WP’s triumph of the spirit

2012-10-27 22:00

Cape Town – Western Province, the newly-crowned 2012 Currie Cup champions, have now won the prestigious trophy 33 times, making any comparisons between the various triumphs tricky ... and relatively meaningless anyway.

Everybody knows that the provincial landscape would have been immeasurably different when the competition was first convened in 1889, and WP bagged it seven times in eight opportunities before the 19th century had even run its course (they have been rather less prolific in modern times).

But it is seriously tempting to suggest the latest success – which takes them 10 clear of the Blue Bulls again tally-wise – may well rank as a top-fiver or thereabouts for the manner in which it was achieved, and so against the grain of popular expectation.

Some of the best and most neutral critics, after all, were picking the virtually full-strength Sharks to claim Saturday’s final by 12 points or more, particularly given the benefit of home advantage plus knowledge of the 30-10 score-line in their favour when the same foes clashed in the lopsided Durban showpiece just two years earlier.

It is probably not too inaccurate to say that the Sharks took to the heavy pitch sporting some 40-50 percent more of their full-strength Super Rugby arsenal than the injury-hit WP could assemble.

In that context, and also considering the whip hand the Sharks had held over these rivals in the two major competitions this year, Province’s 25-18 victory goes down as a remarkable one, the cherry on top being that this final was a vibrant, fast-paced and full-blooded one roughly from start to finish.

It was the classic sporting occasion where the spirit and self-belief of the underdog (initially under the cosh and slipping some way behind on the board as well) just ballooned and ballooned.

By the final whistle there could be no doubting the validity of WP’s achievement, even as Capetonian hearts would have been in mouths as a last-ditch Sharks assault -- including another menacing, concerted scrummage – nearly yielded a potentially equalising touchdown.

But there was good body language about this Province side from the very kick-off, and importantly it didn’t seem to change as they slipped behind 12-3 within half an hour and a repeat of 2010 was beginning to beckon fairly loudly.

But sound defensive principles are so entrenched in the Newlands-based team’s collective mindset these days that they soaked up much firm pressure and then healthily sensed that the Sharks’ “kitchen sink” assault was beginning to lose water.

Against all odds, the visitors instead swept increasingly onto the front foot themselves as their hosts’ legs turned unusually leaden, ideas began to dwindle and Sharks coach John Plumtree erred, too, in the timing and choice of a few substitutions.

In a colossal team feat, some individuals did shine brighter than others as Province broke an 11-year drought in this competition and also ended a disconcertingly expanding losing streak of defeats in key, knockout matches in either Currie Cup or Super Rugby.

Nuggety captain and ever-more-impressive, converted No 6 flanker Deon Fourie got the official mantle as player of the match ... and why not?

He is like a Jack Russell terrier outsmarting a venomous snake in the way he beavers, burrows and bangs his way about the park, and his utility value as a hooker must make him a very credible candidate for a place in the Springbok squad for the northern hemisphere tour to be announced on Sunday.

But every bit as dynamic in a never-say-die WP pack (and it is a description he’s warranted just about every Saturday for several weeks and months) was Eben Etzebeth, the smouldering second-rower who simply gets in faces and stays there.

Apart from being stroppy in a mostly admirably controlled sort of way, the No 4, who will no doubt turn 21 especially joyously on Monday, was instrumental in causing havoc off the Sharks’ throw-in at the lineout.

It was a department where Province earned critical “retribution”, if you like, for the butchering they mostly took at the other set-piece.

Having said that, a couple of defiant big heaves of their own in the second half only further demonstrated the unrelenting grit of the youth-punctuated eventual champions.

Speaking of greenhorns, other forwards in that category to give their all and then some included Scarra Ntubeni, who may “pop” a few times from the middle of the front row as he isn’t the bulkiest tractor in the shed, but tackled and scrambled ceaselessly and also had some inspiring ball-carries.

The WP backline wasn’t devoid of its on-day heroes, either: Juan de Jongh’s swerving, bamboozling try only underlined the folly of his curtailed Bok involvement this year, whilst flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis got more and more authoritative as the game wore on – his two dropped goals, one off either foot, in the final quarter really put the last nails in the Sharks’ unexpected coffin.

Although Catrakilis will be a surrendered resource next season, 2013 looks predominantly rosy for rugby at Newlands once more, given the number of established stars who will filter back, fit again, to supplement an expanding cupboard of Young Turks and a volley of headline signings from the Lions into the bargain.

A monkey has been brushed off WP’s backs and the potential to cash in further on that very fact must be regarded as significant.

But the Sharks – who incidentally contributed to a final played in laudable spirit – ought to stay right up among pace-setters across the tournament range next year as well.

That will apply particularly if the 2012 runners-up in both Super Rugby and the Currie Cup can get an overdue grip on an area that has arguably bedevilled them for several seasons ... that messy old lineout of theirs.

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  • mark.botha.184 - 2012-10-27 22:03

    Well done Province. Well played!

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 22:12

      Well played indeed!!! Sharks as well, good game.

      frigo.donnerweer - 2012-10-27 22:34

      WP, best currie cup team ever!!! Im so proud of you guys!

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 23:21

      Ysterbeth proved he is the best player this year again. How Keegan was ahead of him, I don't understand at all. Good player, but anyone can see Eben has had an immense year. Can't remember any other person playing that well all year.

      GullibleX - 2012-10-27 23:27

      I can't believe the Sharks lost, with all the assistance the ref was giving them. Blatant mistakes were overlooked from them... Anyway, it doesn't matter, coz, WP, Jou Lekker DING !!!!

