Last week the Western Province did something quite amazing. They travelled to Durban to face the Sharks knowing they had to win to stay in the Currie Cup. However, the way things unfolded in Kimberley earlier that day threw a spanner in the works.
The last thing Province needed was the Pumas and Griquas, who were in the respective 4th and 3rd place on the log, playing out to a draw. That was unfortunately exactly what happened. The 13-13 result giving both sides 2-log points, which helped give the Pumas a four-point lead over WP on the Points table.
The Mpumalanga outfit also enjoyed a better point’s difference. That meant that Province needed to score four tries and win for the full five-point haul.
Nobody gave them chance. The Bulls were probably getting their visitors’ locker room ready for the Pumas. But, WP proved all the doubters wrong. Not only scoring the four tries need, but adding a fifth for good fun. The soon to be Lions wing, Edwill van der Merwe running in an intercept try in the 84th minute to put a nice bow on proceedings at Kings Park.
Can WP do it again?
There was an expectation that Western Province coach, John Dobson will call on his big guns to face the mighty Bulls. However, Dobson opted not to mess with a winning formula and made just two changes to the team.
After an impressive showing coming off the bench against the Sharks, Sazi Sandi gets promoted to the starting lineup. That move sees Neethling Fouche shift to the bench. The other change sees Springbok hooker, Scarra Ntubeni returning to the front row of the WP pack.
Former WP captain, Corne Krige believes that John Dobson should’ve beefed up his pack a bit more.
“It going to be a slugfest up front”, said Krige
“Clearly a more running game suits WP better, unfortunately against the Bulls, it’s going to be a different ball game.”
It is knockout rugby from here on out, and Krige proclaimed that WP will have to be perfect in the line-outs and scrums.
“It starts in the front. You have to make sure your set-pieces are bulletproof, and obviously, your tactical kicking must be very good because you want to keep them in their half”, said the former Springbok
“You don’t want them to get 5m from your line, because they probably are going to score through their forwards, through their driving maul.”
Krige, who played in the blue and white hooped jersey between ’96 and ’02, shared his views on tonight’s semifinal on The Honest Truth last night.
Listen to Corné Krige tipping Evan Roos as a future Bok, here.
Springbok and Western Province legend, Corne Krige has given a massive endorsement to Western Province 8th-man Evan Roos.
Roos has taken the Cape by storm since returning to his homestead earlier this year. The 21-year-old joined the Stormers on a 9-month loan from the Sharks. However, Roos has since penned a 3-year contract with the Blue and White hoops.
His efforts on the field also brought him into the Springbok conversation. He’s been knocking on the Green and Gold door, and Corne Krige believes that he might not be too far away from a national call-up.
“Evan Roos has been playing some incredible rugby, and it will be great to give him a taste of Test Match Rugby”, said the Springbok and Stormers legend.
“There’s not a lot of other guys at an International level that I can see at the moment, so we (the Springboks) really need to make sure we look after our locks and loose-forwards.”
Roos, a product of Paarl Boy’s high, has been a consistent performer since his days playing at schoolboy level. Going on to represent the SA Schools side in 2018. He also represented the country at under-19 level.
Though still a youngster, Krige believes that the time is now to include Roos in the Springbok set-up.
“It will be great to give him a taste of test match rugby. He’s still very young and inexperienced”, said Krige.
“But, the only way you get experience is by touring with the team and playing at that high level. I would love to see him there.”
Krige, who himself earned 39-test caps for the Springboks, leading the side for 18 of those games, shared his views on Evan Roos, Jasper Wiese, the Springboks so-called boring game-plan and the Springboks encounter with Argentina on Saturday, 21 August. You can listen to the full interview, below.