KSA Shark ©

Province tighten grip.

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 15 Aug 2010 at 04:54
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In the absence of a clear knock-out blow, Western Province’s industry in the first three-quarters of this match yesterday earned them victory against a plucky but limited Blue Bulls side.

Liam Del Carme reports for the Sunday Times that this was an absorbing but lamentably error-strewn match contested at close quarters. That they were able to win without bringing their A-game won’t trouble WP one bit.

It was left to Willem de Waal to make the difference with five penalties but it could have been different had his opposite number, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, converted all his kicks.

What will please WP is that they held on for the victory.

The match was contested in the trenches from the opening whistle and only WP displayed the appetite and capacity to take their game outside the crowded mess.

Though their performance in the primary phases was exemplary, WP could not get their game going beyond the second and third phases. And an obdurate Bulls defence prevented them from dazzling in the second half as they did against Griquas last week.

Dewald Potgieter, Gerrit-Jan van Veldze and the rest of the Bulls deserve kudos for keeping their defensive shape in the face of the onslaught. They never looked like winning, but they never looked entirely out of it either.

The Bulls’ “lets hang in there” approach seemed to gain traction as the match wore on and despite the paucity of good possession, they were able to stay in a contest in which lesser teams would have capitulated.

Apart from the Bulls’ bone-rattling defence, flyhalf Potgieter’s boot also kept them going in the right direction, albeit in small steps.

As a spectacle, the match never got off the ground. It was a dowdy affair and interest on the stands was maintained largely by the intensity of the contest.

Aided by a stiff breeze from the south-east, WP were in the ascendancy in just about every aspect of the game in the first half, although their lineout on their own feeds again didn’t quite measure up.

At the breakdowns they routinely arrived with more numbers, and perhaps more damningly for the Bulls, more intent.

They were also superior at scrum time, when the Bulls creaked, crabbed and collapsed in more or less that order.

With so much go-forward ball, Duane Vermeulen made his trademark bursts at the heart of the defence but none the Bulls weren’t able to counter.

WP had the territorial advantage but the Bulls’ defence held defiantly in the first 20 minutes. Stefan Watermeyer tackled like a man possessed in midfield, John Mametsa timeously came off his defensive line to snuff out a certain try, Gerhard van den Heever’s high tackle (for which he was sin-binned) possibly prevented another, and Zane Kirchner’s tackle on Paul Bosch also deprived WP of a five-pointer.

But for all their dominance, WP simply could not find a way through.

Not that the Bulls made too many inroads. Apart from a Potgieter penalty in the 18th minute, the only other potential points-scoring opportunity was a long shot. Potgieter’s drop-goal attempt from just inside his half with two minutes remaining before the break was as wayward as it was desperate.

The Bulls played with similar determination in the second but simply lacked the punch to knock WP off their perch.

After the game WP coach Allister Coetzee praised his side’s tenacity and said: “In the past we lost close encounters. This is a young, maturing side. This was as tough a Currie Cup match as you could have hoped for.”


  • I would say the grip is NOT tightening. We gonna thump you this week. ;-)

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.08.10 05:00:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • KSA Shark
    What’s the saying about pride coming before a fall?? :twisted:
    The Sharks will definitely be favourites though!! :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.08.10 08:07:18 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • This is going to be a great match.. I cannot wait!!

    May the best team win..

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.08.10 08:38:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Was at the WP-Bulls game. Was quite forgettable. Duane Vermuelen and Fabian Juries were quite impressive. Juries showing some good speed for a 31 year old! Dunno why you guys fuss over Tim ‘Bamboo legs’ Whitehead, seems pretty average to me. Based on that performance, I think the Sharks will take the spoils…

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.08.10 08:44:15 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch SharkSuper Rugby player
  • Quite ironic that the Bulls who are the kicking capital of the Rugby world, Naas Botha, Derrick Hougaard, Morne Steyn etc. were beaten in a kicking competition.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.08.10 11:03:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I tell you what. JLP is not that great!! Well, he didn’t have a great game last night. :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.08.10 11:34:26 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • I was disappointed. For some reason I expected a better performance from wp.

    Having a re-think regarding Jonker as well. He didn`t seem to favour the bulls too much. Could I have been wrong?
    Naah maybe he just didn`t want to upset the newlands faithfull.
    Nothing like a well timed ” Jou Ma . ! ” from the sidelines to keep him in check! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.08.10 11:34:37 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original PierreSuper Rugby player
  • IRB should step in and give some guidance/clearance on this whole ‘final warning’ we hear from refs.

    How many warnings did the Bulls get? Then just before half time he tells their captain in no uncertain terms that the next person goes.

    And sowaar early in the second half they give away a penalty in the ‘red zone’ and once again they get a final warning. :evil:

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.08.10 11:49:55 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • And why in the name of all that is holy & unholy did Province not take kicks at goal? :evil:

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.08.10 11:51:38 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : They can see the Sharks circling and wanted to go for a bonus point :?:

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.08.10 11:53:03 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original PierreSuper Rugby player
  • @CapeShark (Comment 4) : Juries impressive?Impressively lacking pace

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.08.10 11:55:54 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 10) : They should first score 3 tries before thinking about having a go at the bonus point. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.08.10 12:00:30 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Howzit McL

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.08.10 12:18:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well for me it was a boring game both tryed so hard :???: but well the WP had the better hand and then next week its our turn just hope the sharks work on that scrum and good luck to bot teams next week -end :mrgreen:

    Province julle gaan julle gatte sien :oops: :mrgreen: ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.08.10 12:41:19 by chaz Reply

    ChazTeam captain
  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Aloha.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.08.10 12:46:35 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 15) : Wie geht es dir?

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.08.10 13:04:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Gut, danke. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.08.10 13:20:30 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 17) : Sehr gut. Checkst du bitte dein email, ja?

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.08.10 13:34:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 8) :

    That pissed me off BIG TIME!!!!!!!!

    And even before giving the final warning he tried his DAMNEDEST NOT to give them a final warning,

    Almost as if the phrase that Greg Growden guy used for Kapln is apt here. let me look for it.

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.08.10 16:10:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :

    It was Bob Dwyer.

    Replace Kapln with Jonker. :wink:

    In his column on his personal website, bobdwyerrugby.com, he suggested that Kaplan had clearly decided, before the game had begun, that he was not going to yellow card anyone.

    Dwyer suggested that Kaplan thought there had been far too many cards in the tournament already and that – carding players – are for the ‘lesser referees’.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.08.10 16:14:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 11) :

    My thoughts as well.

    On the one break that he had up the middle i was shocked that he did not get around the guys in front of him :sad:

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.08.10 16:15:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Yip thanks.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.08.10 16:41:19 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach

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