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- Currie Cup
- 26th Oct 2013
- KO 16:30
- Ground: DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Western Province v The Sharks - Live
80 WESTERN PROVINCE 19-33 SHARKS
80 Deserved victory for the Durban side, who despite Lambie missing four kicks at goal were excellent throughout in the way they dominated the set-piece and were so confrontational in defence. WP's unbeaten run in the competition comes to end in the most desperate of circumstances, but today is all about the Sharks and the two tries from Charl Macleod. The Sharks are champions.
80 WP still attacking trying to find some space. De Allende tries a grubber which bounces out into touch. Back for a WP penalty with time still on the clock, so Coleman goes for the corner. WP lineout, typically, goes long and is snatched by Du Toit. Into the stands it goes... the Sharks are the 2013 Currie Cup champions!
79 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 19-33: Over it goes, Lambie's fifth strike of the night as the Sharks coaches in the box begin to celebrate.
77 Lost ball from the Sharks hands WP a scrum. Free kick, WP go wide through de Jongh. The hosts trying to use the width of the pitch but unable to find any holes, Sharks winning a penalty as de Villiers is pinged for holding on. Lambie going for goal.
76 Lambie tries a drop goal from the scrum, but his third effort falls short. Aplon can only clear into touch so the Sharks remain on the attack with a deep lineout.
75 Long clearance from the Sharks as far as Aplon. Press defence from the Sharks forcing WP into errors as Ntubeni knocks on. Sharks scrum in WP territory.
73 WP attack again down the left through Etzebeth. Kolbe slips a tackle, the hosts desperate now. Ball lost in a tackle with Bismarck, scrum to the Sharks on the edge of their 22.
72 Into the corner, another excellent driving maul from WP. Heading towards that left corner, but play is stopped. Rhodes seemingly with his arm around Bismarck's throat, TMO confirming. Penalty to Sharks, who clear their lines through Lambie.
70 Lineout goes to Etzebeth. Rumbling maul from WP, advantage being played. Wide to de Villiers but nothing coming, so we come back for another penalty.
69 WP scrum in midfield. Drama as Aplon breaks! Onto de Villiers and then Kolbe, who is caught high. Penalty to WP who kick into the corner, huge opportunity.
67 Maul from WP secures possession and they clear. Mvovo hit hard in the tackle, Steyn attempting a drop goal but it's charged down. Big tackle by Ludik on Kolbe forces a Sharks lineout.
67 Extensive review from the TMO finds that the pass was not forward, but SP Marais was in touch before he grounded the ball. WP lineout five metres out.
65 Better scrum from WP wins a penalty, kicking to touch inside the Sharks half. Stolen in the air by Daniel, Macleod kicks high and the loose ball comes back WP's way. Loose ball and Macleod is away, linking with Ndungane. Through the hands to SP Marias... is he in touch? We're going upstairs.
63 Poor knock-on by Coleman hands the Sharks a scrum in midfield inside the WP half.
61 Boos ring out around Newlands as WP kick away more possession. The champions are losing their grip on the title as they trail by 11 points.
59 TRY, SHARKS, MACLEOD! 19-30: ...there's the try! Desperate defence on the right for WP leaves the space for Macleod to pick up from the base and scamper in for his second try. Lambie misses the conversion from out wide on the right.
58 Sharks pressure inside the WP half. Lambie tries to pin back the defence but WP clear long. Kicking game between the two sides not wanting to make an error. It ends with Du Toit plucking a ball out of the sky. Marais grubbers and it ricochets back in the Sharks hands, Alberts thundering up to five metres out...
56 PENALTY, WESTERN PROVINCE, COLEMAN! 19-25: WP back in range of the lead thanks to Coleman's strike.
54 Promising opening for WP as they have an advantage surging towards the Sharks 22. Nothing coming so back for the penalty for not releasing.
52 DROP GOAL, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 16-25: Sharks steal the resulting lineout, Macleod chipping over the top as Coleman collects and is then thumped. De Allende with a horrible high clearance that's taken by the Sharks, Alberts carrying through the middle. Back to Lambie for the drop... it's over! Sharks take a nine-point lead.
50 Turnover by Steyn by the left touchline, Sharks on the attack. High kick from Lambie for Ndungane and the Sharks win it back through Daniel. Penalty at the breakdown to WP.
49 Try is ruled out after Bismarck was adjudged to be offside before making the tackle on Catrakilis that caused the turnover. Catrakilis is replaced by Kurt Coleman.
47 Kolbe takes on three Sharks and it doesn't work well, ball for WP slowed right down before a horrible pass puts Catrakilis under pressure. Turned over as Steyn throws a pass wide... Mvovo! Try for the Sharks... or is it? Jonathan Kaplan goes upstairs to the TMO.
45 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 16-22: Super strike from Lambie recreates that six-point lead for the Sharks.
43 WP penalised for offside immediately again from the restart - becoming their own worst enemy in those situations. Lambie lines up a long-range kick.
42 PENALTY, WESTERN PROVINCE, CATRAKILIS! 16-19: Three points back for the hosts in the perfect start to the second half.
40 Second half underway as Catrakilis kicks deep. Replying kick is returned by Aplon as WP press forward. Advantage being played for offside and the Sharks will take a penalty.
