Province beat Sharks to finish Currie Cup on top

Western Province finished on top of the Currie Cup standings when they beat the Sharks 13-17 at Kings Park in Durban.

The result means that the defending champions Western Province went through the regular season unbeaten.

Both teams have home Semi-finals next weekend but as Province finished on top they will host the Currie Cup final if they win their Semi-final.

Western Province finished on top of the Currie Cup standings when they beat
the Sharks 13-17 at Kings Park in Durban.

The result means that the defending champions Western Province went through
the regular season unbeaten.

Both teams have home Semi-finals next weekend but as Province finished on top
they will host the Currie Cup final if they win their Semi-final.

Both sides scored one try apiece through Deon Fourie and Keegan Daniel respectively,
but the accuracy of visiting flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis proved decisive as the
Allister Coetzee’s men ended the regular season unbeaten.

Returning Springbok back Patrick Lambie, a second half replacement missed two
crucial kicks at goal in the closing 12 minutes to leave the home side short
in a match they needed to win in order to overtake the Cape side.

The wet conditions always pointed towards a kicking game and so it proved.

At the start, Pieter-Steph du Toit was penalised for off-side from the line-out
with Catrakilis, who kicked three penalties and a drop-goal, comfortably slotting
the opening points after seven minutes.

Fred Zeilinga hit straight back for the home side when Gerhard van den Heever
illegally ran ahead of the kicker to concede the penalty.

After the restart, possession was handed straight back to the visitors when
Marcell Coetzee knocked on, and after the resulting scrum, Catrakilis managed
to pop over a drop goal despite the pressure of two onrushing defenders.

Again the Sharks countered Province with De Kock Steenkamp off-side, although
Zeilinga crashed against the post this time, before finding his range with the
next attempt before the 20-minute mark when Siya Kolisi was in an illegal position.

The first try eventually arrived after 26 minutes when Eben Etzebeth, Fourie
and Duane Vermeulen found themselves outnumbering the home defence on the left,
with the latter sending his captain away to score.

After Zeilinga fluffed a drop-kick attempt on the half-hour, SP Marais was
off-side on the stroke of the whistle allowing Catrakilis to kick the Cape side
into an eight-point lead.

Experienced pair Lambie and Daniel, who was shifted to the bench in the warm-up
after picking up a slight injury, were introduced by the Sharks at the changeover,
with both making an immediate impact in the middle.

Daniel scored the opening try for his side after 48 minutes, collecting a quick
pass by Lwazi Mvovo courtesy of some momentum by a tackler.

After Lambie landed the conversion, momentum swung the other way again as Coetzee
was adjudged by referee Jonathan Kaplan to have illegally stolen the ball at
the breakdown — Catrakilis punting over once again.

With 12 minutes to play, Lambie missed a good opportunity to cut the gap to
one with a poor penalty attempt after initially doing superbly to peg the Capetonians
right back onto their line with a raking touch-finding kick.

The Springbok back then missed an even easier attempt when Fourie stole the
ball illegally as Western Province held on for the victory.

Final Score Sharks 13 Western Province 17

Scorers

Sharks
Tries- Keegan Daniel
Conversions- Patrick Lambie
Penalties- Fred Zeilinga 2

Western Province
Tries- Deon Fourie
Conversions –
Penalties- Demetri Catrakilis 3.

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