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Bosch a fine player but defensive frailties need ironing out before playing tests again. Rob Dup looks more like a test 10. #CurrieCupFinal— Craig Ray (@craigray11) October 28, 2017
Bosch a fine player but defensive frailties need ironing out before playing tests again. Rob Dup looks more like a test 10. #CurrieCupFinal
They bumbled and fumbled in 1st half but gee, Province were quite masterful in second. FT 33-21.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) October 28, 2017
They bumbled and fumbled in 1st half but gee, Province were quite masterful in second. FT 33-21.
Dis n WP DING,Congrats Province boys and management,monumental effort,showed massive character ,a bunch of winners,enjoy the celebrations?????— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) October 28, 2017
Dis n WP DING,Congrats Province boys and management,monumental effort,showed massive character ,a bunch of winners,enjoy the celebrations?????
Congratulations #WP magnificent mauling of @TheSharksZA ... @NizaamCarr8 potent & WP pack powerful Hugh Jones quality #CurrieCupFinal— Mark Keohane (@mark_keohane) October 28, 2017
Congratulations #WP magnificent mauling of @TheSharksZA ... @NizaamCarr8 potent & WP pack powerful Hugh Jones quality #CurrieCupFinal
WP, jou lekker ding!— Jan Braai (@janbraai) October 28, 2017
WP, jou lekker ding!
An emphatic second half from the visitors!
They scored 18 unanswered points
Not just a win for WP, but a convincing one. Away from home. Been a seriously impressive second half. Managed the game superbly— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) October 28, 2017
Not just a win for WP, but a convincing one. Away from home. Been a seriously impressive second half. Managed the game superbly
80' - And that's it Western Province are the 2017 Currie Cup Champions!!
Sharks 21 Western Province 33
@PatSymcox77 Uncle Pat how’s the champagne tasting in That Presidents Suite buddy???— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) October 28, 2017
@PatSymcox77 Uncle Pat how’s the champagne tasting in That Presidents Suite buddy???
71 ' - PENALTY slotted by Du Preez!
The WP pivot makes no mistake with the resulting penalty as Province extend their lead.
70' - YELLOW CARD to the Sharks!
Dan du Preez is sent to the bin for taking a player out off the ball while offside.
Bongi has been tireless, gutsy again for WP today.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) October 28, 2017
Bongi has been tireless, gutsy again for WP today.
63' - Bosch misses with a fairly straightforward penalty attempt. The Sharks really needed him to kick that.
58' - PENALTY to Western Province!
The Sharks are blown up for offside right in front of the uprights.
Du Preez makes no mistake with his penalty and the lead grows.
Sharks 21 Western Province 30
54' - TRY to Western Province!
And the visitors now have the lead! Huw Jones gets over for WP!
Du Preez adds the extras!
Sharks 21 Western Province 27
50' - TRY to WP!
Carr breaks blind off the back of the scrum and offloads to Cobus Wiese who gets over for WP!
Du Preez cannot convert from a difficult angle.
Sharks 21 WP 20
47' - Scrum penalty for WP.
Du Preez sets up a lineout inside the Sharks half. Province lose the lineout and the Sharks clear up field.
Vital try on hooter by Province. Willemse instrumental in buildup.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) October 28, 2017
Vital try on hooter by Province. Willemse instrumental in buildup.
HALF-TIME IN DURBAN!
Sharks 21 Western Province 15
40' - TRY to Western Province!
Leyds rounds it off in the left-hand corner after the Sharks defence had initially held out wave after wave of WP attacks.
Du Preez cannot convert as the ball hits the left-hand upright.
Sharks 21 WP 15
37' - Not grounded! There were about three Sharks players that saw to that.
WP have a 5m attacking scrum. They need a score before half-time.
37' - WP with an extended period of possession as they move to within 5m from the Sharks line.
Carr forces his way over but he is held up! Brilliant defence by the Sharks.
We are going upstairs to have a look, however.
33' - Penalty to WP after the Sharks are pinged for a dangerous tackle. A little harsh that, it seemed.
Du Preez sets up a lineout 5m from the Sharks line.
32' - DROP GOAL by Bosch!
The Sharks pack goes backwards again in the scrum but that means nothing to Bosch who slots a 45m drop goal with ease!
