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Currie Cup | Newlands
15:15 (GMT) | 12-08-2017
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WP knock it forward and the referee blows to end the game. FULL TIME
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Scrum to the Bulls at the 22 of the home team
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They kick into touch. The line-out is taken quickly and they rush to the 22 of the hosts
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The Bulls turnover and win a penalty
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WP at the 5 of the Bulls now as they look to extend their score
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WP hold a strong line this time around and manage to move forward to the 10 of the Bulls where they win a scrum as the ball is lost forward in the contest
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Penalty to the visitors at the 10 of the WP side and the ball is booted into touch outside the 5. The referee awards Kumbirai a yellow card for the foul
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The Bulls in possession again after the clearance and they are determined to pull this one back
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the hosts
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Penalty at the 5 of the home team now
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The Bulls keeping up the attacking energy as they set up camp at the 5 of the home team
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The conversion is good
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The Bulls make it to the 5 of the home team and shove themselves over the line, Grobbelaar the man who makes it over the line to score the TRY
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to WP after the Bulls lose it forward at the home team 22
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Bulls have it after the ball is cleared. They move forward to the 22 of the home team
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Scrum reset
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The ball is lost forward at the 5 of the hosts by the Bulls flyhalf. Scrum to the home team
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The Bulls looking to regain momentum as they push immediately after the restart kick
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Marais sets up for a kick at goal from the 22 and adds 3
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WP win a penalty after the restart
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Jantjies adds the extras
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The home team breaks to the 22 of the Bulls but the ball is turned over and Mahlo gets it then does the same but goes all the way to score another TRY
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The Bulls win a penalty inside the WP half and they kick into touch at the 5 of the hosts. They move the ball along the 5 looking for the gap. WP give away a penalty. The ball is kicked into touch at the opposite 5
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Scrum to the hosts. They take their scrum and clear
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Line-out taken but the away team lose the ball forward at the 5 of the hosts
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The Bulls turnover and win a penalty. The ball is kicked into touch at the 5 of the hosts
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WP take their line-out and build from the 10 of the Bulls
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WP make it to the 5 of the visitors but the ball is lost and the Bulls clear
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Penalty to the home team and the ball is kicked into touch around the mid field
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Scrum to the hosts at their 22
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They finally make it inside on their 6th phase and rush to the 22
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The ball moved to the opposite wing and the Bulls looking to enter the WP half after being pushed back
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Scrum to the Bulls inside the 10 of the hosts
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Jantjies adds the extras
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The Bulls taking advantage of the extra man. The ball is moved about the WP half as they look for space. They find it along the wing with Mahlo who slips in and runs it all the way between the sticks for a TRY
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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Viljoen sent off for a reckless play
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The Bulls take their throw and make some ground forward before the whistle sounds. HALF TIME
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The ball is cleared by the hosts after the reset
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Marais adds 2 extras
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Senatla gets it after the scrum and sneaks through along the wing to score his second TRY
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The home team makes it within inches of the try line before the referee blows. Scrum to the hosts at the 5
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The ball is cleared but WP come again, now with a line-out at the 22 of the away team
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They kick into touch around the mid field. WP move forward but lose it at the 5 of the Bulls
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The Bulls win a penalty after a ruck is formed following the reset kick
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Jantjies secures the extras
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The away team look to keep the ball in hand now as they enter the 22 of the hosts. Van Zyl picks it up after a kick forward and he goes all the way to put it down between the sticks. TRY
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The Bulls take the ball down after the reset and clear their lines
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Marais adds 2 more
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WP opt for a maul after the line-out. They make it over the line and the referee calls for the TMO. The referee says TRY
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They win another penalty inside the 22 and kick into touch at the 5
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The ball is kicked forward into touch and they look to navigate themselves through the Bulls defence
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WP carry forward after the clearance. They win a penalty inside the 10
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Bulls hold WP off their 22 and clear after the turnover
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Marais with a kick from a tough angle, adds the extras
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The home team make their way inside the 22 and the gap along the wing is created where Senatla is waiting to pounce. He gets the ball in space and dives over the line to score the TRY
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Scrum to WP
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Line-out to the Bulls inside the 10 of the hosts. The ball is lost forward after the throw
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Marais adds the extras
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The hosts win the ball after the Bulls clear. They rush forward and power over the 5 and try line to score another TRY
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The ball rolls over the line among various bodies from both players and the referees review sees it to be a scrum for the Bulls at their 5
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The home team take their throw at the 22 and move forward inside the danger zone
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The Bulls concede a penalty and the ball is kicked into touch
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The hosts moving it around the mid field as they look for a potential gap to exploit
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The Bulls push forward after the restart but give away a penalty and Willemse sends it into touch
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The conversion is good
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Willemse gets it at the 22 and puts on his dancing shoes as he steps more than half the Bulls defence to score a wonderful TRY
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Scrum to the home team
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WP move forward after the restart kick and the Bulls lose it forward around their 10
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Jantjies takes his kick and narrows the gap to 1 point
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The home team give away a penalty outside the 22
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Scrum to the Bulls inside the 10 of the hosts after the reset
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The conversion is good
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The home team unleash Carr and he powers through to make it over the line. The referee refers to the TMO and says TRY
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The hosts outside the 22 of the Bulls now
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The Bulls win a penalty shortly after the opening whistle and Jantjies opens the scoring with 3 points
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The referee blows and we're off!
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The players readying themselves to leave the lockers rooms now
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The Blue Bulls have won three of the last five matches between the two sides, which included a 36-30 win over Province in last year's semifinals.
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Welcome to Newlands, where WP will take on the Bulls
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Blue Bulls
START LINE UP
  • 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg
  • 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 4 Chris van Zyl
  • 5 JD Schickerling
  • 6 Jaco Coetzee
  • 7 Kobus van Dyk
  • 8 Nizaam Carr
  • 9 Jano Vermaak
  • 10 Damian Willemse
  • 11 Bjorn Basson
  • 12 Huw Jones
  • 13 EW Viljoen
  • 14 Seabelo Senatla
  • 15 Sarel Marais
RESERVES
  • 16 Ramone Samuels
  • 17 Michael Kumbirai
  • 18 Eddie Zandberg
  • 19 Stephan De Wit
  • 20 Justin Phillips
  • 21 Kurt Coleman
  • 22 Dan Kriel
START LINE UP
  • 1 Pierre Schoeman
  • 2 Jan-Henning Campher
  • 3 Jon-Roy Jenkinson
  • 4 Irne Herbst
  • 5 Ruben van Heerden
  • 6 Johannes Prinsloo
  • 7 Jannes Kirsten
  • 8 Nick de Jager
  • 9 Piet van Zyl
  • 10 Tony Jantjies
  • 11 Jamba Ulengo
  • 12 Burger Odendaal
  • 13 Dries Swanepoel
  • 14 Kefentse Mahlo
  • 15 Manie Libbok
RESERVES
  • 16 Johan Grobbelaar
  • 17 Matthys Basson
  • 18 Abongile Nonkontwana
  • 19 Shaun Adendorff
  • 20 Joshua Stander
  • 21 JT Jackson
  • 22 Duncan Matthews
  • 23 JT Jackson
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round Five

