WP, Pumas eye historic final

2012-05-09 14:42

Cape Town - Western Province or the Pumas will be making history on Saturday when one of them qualifies for the Vodacom Cup final in a weeks’ time.

Neither of these sides has ever made it past the semi-final stage of the competition. They are playing each other in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon to determine which team will progress to the final, to be held on the weekend of 18/19 May at the venue of the top team from the North Section.

This decision was taken last year that the venue of the final of the Vodacom Cup will alternate between north and south (should teams from the relevant section reach the final).

Last year the final was held at the venue of the top team from the south that made the final (Pampas) and this year it will be at the home ground of the top team from the north that makes the final (Kimberley, Witbank/Nelspruit or Pretoria).

The other semi-final is on Friday afternoon in Kimberley between the two teams that have dominated the Vodacom Cup playoffs since its inception in 1998 - Griquas and the Blue Bulls. Between them, they have won the title seven times and been runners up eight times.

If Griquas win their semi-final, they will also host the final. If the Blue Bulls and the Pumas win, the final will be in Mpumalanga, and if it’s the Blue Bulls against Western Province, the final will be in Pretoria.

It’s not the ideal scenario for Western Province, as they are the only team this season that have not lost a game.

Western Province followed their seven from seven in the league phase of the Vodacom Cup with a comprehensive home win against the Golden Lions in the quarter-final in Cape Town last weekend (58-34) and can be regarded as favourites against the Pumas, who finished second in the North Section and eliminated the EP Kings by 30-19 last Friday.

One of the few survivors of WP’s Vodacom Cup semi-final defeat in 2008 is midfielder PJ Vermeulen, who is now plying his trade for Griquas.

For Griquas and the Blue Bulls, the semi-final is a replay of their first round clash in early March, won comfortably by the team from the Northern Cape (36-17) in Pretoria. The home team was totally outplayed on that day and conceded six tries to two.

However, the Peacock Blues will not have forgotten last year’s semi-final, when the Blue Bulls, who snuck into the playoffs, caused somewhat of an upset in Kimberley (47-34) to advance to their fifth successive Vodacom Cup final.

Marnitz Boshoff, who kicked six penalties, three conversions and a drop goal on that day to help steer the Blue Bulls to a fine victory, has since left Pretoria and joined Griquas, where he has been sharing the flyhalf duties with Francois Brummer, another former Blue Bull.

When it comes to semi-finals and finals, these two teams are the most successful in Vodacom Cup history.

The Blue Bulls have only lost one out of their 10 appearances in the semi-finals, while Griquas have won six from eight.


  • Johan - 2012-05-09 14:52

    Go Pumas

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-09 14:56

      Ditto. Bul groete.

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-09 15:01

      @weepee will "eye the final" in front of there mom's tv's?? of wat seg jy, your highness?

  • Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-09 14:56

    Ek sien WP verstik alweer. Bul groete.

      Thomas - 2012-05-09 22:42

      This is where the Kings should have been showing us the preperation thats going into their quest for S15 status by walking all over this league!!! BUT NO they rather let this bus go bye and hijack someone elses LIMO instead!!!

  • Saffa - 2012-05-09 15:03

    Ok, this is classic. A WP Vodacom Cup article, and the only comments (apart from mine of course..) come from Bulls fans......Only in SA.

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-09 15:18

      o ja @siffi- vir elke Bulle artikel, is daar 10+ stoomer dramas op 24...- ni omdat stoomers goed is ni-ek bedoel, dit weet ons almal, maaaar omdat di b@ster-britte daar onder di platberg se skaduwee, hulle hoof kantoor "twakpraat" hardloop- so as di boertjies ni julle weepee bladsye high-jack ni, gaan ons erens anderste moet vuur maak??

      Saffa - 2012-05-09 15:19

      And in 5 minutes, I get 3 replies, for YES you guessed it: Bulls fans........

      Saffa - 2012-05-09 15:21

      And @Raven - the Puma's 'belong' to the Lions Superugby franchise.......not the Bulls franchise.

      Lionel - 2012-05-09 15:26

      @Saffa,just shows,Bulls supporters are fascinated by the WP/Stormers:):):)

      Eugene - 2012-05-09 16:38

      @saffa Ek dink eerder die bulle ondersteuners is bang ons wen die Vodacombeker, want dan kan hulle nie meer die holgeryde versie maak "11 jaar geen cups nie " of wat staan in julle trofee kas ens ens ;)

      Jason - 2012-05-09 16:47

      They sit staring at the screens waiting for WP/Stormer article to come up, then its a toss up (excuse the intended pun) between blowing in their pants and getting the first anti-province chirp in..............Its pathetic really! On a RUGBY note, it would be nice to see the lads make the final.....7 for 7 is a good comp for anyone...........even the almighty bulls (tic)

      Jason - 2012-05-09 17:44

      @Harold and Johan you both need some new material!!! you show your lack of rugby knowledge by using the same old tired comments! @johan, maybe one day you will get to say that to my never know....stranger things have happened!

      Harold - 2012-05-09 18:04

      Merely stating the facts, buddy.

      Saffa - 2012-05-09 18:31

      Eish man, now Dozey is going to confuse the cr@p out of all the folk round here again......

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-09 19:07

      Nou wie is nou skielik dozey? Bul groete.

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-10 16:19

      Ja Saffa Brat... Wie is Dozey nou eintlik? GO PUMAS EN ORLANDO PIRATES EN MAMELODI SUNDOWNS!!!

  • Paul - 2012-05-09 15:25

    Go PUMAS!

  • Jacques - 2012-05-09 15:33

    Al julle vervelige Bulle gaan polish jul 3 liter cortinas se fake mags en los die rugby vir streeptruie. Go WP.

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-09 15:42

      Al julle vervelige stoomers gaan hardloop agter jul fiets rims aan met jul stokkies, af op di grond pad en los die rugby vir di magtige BULLE!!! VRYSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAT, stoot hulle om en slaan hulle plat......

  • Andrew - 2012-05-09 16:05

    Nogal snaaks hoe baie kommentaar julle kan lewer oor 'n kompetisie wat niemand kyk nie.Hulle kan eerder klub rugby as voorwedstryde uitsaai.

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-09 16:39

      @Andrew , Jy is seker baie verveeld dat jy die moeite sal doen om n berig en kommentaar te lees van rugby wat jy nie kyk nie !

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-09 16:41

      . . . . .en dan nog kommentaar lewer ook.

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