Lewis hat-trick sends WP top
June 24, 2016

Left wing JP Lewis scored three tries as DHL Western Province moved to the top of the provincial tournament log with a 59-29 (halftime 26-17) thumping of the Hino Valke at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park on Friday.

Lewis rounded off his hat-trick shortly after the halftime break but it was the home side who made a strong start, opening up a 14-point lead within the first 10 minutes as tries from lock Shane Kirkwood and left wing Grant Janke set the visitors on the back foot.

Province hit back with two tries of their own as wingers Lewis and Khanyo Ngcukana crossed the line but with Stormers flyhalf Robert du Preez only able to convert Ngcukana's try, the visitors were left two points adrift. The visitors extended their lead to five points as flyhalf Karlo Aspeling landed a penalty but then hooker Chad Solomon and Lewis rounded off the first half with tries to leave Province nine points ahead at the break and a bonus point in the bag.

WP then took control of the match in the second half, running in another four tries before the Valke were able to add anything to their score. Lewis grabbed finished off his hat-trick just six minutes after the restart while Du Preez waltzed over for his own converted try just four minutes later to leave the visitors 23-points up.

The tries kept coming for WP as replacement flank Eital Bredenkamp rumbled over for another seven pointer before Devon Williams, who replaced the injured Ngcukana, crossed the whitewash for Province's eighth try of the afternoon.

Centre Andries Trutter managed to cross the line for the hosts with 10 minutes remaining before replacement hooker Cullen Collopy scored WP's ninth try with Du Preez converting to leave the visitors 37 points ahead and only five minutes remaining on the stadium clock.

The Valke rounded off the afternoon with a consolation, bonus-point try through lock Marlyn Williams and after replacement wing Christo Coetzee slotted the conversion, referee Quinton Immelman blew the whistle to send WP to the top of the log with nine wins from 10 matches.


Hino Valke - Tries: Andries Truter, Grant Janke, Marlyn Williams, Shane Kirkwood; Conversions: Karlo Aspeling (2), Christo Coetzee, JP du Plessis; Penalty: Aspeling.

DHL Western Province - Tries: JP Lewis (3), Chad Solomon, Cullen Collopy, Devon Williams, Eital Bredenkamp, Khanyo Ngcukana, Robert du Preez; Conversions: Du Preez (7).

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