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Monday, October 18, 2010

Western Province cruise into the final after beating the Cheetahs

Western Province cruise into the final after beating the Cheetahs

The Sharks beat the Bulls at a bee-infested and soggy Kingspark in the first Currie Cup semi final, while in the second we saw Western Province run away with a convincing win over the Freestate Cheetahs in Cape Town.

Newlands was packed to the rafters for what was expected to be a tight encounter. It was up until 20 minutes in when Province scored their first, and later piled on the points. A late consolation try was a gift for the visitors, as the home side looked very impressive and finished well.

Bryan Habana, who took so much stick recently for his lack of form in the Tri Nations, showed what a bit of conditioning and time off can do for a player as he looked back to his best with some hard work on defense, a neatly taken try, and a great run to set up Gio Aplon for a try of his own. Francois Louw also scored, and Willem de Waal did the rest with the boot, kicking seven out of eight at goal.

"It's been a while since we've been in a final, so it's a great achievement by the boys," Burger said, referring to the fact that its been nine years since they made a final.

"We've lost a couple of semis to the Cheetahs in the past as they are a quality outfit. We've been building some momentum since beating the Sharks last week and hopefully we can carry that over to the final," he said.

Speaking about Habanas form, Burger was full of praise for his Springbok and provincial collegue. "Its different when youre someones team-mate to sitting at home, drinking brandy and booing. Bryans record of 38 tries in 66 Tests, as well as all the tries that he has scored at Super14 level, speaks for itself.

"Im sure it wasnt easy for Bryan to be treated in that manner. People will realise in time how good he is. We never doubted his ability," added Burger, a sentiment that Western Province coach Allister Coetzee echoed.

"Its good to see Bryan finish like that again. The saying that form is temporary and class is permanent applies here. Bryan could settle down again and speak to people close to him about other things," said Coetzee about the time off.

"Its important to be able to switch off and to be able to handle criticism. It will be to your disadvantage if you take everything personally."

The Sharks will host Western Province in the final in Durban in two weeks time.


Time: 06:42

Posted at 10:46 pm | 24 comments

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Zandman October 18, 2010 9:51 pm

Let's go all the way this time province! Great game

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Anonymous October 18, 2010 9:58 pm

Fantastic game, Habana is back and Province to win the cup.

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Mike October 18, 2010 10:59 pm

Firs.....dammit.

Great game. It's nice to see the SH sides catching on an playing the expansive game we've been playing in the NH for...ooh, must be almost a month now... ;)

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Anonymous October 19, 2010 12:32 am

good to see Habana in form, he's pure class

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Bazza October 19, 2010 1:25 am

Correct me if I'm wrong but shouldn't Habana, in the first tackle, have released the player on the ground?

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Anonymous October 19, 2010 2:52 am

Bazza, rugby's rules are only applied if the ref remembers to. I believe he did release though.

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Bazza October 19, 2010 3:06 am

Yeh fair enough, I was just getting used to the tri-nations rulings where the likes of Mccaw and Pocock where there had to be daylight between the tackler and the person being tackled.

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Anonymous October 19, 2010 3:36 am

Wow what an intercept attempt from the king of intercepts. Habaaaanaananaaaa.

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Anonymous October 19, 2010 7:39 am

bazza 's definetly right, no releasing, it was a fantasti turn over ten years ago!

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Anonymous October 19, 2010 7:40 am

And since when does the W prvince have half of the national team?

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Anonymous October 19, 2010 8:33 am

The Cheetahs are so poor, why don't they disband?

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Anonymous October 19, 2010 8:48 am

^ When they're on their game they can beat the bigger teams. They will improve, especially when Brussow returns from injury. The coach is a retard and should be fired, however.

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Benson October 19, 2010 8:59 am

Disband?! The Cheetahs won the Currie Cup three times in a row recently! 2005, 2006, 2007. They don't do well at Super 14 level but the reality is that most of the top players in the country come from that region, but leave cos it's a shithole (with all due respect, of course). Grey Bloem is one of the most successful rugby schools in the world.

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Madflyhalf October 19, 2010 10:23 am

Burger or Juan Smith for Springbok's captaincy

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Hennie October 19, 2010 11:08 am

Bazza you're right, unfortunately this ref is blind to WP transgressions of the law. Was the same last weekend when he was also the ref when WP played the Sharks.

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NiWiTa October 19, 2010 11:42 am

Looked a magic game...Burger still has magic carry-forward ability...dreading playing South Africa in the Autumn tests on November 26th. Still hope to see some of you all there.

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kabous October 19, 2010 11:44 am

@ Hennie. Jy's 'n fkn douchebag!!

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RD October 19, 2010 11:56 am

NiWiTa, I'll be there, and it's the 27th btw!

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NiWiTa October 19, 2010 2:44 pm

Cheers RD - that could have been a very expensive mistake for me! Too many bangs on head and too little grey matter catching up with me he he

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Jimbo October 19, 2010 6:49 pm

Habana's pace off the mark is amazing. Something the England wingers could do with! A big more pace and a little less bulk! Agree the first tackle he should of released before going after the ball! Maybe the Ref's decided not to play that rule as it's stupid :) Love the comment Mike...have been watching the Aviva Premiership and it's nice to see you expansive flowing rugby. Maybe the coaches have finally been watching the SH as to how to play the game with some flair!!!!

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RedYeti October 19, 2010 11:00 pm

Yeah Jimbo, Strettle, Ashton etc are all so bulky and slow... maybe you should try watching a little bit more of the AP; there're plenty of smaller quick wingers, and hardly any big slow ones. Banahan and Cohen are the only bulky ones that spring to mind and Cohen isn't *that* slow

At the risk of responding to an obvious piece of bait, I would put the more open nature of this premiership season so far down to the rather good weather for this time of year: it would normally be wet and muddy forward conditions that make it difficult to just chuck the ball wide for fun. Also the new law interpretations are pretty much aimed at favouring attacking play... I doubt they've suddenly decided to copy the SH style of play after all these years

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Hennie October 20, 2010 4:45 am

kabous said...

@ Hennie. Jy's 'n fkn douchebag!!

Wow Kabous great comeback man! FAIL.

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kabous October 21, 2010 7:09 am

@ Hennie.

Blame ma die ref, ma dis die WP wat in die final is. Nie die Bulls of die Cheethas nie...

Jou saad, dis jou span wat GE-FAIL het om die final te haal...

Haha!!!!!

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Anonymous October 21, 2010 9:06 am

Jesus, look at the way Habana accelerates

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