Cape Town - Western Province scored three tries either side of half-time as they
demolished the Blue Bulls 41-17 (half-time 19-6) in a
scintillating Currie Cup encounter at Newlands on
According to the supersport.com website, WP ran in six tries through Pat Cilliers, Michael Rhodes, Nizaam
Carr, Juan de Jongh and a brace from Seabelo Senatla while replacement
hooker Bongi Mbonambi nabbed one for the visitors.
Despite their second-consecutive bonus-point victory, coach Allister
Coetzee will be worried about the yellow card count that his side are
racking up. WP picked up three yellow cards against the EP Kings last
week and found themselves with another two sin-bins with Manuel Carizza
and Kobus van Wyk spending time off the field for deliberate and cynical
The Bulls were not without their own troubles as JJ Engelbrecht and Grant Hattingh were both sin-binned for similar offences.
The Bulls dominated possession in the first half but were met with a
defence filled with passion and pride. WP hardly had any ball in
hand in the first ten minutes but once they gained possession, they made
The visitors were penalised for not releasing the player on their own
22m line and a quick tap from scrumhalf Nic Groom fed the speeding left
wing Senatla who beat two defenders and dived over in style for the home
sides’ first try of the afternoon.
Demetri Catrakilis converted the try but Jacques-Louis Potgieter reduced
the deficit by three points just four minutes later as Carizza was
penalised for being offside.
The penalty did not detract from WP’s attacking flair as they placed the
Bulls under pressure straight from the kickoff and were awarded a
penalty. Catrakilis kicked for the corner and from the resulting
lineout, Siya Kolisi was brought down just short of the line but
Cilliers picked up and drove over the line for his first try in WP
Catrakilis again converted to hand the hosts an 11-point lead but
Potgieter struck back within minutes with his second penalty attempt as WP were penalised for illegal scrumming.
Carizza looked the part of a centre as the big lock drew in two
defenders and timed is pass to perfection to No 8 Carr, who dived over
the line for try No 3. Catrakilis missed the conversion with WP leading
19-6 at the break.
The visitors made a strong start to the second stanza with Potgieter
landing two penalties within five minutes of the restart to bring the
Bulls within seven points of their hosts. Despite the Bulls dominating
possession and territory, Catrakilis was able to land his only penalty
of the day to extend the lead to 10 points.
It was then that the discipline of both sides fell apart as the Bulls
looked to press home their advantage of territory and possession. WP
were given a general warning by referee Rasta Rasivhenge and it was
Carizza that was first to go.
The lock knocked the ball out of Piet van Zyl’s hands as the scrumhalf
tried to clear the base of the ruck. But such was the nature of the
match that the hosts managed to turn the ball over, with Catrakilis
kicking the ball down field. Engelbrecht was caught in possession on
defence and once bundled out into touch, threw the ball away and found
the wrath of Rasivhenge with a yellow card.
WP took a quick throw in and moved the ball down the backline to
the left hand side of the field where Senatla sauntered over for his
second try of the day. Catrakilis converted to hand WP a 17-point
The Bulls pounded the hosts’ tryline with wave after wave of attacks but
the WP defence held. The hosts won a penalty as the Bulls did not
release the ball on the ground and Catrakilis launched a cross-kick
which Senatla chased, gathered and raced down the left-hand touchline.
The winger fed inside to De Jongh who was brought down just short of the
line, only for Hanttingh to be sin binned for deliberately knocking the
Rhodes then drove for the line and after a TMO referral, the flanker was
awarded the try with Catrakilis converting to give the men from Cape
Town a 24-point cushion.
Once all the players had returned from their respective sin-bins, the
Bulls managed to cross the line through Mbonambi. After yet more
sustained pressure from the Pretoria outfit, Mbonambi fed the line out
short and received the ball back, raced down the touchline and went over
in the corner for the Bulls’ only try.
The game seemed to be petering out but then some brilliance from
fullback Cheslin Kolbe set the stadium alight with some fancy footwork
from the halfway line. Kolbe stepped in and out, beating several Bulls
players before offloading to his captain, De Jongh, with a no-look pass
to send the inside centre over for WP’s sixth try on the stroke of
Tries: Seabelo Senatla (2), Pat Cilliers, Nizaam Carr, Michael Rhodes, Juan de Jongh
Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (4)
Blue Bulls: Western Province:
Try: Bongi Mbonambi
Penalties: Jacques-Louis Potgieter (4)
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Alistair Vermaak
Substitutes: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Jaco Taute
15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann (captain), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Marcel van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Hencus Van Wyk, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel