Kimberley - Western Province claimed a vital Currie Cup win after beating Griquas 20-19 in a physical encounter on Saturday afternoon.The Peacock Blues last beat WP in 2009 and had to be content with a single bonus point for losing within the seven point margin.
Griquas applied some good pressure early on, but the momentum shifted to WP when flank and captain Deon Fourie broke away from a maul and ran 70m to score against the run of play. Flyhalf Kurt Coleman converted.
The visitors kept on attacking and twice decided to kick out rather than take the shot at goal. Both times, the Griquas defence kept them at bay. The hosts also put WP under immense pressure in the scrums and collected valuable penalties as a result.
Coleman settled things down a bit by kicking his first penalty of the afternoon four minutes before half-time and helping his side to a score of 10-3 at the break.
Griquas drew first blood in the second half after some good pressure resulted in a converted penalty by wing Nico Scheepers, his second of the afternoon. The visitors got another penalty soon after but chose to kick for touch rather than take the points.
The Capenonians did let up on the attack and progressed to the hosts' goal-line. Finally Coleman got his shot at goal and stretched his side's lead to seven points. Scheepers kicked another fine effort shortly after to reduce the deficit back to four, leaving the hosts with everything to play for and 24 minutes remaining.
Western Province wing Cheslin Kolbe produced some magic in the final 20 minutes, chasing a kick and scoring under the uprights, but his try got cancelled because of a shoulder charge by Juan de Jongh on a Griquas player. De Jongh however made amends by scoring under the uprights after collecting a grubber. Coleman converted to give WP a lead of 11 points.
Scheepers and Griquas fullback PJ Vermeulen had the last say of the game. Scheepers kicked a penalty and Vermeulen rounded off a good try right at the death to grab a bonus point.
Penalties: Nico Scheepers (4)
Try: PJ Vermeulen
Conversion: Du Randt Gerber
Tries: Deon Fourie, Juan de Jongh
Conversions: Kurt Coleman (2)
Penalties: Coleman (2)
15 PJ Vermeulen, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Hilton Lobberts, 6 Carel Greeff, 5. Jonathan Adendorf, 4 Jaco Nepgen, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts.
Substitutes: 16. Matthew Dobson, 17. Brummer Badenhorst, 18. RJ Liebenberg , 19. Burger Schoeman, 20. Jacques Coetzee, 21. Du Randt Gerber, 22. Richard Lawson
15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Michael Rhodes, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rohan Kitshoff, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Tim Swiel, 22. Ryan Nell