Western Province and the Blue Bulls was the biggest winners this weekend in round 5 of this years Currie Cup with wins over the Sharks at Newlands and Golden Lions at Loftus.
It was a real important win for both teams and almost a must win situation for both teams as they faced two of the top teams in the Currie Cup at home. The Free State Cheetahs kept to their winning ways in Bloemfontein against the EP Kings and Boland sprang a surprise with a great win over the Pumas on Friday.
In the midweek game in Kimberley Griquas was too good for the EP Kings with a brilliant second half making the log looking nicely for a great second half of this years Currie Cup.
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Here is a roundup of all the matches this week…
It was a close game in the first half but Griquas ran riot in second half to take a convincing 47-24 win over the EP Kings.
The first half just not seemed to wanted to get started for both teams as both tried to run the ball but made too many mistakes to really get over the defensive structures.
Griquas was the team with most of the possession but made as much mistakes on attack but one had to give credit to the EP Kings scrambled defense.
It was Griquas who scored first through Putuma and gave them the early lead of 7-0.
EP Kings hit back straight away with a beautiful backline move to send Isaacs over in the corner. The try stunned Griquas a bit and they started to put pressure on themselves.
Griquas was the next to score after sustain pressure on the Kings line when Janse Van Rensburg went over for their second try of the match.
Many believed it would be here where the Griquas will pull away but the EP Kings had other plan first with a long range penalty and then a beautiful try just before half time with Isaacs again the man over.
That gave them the lead of 17-14 at halftime.
Griquas came out in the second half like a house of fire and scored three quick tries to take the lead and control over the game.
It would always have been difficult for the EP Kings to come back from a 35-17 score line but they never gave up.
Life for the Kings was not made easy with them having a player send-off with a yellow card which also saw Griquas scored another try, their sixth of the match to get the score to 40-17 and totally in control with EP Kings having to play with no ball at all.
EP Kings did come back at the end of the match to score a late try and bring the final score to 47-24.
Griquas – Tries: Wandile Putuma, Jono van Rensburg, Ederies Arendse, Alshaun Bock, AJ Coertzen (2), Eric Zana. Conversions: Clinton Swart (6).
EP Kings – Tries: Alcino Izaacs (2), Cullen Callopy. Conversions: Lungelo Goza (2), Pieter-Steyn de Wet. Penalty: Goza.
The Boland Kavaliers have surprised on Friday afternoon after beating the Pumas in Wellington 25-22 in a tight affair.
The Pumas did not help themselves with earning a red card in the 26th minute of the game and had to play the rest of the game with 14 men. The Pumas midfield player Fisher was red carded for using the elbow on Van Wyk after a tackle.
One must say that even with a man down the Pumas did not let go of the match and they were in it until the last minute if the match. The played well and put a brilliant performance together with the man down.
With the win Boland have moved up to sixth place above Western Province but Province have two games in hands. The Pumas have not find this season as happy one with four losses out of four games and sitting second last on the log at this stage.
For the Pumas it was once again their inspirational captain Renaldo Bothma who stood out in attack and on defense putting like always, his body on the line.
With a bit better day with the boot the Pumas could have had a different outcome as Brummer missed to easy kicks.
Boland captain Ryan Nel was forced off in the 11th minute after being hit by a dangerous tackle which caused a flurry. Boland were awarded a penalty and Namibian flyhalf Theuns Kotze got his sides’ first points.
The game never got away from either team and it was in the balance till the end of the game which made for a great contest to watch.
Pumas then scored in the dying minutes of the game through Kevin Luiters with some fantastic running skills but it was not enough to give his side the win.
Tries: Carelse, Adendorff, Louw
Cons: Kotze 2
Drop goal: Kotze
Yellow card: Adendorff
Tries: Herne, Bothma, Van Wyk, Luiters
Red card: Fisher
It was seen as one of the games of the weekend as the Blue Bulls hosted the Golden Lions at Loftus.
The game struggled to get going with both teams struggle to get any forward momentum and making too many handling errors. In ten minutes we had more scrums than what we seen in most eighty minute games.
The scrums were a struggle from the start with both teams giving away penalties and free kicks.
The Blue Bulls got into an early lead with two penalties from the boot of Schoeman.
The Lions did get one back when Boshoff got his first penalty over to take the lead down by three points.
It was the Golden Lions that scored first from a great string run from Rohan Janse van Rensburg. It also gave the Lions the lead but the Blue Bulls hit straight back with an intercept try to again lead the Blue Bulls with 16-10 after 32 min.
It seems that sparked both teams to star playing some great running rugby and giving the small crowd something to cheer about.
The end of the half was all the Lions as they attack well past the hooter to get that try and go in the lead at half time but the Blue Bulls defense was brilliant to keep them out.
The Blue Bulls took the lead 16-10 at half time and all to play for in the second half.
The second half the Lions started the better of the two teams but again the Blue Bulls defense was again up to anything the Lions thrown at them.
They were also getting better momentum on attack and score their second try from a great lineout move to extend their lead to 21-10 after 50 min.
It seems that the Blue Bulls was much better in the contact situations and hitting the rucks much harder that the Lions forwards.