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 00:19 Super Cups.. ..17 years.. ......Bulls Super Champs X3... ...Bhwa ha ha ha ha...!

      inky.pinky.56 - 2012-10-28 00:32

      @JokeZA. Must agree with you! The ref and his assistants were terrible and they nearly spoilt a great game.

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-28 00:43

      Well done Province, top class stuff!!!! Great game, I agree the ref missed some basic calls as he did with the AB, game Argentina!!! The Sharks play all their Boks and forget the offload game that worked so well during the season!!! The new law that stops this stupid standing with the ball at your feet could hurt us at the end of year tour!!!!

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-10-28 02:09

      Now for the 2013 Super title.

      arm.witmens - 2012-10-28 05:37

      @bloujobbie - suur druiwe pateet. jou spannetjie is en bly pateties. Met jou denkvermoe en redenasie, is dit geen wonder hulle wil pretoria se naam verander nie. Dis dat d*se soos jy nie weeer jou pad terug na jou gomgat buurt toe kan kry nie. LOL....suur druiwe.

      raymond.dick.12 - 2012-10-28 08:36

      @tokkie suurgat ~ ROFL. Dude you give new meaning to the word 'suurgat'.

      kyle.berry.90857 - 2012-10-28 09:55

      Some sour jealous fans here today, you've been dishing out the bullsh*t all season, now take it like a man and pay respect where it's due... Jammer om van julle k*k te hoor!!!!! WP you made me exceptionally proud last night, Definatly the deserving CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      GullibleX - 2012-10-28 10:18

      @InkyPinky, Yes, you right.. Ref almost ruined a great game. That being said, I think the Sharks are an awesome team and definately the 2 deserved teams played in that final. This is what SA Rugby is about. I just hope Heyneker Meyer can wake up now. I have nothing against the Bulls doing well and I can put up with Blou-Johnny's trolling, but ffs, it doesnt take a rocket scintist to see how many skillful players played last night. HM should go back to the drawing board with regards to his selection start and game plan and we gna seriously give that AB team a go.

  • riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-27 22:08

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      TravieGrif - 2012-10-28 08:15

      @Isak, thanks for the comment almost made me feel better! No, I am kidding. It was an epic final down to the last minute, and I hand it to you guys as e better team on the day. Province won the battle for the ball on be ground, and our lineouts were a shambles, which is where I think we lost it. I take nothing away from your victory because I was riveted from start to finish. SA rugby in really good hands with these kids coming through, and I am hoping to see Lambie as Bok pivot. Was imperious in a losing cause. Has BMT in buckets. We will see you in the Super comp in Feb, but now looking forward to being team mates with you guys on EOYT. Sharks forever!

      raymond.dick.12 - 2012-10-28 08:41

      @TravieGrif ~ Agree on Lambie. Without him things might have been worse for the Sharks. I am not talking about his penalties either ~ the man is the Springbok No 10 IMHO. Of course HM will probably still pick MS.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 12:22

      Sure hope so Travie.

  • michael.deyzel.1 - 2012-10-27 22:10

    To all those who did not think WP would win, you've been served!

      omge.klits - 2012-10-27 23:39

      Congratulations WP - well done on your first cup in 12 years !

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 23:58

      It is hard to Count hey!!!!

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 00:31 Super cups.. ..17 years... ...and counting...

      omge.klits - 2012-10-28 02:02

      lean.sadie - you plan to invent another cup to win this year ?

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 02:29

      Omge, you plan to invent another fake facebook account soon? That one is from thursday. Or can you not count either?

  • rouan.engelbrecht - 2012-10-27 22:15

    Mooi wp!ek is n groot shark en nie n bull so ek kan eerlik se sonder om die ref te blameer of 1 van hulle k

      riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-27 22:28

      danki rouan was dit no n bul het hy klomp verskonings gehad

      riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-27 22:30

      dis hoekom ek sharks my 2 de span maak great geam

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 23:22

      Sharks en cheetahs my 2 de span. Moeilik om te kies tussen hulle! Cheetahs sal weer terug wees, sal baie goeie games sien, lekker!!!

  • leonard.bulle - 2012-10-27 22:18

    Geluk BULLS ond 21j met CC wen, lekker die wp chokers vermorsel, so choke hulle van jongs af hahahahaha

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-27 22:23

      And we "vermorsel" you back in the under 19 CC final.So we even.Stop talking out of your a***e for once.

      joneethling - 2012-10-27 22:28

      The Curry Cup has been the highlight for WP this year. After that, ending top of the Super Log was pretty cool. Kolisi singlehandedly smashing the BULLS into the turf like a tent peg at Moftus was not so bad either.

      Andre Kritzinger - 2012-10-27 22:30

      Hahahahahah.... Is jy 5 jaar oud of net kinderagtig.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-27 22:35

      yes and well played bulls in the final at coke a cola park too. . . idiot! 3years and counting you wooden spoon specialist. and wait the bulls will have to play kings in super rugby . .the only match i will support the kings . .

      frigo.donnerweer - 2012-10-27 22:35

      Leonard, ons 0/21 span het vir die seniors die Currie beker gewen... Ha!

      pierre.desmidt - 2012-10-27 22:36

      Some people are born ass ho..s.. they cant help it, can they Leonard??? Viva Wiepie viva!!

