Cape Town - Western Province scored eight tries to one in thrashing Eastern Province Kings 50-10 (half-time 17-10) in their Currie Cup qualifier at City Park Stadium, Cape Town, on Saturday.
Western Province came into the match having lost to the Sharks XV in Durban last weekend while the Kings were coming off back-to-back victories with their most recent triumph coming over the Blue Bulls in Port Elizabeth.
But it was Western Province who controlled this match and after tightly-contested first half, the home team turned on the pressure to run riot after the break.
EP got off to a quick start with flyhalf Garrick Mattheus landing a penalty in the first minute.
But that lead was short-lived as prop Frans van Wyk and left wing Devon Williams scored within six minutes of each other. Fullback Grant Hermanus converted one of them to give WP a 12-3 lead after 15 minutes.
WP scrumhalf Justin Phillips extended that advantage when he sniped over for his team’s third try.
Just before half-time, the Kings managed their only try of the game through centre Andile Jho. Mattheus converted to take the teams into the break.
Further tries from former EP player and flyhalf Scott van Breda and Daniel du Plessis minutes after the restart broke the back of the EP’s challenge. Van Breda, who had taken over the kicking duties from Hermanus, slotted both conversions.
Replacement hooker got in for his try on 51 minutes and Van Breda scored a second. The pivot once again converted both scores to finish with 18 points in the game.
Flank Luke Stringer scored the final try of the encounter to complete a convincing performance for the home side.
Tries: Daniel du Plessis, Devon Williams, Frans van Wyk, Justin Phillips, Luke Stringer, Michael Willemse, Scott van Breda (2)
Conversions: Scott van Breda (4), Grant Hermanus
Tries: Andile Jho
Conversions: Garrick Mattheus