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:58

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Round Five of Currie Cup 2017 will be the culmination of a busy schedule for teams this week.

All three-weekend games will take place on Saturday, with the Free State Cheetahs and Griquas kicking things off in Bloemfontein.

The day's second match sees Western Province host arch-rivals the Blue Bulls before the Golden Lions take on the Sharks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

The Pumas have a bye this weekend.

We take a look at all the Round Five action!

Saturday, August 12:

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

Griquas produced the upset of the midweek matches in the Currie Cup on Wednesday as they toppled Western Province for their first victory of the season while defending champions the Free State Cheetahs registered their third win in a row.
 
The men from the Northern Cape notched up a 44-34 victory over Western Province in Kimberley, while the Free State Cheetahs defeated the Pumas 45-34 in Nelspruit.

Griquas' effective goal-kicking proved to be the difference on the scoreboard in their clash against Western Province, as each side scored five tries. The hosts' five conversions and three penalty goals to the visitors’ three conversions and one penalty handed them the victory. 
 
A strong first-half showing by the Free State Cheetahs, meanwhile, paved the way to 45-34 victory against the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium. The defending champions built up an encouraging 38-10 lead at the break thanks to an impressive attacking display in which they scored six tries - two of which were scored by replacement back Malcolm Jaer – while they limited the Pumas to a try on the stroke of halftime and an early penalty goal.
 
The match between the Cheetahs and Griquas is always one with a lot of intensity and passion and there will be a lot of motivation on both sides after their midweek victories.

The Cheetahs have made four changes to their team for the clash. 

The most notable change sees youngster Ryno Eksteen get a chance in the No.10 jersey in the place of the injured Niel Marais.

Wing Sergeal Petersen is also back in the matchday squad amongst the replacements.

Recent results:
2016: Free State Cheetahs won 63-26, Bloemfontein
2015: Free State Cheetahs won 44-24, Bloemfontein
2015: Free State Cheetahs won 31-9, Kimberley
2014: Free State Cheetahs won 36-25, Kimberley
2014: Free State Cheetahs won 34-27, Bloemfontein

Prediction: Griquas will be confident after their win against Western Province. However, the Free State Cheetahs are at home and they do have a number of game-breakers in their side. The Cheetahs will win by 15 points.

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 Jacobus Jonker, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ryno Eksteen, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Niell Jordaan (captain), 5 Daniel Hugo, 4 Armand Koster, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 17 Joseph Dweba, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Chris Dry, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 Sergeal Petersen, 22 Malcolm Jaer.