      Brendon Mercy Vd Merwe - 2012-10-27 22:46

      @Leonard...our u21 team won the cc final against the sharks...oops maybe u didnt notice lol...

      mark.knight.14418 - 2012-10-27 22:47

      Andre, hy's net kinderagtig.

      sheldon.matthys.9 - 2012-10-27 22:53

      Konteks asb.amper die helfte van die u/21 starters het die veel groter beker gewen.Is dit nie die bulle wat wil voorgee die vodacom cup is niks ,maar nou is die u/21 iets groter.Ag F julle ek slaap met 'n smile vnd.\r\nProvince!!!!!!!

      naeem.february - 2012-10-27 23:20

      Yeah Leonard its understandable conserdering most of our under 21's where playing in the currie cup final..which the bulls didn't reach for 3 year n0ow...haha...anD many years cuppless 3 years..Wp 0 Years!!!

      bootman.bokke - 2012-10-27 23:23

      Leonard do you know whats the difference between WP and the Bulls.................. WP wins the CC final away from home Bulls sit at home watching the CC final

      naeem.february - 2012-10-27 23:23

      Ja sheldon vir hulle was die craven week kop net so groot gewees! Moenie verbaas is nie

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 01:08

      ...senior cape clown team... ...Super cupless.. ..17 years...

      tertius.coetzer.7 - 2012-10-28 01:33

      Kies een taal, 'probeer' praat in daai taal, en dalk kan ons dan saam praat!

      johan.wilsnach - 2012-10-28 06:26

      DOM, DOMMER, DOMSTE, Afrikaanse box!!!!!!!!!

      diewitbaas.seplathand - 2012-10-28 08:36


      diewitbaas.seplathand - 2012-10-28 08:38

      Ou blou.johnny, wanneer jy eendag van jou vrou skei, is sy nogsteeds jou sussie, jou inbred tosser

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-10-28 09:44

      Our under 21 team was busy winning the big cup, and you guys did not even manage to beat our under 21 b team that far. But if it makes you feel better, here are the stats for you. Vodacom cup - wp Conference cup - stormers Currie cup - wp Currie cup under - 21 bulls - aka mostly wp players bought by the team from pretoria Currie cup under 19 - wp

      jacques.nort - 2012-10-28 10:02

      Tipies breinlose Bulle ondersteuners, F@k julle is seker die mense in RSA met die minste IQ, Kan verby 'n punt redineer nie.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-10-27 22:18

    "Some of the best and most neutral critics, after all, were picking the virtually full-strength Sharks to claim Saturday’s final by 12 points or more..." 1.A certain Mr Johan Ackermann ring a bell?Remember this "Ackermann:Sharks by 15! Where is that clown Ackermann now? and, 2.Scrum Five Poll....Who will be champions on Saturday? a.Canterbury and The Sharks 454 votes b.Canterbury and Western Province 101 votes c.Auckland and The Sharks 67 votes d.Auckland and Western Province 23 votes How Province proved all them wrong hey.Well done Province.Now focus on winning the Super Rugby Title in 2013!!!!!!

      franz.prade.9 - 2012-10-28 09:28

      Please leave Lions and Ackermann out of your personal attacks. These results happen and most of the country anyway predicted a win for the Sharks. All clowns are they ?. I am happy for geniun Province supporters because on the day they deserved to win the Cup. Lions forever

  • zaahid.appoles - 2012-10-27 22:34

    @leonard.bulle, hoor hier, jou en jou bulle se P - JOU EN BULLE SE WP!!!!

  • nicolette.louw - 2012-10-27 22:44

    Well done to WP on their win! Considering their injury stricken team, youngsters and away from home disadvantage, they showed us tonight why they are the worthy 2012 Currie Cup Winners! To @pienk.johnny and all the Province haters, I have two words for you: "Vat so!"

      GullibleX - 2012-10-27 23:25

      I also have 2 words for pink Johnny... Cup Less

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 00:15 Super cups.. ..17 years.. ......Bulls Super Champs X3..! ....Bhwa ha ha ha ha ha.!!

      danie.fick.98 - 2012-10-28 01:34

      Ag ou blou john trassie............Kry jou jammer boet!! jy kan nie sien soos watse f%&*#n idioot jy lyk met jou eendradige comments nie...... soos jou span is....loser

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 02:27

      What point Graeme? That he lives in the past? Or knows how to copy and paste? Or maybe that he is too dumb to make any worthwhile comments? OR........ I Could go on and on, but what is the point.

      marius.smit.58 - 2012-10-28 02:36

      Johnny A tipical Blue bull supporter always living in the past Who cares what happened in the past

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 03:30

      One thing a lot of people don't seem to understand. When he does his copy and pasting he is basically calling every team losers. The Sharks, cheetahs and lions haven't won the Supercup either. Well i Think the Lions won the first one, but that was long ago as well. So one guy, is talking crap to 80%+ of the nation. Then there are people that agree with that too? Lol, that is funny.

      franz.prade.9 - 2012-10-28 10:14

      Well done Nicolette. Basking in your glory and rightly so as a supporter but without personal attacks, nastyness and venom. Please ignore this one okey, only stirring and messing up comments of every rugby column. Lions forever

      hoffjw - 2012-10-28 10:37

      Johnnie stil playing with yr mom...thats wrong dude....u need to gt out more.

  • spear.tackle.7 - 2012-10-27 22:58

    Well done AC and staff, simply brilliant!!! Juan seems to love scoring brilliant tries in semi's and finals. Ysterbeth what a guy, our next Victor Matfield, Deon Fourie genius !! , and the rest of the team you guys made us proud. What about our front row? Up against beast and jannie ??? Whaaaaaaaat??? Kitshoff, malherbe and ntubeni men of the match !!

