LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Currie Cup

Thumb_wp_graphic80x50 Western Province

25

Thumb_sharks_graphic80x50 Sharks

19
Kick-off local time : Sat, 07 September 2013 - 19h10
Kick-off : Sat, 07 September 2013 - 19h10
Venue : Cape Town
Referee : Craig Joubert
Match status : Result
  Western Province Sharks
Tries Juan de Jongh (16min), Cheslin Kolbe (24min), and Gio Aplon (60min) Lwazi Mvovo (57min), Jacques Botes (66min), and Kyle Cooper (83min)
Penalties Kurt Coleman (2min) and Kurt Coleman (42min)
Conversions Kurt Coleman (25min) Fred Zeilinga (67min) and Fred Zeilinga (84min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

85

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84

The Sharks desperately try to get within seven. WP's defence holds firm but finally Cooper gets the TRY! Zeilinga kicks the CONVERSION and that's the game! The Sharks snatch a bonus point but WP get the win and soar to the top of the table!

79

Aplon is caught ball and all after a fumble and is driven back over his own try-line.

78

It's a better scrum by the Sharks and Ludik kicks it into touch.

77

Zeilinga chips in behind the WP backline and Ludik gathers. WP, however, get the turnover and Van den Heever sets off. He offloads in the tackle but it doesn't go to hand.

75

De Jongh gets the turnover for WP but Aplon spills the ball at pace.

72

WP win a scrum penalty and set up the line-out but the Sharks come away with the ball and clear their line. WP run it back from the set-piece but knock-on.

70

WP almost hit back right away but Kitshoff butchers the try with a knock-on.

67

WP clear effectively but the Sharks run straight back into the 22. The ball pops out of contact and Botes pounces to dot down and score a strange but valid TMO-awarded TRY! Zeilinga pops over the CONVERSION!

64

Cooper makes a wing-like break through the middle as the Sharks look to hit back. Fourie is penalised at the breakdown and McLeod taps and goes but Deysel is wrestled into touch.

61

TRY! Aplon ignites the crowd as he dances past a number of would-be defenders to score under the posts.Van Aswegen adds the CONVERSION!

58

Mvovo creates a half chance with a chip and chase but nothing comes from it as the Sharks ring the changes. They build some momentum with Zeilinga finding Mvovo who powers over for a TRY in the corner. Zeilinga can't convert but the Sharks are on the board.

54

The Sharks defend like their lives depend on it and weather the storm.

52

The Sharks get schooled at the set-piece, Cooper's throw being skew before WP maul the visitors with a power scrum to win a penalty.

50

McLeod chips aimlessly in frustration and Aplon find touch. The Sharks just can't unlock this WP defence.

48

De Allende is caught slowing the ball down and the Sharks opt for the line-out above the three points. It turns out to be a costly decision as they lose the line-out and Coleman finds touch.

45

WP win a heel against the head after a Kolbe knock-on only for Schreuder's kick to slice off the boot and go out on the full.

42

Carr slices through in midfield with a powerful surge. He's eventually brought down inside the 22 where Marais is penalised. Coleman kicks the easy PENALTY - despite slipping - to extend the lead.

41

The Sharks have a mountain to climb as Coleman, who's dictated matters, starts the second half.

40

The Sharks hold up the driving maul from the line-out so that's HALF-TIME! WP are in control and they hold a 15-0 lead!

39

Aplon tries to run from deep but he's tackled into touch. The Sharks kick and it's knocked on by Van den Heever but WP win a scrum penalty.

36

James kicks and finds touch near the 22 after a knock-on by Kitshoff. The Sharks sticking to their newly adopted territory-based approach.

34

A strong WP scrum put the Sharks on the back foot but they possession nonetheless. Aplon boots a loose ball ahead, the Sharks try to run back into the 22 but Ntubeni wins a penalty on Ludik.

30

James, after a sustained Sharks attack, chips for Marais. It bounces for Rhodes who knocks the ball back into the in-goal where Aplon dots down so it'll be a five-metre scrum for the Sharks.

29

The Sharks secure the line-out ball but they don't find touch. WP, however, are penalised on attack.

26

WP continue the onslaught. Schreuder chips into the corner but it's out on the full.

25

From the line-out, WP go wide to Kolbe via a good long pass by Ntubeni and the young wing gets the TRY! Coleman kicks the CONVERSION!

22

WP this time win the line-out cleanly. Aplon kicks into space and the Sharks have to scramble back. McLeod clears but doesn't find touch. WP grubber but Daniel runs it into touch.

20

Wentzel applies pressure in the line-out against the throw and forces a WP error. McLeod kicks and finds touch inside the 22.

17

Coleman pins the Sharks in their 22 with a good touch-finder and WP turn over possession after another scrappy Sharks line-out. It goes wide to De Jongh who dots down for a TMO-awarded TRY in the corner. Coleman can't add the extras as Daniel returns.

14

It's scrappy line-out ball for the Sharks, who look to build momentum with their forwards. Now it comes for James who kicks for the corner but it's a poor kick and Aplon dots down for a 22 restart.

12

Carr comes in from the side as Daniel receives attention after a confrontation with Fourie - could be a finger to the eye. He temporarily leaves the field.

11

The Sharks get a free kick from the first scrum but WP secure another turnover on the deck and kick down field. The Sharks have to scramble but they manage to find the relief of the touchline.

9

Aplon and Kolbe combine once more after a turnover by Fourie but Aplon can't hold on.

7

The Sharks respond with their first line break and Cilliers is penalised at the breakdown. It's a tricky kick for James from out on the right ad he misses off the upright, with WP dotting down

5

Aplon follows suit with an excellent break and links up with Kolbe. He goes over in the corner but a great cover tackle denies him of a try.

2

Van den Heever catches and slices clean through up to halfway. The Sharks scramble back and are blown up, which sees Coleman draw first blood with a PENALTY!

0

James - in his 50th Currie Cup game - gets us underway!

-2

It's chilly but the rain has stayed away so we could see some entertaining running rugby.

-5

WP are the only remaining unbeaten side but sit third on 12 points after two wins and two draws. The Sharks are second on 14 points, trailing the Golden Lions on points difference after the latter’s win over Griquas earlier today.

-10

We are in Cape Town for the clash between WP and the Sharks that’ll determine who'll top of the log at the halfway mark of the season.
Western Province
Players
15 Gio Aplon
14 Gerhard van den Heever
13 Jean de Villiers
12 Damian de Allende
11 Cheslin Kolbe
10 Demetri Catrakilis
9 Louis Schrueder
8 Duane Vermeulen
7 Siya Kolisi
6 Deon Fourie
5 De Kock Steenkamp
4 Eben Etzebeth
3 Patric Cilliers
2 Siyabonga Ntubeni
1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes
22 Juan de Jongh
21 Kurt Coleman
20 Nic Groom
19 Schalk Burger
18 Michael Rhodes
17 Brok Harris
16 Frans Malherbe
Sharks
Players
15 SP Marais
14 Odwa Ndungane
13 Louis Ludik
12 Frans Steyn
11 Lwazi Mvovo
10 Patrick Lambie
9 Charl McLeod
8 Keegan Daniel
7 Willem Alberts
6 Marcell Coetzee
5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
4 Peet Marais
3 Jannie du Plessis
2 Bismarck du Plessis
1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes
22 Heimar Williams
21 Fred Zeilinga
20 Cobus Reinach
19 Jacques Botes
18 Stephan Lewies
17 Wiehahn Herbst
16 Kyle Cooper