The game only got alive in the second half as Western Province secured a win and booked their place in the play-offs for a home semi-final next week.

Province eventually won the game 31-20 after trailing the log leaders 13-3 at the break and looked out of it.

They created enough changes in the first half but too much senseless kicking and handling errors kept them from getting more than the solid penalty in the first 40 minutes.

The Sharks looked like a well-oiled machine in that first half dominating the scrums and put Province under pressure.

They were the first to score with a penalty from Bosh who again control the Sharks from 10.

They were also the first to score a try through Louw who took the perfect line after some hard work from their forwards.

Bosch ended the half with a massive 40 meter drop goal which took the Sharks to 13-3 at the break.

The second half was much better for Province as they dominated time on the ball and took their changes. It was Du Preez who took the first step for them with a great try early in the second half.

This made the Sharks lead only 13-10.

Dup Preez was yet again on the end of a perfect move from the backs from a lineout for Du Preez to score his team and his second try of the match.

This gave Province the lead and they never gave it up again.

The Sharks did not get back in the game and made to many mistakes on attack. Province extended their lead with a try from Duvenage who snipped around the breakdown after a breakout from Province.

The game was all but lost for the Sharks at this point but Province had one more in then to secure a bonus point when Schickerling burst over moments later.

This made the score 31-13 with minutes to go. The Sharks did score the last try through Van Wyk but it was far too little too late as Province took the win.



Tries – Louw, Van Wyk

Penalties – Bosch

Drop – Bosch

Cons – Bosch(2)

Western Province

Tries –Du Preez(2), Duvenage, Schickerling

Penalties – Du Preez

Cons – Du Preez(4)

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  1. Such a pity we will be losing Du Preez at the end of the season. When he is on song he can really perform well.

  2. Have been saying since his Maties days he is quality, there is going to be a great fight between him and Bosch for Sharks nr 10 jumper.

    Why do I see Bosch leaving Sharks soon….will Daddy pick son before huge young talent like Bosch, or will Bosch become the new Frans Steyn or Pienaar being shift around like a pin ball

  3. @Jacques:

    That is a bit unfair… Daddy just happens to have three sons that are that good they will always be the first choice at their team no matter the coach.

    Bosch is a better 15 than 10 imo… he is too pressured at 10 and prone to mistakes. Besides I cannot for the life of me see how anyone can rate Garth April… the odd bit of flash but that is it… and a prima-donna to boot.

  4. @bryce_in_oz: Did you see Bosch in the wet two weeks ago? Reminded me of Frans way back when he single handedly kick WP arshes in Durban.

    Bosch is a 10 for me, we need to stop shifting 10’s to 15’2 and the other-way around.

    Personally if I was coaching a team I would not like to have my sons playing in that team even if they were the best in the world.

    I just see trouble coming at the Sharks with Bosch( Player of colour) and Daddy’s son going for the same position

  5. @Jacques:

    I did… and I watched him this week too against RDP.

    For every two good things he does at 10 he does something bad. Early days though in his career.

    Du Preez Snr has been very good at rotating his sides… you need more than one class player in each position these days to be finalists in Super rugby and a great test side.

  6. @bryce_in_oz: I agree Bryce. The Sharks are building a really good team for super rugby. They have oodles of talent and the guys do the basics right and then can turn it up at will. Bosch would be ideal at 15, he is save under high ball and his defensive issues can be hidden away a bit better. He has a massive boot and reads the game well. Perfectly suited to15

  7. RDP is a big unit… can easily step into 12 too and can play FB.

    I have noticed that Carlos Spencer has been shifting Esterhuisen around from 10/15… I had not known the bullocking centre had those skills… only a plus for the Sharks next year to have a inside centre with an added arsenal.

  8. @bryce_in_oz: The whole Sharks team was complacent even Du Preez admitted it so last week was a flook like week 1 when they had to play with 2de team against Free State

    Bosch is quality and will be our WC 10 in 2019 with Pollard I believe

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