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 23:16

      Ysterbeth player of the year, no doubt. He has had so many good games I is hard to count. Deon should be a bok as well, he has played so well all year. And de jongh is way better than people five him credit.

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-10-27 23:00

    Pooooooooovince!! And to aaaall u nay sayers,we played like true champions today,not even i thought we wud win,reminds me of a song:'its against all ods and is what I'm gonna say'I wish I gonna make u turn around...anyway yaaa'l knw that song,but tonite ther is only one song:prooooooooooovince die curricup kom weeeeer!!

      omge.klits - 2012-10-28 09:31

      This is a blog site not a rap site . . . . :)

  • bootman.bokke - 2012-10-27 23:13

    My heart goes out to the decent Sharks supporters, especially the ones who were at the game. I was at the final in 2010 and I know exactly what it feels like to sit in that stadium and watch your team lose. I was also at Newlands when the Sharks beat the Stormers in the SR semi and it hurts........................BUT I am happy that my team won. When the final whistle went, I jumped so high that I hit my head on my ceiling fan and the blood ran down my face from the gash to my head...............and what do you know. My blood was white with blue stripes in it. WP JOU LEKKA DING.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 23:18

      Lol bootman. I agree though, it sucks, but we felt it no long ago.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-28 02:46

      great game from two good teams. The average age of province - 24. average age of the sharks - 25. Province with 6 u-21 players in the team. both sides showed that SA rugby has a great future. Province 3 teams in the finals on the same day, winning 2. we now have the Superrugby conference cup, vodacom cup, u-19 and curry cup. not bad...

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-10-28 06:18

      And you are going to feel it for many more years to come. The previous time the WeePee won the Currie Cup the petrol price was R 2.78. It is now R 11.50. The next time they will win it again the petrol price will be R301.20 per liter. Many dry cup less years ahead for WeePee again. Super Cup less ....17 years and counting. Wahahahaha!

      omge.klits - 2012-10-28 09:34

      Hey bootman - you are getting us mixed up with your support group and pshycologist . . . .

      kyle.berry.90857 - 2012-10-28 10:19

      Tokolos and Blou.bulle, you can act all hardcore with ur history lessons ect, but we know ur sitting at home fuming and depressed and miserable. And we're all ecstatic, and all the bullsh*t ur talking doesn't fase us to the slightest... why... Cus we are the CC CHAMPS!!!! now u have a lovely day...bye

      hoffjw - 2012-10-28 10:34

      The last time wp won the title they followed it up with another....before the bulls wwon the title three u loud mouth bull arse...if i was you u better pray that history repeats itself with the lions.....and wp......2009 lions 2000,2001 WP..... UNLESS we in for another golden era of WP domination....WP GROETE

  • philip.strydom2 - 2012-10-27 23:21

    The way both flyhalves played was most enjoyable - on attack with ball in hand and their kicking game. Why does the Springbok selectors continue with Morne Steyn?

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 23:27

      Only he would know! Living in the past like the fake people on here as well is my guess!

      omge.klits - 2012-10-27 23:47

      And there Demetri Catrakilis outplays last weeks (as per this WP24 blog) shoe in for the Springbok No. 10 - Lambie - on the night. Lambie missed the pass that would have been a certain Sharks try - De Jonge waltzed through his channel to score and his out of hand kicking was average.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 23:59

      Lambie for bok 10 for sure. He was still good, made a few mistakes but, still 100 less than Maureen stained his pants. Lol @ you, let's count it 0 years cupless dimwit

      omge.klits - 2012-10-28 00:07

      Congrats on your team Lean Sadie - 12 years 1 cup !

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 01:18

      .....all both flyhalves did, were kick, kick, kick, kick....... Pat Lambies tatical kicking very poor.. ..he had a bad game ... ...Useless on the day...

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 01:36

      Bloujob, you are thinking of Maureen again. Siestog, still living in the past like usual.

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-10-28 06:20

      Morne is the best we have. There are simply no one in his class. He lost form and he will be back. Form is temporary. Class is PERMANENT you idiots!!!

      will.fischadler - 2012-10-28 08:59

      Tokolossie....if class were permanent....why are you guys cupless for such a longtime now....

      omge.klits - 2012-10-28 09:37

      Will.fischadler - wouldn't you be in a better position to answer your own question - 1 cup in 12 years ?

      kyle.berry.90857 - 2012-10-28 10:24

      pathetic all this past crap... all that matters is who is tops now, stop living in the past and embrace the present... WP is top team and CC champs...NOW!!!!!!

      niki.wessels - 2012-10-28 12:05

      Let's hope Heyneke Meyer and his cronies have seen the light at last. The play of both Lambie and Catrakilis was far superior to anything I've seen from Steyn lately - and they can kick, too. Then we have Goosen and Jantjes as well... Some of Meyer's selections and results make me think of what happened in cricket when Hansie Cronjé was captain - except that the Proteas won more matches...

