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WP too good for brainless Bulls


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 29 Jun 2008 at 21:35
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Vodacom Western Province dramatically overturned a 14-3 halftime deficit to run out thrilling 26-17 winners over the Blue Bulls in an Absa Currie Cup match at Newlands on Saturday.

Report courtesy www.wprugby.co.za.

Two tries by WP in the final six minutes of the match allowed the home side to take the lead for the first time in the match, as WP’s attacking prowess finally broke down the Blue Bulls defence.

WP made their intentions clear at the start when they tried to run the ball at every turn, including one suicidal attempt sprung from their tryline.

With this approach there was an early sustained nine minute spell when they pinned the Bulls down in their own 22m area, but came away without reward.

The real problem for WP was that they were trying to force past the stubborn Bulls defence at time when a well-timed pass could have brought a deserving reward.

Instead, WP had to rely on the trusty boot of flyhalf Willem de Waal to secure an early advance when he goaled a 13th-minute penalty (3-0).

Once the Bulls were able to absorb the early pressure they bounced back strongly with counter-attacks which WP were hard-pressed to contain.

On one occasion the Bulls looked like making a breakthrough after centre Wynand Olivier split the WP defence with a neat grubber but winger Akona Ndungane could not gather cleanly to round off the Bulls attack.

However, the Bulls did come good in the 27th minute, when they were presented with their first real opportunity to score.

The Bulls won their ball from a line-out some ten metres away from the line and after scrumhalf JP Joubert gathered the WP defence collapsed completely to give the No 9 a free passage to score the first of the visitors’ two soft tries.

Morne Styen added the conversion in the 27th minute (7-3).

There was more charity from WP when against the run play Bulls eighthman Pedrie Wannenburg intercepted a pass near the halfway line and ran in for his side’s second try in the 32nd minute.

Steyn added the conversion to give the Bulls a commanding 14-3 lead at the break.

WP started the second half as impressively as the first but after six minutes of attacking the Bulls defence they again had to settle for a 46th-minute goaled penalty by De Waal to advance their cause (14-6).

This advance by WP was cancelled out two minute later when Steyn snapped over a drop goal (17-6).

WP continued to enjoy the upper hand territorially but they couldn’t find a way to breakdown the stubborn Bulls defence and this was case for most of the second-half play.

On the hour Bulls substitute Hilton Lobberts was penalised for a late charge on De Waal, who made no mistake with the resultant penalty to reduce the deficit (17-9).

A heel against the head for WP replacement hooker Deon Fourie in the 65th minute sparked off a spirited attempt to save the match.

WP neatly relayed the ball along the backline but another promising move was thwarted when fullback Gio Aplon was held up some 20 meters from the Bulls tryline.

Another De Waal penalty, his fourth in the match, saw WP close the gap yet again to 17-12 in the 68th minute.

Lobberts was yellow-carded a minute later but WP were unable to take advantage although they had always looked threatening until one magic moment by Aplon six minutes from the end turned the match on its head.

He started a counter-attack under his own posts and he rounded off the move at the other end of the ground to draw the scores level at 17-all.

De Waal goaled the conversion to give WP the lead for the first time in the match (19-17).

This try really set WP alight and they made good their final sortie into the Bulls 22m area with a great dash for the tryline by centre Gcobani Bobo, in the 78th minute.

De Wall converted again for the 26-17 win.

Scorers:

Vodacom WP: Tries; Gio Aplon, Gcobani Bobo. Conversion. Willem de Waal (2). Penalties: De Waal (4).

Vodacom Blue Bulls: Tries: JP Joubert, Pedrie Wannenburg. Conversions: Morne Steyn (2). Dropped goal: Steyn.



42 Comments

  • Good win with a bit of luck and assistance from the Bulls, we also showed a bit of heart something that has been lacking at Newlands for awhile.

