CC: Sharks 13, Western Province 17


Even if SARU hired Dan Brown, he would not be abled to script a better ending to the 2013 ABSA Currie Cup league stage with the table topping match between Western Province and the Sharks in Durban.

Both sides have called on their Springboks to help secure a possible home final and this should be one of the great games of the season. The Sharks have a Springbok front row and the Western Province have the ability at the back to rip through any team this year. Western Province scrum have been in great form this season and for me this will be the one aspect that I am looking forward to see.

15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 Louis Ludik.

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Frans Malherbe, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Jean de Villiers.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

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  1. I always like the way WP play when they dont have their Boks. The Currie Cup team differs so much from Super team.

    Hope to see them play that Currie Cup game today again

  2. Boring ass shit when players just try to drive it up. Ok its wet – its also wet for the defense! Just play the game and stop trying not to lose!

  3. Old forgotten man of SA Rugby Jean Deysel with a nice run down the side. Joel Stransky talks about his ‘brute strength’, an indication that the player is probably dumb and somewhat slow.

  4. Why do refs and TMO’s get tangled in there battles of symantics?

    Just ask the dude in straight language and let him answer you?

  5. Kaplan pulling rank on his TMO and it makes for uncomfortable viewing. Marius respected his TMO and allowed for an open conversation.

  6. Both Sharks and province seem panicked by the wet ball – this despite both teams growng up with kak weather and lots of rain

  7. so if the ball had hit the ground before he kicked it, it would have been a knock-on.

    that means every drop-goal should be ruled a knock-on.

  8. @Timeo:

    no rule does allow for ‘intent’. If it not the intent to drop the ball (as it cannot be in that field possie) then the ball hitting the ground first is a knock.

  9. Sharks pul a Bulls and drive one too many times. Just what is it about these fat guys who want to take the ball up by themselves and run through an entire defense.

    Your fatarse gets isolated and you dont make any ground

  10. Burger and Jean on. Dont think it will make a huge difference. WP not playing with the ball at all. Maybe Burger can get a pass or two away

  11. Ball is just being kicked. No wonder the fatties never want to give the ball out as the backs just end up kicking everything

  12. Serves Sharks right. So bloody scared of losing and never tried to do anything other than kick and drive. yes its wet but as we have seen its not good enough.

    Deon Fouries try was a beauty and they deserve the win on that alone.

    Fortune favors the brave.

  13. Abolutely brilliant steal by Vermeulen yet again after Sharks with an unlikely penalty has no other answer but to pass to a fatty and telling him to run.

  14. Anybody for The Stick at no.8 for the Boks?


    What a game by Vermeulen!
    I was a bit amazed at the lots of posession
    WP just kicked aimlessly downfield in the
    last 20 minutes.
    Two tightheads for the Cape scrum.

  15. @Brendon:

    I just searched through the law book and there is no such exception.
    Perhaps there is an IRB ruling.

    under definitions:
    Drop kick: The ball is dropped from the hand or hands to the ground and kicked as it
    rises from its first bounce.

    A dropped goal is simply a drop kick that goes through the goal posts, but no where does it say it has to be in the direction of the goal or where on the field or anything about intent.

    In fact one is allowed to kick for touch from a penalty with a drop kick.

    No exception is mentioned under “knock forward” either.

    It seems to me to be a little hole in the laws.

  16. In the game, the player clearly did not lose control of the ball. He went for a kick. As he kicked it before it hit the ground, it was a punt. Had he kicked it after it hit the ground, it would have been a drop kick.

    That would be according to the law book.

  17. No, I think the JvdW case was different. He clearly lost possession and only kicked at it to try to recover from that.

    It fit the definition of a knock-on.

    The problem I see is that a player, going for a kick, does not lose possession, he deliberately drops the ball and since a drop kick in any direction or location would be legal, there is no objective way for a referee to rule whether he intended to drop or to punt.

    As long as the player (1) did not lose possession, (2)intended to kick and (3) kicked it before the 2nd bounce, it should not be a knock-on.