Nelspruit - Western Province survived a second-half onslaught from the Pumas to
win their Currie Cup match 37-23 at Mbombela Stadium on
The log-leaders led by 14 points at half-time (20-6),
and shortly after the interval increased their lead to 21, before a
spirited comeback by the hosts cut the gap to seven points. The
title-chasing WP held their nerve in the dying minutes and scored
their fourth try of the match to seal the contest and a bonus point
With the win, WP moved to 34 points with two matches remaining for the Cape side before the playoffs.
The match started off with flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis slotting a penalty to take a 3-0 lead for WP in the second minute.
opening try followed in the 10th minute when Nizaam Carr crossed the
whitewash for the visitors, and Catrakilis added the conversion to take a
The first points for the hosts came through the boot of No 10 JC Roos as he nailed a penalty to close the gap to 10-3.
Just after the half-hour mark, Catrakilis added another penalty to send the score out to 13-3.
The Pumas responded with a penalty of their own in the 36th minute as Roos was successful from the halfway line to make it 13-6.
minute before the break, Sikhumbuzo Notshe scored in the corner for WP after some good build-up play from the Cape outfit. Catrakils
again converted and WP led 20-6 going into the break.
the 46th minute, Michael van der Spuy scored next to the posts for WP's third try of the evening, and Catrakilis added the extra two
points to take a 27-6 lead.
As the lead rose to 21 points, the home side finally clicked into gear in the 50th minute.
Watermeyer scored two tries in the space of three minutes, and
replacement flyhalf Justin van Staden was successful with both
conversions as the gap was narrowed to seven points at 27-20.
Van Staden added a penalty in the 54th minute to close the gap to four points at 27-23.
Catrakils again extended the lead for WP in the 58th minute with a penalty to take the score to 30-23.
minutes before the end, Carr barged over for his second try of the
evening to seal the result, and Catrakils added the conversion for a
hard-earned 37-23 win.
Tries: Stefan Watermeyer and Reynier Van Rooyen
Conversions: Justin Van Staden (2)
Penalties: JC Roos (2), Van Staden
Tries: Nizaam Carr (2), Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Michael van der Spuy
Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (4)
Penalties: Catrakilis (3)
15 JW Bell, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 JC Roos, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Renaldo Bothma/RW Kember, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5 Giant Mtyanda, 4 Marius Coetzer, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Frankie Herne, 1 Corne Fourie
Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 DeJay Terblanche, 18 Uzair Cassiem, 19 RW Kember/Doppies le Roux, 20 Dylon Frylinck, 21 Justin van Staden, 22 Jerome Pretorius
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Justin Geduld, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak
Substitutes: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Manuel Carizza, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Michael van der Spuy