Magnificent Valke hang on to win

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 19 Jul 2008 at 08:05
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The Falcons, reduced to 14 men for the last 30 minutes of the match, handed Western Province their second successive Currie Cup defeat when they edged the Cape Town side 38-32 in an enthralling encounter in Brakpan on Friday.

In a game that produced three cards for spear tackles, the Falcons saw red when wing Johan Swartz was sent for an early shower (red carded) in the 49th minute.

However, the home side can truly feel aggrieved over the puzzling decisions of referee Marius Jonker, who saw fit to issue only yellow cards for the two Province players – lock Ross Skeate (33rd minute) and loose forward Francois Louw (65th minute) – who were guilty of spear tackles.

They obviously like the soft, green grass of home – Western Province. Last week they went up to the frost-burnt grass of unfashionable Kimberley to play the bottom team in the Currie Cup and were tackled into defeat. This week they went up to unfashionable Brakpan to play what had become the bottom team in the Currie Cup and were tackled into defeat.

Tackling won it in the end but skill made the victory – skill, confidence, selfbelief, a sense of adventure – all those things. After the match influential Sean Plaatjies said: “We believe in our coach and we believe in our game plan.” That belief was obvious.

Their handling was better than Western Province’s and their tackling was better than Western Provinces. And they ran more often and with better lines than Western Province did. For this they deserved to win.

Big Western Province gradually wore away the Falcon’s possession and then they tackled. Dow to 14 men for 31 minutes, they tackled and tackled.

They deserved their glee at the final whistle.

Part of the game plan that Plaatjies spoke of was to run the ball. Flyhalf Len Olivier hardly ever kicked, but he had two great breaks. Only when they had to fight from the trenches did they kick. Leading 35-32 with less than two minutes to play and on the Western Province line, the Falcons still tapped and ran in search of the try they did not need. Eventually with only a few seconds left they agreed to kick at goal, ending the match. I wonder if there was another team in the world that would have tapped to score another try at that stage.

By then the Falcons had a scored five tries and had a bonus point in the bag. Western Province had scored four tries and their close defeat plus their tries gave them two points for the match.

The truth is that the side playing the better rugby won at Bosman Stadium. The Red Devils were devilish good.

Olivier kicked off for the home side and they attacked on the beige field with the blue lines. They played fast from the start. When Deon Fourie knocked on fullback Nicky Kritzinger swooped on the ball and raced down the right touch-line and round for a try under the posts. Olivier converted. 7-0 after 4 minutes.

After Gio Aplon had had a good run, Willem de Waal goaled a penalty but that was soon swamped by another try. De Waal kicked poorly into touch and the Falcons won the line-out near the front. They went left and Olivier ran on the outside of Justin Melck and through Dewald Duvenage to score at the posts. 14-3 after 12 minutes.

Western Province scored when Adriaan Fondse scored from close quarters to make it 14-8 and then actually took the lead. They threw to Ross Skeate at a five-metre line-out and mauled till they were over with Brok Harris getting the touchdown. This time De Waal converted. 15-14 to Western Province after 23 minutes.

Gcobani Bobo who was always dangerous on attack without actually producing a try seemed to have set one up when he forged ahead and gave to PJ Vermeulen who was over. The referee referred the matter to the television match official who was able to advise what was obvious 0- that the short pass from Bobo to Vermeulen was forward.

Just after this Skeate was sent to the sin bin for an expensive dangerous tackle. He lifted Hanno Coetzee in a tackle, had him horizontal and dropped him. Later in the match there would be two more tackles when the player was lifted. First left wing Johan Swartz lifted Aplon off his feet, turned him over so that his head was down and his legs were up and fell with him to the ground – a good example of a tackle called a spear tackle. For that Swartz was red-carded. Later the teams both teams had 14 men when François Louw picked up Reg Muller in the tackle, had him horizontal and fell to ground next to him. Louw got a yellow card for that. Certainly Swartz’s tackle was more dangerous than the other two, but none was desirable.

While Skeate was in the sin bin, which went on into the second half, the Falcons scored 21 points, taking them to 35-15. That burst was the winning of the match.

From a line-out they attacked wide and then hooker Ryno Barnes burst over from close quarters but far out on their left. Olivier converted. 21-15 after 34 minutes.

