Vodacom WP tackles Elephants

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, WP on 6 Mar 2009 at 14:57
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Vodacom Western Province will be looking for a good start to their Vodacom Cup campaign when they tackle the Eastern Province Mighty Elephants at Newlands on Saturday.

The Elephants lost to the SWD Eagles last week and their coach, Chris Grobler, warned Jerome Paarwater and his troops that they will be coming to Cape Town with only one goal in mind and that is a win.

Paarwater, however, selected what he described as “possibly the strongest Vodacom Cup team that I have coached”.

Former Springbok hooker Hanyani Shimange leads the team, Springbok scrumhalf Bolla Conradie, Springbok flank Hilton Lobberts, former Stormers wing Wylie Human, Tongan flyer Alipate Fatahefi and promising youngsters such as Morgan Newman, Joe Pietersen, Pieter Myburgh and Pieter Louw are all ready to prove they have to be in the Vodacom Stormers squad for the overseas leg of their Super 14 campaign.

Paarwater only this week had the chance to coach the players who were released from the Stormers training squad but he was nevertheless optimistic about his side’s chances against the Elephants. “We got together only this week, but I am confident that the guys will do well.”

The coach said he doesn’t know too much about the opposition, but was confident that they have the ammunition to deal with whatever the Elephants dish out.

Teams for Newlands:

Vodacom WP: Hayden Groepes; Wylie Human; PJ Vermeulen, Morgan Newman, Alipate Fatafehi, Joe Pietersen, Bolla Conradie, Jody Burch, Pieter Louw, Pieter Myburgh, George Earle, Hilton Lobberts, André Schlechter, Hanyani Shimange (k), Denzil Riddles.

SUBSTITUTES: Peter Wium, Eric Coetzee, Martin Muller. Conrad Brits, Conrad Hoffmann, Coenie Van Wyk, Terry Jacobs.

Eastern Province Elephants: Ryan Brown, Ryan January, Alfonso Pietersen, Ashwin van Heerden, Elcardo Mintoor, Rouaol Japhta, Marlon Lewis, Michael Vermaak (capt), Thandinkosi Geleba, Elroy Ligman, Ashley Viviers, Trichardt van Tonder, Pumlani Nodikida, Stanley Afrikaner, Divan Barnard.

SUBSTITUTES: Robert Dyer, Ayanda Nogampula, Sivuyile Kobokana, Fabian Smith, Daniël Vosloo, Clyde Theron, Deon Booysen.

Kick-off: 15:00

Taken from the Official WP Rugby website


  • This is a very decent WP side.


    Not too shabby!!! 😀

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.03.09 15:05:57 by wpw Reply
  • if WP don’t win this one by 100 points then I really don’t know

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.03.09 15:11:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Don’t forget about Human…. 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.03.09 15:17:06 by McLovin Reply

  • Entry to Newlands most probably for free :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.03.09 15:20:39 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 4) :

    R10 a ticket 😕

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.03.09 15:29:21 by wpw Reply
  • Tickets are R10 and are only available from the Newlands Ticket office on match day (the ticket office will be open from 12pm – 3pm) Seating is unreserved and on the Grandstand, Level 1 only. Season tickets are valid at no extra cost, but will be unreserved and on the Grandstand, Level 1 only.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.03.09 15:29:59 by wpw Reply
  • Vodacom WP on fire
    – Saturday, March 07, 2009

    Vodacom Western Province kicked off their R1-million Vodacom Cup campaign with an entertaining 49-13 (halftime 28-3) victory over an outgunned but spirited Mighty Elephants team at Newlands on Saturday afternoon.

    The home side scored seven converted tries to one in a free-flowing match that produced enough encouraging moments for coaches Jerome Paarwater and Chris Grobler at this early stage of the season, although the number of handling errors from both sides will be a concern.

    In front of a paltry crowd of barely 200, the home side opened their account as early as the second minute when fullback Hayden Groepes sliced through a wall of would-be tacklers to dive over at the posts after good running by debutant No 8 Jody Burch.

    Flyhalf Joe Pietersen, who produced a man-of-the-match performance in the No 10 jersey with a personal haul of 24 points, kicked the first of his seven conversions to make it 7-0.

    The men from Eastern Province, who lost 43-20 to the SWD Eagles last week in the Karoo town of Uniondale, recovered well after that early setback and competed well for the next 20 minutes, thanks in part to over-elaboration by the WP backs that resulted in a number of forward passes and knock-ons.

    But the home side then then took the game by the scruff of the neck with three more converted tries in a seven-minute spell.

    Pietersen scored the first of those in the 23rd minute thanks to a strong run from Hilton Lobberts, the former Springbok flank who enjoyed a good afternoon at lock.

    With the Elephants struggling at scrum time (where they were heavily penalised by referee Jonathan Kaplan), centre Morgan Newman scored WP’s third try two minutes later after a well-weighted grubber by none other than skipper and hooker Hanyani Shimange to make it 21-0.

    EP managed to get onto the board when fullback Ryan Brown, who possesses a deadly boot, kicked an excellent long-range penalty to cut the deficit to 18 points.

    But no sooner had he done that than WP flanker Pieter Myburgh drove over under the posts for Pietersen to once again convert and hand his team the four-try bonus point.

    Brown kicked his second penalty shortly after the break to make it 28-6 but Groepes replied with his second try after 50 minutes to extend the lead once again to 33-6.

    Pietersen, who did not miss a kick all afternoon, converted from the touchline but WP thereafter hit the snooze button, allowing the Elephants to scrap manfully at the breakdowns and gain parity in the possession and territory stakes for much of the last 30 minutes.

    Their fighting attitude was epitomised by Michael Vermaak, the blond No 8 from Despatch, who proved to be a handful all afternoon whenever he carried the ball.

    Pietersen eventually woke the fans from their afternoon nap when he scored his second try in the right-hand corner with eight minutes remaining and then converted it again from the tramlines.

    The visitors had few try-scoring opportunities but left-wing Elcardo Mintoor will be kicking himself all the way back to Port Elizabeth after he scythed through the WP defences in the 75th minute, only to drop the ball with the line at his mercy and not a blue and white jersey in sight.

    But Mintoor’s wing partner Ryan January made no such mistake in the dying minutes when the No 14 outsprinted the cover defence from inside his own half to put his team into double figures in what was the most exciting passage of play all day.


    Vodacom WP 49 – Tries: Hayden Groepes (2), Joe Pietersen (2), Morgan Newman (2), Pieter Myburgh. Conversions: Pietersen (7).

    BA Mighty Elephants 13 – Try: Ryan January. Penalties: Ryan Brown (2). Conversion: Deon Booysen.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.03.09 07:32:40 by wpw Reply
  • ‘In front of a paltry crowd of barely 200’

    😯 😯

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.03.09 07:34:16 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) : 😯

    Maybe they are all saving themsleves for tonight’s Varsity cup games. 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.03.09 07:38:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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