Bulls and Griquas was ‘worst game ever’

2013-08-19 00:00

WESTERN Province squeaked to a 15-14 win over the Free State Cheetahs in the cold and wet of Newlands on Saturday to again underline the competitiveness of the Currie Cup competition.

Province trailed 14-0 in the first half but fought back to 14-10 before a driving maul enabled captain Deon Fourie to score the winning try four minutes from time.

The other two games were played on Friday with the Sharks’ winning margin of eight (33-25) over the Golden Lions the biggest in the first two rounds of Currie Cup action.

There were six tries shared at King’s Park, and four at a slippery Newlands, but it was all kicking at Loftus where the Blue Bulls beat Griquas 15-9.

Griquas coach Pote Human labelled the game as “the worst I have seen in my days as a spectator or coach”.

The Sharks will have to rejig their backline for the Free State game in Bloemfontein on Friday night following the hamstring strain suffered by fullback Odwa Ndungane.

Coach Brad Macleod-Henderson has options with the promising SP Marais, who was on the wing against the Lions, and outside centre Louis Ludik both having played most of their rugby at fullback.

Macleod-Henderson said he was “very relieved” after Friday night’s win – “especially with the start we had, going 17-6 down after we had played most of the rugby”.

“The guys dug in and we got the result in the end.”

The Sharks forward coach said he was concerned that the Sharks had started so badly in losing to Griquas and then trailing so badly against the Lions.

“It is something we need to address. The character we showed in fighting back was fantastic. Against Griquas our setpiece let us down, but it was a strong part of our game against the Lions, particularly in the first half.

“It was great to get back to winning ways. We are at the beginning of our journey and our aim is just to get better and better each week.”

Macleod-Henderson praised Sharks debutantes centre Heimar Williams and wing Marais.

“They both had good games, both scored tries and were certainly two of the stars. I know Heimar well, he’s a very intelligent, talented rugby player, and over the 80 minutes that intercept pass he conceded was the only blip on his performance.”


WP 15 - Tries: Michael Rhodes, Deon Fourie, Conversion: Gary van Aswegen. Penalty: Van Aswegen.

Free State 14 – Tries: Elgar Watts, Riaan Smit. Conversions: Smit (2).

This weekend’s fixtures

(home team first)

Friday: Free State vs Sharks, 7.10 pm. Saturday: Griquas vs WP 3 pm; Bulls vs Lions, 5.05 pm.

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