Sharks 21 WP 10
Bongi you don’t do those silly things in Finals my boy??— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) October 28, 2017
Bongi you don’t do those silly things in Finals my boy??
28' - PENALTY slotted by Bosch!
Poor play by Bongi Mbonambi as he blocks a Sharks player after a kick ahead.
Three easy points for Bosch.
Sharks 18 WP 10
24' - PENALTY slotted by Du Preez!
Sharks pinged for offside and the WP pivot makes no mistake to reduce the deficit to 5 points
Sharks 15 WP 10
Pieter-Steph ... get those No 7 skills going! JL du Preez hobbles off, and prob out of Bok tour?— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) October 28, 2017
Pieter-Steph ... get those No 7 skills going! JL du Preez hobbles off, and prob out of Bok tour?
Du Preez loosie boys already bashing holes!— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) October 28, 2017
Du Preez loosie boys already bashing holes!
17' - TRY to the Sharks!
Daniel du Preez forces his way over from a few metres out!
Bosch can't convert from a difficult angle.
Sharks 15 WP 7
15' - PENALTY slotted by Bosch!
The Sharks are back into the lead in Durban.
Sharks 10 WP 7
FULL TIME: That is that! Western Province came to Durban and won the Currie Cup! A first class performance ironically by the son of the Sharks coach, helped secure victory for Western Province. Huw Jones is the Man of the Match. It was a wonderful showcase for South African rugby. Thank you for joining us.
Chris Van Zyl lifts the Currie Cup!
FULL TIME: SHARKS 21-33 WESTERN PROVINCE.
Jean Droste is penalised at the maul and as expected Robert Du Preez goes for goal, but sends it wide.
Wilco Louw does well to secure a turnover and a penalty, to earn his team much needed relief. Du Preez finds a good touch.
Robert Du Preez finds a perfect touch with a pin point kick.
PENALTY, PROVINCE, DU PREEZ! 21-33: Robert Du Preez extends the lead thanks to his brother.
YELLOW CARD, SHARKS, DAN DU PREEZ! 21-30: Province maul after the lineout and then go wide. They change direction and after five phases they secure a penalty for cynical play by Dan Du Preez, who is sin binned.
Need we say it? Yet another scrum penalty to Province and this time Du Preez finds the Sharks 22.
Province secure yet another scrum penalty and again it is Du Toit who is found guilty. Du Preez finds touch near the Sharks 10 meter line, but it is stolen by the Sharks. Good work by them.
The handling errors are now creeping into the Sharks game.
The Sharks secure a penalty in a kickable position and Shickerling is offside. Bosch goes for goal and misses an easy kick. Pressure!
April and Bosch leads a Sharks counter attack, but Robert Du Preez stands his ground and saves well. That was brilliant by Du Preez and Senatla.
PENALTY, PROVINCE, DU PREEZ! 21-30: Robert Du Preez opens up a nine point lead.
The Province maul make their way into the Sharks 22. Wow that was good work. They then secure an offside penalty and Dan du Preez is penalised. They go for goal.
CONVERSION, PROVINCE, DU PREEZ! 21-27: This time Du Preez converts.
TRY, PROVINCE, JONES! 21-25: Province string together five phases and make their way into the Sharks 22. Senatla then easily beats Bosch and offloads to Jones, who scores his second.
Robert Du Preez sends the conversion wide.
TRY, PROVINCE, WIESE! 21-20: Carr clears the ball at the back of a scrum and breaks the line. He offloads superbly to Wiese, who runs well and scores! A great score!
Province win yet another scrum penalty. This time Thomas du Toit is guilty. Du Preez finds touch inside the Sharks half, but Chris van Zyl knocks it on in the lineout. Poor!
The Sharks build up patiently and then Bosch tries a drop goal from the Province 10 meter line. This time he is under too much pressure and sends it wide and to the left.
The scrum battle continues and will be even more important here in the second half.
We are underway in the second half, as Robert Du Preez starts proceedings.
TRY, PROVINCE, LEYDS! 21-15: Province string together 12 phases after the scrum. They then change direction and good work by Willemse and also Jones, ends up resulting in a good try. The conversion is missed.
HALF TIME: Well what a game we are having here in Durban. That try on the stroke of the break really opened this game up. The team who concedes the least amount of penalties in the second half, should secure victory. Please join us for the second half soon.
