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Carling Currie Cup – Bulls take on Sharks again in Final

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They are at the moment the two strongest sides in South Africa and although the Sharks was heavily helped by cancelled matches which they got points from, they are most properly the only team that can really challenge to Bulls.

The Bulls has been SA best side since rugby came back in September last year and they have the silverware in the cabinet to proof that as well.

Under Jake White they have been improving every since and they look set to keep the Carling Currie Cup in Pretoria this time around again.

This past weekend saw them demolish Western Province in the first semi final to book their spot in the final that will be played in Pretoria this weekend.

They will again come up against the Sharks who secure a their place in the final beating Griquas in Durban.

Western Province stood no chance in that first forty minutes with the Bulls just sweeping them off the field with some brilliant play.

At the end they outscored Province with six tries to five but the dominance of the home side in that first half secured them the win at the end.

The Bulls had the complete game for their cape rivals who had no answer to their speed, power and individual brilliance.

Johan Goosen yet again showed what a complete flyhallf he has become. His game management and pin-point accuracy made a huge difference in that first half as the Bulls ran away with the game.

Province defence was suspect to say the least but one can not look pass how good the Bulls side was on attack.

The power of their pack laid again the foundation for the win and White would have been pleased how easy it came to them with the skills they showed in those first half tries.

We have always waited for Zak Burger to step up to the plate and he has become a formidable combination in this Bulls side with Goosen.

Province did show some great attacking play which was good to see but that just came in batches and against quality teams you have to be able to play 80 minutes.

They were outdone by the Bulls power and speed they played in that first half. A hat-trick of tries by Edwill Van der Merwe made the end score look a bit better for the visitors but they were just outclassed by a better team on the day.

Scorers:

Vodacom Bulls – Tries: Cornal Hendricks (2), Johan Goosen, Arno Botha, Lionel Mapoe, Marcell Coetzee. Conversions: Goosen (6). Penalty goals: Goosen (2).

DHL Western Province – Tries: Edwill van der Merwe (3), Hacjivah Dayimani, Andre-Hugo Venter. Conversions: Tim Swiel (3).

The Cell C Sharks had to work a bit for their spot in the final against Griquas in Durban this past weekend.

They manage to get the better for the Kimberley outfit who has been brilliant this season and beat them at the end 28-24.

Griquas came hard at the home side and although they were pushed hard by the visitors managed to stay calm and do what was needed to beat them 28-24.

The Sharks outscored Griquas by three tries to two with Van Vuuren scoring two of those tries.

This was not as clinical as the Bulls win against Province as both sides made plenty of errors during the game. The attacking play lacked from both side but that was expected in a semi final where you first make sure of the win.

Griquas enjoyed much of the ball and field position in that first half which put the Sharks under pressure but they stood up well.

The Sharks improved a lot as the game went on and started to control the ball and the scoreboard better. Griquas had enough opportunities but could not convert it into points.

The Sharks will have to step up big time this weekend in Pretoria to upset the Bulls but if their is one team that cane challenge them, then it is the Sharks.

Scorers:

Cell C Sharks – Tries: Kerron van Vuuren (2), Marius Louw. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (2). Penalty goals: Bosch (3).

Tafel Lager Griquas – Tries: Adre Smith, Johan Momsen. Conversion: George Whitehead. Penalty goals: Whitehead (4).

The Final will be this Saturday live on SuperSport at 17:00

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