Province maintain winning culture
July 02, 2016

DHL Western Province ran in six tries to two as they thumped the SWD Eagles 45-17 (halftime 21-7) at City Park in Cape Town on Saturday.

Province, who were sitting third before kick-off, bagged a bonus-point along the way to move into second position on the log with their 10th victory in 11 starts.

The home side drew first blood with a try by outside centre Johnny Kotze, under the poles after a tense opening period, which flyhalf Robert du Preez converted. Shortly afterwards, hooker Chad Solomon barged his way over the line after a driving maul from the Province forwards and with Du Preez slotting the conversion, the home fans were in a good mood with their side 14 points up.

But the Eagles found their feet and got themselves into the game with left wing Daniel Roberts bursting over for the Eagles' opening try which was converted by fullback Jacquin Jansen. The home side though rounded off a good opening 40 minutes when left wing Sibahle Maxwane finished off an excellent counter-attack on the stroke of half time, which was started by right wing EW Viljoen. Du Preez converted to give WP a 21-7 lead at the break.

The Eagles began the second stanza the stronger of the two sides and were first to score through replacement hooker, Karl Haupt. Jansen converted to bring the Eagles to within seven points of their hosts. Both sides traded penalties with Du Preez extending the lead to 10 points before Jansen replied with a long-range effort.

Inside centre Tim Whitehead landed the bonus-point try for Province after a great offload from Du Preez, who then slotted the conversion to give the hosts a 14-point advantage. Another powerful maul from the Province forwards resulted in their fifth try with flanker Luke Stringer standing up with the ball.

Captain and lock Chris van Zyl then put the cherry on the top with an intercept try to round off a cold, but perfect afternoon for coach John Dobson's men with Du Preez finishing off a perfect day with the boot.


DHL Western Province - Tries: Johnny Kotze, Chad Solomon, Sibahle Maxwane, Tim Whitehead, Luke Stringer, Chris van Zyl; Conversions: Robert du Preez (6); Penalty: Du Preez.

SWD Eagles - Tries: Daniel Roberts, Kurt Haupt; Conversions: Jacquin Jansen (2); Penalty: Jansen.

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