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Weekend WRAP …

A look at the weekend’s rugby:20120701-080333.jpgSuper Rugby:
Bulls 40 – 24 Cheetahs
Stormers 27 – 17 Lions
Force 17 – 28 Brumbies
Crusaders 22 – 23 Hurricanes
Rebels 17 – 32 Reds
Highlanders 21 – 27 Chiefs

Super Rugby Log:
Chiefs Pld:14 W:12 Pts:62
Stormers Pld:14 W:12 Pts:58
Brumbies Pld:14 W:9 Pts:54

Bulls Pld:14 W:9 Pts:54
Crusaders Pld:14 W:9 Pts:52
Hurricanes Pld:15 W:9 Pts:49

Reds Pld:14 W:9 Pts:49
Sharks Pld:14 W:8 Pts:49
Highlanders Pld:15 W:9 Pts:45
Cheetahs Pld:14 W:5 Pts:37
Waratahs Pld:14 W:4 Pts:34
Rebels Pld:14 W:4 Pts:29
Force Pld:14 W:3 Pts:27
Blues Pld:14 W:2 Pts:23
Lions Pld:14 W:2 Pts:20

Club rugby:
BORDER Super League:
Fort Hare 32-16 Winter Rose, Breakers 12-42 Buffalo, Police 39-8 Swallows, Old Selbornians 60-10 Cambridge
SWD Premier League, Rd 17: Progress 22-24 Barbarians, Bonnievale United 24-15 All Blacks, Evergreens 16-16 Blanco
EP Grand Challenge: Gardens 36-18 Suburban, SAPS 14-9 PE Harlequins, Despatch 41-19 Progress, Park 31-11 Crusaders
KZN Moor Cup: College Rovers 103-0 Crusaders, Harlequins 15-30 Zululand Rhinos, UKZN Pietermaritzburg 26-36 Dbn Collegians
WP Super League: False Bay 7-27 Durbell, Villager 13-38 Hamiltons, SK Walmers 40-27 Tygerberg
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Currie Cup 1st division:
Valke 27 – 37 Griffons
Leopards 32 – 23 Pumas
SWD 46 – 8 Border
Boland 20 – 25 EP

Next weekend’s fixtures:

Super Rugby:

Fri 06 Jul 2012
09:35 Chiefs vs Crusaders
11:40 Reds vs Highlanders
19:10 Sharks vs Bulls
Sat 07 Jul 2012
09:35 Blues vs Force
11:40 Waratahs vs Brumbies
15:00 Cheetahs vs Stormers
17:05 Lions vs Rebels

Currie Cup 1st division:
Fri 06
19:00 EP vs SWD
19:00 Border vs Valke
Sat 07
Pumas vs Boland
Griffons vs Leopards

Front Row Grunt SuperBru: Well,done to Chazz Michael for his yellow cap, and to Bubbles25 for continuing to hold fort at the top of the leaderboard. Tank’s 5 from 6 takes him into the top half of the 575 strong leaderboard in what has been a pretty dire prediction season for the big man …

Match reports:

Super Rugby:

Stormers 27 (13) Lions 17 (3)

Hit by a nasty flu bug that saw Joe Pietersen withdraw, Gio Aplon move to fullback, and Danie Poolman start at left wing, the Capetonians just could not find that attacking edge, ending up with three tries and thus short of a bonus point against the side propping up the Super Rugby log – it is only the second time this season they’ve scored that many tries – they also got three tries in their first round victory over the Hurricanes.

The Stormers’ defence was also not quite as solid as it has been all season, the Lions managing to find holes after the break as they ended up “drawing” the second half 14-14 in what can only be described as a rather turgid affair.

The home team only managed to put a proper gap between themselves and the visitors on the score board in the final 10 minutes when Jebb Sinclair and Gerhard van den Heever added tries to Gio Aplon’s first half five-pointer.

But at one stage after the break Stormers fans would’ve been chewing their nails as the Lions fought back to 13-10 thanks to a good try by their captain, Josh Strauss. Franco van der Merwe added a second late in the match to bring the visitors to within 10 points.

