Province crush the Sharks
September 29, 2018

Western Province crushed the Cell C Sharks 50-28 in their key Currie Cup Premier Division clash at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

Province were inspired by wing and man of the match SP Marais, who scored a try and kicked six conversions and a penalty for a total of 20 points.

In all the home team scored seven tries to four by the Sharks as Western Province – unbeaten so far with five bonus-point victories – established themselves as strong tournament favourites.

The Sharks will feel that the final score didn’t reflect their competitiveness in a hard-fought match.

They scored first in both halves but missed three gilt-edged opportunities to score with poor handling at crucial times.

Approaching the final quarter the gap between the teams was only three points, but thereafter Western Province pulled away.

Overall, the home team were far more clinical then their opponents, taking almost all the opportunities they either created or were gifted by the Sharks.

The Sharks made an explosive start to the match inside the first minute, with centre Marius Louw plunging over after he had released wing Lwazi Mvovo down the left touchline.

When Mvovo was ankle-tapped he managed to pass inside to Louw who completed the job.

Province responded quickly, however, when Jaco Coetzee was helped over by his forwards after exerting intense pressure on the Sharks’ line.


They scored again soon afterwards when a loose Tyler Paul pass was snapped up by centre Ruan Nel who outpaced the cover to dive over in the left corner.

The Sharks were trying to play an expansive game, but this only led to try-scoring opportunities for the opposition.

First, Dillyn Leyds sprinted over down the left and then his fellow winger Sergeal Petersen expertly bamboozled a stumbling Curwin Bosch on the right.

The clinical home team now had their bonus point try inside the first half-hour.

The visitors tightened up in the final 10 minutes, using their power-pack effectively with scores from flanker Tyler Paul and lock Gideon Koegelenberg just after the hooter. The first half had produced 52 points and seven tries, very different from expectations.

As in the first half, the Sharks began the second period strongly with replacement wing Aphelele Fassi doing well to ground the ball in the right corner after receiving a looped pass from scrumhalf Louis Schreuder.

Robert du Preez duly kicked his fourth consecutive conversion to put the Sharks within three points of their opponents.

The third quarter was tightly contested, but it was Province who broke the arm-wrestle when Marais burst over the line after his team had camped on the Sharks’ line.

This forced the visitors to play more loosely as they went on the attack and wing JJ Engelbrecht exploited this after Marais intercepted a loose pass in midfield to put him away.

Western Province then put the icing on the cake with their seventh try on the whistle when Chad Solomon was forced over after a maul on the Sharks’ line.

Marais’s conversion was not only his 20th point but Province’s half-century.


Western Province (31) 50 Sharks (21) 28


Tries: Jaco Coetzee , Ruan Nel, Dillyn Leyds, Sergeal Petersen, SP Marais, JJ Engelbrecht, Chad Solomon.

Conversions: SP Marais (6)

Penalty: SP Marais (1)


Tries: Marius Louw, Tyler Paul, Gideon Koegelenberg, Aphelele Fassi

Conversions: Robert du Preez (4)

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