Cape Town - No 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe dotted down four times as WP beat the Boland Cavaliers 25-10 (half-time 15-7) in their Vodacom Cup clash at the Caledon Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon .
Notshe had scored a double within the opening ten minutes of the match with flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis converting the second try. The visitors led 12-0 before captain and lock Gavin Annandale went over for a try and fullback Eric Zana added the extras.
The game slowed down considerably after the exciting first quarter and it was only when Cavaliers flanker Freginald Africa was shown a yellow card that Du Plessis kicked a penalty. The score of 15-7 remained unchanged until the halftime interval.
The match then continued where the first half left off in terms of non-scoring before Zana kicked a penalty after 55 minutes to make it 15-10.
Notshe went over for his third try after another dull period of play and suddenly WP could think of not only the victory but also of a possible bonus-point.
A number of substitutions threatened to stop the rhythm that the WP had generated but Notshe scored his team's vital fourth try with the clock nearing eighty minutes.
The result means WP started their 2015 Vodacom Cup campaign with a bonus-point victory and will look to continue their strong start next week as they host the Sharks XV at Newlands. Boland travel to Bloemfontein and will have the tough assignment of knocking over the Free State XV.
Try: Gavin Annandale
Conversion: Eric Zana
Tries: Sikhumbuszo Notshe (4)
Conversion: Jean-Luc Du Plessis
Penalty: Du Plessis
Vodacom Cup results:
Boland Cavaliers 10-25 Western Province
Pumas 52-0 Limpopo
Sharks XV 58-0 Border Bulldogs
EP Kings 19-27 Griquas
Leopards XV 36-31 Falcons
SWD Eagles 33-17 Free State XV
Golden Lions 24-12 Blue Bulls