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.
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.
|Jan 23, 2021||5:00 pm||Carling Currie Cup 2020-2021||2020-2021 Carling Currie Cup||90'|
|DHL Western Province||Loss|
|Cell C Sharks||Win|