From the kick-off Olivier broke inside AJ Venter and raced down the field. Western Province were penalised and then penalised again for not being back 10 metres. The Falcons had a five-metre line-out mauled and the released the ball. Pretorius took an inside pass and plodded through three feeble tackles to score at the posts. That was the bonus-point try for the Falcons. 28-15. That was the half-time score.

Before the second half was a minute old, the Falcons were offside and De Waal goaled but straightaway the Falcons attacked with great hands and Plaatjies was close. Suddenly the Falcons went right and centre Rouan Cloete threw a great dummy which Venter brought and the big centre was over. Olivier converted and the Falcons led 35-15 – at which point Skeate returned.

From now on it was Western Province who had possession and did the attacking but there was no shortage of determination and courage on the part of the Red Devils.

When Western Province did a dizzy drive from a five-metre line-out the Falcons held them out. After Swartz’s dismissal Western Province again attacked and Harris was right at the line. They tapped a penalty and bashed again and this time big Fondse was able to barge over. 35-25.

After Kritzinger had had a break, Western Province were penalised and the Falcons actually kicked a penalty at goal – and Olivier missed with 20 minutes to play.

Western Province attacked left, right, left and the 14 Red Devils held them out. Tonderai Chavhanga looked certain to score but prop Killian felled him from behind. Western Province tapped and drove over the line but the Falcons held them up.

The Western Province try came as a shock. It was so simple. They went left, the Falcons seemed to have matched them up but suddenly Morgan Newman cut through the gap, drew Pretorius and gave Wylie Human a perfect pass and an easy run-in. 35-32 with five minutes to play.

Louw was back from the sin bin but Western Province did not look like scoring again. Instead it was the Falcons who battered at the Western Province line, were over it but Pretorius was dispossessed and eventually settled for a penalty which Jeff Perkins took as Olivier was injured. He hit it clean through the middle. 38-32, the final whistle and glee on the East Rand.

The scorers:

For the Falcons:
Tries: Kritzinger, Olivier, Barnes, Pretorius, Cloete
Cons: Olivier 5J
Pen: J Perkins

For Western Province:
Tries: Fondse 2, Harris, Human
Cons: De Waal 3
Pens: De Waal 2

Red card: Johan Swartz (Falcons, 49 – foul play, dangerous tackle)
Yellow cards: Ross Skeate (Western Province, 33 – foul play, dangerous tackle), Francois Louw (Western Province, 65 – foul play, dangerous tackle)


Falcons: 15 Nicky Kritzinger, 14 Dewald Pretorius, 13 Rouan Cloete, 12 Hanno Coetzee (captain), 11 Johan Swartz, 10 Len Olivier, 9 Gerrie Odendaal, 8 Sean Plaatjies, 7 Warren Perkins, 6 Reg Muller, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Wouter Moore, 3 Nico Pretorius, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Frik Venter.
Replacements: 16 Jody Jeneker, 17 Zane Killian, 18 Reggie Perkins, 19 Emile Verster, 20 Freddie van Zyl, 21 Jeff Perkins, 22 Dean Bergsteedt.

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 PJ Vermeulen, 12 Gcobani Bobo (captain), 11 Wylie Human, 10 Willem De Waal, 9 Dewald Duvenage, 8 AJ Venter, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Justin Melck, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 Pieter Louw, 19 Conraad Britz, 20 Alastair Siegelaar, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Morgan Newman.

Referee: Marius Jonker
Touch judges: Stuart Berry, Lappies Labuschagne
TMO: Willie Roos


  • Impressive stuff this and it wasn’t even as if WP went there with a second string side expecting to win. (ala The Sharks and their trip to Kimberley a few seasons ago)

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.07.08 08:09:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Only 7 guys from our pool still inline for a grand Slam point this weekend.

    Salmo Valke 6
    Wehan Valke 6
    Kandas Valke 5
    Maverick Valke 5
    US_Shark Valke 4
    Sharkie Valke 3
    Nita Valke 3

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.07.08 08:18:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • And of course there are a few who have fallen with their arses in the butter by not making their picks and getting the default 😉

    Madam Modra
    bryan habana

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.07.08 08:20:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : I can’t believe Bryan Habana is playing in our pool!

