October 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
The Currie Cup has been won and with it South Africa’s domestic rugby season is something of the past until next year. Apart from the few players taking part in the Springbok EOYT the rest will take a well deserved break until Super Rugby pre-season training starts in mid November.
At the other end of the Currie Cup the Pumas pummeled Griquas to qualify for the Premier Division next year while Griquas are hoping for a boardroom decision to save them.
Western Province vs Sharks: Newlands, Cape Town
Well done to the Sharks, venerunt, viderunt, vicerunt while WP players, coaches and supporters will go looking for veritas in vino.
A key moment that set the tone for the match and WP’s loss was Charl McLeod’s interception when none of the WP speedsters van Heerden, Aplon or Kolbe even attempted to run him in a la Volmink, leaving it all to the slowest guy in the backline, de Allende.
One got the feeling that WP was just going through the motions, perhaps believe the pre-match press that they only needed to turn up to win, while the Sharks showed motivation and intent and outplayed their opponents in virtually every facet of the game.
A well deserved win for the Sharks.
A few standouts:
Pieter Steph du Toit: Deserved man of the match a young monster is maturing and a Bok combination of PSDT and Ysterbed in the not too distant future is something to look forward to.
Cheslin Kolbe: As elusive as a Cape Town pick pocket he can run circle around defenders. The problem is that he eventually runs into traffic and get caught. All flash and little substance he achieved very little on the day. He needs to mature before higher rewards can be considered.
Demitri Catrakilis: A tough day at the office where he primarily got poor ball from his forwards and poor service from his scrumhalf and were under pressure all the time. At least he slotted his kicks.
Pat Lambie: Looks like the Sharks’ blue eyed boy has returned to his pre-Heyneke Meyer game – a good flyhalf whose goal kicking is average to poor. Good for him.
Thank you to everyone who played in my Superbru and Fantasy League pools. With only the EOYT Superbru left it’s good bye to many of you until Super Rugby next year.
Congratulations to the winners and tough luck to Alasdair Fraser who came close in both the Superbru and Fantasy League
Superbru final top 10:
1: Maverick – 43.50
2: Witblitz – 41.00
3: Kitchener – 40.25
4: bighit – 39.92
5: O’Shauns 15 – 39.83
6: Pieta – 39.08
7: Smiley101 – 39.08
8: ALFraser – 38.75
9: Ratte – 37.25
10: Theok – 37.00
Fantasy League final top 10:
1: Gershwin Koen aka Cheating Cheetahs – Global: 33 – Sploggers: 2885
2: Marlon Dauphin aka Angostura – Global: 135 – Sploggers: 2808
3: Alasdair Fraser aka Sweet XV – Global: 203 – Sploggers: 2777
4: Carel Lotz aka Red Muse – Global: 277 – Sploggers: 2756
5: Marius Greyling aka Mnr Muis – Global: 295 – Sploggers: 2751
6: Wayne Amsterdam aka Greatness Inc. – Global: 424 – Sploggers: 2725
7: Radyn van Dewenter aka TEAM RVD – Global: 459 – Sploggers: 2719
8: Kallie Nel aka The Cutting Edge – Global: 539 – Sploggers: 2705
9: Riaan Aspeling aka a1s4s – Global: 1020 – Sploggers: 2641
9: willem le roux aka willem le roux – Global: 1020 – Sploggers: 2641