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WP escape Boland Mudbath – Updated

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Other SA Teams, WP on 26 Sep 2008 at 16:49

Western Province have received another big boost in their quest for an unlikely Currie Cup semifinal spot, with the news that their proposed Saturday match against Boland has been moved to Newlands.

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) announced in a statement on Friday that the match venue had been changed from the problematic Boland Stadium in Wellington – Boland’s home ground – to Newlands.


Rugby 365 reports that this will be great news to Western Province, who have been doggedly chasing a semifinal spot despite being nine points adrift of the play-off spots at one point.

Province will probably need to win their remaining two round-robin matches and get the bonus points on offer if they are to keep their dream of a semifinal berth alive.

But their chances of getting maximum points on Saturday against Boland has been under threat from an external factor – the drenched state of the Boland Stadium pitch.

Last week, the Boland v Lions match in Wellington was nearly called off by referee Phillip Bosch due to the muddy conditions.

However, the match went ahead, but the conditions took their toll, and the Lions struggled to stamp their authority on the game.

It took more than eighty minutes for the Gautengers to get the bonus-point try, something they managed with the last move of the game.

This week Province were scheduled to play at the same venue, but continuing rain in the Cape and Boland has reduced the Wellington pitch to a mudbath. If the game was allowed to continue, conditions would certainly have hampered WP in their push for a bonus-point win.

Luckily for Province, sensibility has prevailed, and both provinces have taken the decision to move the match to Newlands because of the waterlogged state of the Boland Stadium field.

The match, which was meant to be a home match for Boland, now effectively becomes a WP home tie.

Another plus for WP is that the race for fourth spot on the Currie Cup log – and the last semifinal place – could conceivably come down to points difference.

The excellent Newlands surface will give Province every chance to score heavily against Boland.


  • sissies!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.09.08 16:50:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Oh come ON! That’s just plain cheating! You just cannot hand a team another home game! What’s wrong with a neutral venue?

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.09.08 16:51:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 3, posted at 26.09.08 16:52:14 by PJLD Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Quit your whining!

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.09.08 16:53:22 by PJLD Reply
  • Damn. Why could they not have decided earlier, BEFORE I made my SB picks.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.09.08 16:55:07 by Namboer Reply

  • @Namboer (Comment 5) :

    I feel the same way.

    Maybe we can sue SARU. 😀

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.09.08 17:00:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Would love to hear the reasoning behind it.

    As Rob says, how can they hand WP another home game. What is wrong with Paarl. It may be part of WP but it is still less of a home game.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.09.08 17:14:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • We Sharks aint scared. We want to beat the best. :mrgreen:

    I just hope Boland are going to get the money generated by this game. They might decide to do a deal with Province ervery time. Hey, that could be a good idea, a team picking a venue where they can make the most money? Damn, if you are good you are good. 😎

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.09.08 17:17:27 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • Ask yourself. How powerful is the WP media?

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.09.08 17:20:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • i wonder if i can get to the game,its kinda not cool skipping a funeral is it?its just this sharksworld media thing rules!

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.09.08 17:22:34 by PJLD Reply
  • Great news.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.09.08 17:33:14 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Ask yourself. How corrupt are things on the southern tip of Africa?

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.09.08 17:41:19 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Didn’t see this. 😯 It’s what I suggested, but never in a million years thought it would actually happen. 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.09.08 20:46:34 by McLovin Reply

  • I guess if the match is moved, then Newlands makes perfect sense. It’s the nearest Currie cup field. 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.09.08 20:51:19 by McLovin Reply

  • Although I would be quite happy if they moved it to Bloem instead. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.09.08 20:51:58 by McLovin Reply

  • The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has announced that the Currie Cup fixture between Boland and Western Province (WP) on Saturday will in fact take place at Boland Stadium in Wellington as originally scheduled.

    This follows a SARU statement late on Friday afternoon that the round 13 fixture (which is a scheduled home game for the Cavaliers) would be moved to Newlands Stadium due to the poor underfoot conditions at Boland Stadium.

    SARU have now announced however that the game will take place in Wellington as scheduled and not at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.

    Match referee Christie du Preez will inspect the Bosman Stadium field at 11.00 (09.00 GMT) on Saturday at which point a decision will be taken on whether the game can go ahead

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.09.08 01:32:21 by McLovin Reply

  • Good move, go to Newlands.
    Boland also asked for the match to be moved, the surface at Wellington is completely unplayable and ticket sales is not a factor.
    Neither is home advantage for the WP, most Boland players come from WP anyway !

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.09.08 03:01:50 by Pietman Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 16) :
    Bosman Stadium?
    Don’t tell me we have to go all the way up there in the nick of time !

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.09.08 03:03:14 by Pietman Reply

  • @Pietman (Comment 18) : 😆 Obviously whoever typed up that report doesn’t seem to know the difference between Bosman & Boland.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.09.08 08:27:19 by McLovin Reply

  • WP could miss out on the BP now…..

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.09.08 09:30:17 by Baldrick Reply


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