WP show some ‘NZ’ panache

2012-09-02 11:56

Cape Town - They represent a region which features a controversially strong lobby of New Zealand rugby enthusiasts.

So there was perhaps some irony in the fact that Western Province, suddenly warming to their Currie Cup task after a slow start to the campaign, on Saturday night produced some of the inventiveness and unpredictable running lines that are hallmarks of the game in the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Even the staunchest of WP fans would not have pitched up at Newlands for the visit of the Blue Bulls expecting them to hammer their old Highveld foes 42-6 and by a five-tries-to-nil margin.

The Bulls had arrived, after all, as something of a form team courtesy of registering 42 points of their own in an up-tempo triumph just a week earlier against the Sharks, last year’s losing finalists and the furthest-riding South African franchise in Super Rugby this season.

But the boot was dramatically on the other foot as Province played with rare zest and purpose for most of the 80 minutes to hand out a drubbing to Dewald Potgieter’s unsuspecting and strangely ramshackle outfit.

Fewer than 14 000 people turned out for the once-coveted north v south clash, although only those who determine the fixtures know why, when there are only two games on the Saturday, they are scheduled for respective 17:05 and chilly 19:10 slots rather than more spectator-friendly 15:00 and 17:05.

The loyal few got an overdue spectacle from the blue-and-white-hoops, who in their Super Rugby guise as the Stormers a few weeks earlier were often rightfully accused of dour, safety-first rugby despite a strong winning habit and second successive conference triumph.

It was quite illuminating to see Province players thinking outside the “template” and with midfielders Marcel Brache and JP du Plessis, for example, unleashing skilful offloads in the manner of Sonny Bill Williams and other All Black playmakers.

But WP also didn’t abandon their defensive structure, it must be said, and the Bulls found themselves up so many cul-de-sacs at times that, with less than half an hour to go and already 21 points adrift, their flyhalf Louis Fouche unbelievably opted for a close-range dropped goal which duly flew wide anyway.

This result has truly opened up the competition, just one round shy of the halfway mark in round-robin play.

You could argue that nobody wants the trophy... or should that rather read everybody?

Even Griquas, who bring up the rear on the six-team log, are only four points adrift of a “semi-final” placing as things stand, courtesy of their shock away victory over 2011 champions the Lions on Friday.

The table does have a reasonably familiar look to it, because the top four slots - respectively featuring the Sharks, WP (they‘ve soared three places), Cheetahs and Lions - are occupied by the very same sides who cracked last season’s final-four phase.
So there is just a bit of pressure mounting again on the Bulls not to miss the cut for a second year on the trot.

The stakes will be fairly high when they entertain the Lions in the cross-Hennops derby on Saturday, with both sides seeking redemption for this weekend’s near-fiascos.

Meanwhile the Sharks, despite a notably incomplete showing at home to the Cheetahs, can at least pat themselves on the back for a Houdini act which saw them come from a 21-6 interval deficit to grab the lead for the first time as late as the 77th minute and grab a full house of points at Mr Price Kings Park.

Sitting at the head of the standings and with away games against Province and the Bulls already behind them, the Durban-based team may well be best bets to enter the semis in late October in pole position.

Saturday’s programme (home teams first): Griquas v Sharks, 15:00; Blue Bulls v Lions, 17:05; Cheetahs v WP, 19:10.

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  • hoffjw - 2012-09-02 12:21

    Everyone spoke of jan serfontein....but yesterday he met MARCEL BRACHE & JP (SONNY BILL) du Plessis....and what a ball carrier wing DAMIAN DE is....looked like JJ before he bcame a NULL....So bulls one game or not...I gt this to say TSK......WPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-02 12:28

      lol, I hope that papsak wears off by tomorrow.

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-02 13:16

      ...champion chokers... proved by history...

