Western Province have showed this weekend that they will not relinquish the Currie Cup Trophy without a fight. They have showed character and passion for the jersey and it supporters when they beat the Blue Bulls on Saturday night at Loftus with 14 men.
Vodacom Blue Bulls 18 (6) DHL Western Province 29 (20)
Western Province played a smart game plan in which they starve the Blue Bulls form the ball. Western province dominated the first twenty odd minutes and outplayed the Blue Bulls on the score board and on almost every aspect of the game.
With only fourteen men the men from the cape, kept their composure and played as a unit in attack and defence. With this win Western Province stand still on the top of the log and the only team that have not lost in this year Currie Cup.
Scorers:Vodacom Blue Bulls 18 (6) – Tries: David Bulbring, Jono Ross. Conversion: Handrē Pollard. Penalty: Pollard. Drop Goal: Pollard.
DHL Western Province 29 (20) – Tries: Damian de Allende, Gio Aplon. Conversions: Kurt Coleman (2). Penalties: Kurt Coleman (3), Gary van Aswegen (2).
GWK Griquas 24 (17) The Sharks 25 (11)
The match in Kimberley was not the prettiest but effective. Both teams gave away a lot of penalties to keep the scoreboard ticking throughout the match. Griquas had the better of the exchanges in the first half and it showed on the scoreboard.
The kept the Sharks team pinned in their half for most of the first forty minutes. AT the end it was only one point that separate the Sharks and the Griquas team to give the Sharks their first win in Kimberley for more than 4 years.
Scorers:GWK Griquas 24 (17) – Tries: Burger Schoeman, Marnus Schoeman. Conversion: Francois Brummer. Penalties: Brummer (4).
The Sharks 25 (11) – Tries: Sizo Maseko, Wiehahn Herbst. Penalties: Butch James (3), Fred Zeilinga (2).
Toyota Free State Cheetahs 26 (23) MTN Golden Lions 23 (3)
On Friday night the Cheetahs came back to their winning ways when the hold out another gutsy performance from the Lions in Bloemfontein. The Cheetahs started like a house on fire in the first half and lead the Lions 23-3 at half time.
It seems the Lions takes forty minutes to warn up in each match as they came back again in the second half with a fight back that almost saw them record a good away victory. The teams was locked at twenty four points all with four minutes to go.
The Lions will have to start learn how to play for a full eighty minutes if they want to stay in touch with other top teams in the Currie Cup.
Scorers:Toyota Free State Cheetahs 26 (23) – Tries: Johann Sadie, Sarel Pretorius. Conversions: Riaan Smit (2). Penalties: Smit (4).
MTN Golden Lions 23 (3) – Tries: Anthony Volmink, Ruhan Nel. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2). Penalties: Jantjies (3).