Rugby not played on paper

2010-10-13 23:45

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – Western Province may be considered overwhelming favourites for Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal against Free State at Newlands, but recent history suggests the tag is unjustified.

Free State have featured in five of the last six Currie Cup finals from 2004, while WP have not played in a final since 2001.

Province are the favourites on paper – as they were when they lost semifinals to Free State in 2004 and 2005. Rugby, however, is not played on paper and Free State’s performances in the Currie Cup in recent seasons have been impressive.

“We had a strong belief in our ability in the Super 14, but the Currie Cup is Free State’s terrain. That is where they flourish,” said WP captain Schalk Burger.

“They are a tight-knit group and play with a lot of confidence. We have not achieved much as a group over the last eight years and would like to make a final. The men from the Free State are coming to Newlands to beat us. They believe they can do it because they have done it before.”

Free State caused big upsets in 2004, 2005 and 2009 by winning their semifinals against WP and then the Sharks.

In 2005 they beat the Blue Bulls in the final at Loftus Versfeld and in 2006 they shared the spoils with a draw.

As far as 2007 is concerned it was a World Cup year and therefore no surprise that Free State won the competition.

The teams:

Western Province:
15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Willem De Waal, 9. Ricky Januarie, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. Anton van Zyl , 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. JD Moller

Replacements: 16. Hanyani Shimange, 17. JC Kritzinger, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Pieter Louw, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Lionel Cronje, 22. Paul Bosch

Free State Cheetahs:

15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Philip Snyman, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Corne Uys, 10. Louis Strydom, 9. Tewis De Bruyn, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Juan Smith (captain), 6. Hendro Scholtz, 5. Waltie Vermeulen, 4. Francois Uys, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Replacements: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. CJ van der Linde, 18. Izak vd Westhuizen, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tertius Carse, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Riaan Smit


  • Up in Smoke - 2010-10-14 01:02

    It should also not be played on Grass!

  • Skalla - 2010-10-14 05:20

    Dan noem die etters die WP arrogant!?Asseblief...daar is nie n meer nederige man as Skalla nie.Skitterende mense in daai span unlike die skouponies en dowwe dollas in die BB span.

  • Claude - 2010-10-14 06:34

    Free State can't win at Newlands in 2010 only WP can loose to them on their home ground if they give it away with stupid mistakes. I predict a WP will win by more than a 10 point margin.

  • Michael - 2010-10-14 07:20

    WP know that they a dismal record in past 8 years. I also do as I am a WP supporter. yet, this year WP will be in Finals at home against Sharks. The upset will we Sharks beating Bulls and not Cheeters beating WP. Then in finals it is anybodys game. But I hope WP win this year. I am so tired of buying beers when WP loose.

  • D@P - 2010-10-14 07:22

    Nice bit of “reverse tactics” going on here!! Naka is criticizing WP in the press and Schalkie is motivating them. I am a do or die Cheetahs supporter but face the facts. Province has a star studded line up. Province will hit hard with good rugby. They have been in form. Nice to take away the attention from Province but quietly they plan a huge one. I don’t take to much out of the Sharks game, I don’t think they worried to much since they already had a home semi. Why risk injuries? It will be a HUGE upset if the Cheetahs win. However in front of a packed Newlands it would be nothing bit a miracle. Still come Saturday I will wear my Cheetah jersey with pride!! Go Cheetahs!!!

  • will - 2010-10-14 08:10

    It concerns me that some teams are much stronger than other teams after the springboks are removed. It can only mean one thing, the springbok selectors are not picking the best players. Its logic isn’t it.

  • GW - 2010-10-14 08:13

    Good team. 7pm saturday cant come quick enough for me to post my comments after the headlines read, Bulls taken apart at Gappie tank and Province out class a gutsy performance by Cheetahs

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-10-14 08:20

    SHARKS vs WP Final!!!! Toetsiens Cheetahs en Bulle, sien julle ander jaar...

  • Obvious - 2010-10-14 08:27

    Must be a strange feeling to support the Cheetahs. One half of the year your team is decent and the other half complete & utter rubbish.

  • hasie - 2010-10-14 08:40

    GO CHEETAH'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tommy1 - 2010-10-14 08:58

    Province will win against the cheetahs, Sharks will win against the bulls. Province will win currie cup. Go and ask the bookies,there has to be a shift in rugby between the provinces because if one team keeps winning the cup supporter intrest drops which inturn affects those rugby unions. By the way i am a bulls supporter but what transpires on the field has alot to do with money,or geld. Let us see what takes place.

  • piet - 2010-10-14 09:11

    @balsak Jy moet darem maar baie bang wees, as jy liewers teen die haaie op kingspark die finaal gaan speel as teen die bulle op nuweland!

  • Ryno - 2010-10-14 10:13

    WP will win if they keep their mistakes to a minimum. The last time these two played earlier this year, WP lost the match due to unnecessary mistakes and Louis Strydom punished them. For Free State to win they have to keep the ball at their forwards. The scrum is going to be Cheetahs strong point and WP will be well advised to scrum as little as possible.

  • @ Obvious - 2010-10-14 11:11

    You are the true definition of .... uninformed ( I know it's a big word for you but break it up and pronounce it slowly ) . You must be a WP supporter, cause you clearly have sour grapes. Here's a joke for you all.... How many "straight" WP rugby supporters does it take to screw in a light bulb ? ......................... Both of them . Have a lekke laugh fairys.

  • Let me just say - 2010-10-14 11:12

    As a WP fan, I really appreciate the fact that Schalk Burger is realistic and not trying (like many WP fans) to say that they will beat the Cheetahs. I like the fact that he is focussing on the game this weekend and not about what's to come should they win. Maybe it's his downfall but I belief that you need to take it one game at a time. This weekend it is any teams game.

  • @Michael - 2010-10-14 11:26

    Bit of a doff comment you made - if the final is between WP and the Sharks then WP won't play at home. You also said that 'WP know that they a dismal record' - excellent English bru! In fact, you must be..... Ukranian maybe? Will "we" Sharks iso will "be" Sharks. Also, a team can't loose a match but they certainly can lose. Did you get affected by the teacher's strike perhaps...?

  • Bloumasjien - 2010-10-14 11:54

    weerprobeer wen altyd die CC op papier. Hoe sal dit nou anders wees?

  • Megabull - 2010-10-14 13:05

    @ Bloumasjien That is so true LOL!

  • Effie@Skalla - 2010-10-15 02:33

    Luister ou bees, as jy nou hard gebliksem wil raak dan moet jy aanhou algemene kak stellings maak en vingertjies wys. Loop le kaal op jou sussie man

  • boggom - 2010-10-15 11:06

    @Megabull & Bloumasjien... and the bulls always win the games during the weeks on the forums, whether they win or lose the game come game time... Get over yourselves.

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