  • pagel.trivia - 2012-10-27 23:22

    Wow - injury hit (Schalk Burger, Jean de Villiers, Andries Bekker etc. not fit), in the shark tank, trailing 12-3, some dodgy calls by ref and win from there - simply awesome. Have to rank as one of the best underdog wins. To everyone who have al sorts of nasty comments about Province, let me just say, "Nothing dad, I just smiled :-)". 2011: Conference cup winners Super rugby 2012: Conference cup winners Super rugby and Currie cup champions

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 23:29

      Sure was a good comeback! Even then people probably thought it was over at 12-3 down! Very proud of the way they came back!!!! Now we have to build from there, and also need the best picked for the bokke

  • GullibleX - 2012-10-27 23:23

    I just hope Heyneker Meyer was watching this match and hopefully his eyes have opened up now. If not, then Springboks gonna have the same results as the Blue Bulls have had the past few seasons. Oh, and ..... WP, jou lekker DING !! WP... Jou lekker DING !!!

      omge.klits - 2012-10-27 23:48

      Congrats WP ! - 12 years - 1 cup.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 00:01

      Still can't count. Grats bulls on the 3 points you got, lucky to get any. Should have been relegated!!!!

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 01:00 Super cups.. ..17 years...

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-10-28 08:41

      blou , Bull's 3 years zero zip nada. Finals zero zip nada. LOLOLOLOLOL.

      pagel.trivia - 2012-10-28 11:59

      @blou johnny - how far back do you go? WP has won currie cup 33 times vs 23 for the bulls. See link below. "Nothing dad, I just smiled."

  • philip.strydom2 - 2012-10-27 23:23

    The two flyhalves played brilliantly. This is what South Africa needs. Give Morne Steyn a break!

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 23:26


      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 00:53

      .......Pat Lambie had a bad game .....useless on the day...

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 00:56

      No, troll, you are thinking of Maureen. Lambie did not play bad, his team was outplayed.

  • Jack - 2012-10-27 23:40

    Seeing that Heyneke Meyer refuses to select Juan DuJong in the starting lineup.Meyer can use DeJong as a centre consultant-Teach JDeVilliers to pick up pace,teach Frans Steyn to take gaps and offload and teach Taute how to tackle.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 23:42

      Haha, quite funny how he keeps choosing the out of form players. If he picked the best ones from the start we might have won a lot more games!!!

      Jack - 2012-10-28 00:17

      With good quality centres like dejong,deallende,brache,jordaan,whitehead,mapoe the springboks keep on selecting donkeys.For goodness sake the best games FransSteyn had in the jersey was in the 2007 wc against the likes of samoa,tonga,usa and a average england and in 2011 against samoa.Am Yet to see him perform well against NZ or a strong wallabies or french side.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 00:44

      ..Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon are overrated midgets... ...useless for international rugby..

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 00:44

      ..Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon are overrated midgets... ...useless for international rugby..

      mark.knight.14418 - 2012-10-28 00:54

      blou joppie, dit lyk my jou cut & paste werk nog. Maar, onthou, jy moet net een keer Ctl-V te druk, hoor. As jy dit twee keer doen, kom almal agter dat jy cut & paste en eintlik niks vir jouself te sê het nie.

      Nathaniel Petersen - 2012-10-28 05:39

      it saddens my heart to see how he treats jdj playn him 5min from the bence, when he is better than both centres on the field. the boy got to put a smile on his face and get on with it. sad.

  • tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-10-27 23:46

    Well done WP. My best player of the day: Shared between Etzebeth and Catrakilis. Worst player of the day: The Ref, as none of the Sharks really had a bad game. Thought Keegan Daniels would feature more.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 00:03

      Fourie? Scarra? Etc lots were good. Just hope Habana's injury is not too bad, or we might see hougaard as a wing again. Ew

      rocco.dewet.3 - 2012-10-28 00:12

      Rhule if Habana is injured.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 00:33

      Would love to see Rhule there, great player. But Hm will pick hougaard. Makes me mad as hell. Mvovo, JP, Habana, Rhule best wings in the country for sure. Maybe Basson too. For the love of god no Hougaard, or Niknaks as well at 15, plenty better.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 00:37

      ...Donkey Vermeulen and Bryan Banana were useless... ..Banana overrated pensioner.. ..he should have retired 3 years ago...

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 00:57

      Nah, Maureen should have retired 3 years ago. The day after the Lions game. Only "good" game he has ever had.

      mark.knight.14418 - 2012-10-28 00:57

      Rêrig, blou joppie, jy moet meer doen as om die spelers se name te verander en dan te cut & paste. Ek besef dat jou ingeteelde familie almal stupid genoeg is om daarvoor te val, maar 99% van die res van die wêreld se mense weet van beter. Doen bietjie moeite met jou beledigings, man! Almal dink alreeds jy's 'n waterkoppie. Moet dit nie so obvious maak nie. Asseblief!

      jpotgieter1 - 2012-10-28 09:09

      @pienk.johnny - ek geniet jou comments verskriklik ou maat...omdat dit drup van suurgatgeid, en min dinge gee my soveel genot soos 'n suurgat pienkbul ondersteuner wat sy wondjies lek. Hou op met jou eentonige gekots hierso en gaan spring voor aankomende verkeer in of stick jy en jou vrou (suster?) se kindertjies vir 'n roomys. Gaan sien 'n sielkundige, want daar wag 'n lang bekerdroogte vir julle en hoewel ons nie van jou hou nie, kry ons jou steeds jammer. Skip maar vandag die sportblaaie van die Sondagkoerante, dit gaan jou net ontstel. Lekker braai, sal seker weer te veel brandewyn drink en probeer asb om nie jou vrou (suster?) te slaan nie of om die arme hond te skop nie - dis nie hulle skuld dat PROVINCE die Curriebeker Kampioene is nie!

