calls them back for a Lions penalty for an earlier infringement.
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There is a WP knock-on and the Lions get a scrum just inside their own half. Penalty to the Lions as the scrum wheels around. They go for touch and find it inside the WP 22
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Lions have a lineout inside there own half. De Jongh runs towards the tryline but the referee calls them back for a knock-on and a Lions scrum.
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The pace of the game is frenetic with lots of tired bodies out there.
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Coetzee clears the ball up to his own 22. lions win the WP lineout and they start to run the ball. Volmink clears and finds a lovely touch outside the WP 22
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WP defend resolutely as the Lions are on the attack through the rather quiet Kriel. Kolbe wins the ball with some amazing acrobatics and they can clear the ball. It will be a Lions lineout on the the own 22
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Lions have a lineout on halfway.
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Coleman adds the extras. GAME ON!!!!
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Province get a penalty and the kick for the attacking 5m lineout. The maul is formed an Notche goes over for the TRY!!!!
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Province are on a sustained period of attack and they go wide. Senatla drops the ball with the tryline gaping. Scrum Lions in their own 22.
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WP get a penatly inside the Lions half and Coleman will go for touch and an attacking lineout inside the lions 22
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Boshoff kicks a beautiful 55m kick!!!!
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Lions get a penalty for a dangerous tackle on the halfway and Boshoff will take a shot at goal.
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Province get a freekick and they hack it up the field. The ball bounces inside the in-goal area and the lions kick the ball. WP attack through Kolbe but they lose the ball.
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Lions drive the ball up just outside the Lions 22.
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Province go high through Groom but the Lions clear and Kolbe darts between two Lions defenders. Groom hacks the ball up the field but it goes out behind the in-goal area. They go back for a Lions scrum in the WP 22.
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Lions are now on the attack on the WP 10m line. They lose the ball forward and WP run up to their own 10m with Kitshoff.
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Du Preez makes no mistake with the conversion!!!
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They go wide and the illusive Kolbe gains 25m. Carr gets the ball and bumps off two tackles and goes over for the TRY!!!!
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Province have a scrum inside the Lions half.
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Boshoff adds the extras
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Boshoff get the second half underway. Province lose the ball and the lions are once again on the attack inside the WP 22 and van Rensburg goes over for the TRY!!!!

