Cape Town - DHL Western Province remain the only unbeaten team in the South Section of the Vodacom Cup thanks to their 21-14 away win over GWK Griquas on Saturday.
With that WP kept a proud record intact by not losing to the five-time champions since 2002, according to the SuperSport website.
The match, played at Diamantveld High in Kimberley, only kicked into life in the last couple of minutes with tries by WP outside centre Kyle Lombard and a brilliant individual effort by replacement hooker Martin Bezuidenhout for Griquas to ensure a nail-biting last five minutes, with WP leading 18-14.
But yet another penalty at the scrum for WP enabled flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis, son of former Springbok and WP wing, Carel, to kick his third penalty for a 21-14 win.
Griquas had a final throw of the dice, but were unable to breach the WP defence.
The match, especially the first half, produced very little to write home about with all the rugby being played between the two 22m lines as both sets of flyhalves opted to put ball to boot. This resulted in scoring opportunities few and far between.
WP had the upper hand in the scrums throughout and regularly earned penalties at this set phase. Probably the turning point in the encounter came from an especially dominant WP scrum. Griquas had a rare attacking opportunity in the 70th minute in the middle of the field in their opponents' half, but they were scrummed off their own ball and two minutes later conceded a second try for a 9-18 deficit.
DHL WESTERN PROVINCE – Tries: EW Viljoen, Kyle Lombard; Conversion: Jean-Luc du Plessis; Penalties: Du Plessis (3).
GWK GRIQUAS – Try: Martin Bezuidenhout; Penalties: Gouws Prinsloo (3).