WESTERN PROVINCE 13-19 SHARKS
40 Lambie boots the ball into touch and that's half-time. Plenty of opportunities for the Sharks and a brilliant interception score for Macleod see them in front, but the lead could be greater after Lambie missed two penalties. WP struggling at the scrum and lineout but still in this game through the threatening runs of their back-three. Second half coming up.
40 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 13-19: No problems this time for the young fly-half, Sharks ahead by six as we near the interval.
39 WP treading dangerously conceding penalties in their own half, Fourie lucky to not be yellow carded as Lambie gets his third attempt in about five minutes.
36 WP have struggled at the restart all game and the Sharks win another penalty, but Lambie's effort bounces back off the post. Let-off for the home side as WP drop out.
35 PENALTY, WESTERN PROVINCE, CATRAKILIS! 13-16: Easily converted from out on the right, WP draw closer to the lead.
33 Dominant Sharks scrum but pressure on Lambie means the kick doesn't find touch. WP then win a penalty at the breakdown as Bismarck is penalised, Catrakilis going for goal.
32 WP lineout has stuttered all day and it doesn't work again five metres out, Sharks winning the ball but knocking on in the process. WP scrum close to the Sharks line.
31 Big carries from de Allende and Kolisi as WP rack up the phases. Penalty awarded wide on the right to WP, Mvovo down receiving treatment. Catrakilis kicks into the corner.
30 Smart play from Ndungane means the WP restart goes straight out on the full. Midfield halfway Sharks scrum - loose at the back and the visitors are forced towards their 22. Lambie clears high, Kolbe scorches Ndungane and is then thumped by Daniel. Promising for WP.
29 DROP GOAL, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 10-16: Perfect execution from the Sharks on the restart, Lambie with time 40 metres out and landing a superb long-range drop goal. Gap extends again to six.
27 PENALTY, WESTERN PROVINCE, CATRAKILIS! 10-13: The fly-half recovers from Du Toit's tackle to convert, cutting the deficit to three.
26 Well-worked lineout releases Vermeulen on the crash ball. Du Toit with a crunching tackle that looks dangerous, and the Sharks lock is penalised. WP going for goal.
24 Province lineout under pressure as they scramble back. Catrakilis spills the ball on his own 22 but WP recover, clearing long to Marais. High kick taken by Aplon who beats three, before WP win a penalty at the breakdown - du Toit penalised.
22 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 7-13: No issues this time for Lambie as the Sharks move six points ahead.
21 Bounce of the ball breaks for Aplon until he's turned over at the ruck. SP Marais tries to go around the outside and is bundled into touch, but we'll come back for a Sharks penalty.
19 Penalty attempt from Lambie is wide to the right of the posts. Sharks remain three points ahead.
18 Rumbling maul from the Sharks is stopped as WP pull it down. Lambie points to the posts.
16 Quick lineout from WP as Aplon jinks and cuts his way forward. Turned over by Bismarck and Macleod kicks clear. Replying effort is taken by SP Marais who forced Kolbe into a slice. Advantage Sharks.
14 Scrum penalty to WP, J du Plessis pinged for losing his bind. WP lineout 40 metres out - maul stopped before Steyn puts in a thumping tackle. Kick through is gathered by Mvovo who then clears to touch.
12 Du Toit applying pressure at the lineout but WP clear. De Villiers nearly intercepted by Mvovo but the ball goes into touch.
9 Scrum to WP on the halfway line in the middle of the field. Ball controlled poorly at the base but WP kick ahead, SP Marais responding. Kolbe attacks from deep, on to de Allende. Catrakilis tries to turn Ndungane but he calls the mark before Lambie clears to touch.
7 TRY, WESTERN PROVINCE, DE ALLENDE! 7-10: Huge pressure on Macleod from Fourie at the base of the scrum as WP turn the ball over. Attacking from close range, de Allende glides through a gap and scores! WP hit straight back - what a game we have on our hands here.
6 Sharks now with a handy ten-point gap as the Newlands crowd goes silent. Macleod's clearing box kick is charged down but WP knock on in the process. Sharks scrum deep in their 22.
3 PENALTY, SHARKS, LAMBIE! 0-3: Straight through the middle from Lambie and the Sharks take an early lead.
1 Sharks lineout inside the WP half. High kick from Lambie is knocked on by Ludik but we come back for the penalty, early chance of points for the away side.
0 Tears in the eyes of referee Jonathan Kaplan ahead of his final match. Lambie kicks us off, the final is underway!
0 A packed Newlands is buzzing in anticipation as both teams run out onto the field. WP with a 4-2 record in Currie Cup Finals between these two sides.
0 Blue skies on a warm day in Cape Town should set us up for an excellent contest.
0 The Sharks have included Jannie du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira and Willem Alberts for the Currie Cup Final. Mtawarira, a late withdrawal last week, has been passed fit along with Jannie du Plessis to complete an all-Springbok front row that includes Bismarck du Plessis at hooker.
0 Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has named an unchanged line-up. Captain Deon Fourie has overcome a neck injury and will lead the team into battle, with Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers once again serving as the team's vice-captain.
0 Hello and welcome to Newlands Stadium for the 2013 Currie Cup Final between Western Province and the Sharks.
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