WP down Griquas in Kimberley

2011-09-03 16:40

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.

Griquas 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.

Province 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.

Demetri 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.

The 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.

Five 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.


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

Western Province:
15. 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


  • Priester - 2011-09-03 16:47

    What a game! Sadie, Engelbrecht, Vogt and Sarel Pretorius deserve special mention. They really gave it their all and thoroughly entertained me and I presume many others. WP congratulations with the win. Blou Bul Groete!

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-03 18:49

      Agree. Congrats WP.

      Steyts - 2011-09-03 22:45

      Agree!! One of the most entertaining games I have watched in a while! The sad thing for me is that Sadie and Engelbrecht are leaving us next year!! :((( Anyway, WP jou lekka ding!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-03 23:10

      Well done WP - look after my boys Sadie and JJ.

      CliffB - 2011-09-05 12:55

      GraemeBB: Your team was not as bad as the score looked , just Discipline lacking - Won 4 - 3 Tries

  • Jan - 2011-09-03 16:50

    Mooi WP jou LEKKER ding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zion - 2011-09-03 16:50

    Congrates Western Province: Great win and good to see a team win without having to resort to penalty kicks. Although you can brush-up a tad on your kicking skills. Den Kaap ist jetz Hollandish.

  • Charl Norman - 2011-09-03 16:52


  • Kleinboet - 2011-09-03 16:54

    Nick Koster (Man of the match) : "It's a privilege playing for Western Province." Selah

  • Camiel Phillips - 2011-09-03 17:04

    It was a good game to watch with both sides running with the ball

  • Kuppy - 2011-09-03 17:17

    I knew we were home free when that bloke in the wetsuit, gloves, helmet and body armour came on.

      Shistirrer - 2011-09-05 15:08

      A Rose by any other name still plays kak. (With apologies to Willem Wikkelspies)

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-03 17:50

    What a GAME???? Pace,Pace, Pace, Power and Youth?? What a game by my o/19's and o/21's. This team will take us to our END GOAL, to win that TROPHY!!!! SADIE, JJ, Koster, Brache, Jantjies, Viljoen, Super Sarel just to mention a few... WP, jou LEKKER DENG!!!

      MoZaHo - 2011-09-03 18:27

      Lets just hope WP holds on to these young guys.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-03 19:07

      @MoZaHo- I really HOPE and PRAY, because these are ALL future stars!!!!!!

      Kaapie - 2011-09-04 12:58

      Great display by the WP players.. what for was good to watch was Brache putting players in space with sublime passing, something that has been lacking, until he almost gave away an intercept.. Also think the Carr had to be brought on earlier for fenton-wells. What impressed also is the young props Kitshoff and Rautenbach. Things look good. A hell of a lot better than what I saw from the Bulls.

  • Oukoos - 2011-09-03 18:02

    En daar wys die jong outjies van die WP hulle kan saam met die hardebaarde van die Griekwas speel. Dit is darem maar lekker om 'n WP ondersteuner te wees! Wat die Griekwas betref, hulle veggees gaan nog 'n paar van die "groter" unies in die hek laat duik

  • Theo - 2011-09-04 00:27

    What a great game, and Griquas showed again that they belong in the top division. WP jou lekker ding! It was lovely to see how the youngsters held their nerve and in the last 15 or 20 minutes, they were actually playing with Kitzhoff and Malherbe, with a combined age of not much more than 40! You can't underestimate the role Nick Koster is playing, he is every bit as good as a Pierre Spies. Go Boykies, they can just build from here.

  • Facts - 2011-09-04 08:59

    Is there perhaps anything WP management can do to keep Sadie and Engelbrecht here at WP? I don't want to jump the gun but I think we have (at last) a new Danie Gerber.

      Jay - 2011-09-04 10:17

      @Facts, not really mate......Sadie wants a start and at Province he is behind the three springbok centers. So he really has no choice. Great Springbok prospect for the future, I wish him well at the Bulls. And look forward to him pulling on the green and gold.

      Oukoos - 2011-09-04 10:47

      After yesterday I am a bit less worried about the loss of Sadie. Marcel Brache surprised me with his abilities on both the attack and defence. He his a Springbok of the future

      Kleinboet - 2011-09-04 13:34

      @Oukoos:- Brachie is actually a outside centre, the same as Sadie! He likes more room to move around. Stil,l he played as if he has always been playing at inside centre. I understand he is just as good at full back. It is going to be a hell of a fight between him, de Jongh, Fourie and de Villiers; not to mention a man like Whitehead (injured), as to whom should play in the start up team next year. I believe the youngsters will learn a lot from the old hands. With the extended season and with injuries always lurking I believe we will have the centre position covered. Nevertheless, Sadie is something special. What are we going to do with all the flyhalf talent now that "The Cat That Kill Us" (nickname given to Catrakilis by his opponents) has cemented his place into the team. And think what wealth of talent we are going to have under the forwards once our injured loose forwards and locks, as well as Schalk Burger, is back! Even the prop position is not all that bleak anymore with Kitzhoff and Malherbe putting up their hands. OK, we may still lose from time to time, but that is life. Dis lekke om 'n Weepee-outjie te is!

  • Rossman - 2011-09-04 10:31

    We are going to regret losing Sadie and Engelbrecht. They will do well at the bulls. Well they will definitely do better than what the Bulls have now.

      CliffB - 2011-09-05 12:58

      Rossman: Not looking for crap , but anything is better than what they have now !!!

  • Prowler - 2011-09-06 05:13

    Thank you Mr Ref for handing it on a plate. What a joke, WP will not see the final

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-06 07:53


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