Cape Town - Western Province consolidated their position at the top of the Currie
Cup log with a deserved 36-12 win over Griquas in their clash at
Newlands on Saturday.
The match ended on a frantic note
as either side scored a try, by which time the match had long been
settled as a contest, after Province led 24-0 at the break.
yet again had to play part of the match with 14 players, which did
little to help their cause against a rampant Cape outfit.
showed their attacking intent from the start when they ran in a try
after only two minutes from turned-over possession, but referee Lesego
'Pro' Legoete spotted an infringement earlier on and the score was
Griquas showed intent of their own, but ran into a
brick wall as the Province defence weighed in with reliable man-on-man
This prompted Griquas to kick upfield instead whenever they needed to get out of their own half.
ample supply of possession from first-phase play, Province's new-found
attacking prowess played havoc with Griquas' defensive lines and by the
25th minute, the Newlands outfit ran in three tries.
Geduld, making his debut in a starting XV, scored a sixth minute try
after a backline movement, which was sprung just outside the Griquas
Fullback Cheslin Kolbe, who provided the scoring pass, drew two defenders before sending Geduld clear.
Notshe, another player to make his debut in the run-on 15, scored the
second try in the 16th minute, before flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis was on
target again with the conversion attempt.
A minute later. the
visiting Griquas suffered a double setback when their tighthead prop
Nicolaas van Dyk was yellow-carded and Province goaled the resulting
penalty for a 17-0 lead after 20 minutes.
There was more woe four
minutes later when Province breached the Griquas defence yet again and
this time prop Brok Harris was the scorer.
Catrakilis gave Province a 24-0 lead when he goaled the conversion.
string of setbacks brought the best out of Griquas and for a while,
when they were reduced to 14 players, they managed to pin Province down
in their own 22-metre.
During this time they managed to cross the
whitewash but the television match official, Shaun Veldsman, decided
against awarding the try.
In the final five minutes of the first
half, when Griquas were restored to a full team, they exerted pressure
on the Province defence, but could not make it on to the scoreboard by
the time the half-time whistle sounded.
When play resumed, Griquas started where they left off and this time they needed only three minutes to open their account.
a line-out, some 15 metres out, former Province lock Hilton Lobberts
broke powerfully around the front before his teammate, Ruaan Lerm,
gathered the stray ball and dived over Griquas' first try, which went
Province always looked the more threatening but they
seemed to lose their way out on the flanks when there were chances to
round the opposition defence.
Griquas, on the other hand, needed
to be far more enterprising than trying the run Province off their feet,
but they never gave up.
The second-half target for Province was very much a fourth try for the bonus point.
The point would be provided in the 58th minute when Notshe notched his second try.
minutes from the end, Province had the crowd on its feet with a move
from their tryline to the opposite, when Kolbe touched down in the
corner but again, the try was disallowed.
A minute later, Griquas
cut loose from the restart and substitute Abrie Griesel scored his
second try, and Dean Grant goaled the conversion.
allowed some four minutes extra-time and Province ran in a fifth try,
through Kolbe, and replacement flyhalf Kurt Coleman added the
Geduld, Sikhumbuzo Notshe (2), Brok Harris, Cheslin Kolbe
Demetri Catrakilis (3), Kurt Coleman
Tries: Ruaan Lerm, Abrie Griesel
Conversion: Dean Grant
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. Brok Harris, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Alistair Vermaak
Substitutes: 16. Neil Rautenbach, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Pat Cilliers, 19. Manuel Carizza, 20. Rohan Kitshoff, 21. Godlen Masimla, 22. Kurt Coleman
15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 PJ Vermeulen, 10 Francois Brummer (captain), 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Burger Schoeman, 7 Ruaan Lerm, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Steph Roberts
Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Janro van Niekerk, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 Carel Greeff, 20 Abrie Griesel, 21 Dean Grant, 22 Danie Dames