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-02 12:50

    Nobody dare tell me that South Africans cant run the ball. We are capable of playing a multi-dimensional game to match conditions and the opposition, yet we stick to the same gameplan even when it doesnt work. Any wonder the neutrals would rather support the AB's. Well done WP, may we learn to encourage positive play here in SA

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-09-02 13:13

      tell that to the national coach

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-09-02 13:03

    Using WP is the same sentence with NZ is just ridiculous. Comparing WP to the All Blacks is insulting to the men in black. One good game and all of a sudden WP are the best team in the world?

      bernard.ingram - 2012-09-02 13:09 currie cups in 11 years speak volumes, hey palooka?

      yagyah.rabin - 2012-09-02 13:25

      dude he is just saying NZ style rugby like Swansea play a Barcelona style of football . Dont be a idiot

      macziekpk - 2012-09-02 13:45

      Swansea and Barcelona? Which franchise is that? Are they in the Super 15?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 03:50

      @maakziek. That is going to be the Bulls' opposition from now on. In that compitition 6 points may actually win you the game.

  • blou.johnny - 2012-09-02 13:04 Currie cups... Super cups... ...chokers... ....Ha ha ha ha ha ..!

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-09-02 13:15 tries... tries.... chokers.... hahahahaha

      yagyah.rabin - 2012-09-02 13:27

      once again very original well done, you mad all of Pretoria proud

      macziekpk - 2012-09-02 13:46

      Some people need to learn that losing one game in a round robin stage to the home team is not exactly choking. But then again, anything the WP fans can use to prove they are not chokers....clutching at straws

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-09-02 18:38

      What was that? 42-6?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 04:45

      No, maaksiek. Not choking. Suffocating.

      johan.fourie.566 - 2012-09-03 06:04

      blou johnny you got stuck on one sentence. Just like your team in one style of play. 10years old?

  • spiekeries - 2012-09-02 13:10

    Rob Houwing, the most irritating writer on any online news site. Robbie my bra, your team trapped a d-team, which is also coached by an idiot. Once again the weepie supporters get excited at the start, and once again they will be dissapointed in the end.

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-09-02 13:15

      When did HM take over the bulls D Team?

      spiekeries - 2012-09-02 13:24

      Jy is n' skerp potlood my bra

      sheldon.matthys.9 - 2012-09-02 14:19

      D team .So we can all agree that dewald potgieter,werner kruger,deon stegman should never be close to a bok team.a whole lot of the others had played super rugby.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 04:47

      Hey spiekeries. You forgot to blame the ref. Blame the ref then you've used all the lame excuses we came to expect from the Pink Pansie supporters.

  • bokmaster - 2012-09-02 13:21

    It was a great game by WP and one that you did not have to be a supporter to appreciate. WP played the way they should be playing and maybe to certain extent the way SA should be playing. This game told me something about the way we play in SA and what can be done with a combination of the right players, picked in the right positions, playing to their strengths with an intelligent gameplan. There were plenty of standouts, but for me the man who made this a game to remember was the scrum half Nick Groom. No messing about at the rucks, clean quick, crisp service to the ever advancing line of players available to take the ball up and distribute when needed. Kicking was used sparingly and only when it was tactically a good option or there was no other option to go forward. Yes the bulls were terrible, but WP still had to score the points and lets not forget the commitment on defence. To the naysayers, 'Your only as good as your last game'. Now the bar has been set and its up to this team to live up to that every week.

      macziekpk - 2012-09-02 13:49

      Sorry but the Bulls did not turn up at all. Against a quality experienced team not full of young players who have never played together, you would not have scored 5 tries. Bulls were vrot last night and to get so excited and suggest WP is the greatest team ever and SA should follow their gameplan from ONE GAME against a terribly turned out Bulls side is ludicrous. But enjoy it while it lasts, because you will not lift the trophy, once again. You're only as good as your last game. Classic idiot mentality

  • hennie.herbst - 2012-09-02 13:26

    Due to a recent article of a hippo in Cape Town, I thought it would be very fitting if the Western Province rugby team should be called the Hippos (will put them on tract with animal names like most of the other teams)...but then another thought struck me, it is very unlikely that a hippo has ever choked.

      macziekpk - 2012-09-02 13:50

      Call the supporters Jack Russels, get excited, rush into it and and then regret being so over eager

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 04:49

      No, what about elephants? Elephants are way better at trampling anything that comes in their way.

