Western Province got the tag through the media this week as the outright favourites to win this week and defend their Currie Cup they won last year as well. This is a dangerous way of going into any play-off game.

The Lions is a quality side that can rip through any side and will have a great change to take the game at Newlands today. Two years back the Lions just did that when they beat full strength Western province and Bulls teams to claim the Currie Cup and they certainly can do the same today.

This should be a cracker

**Teams**

**Western Province: **15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jean de Villiers, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

**Replacements: **16 Frans Malherbe, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Juan de Jongh.

**Golden Lions: **15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Chrysander Botha, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Andries Coetzee, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie (captain), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 CJ van der Linde.

**Replacements: **16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Robert de Bruyn.

**Date: **Saturday, October 19

**Venue:** Newlands, Cape Town

**Kick-off: **14.30 (12.30 GMT)

**Expected weather: **Sunny with a moderate south-easterly wind. High of 22°C and a low of 12°C

**Referee: **Marius Jonker

**Assistant Referees: **Jason Jaftha, Marc van Zyl

**TMO: **Shaun Veldsman

Brilliant weather in Cape Town

U/21 semi-final at Newlands, Western Province against the Golden Lions

Lions all over WP in first ten minutes not have to make one tackle.

The get two penalties and score 6 points, first time WP get ball they score a try from their own half

WP 7 Golden lions 6

Brilliant Score from WP Leyds in the corner from a cross kick

O/21: WP 14, Golden Lions 6

Lions Fight back and score from attacking linout

O/21 Update: WP 14, Golden Lions 13

WP makes a mistake and carry ball over which allow the Lions for a attack 5 meter scrum and the score under the post

U/21 Update: WP 14, Golden Lions 20

With putting pressure on the Golden Lions for the last 10 min, WP score in the corner through wing Barry.

U/21 Score Update: WP 19, Golden Lions 20 and that is Half time for the First O/21 Semi-Final at Newlands

WP put pressure on from the start of the second half and score through their fly half from a attacking scrum

U/21 Score Update: WP 26, Golden Lions 20

Lions U/21 playing dumb rugby now and given away positions to WP

Tim Sweal takes penalty and WP extend their lead

U/21 Update: WP 29, Golden Lions 20

Stupid play by Lions Captain, not the way to lead a team.

Brilliant try by WP forwards after a stupid penalty conceded by Lions captain

U/21 Score Update: WP 34, Lions 20

Lions hit back with a maul of their own from lineout and Mark Pretorius get over.

U/21 Update: WP 34, Golden Lions 27

WP Hold off the Lions last effort to get a draw and stop their attacking Line out. Last scrum coming up

Lions with last change

Lions being awarded a try in the last minutes

We going to extra time

Score Update U/21: WP 34, Lions 24 at Full time, we have now 10 minutes a side extra time

Score Update U/21: WP 34, Lions 34 at Full time, we have now 10 minutes a side extra time

WP score in extra time, Bredenkamp over with the maul

U/21 Score Update: WP 41, Golden Lions 34

U/21: On the Hooter of the first half Lions gets penalty from almost half way and they go for 3 points, but short.

U/21: Score Update at Half time of extra time: WP 41, Lions 34

Players are almost off their feet in this exciting U/21 Semi-Final

WP still leads 41-34 eight minutes left in second half of extra time

U/21 Update: WP gets a penalty right in front to take the game away from the Lions

Swiel kick penalty over and WP lead is now 10 points

WP 44, Lions 34, 3 min to go

Kick is too short from Swiel and Lions start attacking from their goal line

Looks like the last scrum for WP and should take the win and get a spot in the final next week

Lions score a consolation try after the hooter

U/21 Final score: WP 44, Lions 41

WP will be in the Final next week to defend their title in the ABSA Currie Cup U/21 competition.

Now for the big Boys

Lions with the better start of the two teams

Lions take lead with 3 points

WP with some pressure on the Lions and force a penalty with Demitri takin aim

Score Update: WP 0, Lions 3, 10 min gone

Aplon and Kolbe combination rip through Lions, with Aplon going over, TMO check last pass

Try not given, forward pass

Demetri Kick penalty and scores are level, WP 3, Lions 3

Awesome!

Was struggling to get a decent online feed for this game… happened to see if the UFC weigh-ins were on Foxpsorts… and hey presto… CC semi’s on Fox!!!!

And all the Boks being overplayed whilst none of the AB;s have been playing ITM…

Penalty Lions: Score: WP 3, Lions 6

Go Jantjies!

But jeez you look like a twat with 2 kg’s of gel in your hair!

Demetri through the gap and score with a beautiful setup by Vermeulen

Score: WP 10, Lions 6, 24 min gone

@bryce_in_oz: Air-Breaks

@Jacques(Bunny):

One forgets how star-studded this WP team is…

Lions get penalty and Jantjies get’s it over

Score: WP 10, Lions 9

@bryce_in_oz: They do look very good

Briliant Aplon through the whole Lions side, bad defence from Lions

TMO goes back to last break down

Try given

Obvious that Jonker has a few quid on Lions winning this. Will refer EVERY try of WP. And lions allowed to do whatever they want on the ground

Score Update:

WP 15, Lions 9, 38 min gone

@Bekke: It was refer by assistance ref

Hooter sounded and WP get last penalty of the half, Demetri going for points

Halftime score: WP 18, Lions 9

WP looks like a team that can score from anywhere today. Lions just making some unforced errors on attack. If they can hold on to the ball longer they can score more points.

Now for the big hiding.

And Schalla must still come on

18 phases for WP, about seven penalty advantages for WP and no talk from Joker to Lions

Demetri takes penalty and extend WP lead to 21-9

Again Lions give penalty away in ruck and again ref give them no warning!!!

Demetri takes WP lead to 24-9

Lions get a penalty from kick off and kick for line

Great defence for WP and again the maul get’s you nothing I just love it

Lions look out of their feet

20 min to go at Newlands and WP lead 24-9

Jantjies replace, so he did not made the impact the Lions were expected from him

Rhodes and Schalla makes ready to come on

WP just doing everything at pace and stay on their feet longer for their support

Finally Joker gives Lions a warning

Demetri goes for points from penalty

Score Update: WP 27, Lions 9 with 9 min left

Yellow card against Scarra for tip tackle

Lions score from penalty

Score Update: WP 27, Lions 16 with 5 min to go

Great time wasting from Jean, WP going for 3 points

Coleman kicks over

Score Update; WP 30, Lions 16, 3 min to go

WP going again for 3 points after Lions again get penalised at break down

Coleman Kicks over from Penalty

Score Update; WP 33, Lions 16

WP win the game by 33-16, in that secure a home final next week.

WP just to strong fro Lions and played the right game and overshadow the Lions in all aspects of the game.

Thanks for trying to fcuk with the big boys.

Now enjoy tomorrow at Clifton beach.

WP sill undefeated this season, now for the final

@Boertjie:

Bietjie van ‘n dooslike ding om te probeer sterk klink….

Nicely done Province, but only half way there. Next weekend you will have to step up some more.