Half Time

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Du Preez converts his own try and the referee blows his whistle for halftime.
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Province get a penalty and the go for the attacking lineout 5m out but they lose the ball. The referee calls them back for a WP scrum for carrying the ball over. Du Preez bursts through a tackle and goes over for the TRY!!!!
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Lions are on the attack inside the WP 22 and they get another penalty. Boshoff adds the 3 pointer!!!!!
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WP are really struggling to settle down in the game and they are making many mistakes. The Lions on the other hand look very composed.
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Boshoff misses the conversion.
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Lions are on the attack inside the WP 22. Ross Cronje goes over for his second TRY!!!
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Province have a huge scrum and they force a tight-head but they decide to kick and the ball goes out directly and they have to go back for a Lions lineout in the WP half.
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Province get yet another penalty just inside the Lions half but again Du Preez fails to find the target.
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Boshoff tries an audacious drop-kick from inside hid own half but the ball goes short and wide and WP have a 22 dropout.
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Province get another another kickable penalty and this time they decide to go for the poles. Du Preez makes no mistake!!!!
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Province are driving with little effect and they get another penalty after Du Preez kick the previous penalty over the goal-line. WP have another attacking lineout but the lose the ball.
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Kolbe makes 10m meters with some nifty footwork. Province work a few phases and then go wide to Senatla who is stopped short. They go wide again an then the referee calls them back for a penalty.
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Boshoff adds the extras.
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WP lose the ball in the lions half after some sustained pressure. Ross Cronje takes an inside pass and goes over for the TRY!!!!
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Du Preez kick swerves away and the scores stay the same.
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Province get a penalty just outside the lions 22 and Du Preez will go for the post after Whiteley conceded the offside penalty.
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This time Boshoff makes no mistake with the extras.
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Lions break through a couple of tackles and Kolbe puts in a great tackle but the Lions get the ball back and Whiteley gets a great inside pass to dive over for the TRY!!!
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Lions have a lineout on the WP 22. Kriel smashes into a tackle and Lions lose the ball and Kolbe kicks a huge kick that dribbles into touch on the Lions 22
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WP concede another penalty and Boshoff will try again. This time he misses from 50m out and Province escape yet another pressure moment with no consequence.
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WP have a lineout just inside the Lions half and they start to work the ball up to the Lions 10m line. Lions secure the ball after a great counter ruck and they are back in the WP half.
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Lions are working a few phases inside the WP 22 and they get another penalty but this time they decide to go for the 3 points. Boshoff kicks the penalty wide from right in front of the posts.
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Province win the lineout and maul up to their 22 but the ball is held up and it will be a Lions scrum just inside the WP 22.
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Lions drive up the field and then spread it wide. They try a grubber but Kitshoff collects but he is penalised and the Lions decide to kick into touch for an attacking lineout.
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WP gets us underway as Robert du Preez kicks deep into the Lions 22 and Coetzee responds with a Lions touch-finder on halfway.
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We await the kick-off.
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The players line up for the singing of the National Anthem.
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The players have taken the field in front of an expectant crowd. The atmosphere is phenomenal.
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The battle amongst the tight five will be critical in this match with both teams depending on their gamebreakers in their respective backlines.
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The Lions are overwhelming favourites today after their 62-32 hammering of WP in Johannesburg a few weeks ago, but they were duly warned after Province overcame the Blue Bulls in the Bullring last week.
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It's a warm 26 degrees in Johannesburg with a stiff breeze blowing. No rain is expected and this will allow for a free-flowing game.
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Welcome to Ellis Park for our coverage of the 2015 Currie Cup Final, where the unbeaten Golden Lions face the inform defending champions Western Province.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Andries Coetzee
  • 14 Courtnall Skosan
  • 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • 12 Howard Mnisi
  • 11 Anthony Volmink
  • 10 Marnitz Boshoff
  • 9 Ross Cronje
  • 8 Warren Whiteley
  • 7 Albertus Smith
  • 6 Jaco Kriel
  • 5 Franco Mostert
  • 4 Lourens Erasmus
  • 3 Julian Redelinghuys
  • 2 Robbie Coetzee
  • 1 Jacques van Rooyen
RESERVES
  • 22 Sampie Mastriet
  • 21 Nicolaas Hanekom
  • 20 Jaco van der Walt
  • 19 Stephan De Wit
  • 18 Fabian Booysen
  • 17 Ruan Dreyer
  • 16 Malcolm Marx
START LINE UP
  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 14 Dillyn Leyds
  • 13 Johnny Kotze
  • 12 Juan de Jongh
  • 11 Seabelo Senatla
  • 10 Robert du Preez
  • 9 Nic Groom
  • 8 Nizaam Carr
  • 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 6 Rynhardt Elstadt
  • 5 Ruan Botha
  • 4 Jean Kleyn
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 2 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 1 Steven Kitshoff
RESERVES
  • 22 Huw Jones
  • 21 Kurt Coleman
  • 20 Jano Vermaak
  • 19 Jurie van Vuuren
  • 18 Chris van Zyl
  • 17 Oliver Kebble
  • 16 Michael Willemse
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Preview: Golden Lions v Western Province

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 08:44

CURRIE CUP FINAL: It once was the biggest game in South Africa, the highlight of the year - to determine the most supreme team in the country.

On Saturday the Final of the Currie Cup, still the premier domestic competition, will compete for a place in the spotlight with the BIGGEST game in Rugby Union - a World Cup showdown between South Africa and New Zealand.

However, the Golden Lions and Western Province will play like, and the winners celebrate as if, they are involved in a World Cup Final.

The build-up may have been low-key - in comparison with other finals - but there is no doubt that the game will be every bit as intense and entertaining as any Final that has gone before.

Province coach John Dobson was keen to take on the underdog tag - pointing to the Lions' 62-32 win three weeks ago and their unbeaten run as reasons why pundits are likely to bank on the home team.

However, he feels the Free State Cheetahs, in last week's semifinal round, gave other teams a glimpse of how to bring the Ellis Park-based team down to earth.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann was not keen to take the 'favourites' tag offered to him by Dobson.

The wily Lions mentor feels Province have a real chance of retaining their title.

