Dollie penalty sinks Blue Bulls

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Uncategorized on 7 Apr 2008 at 08:42
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Vodacom Western Province retained their unbeaten record in this year’s Vodacom Cup when flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie kicked a last-minute penalty to sink the Vodacom Blue Bulls 37-35 (halftime 19-25) in a match played at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

The lead changed umpteen times in an enterprising yet error-strewn match before man-of-the-match Dollie, who finished with a personal haul of 27 points, condemned the home side to their second defeat of the season with a nerveless kick at the death following a high tackle by the otherwise impressive Bulls captain Carel Hoffman.

WP were outscored by five tries to three but it was Dollie’s boot that made all the difference on a pitch tailor-made for running rugby.

The visitors made their expansive intentions clear early on when left wing Zhahier Ryland sparked an electric counter-attack in the ninth minute from close to his goalline.

The ball went through a number of pairs of hands as the streeptruie surged upfield before the Bulls were penalised, allowing Dollie to slot his second penalty of the day to open up a 6-0 lead.

The Bulls struck back immediately when centre Braam Gerber dived over in the right-hand corner following a full backline movement in which right wing Johan Jackson made the space for his centre partner to score.

Jackson’s wing partner Rocco Jansen, the top try-scorer in the competition with eight touchdowns before this match, then helped the Bulls to take the lead in the 15th minute when he benefited from Gerber’s strength and distribution skills to dot down in the left-hand corner.

Gerber however went from hero to villain five minutes later when he was yellow-carded by referee Stuart Berry for a professional foul, allowing Dollie to cut the lead to 10-9 with his third penalty. The ice-cool No 10 then kicked his fourth penalty three minutes later to regain the lead for WP.

The advantage on the scoreboard proved to be short-lived, however, as Jansen sped over for his second try on the half-hour mark following a strong run by Jackson down the left-hand touchline. Flyhalf Burton Francis kicked the conversion to make it 17-12 to the hosts.

Dollie then showed off his running skills when he sold an outrageous dummy in the 33rd minute to dot down under the posts without a hand being laid on him.

The Bulls bounced back two minutes later when Francis succeeded with a penalty to make it 20-19, after WP hooker Hanyani Shimange was yellow-carded for slowing down the ball.

The sparse Loftus crowd then watched as their side grabbed the bonus point in the 38th minute when Jackson showed off his strength and sidestepping skills to carry WP fullback Wylie Human over the line with him to make it 25-19.

Francis extended the Bulls’ lead to 28-19 a minute after the break with an easy penalty before Jackson scored his second try of the afternoon in the 45th minute.

Francis added the two points to open up a 16-point lead and threaten a runaway victory for the home side over their traditional rivals.

But it was not to be, as WP staged a memorable fightback that started when centre and former SA Under-19 skipper PJ Vermeulen scored his side’s second try in the left-hand corner.

Dollie nearly scored his second try two minutes later when he rounded Tiger Mangweni, only to see the Bulls fullback punch the ball out of his hands as he dived over the line.

But the outside half made up for his blooper when he kicked his fifth penalty after Bulls scrumhalf JP Joubert received a yellow card, to cut the deficit to just eight points.

The Bulls were then reduced to 13 men when lock Juandré Kruger was sin-binned on the hour-mark following yet another professional foul, allowing Vermeulen to score his second try near the posts to make it a one-point game and set up a nerve-wracking final quarter.

The Bulls came back strongly but no sooner had Joubert returned to the field than hooker Brett Sharman was given a ten-minute break by referee Berry after a spear tackle on Human.

Province had a number of chances to win it at the death but once again a combination of shaky hands and poor option-taking looked to have dashed their chances against a Bulls side clearly waiting for the hooter to sound.

The home side seemed to have done just enough to scrape home before No 8 Hoffman was blown for a high tackle, allowing Dollie to seal the win with his sixth penalty and give WP the self-belief that they may just have what it takes to go all the way this year — if they can sort out their butter-fingers, that is.


Vodacom Blue Bulls 35 – Tries: Braam Gerber, Rocco Jansen (2), Johan Jackson (2). Conversions: Burton Francis (2). Penalties: Francis (2).

Vodacom Western Province 37 – Tries: Isma-eel Dollie, PJ Vermeulen (2). Conversions: Dollie (2). Penalties: Dollie (6).


  • I watched some of the highlights… Dollie looked very good.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.04.08 08:49:24 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • The Vodacom Blue Bulls went down 35-37 against the WP after they received four yellow cards, three of which were in the second half, at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

    The Bulls started off brilliantly and already scored four tries by half time but the visiting team always stayed within reached, mainly thanks to the boot of Isma-Eel Dollie. Dollie scored the WP’s only try in the first half but he was successful with five kicks to make the half time score 25-19 in the Bulls’ favour.

    After the break Johan Jackson scored his second try to extend the Bulls’ lead to 35-19 but the outside centre of Province, PJ Vermeulen, narrowed the gap with the first of his two tries in the 49th minute.

    Five minutes after Vermeulen’s try the Bulls scrumhalf JP Joubert received a yellow card because he joined a ruck from the side and in the 60th minute Juandré Kruger sat next to Joubert in the sin bin after he played the ball with his hand in a ruck.

    With 13 men on the field the Bulls were always going to in trouble against the log leaders of the South section and it wasn’t long before Vermeulen dived over for his second try.

    While Kruger was still in the sin bin the Bulls’ hooker Brett Sharman spear tackled Wylie Human and he was the forth Bulls player who got a yellow card.

    With so many yellow cards the Blue Bulls were under pressure for most part of the second half and the WP only waited for the home team to make mistakes. Dollie eventually kicked the winning penalty in the 74th minute and that means the WP are still unbeaten in this year’s Vodacom Cup.

