The Sharks beat Western Province 28-20 in the Absa Currie Cup at Newlands on Saturday however the win was not sufficient to book a home semi-final. The Cell C Sharks started brightly as S’bura Sithole gave the visitors an early lead but Andre Esterhuizen missed the conversion in the first minute of the match. DHL Western Province were awarded a penalty in the ninth minute and Kurt Coleman slotted the three points.
Lionel Cronje scored a penalty for the visitors to make it 8-3 before a Patrick Howard try in the 19th minute moved the score to 13-8. Coleman added the extra two points. In the 25th minute the Province flyhalf went over himself before adding another two points and it was 20-8.
Lionel Cronje scored a penalty in the 35th minute as the match went to half-time 20-11 in favour of Allister Coetzee’s men. In the second half the Sharks were looking to reduce the deficit, and were handed a penalty which Cronje slotted to make it 20-14. In the 46th minute Brad MacLeod-Henderson’s men had another penalty slotted by Cronje as the momentum slowly started to shift.
MacLeod-Henderson’s side had a chance to score but Tonderai Chavhanga dropped the ball and was penalised for a knock-on. In the 52nd minute Rynhard Elstadt was sin binned and Cronje levelled the score at 20-20. In the 63rd minute Lourens Adriaanse’s try confirmed the turnaround even though Cronje missed the conversion as they dominated the game keeping the home side in their own half.
The time was running out for the Western Province as Fred Zeilinga slotted another three points in the 75th minute to move the home side out of a bonus point scenario. It finished 28-20 to the Sharks who will now travel to Johannesburg to play the Golden Lions in next week’s semi-final.