  • julian.kamfer - 2012-10-28 00:35

    nay x self major wp fan. bt ht nooit gdnk wp sal di 1 wen ni. bt x flippen prout opi boys. nu ng nt 1 trofee. SUPER RUGBY. gluk A.C eni stuff.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 00:57

      ..yip.. Super cups... ...17 years...

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-10-28 08:22

      great job by toetie and staff !!

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-10-28 08:44

      YIP Johnny zero Cups 3 years and counting probably get relegated next year...

  • tertius.coetzer.7 - 2012-10-28 00:43

    Bulls 3 years cupless! And counting!

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 00:49

      ...cape clowns.. Super cups.. .....17 years.. .....Bulls = Super Champs X3.. ..Bhwa ha ha ha ha ha..!!

      mark.knight.14418 - 2012-10-28 00:59

      blou joppie, die tyd loop uit ... ;-) Ek kan nie wag om te sien watse deuntjie jy volgende jaar gaan sing nie.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 01:09

      Funny thing is we don't care what he says now. His team is the laughing stock now, esp with supporters like him.

  • riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-28 01:04

    Bulls 3 years cupless! And counting

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 01:12

      ..clowns.. ..Super cupless.. ..17 years..

      P.J. Vermeulen - 2012-10-28 04:11

      Yes Please!

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-28 06:35

      11jaar is nog baie ver Riaan

      omge.klits - 2012-10-28 09:44

      But in any case congrats riaan.crouse1 - on your first cup in twelve years - we grant you your moment in the sun.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-28 01:18

    well done province, i hope next year for a stormers sharks final, with the sharks taking revenge and claiming the elusive super rugby cup. cheetahs lions final in the cc next year

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-28 01:28

    ...slow as a tortoise, Donkey Vermeulen useless.. ....pensioner Bryan Banana useless...

      marius.smit.58 - 2012-10-28 02:17

      Ag shame blou Johnny los nou die groot manne uit en gaan speel met jou karretjies asseblief jy is regtig n pyn in die gat en moet nou biekie groot word nou Aanvaar dit nou die visvoete of die manne wie se voortande uit is(dis nou WP) het nou die magtige Sharks werklik uit die haaitenk gespeel

      nico.prinsloo.92 - 2012-10-28 05:29

      Lol blou tollie (oops sorry blou johnny), jy laat my nogal aan 'n papegaai dink.....breinloos en herhaal selfde woorde oor en oor (gin wonder jy kon nog nie vrou kry Toemaar oubaas se honne sal eendag wakker skrik en grootword hoor......daar is hoop vir jou, net 'n breinoorplanting of twee nodig ;-)

      donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-10-28 05:31

      Blou.johny jys n werfetter doo da, doo da, blou.johny jys n werfetter doo da doo da jy!! Prooooovince jou lekka ding!,

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-28 06:29

      11jaar sonder n beker...super15 begin nou! Die BULLE is 3-0 voor!

      will.fischadler - 2012-10-28 09:27

      We are really are telling the world that almost every WP player is useless...or should be on pension....slow as a tortoise...and many more insults....yet this very same players are walking around today crowned CC must the Shark players feel to have been beaten by such a team...not to mention the Blou vulletjies...who could only watch in amasement what these useless players have are actually insulting your own team....

  • danie.fick.98 - 2012-10-28 01:29

    Blou trassie john alweer breindood???? shame

      johan.wilsnach - 2012-10-28 06:36

      Are these bulls really this stupid or are ???????

  • alasdair.fraser.94 - 2012-10-28 03:39

    32 Currie Cup Titles NOT 33!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • claude.felbert - 2012-10-28 05:20

    Well done Province - a good game to watch except for the poor refereeing. Keegan Daniel showed that he is a poor leader by being ill-mannered and graceless in not acknowledging the winning team in his losers speech.

      Jason Children - 2012-10-28 06:34

      Dont be a chop! Im a Province supporter and the first thing he did was congratulate Deon and his team!

  • tokolos.tokkie - 2012-10-28 06:04

    It is certainly very strange to Tokolos how the writer of this article now all of a sudden brand the Currie Cup as "Prestigious" again now that Western Problems have won it. Last year when the Lions taught the WeePee and the Sharks a rugby lesson to win it, the Currie Cup was of "no importance" to everyone. No difference between last year and this year with Boks not being there and then returning after Springbok duty. Why all the hype now about a Cup of no importance? It seems that Stormers24 and the Stompie / WP supporters have very short memories and that they just play the situation when it suits them. Tokolos will not accept this "victory" and in my book the Stompies / WP are still the jokers of world rugby. Thanks Mr. Ref for the help in the semi against the Lions and again against the Sharks in the final. Thanks to blind referees the Stompies are CC Champions. 17 Years Super Cup less!!!!

      keba.mothoagae - 2012-10-28 06:42

      We're so heartbroken at your opinion. Let us go and cry in the corner while you change to another troll profile on News24. Your anger at Province's victory makes it all the more sweeter. Jog on.

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-10-28 07:46

      I think his mommy didn't love him enough as a child or something. - 2012-10-28 08:10

      I find it funny and amazing when the referee is given the blame when a team loses. Such an attitude indicates a childlike mentality. according to the final score the better team wins by points.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 12:25

      Zion, actually the team that won complained about the ref. This guy is not even a Shark.

  • johan.wilsnach - 2012-10-28 06:22

    This is province week for sure. Well done boys!!!! Blou johnny you have been posting the same comments all over the show. Are you really this one dimensional or are you just very stupid and ignorant.

  • johan.wilsnach - 2012-10-28 06:31

    I have now come to this conclusion; that we must post all these blue bulls to another country. Surely they don't belong here!!!!!!!!!!!! I think they will fit in well in Zim,,, what do you think?????

