WP spoil party in Kimberley
Brendon Atwell
September 23, 2016

DHL Western Province turned in a master-class second half as they moved one step closer to the Currie Cup semifinals with a 52-31 (halftime 17-21) victory over Griquas at Griqua Park in Kimberley on Friday evening.

With just one point separating the teams on the log, this match was effectively a quarterfinal with Griquas occupying fourth spot.

And the home side began the evening on fire in celebrating their 130 year anniversary, keeping Western Province pinned in their own half for much of the first half.

The first-half stats read that Province were being run ragged as the visitors had to scrap with less than 30 percent of the ball and having to make more than double the amount of tackles but the second period was a tale of two matches and different teams.

Despite the dominance in possession and territory, it took the home side 10 minutes to open the scoring with a well-worked try from right wing Jacobus Jonker.

Griquas managed to move the ball to the left and created an overlap which flanker Wendal Wehr used well in darting down the left-hand touchline before being brought down just short of the line. But Jonker picked up and dived over for the opening try.

But a mistake from lock Wandile Putuma gave WP loose ball inside their own 22-metre area which Kolbe used to great effect.

The little dynamic fullback used his pace and offloaded to man of the match Huw Jones, who sprinted down the left-hand touchline before offloading to his centre partner, Juan de Jongh, who ran in to score under the poles to level matters.

Yet Griquas struck back immediately as a mistake from Kolbe allowed the home side to score their second try through scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen.

Kolbe was penalised for holding the ball on the ground in front of his own posts and Van Rooyen took a quick-tap and barged his way over but had to leave the field with concussion for his efforts.

The ping-pong battle continued with WP leveling matters again just moments later through hooker Mbongeni Mbonambi, who drove over from the fringes of a ruck but the home side regained the lead with their third try of the night, as replacement centre Andre Swarts scored straight from the kickoff after just coming onto the field for the injured Clinton Swart, who suffered a gash on his head.

Swarts converted his own try to leave the hosts seven points clear.

Flyhalf Robert du Preez slotted the first of his four penalties of the night to leave the visitors four points adrift on the scoreboard but miles behind in terms of possession of territory.

But the men from Cape Town came out a completely different outfit in the second half.

Du Preez gave WP the lead for the first time in the match shortly after the restart with his second penalty before Swarts regained the lead with his three-pointer.

Then a double strike by Province knocked the stuffing out of the hosts as tries by Jones and right wing Werner Kok gave WP an eight-point lead.

Juan de Jongh was penalised by referee Jaco Peyper at the ruck, but Swarts failed to converted his effort.

Du Preez, who missed just one conversion on the night, added his third penalty to extend the lead to 11 points before Number 8 Nizaam Carr drove over for Province's fifth try.

Du Preez converted to give the visitors an insurmountable 18-point lead with just eight minutes left on the clock.

But Griquas never gave up and scored their bonus-point try through replacement forward Jonathan Adendorf, who drove over from close range.

Du Preez then used up the clock by adding his fourth penalty of the evening before the losing finalists from last year rounded off the evening by scoring their sixth five-pointer through Leolin Zas.

The left wing was given an inch of space with some quick hands from the Province backline and the speedster raced down the left-hand touchline, cutting inside and outstripping the cover defence to cap a pleasing evening for coach John Dobson.

WP move into fourth position on the log with 23 points while Griquas drop into fifth on 20 points with one match left to play.

Griquas travel to Bloemfontein next week, needing a victory against the table-topping Free State Cheetahs while Province have an easier final round against their neighbours, the Boland Cavaliers, in Cape Town.


Griquas - Tries : Jacobus Jonker, Rudi van Rooyen, Andre Swarts, Jonathan Adendorf; Conversions: Clinton Swart (2), Swart (2); Penalties: Swart.

DHL Western Province - Tries: Juan de Jongh, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Huw Jones, Werner Kok, Nizaam Carr, Leolin Zas; Conversions: Robert du Preez (5); Penalties: Du Preez (4).

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