CAPE TOWN – If there’s one thing that must have been particularly disappointing for John Dobson about Western Province’s Currie Cup defeat to the Free State Cheetahs, it’s the way they let a commanding lead go.
During the first half, Province looked good as they built a healthy numerical gap in Bloemfontein on Saturday. At one stage they were 19-0 up, and by halftime the 26-12 scoreline still favoured the 2018 finalists.
But they let it slip in the second half, and the hosts scored six tries in total to WP’s three to secure a 38-33 win and claim top spot on the standings.
After having lost three of their five matches heading into the game, WP needed the win to progress to the semi-finals. Even if they had lost the game, a bonus point and a loss for the Sharks would have been enough. But the Sharks beat the Blue Bulls to book their last-four spot and end WP’s season prematurely.
As a result, the Golden Lions will host Griquas in Johannesburg in the first semi-final this weekend, while the Cheetahs will take on the Sharks in Bloemfontein.