Province pile more misery on the Bulls

2013-09-15 14:00

Allister Coetzee’s Western Province men weren’t required to pull up their regular second-half defensive window, but coming to Pretoria and winning isn’t something they have done well at all.

A commanding first-half performance was enough to see them keep their top spot and their unbeaten streak as they emerged 29-18 victors.

For the Blue Bulls, it will be back to the drawing board – that’s if there’s any space left on it. They couldn’t beat a team that played most of the game with 14 men.

Province didn’t show up in the second half, but played most of it in the Bulls’ territory, ensuring that there were no late flutters.

Jono Ross and David Bulbring crossed the whitewash at opposite ends of the second half, but the Bulls lacked discipline at scrums and breakdowns. Nine second-half points through Kurt Coleman and Gary van Aswegen were enough.

Province have been a first-half team throughout the Currie Cup and with the gusto in which they attacked the Bulls’ 22m line, it seemed it was in the knowledge of the debilitating effects of altitude.

What they did have more than the Bulls did was incisiveness in danger zones.

Despite only scoring one try, they exposed the Bulls’ defensive weakness around the fringes.

» Other results: Griquas 24-25 Sharks; Cheetahs 26-23 Golden Lions

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