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- Currie Cup
- 7th Sep 2013
- KO 18:10
- Ground: DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Western Province v Sharks - Live
FULL TIME: WP 25 SHARKS 19
80 CONVERSION, ZEILINGER, 25-19: The kick snatches a losing bonus point for the visitors. The final whistle goes and the match ends 25-19 to the defending champions. WP will not be happy with the second half however as they threw away several opportunities to earn a four try bonus point and in the process put the match to bed. A habit of poor second half performances seems to be creeping into the Cape team and their coaching staff will need to fix this problem if they are going to defend their title.
80 TRY, SHARKS, COOPER, 25-17: Trhe Sharks have the final say as the replacement hooker dives over from close range.
79 The Sharks have the final role of the dice as the have a five metre scrum which could be the last movement.
77 Van der Heever makes another break but once again the player running a support line knocks the ball on. That may have been final chance to earn the allusive bonus point.
75 The Sharks have found an extra gear in both attack and defense in the final quarter.
73 Another handling error bring a premature end to a WP attack as the Cape side search for am illusive bonus point.
71 WP produce a huge scrum on the Sharks five metre line, earning a penalty. The lineout is set and a maul should follow.
68 CONVERSION, ZEILINGER, 25-12: The kick is made quickly, is the come back on.
67 TRY, SHARKS, BOTES, 25-10: A juggling act occurs on the WP line, including a Sharks player head-butting the ball over the line before Carr fumbled and Botes dived on the ball to score a very strange try.
66 The men in black look to speed up the tempo of the game. Advantage after advantage is given to the Sharks, but still they struggle to breach the defense.
64 Solid WP defense guides the gig ball running Deysel into touch five metres out. The pride in defense is clear to see.
63 The contest has really opened up as the Shark storm back onto attack.
61 CONVERSION, VAN ASWEGAN, 25-5: The replacement fly-half chips over to add the extras.
60 TRY, WP, APLON, 23-5: The Sharks try seems to have poked a sleeping beast. Aplon gets his hands on the ball, glides through the gap and steps the full-back will ease to go under the poles,
58 Zeilinger is off target with the conversion, but the try should lift the visitors heading into the last quarter of the match.
57 TRY, SHARKS, MVOVO, 18-5: The Sharks are back in the opposition 22, where they have spent the majority of this second half and finally the defense cracks. Mvovo is over in the corner and the Sharks are on the board.
54 WP finally work their way back into Sharks territory and look threatening, but the Sharks survive and a kicking dual ensues.
52 James has just been replaced, and his replacement starts with a poor kick straight to van den Heever. The WP wing calls the mark and clears to safely, relieving any pressure.
50 The men in black are really struggling at the set piece as their scrum is going backwards and the lineout are proving to be very messy. The positive for the Sharks though is that they have been playing in the right area of the field.
47 The visitors earn a penalty as the defender didn't role away in time. James kicks for the corner as the men from Natal feel they need a try to claw their way back into the encounter.
45 A series of high kicks ends well for the Sharks as they are given the feed to a mid-field scrum.
42 PENALTY, WP, COLEMAN, 18-0: WP start the second spell hot on attack as Carr slices straight through the heart of the Sharks defence. The Defenders, under pressure, give away a penalty right in front and Coleman stretches the lead.
41 Coleman starts the second half with the drop kick.
HALF TIME: WP 15 SHARKS 0
40 WP have a lineout on the halfway line which should be the last attacking opportunity of the half. The maul is well defended and the whistle goes for half time. An intense half of rugby comes to an end where the hosts have been far more enterprising with ball in hand and the results speak for themselves on the scoreboard. WP have however thrown away a couple good leads that they have taken into the break already this season and it will be interesting to see if they have learnt from their mistake.
39 Van den Heever fumble a kick at the back, if he had taken it cleanly it would have been an interesting race as nobody was in front of the flyer.
37 After surviving a test of their defensive system, WP go back on attack. A handling error surrenders possession though and James gains a great deal of territory with a raking kick for the visitors.
35 The Sharks take a penalty quickly, desperately trying to score a try before the break. The WP defense holds though and after several phases and actually losing ground on attack, the Sharks concede a penalty at the breakdown.
31 The Sharks counter from their own half for the first time and immediately look dangerous. A cheeky chip over the top by Butch James causes a scramble in the WP goal, which has been referred to the TMO. The result is a five metre scrum to the Sharks.
29 A technical penalty goes the way of the visitors who will be thankful for the breather. They slow down play and bang a good kick into touch.
27 A clever chip ahead could have resulted in another try, but the ball wins the race to touch and the Sharks get their hands back on the ball.
26 The Sharks continue to kick through James, but the hosts are winning the kicking battle and are chasing their kicks with much more intensity.
24 CONVERSION, COLEMAN, 15-0: Coleman gets it right this time and Province extend their lead.
23 TRY, WP, KOLBE, 13-0: The WP backs are loving playing with the ball in hand and Kolbe will not be denied this times as he finishes in the corner.
22 WP on the other hand are using the ball when they get it and are posing plenty of questions to the Sharks defence.
21 The Sharks are going to the boot more and more often in an attempt to control territory.
19 A player is tackled in the air off the restart and WP are given a penalty. They set the lineout back in the Sharks territory but Knock the possession on.
17 Coleman misses the conversion, but the hosts will be very happy with their start.
16 TRY, WP, DE JONGH, 8-0: Another wave of attack by the hosts results in a decision going up to the TMO for a possible try in the corner. The reply shows that de Jongh has finish brilliantly and scores the first try of the match.
14 James gets slow ball and looks to find the corner, but the bounce takes in over the try-line and it is cleaned up by Kolbe. WP take the 22 drop out quickly and Coleman finds open spaces behind the Sharks.
13 The Sharks captain is milking a push in the face after some handbags at a rug. The result is a penalty to the visitors who decide to set the lineout just inside the WP 22.
11 After being pinned down in their own 22, the cool head of James clears to touch.
9 The WP captain does well to effect a turnover at the breakdown, allowing his backs to counter. The knock-on comes from Aplon and the scrum will slow things down.
7 Turnovers are coming from both sides and counter-attacks are the flavour of the opening exchanges. A penalty goes the way of the Sharks and James hits the upright with his attempt. No harm done as far as Province are concerned.
4 Aplon swoops on a loose ball and is away, he passes to Kolbe who dives for the corner, but the TMO is called upon. The TMO says the player was out and the try is not scored.
3 WP carry it through a few phases before clearing their lines after the kick off.
2 PENALTY, WP, Coleman, 3-0: Van den Heever makes a break directly off the kickoff. Lazy running by the Sharks gives Coleman a chance to open the scoring. The strike is good and WP hit the front.
1 The final match of the round is under way as James kicks off.
Cool and still conditions greet the players. There will be no excuse for poor handling as the weather lends itself to attacking rugby.
The Sharks have decided to go with experienced heads for this clash. Butch James starts at fly-half and will earn his 5oth Currie Cup cap for the Sharks. Western Province had a late change at hooker with Ntubeni coming in for the injured Liebenburg.
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