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-09-02 13:34

    n blou bul eet nie van die grond af nie . . . wa ha ha ha after yesterday they will need to eat through a straw after that beating

      macziekpk - 2012-09-02 13:52

      Shame, jealous of such a proud tradition and culture at Loftus. Don;t have a catchy song for your team? No one felt proud enough to support your team to write a pretty little ditty? Oh wait, Prooooovince (with no front teeth) and Hier kom a ding, a WP ding, WP jou lekker ding. Right.

      spiekeries - 2012-09-02 14:02

      Mac, they got their favourate saying from the annual cape town gay pride march "wp jou lekker ding"

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 02:19

      The WP don't need kommin, irritating, gay songs like Mofmeyer's "eet nie van die vloer af nie" en "Liefling" to keep the spectators entertained. WP's players entertain on the field by humiliating the Bulls 42-6. Very proud tradition there, hey maaksiekpk?

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-09-02 13:34

    n blou bul eet nie van die grond af nie . . . wa ha ha ha after yesterday they will need to eat through a straw after that beating

  • Yong-Se Cosa Nostra - 2012-09-02 14:02

    well done WP. . . !

  • Robsschele - 2012-09-02 14:06

    42-6. WP ek het die wedstryd gate uit geniet. Ek het die wedstryd met 'n swaar hart begin. Ek het regtig verwag dat die Bulle ons gaan trap. Toe kom hierdie verrassing. Pragtig.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-09-02 21:29

      Baie baie meneer die Ref

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-02 23:31

      @Dr. Spiertjies. Ai tog, lyk nie of jy hierdie Graad 1 wiskunde gaan regkry nie. Daar was net een ref. Nie baie baie refs nie En selfs al was daar baie, baie refs om die vlou nulle te help, sou hulle nog steeds afgeslag gewees het.

  • bokmaster - 2012-09-02 14:37

    @macziekpk The fact that you have to resort to being personal about it shows that this has hit a nerve with you. I am not a WP supporter but a South African rugby fan, who delights when any of our teams play good rugby. Secondly, You are only as good as your last game. The fact that WP have not won the Currie Cup yet is as irrelevant as the fact that the excuse that it was the Bulls D team. Nobody said that this is the greatest team ever, but goodness man just appreciate the game for what it can be. Fact is you can only play the team put on the field to face you and on the day there was a winner and a loser. Next Saturday it will start all over again and this team will have to prove they can do it consistently. Until then though, Well done WP.

      spiekeries - 2012-09-02 15:31

      Praat met die wp idiote ook ou tjom

      KLSmith51 - 2012-09-02 16:52

      Thanks for putting that idiot on his backside. I support 15 man rugby from any team.

      macziekpk - 2012-09-02 23:00

      What a pathetic comment. I do not appreciate anything the WP do. I appreciate nothing besides the dancing girls.

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-03 06:55

      macziekpk, same way I feel about Pretoria and the Bull's buddy, bunch of inbred idiot's, Nothing good comes out of Pretoria. So why don't you piss off and go sulk with your old South African flag, dutchman. 3 Played 3 lost for the Bull's, bottom line. We beat you with our C team home and away in the Super 15 Idiot.

  • riaan.vanderwesthuizen.79 - 2012-09-02 14:38

    SA's premier league rugby up and down - no form. One week top .. next week bottom ... nothing positive for national (Bok) rugby

  • nick.kotsiopoulos - 2012-09-02 15:20

    That is exactly the same as my observation I made yesterday of WP's style of play (under WP humiliate Bulls)...i.e. it had a NZ feel to it. But I also added that the Bulls played like the Boks. Wouldnt it be so good to see the Boks deploy this style. Lots of tries but maintained a good defence as well.

  • deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-02 15:27

    Jislaaik, maar julle bul supporters is naatgat!! Julle is opgeneuk en aanvaar dit! 42-6 is soos om 6 van die beste te kry, en julle het ook! Naatgatte!

      spiekeries - 2012-09-02 15:34

      Ag sharrap jou aap, dis jou wp bras wat soos idiote aangaan, nicks gewoond nie shame

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-02 16:20

      Ag shame jou bobbejaan!!!!! Kan nie n verloor vat nie ne!!! As die WP verloor is julle altyd ook eerste om slegte goed te se! Idioot!

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-09-02 16:53

      Lekker.Verniel mekaar.Net so opwindend soos die wedstryd self.

      spiekeries - 2012-09-02 17:10

      Deontjie ou seun, as jy rerig voel jy moet jou simpel opinie met iemand deel doen dit met jou haasbek cherrie. Julle klomp is niks gewoond nie en baie desperaat om te voel hoe wonderlik dit is wanneer jou span trofees wen, veral as hulle jou span verneder in n' final. Onthou jy dit nog, toe julle wp ape so gebitch het ne!

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-02 19:02

      Ou spiekeries, jy is pateties! Shamepies, mamma se seuntjie kan nie n verloor vat nie!! Foeitig mamma!! Loop die traantjies daar in Danville?? Of het jy jou ou vroutjie bietjie rond geklap? Idioot!

      spiekeries - 2012-09-02 22:15

      Deontjie, ek worry nie oor die verloor nie aap. Ek weet my span gaan nerens kom met daai PP as afrigter. Maar jy is n' tipiese weepie supporter, wil uit deel maar as jy jou eie medisyne terugkry dan tjank jy groot trane, vertraagte loser poofter

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 01:54

      Ou spiekeries se trane loop wild!!! Ons blame die ref, ons blame die coach wat nou skielik swak is. Skielik maak die verloor nie meer saak nie, hy worry nie daaroor nie. 42-6. EINA!!! Huil maar spiekeries. Niemand gee regtig om vir jou nie, maar jy kan maar huil. Dalk sal dit jou beter laat voel. Dalk moet mamma jou twee oe weer toeslaan sodat jy nie kan sien hoe die WP die pink koeie op moftus kom vertrap nie.

      spiekeries - 2012-09-03 06:28

      Chris, ek sien jy is een van daai wat weggehardloop het na convict land, lafhaard, konnie in afrika survive nie, so sharrap aap

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 07:39

      Ek sal nie sharrap nie bobbejaan. ****42-6****

      spiekeries - 2012-09-03 14:03

      ek gee op, die weepie supporters is maar dom en jy kannie moet die ape redeneer nie.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 22:44

      @spiekeries. Ek stem saam, jy kan nie redeneer nie. Will grootbek wees om die aandag af te lei van jou swak span, maar al wat jy regkry is om 'n bespotting van jouself te maak. Onthou, 42-6.

  • ann.fischadler - 2012-09-02 18:11

    WP het nog al die jare die rugby gespeel tot en met ons vorige afrigter.....nie altyd gewen nie maar dit was pure genot om hulle te sien speel....die ou gesegde in engels....' what's the good of a mind if it cannot be changed '....en liewer laat as nooit!

  • melt.esterhuizen - 2012-09-02 20:37

    @ Johny Blues, Ek is liewer n choker as om te se ek het drie bekers gewen en ek verloor 42 - 6 teen die chokers!!!! Ai waar is die jare wat ons 3 bekers kon wen.....whaaaaaa 42 - 6 vernietig deur chokers whaaaaaaaaa Koop asb nog spelers manne asb koop nog spelers en vl jaar speel ons nie net in pienk nie maar in swart want ons treur............

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 04:51

      Ek hoor ook die supporters roep nou vir Nick Mallet om die Bulls te kom regruk. Dit gaan broekskeur as jy 'n WP man nodig het om jou rugby te kom leer speel.

      Richard Gouws - 2012-09-03 07:32

      @jonny blues!!Ou boet,daar gan julle vinnige bekke alweer,deur di blou bulle te wen,wen ni di currie beker ni,j mt di finale wen boet,en net soos in di Super 15,het julle nog niks bereik ni!Ek eindig liewer laaste op di log,as wat ek soos julle in di super 15 heelbo geeindig ht,en niks kon wen ni!lmklaaaaaa

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 07:59

      @Richard Gouws. Ook maar met min tevrede. Laaste op die log? Ek sal nogal daarvan hou. Dan kan die Kings julle vervang.

