– Western Province coach John Dobson admitted he was a relieved man as his side
my heavy work of putting an under-par Blue Bulls side away in their Currie Cup
semi-final in Pretoria on Friday evening.
Blue Bulls lacked the lustre their fans had come to expect this season with the
Capetonians eventually claiming a 23-18 victory after the teams were even at 9-9 going into the half-time break.
was disappointed with 9-9 at half-time so relief was the sentiment because the
Bulls never stopped playing and they could have won it at the end," Dobson said
after the match.
I thought we should have done more in the first half."
Bulls were careless with their possession with the set-piece being a liability
instead of an asset while Western Province did not capitalise on this.
prop Pierre Schoeman was sin-binned for 10 minutes for a dangerous tackle but
the visitors only managed to draw the scores level during his absence.
nevertheless praised the Bulls for the way they have changed their playing
philosophy over the season and for advancing this far in the competition with
a relatively inexperienced side.
is a great result and we have to give Nollis Marais and the Bulls a lot of
credit, they are playing a great style of rugby and it is an up and coming
team," said Dobson.
a home semi-final they had a lot of belief so for us to win up here so credit
to my team as well and we marginally deserved to win that match."
in turn said his team should have played better while he bemoaned the lost opportunities.
the end of the day they took their opportunities and scored from them and when
you start playing catch-up rugby you make mistakes and they force errors," Marais said.
Province took the game away from the home side with two tries that came
courtesy of some individual flair by pocket rocket Cheslin Kolbe.
score one of the tries after he brilliantly collected a kick while he also took
a quick lineout which led to Jano Vermaak’s try.
Cape Town side will now feature in their fourth consecutive Currie Cup final
where they will be playing the winner of the Saturday's semi between the Golden
Lions and the Free State Cheetahs.