WP secure semi-final berth

2011-10-15 19:12

Cape Town - Western Province secured a 2011 Currie Cup play-off berth following their 43-18 bonus-point win over the Pumas side at Newlands Stadium on Saturday evening.

Three tries before the break gave Province the platform they needed to score a win which would enable them to move into the play-off zone ahead of the Blue Bulls. Province will join the Golden Lions, the Cheetahs and the Sharks in next week's semi-finals.

Province were adventurous at the start as they tried to run the ball at every opportunity, including one instance when they secured a turn-over on their own 22-metre line and played the length of the field for their opening try in the third minute.

Province's approach was probably influenced by the Blue Bulls' 92-21 rout of the Leopards on Friday. The Bulls' bonus-point win enabled them to displace Province in fourth position on the latest standings as well improve their points difference substantially.

Centre Jean de Villiers scored the third-minute touch and hooker Deon Fourie followed suit seven minutes later, after which flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis added a second conversion (14-0).

At this stage there were ominous signs that Province were also headed for a 90-pointer but the Pumas stormed back with strong runs upfield from the set-pieces, and Province were kept quiet for a 20-minute spell as they were forced on the defensive.

The Pumas' attacking efforts were rewarded with a try by flank Jaco Bouwer in the 16th minute and flyhalf Carl Bezuidenout added a conversion and a 24th minute penalty. During that passage of play, Catrakilis reduced the deficit with his first penalty in the match (17-8).

The final 10 minutes before half-time saw Province regain the initiative and as long as they kept the ball alive with crisp inter-passing movements the Pumas defence was at risk.

Centre Juan de Jongh rounded off splendidly when the Pumas defence opened up and Catrakilis goaled the conversion to give the home side 24-8 lead at the break.

As is their custom, the Pumas discarded the pink glow jerseys in the second half in favour of their traditional black and red strip and the change seemed to lift their game as Province battled to get their hands on the ball. However, the Pumas' only reward was another Bezuidenhout penalty (24-11).

Just ahead of the hour mark, Province brought on Schalk Burger to a roaring applause from the 15 000-strong crowd, and he was later joined by fellow replacements, Tiaan Liebenberg, Tertius Danilier and Jaque Fourie.

The fresh legs gave Province the injection they needed to shake off the Pumas hold on the game and flanker Siya Kolisi snatched the bonus-point try, which went unconverted, on the hour mark (29-11).

Once Province had reached this objective they celebrated their final 20 minutes of 2011 rugby at Newlands by keeping the ball alive but the Pumas never-say-die attitude came to the fore as the home side who, despite a surfeit of possession, were restricted to just a solitary try. Wing JJ Engelbrecht was the scorer and fullback Conrad Jantjes, who ended the match in the flyhalf position, added the conversion (36-11).

In the final 10 minutes, both teams seemed to abandon defence but with errors creeping into play at every turn the most promising of scoring moves were stifled, except one which ended in a try for Bryan Habana who signed off rugby for the 2011 season at Newlands. Jantjes converted (43-18)


Western Province: Tries: Jean de Villiers, Deon Fourie, Juan de Jongh, Siya Kolisi, Bryan Hbana, JJ Engelbrecht. Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (3), Conrad Jantjes (2). Penalty. Catrakilis.

Pumas: Tries: Jaco Bouwer, Reginald Kember. Conversion: Carl Bezuidenhout.

Penalties: Bezuidenhout (2)


  • Steenbra - 2011-10-15 19:18

    Well now there goes the bulletjies.. What a revelation Groom was @ scrummie. Great defensively and quick cleaning from the base. And Brian watch Apie and Juan step and learn from them!!

      Brannas - 2011-10-15 22:04

      Don't worry "vrot vis steenbra" Next week will be the last game for the WeePee aswell. ckokers and palookas wil never make it.

      Steenbra - 2011-10-16 10:54

      @ Brannas.. I think you must be pissed. This WP side is a very young side that has finished well and played with lots of character and resolve. Far better than the Bulls have played. Even the sharks and the Lions and Griquas not forgetting the Cheetahs have played well. Even if the Bulls managed to sneak into the knockout phases they would not have deserved it. Only brannas and coke consumer like you would have thought otherwise. Have a nice long holiday and dont end up @ the AA.