    What i would like to know is how the hell Brits got man of the match, he was poor in the line outs, and shimmying in front of the defence before getting smashed does not constitute a good game.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.06.08 08:51:00 by Sauce Reply
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  • The Bulls were brainless and the TMO was at best incompetent but I suspect there was actually more to his decisions than plain incompetence.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.06.08 08:55:43 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 1) : I thought Bobo was going to get it

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.06.08 09:04:06 by PJLD Reply
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  • PJLD – yea so did i, i thought he was a lot more deserving.

    @ Salmanoid – if anything the additional tasks for the tmo are going to create more highlights of incompetence, besides how the hell is a tmo to spot a forward pass from an angle shot behind the action?

    The additions to the ELV in this case are a mistake IMO

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.06.08 09:10:27 by Sauce Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 4) :
    Agreed, its stuffing up the game as a spectacle, for me anyway. Rather let the ref make his split second decision and get it wrong than hold up the game for minutes and also get it wrong (or be perceived as getting it wrong) Its frustrating.

    Robdylan we need an air your frustrations thread in which we can go mal about all things rugby.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.06.08 09:17:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • all of these stupid penalties are ruining the game for me!

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.06.08 09:36:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • #5 Indeed, the laws supposedly speed up the game, the tmo referrals bring it to a grinding halt. Makes watching it on TV painful, i cannot imagine how bad it must be at the ground.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.06.08 09:46:27 by Sauce Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) : please feel free to write one for us, salmo! ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.06.08 09:48:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • PPPPRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNCCCCCEEEEEE!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.06.08 10:08:27 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    True, one can be guaranteed that if you have to get up for something (beer, chips etc) that when you get back you will see the ref awarding a penalty to one of the teams.

    @robdylan (Comment 8) :

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.06.08 10:15:43 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :
    If time allows.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.06.08 10:17:09 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : I’m a little tied up today… you realise the there is an implicit invitation extended to ANYONE that wants to write a rugby-related article. If you write it, we will publish it

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.06.08 10:29:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m pretty impressed with what Deon Fourie has dished up so far. Very promising player, and sooper enthusiastic.

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.06.08 12:20:08 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 13) :
    He will be snapped up by some European club pretty soon if he’s not tied up contractually.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.06.08 12:40:43 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 14) : A bit rich, considering he’s yet to play 5 first class games :-)

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.06.08 12:58:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 14) : Surely he’s got a contract, they must’ve offered him one when we let Tiaan go.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.06.08 12:59:57 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 16) : maybe Oom Rudi has been spreading his gospel ;)

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.06.08 13:17:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :
    I thimk he has shown plenty in only his 2 games to see that he has huge potential. Remember European 1st, 2nd and even lower division clubs are potentially better paying employers for many a SA rugby player. I think he must have made at least a few agents yake note of him.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.06.08 13:21:49 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) : yeah, sure, but I reckon he’d be making a mistake if he did that

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.06.08 13:25:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Deon Fourie actually played for the Stormers during this year’s S14.

    He did very well whenever he came on from the bench.

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.06.08 13:42:02 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 20) : yeah, but in total he’s played less than 5 first class games…

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.06.08 13:43:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) :
    For sure, but for some reason I think WP have an infatuation with Schalk Brits that is to the detriment of other hookers in the area. Why would Liebenberg consider leaving when the Stormers and Province are obviously on the up. – pure speculation anyway.

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.06.08 13:44:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : it’s like us suddenly reckoning Skollie Ndlovu is on the verge of being snapped up by talent scouts all over the world.

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.06.08 13:48:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Some gOOde news for depre$$ed $hark SuPPorters :mrgreen:

    SHIMLAS!!

    Shimlas 25 Maties 22

    luVVerly!

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.06.08 13:52:58 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • I know Robd.

    salmonoid

    Schalk Brits is NOT the 3rd best hooker in SA. I think he is one of the most overrated players in SA.

    I’d choose the Strauss brothers (Cheetahs), Conrad Burke (Boland) and Chilliboy (when fit of course) ahead of him any day.