  • - 2012-09-02 22:06

    As n mens so na sommige van die reaksies kyk en lees kan dit seker nie anders dat die Bokke so lusteloos speel nie. Want wie wil dan nou wen met sulke tipe kommentaar op wedstryde? Die spanne speel, maar op die forums lyk dit eerder of hier loopgrawe is waar skermutselings die reel is tussen verskillende ondersteuners. Hier is werklik min reaksies wat net oor n spesifieke berig gaan. Elke keer word die verlede opgehaal oor wie het die meeste die Curriebeker of Super beker gewen met die gevolglike teenargumente en stryery. Dis nou al regtig so vervelend om dieselfde ou stories oor en oor te sien. WP het mos nou gewen, kom ons aanvaar dit so en gee hulle die krediet. Die Bulle het verloor, kom ons vat dit soos n goeie sportmens en beweeg aan.

  • Bam - 2012-09-02 23:04

    was ac off sick last week?

  • bidi.barett - 2012-09-02 23:14

    there was match fixing involved. Just a pity no1 will admit that

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 04:52

      Oh, that's original! It's the first time I heard that excuse.

  • michael.verreynne - 2012-09-02 23:19

    I just read through all these comments. First, Bulls supporters stop it with that old story about cups. Focus on the now and here, not the was and then. This is the future, things are changing. And give credit where credit is due. Second, WP supporters congrats with your team's performance! The Bulls were demolished with great running rugby and beautiful quick ball. Third, WP played outside their comfort zone and produced a wonderful performance! Forth, for anybody wondering I am a Bulls supporter, but give credit where it's due.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-02 23:19

    And we all know WP has always been the example of great rugby in SA.

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-09-03 00:27

      Yup & uh-uh. T'is now the daw'ning of the Sharks.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-03 09:49

      The donnering of the Sharks?

  • bokmaster - 2012-09-03 06:03

    @macziekpk. I suppose the dancing girls are the extent of your rugby knowledge anyway, so go figure!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 07:40

      I think maaksiek WAS one of the dancing girls, but got dropped because he didn't make the weight specification....

  • stuartanthony.rousseau.9 - 2012-09-03 10:27

    haha the sharks score 4 tries nearly every week even wen we lost to the bulls we scored 4 tries . i think maybe the absence of jean de villiers not running side ways finally helped the stormers

  • akhona.nkayi - 2012-09-03 10:39

    looking at the Boks in recent years, one has to conclude that the last time we played an entertaining rugby was when NIck Mallet was at the helm, the era which we had an eighthman with a centre's brain, side stepping flankers and so on. Flair was the order of the day, we cruised past the Tri-Nations in a devastating style, putting NZ and Aus to shreds. We almost broke the NZ record of consecutive victories, a fit we wont reproduce in a while. We may have won the WC in 2007, but to this day Mallet had the awesome team of all time. Thats my rugby opinion, this "Skop and donnor" is so '90s and wont bring true fans of the game to the stadium.Bought tickets to Soccer City already, but am not too sure whether I'll be there to marvel over SBW skills or will be there to see a victorious Boks in style...

      victor.mendes1 - 2012-09-03 12:09

      Agreed! You need to tell that to the coach, at provincial level he did well with the Bulls but inter-national rugby is a new ball game. But perhaps HM is due a season to get his head into an effective playing style, but for now I wait very nervously for when the Bokke face the dominant AB machine.

  • jjskosana - 2012-09-03 13:20

    as a shark fan i congrettz the stormers, for the 1st time i enjoyd watching them... grandpa jdv is the reason y ur backline never scored... just look at the boks now...even the cheetah forwards is a beter midfielders then him. cause they run straigh n also pass the ball. he should think b0ut retirement.

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-09-03 17:22

    French flare!

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