Peter Grant’s personal haul of 12 points was enough to push the Stormers flyhalf past 100 season points – the tenth player in 2012 to reach a century of Super Rugby points.

Don Armand did some good work at the front of the lineout, Tyrone Holmes was solid if not spectacular in his debut on the side of the scrum, while Siya Kolisi would have got some valuable experience at the base of a scrum that was often back peddling at the hands of a JC van Rensburg inspired Lions scrum.

It might have been relatively close affair, but in the cold light of day, this Lions side could still not manage to beat a mostly second string Stormers side who had to make several last minute changes due to a flu bug. It might be time for the Joburg franchise to stop blaming coaches and sponsors and have a good hard look at the players and structures.

Stormers – Tries: Gio Aplon, Jebb Sinclair, Gerhard van den Heever. Conversions: Peter Grant (3). Penalty goals: Grant (2).
Lions – Tries: Josh Strauss, Franco van der Merwe. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2). Penalty goal: Jantjies.

 

Bulls 40 (26) Cheetahs 24 (0)

With the platform laid in the tight phases, the Bulls recorded their ninth straight Super Rugby victory over the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday evening.

With 20 minutes to go in the match, the Bulls were well ahead, by 40-0 after they had crossed the visitors’ tryline six times – four of those in an 18 minute blitzkrieg in the first half to secure the bonus point.

And even though they started the second half as slowly as they did the first, they still added two tries between minutes 55 and 60, before Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made a raft of replacements.

That not only cost the home team their rhythm, but also gave the Cheetahs some impetus to start playing with more attacking flair. In the final 20 minutes, the visitors crossed for four tries to give the final scoreline more balance.

However, it has to be said that the Bulls never looked like losing after they lead by 26-0 at the break. Wynand Olivier could celebrate his 100th Super Rugby appearance with some champagne while Morné Steyn became the first player this season to pass 200 points.

Most importantly, though … four of the 10 tries at Loftus were scored by props – Dean Greyling and Werner Kruger of the Bulls got one each while WP Nel, who came on as a replacement for the Cheetahs, scored a brace.

Bulls – Tries: Pierre Spies, Zane Kirchner, Dean Greyling, Francois Hougaard, Werner Kruger, Bjorn Basson. Conversions: Morné Steyn (5).
Cheetahs – Tries: WP Nel (2), Willie le Roux, Heinrich Brüssow. Conversions: Sias Ebersohn (2).

 

Currie cup:

Boland 20 (7) EP 25 (15)

EP needed a late try from fullback SP Marais and the boot of Tuks’ Varsity Cup-winning flyhalf, Wesley Dunlop, who came on as a replacement in the final quarter against Boland in Wellington, to win this nail biter.

EP’s starting flyhalf, George Whitehead, scored the opening 10 points via converted try and penalty as the visitors pulled ahead on a cold and wet Boland afternoon, only for the Kavaliers to reply with a try to fullback Jacquin Jansen, converted by last season’s top point-scorer in the competition, flyhalf Elgar Watts to spark a cheer from the crowd of 600.

The Kings scored again before the break, loose forward Cornell du Preez going over from a rolling maul, but the men from Port Elizabeth produced a lethargic second half, which allowed the home side back into the game through a second try to Jansen.

Marais came on in the final quarter and, with his side trailing 17-15, dived over for what proved to be the match-turning try.

Boland – Tries: Jacquin Jansen (2). Conversions: Elgar Watts (2). Penalties: Watts, Ricardo Croy.
EP – Tries: SP Marais, George Whitehead, Cornell du Preez. Conversions: Whitehead, Wesley Dunlop. Penalties: Whitehead, Dunlop.

 

SWD 46 (27) Border 8 (8)

Border were no match for their Kings franchise partners at Outeniqua Park on Friday, the home side scoring six tries and new flyhalf Kurt Coleman (ex WP) kicking 16 points in front of a 1000-strong crowd on a clear evening.