    He doesn’t come close to John and Bissie imho.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.06.08 13:53:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) :

    Wes

    The StrauSS hOOkers are cuzins- the discarded $hark 12 – Andries- is Reghard’s Boet.

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.06.08 13:55:53 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 24) : so our university beat WP’s ! ;)

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.06.08 13:57:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • I forgot about Liebenberg… :roll:

    Hell I’d even prefer Shimange ahead of Brits… that’s if he is fit and playing regularly.

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.06.08 13:57:38 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) : add Clemen Lewis to that list, please.

    OO, you are the only one I know who spells it “Regard”… everyone else knows his as “Richardt”. Is he still going to the Bulls? BTW, have you noticed who’s wearing 12 for the Sharks these days?

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.06.08 13:58:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) :

    Ja Boet!

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.06.08 13:59:05 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • Thanks for that OO.

    At least I know the difference between a loose head and tight head prop. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.06.08 13:59:49 by wpw Reply
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  • Who is Clemen Lewis? :roll:

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.06.08 14:02:56 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) :

    Ag man I am mos like Dyslexix anyway :smile:

    Yes I know he plays now – just because Frans is called up and BaRRit is either injured or trying his luck @ 10.

    Still think Andries would be a very gOOde option for the Bulls- as we are tOO – financially challenged- to buy him ouTTa his contract.

    Mind you Meyer Bosman might be a target – as his upward curve – is sustainable, so Andries might just become a gOOde option with RobEbersohn in 13!

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.06.08 14:03:09 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 31) :

    Yes you do- unlike the ERT :smile: but then he has the lawyerSpeak to contradict or fuzz such inabilities!

    :smile:

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.06.08 14:04:36 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • #34

    I’m glad you realised my comment was not aimed at you. lol

    I believe Calldo (sp?) was giving Heinke a hard time in the scrums but the ref didn’t pick it up and was continuously penalizing Calldo.

    What is your take on their duel?

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.06.08 14:09:23 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 32) : Boland’s reserve hooker. You’ll know him once he’s left bootprints all over Schalk Brits :)

    @Oranje Orakel (Comment 33) : I thought Rob E was more of a 12…?

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.06.08 14:11:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 35) :

    Cheetahs pack as a whole is a bit light- Calldo is much underrated as a scrummer- by 2010 he will be an awsome TH!

    Heinke is very gOOde and maybe our best scrummer, although I rate Jaco Engels as the best SA lOOsehead.

    I thought the Cheetah front row was maybe a bit better than the Lions- but that the lions had more beef in the Lock and Backrow

    Cheetahs did however secured its own in the scrums- but were poor in lineouts and kickoffs. We will struGGle against all the “more physical” sides!.

    @robdylan (Comment 36) :

    he played 12 last year- 13 and 14 this year.

    one of CoachDiv’s reasons for playing Adi at 13 is to put the wings away- maybe RobEbersohn’s time @ 12 will be used well.

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.06.08 14:38:04 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • I was invited to watch this weekend’s game… I won’t be going cos I don’t watch WP when we play the minnows. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.06.08 14:46:57 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 38) :

    Yip

    gOOde policy that

    :smile:

    Do they sell chips and mayonaaise wiFF them hake?

  • Comment 39, posted at 30.06.08 14:53:55 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 37) : yeah – nice having two centres that know how to pass

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.06.08 14:57:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • My MOTM was litle Deon Fourie. Vokkit(sorry) but this outjie can jol. Thought he turned the Bulle and the game totally on its head in no time. Also think BoBo was great and the Bulle pretty unlucky to let this one slipped. Thought Stegmann and there overall defense was good.

    Jessie altho Dyllie struggle in the game the best part for me was when he dra Meisiekind over the drumpel!. Meisiekind should thanks Chavanga to save him!

  • Comment 41, posted at 30.06.08 14:57:50 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • hehehe

    You know me too well OO. :razz:

  • Comment 42, posted at 30.06.08 15:00:20 by wpw Reply
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