"You just have to look at their [semifinal] game against the Blue Bulls this past weekend," Ackermann told rugby365, adding: "Nobody gave them much of a chance."

Ackermann pointed to the number of Super Rugby players in the WP team and their 'X-factor players' as reasons why the odds between the two teams should be shortened.

"Players like Dillyn Leyds, [Seabelo] Senatla and [Cheslin] Kolbe are exceptional players," the Lions coach said.

"They have a great centre partnership and a Super Rugby scrumhalf. These backs have in front of them a pack of forwards who are always good in the line-outs, with Ruan Botha there. Then they have a Springbok quality front row with the likes of [Stephen] Kitshoff."

Ackermann described WP as a "well-balanced" team that have strengths across the field.

"We will have to be at our best," he told rugby365, adding: "We certainly won't be able to afford the same mistakes we made this past weekend [against the Cheetahs].

"We will no doubt have to raise the bar against WP - they are not the defending champions for nothing.

"They showed this past weekend [against the Bulls], they won't give up their title easily."

Dobson, speaking at a media briefing in Cape Town, felt the Lions are vulnerable under pressure.

"If they don't get momentum in a couple of phases they kick the ball," the WP coach said, adding: "That might give us some possession.

"The key is to be really accurate with our territory game.

"We saw [in the 32-62 loss] at Ellis Park last time, there are opportunities on defence.

"We must play in their half, with a strong kicking game, and then take the ball through phases."

Dobson said the territory game will be vital, because of the accuracy of Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff's boot.

"They punish you with turnover in your half and we are going to have to be a little conservative.

"If we win without a pass and 27 mauls, I don't care what you [the media] say afterwards.

"It will require [from minute] nought to 80 and [players] one to 22 to win this game."

Dobson named an unchanged matchday-22, while Ackermann made three changes.

Robbie Coetzee starts at hooker, with Malcolm Marx moving on the bench. Albertus Smith comes in at No.7 in place of Stephan de Witt, who moves to the replacements bench, while Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Nicolaas Hanekom (moving to the bench) swap places for the outside centre berth.

Players to watch:

For the Golden Lions: In last year's Final at Newlands the halfbacks - flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff and scrumhalf Ross Cronjé - had games they would rather forget. They are going to be key to the men from Johannesburg's prospects of getting their running game going. Boshoff's kicking game will be another important piece in the puzzle. You would look to see if young Rohan Janse van Rensburg is up to the pressure of such a big game. Then there are those highly rated loose forwards - Warren Whiteley, Albertus Smith and Jaco Kriel - as well as the front row - Julian Redelinghuys, Robbie Coetzee and Jacques van Rooyen.

For Western Province: You always expect Cheslin Kolbe to produce those darting, stepping runs. Can the Lions contain him? Dillyn Leyds, another stepper, Seabelo Senatla, a Sevens star, are their other strike forces from deep. Young flyhalf Robert du Preez will also need to show he can cope with the pressures of such a high-profile play-off game. Rynhardt Elstadt will be the muscle, along with Ruan Botha.

Head to head: Just about every position is an interesting face-off worth watching, but the real battle will be in the set pieces. There is the Lions' famed scrumming power - Julian Redelinghuys, Robbie Coetzee and Jacques van Rooyen - against Western Province's equally talented front row of Wilco Louw, Mbongeni Mbonambi and Steven Kitshoff. In the second row there will be a battle of the colossi - Franco Mostert (Lions) versus Ruan Botha (Western Province).

Recent results:
2015: Golden Lions won 62-32, Johannesburg
2014: Western Province won 19-16< Cape Town (Final)
2014: Golden Lions won 35-33, Johannesburg
2014: Western Province won 27-14, Cape Town
2013: Western Province won 33-16, Cape Town (semifinal)
2013: Western Province won 36-23, Johannesburg
2013: Golden Lions and Western Province drew 31-all, Johannesburg

Road to the Final:

Golden Lions:
Beat Eastern Province Kings 51-14
Beat Pumas 44-27
Beat Sharks 31-16
Beat Pumas 41-11
Beat Eastern Province Kings 37-21
Beat Blue Bulls 36-28
Beat Sharks 26-18
Beat Free State Cheetahs 73-31
Beat Western Province 62-32
Beat Griquas 29-19
Beat Free State Cheetahs 43-33 (semifinal)

