'Written in the stars' for WP

2012-10-28 13:09

Durban - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee felt their victory against the Sharks in the Currie Cup final on Saturday was “written in the stars”, saying it was the reward they had deserved after two years of hard work.

In a thrilling exhibition at Kings Park in Durban, the home side largely dominated the first half thanks to the boot of Patrick Lambie, who kicked all their points.

But centre Juan de Jongh’s try four minutes from the interval shifted the momentum with the visitors, with WP going on to clinch their first title in 11 years with a 25-18 win.

“The commitment, brotherhood and trust came out strongly tonight,” an ecstatic Coetzee said afterwards.

“We’ve been playing well and doing all the right things for two years now.

“It was a matter of believing in the guy next to you, a matter of believing in the plan.

“The Sharks are a formidable side and we have a lot of respect for them in what they have been doing, but we knew our desire will be much more tonight.”

Province, underdogs for the clash, had their flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis to thank with two late drop goals proving vital in a superb 17-point total haul.

“I know a lot of guys wrote us off,” Coetzee added.

“I think we were the only bunch of players who believed we could win here today.

“We were in a very healthy position in that sense and I loved it so much that we would come here as underdogs and we knew all along that the character in this side is there.

"The plan is right. We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing.”

The Province coach hailed his payers for the way they stuck to their game plan, especially after falling nine points back in the first half.

“We’ve been in that position before and the important thing was to back yourself and trust yourself,” he said.

“It was about not rushing or forcing things. Then late in the first half we put them under a bit of pressure with ball in hand.

“At half-time in the change room the whole feeling was this is ours.

"Go out and do the basics right. Put their set-piece under pressure and you saw what happened after that."

Sharks coach John Plumtree was visibly heartbroken after the match after a third successive final loss for his side - they were beaten in last year’s showpiece and the Super Rugby decider earlier this year.

“To make two finals in the two major competitions we compete in and not get a gold medal…we’re devastated,” Plumtree said.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for the home side, especially after coming into the final as overwhelming favourites and ending it with a fifth loss in their last seven Currie Cup finals.

Plumtree felt they were undone by failure at lineouts and some sound defence by their opponents.

“One of the things that really irritated me was that we never had the opportunity to really get our game going," Plumtree said.

“We had to win it differently. Tonight we couldn’t play and just weren’t on the money.”


  • - 2012-10-28 13:25

    Why was Plumtree heartbroken? If he hadn't reverted to the bigman carry it up at every oppertunity rugby and stuck with what had worked so well in the build up to the final we would have won. Heaven knows even Jaco Peyper tried to help us as much as he could and we still lost. Plumtree is a good CC coach at best. We will have the same old sh*t in the SR comp.

      pierre.joubert.338 - 2012-10-28 21:54

      Well done WP!!!!! What an amazing victory, and that with a few 'seuntjies' standing in for the their injured seniors. Yes, Jaco tried his very best to give it to the banana boys, but to no avail. Rene, is that a bowls hat??? Rather stick to bowls. Tokkelossie, shut up!

  • paul.botha.967 - 2012-10-28 13:30

    If you try for so long you will eventually succeed ! Nothing to do with the stars!

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-10-28 13:59

      Tokolos se nefie was ook 11 jaar in graad 1 en het did eventually gemaak graad 2 toe.

      johan.fourie.566 - 2012-10-28 21:50

      ek sien die nefie aard baie na Tokolos

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-28 22:35

      nee, johan - die nefie het darem graad twee toe gegaan...

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-10-28 13:31

    All the more commendable, guys, considering Jaco almost did a Bryce on us...

      sedick.gydien - 2012-10-28 17:42

      He tried to do a Bryce, even the Linesmen tried (I call them Linesmen, because that is about all they do, even missing a blatant skew throw), but WP were just too good......

      omge.klits - 2012-10-28 18:53

      @phillip - you probably meant "he almost did a Mark on us " . . . . . .

  • Sige Gorabeb - 2012-10-28 13:59

    When it comes to Sport put sentiment aside. It is not about how good the team is on paper, but rather how good the team is on the day on the playing field. Teams must be good were it matters most. WP were.

