WP sneak into semifinal
Jason Humphries
September 30, 2016

Robert du Preez kicked a last-gasp penalty as DHL Western Province secured a place in the semifinals thanks to a nail-biting 30-28 (halftime 17-7) win over near-neighbours, the Boland Cavaliers in their Currie Cup Premier Division match at DHL Newlands on Friday.

Western Province were trailing by one point with less than two minutes left in the match before flyhalf Du Preez struck a fine penalty to see the hosts move into the lead and a place in the semifinals.

Western Province came into the game trailing the fourth-paced Cell C Sharks by two points on the log.

Despite being outscored four tries to three by Boland, Western Province, thanks to 15 points from the boot of Du Preez, managed to move to third on the log.

They will travel to play the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the semifinals.

Boland may only have won two matches this season but they made the brighter start and they scored the opening try, in just the third minute, when flank Shaun Adendorff barged his way over from close range after a quick tap penalty, five metres from Western Province’s tryline.

But the hosts started fighting their way back into the contest and their forwards were dominant in the scrums.

However, they were being frustrated by some immense defence from the visitors who managed to keep the home team scoreless until the 21st minute when Province flyhalf Robert du Preez slotted a close-range penalty.

Province then scored a magical try as fullback Cheslin Kolbe broke free on his own 22-metre line before galloping 50 metres and off-loading to right wing Scott van Breda, who cut inside to round off a superb score.

The home team added to their lead, five minutes before the break, when flank Kobus van Dyk was mauled over after an attacking line-out five metres from Boland’s tryline.

Boland, much like in the first half, started as the stronger of the two teams and they grabbed a fully-deserved second try when fullback Adriaan Carelse rounded off a good team try after the visitors had won a turn over deep in their own half.

Du Preez pushed the lead to six points with a 55th minute penalty but Boland were starting to string some possession together and a succession of pick and goes saw tighthead Francois Hanekom barge his way over from close range with pivot Theuns Kotze slotting the conversion as the visitors edged into a 21-20 lead after 64 minutes.

Boland grabbed their second try in as many minutes when flank Jacques Engelbrecht broke loose before galloping down the left-hand touchline before diving over in the corner for a converted score, the bonus-point try for the visitors as they moved to an eight point lead after 66 minutes.

But their hopes of pulling off an upset victory were undone when Province cut the deficit to just one point, with seven minutes left in the contest, when replacement forward David Ribbans muscled his way over for a converted try before Du Preez stepped up to kick the winning points.


DHL Western Province - Tries: Scott van Breda, Kobus van Dyk, David Ribbans; Conversions: Robert du Preez (3); Penalties: Du Preez (3).

Boland Cavaliers - Tries: Shaun Adendorff, Adriaan Carelse, Francois Hanekom, Jacques Engelbrecht; Conversions: Theuns Kotze (3).

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