SHARKS 21-15 WESTERN PROVINCE.
NO TRY! Province make their way into the Sharks 22 and after 11 phases Carr appears to go over. The TMO rules that there was no grounding. Province have a five meter scrum.
Province feed a scrum just inside the Sharks half.
The Sharks concede a penalty after the restart and Franco Marais is guilty of a dangerous tackle. He is lucky not to get a yellow card. Robert Du Preez finds touch inside the Sharks 22, but the Sharks turn the ball over.
DROP GOAL, SHARKS, BOSCH! 21-10: WOW! What a monster from 49 meters out after a dominant scrum by Province. That was a beauty!
A few handling errors are now creeping in.
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! The Sharks win another penalty and what a silly penalty by Bongi Mbonambi. Bosch makes no mistake this time and says Thank you Mbonambi.
The Sharks hit back with a penalty after the restart. Chris Van Zyl is penalised and great work by Keegan Daniel. Bosch unfortunaltely sends it wide.
PENALTY, PROVINCE, DU PREEZ! 15-10: Robert Du Preez makes it a five point game.
Province win a penalty inside the Sharks half for not rolling away and Province opt to go for goal.
We have a break in play due to an injury to Jean-Luc Du Preez. He leaves the field and is replaced by Jacques Vermeulen.
Bosch sends the conversion wide.
TRY, SHARKS, DU PREEZ! 15-7: The Sharks string together 10 phases and earn good ground. Dan Du Preez then forces his way over! He may have been part of the ruck in an offside position, but the try is allowed, so that is that.
April sees a gap after the restart and makes his way deep into the Province half. He offloads to Daniel who kicks ahead, but the bounce favours Province.
PENALTY, SHARKS, BOSCH! 10-7: The Sharks secure a penalty just inside the Province half. Bosch goes for goal and scores.
A promising Province move ends with a silly knock on by Ruhan Nel on the halfway line.
Province win a penalty at the scrum, as they dominate again. Du Preez finds touch near the Sharks 22.
CONVERSION, PROVINCE, DU PREEZ! 7-7: Robert Du Preez levels the score.
TRY, PROVINCE, JONES! 7-5: Province hit back after the scrum. They dominate the scrum again and go wide. Huw Jones runs the dummy and scores under the posts. Fantastic!
We now have a few scrum resets. It is a Province scrum five meters from the Sharks line.
CONVERSION, SHARKS, BOSCH! 7-0: Bosch slots a beauty and it's 7-0:
TRY, SHARKS, NDUNGANE! 5-0: The Sharks open the scoring with a try that started in their own half. A break by Marius Louw opened up the gap for Ndungane to score! Good decision making by the Sharks there.
Great work by Province as they push the Sharks off the ball in the scrum and they earn much needed relief.
The Sharks start well after the kick off and string together 15 patient phases. It started with a mistake at the kick off by Chris van Zyl. We have a five meter scrum to the Sharks.
We are off here in a windy Durban, as Curwin Bosch starts proceedings.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2017 Currie Cup Premier Division Final, between the Sharks and Western Province from Growthpoint Kingspark.
It is quite apt that these two teams contest the final, as the Sharks ended at the top of the log and Western Province, second.
The battle between two flyhalves, Curwin Bosch and Robert du Preez may well determine the outcome of this final. It may just be tougher for du Preez, who will face off against his two younger brothers, as well as his Dad, who is the Sharks Coach.
The Sharks have made only one change to their starting lineup. They were dealt a huge blow losing Sibusiso Nkosi, who dislocated his elbow against the Bulls last week. Odwa Ndungane will take his place. Rhyno Smith will replace Ndungane on the bench.
Western Province has made five changes to their starting lineup. Damian Willemse returns to start at fullback, with Dillyn Leyds shifting to the left wing. Ruhan Nel and Huw Jones will form the centre paring. In the forwards Cobus Wiese and Sikhumbuzo Notshe replaces Jaco Coetzee and Kobus Van Dyk respectively.
Our referee is Jaco Peyper. He will be assisted by Egon Seconds and AJ Jacobs. The TMO is Marius Jonker.
We now have a moment of silence in respect of the former Springbok wing Dr Cecil Moss, who passed away at the age of 92 on Friday.
It is now time for the National Anthem, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika.
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