Western Province:
Beat Griquas 43-19
Beat Free State Cheetahs 9-3
Lost to Blue Bulls 29-47
Lost to Free State Cheetahs 21-28
Beat Griquas 33-15
Beat Sharks 37-27
Beat Blue Bulls 29-14
Beat Pumas 50-19
Lost to Golden Lions 32-62
Beat Eastern Province Kings 45-14
Beat Blue Bulls 23-18 (semifinal)

Prediction: The Golden Lions are favourites, if only because of their unbeaten run and home ground advantage. But you would be a fool to disregard Western Province's chances. They simply have too much quality throughout their team. It is not going to be another 60-pointer. In fact it will be a real surprise if the margin even reaches double figures. However, we feel the Lions will sneak it with a late score - by five points.

Teams:

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

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (captain), 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Huw Jones.

Date: Saturday, October 24
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 13.45 (11.45 GMT)
Expected weather: Mostly sunny with a shower or thunderstorm a real possibility. High of 29°C (which it will reach at about kick-off time)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Jason Jaftha
TMO: Marius Jonker

By Jan de Koning
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Perfect Lions reign supreme

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 13:34

The Lions capped a perfect season by beating Western Province 32-24 in the Currie Cup Final at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The Johannesburg side got the ultimate revenge for their defeat in last year's final at Newlands, ending the season unbeaten.

They outscored the visitors by four tries to three in a dominant performance in front of an enthusiastic if not capacity crowd.

The home side made a storming start and put Province on the back foot, but Marnitz Boshoff showed some early nerves by missing two early penalties.

However, they were still able to strike first when Warren Whiteley was put over by Boshoff following a great break from Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

Province flyhalf Robert du Preez also missed his first kick at goal, and the Lions responded with another try to Ross Cronje after some weak defence from the visitors. 

The visitors turned down the opportunity to kick for goal twice as they looked to hit back with a try but they were not able to get over and eventually settled for a penalty from Du Preez to open their account. 

The Lions responded with another try from Cronje and they added a penalty from Boshoff before Du Preez made amends for his earlier errors with a try on the stroke of half-time which reduced the deficit to 22-10 at the break.

The home side made the ideal start to the second half when Janse van Rensburg crossed for their fourth try, and it looked a long way back for Province at 29-10 down.

Province hit back soon afterwards with a try from Nizaam Carr which kept their hopes alive, but the Lions were able to take their lead out to 32-17 with a penalty by Boshoff from the halfway line.

A maul try from Sikhumbuzo Notshe gave Province some hope of a comeback, but it was not to be as the Lions held on to claim their first Currie Cup title since 2011.

Man of the match: There were impressive performances from the likes of Franco Mostert, Jaco Kriel, Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Andries Coetzee but the man who pulled all the strings for the Lions was scrumhalf Ross Cronje.

Moment of the match: Rohan Janse van Rensburg's try just after half-time was the decisive moment which gave the Lions the breathing room they needed for the win.

Villain of the match: There were none, the match was played in good spirit.

The scorers:

For Golden Lions:
Tries:
Whiteley, Cronje 2, Janse van Rensburg
Cons: Boshoff 3
Pens: Boshoff 2

For Western Province:
Tries:
Du Preez, Carr, Notshe
Cons: Du Preez 2, Coleman
Pen: Du Preez

Yellow card: Chris van Zyl (Western Province, 79 - Foul play, dangerous tackle)

Teams:

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

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (captain), 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Huw Jones.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Jason Jaftha
TMO: Marius Jonker

Warren Whiteley (13min), Ross Cronje (19min), Ross Cronje (33min), and Rohan Janse van Rensburg (41min)
TRIES
Robert du Preez (39min), Nizaam Carr (45min), and Sikhumbuzo Notshe (61min)
Marnitz Boshoff (14min), Marnitz Boshoff (20min), and Marnitz Boshoff (42min)
CONVERSIONS
Robert du Preez (40min), Robert du Preez (46min), and Kurt Coleman (62min)
Marnitz Boshoff (38min) and Marnitz Boshoff (56min)
PENALTIES
Robert du Preez (26min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Chris van Zyl (79min)
 
 
VENUE Johannesburg
REFEREE Rasta Rasivhenge