    The Bulls will be very disappointed with their discipline because they overshadowed the opponents in all aspects of the game but at the end they could not defend with 14 men against a team like WP that uses the width of the field very effectively.


    Vodacom Blue Bulls: Tries: Johan Jackson (2), Rocco Jansen (2), Braam Gerber. Conversions: Burton Francis (2). Penalties: Burton Francis (2).

    Vodacom WP: Tries: PJ Vermeulen (2), Isma-Eel Dollie. Conversions: Isma-Eel Dollie (2). Penalties: Isma-Eel Dollie (6).

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.04.08 08:50:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • FOUR YELLOWS in one match! Guess these guys are trying hard to get selected for the Bulls Super 14 team

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.04.08 08:51:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • They went out of their way to lose the game Rob, i think the ref was a bit leniant as well, maybe he was trying to keep more than 10 bulls players on the field at a time.

    On a different note, im sure their were more WP fans at Loftus than their were Bulls fans.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.04.08 08:55:00 by provincejoulekkading Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • They learn from example…. :wink:

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.04.08 08:55:38 by Ice Reply
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  • WTF???

    4 yellow cards???? :shock:

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.04.08 08:56:30 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Watched this one and what a great game, certainly my pick of the week with the Stormers on a bye.

    First the Bulle.
    Watching this Bulle team you cant believe the gameplan and players abilities they have in store.

    Cant believe they havent picked Tiger when Kirscner was injured. He play unbelieveable rugby at the moment.

    Ditto that wingers and 13, Francis in 10 and Joubert at 9.

    I was hoping to see Bands back and hoped he get fit but injured again. The Bulls forwards still play dumb rugby even with the full ELVs. Slow ball down and a yellow and it cost them in the end.

    WP: Geez it sad players like Kakkerlakkie and Justin Melck playing Vodakak rugby. These guys should walk into most S14 teams. Both had great games.

    Then the players that make me the proudest in the WP side, Dollie & PJ Vermeulen. Thay are absolute superb on the moment but specially Dollie.

    Great to see the amount of coloured players in WP side that will make them on merit. Surely good news for the future of SA Rugby.

    The best for me is also the amount of 2007 U21 players look like making their prov senior stepup.

    Any win in the Ring is good and this will put our debt stock in good stead once the CC starts.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.04.08 08:56:50 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • I hope Rassie is taking note of Dollie’s performances…

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.04.08 08:57:46 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Hi PB.

    Did Morgan Newman have a good game???

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.04.08 09:01:42 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • I like reading headlines like this. :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.04.08 09:04:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • PaarlBok i have to agree with you on Tiger, he was HUGE in all areas of his game.

    That Deon Fourie is fraggen quick for a Hooker!

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.04.08 09:08:09 by provincejoulekkading Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • Newman also great but PJ was superb or the stand out. Draghoender also look good the time he spent on the field.. WP have a midfield and loosie debt like no other prov have and you can go right down to schoolboy level. Some quality from Johan Sadie to Jean’s level at the moment. Just look at the Maties/Ikeys stock tonight.

    I’ll tell you Dollie is in the form of his life at the moment. If he keep this up he’ll claim his CC place. In fact I am sure he should not have bought Tony Brown.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.04.08 09:08:45 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • you guys got any tight head props coming through? ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.04.08 09:11:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Deon was superb, all sympathy to Shimange but the SuidWester look great guns at the moment. The lineouts wasnt great from WP but then Francois and the other lock aint that good lineout locks but do their thing in the rucks and scrum time. Just look at the replacement x Paul Roos scrummie. Still raw on this level but went OK Sad Pieter Louw is so injured phrone at the moment. He was sooooooo talented with Boishaai but struggle with the injuries. He should be a easy buy for the Sharks, I know his granddad very well and they stay in Durbs.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.04.08 09:13:56 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • Pieter Louw would be a good buy for the Sharks (if they looking for a flanker to replace AJ)

    We have enough up and coming loosies at the mo.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.04.08 09:17:07 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Rob quire a few talented Paarl Gimmie fatties in the channel in WP, starting with Jacobie Adriaanse playing for Maties. Write down the names of Carlo Prinsloo “Biscuit”, Jean Rossouw and Jacobie’s brother. This lot is just below the current WP Vodakak lot. We even sent Rosoouw de Klerk to the Bulle from last year’s Craven Week side, thats a gatslag if you ask me.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.04.08 09:17:46 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • Rassie went hunting for Ismaeel and then slapped him in the face.


  • Comment 17, posted at 07.04.08 09:20:08 by Dawn Reply

    DawnUnder 19 player
  • we don’t want to buy your injured cast-offs, thanks ;)

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.04.08 09:21:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob now with the Cheetahs having their own academy and the Sharks with a kak structure, you need to buy. Michalak and kie wont stay forever, you know. :roll:

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.04.08 09:25:02 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • Robdylan, cheery as usual.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.04.08 09:26:45 by Dawn Reply

    DawnUnder 19 player
  • :evil:

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.04.08 09:29:18 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Dollie aint no “drollie” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.04.08 09:52:32 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • “Sharks with a kak structure”

    What the devil are you on about? Pot calling the kettle black, if you ask me

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.04.08 09:54:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Come on Rob. Your backup Beeste is nowhere at the moment and so were your youth teams U19 & U21s in 2007.

    No pot calling broer, just facts.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.04.08 10:13:36 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • PB

    Maybe you should have used another word to describe their structures…


  • Comment 25, posted at 07.04.08 10:29:19 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • wpw Sorry man, my red tale is not that good and I call it like I have them in my head.

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.04.08 11:58:34 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player

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