Veteran wing Alshaun Bock scored in the opening minute to set the alarm bells ringing for the Bulldogs, who found themselves 27-0 down before winger Chrislyn van Schalkwyk got his team onto the scoreboard with a try after 35 minutes.

A penalty cut the deficit to 19 points at the break, but the Bulldogs would not trouble the scorers again in the second half as the Eagles wrapped up a comfortable victory with further tries to flanker Dumisane Meslane, scrumhalf Johan Herbst and replacement loose forward Kempie Rautenbach.

SWD – Tries: Alshaun Bock, Elric van Vuuren, Jean Jacques Rossouw, Dumisane Meslane, Johan Herbst, Kempie Rautenbach. Conversions: Kurt Coleman (5). Penalties: Coleman (2).
Border – Try: Chrislyn van Schalkwyk. Penalty: Ntabeni Dukisa.

Valke 27 (24) Griffons 37 (11)

The Valke threw away a 13-point halftime advantage in Kempton Park, with replacement flyhalf Tertius Maarman the star of the show for the visitors.

Maarman crossed for two tries in the final 10 minutes as the men from Welkom completed an unlikely come-from-behind victory after the Valke had seemed to be in complete control at the break, thanks to tries from wing Sandile Ngcobo, flanker Marcel Kotze, fullback JW Bell and evergreen eighthman Reg Muller.

But the home side’s indiscipline cost them dearly in the second half, a couple of yellow cards to hooker Shone van der Walt (for a dangerous tackle) and Muller (repeated infringements at the breakdown) contributing to their downfall.

The Griffons set about their task of reeling in the deficit with vigour, prop Charles Marais and No 8 Willie Britz going over to make it a one-point game before Maarman’s cameo provided the visitors with a try that put them into a 30-27 lead.

But Maarman wasn’t done, his second score late in the game sparking wild celebrations by a Griffons team for whom winning has become somewhat of a rarity in recent times.

Valke – Tries: Sandile Ngcobo, Marco Kotze, JW Bell, Reg Muller. Conversions: Karlo Aspeling (2). Penalty: Aspeling.
Griffons – Tries: Hansie Graaff, Charles Marais, Willie Britz, Tertius Maarman (2). Conversions: Graaff (3). Penalties: Tiaan van Wyk (2).

 

Leopards 32 (10) Pumas 23 (13)

An impressive hat-trick of tries from right wing Danie Dames made all the difference as the Leopards got their campaign off to a winning start in front of their home fans at Profert Olen Park in Potchefstroom.

The Leopards scored five tries and would have won by a bigger margin had it not been for a number of missed kicks by flyhalf Gerhard Nortier. The result wasn’t always so certain, with the visitors holding a slender 16-15 lead with just half an hour left of a hard-fought battle between two sides who had been playing Premier Division rugby last year.

With the home side trailing 13-5 in the first half, Dames showed just how dangerous his backline could be when given good first-phase possession when, from a scrum near the Pumas’ 22, the ball went through a number of pairs of hands until finding its way into the hands of the strapping winger, who cut inside to wrong-foot the cover defence.

Dames completed his hat-trick after an hour with yet another impressive display of power running, before centre Adriaan Engelbrecht’s penalty made Jaco Bouwer’s late try for the Pumas nothing more than a consolation score.

Leopards – Tries: Danie Dames (3), Allister Kettledas, Ernie Strydom. Conversions: Adriaan Engelbrecht (2). Penalty: Engelbrecht.
Pumas – Tries: JW Jonker, Jaco Bouwer. Conversions: JC Roos (2). Penalties: Roos (3)

Author: Tank

Ex WP prop with a fair amount of experience in all things media ...

2 Comments

  1. Hi Tank
    You don’t perhaps know where the program for the Academy week starting in Wellington tomorrow, can be downloaded. I’ve seen the program on rugby365 but with no starting times. I asked one of the WP’s team members yesterday at Newlands – they are playing the Lions at 13.50. Do you perhaps know at what time the tournament starts ?