Cape Town - Western Province secured a 28-17 (5-12 at half-time) victory over the Pampas in their Vodacom Cup clash at Newlands on Saturday.
While the men from Argentina dominated the first half possession, Province fought back in the second outscoring the Pampas by 23 points to five to clinch the match.
The win means Province move into second place behind the Sharks XV on the Southern Section of the log.
The Argentineans opened the scoring in the first three minutes of the match when fly-half Benjamin Madero went over the Province try-line.
Western Province winger Pat Howard scored four minutes later to equalise for his team.
Missed tackles led to the second try for the Pampas when their scrumhalf Martin Landajo passed the ball to his captain Leonardo Senatore to score under the sticks. Madero converted to give his team a 12-5 lead going into half-time.
Province had a turnaround in the second half and took the game to the Pampas, leaving them to do the defending while Province used the width of the field to run at the Pampas.
The Argentineans scored first when Ladajo had another good break from a scrum. He was pulled down meters from the try-line. Fullback Matias Masera scored in the corner but that was the last points of the match for the Pampas-side.
Province scored minutes later when they set up a rolling maul after receiving a penalty.
Later, Howard went over for his second try of the day after a good break and offload by outside centre Mike van der Spuy.
Minutes later WP-flyhalf Tim Swiel scored the third try for his team after a good line-break and some exciting side-stepping.
Replacement goal-kicker Dillyn Leyds kicked the extra points to give his team a 22-17 lead.
With 14 minutes left, Leyds added another penalty to extend his teams lead to 25-17, while Swiel kicked a drop-goal minutes later to make the final score 28-17.
Scorers: Western Province Tries: Pat Howard (2), Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Tim Swiel. Conversion: Dillyn Leyds. Penalty: Leyds. Dropgoal: Swiel.
Pampas XV: Tries Benjamin Madero, Leonardo Senatore, Matias Masera. Conversion: Madero.