Bolla to hit 50

Johannes Conradie, better know to the rugby public as Bolla, will obtain his 50th provincial cap against the Vodacom Cheetahs on Saturday.

The wiry scrumhalf has scored 13 tries for Vodacom Western Province since debuting for them in 2001 against North West, a year in which WP won the Absa Currie Cup.

The momentous occasion could not have arrived at a better time for the 27-year-old. Province are playing some really impressive rugby reminiscent of that 2001 season when Corne Krige lifted the trophy.

“I passed the ball last Saturday (against the Blue Bulls) and as I
watched from the ground how the guys were throwing it around, I had a vision of the team of 2000 and 2001. That was the last time we played with such freedom,” said Conradie.

Celebrating the milestone at Newlands will make it all the more special, but Cape Town has suffered some shocking weather of late, and this could work in the Cheetahs’ favour.

WP captain Luke Watson waved this assumption way like it was a persistent street vendor. “It really doesn’t matter whether it rains or not,” he told, “that’s the last thing I’m worried about.”