WP young guns overcome Bulls

2010-10-30 16:38

Durban - Western Province showed their class in the final of the Absa under 21 rugby competition overpowering the Blue Bulls 43-32 in Durban on Saturday.

An outstanding individual performance by flyhalf Gary van Aswegen, who scored 28 of his team’s points, proved to be the deciding factor in the match which failed to live up to expectations.

Both sides scored four tries with the last two of the Bulls only a consolation as the match had already been clinched by the Cape Town squad.

Neither of the sides managed to play to their full potential during the first half as unforced errors and senseless kicking dominated proceedings.

Province raced to an early lead thanks to an outstanding kicking display by Van Aswegen who converted five penalties before the break.

The Bulls could only muster one penalty in reply and with their backs to the wall at 12-3, they caught up to the Cape Town side by scoring the first try of the match in the 29th minute.

The five-pointer eighthman Jono Ross scored came when the men from Pretoria managed to keep the ball through multiple phases while remaining patient in the build up.

Bulls flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff converted and life was blown back into the contest as the Province relinquished the lead for the first time in the match.

The lead the Bulls enjoyed was, however, short-lived as Van Aswegen converted his fifth minutes later.

The breakdowns were as scrappy as most other facets in the game and the Bulls, in particular, failed to adapt to the referee’s interpretation at the crucial tackle area.

Trailing 15-13 at the break the Bulls came out guns blazing and regained the lead when they sent the ball wide to Super 14 wing Gerhard van den Heever.

This was the first time the speedster received the ball in the match.

Despite taking back the lead, the Bulls failed to build momentum and instead it was the Province squad that took charge of proceedings through outstanding work by players such as Nick Koster and hooker Sidney Tobias.

The men in hooped-jerseys then came close to scoring – from turnovers – on three occasions, but the Bulls managed to keep them out with their frantic scramble defence.

Province’s first try of the match came in the 51st minute of the match and was scored by the same player who had added all their previous points.

Van Aswegen stretched over to give his side a 22-18 lead and after his conversion the Bulls started to let go of their grip on the game.

After scrumhalf Louis Schreuder dived over for Province’s second try it was as if every player in the Province squad had renewed confidence in their abilities.

Even prop Allistair Vermaak showed a unique characteristic for a prop when he stepped past a defender.

What sealed the deal for Province was the first of two tries centre Johan Sadie scored in the final quarter of the match.

Province were always favourites to win this encounter, but the Bulls will be hugely disappointed in their poor execution during the second half of the match.


Western Province 43(15): Tries – Gary van Aswegen, Louis Schreuder, Johan Sadie (2). Conversions – Van Aswegen (4). Penalties - Van Aswegen (5)

Blue Bulls 32(13): Tries – Jono Ross, Gerhard van den Heever (2), Sampie Mastriet. Conversions - Marnitz Boshoff (3). Penalties: Boshoff (2).


  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-10-30 16:58

    The 2nd throphy is in the cupboard, 1 more to go!!!! WP jou LEKKER DING!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-10-30 17:19

    How about that , even with the great white hype ( van der Heever ) Province have to give them 2 tries at the end to make it look respectable. What a flop that Gerhard v d Heever is !!!!!

  • RONNIE "SHIBOBO' - 2010-10-30 17:59

    Cliff Bradley you are the flop there is no team in the world that can beat the other team with only one good player that guy can play and you know it he probaly play your son out of the 1st team now you cant take it just shut up

  • AndyJo - 2010-10-30 19:38

    good showing for the WP young guns, stars of tomorrow..

  • Pieter - 2010-10-31 04:19

    Dit wys maar net weereens, as oom danie nog geleef het, en geldrugby het nie bestaan nie, dan sou WP van nature die beste gewees het... Die Sharks span is almal omtrent gekoop... Die WP span het beserings gehad, al het hul swak gespeel... En selfs Habana (aan die Blou bulle) het nie werklik sy mas opgekom nie.

  • Caesar - 2010-10-31 07:18

    Ok, so the WP lost to the Sharks(aided and abbeted by the referee) but a very satisfying win over the Bulle. I just love to see the multitude of smiles fade from the faces of the arrogant fans.

  • Doring - 2010-10-31 09:15

    Bulls - what a bunch of poor losers and bad sportsmen. Had to bring in a guy that is already in his second season of Super 14 and still could not make a difference. Maybe they should have left the player in that has been in the position for the whole season.

  • mip - 2010-10-31 13:22

    Doring,what about Nick Koster? please go & fly your stupid biased WP kite somewhere else. pity your young guns do so well every year but choke like turkeys when it come to the real thing

  • Chrisjan - 2010-10-31 18:51

    Ons wen Cravenweek, Intervarsity-cup, Klub-kapioenskappe, o/19's en o/21's meer as dubbel keer wat ons dit verloor, tog bly daai groot CB weg... Wat gaan aan?! Ja, baie van ons talent gaan boontoe, maar die vraag bly steeds waarom laat die WP-grootbase dit toe?! Ons het byvoorbeeld tans nie 'n skrumskakel nie (Januarie se tyd is verby en Duvenage is bloot 'n skakel; geen skop), tog word toegelaat dat Hougaardt (Bulle) en nou Conrad Hoffman (Sharks) die pad vat!!! Hoe werk die ouens se koppe?!!! Wat doen Rassie Erasmus dan vir sy vet salaris daaronder in die Kaap?! Is sy "job" nie juis om talent te identifiseer en dan te ontwikkel en te behou nie?! Komaan Rugbybase, word bietjie wakker en doen jul werk waarvoor ons jul betaal. Geluk aan hierdie twee spannetjies!!! Jul is WP se toekoms. Bly nou asb net daar waar jul is. Groetnis

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-11-01 00:40

    After drowning my sorrows last night, for the 20th time in 10 years, I'd like to congratulate the Sharks, the 2nd best team in the country with their CC win and then the Bulls, the best team in the world, with their Super-14 and Vodacom wins this year. You make us proud!

  • FUZZY - 2010-11-01 14:44

    I suppose that two out of three is Better than none, but damm it, we needed that CC victory. The Sharks were brilliant on the day, well done. back to the drawing board. - BTW, Van Aswegen and Sadie are great, I reckon they will be playing S15 sometime next year.

  • @ Bulls Supporters - 2010-11-02 15:57

    During the U/19 tussle were the bulletjies got klapped, The commentator said that if the bulletjies did not compose themselves and try and maintain discipline they would pay the price and so they did.What is it with those dutchman in Zef pretoria.They just have no brains.They will never learn will they.They have school were they bread these planks. They skool is called the Dom Skool, its located just outside Zef Pretoria on the banks of the Roodeplaat Dam. They better sort these little thugs out soon otherwise we will have more Metro Police Killed at the hands of an uneducated rock.They have really kak role models dont they, Bees,Stegman,Bakkies,VD Merwe,Kuhn and and. Shame sies tog,dit moet kak wees om en IK te he van 70, vra maar enige blou bul stink tril speler. WP has two trophys yet our thugs only have 1. hahaha

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-11-03 04:23

    RONNIE "SHIBOBO' : try learning to spell , before taking me on please .

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