Griquas: 15 Eric Zana, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 10 Andre Swarts, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 Kevin Kaba, 7 Shaun McDonald, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 FP Pelser, 4 Wandile Putuma, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Devon Martinus.
Replacements: 16 AJ Le Roux, 17 Stephan Kotze, 18 Sintu Manjezi, 19 DeWet Kruger, 20 Renier Botha, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Christopher Bosch.

Referee: Quinton Immelman.  
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Anevuyo Fakade
TMO: Marius Jonker 

Western Province v Blue Bulls
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT)

Both Western Province and the Blue Bulls are coming off losses in midweek and both will be keen to get their Currie Cup campaigns back on track.

Province suffered their second loss of the season after they went down 34-44 to Griquas in Kimberley on Wednesday.

The Blue Bulls suffered their first loss of the season when the travelling Sharks put in a powerful performance to win 28-20 at Loftus Versfeld.

The Blue Bulls have won three of the last five matches between the two sides, which included a 36-30 win over Province in last year's semifinals.

"With John Mitchell’s arrival, there has been a big metamorphosis at the Blue Bulls," said Western Province head coach Johan Dobson.

"Compared to the Super Rugby team, they are very different - they general movement are much better, their tempo and breakdown work are better. It is very similar to what happened at the Golden Lions seven year ago.
 
"Now, the Blue Bulls force you to tackle more - a very different Blue Bulls way of play. They are going pose a threat similar to the Golden Lions.

"Thus, going up against them [Blue Bulls] we should improve on our defence, physicality and general kicking game."

Blue Bulls head coach Nollis Marais has also pinpointed defence as one of the areas his team will need to work on.

"Defence, exits, we lost the ball at kick-off, we lost the ball forward and they [Sharks] scored tries from that. 

"I think we lost the game in the first 30 minutes - we didn't properly exit, we slipped tackles, we gave them momentum and we had to play catch-up the whole game. 

"We didn't stick to the processes and what we planned and we need to get the guys back on track."

Recent results:
2016: Blue Bulls won 36-30, Pretoria (semifinal)
2016: Blue Bulls won 45-26, Pretoria
2015: Western Province won 23-18, Pretoria (semifinal)
2015: Western Province won 29-14, Cape Town
2015: Blue Bulls won 47-29, Pretoria

Prediction: Even though they lost against the Sharks, the Blue Bulls are still playing better rugby than Western Province at the moment. The Bulls will win by eight points or less.

Teams:

Western Province: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Michael Kumbirai, 18 Eddie Zandberg, 19 Stephan de Wit, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Dan Kriel.

Blue Bulls: 15 Manie Libbok, 14 Kefentse Mahlo, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Pierre Schoeman. 
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Abongile Nonkontwana, 19 Shaun Adendorff, 20 Andre Warner, 21 JT Jackson, 22 Duncan Matthews.

Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: TBC
TMO: TBC

Golden Lions v Sharks
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 19.30; 17.30 GMT)

The Sharks have built some good momentum since their opening round loss to the Free State Cheetahs.

The Durban side have won their last three games in a row now with the victory over the Blue Bulls on Wednesday being the pick of the bunch.

The Golden Lions, on the other hand, have lost two of their three games so far and they will desperately be seeking a win this weekend.

The Lions will be fresh for the encounter after they enjoyed a bye during the midweek games. They will also be a lot stronger having welcomed back a few Super Rugby players into their ranks.

The Lions have won four of the last five matches between the two sides.

Lions new head coach Swys de Bruin knows that another tough challenge awaits his side.

"They [Sharks] quite comfortably beat the Bulls at Loftus, so they a side that is sort of settled," said De Bruin.

"They are playing with a lot of their Super Rugby players, so it's definitely a tough challenge for us on Saturday."

The match comes a few weeks after the Lions beat the Sharks in a Super Rugby quarterfinal, but head coach Robert du Preez does not want to get involved in revenge talk.

"No, it's not a big grudge match for us, we just want to build on the momentum that we've created, it's a new game and history means nothing," said Du Preez.

"It's tough playing there [Johannesburg] but we're up for it and looking forward to the challenge."

Du Preez added: "We must improve our exit plays, those weren’t good enough and that put us under pressure. And we missed too many tackles, so that's also a big focus of ours ahead of the match."

Recent results:
2016: Golden Lions won 28-16, Johannesburg
2015: Golden Lions won 26-18, Johannesburg
2015: Golden Lions won 31-16, Durban
2014: Golden Lions won 50-20, Johannesburg (semifinal)
2014: Sharks won 26-23, Durban

Prediction:  This should be another entertaining game between the two sides. The Sharks are enjoying a good run of wins over the last few weeks. However, the Golden Lions have brought in a few experienced players and we think they will edge it by seven points or less.  

