WP stay awake long enough to pip Cheetahs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 5 Jul 2008 at 20:50
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The tried and tested boot of flyhalf Willem de Waal saw Western Province triumph 9-3 over reigning Currie Cup champions Free State Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday afternoon.

Three penalties by Free State old boy De Waal was enough to see the Cheetahs surrender their unbeaten Currie Cup record. The Cheetahs’ only reply was a lone penalty by their flyhalf Chris Rossouw.

A heavy downpour greeted the start of the match but thanks to the superb drainage system the playing surface, although yielding, presented no terrors for the players.

As anticipated, both teams kicked excessively at the start to gain territorial advantage rather than try to run to the ball into the opposition’s half.

WP, on occasion, were willing to tempt fate by trying to run the ball in trying conditions and they might have reaped the benefits but they failed to work the ball through the phases because of the excellent contesting on the ground by the Cheetahs loosies Henrich Brussouw and Hendro Scholtz, who caused WP to concede at least three free-kicks early on the match.

With the rain relenting and the sun breaking through the cloud cover WP’s fortunes took a turn for the better as flyhalf Willem de Waal came good with two of this three penalty attempts at goal in the first 30 minutes of play.

Chris Rossouw, the Cheetahs flyhalf, who was unsuccessful with one long-range penalty attempt from the halfway line hoisted several up-and-unders which WP coped very well with.

A minute ahead of the break WP launched a penetrating counter-attack from inside their own in-goal area and it looked promising until the move broke down on the halfway line.

The sides returned to the dressing rooms at the break with WP leading 6-0, and deservedly so.

The Cheetahs returned to the field soon afterwards to practise a few drills ahead of the restart.

Second-half play saw far less of Rossouw’s boot as the Cheetahs decided to the run at the WP defence, a ploy they seemed to avoid at all costs in the first half.

The tactic worked well as they pinned WP down in their own first for the first 10 minutes of the second half, However, their only advance in the face of stubborn defence by WP was a penalty by Rossouw, to reduce the deficit (6-3).

WP finally managed to break out of their half when their enterprising fullback Gio Aplon hoisted a high up-and-under which he followed up superbly to make an onslaught on the Cheetahs tryline.

However, he was collared some 10m from the tryline but the Cheetahs infringed in the process and De Waal was target with the resultant penalty (9-3).

This setback seemed to cause the Cheetahs to crawl back into their shells and opted to trade on Rossouw’s prodigious boot once again in an attempt to drive WP back into their own half.

As play reached the hour mark the action was confined mainly between the two 10m lines with neither side managing to get a grip on the game. WP tried to be adventurous but their efforts were thwarted as they battled to move the ball through the phases.

The Cheetahs gained the initiative towards the end of the match although they could never find the cohesion to make one telling raid on the WP defence in the final 10 minutes of the match, and consequently had to surrender their unbeaten record in the 2008 Currie Cup competition.


Western Province: Penalties: Willem de Waal (3).

Free State Cheetahs: Penalty: Chris Rossouw.


  • The crappest game of rugby ever televised.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.07.08 08:50:28 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • 2 Currie Cup games played in the Western Cape this weekend, a grand total of 30 points scored – all kicks, no tries.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.07.08 08:56:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 1) : um, did you watch the Sharks game?

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.07.08 09:13:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :
    Absolutely and Wynand Oliviers performance alone was beter than the combined efforts of both teams (WP and FS) put together over the 80 minutes.
    Other than the absolute crap reffing and the referals I thought the game itself was not bad, the Bulls looked good, the Sharks not so but as a game 100 times better than the WP game.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.07.08 09:22:28 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Salmonoid

    What did you expect dude… it was raining cats and dogs… 🙄

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.07.08 09:32:46 by wpw Reply
  • Not that valid an excuse IMHO, it rained cats and dogs and more against the Waratahs earlier this year, it also pissed down in the test in New Zealand, those games were watchable.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.07.08 10:23:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Agree here, way to much kicking but the weather was and still is and look like will be the next week still crap.

    Other then that a good win for WP.

    One player in the WP team that impress me no end is little Deon Fourie. Thought Liebenberg will leave a gap but now I am glad he is away and with Brits now joining the Bokke I cant wait to see this small frame bundle of frame but the beiggest heart you’d get in a player crabbing his oppertunity.

    Griekwas in Kimberley not easy.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.07.08 12:07:49 by PaarlBok Reply

  • The other one that catch my eye was Blaauw. Finally it look like we possessed a scrum able to compete with any other CC team. 😯

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.07.08 12:14:24 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Howzit PaarlBok?

    I agree regarding Deon Fourie.

    I’d prefer him to start ahead of the overrated Schalk Brits.

    I think Siegelaar needs a rest and Delport should get his chance.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.07.08 12:17:07 by wpw Reply
  • Ag Siegelaar was pathetic. Seems he just cant clean the ball. I was honestly nearly blowing my top on saturday and cant understand why Coetzee kept him on. Surely Delport must start this weekend. Looking at JP Jouberts clean quick pass. Think he is now looking the best 9 , passing wise.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.07.08 12:20:44 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Wpw the Craven Week starts today, nearly forget about it.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.07.08 12:21:58 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Boland playing Limpopo Bulls at the moment and score look close 24-18 to Boland.

    If any want to check the life scores

    WP vs Pumas to follow!

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.07.08 13:57:24 by PaarlBok Reply

  • With De Waal at’s only to be expected!

    Love the headline on this thread. Very apt!

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.07.08 14:01:00 by Villie Reply
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