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-28 06:40

    WP het nou 2 keer gewen...die 1ste en di laaste keer LOL

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-28 10:22

      Trailor-park bull bly stil ek draai jou voet dwars in jou mond

  • keba.mothoagae - 2012-10-28 06:48

    Like to send a shoutout to posters here who have different News24 profiles so that they can troll like the cowards that they are. Here's to hoping that your behavour in real life is nothing suggestive of loners who have their way against the world because they feel insignificant, unloved and sexually dysfunctional. Province f**king did it. Jog on.

      omge.klits - 2012-10-28 09:19

      By your insignificant feelings argument - are you contastating that Province supporters have been sexually disfunctional for 11 years ?

  • keba.mothoagae - 2012-10-28 06:54

    bloujohnny, tertiusdevereaux and tokkolostokkie is the same person. Obviously, I don't have to elaborate on how trolls operate as we all know. My line of work makes it enjoyable calling guys like him out.

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-10-28 07:42

      His line of work? Its prob banging ur mom dude

      Wayne - 2012-10-28 07:42

      Ag tokolos, loop slaap jy. Jys net suur en niemand het jou lief nie. Keba, I couldn't have said it better.

  • Wayne - 2012-10-28 07:28

    Tertius gay Bakkies en Blou J, julle is daai tiepe mense wat aleen braai en almal moet bel om te hoor waar die party is, want niemand hou van julle nie, maar hulle kry julle ook te Jammer om julle hartjie seertemaak. Want al waaroor julle kan praat is julle self en luister na niemand anders nie. En vat so WP, daai 12 jokes is nou kla.

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-28 10:18

      Jy praat uit ondervinding uit nou...dosie

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-28 10:46

      Super-rugby beker? Zero cups!!

  • leon.toerien - 2012-10-28 07:33

    Blou Johnny..... What a wanker!

  • jean.viljoen.395 - 2012-10-28 07:37

    Makes me want to hurl. WP instrumental in getting the Lions voted out of the Super 15, takes the Currie Cup from them and then steal their players. If ever there was a Judas of SA Rugby its WP. Congrats WP here is what you help to achieve: Kings now playing Vodacom Cup in 2013. Lions playing Currie Cup. Kings playing the fool in Super 15. Lions not playing at all. Great for SA Rugby. Well done WP for f**king things up royally· You suck as a team and I for one will be supporting every team playing against you in the Super 15. Morons.

      steven.johannes.52 - 2012-10-28 07:57

      All I hear is wah wah wah! What about the cheetahs, they were also instrumental in the Kings inclusion?! Berate them?? Obviously not! WP won virtually every single domestic title available this year, across all age groups......that doesn't sound like an f-up to me!

      andrew.ruck.750 - 2012-10-28 08:05

      What kind of a po3s comment is that? SARU Are the reason lions aren't in super rugby.. Not WP..

      jean.viljoen.395 - 2012-10-28 08:07

      @steven.johannes. I would not be able to support a team knowing that we are in bed with Cheeky Watson and political chronies.....

      jean.viljoen.395 - 2012-10-28 08:14

      Here is a thought for WP supporters. Your management votes against the Lions for Super 15 but can't wait to get their players down to the Cape to play for the Stormers. If ever there was bunch of backstabbing hypocrites it is WP Rygby management.

      jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-10-28 08:35

      How many players did WP loan/buy from the Lions? You make it sound like they purchased the whole bloody team. WP wasnt the only team who ''purchased'' Lions players. In any case, would you rather see good Lions talent go to waste? The Lions are struggling with super rugby and needed a wake up call. Its not the end of the world. They need to get their house in order. All of us know that the Lions are not what they use to be.

      jean.viljoen.395 - 2012-10-28 08:38

      @Andrew. SARU decision was based on the votes made by the unions. WP en Free State the only test unions voting against Lions. The Free State vote is easy to explain. They did not want to be grouped with Lions as the Cats again for a possible Super Rugby participation. yet WP's vote I can not explain? What do they have to gain by voting against the Lions? I can only assume that Cheeky Watson has friends in WP Rugby management....Scary thought if I were a WP supporter....

      franz.prade.9 - 2012-10-28 09:44

      Although as a staunch Lions supporter for 60 odd years I am also astounded with the decisions made and votes cast against us. I will however forever support them whether in Vodacom, cricket or whatever. I cannot however agree with personal and nasty attacks in this column. I am hurting and hoping that whatever the reasons were they will not happen again and I can support my Lions in Super Rugby again one day.

      kyle.berry.90857 - 2012-10-28 11:02

      shame bro...cry me a river... sour are we?

  • GetawayAfrica - 2012-10-28 07:43

    Yesterday's final WP/Sharks was the best Rugby game for Year 2012, the stadium was not full, but as we known the game was not played in what it could been have a sold-out Nuweland Stadium in Cape Town. 25-18 "WP JOU LEKKA DING"

  • leon.toerien - 2012-10-28 07:45

    Johan.W the answer is Yes! They are that stupid. Must remember that they all hail from a place like Danville and have not made it through the tunnel to find there is another world.

      Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-10-28 07:52

      You were probably born in the tunnel, nè?

