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DHL WP first SS Rugby Challenge champions
July 16, 2017
The DHL Western Province team completed a dream season in the inaugural SuperSport Rugby Challenge by beating a gutsy Tafel Lager Griquas 28-19 (28-0 halftime) in Cape Town on Sunday to become the first winners of the tournament.

The victory, their 11th in a row, delivered not only a handy R500 000 in prize money and a brand new trophy to the DHL Newlands trophy cabinet but also secured that they remained unbeaten in the tournament, which saw 67 matches being played.

The final, played in front of a capacity crowd at Florida Park in Ravensmead, concluded what turned out to be a memorable first addition to the South African rugby landscape.

As the previous 66 matches, the final delivered another spectacle to an appreciative crowd, this time with the home side hitting the heavy turf of this community venue running. They scored four tries in the opening half hour of play as the visitors struggled to adapt to the heavy underfoot conditions.

Winger Bjorn Basson bagged the first for the home side after 15 minutes of play and a golden spell of three converted tries in the next 20 minutes all but secured the win for the home side.

Fellow winger Marcello Sampson scored a brace in that time, with Jurie van Vuuren also getting in on the action with a nicely taken try under the sticks, after some good interplay by his fellow forwards. At 28-0 at the break, the home side had the win all but in the bag.

Tafel Lager Griquas never stopped playing though and in the second half showed why they made it all the way to the final. A yellow card after 53 minutes to WP lock JD Schickerling gave the visitors the edge they were looking for and after a number of attacks on the WP tryline, it was prop Nicolaas Oosthuizen who found the gap to score their opening try, converted by replacement-flyhalf, Andre Swarts.

A second try, this time by outside centre, Koch Marx, was another reward for the Kimberley side playing the numbers game and gave them more momentum into the last quarter of the match.

The visitors kept the DHL WP honest and making a game of it, with a late try to Tertius Kruger, again converted by Swarts, making it a nine point deficit.

That proved decisive though, as the Province defence held out to secure the win, but it was certainly the spectacular tries that kept the crowds coming back for more.

In all, 4327 points were scored, with 601 tries giving rugby supporters really value for their afternoons spent.

SuperSport Rugby Challenge Final:

DHL Western Province 28 (28), Tafel Lager Griquas 19 (0)

Scorers:

DHL WP - Tries: Bjorn Basson, Marcello Sampson (2), Jurie van Vuuren, Conversions: Kurt Coleman (4).
Tafel Lager Griquas – Tries: Nicolaas Oosthuizen, Koch Marx, Tertius Kruger. Conversions: Andre Swarts (2).

Stats and facts:

Most points:

Shaun Reynolds (Xerox Golden Lions XV) 138
Oliver Zono (Border) 101
George Whitehead (87)

Most tries:

Frank Herne (Steval Pumas) 9
Enver Brandt (Tafel Lager Griquas) 9
Craig Barry (DHL Western Province) 8

Most penalties:

Divan Nel (Boland) 16

Most Conversions:

Shaun Reynolds (Xerox Golden Lions XV) 44

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, July 28 2017
00:00 - Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2
Saturday, July 29 2017
00:00 - Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4
Saturday, August 05 2017
00:00 - Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 19 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, August 26 2017
21:40 - Argentina vs South Africa
Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
Saturday, September 09 2017
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday, September 16 2017
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
QBE Stadium, Albany, North Harbour
Saturday, September 30 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Saturday, October 07 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs New Zealand
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Castle Lager Outgoing Tour
Saturday, November 11 2017
00:00 - Ireland vs South Africa
To be confirmed

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