Port Elizabeth - Western Province overcame a poor first half to pull away from the
Eastern Province Kings with a 35-16 victory in their opening Currie Cup
rugby match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on
The Cape outfit trailed 11-10 at half-time against a
fired-up home side, well-led by man of the match Luke Watson, but they
never panicked and scored three second half tries to eventually claim a
Putting the cherry on the top was a quick tap
from a penalty after the hooter had gone which resulted in Cheslin Kolbe
darting over for their bonus-point try.
WP were guilty of
ill-discipline at times and received three yellow cards during the
match, but their defence was outstanding against a Kings team committed
to running the ball rather than putting it on the boot.
up, the Kings tried desperately to make headway out of the 22-metre to
claim more points. But the WP defence never faltered, eventually
resulting in the home side conceding a penalty and the final try.
opened the scoring as Pat Howard raced through a gaping hole in the
Kings defence for their first try, converted by Demetri Catrakilis.
Kings hit back with two penalties by Scott van Breda, one of which was
cancelled out by Catrakilis, and then Watson powered over from a driving
maul to give the Kings an 11-10 lead at the break.
In the second
half, WP turned up the intensity and at times caught an ambitious Kings
side on the back foot when they tried to run the ball out of their
This allowed the visitors to pile on the pressure
and they ran in tries through Nizaam Carr and Michael van der Spuy to
stretch their lead to 30-11.
Catrakilis also continued to punish
the Kings with the boot and slotted 15 points in all, through three
conversions and three penalties.
To their credit, the Kings never
gave up trying and lively scrumhalf Kevin Luiters was able to dart over
for a try for their only points of the second half.
But that time, though, WP had the game in control and will return to Cape Town delighted with their match haul of five points.Scorers:
Tries: Luke Watson, Kevin Luiters
Penalties: Scott van Breda (2)
Tries: Pat Howard, Nizaam Carr, Michael van der Spuy, Cheslin Kolbe
Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (3)
Penalties: Catrakilis (3)
15 Scott van Breda, 14 Ronnie Cooke, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Tobie Botes, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Cummins, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Albe de Swardt, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Darron Nell, 19 Aidon Davis, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Ntabeni Dukisa
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Alistair Vermaak
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Jean Kleyn, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Pat Howard