Cape Town - Western Province secured a home semifinal berth as they beat the
Golden Lions 36-23 (halftime 18-9) in their Currie Cup match at DHL
Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
The bonus-point win also
moved Province into first place in the log, one point ahead of the
Sharks with next week’s match between the two team set to decide who
will finish top of the table.
The first 30 minutes of the
first half was dominated by the boot with Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff
kicking three penalties while his opposite number Demetri Catrakilis
kicked two penalties of his own.
The match was played in windy
and cold conditions with the Lions having the wind at their backs in
the first half and they shaded the opening exchanges
Unfortunately, it was a half was mostly a stop-start affair with both teams guilty of conceding a number of penalties.
However, Province slowly but surely started to find their rhythm, and
a few gaps in the Lions’ defence, and inside centre Damian de Allende
went over for the host’s first try, in the 33rd minute, after the home
team took the ball through nine phases before spreading the ball wide
which allowed De Allende to find some space on the outside.
Western Province were winning the battle at the breakdown which was placing the Lions under extra pressure.
Province breached the Lions’ defence once again as the half drew to a
close, when they won a scrum five metres from the visitor’s tryline
which led to flank Deon Fourie barging his way over for a converted try
as the host’s opened up an 18-9 lead at the break.
team opened the second-half scoring just four minutes after the restart
thanks to a Catrakilis penalty and they extended their lead less than a
minute later thanks to a superb try from right wing Gerhard van den
Heever who sidestepped his way over from 22 metres out.
second half was proving to be a far more open affair than the first with
both teams opting to run the ball whenever the opportunity presented
The Lions finally grabbed their first try, in the 57th
minute, thanks to a powerful 24-metre rolling maul which saw flank
Derick Minnie crash over in the right-hand corner for a converted score.
Minnie scored his second try with 15 minutes left in the match when
he dotted down after another rolling maul following a Lions’ lineout
five metres from Province’s line.
narrowed the gap to just five points but Province struck back almost
immediately with a penalty from replacement flyhalf Kurt Coleman.
The match was assured of a grandstand finish when Province hooker
Scarra Ntubeni was yellow-carded in the 73rd minute after repeated
infringements at the breakdown by the hosts.
The Lions spent the rest of the match hard on attack but they were kept out by some desperate defence.
Province finally broke out and grabbed their bonus-point try after
the final hooter as they took the ball through eight phases before lock
Michael Rhodes went over in the left-hand corner.Scorers:
Tries: De Allende, Fourie, Van den Heever, Rhodes
Cons: Catrakilis 2
Pens: Catrakilis 3, Coleman
Yellow card:Ntubeni (73rd minute, professional foul)
Try: Minnie 2
Cons: Boshoff 2
Pens: Boshoff 3
15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Michael van der Spuy, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 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. Frans Malherbe, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Schalk Burger, 19. Josh Katzen, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Ryan Nell
Andries Coetzee, 14 Chrysander Botha, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Lionel
Cronjé, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8
Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4
Willie Britz, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, CJ van der Linde
16. Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19
Warwick Tecklenberg, 20 Ross Cronjé, 21 Kobus de Kock, 22 Deon Helberg