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Ryan Kankowski (captain), 7 Fabian Booysen, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Robert Kruger, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Sithembiso Sithole, 18 Bobby de Wee, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Marco Janse van Vuuren, 21 Siya Masuku, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.                    
Replacements - from: Armand van der Merwe, Inny-Christian Radebe, Juan Schoeman, John-Hubert Meyer, Jean Droste, Michael Claassens, Mzamo Majola, Wian Vosloo.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Jaco Pretorius, Eduan Nel
TMO: Willie Vos

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Province run Bulls ragged at Newlands

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:00

CURRIE CUP MATCH REPORT: Western Province scored six first-half tries to set up a bonus-point 45-34 win over the Blue Bulls at Newlands on Saturday.

The dominant first-half display saw WP run into a massive 42-13 half-time lead and sat back for the next 40 minutes as the Bulls looked for a way back in.

The Bulls did score three fine tries after the break and outscored Province 21-3 in the second half.

However, the game was long over as a contest and all they got for their efforts were a four-try bonus point.

It was the second win of the campaign for coach John Dobson's team who have not lost at Newlands in the Currie Cup this season.

The Blue Bulls were first to score through a penalty from flyhalf Tony Jantjies, but Western Province responded with the opening try as a counter-attack saw Sarel Marais find Seabelo Senatla in space to put Nizaam Carr over in the corner.

The visitors kicked another penalty but they were soon 14-6 down as Western Province flyhalf Damian Willemse produced an incredible solo try, stepping his way past a number of defenders to score.

With the momentum firmly on their side Western Province continued to press home their advantage as Marais forced his way over from close range.

The bonus point try did not take long as Senatla scored out wide after getting a well-weighted pass from centre Huw Jones.

A powerful maul saw Siyabonga Ntubeni score the fifth try before the Blue Bulls hit back with a try of their own against the run of play from scrumhalf Piet van Zyl.

Senatla scored his second try shortly before the break, but Western Province were reduced to 14 men just before half-time with centre EW Viljoen shown a yellow card.

The Blue Bulls made a determined start to the second half and they were rewarded with two tries from right wing Kefentse Mahlo, before Western Province made it 45-27 with a Marais penalty with 20 minutes left.

However, the visitors continued to fight back as replacement hooker Johan Grobbelaar went over for their bonus point try, but it was not enough as Western Province held on for the win.

Man of the match: Tony Jantjies was the stand-out player for the Blue Bulls in a shocking first-half performance - even showing a bigger desire than his forwards to contest at the breakdowns. In the second half scrumhalf Piet van Zyl steered the ship for the Bulls with some sound decision-making. You can pick anyone of the Stormers players - they were all simply sublime in a dominant first half. After the break they went onto cruise mode, but by half-time this game was long over as a contest. Our award goes to Western Province flyhalf Damian Willemse, who sparked the rout with his sublime skills.

The scorers:

For Western Province:
Tries: 
Carr, Willemse, Marais, Senatla 2, Ntubeni
Cons: Marais 6
Pen: Marais

For the Blue Bulls:
Tries:
 Van Zyl, Mahlo 2, Grobbelaar
Cons: Jantjies 3, Stander
Pens: Jantjies 2

Yellow cards: EW Viljoen (Western Province, 40 - foul play, no arms used in the tackle), Michael Kumbirai (Western Province, 74 - cynical foul, kicking the ball away)

Teams:

Western Province: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Michael Kumbirai, 18 Eddie Zandberg, 19 Stephan de Wit, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Dan Kriel.

Blue Bulls: 15 Manie Libbok, 14 Kefentse Mahlo, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Irne Herbst, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Abongile Nonkontwana, 19 Shaun Adendorff, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Joshua Stander, 22 John Jackson.

Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Jaco Pretorius, Nathan Swartz
TMO: Joey Klaaste-Salmans

Nizaam Carr (3min), Damian Willemse (10min), Sarel Marais (17min), Seabelo Senatla (21min), Siyabonga Ntubeni (28min), and Seabelo Senatla (37min)
TRIES
Piet van Zyl (31min), Kefentse Mahlo (42min), Kefentse Mahlo (56min), and Johan Grobbelaar (66min)
Sarel Marais (4min), Sarel Marais (11min), Sarel Marais (18min), Sarel Marais (23min), Sarel Marais (29min), and Sarel Marais (38min)
CONVERSIONS
Tony Jantjies (32min), Tony Jantjies (43min), Tony Jantjies (57min), and Joshua Stander (67min)
Sarel Marais (59min)
PENALTIES
Tony Jantjies (1min) and Tony Jantjies (7min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
EW Viljoen (40min) and Michael Kumbirai (74min)
 
 
VENUE Newlands
REFEREE Stuart Berry (South Africa)