It was Kwagga Smith that got the Lions in back in the game with a great try to get them again within 4 points of the Blue Bulls.
This did not last long as the Blue Bulls again had a great scrum and force a penalty to make it again a seven-point lead with 16 min to play.
The Blue Bulls defense seemed to have been doing enough to win the game as they just kept on hitting the Lions back on attack and getting turnovers as easy as ice cream on a Sunday.
The Blue Bulls got another try through a great break from Travis Ismaiel and with that sealed the game.
The Lions kept on making mistakes on attack losing the ball in contact and just could not get momentum.
This was one of the better wins for the Blue Bulls beating the Lions in defense and with some brilliant defense.
Blue Bulls – Tries: Travis Ismaiel, Marvin Orie, Joshua Stander. Conversions: Tian Schoeman (2). Penalties: Schoeman (4).
Golden Lions – Tries: Howard Mnisi, Kwagga Smith. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (2). Penalty: Boshoff.
The Free State and EP Kings was always going to be a difficult match for the Kings who had to play three games in seven days this week.
The start of the game was very loose and plenty of mistakes from both sides but more so from the Free State.
It was the EP Kings that scored first with some brilliant handling skills and speed in the backline to take the early lead in the match.
The Cheetahs came back with two penalties before they scored their first try through Lee after a typical Free State backline move. This gave the Free State the lead and the ascendancy in the match.
The second try for the Cheetahs did not take long to stretch that lead to 18-7 after 25 min.
The rest of the half was more or less with both teams trying but mistakes stopping their attacks.
The Free State did score one more try before halftime with Schoeman bouldering over in the corner.
That gave the Free State a halftime lead of 23-10.
The second half was much about the same with both teams trying to let the ball do the work but with so many mistakes on attack no one could get dominance early on to get over the others defense.
It was the Free State that finally went over for the first time when Schoeman yet again crosses the line for the Free State bonus point try.
The Free State started to put more phases together and the passes started to stick as they pull quickly away on the scoreboard with two quick tries.
That took the score to 38-13 with 10 min to go.
The Free State were not finished as they started to dominate all aspects of the game. Lee put the perfect kick through and collect it himself to score his second try of the match.
Both teams run in some more tries but at the end the Free State was just too good for the EP Kings winning the game 57-25.
For the Cheetahs:
Tries: Lee 2, Botha, Schoeman 2, Marais 2, Nche, Marais
Cons: Zeilinga, Marais 2
Pens: Zeilinga 2
For the Kings:
Tries: Greyling, Klaasen, Jobo
Cons: De Wet, Marais
Pens: De Wet
Drop goal: De Wet
Western Province ended the Sharks unbeaten run on Saturday at Newlands when they beat the Sharks with 34-27.
It was made out of one of the matches of the weekend at Newlands between these two sides and they did not disappoint.
The game start fast with both teams wanting to run the ball but it was a great inside pass from Robert Du Preez to Kotze that got Western Province their first try of the match.
The Sharks quickly hit back with a penalty to get on the scoreboard after just a few minutes. Western Province quickly extend the lead with a brilliant kick ahead from Du Preez which found the speedy Kok to score a great try for the sevens star.
The Sharks and Western Province traded penalties to get the score to 17-6 after 20 min. With the Sharks starting to dominate play they also had more opportunities on attack and it took not long for them to score their first try.
It was a quick take from a penalty that send u Preez over in the corner for their first try of the match for the Sharks. This made Western Province only a 17-14 lead after 29 min.
With the Sharks keeping the pressure on Western Province they got penalty after penalty to firstly get level on the scoreboard and then just before halftime took the lead 20-17.
Sharks fullback Bosch had another brilliant first half and kicked everything from almost anywhere on the field. His tactical kicking was again first class and also did his bit on attack.
The Second half was all WP as they scored a brilliant try from yet another cross kick from Du Preez to take the lead. It was Viljoen at the end of that kick to score in the corner.
Thing did not improved for the Sharks as they then got a yellow card for a dangerous tackle and started to give a few penalties away to give Western Province forward momentum.
With the time starting to run out both teams tried to run the ball and some big hits stopping both teams on attack. Western Province then got a massive drive away from a line out and scored another brilliant try in the corner to take the score to 27-20 after 60 min.
At this stage the Sharks had almost no ball and was making mistakes on attack that gave Western Province more opportunities with their dangerous backline.
The last 20 min was exciting from both sides trying to get on top of the scoreboard and game. It was Western Province who again scored with 10 minutes to go through yet another great kick for Viljoen from the boot of Du Preez to take the score to 34-20.
The Sharks did come back with a try but it was a little too late as the game ended with a win for Western Province 34-27.
It was a great bonus point win for Western Province and they will take much heart from this win to take to next week massive clash against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg.
Robert du Preez was a worthy man of the match with a brilliant display of fly half rugby today when his team needed it most
For Western Province:
Tries: Kotze, Kok, Viljoen 2, Van Dyk
Cons: Du Preez
Pens: Du Preez 2
For the Sharks:
Tries: Du Preez, Smith
Pens: Bosch 5
Yellow card: Du Preez