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-10-28 07:59

      That's prob cause the only tunnel he knows is the one he got sh*t out of at birth.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-10-28 07:47

    Enough with the praises - guess that happens when south africa (cape town) wins something at long last.

      steven.johannes.52 - 2012-10-28 08:03

      Tiaan, on the contrary ou maat, Newlands needs a larger trophy cabinet as a result of this seasons spoils! Delve a little into the respective age groups and who the winners were.......majority being WP victories! Ps. Can you make that cabinet for us, preferably mahogany, not that cheap laminate at Loftus.

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-10-28 07:53

    Pieterse,De Jong,Catrekilis en Etsebeth julle Doringsssssssssssssss..

  • Jack Randall - 2012-10-28 08:06

    Jingle bells, Lions smells, Cheetas ran away, WP champs, the Sharks in cramps and die Bulle is almal gay, hay......well done Western Province jou lekker ding!!!!!

      brendon.nel.7 - 2012-10-28 08:09

      Yeah! Now that's what I'm talking about! Ha ha ha ha

  • bob.vanjaarsveld.3 - 2012-10-28 08:22

    @ blou.johnny - ook maar goed julle het klaar julle 3 gewen want dis mos hoe ver jy kan tel Drie (3) is mos jou nommer - dis jou IK, hoeveel punte jou span teen die Sharks kon aan teken en ook die meeste Super Rugby Cups wat jou span ooit sal kan wen. Bygevoeg, dis ook die enigste ding wat jou span nie kan doen nie - Drie druk - let wel, nie Driee (meervoud nie) want drie (3) stretch dit al klaar vir jou. Nou is JOU span die manne met die running "CUPLESS" tag - enjoy.

      Riaan - 2012-10-28 11:05

      Plus dai 3l Ford,3 is ma johny se favourite,gelukkig staan di Stomers n uitstekende kans om dai S15 rekord van di bule verby te steek,begin some volgende jaar!

  • wimpie.grobler.7 - 2012-10-28 08:40

    Sharks are CHOKERS !!!

      jacquelien.vanderwalt - 2012-10-28 08:42

      Poor Sharkies feel for ya, but the WP is the best!!

  • jpotgieter1 - 2012-10-28 09:18

    jpotgieter1 - Just posted Report commentComments Policy @pienk.johnny - ek geniet jou comments verskriklik ou maat...omdat dit drup van suurgatgeid, en min dinge gee my soveel genot soos 'n suurgat pienkbul ondersteuner wat sy wondjies lek. Hou op met jou eentonige gekots hierso en gaan spring voor aankomende verkeer in of stick jy en jou vrou (suster?) se kindertjies vir 'n roomys. Gaan sien 'n sielkundige, want daar wag 'n lang bekerdroogte vir julle en hoewel ons nie van jou hou nie, kry ons jou steeds jammer. Skip maar vandag die sportblaaie van die Sondagkoerante, dit gaan jou net ontstel. Lekker braai, sal seker weer te veel brandewyn drink en probeer asb om nie jou vrou (suster?) te slaan nie of om die arme hond te skop nie - dis nie hulle skuld dat PROVINCE die Curriebeker Kampioene is nie!

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-10-28 09:53

    wat was die Ref se issue, hy blaas WP vir Sharks spelers wat die bal vashou?

  • kyle.berry.90857 - 2012-10-28 10:02

    Oh and you must be having a REAL k*k day tokolos... lighten up buddy, and except that it's a bad time to be a anti-WP supporter!!!!! Sorry for you!!!

      niel.walt - 2012-10-28 11:57

      Its never a bad time to be anti wp!

  • pieter.samie - 2012-10-28 10:02

    Best of all: WP won even with Gerhad van den Heever in the team!!!

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-10-28 10:11

    An amazingly entertaining game by two great sides. Catrakilis was a super star made good by excellent support. For the bigger picture I think both Lambie and Catrakilis deserve to play for the Boks on tour. And wasting Catrakilis's talent on Puke's failures, next season, is an insult that will stunt his growth. O'Brien needs to think again about Peyper.He should have got a red card or broken his leg or something before he's allowed on tour.

  • ron.rielander - 2012-10-28 10:22

    From all shark supporters.....W E L L D O N E W P .....You guys played like champs....You deserve the title fair and square.

  • nick.kotsiopoulos - 2012-10-28 10:25

    From a sharks fan...Well done WP for ending an 11 year cup drought! You had so many stalwarts missing, players playing out of position and to top it all off, you lost 3(?) captains over the last year and yet you still beat a Sharks side that understimated you! Will HM now include JDJ as the starting 13 because clearly if the guys around him can create even just a bit of space, he is going to punish the opposition? Clearly, J Taute is not keen on 13 (he said so himself). I think JPP would make a good Bok 13. I wish HM and Plumtree would colaborate to make this happen at the Sharks. Imagine, Lambie (10), FS (12) and JPP (13). They are young enough to play at the next WC and beyond and playing together week in and week out for the Sharks, they would build such a strong unit. That is defiitely missing in the Bok backline at the moment. Here's to 123 years of currie cup (the oldest provincial rygby comp in the world). Here's to SA rugby and the Boks. Thank the Lord I won't read anymore comments along the lines of: "WP = chokers" or "WP 11 years cupless". It was getting a bit annoying.

  • Riaan - 2012-10-28 11:00

    Sharks could be glad that the ref had a off day,coz that score could have been much hugher,but well done province,against all odds,nd a injury plaqued year,3 captains,u still beat a inform,favourite shark team in Durban,GIVE THAT TEAM A BELL'S!!

  • kyle.berry.90857 - 2012-10-28 11:05

    Bakkies who???? Etzebeth is da age 20!!!!

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-28 12:30

      Agreed!!! Way better player.