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.07.08 08:25:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : 😆 forgot to make his picks but its understandable.

    Good morning…beatiful day in Durban.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.07.08 08:42:51 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 5) : hope it’s as nice in Perth and Bloemfontein

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.07.08 08:47:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Please go and submit ratings for the guys who played in last night’s game:

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.07.08 09:04:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Especially in Perth.

    Didnt watch the game last night so no ratings from me…will watch closely today though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.07.08 09:26:29 by blackshark Reply

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  • Rather amateurishly written report that.

    Great game to watch though.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.07.08 10:21:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Will do. Is that the new logo that I have seen this morning? If so, it is supercool compared to the other one. 😎

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.07.08 10:24:23 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) : Agree… 😎

    IMO, Dollie would have done a far more better job then boring kicking flyhalf Willem De Waal…Rassie are going to kill WP rugby with all his imports and neglecting the local talent to his disposal… 👿

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.07.08 10:28:04 by Charlie Reply

  • @Silver Fox (Comment 10) : Of course you realise that I will have to rate on what you guys said on this here site!! From that I gathered that the flyhalf of the Valke COULD be something special?I’ll have to look up his name again.Olivier?But not Naas.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.07.08 10:28:13 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 12) : Just saw the ratings page. Great work Rob or whoever did it, only it is so good that you actually have to have SEEN the match, so I will pass. 😡

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.07.08 10:32:50 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 11) :
    De Waal is fine behind a dominating pack and under the old rules – not so sure that the new rules and the powder-puff WP pack suit him.

    Ironic that Dollie was released – not like the defence was better without him, while he would definitely have added penetration had he been there.

    Might swing by you in the arvie – just depends on another appointment. You watching the Sharks game?

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.07.08 10:33:56 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 13) : Surely was worth the time watching this match on telly…DSTV… I love it… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.07.08 10:35:25 by Charlie Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) : Would be nice to see you… 😎 Great day for good running rugby…Sharks game are surely in the plans, but might miss the start of it… 🙁

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.07.08 10:40:18 by Charlie Reply

  • @Silver Fox (Comment 12) : Len – rhymes with “Ten” 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.07.08 10:43:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is this the same team that the Lions put 50 past the other week?..incredible turn-around if so..Good for the CC though!

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.07.08 10:43:17 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Thanks. You rate him a real prospect?

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.07.08 10:47:37 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 18) : no – that was Boland. The Lions and Sharks ahve both struggled to beat the Valke this year. And they’ve beaten Griquas and only narrowly lost to Boland.

    @Silver Fox (Comment 19) : He looks good in an average team…

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.07.08 10:55:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 18) : If such instabillity are good for the CC, I’m beginning to understand why our competence differ so much from one level to another. A lot to do with coaching and mindset, baybe the biggest problem in SA rugby. 😀

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.07.08 10:56:00 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 21) : Baybe maybe 😳

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.07.08 10:57:05 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 22) : maybe, baby 😉

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.07.08 11:05:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :
    Oh cheers Rob..bodes well for the lions super14 though..

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.07.08 11:17:47 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 24) : Aren’t the Valke in with the Bulls?

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.07.08 11:35:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • You have to question the captaincy…

    You know I don’t very much like it when I predict negative things weeks ahead….but as I said almost a month ago….”woooow….woooow….wooow” does not make you a good captain!??!

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.07.08 09:30:55 by Hmmm Reply

  • Plus the midfield defence of WP was poor…
    They stepped past Bobo twice and scored twice….

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.07.08 09:31:45 by Hmmm Reply

  • And how can WP leave out Newman…
    He played well…yes not a Bok by any means but he really has been doing well…give him a run for a few games!??!

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.07.08 09:32:47 by Hmmm Reply

  • I am afraid the Kavaliers are going to back themselves to beat WP as well…

    I don’t think they will…but they are really going to go out to make it tough for WP…and if Dollie is playing by then they might just be able to make it tough…

    WP should def come away with the win…but I don’t think they will get a bonus point!??!

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.07.08 09:34:37 by Hmmm Reply

  • I’m not sure my heart can take anymore rugby watching. BAD BAD BAD weekend, and I didn’t even watch full games.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.07.08 09:54:46 by molly Reply
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