Province bully the Bulls
Western Province, despite two yellow-cards, comfortably beat the Blue Bulls 30-6 in the last game of day three at Craven Week in Polokwane.
Western Province showed their class, despite two yellow-cards, to comfortably beat the Blue Bulls 30-6 in the last game of day three at Craven Week in Polokwane.
In fact the Blue Bulls even at their best were ineffective and managed just a penalty goal in each half, and they were kicked by a boy from Malmesbury who was at flyhalf. (His chum on the left wing was also from Malmesbury.
Western Province were simply too good in all departments for the Blue Bulls, even in the line-outs. On Monday much of the Blue Bulls' success against KwaZulu Natal (46-22) was founded on their supreme performance in the line-outs. Western Province were too good for them. Even with two players over two metres in height, the line-outs did not really work for the Blue Bulls and they lost seven of their own throws, four of them in succession. They were shoved around in the first scrum, later lost one against the head and generally struggled. Western Province simply shunted them out of contention at many a breakdown. They simply did not have Western Province's zeal for victory.
At one stage Western Province were down to 13 mean as first captain Rikus Bothma and then scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies were sent to the sin bin for tip tackles. If the Blue Bulls took any advantage of Western Province's shortage of personnel it was not obvious, though moments before Jantjies returned they did goal a penalty. And that was their only score with the wind in the first half on the overcast, cold late afternoon in Limpopo.
The writing should have been on the wall in the match preceding theirs when the Pumas of Mpumalanga walloped KwaZulu Natal 40-18. It put into perspective both the Blue Bulls's win over KwaZulu Natal on Monday and also Western Province's substantial win over the Pumas on the same day. The Blue Bulls were lauded for that they did while Western Province were rregarded with the suspicion of being escapees.
With two men in the sin bin, Western Province took the lead. The Blue Bulls were penalised at a tackle and Grant Hermanus, playing on the right wing, goaled on an afternoon of great goal-kicking in tricky conditions. 3-0 after 15 minutes. Warnick levelled the scores four minutes later and then the Blue Bulls had their most earnest period of attack.
They bashed and were held up. They had a five-metre scrum and bashed, and Western Province were penalised. They tapped and bashed, and Western Province were penalised. They tapped in front of the Western Province posts and were held up again for a five-metre scrum. But Western Province took a tighthead and got out of jail.
When the Blue Bulls were again penalised, Hermanus made it 6-3 after 31 minutes.
From a line-out on Western Province's left, tall strong, elegant Jacques Vermeulen burst straight down the middle of the field. From a tackle/ruck Bothma took a short past, stepped inside and stretched forth for the try, which Hermanus converted. 13-3 and a minute later it was half-time.
The Blue Bulls attacked at the start of the half and the Western Province defenders flew into them. They attacked at speed and Western Province were offside under their posts. Warnick goaled. 13-6 after 41 minutes, and Blue Bulls' scoring was done for the day.
First Hermanus was clean through to score but Daniël du Plessis's pass to him was considered forward. The Blue Bulls were freekicked at the scrum and Western Province tapped and attacked. Jantjies went round on the blindside and the nippy little scrumhalf darted under the extended arm of lengthy Hyron Andrews to score in the left corner. Hermanus goaled from far out. 20-6 after 46 minutes.
The Blue Bulls had a short spell of attack which Western Province repelled and then Western Province broke out. A penalty gave them a line-out on their left. They started going right and then switched to the left where some short passes by tight forwards set them running down the left where Dewald Naudé passed inside to Heinrich Bühr who ran undeviatingly down the left touchline, brushing aside the attentions of two defenders to score far out on the left. Hermanus converted. 27-6 with 15 minutes to play.
The scoring ended when Hermanus goaled a penalty on 61 minutes.
Soon afterwards Andrews, an emigre from Paarl, was sent to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle.
Man of the Match: rugged, fast, skilful Jacques Vermeulen whose smiling flank masks steely determination.
For Western Province:
Tries: Bothma, Jantjies, Buhr
Cons: Hermanus 3
Pens: Hermanus 3
For the Blue Bulls:
Pens: Warnick 2
Yellow-Cards: Rikus Bothma (Western Province, 4 - dangerous tackle), Herschel Jantjies (Western Province, 11 - dangerous tackle), Hyron Andrews (Blue Bulls, 62 - high tackle)
Western Province: 15 Heinrich Eduard Buhr, 14 Grant Hagan Hermanus, 13 Jarryd Christopher Sage, 12 Daniel Michael du Plessis, 11 Dewald Donald Naude, 10 Siyamthanda Alam, 9 Herschel Jerome Jantjies, 8 Wikus Bothma, 7 Johannes Frederick Vermeulen, 6 Charlton Jonas, 5 Johannes Albertus Momsen, 4 Cornelis Albertus van Niekerk, 3 Francois Jacobus van der Merwe, 2 Daniel Mills du Plessis, 1 Thomas Joubert du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Rudolf Cornelius Brits, 17 Gavin Gert van den Berg, 18 Brett Michael Paulse, 19 Saud Abrahams, 20 Damian Leothon Stevens, 21 Dennis Clive Cox, 22 Dante Alexander van der Merwe.
Blue Bulls: 15 Eduan Naude Keyter, 14 Jose Reece Shaw, 13 Johannes Jurie Linde, 12 Franco Johan Naude, 11 Ethan Shaundre Sias, 10 Jemeel Henrico Warnick, 9 Justin David Phillips, 8 Calvonn Allison, 7 Peter John Toerien, 6 Albrecht Francois Pienaar Steyn, 5 Rudolph Gerhardus Snyman, 4 Abongile Nonkontwana, 3 Johan van Wyk, 2 Vean Roodt, 1 Daniel Alexander van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Frederik J Bezuidenhout, 17 Willem Petrus Eloff, 18 Reinach Venter, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Jade Remo Solomons, 22 George-Lee Mathew Erasmus.