Western Province March into Semi’s

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Reader Submissions, WP on 14 Oct 2012 at 11:59
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A Springbok-studded Western Province scored five tries to comfortably beat the Free State Cheetahs 36 – 15 at Newlands on Saturday.

Province were boosted by the inclusion of seven Springbok players returning from international duty, which included South African captain Jean De Villiers and in-form winger, Bryan Habana.

A high tackle on Nic Groom in the 3rd minute gave Western Province an early opportunity to take the lead and fly-half Demetri Catrakilis obliged by converting the penalty to make the score 3-0.

Six minutes later, things got better for the home team, as good build up play helped De Villiers score in the corner, however, Catrakilis failed to convert the try.

The Cheetahs had an opportunity to close the gap to five points, but Nico Scheepers missed as the score remained 8-0.

Free State winger Raymond Rhule almost grabbed the Cheetahs first try of the game in the 19th minute, but excellent defensive work by Habana stopped him from crossing the whitewash.

The Cheetahs did get their first points of the game a minute later though, as an offside infringement gave Scheepers another shot at goal, which he successfully kicked over to make the score 8-3.

Western Province got their second try of the game from a scrum infringement after a series of handling errors from both teams inside the Cheetahs 22 metre area.

Lock Andries Bekker took it quickly to score, however referee Jonathan Kaplan went to the television match official to confirm the try. Catrakilis kicked the conversion to extend the Cape side’s lead to 15 – 3 in the 31st minute.

Province kept the momentum going and was rewarded with a third try before halftime after another big scrum.

The home side chose to go for touch, which paid dividends as a powerful rolling maul from the lineout saw Deon Fourie score his first try of the match as Province ended the half leading 22-3.

Fourie picked up where he left off after the break, as he broke numerous tackles to score his second of the match after good continuity from the Cape side. Catrakilis kicked the conversion to make the scores 29-3 in the 50th minute.

Province were relentless and excellent phase play from the forwards provided Duane Vermeulen with a fairly simple try, as he increased the scoreto 36-3 in the 60th minute.

The latter stages of the game were dominated by the Free State side however, as countless phases and pressure was eventually rewarded with an unconverted try in the 77th minute through flanker Francois Uys.

Province pushed for a sixth try, but it was the Free State side that had the last say in the game.

Brok Harris failed to catch a tough pass from Groom and Raymond Rhule hacked the ball forward, but was taken over the try line by Juan de Jongh.

This resulted in a five metre scrum, which gave substitute Phillip Snyman the opportunity to score, ending the game at 36-15.

Western Province will now travel to Johannesburg for a semi-final against the Lions, while log leaders the Sharks will face the Blue Bulls in Durban.

Head Coach Allister Coetzee was very happy with his team’s performance, especially the physicality that was shown at the breakdown and scrum-time.

“We were very clinical in the first 60 or 70-odd minutes. It was a very workmanlike performance, much like the Sharks last night,” said Coetzee.

“The important thing was that we dominated the physical side of things, the collisions. The scrummaging was good, our defence was also good and we took our opportunities on attack well when they presented themselves.

“On the whole, however, and more importantly, I thought we performed well as a team,” added Coetzee.

Report written by Jarred Manasse


  • is there no article on the Kings win and their promo game against the cheetahs??

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.10.12 12:06:00 by robinrochelle Reply
  • EP Kings on the Rise, enough said!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.10.12 12:31:57 by Ludz Reply
  • So if the cheetahs lose they will play super rugby but not cc?! Wonder if people will call for lions to replace them in super rugby as they did when kings got super rugby place and did not play in cc?

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.10.12 13:11:40 by JD Reply
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  • i will be surprised if Jean De Villiers carries on playing next year.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.10.12 13:20:43 by pete69 Reply

  • i am going for a lions win next week. 😛

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.10.12 13:22:06 by pete69 Reply

  • For me this game clearly showed showed the downward spiral of the Cheetahs that has been ongoing now for some time. They had no answers to the Stormers defence and no game plan. Os Du Randt is the scrumming coach and the scrumming was woeful. They need to shake up their coaching staff – but that might be too late – if they stumble against the Kings next week – they will be in for a big shock. Playing super rugby from the first division with the comitant problems of sponsorship and attracting players. If there is a relegation / promotion match next year for Super Rugby – it may not be the Kings fighting to stay.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.10.12 14:25:14 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 6) : The Cheetahs were always complaining about how they struggle to hold on to their players and how they couldn’t afford to offer big money to these guys……..enter a massive Toyota sponsorship and things have gone from bad to worse.

    And where was Andy Capistagno’s wonder boy Rhule 🙄 ….Poor Rhule, he doesn’t deserve the flak, just silly unprofessional commentators mouthing off for no reason that irritates me.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.10.12 18:42:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • I didn’t understand a couple of the scrumming penalties against the Cheetahs in the first half.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.10.12 20:16:44 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • Cheetahs need to change coaching staff and management!! Always complaining about not having money, think they using money they have very poorly! Biggest problem for them is in boardroom.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.10.12 22:34:22 by JD Reply
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  • Forgive me for wanting a WP vs Bulls final at Newlands.

    I do think it will be Sharks vs WP though. Sharks are the best & most rounded team in SA at the moment and should take a Bulls team that doesn’t look nearly on top of its game.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.10.12 06:32:32 by hendrikp Reply

  • My prediction is a Sharks vs WP final with Sharks winning the final relatively easily. On current form and continuity the Sharks are looking far better than any of the other sides. The Bulls, although they scored 5 tries, are not the team they used to be. They do not look like they have a clear game plan at all. Very interested to see the Sharks selection for the semi’s. Loose forwards and front row choose themselves but the rest are up for grabs.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.10.12 07:31:11 by Amateur Reply

  • @Amateur (Comment 11) : Sharks can beat any team on the day, but they can also lose to any team….it is what makes being a Sharks supporter so wonderfull and frustrating all squashed into one.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.10.12 08:29:01 by FireTheLooser Reply


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