Cape Town - Western Province secured a home quarter-final when they beat the
SWD Eagles 29-14 (half time 14-0) in their Vodacom Cup match at the
Recreation Ground, in Oudtshoorn, on Saturday.
WP rain in four tries to two on a cool afternoon to extend their
unbeaten run to six matches and at the same time book a quarterfinal
place at Newlands.
They now head the south section log on 27 points and, with one round to
play, cannot be caught by the second-placed Sharks (21) and joint
third-placed Pampas XV, EP Kings and Kavaliers, who all have 20 points.
WP did not have matters all their own way. After dominating the scoring
in the first half to lead 14-0 at the break, they managed to go further
ahead when scrumhalf and vice-captain rushed over for a score soon after
the restart which was converted by flyhalf Kurt Coleman.
But SWD had been tenacious all afternoon and bounced back in the 53rd
minute with a try through fullback Deroy Rhoode which he converted
SWD right wing Clinton Wagman narrowed the gap even more when he scored
seven minutes later. Rhoode converted to make it 21-14 with 20 minutes
SWD had a chance to pull the score level minutes later but a crucial
knock-on just short of the tryline saw their chance go missing.
WP replacement Demetri Catrakilis kicked a penalty in the 73rd minute to
give his team some breathing space before flank Rohan Kitshoff made
sure of the win with a bonus-point try from driving play with two
minutes left on the stadium clock.
It took Western Province 14 minutes to score their first points of the
match when flank Tyrone Holmes crashed over for the opening try. Coleman
had no problem with the conversion.
Three minutes later Coleman increased his side's lead when he sped over
for the second five-pointer of the match. He converted his own try to
take the score to 14-0 at halftime.
SWD – Tries: Delroy Rhoode, Clinton Wagman; Conversions: Delroy Rhoode (2).
WP – Tries: Tyrone Holmes, Kurt Coleman, Nic Groom, Rohan Kitshoff; Conversions: Kurt Coleman (3); Penalties: Demetri Catrakilis.