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Carling Currie Cup Match Report – Bulls will host Sharks in final

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It will be the Vodacom Bulls who will host the Cell C Sharks in Pretoria to see who will lift the Carling Currie Cup next weekend.

The Bulls beat the Lions at Loftus on Saturday and the Sharks got the better of Province in Cape Town to setup a massive clash for next weekend.

Vodacom Bulls 26 – 21 Xerox Lions

The Bulls showed their meturity throughout the 80 minutes to beat a Lions side who came to play. The Bulls had a 11-0 lead at the break thanks to their general Steyn kicking two penalties and Jacobs going over for the only try of the first half.

The second half was a much tighter affair with the Lions getting back in the game with tow tries in quick succession.

The Bulls replied with two tries of their own and another penalty from Steyn.

The Lions would feel that they should have done more in that first half having most of the possession and running hard on attack but errors crept in and they just could not covert all that pressure and possession into points.

With great tries from Alberts and Simelane the Lions got back in the game making the score 14-all but the Bulls rolling maul yet again showed their power to get Grobbelaar over.

Yellow cards for Orie and Alberts left the Lions with only 13 men on the field.

The Bulls took advantage of this which allowed Jacobs to get over for his second try of the match after a great chip kick by Smith.

The Lions never gave up and were rewarded with a try from Burger Odendaal but it was just too late and they ended 5 points short of the Bulls

This win means the Bulls will host the final after the ended the regular season on top of the log.

Scorers:

Vodacom Bulls 26 (11) – Tries: Stravino Jacobs (2), Johan Grobbelaar. Conversion: Morné Steyn. Penalty goals: Steyn (3).

Xerox Lions 21 (0) – Tries: Willem Alberts, Wandisile Simelane, Burger Odendaal. Conversion: Elton Jantjies (3).

DHL Western Province 9 – 19 Cell C Sharks

There was not much excitement at Newlands in the final professional game played in the iconic stadium.

Both the Sharks and Province tried to play for territory to start off and with the deadly boot of Bosch Province soon realised that they cannot give away penalties.

Bosch punished Province first from the centre spot to take the early lead and then with two more long range penalties to take the visitors to a 9-0 lead.

Province had all the possession and were camping in the Sharks twenty two but never took the points on offer and tried their hand to many times at the driving maul which just never worked on the day against the Sharks.

The Sharks defence was massive and kept Province out time after time with no points to show.

Finally after almost 33 minutes in the first half Province decided to take the points on offer and got two penalties over from Swiel which narrow the Sharks lead to only 9-6 at the break.

The handling from both sides were not up to standard and it was almost a case of waiting for the other side to make a mistake.

At the end of the game Province did not take the points in eight kickable penalties which cost the game really.

It was not that Province looked like scoring in anycase as their backs looked out of place and at sometimes did not know what to do with the ball.

The Sharks rushed defence disrupt Province most of the times and as they just could not get going when the ball went out wide.

In the scrums Springbok Du Toit struggled against Vermaak and gave away plenty of penalties but due to poor decision making from Province never had an impact on the scoreboard.

In the second half the Sharks took control of the ball better and played in the right areas of the field which put Province under pressure on defence.

After loosing van Rhyn with a yellow card the Sharks took got  Bholi going over the line but after a review of the TMO the try was disallowed because of obstruction.

The Sharks got their reward minutes later when Van der Mescht got over after another lineout attack.

Bosch added the extras and although Province camped in the Sharks twenty two the last few minutes, they could not get pass their defence.

This saw the Sharks booking their place in the final next week against the Bulls.

Scorers:

DHL Western Province 9 (6) – Penalty goals: Tim Swiel (3).

Cell C Sharks 19 (9) – Try: JJ van der Mescht. Conversion: Curwin Bosch. Penalty goals: Bosch (3). Drop goal: Bosch.

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