  • Fuf - 2011-10-15 19:18

    Thanks once again to the ref handing it to them on a plate. Anyway, I'm used to pathetic reffing now. Nou vir my 2de lekkerte: Een is as die Bulle wen (en julle kan seker dink hoeveel plesier ek daaruit gekry het die laaste dekade) Twee is natuurlik as die WP verloor, ek kry ongenadiglik lekker. So van nou af cheer ek Lions, Sharks en Cheetahs, selfs Nigerie, enige iets teen die WP. As die WP nie die Curriebeker wen nie is dit vir my net so lekker as wat die Bulle dit wel wen. Groete julle outjies

      Eugene - 2011-10-15 19:22

      fuf fuf fuf fuf as dit nou nie suurdruiwe is nie dan weet ek nie .Die feit van die saak is die blou masjien was nie goed genoeg die jaar nie miskien volgende jaar of daarna of daarna of daarna .

      Michael - 2011-10-15 20:28

      Totally sour grapes @Fuf - take it on the chin like a man lad and just remember that the wheel turns! How much longer are we going to have to hear your pathetic 11 year story? Unless the Bulls can poach a few more good uns they are going to have to stay "droogbek" for quite a while to come yet. I would love to see how many fans they will be able to keep at moftus then. Perhaps they should get 2 new locks... one fro the front gate and one for the rear to keep the spectators in. Weepee jou lekka ding!

      Fuf - 2011-10-15 23:17

      @Michael Not too much longer for the 11 year story, soon you'll hear 12. Well, you idiotic WP supporters never took it on the chin for how long now, always vocal, arrogant, highly brainless comments eventhough you've got ZERO silverware to show. So until you break the drought, you'll hear from me

      Robs - 2011-10-16 07:54

      Pathetic Bulls

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  • Pieter - 2011-10-15 19:53

    My eerste reaksie was: 'Nou, Blou Bulgemors, hou julle julle bekke tot volgende jaar - en as julle genoeg spelers kan inkoop om saam te gesels, dan praat ons weer volg3ende jaar.' Maar toe besef ek 'n mens skop nie iemand as hy op die grond lĂȘ nie, so my innige simpatie met al die grootbek Blou Bul ondersteuners! Dis nie soseer dat die blou bul nou van die grond af vreet nie, maar eerder WAT hy van die grond af vreet - dit lyk maar vir my na 'n stinkende stuk vrotsigheid! Jig! Geluk, my WP-span, met 'n goeie wen! Bring die Curriebeker huistoe waar hy hoort!

      Pieter - 2011-10-16 16:48

      Fuf, ek is jammer. Ek moes nooit tot jou vlak gedaal het nie. Ek het my kommentaar op jou aanmerkings uitgewis. Vergeef, ek het my deur jou laat ontstel. Ek weet dis geen verskoning nie, maar dis die waarheid. Kommentaar moet stop as dit spesifiek persoonlik raak en myne het.

      Pieter - 2011-10-17 17:30

      Ek het 6 jaar in die Paarl gebly en met Piet se opmerkings weereens besef ek hoe venynig WP ondersteuners kan wees. Hulle het net die vermoe om die plesier uit rugby te haal, of hulle nou wen of verloor.

  • Stephen - 2011-10-15 21:03

    Anyone see the Sharks game - complete wipeout! Lions must be shattered having to go back home after a loss like that 53-9. Now they have to face a bok laden WP as well. Yes, they had a B team but its the pshychological damage of being nailed firmly to the cross! Who cares about home ground now. I say its a WP Sharks final in Durban.

      Burtfred - 2011-10-15 21:48

      Yes, and a WP win.

      Pieter - 2011-10-15 22:29

      We're hugely improved by our returned Boks, but we are still brittle up front. Our props do not inspire confidence and we miss injured players like Bekker, Elstadt and Vermeulen. Still, may your words be worth their weight in gold! Go, Province! Bring the Currie Cup home to where it belongs!

  • Benmica - 2011-10-15 21:06

    Congratulations to the WP. Bulls forever....

  • Dawie - 2011-10-15 22:32

    Sorry Griekwas - Go province !!!

  • Marius - 2011-10-16 07:15

    Fuf,julle Bloubul ondersteuners is en bly maar commin,en julle ou Bloubulle het ons die wereld beker gekos, Pierre Spies is net in die Bok span om mooi te lyk,is mos bang om te tackle,Fourie du Preez,Victor Matfield,hulle moes al lankal afgetree het.As jy weer eendag in die Kaap is,sal ek vir jou n kreef gee om te eet,miskien sal jy dan reg kom.

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