Kimberley - Late tries by Johann Sadie and JJ
Engelbrecht proved decisive as Western Province held on to record a
narrow 41-35 victory over Griquas in their Absa Currie Cup encounter in
Kimberley on Saturday.
The men from Cape Town were battered
during the opening 20 minutes, slipping 15-0 behind, but showed
excellent character to outscore the hosts by seven tries to five.
In the end, Allister Coetzee’s team just had too much for their opponents after their 26-26 draw earlier in the season.
went ahead the first time they strung together a decent attack,
recycling quickly through six phases and allowing Rudi Vogt to dot down
in the sixth minute.
The same player missed the conversion, but
extended the lead moments later when the Capetonians were penalised for
not rolling away.
After a brief period of respite with the ball
at the other end, Riaan Viljoen led a swift counter attack, with the
ball spread wide to Ryno Barnes, who in turn found Davon Raubenheimer on
the inside as he ran in under the post.
Vogt converted giving Griquas a 15-0 lead in less than 20 minutes.
finally got onto the board in the 26th minute when hooker and captain
Tiaan Liebenberg bravely opted to set up a line-out instead of taking
the three points with a penalty.
He was rewarded with some good momentum which led to him bundling his way over.
Catrakilis, who missed an earlier penalty, found his range this time,
and when Nick Koster saw a gap and cut through it eight minutes from the
break for another converted try, the deficit was slashed to just a
point at 15-14.
Vogt then missed a straightforward penalty,
before Sadie’s pace combined with good interplay between Catrakilis and
Dewaldt Duvenage allowed the scrumhalf to run in easily under the post.
conversion completed the full complement of points and put Province in
front for the first time as they headed into the break 21-15 ahead.
minutes after the restart, Conrad Jantjes’ burst of pace down the left
caught out the hosts as he scored the bonus point try extending
Province's lead to 26-15.
Raubenheimer responded with a fine
pushover try after a penalty lineout, but Griquas’ defensive frailties
continued to be exposed as Engelbrecht ran in almost a replica of the
previous try on the left wing (31-22).
To their credit, however,
they continued to plug away and Vogt was the beneficiary from another
solid attacking maul, although he missed the conversion leaving the gap
at four points with 20 minutes to play.
Marnus Schoeman gave them some hope, but Engelbrecht and Sadie scored in the last 10 minutes to secure the win.Teams
15. Rudi Vogt, 14. Rocco Jansen, 13. Wilmaure Louw,
12. Hanno Coetzee, 11. Dusty Noble, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Sarel
Pretorius, 8. Jonathan Mokuena (captain), 7. Davon Raubenheimer, 6.
Justin Downey, 5. Martin Muller, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Lourens Adriaanse,
2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Ivann Espag
Substitutes: 16. Simon Westraadt,
17. Steph Roberts, 18. Frikkie Spies, 19. Marnus Schoeman, 20. Marnus
Hugo, 21. Jean Stemmet, 22. Earl Rose
Conrad Jantjes, 14. Danie Poolman, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Marcel Brache,
11. JJ Engelbrecht, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8.
Nick Koster, 7. Tertius Daniller, 6. Nick Fenton-Wells, 5. De Kock
Steenkamp, 4. Hilton Lobberts, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg
(captain), 1. Steven Kitshoff