Western Province have setup a home ABSA Currie Cup final for the first time in 12 years as they kept their unbeaten record in tack with their impressive win over the Golden Lions.
The Lions had a good start to the game and played a very conservative game to their own standards. The crowd of just over 32 000 cheered their teams every move and you could almost feel that WP was slowly getting into their strides when they went quickly behind with six point in the first ten minutes of the game. One player that showed his class from the start of the game was Aplon and you always had a feeling that the back three in Aplon, Kolbe and van der Heever will cause the Lions a lot of problem in the game.
Aplon was one of the outstanding players on the field and would have had the springbok management team take notice of his abilities not just on attack but also his defence and positional play at the back. The Springbok players of Western Province again proven their worth in this team as all of them did make a difference in there team win. The most impressive aspect of Western Province performance is the way this team is working together as a team and win the contact situations.
The Lions spoiled their attack due to silly mistakes on attack and wrong option taking from their backline. In the Lions defence, Western Province did not gave them one inch with again the solid defence and turnovers they were able to create when the Lions looked like breaching them. Elton Jantjies was disappointed in his play and the hype that was made in the media this week of his role to play for the Lions came to nothing.
Western Province is developing into a team that can play a total game in defence and attack and with their U/21 also winning their semi-final earlier the day against the Lions the future for the union is looking good.
The Springbok coach will be very happy with the form of is Springboks form and will surely happy that they have kept the intensity of their play even in the Currie Cup.
Next week Western Province will host the Sharks at Newlands in a repeat of last years final as they will try to keep the Currie Cup for another year in Cape Town.
For Western Province: Tries: Catrakilis, Aplon Con: Catrakilis Pens: Catrakilis 5, Coleman 2
For the Golden Lions: Try: Whiteley Con: Boshoff Pens: Jantjies 3