  • leon.young.9003 - 2012-10-28 14:06

    We need locks and we are losing way to many finals

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-28 14:28

    Against the odds.Well done WP

  • Gillian T. Fortune - 2012-10-28 14:32

    I'm ecstatic with our win but will say though, lineouts aside, the Sharks really put our boys to the test, to the last minute! I'm so excited about our young-guns! and even the boys coming up the ranks...real quality. We can boast 3 finals on one day, winning ...that says a lot about WP's future...beware of poachers though!

  • Andre - 2012-10-28 16:28

    Well done to WP :( It just seems the sharks always play their final in the semi's... The line out was the game changer, transfered all the confidence from the sharks to the wp, suppse a well done Etzebeth is in order.

  • therealmakoy.makoy - 2012-10-28 17:50

    tokolos... Game verby voor halftyd ? ! Toe maak jy weer n fool van jouself , maar dis nou al gewoonte. 3 years cupless and counting. Rene... Lol , just lol. Dit kom van wegloop uit die kombuis , nou moet jy wegkruip. Blueraven en bloumasjien ... What goes around comes around... Cupless cupless cupless , kan julle nog onthou hoe dit voel om in n final te speel ? Pateties . Tshwane.. Moet nou n ekstra tos plek wees om te bly. Die cc is by die huis !!!

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-10-28 18:32

    tokolos, daai beker gaan die kaap se eiendom word. wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwppppppppppppppppp

      tokolos.tokkie - 2012-10-29 05:15

      Ag ou Jacoba. Nou het jy darem jou mail order bride EN die Currie Cup om die twee vriende wat jy het mee te verveel die jaar ne. Jy moet seker 'n sad lewe hê ou perd. Nag ou grote

  • schalk.vdmerwe.7 - 2012-10-28 20:14

    Ja tokkelos... so wys jy jou mentaliteit ou yster tsk tsk!!

  • schalk.vdmerwe.7 - 2012-10-28 20:17

    Ja ou ou Danville special .....I expected a little more my ou tjomma!......

      paul.botha.967 - 2012-10-29 10:05

      Is jy dalk van Danville af dat jy so gepla is met die plek! ek het daar groot geword en doen nie te sleg nie so hou jou bek jou stupid pateet!

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-10-28 20:30

    NOU SAL ONS WEER VIR DIE VOLGENDE 11 JAAR MOET HOOR HOE FANTASTIES WP IS!!!! OF WAS..... Kon nie wag om te sien hoe n spectacle hulle gaan maak van hierdie wen nie, en ja ek was reg dit was n spectacle!

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-28 20:56

    Said it, but will say it again, Well Done WP! Outperformed a solid Shark outfit that failed to ignite. Dissapointing performance from the Black and White to say the least. Makes one wonder about the possibility of match fixing in rugby. Whatever the truth, the reality is the Sharks lost to a better outfit, well done WP!!!

      cobus.jooste - 2012-10-29 03:53

      what are you saying you idiot?? Saying well done WP but mentioning match fixing... That must be the dumbest statement i have seen in a while... Pressure in a final. Then you can say the Stormers Sharks semi-final was fixed, Last years Currie cup was fixed and the Stormers Crusaders semi final last year was fixed. even the CC final 2 years ago... they just got beaten by a team that wanted it more. so stop trolling you knob

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-29 07:46

      sorry hans as a wp supporter i didn't see a poor performance at all by any of the two sides. it was sure want and will that won that match. you could choose any one of the players out there as man of the match. as for match fixing it might be true cause peyper was in favour of one side in each half so maybe both teams said him and he gave each team one half? ?

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-29 14:15

      I'm sure you are better than name calling, Cobus. If fixing involved, purely from a Sharks point of view - forget about it. Paul, don't agree. Sharks had the players but the names didn't gel. What makes matters worse is that the ref got matters wrong against WP. Excellent show of the game by WP.

  • allen.visser - 2012-10-29 08:05

    GO STORMERS!!!!! You silenced the arrogant Sharks!! The only thing the Sharks could do was kick, they were too inept to ever cross the try line..................We were and always will be behind you!

  • marcus.bidoli - 2012-10-29 08:27

    Imagine the mood in Tshwane curry cup...the team they hate most of all won it...and to top it off they average age is 23..which means this team will only get stronger. WP JOU LEKKA DING !!!

  • deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-29 09:41

    BAIE BAIE geluk aan die WP span met julle oorwinning!! Julle verdien dit oor en oor! Nogmaals BAIE geluk - julle het soos WARE champs gespeel! Shame, nou gaan die ou blou bulle iets anders moet kry om te sê!!

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