Lions, WP share spoils
- 30 Aug 2013
The Golden Lions overturned a 19-point deficit to earn a 31-31 draw with Western Province at Ellis Park.
Three first-half tries gave the visitors a 22-3 lead, reduced by a try from Deon Helberg shortly before half-time.
But the game changed early in the second half when TMO Willie Roos awarded a controversial try. Marnitz Boshoff was tackled just short of the line and Damian de Allende dived for the ball. Roos told referee Jaco Peyper that the WP centre had come in from the side, even though no ruck had been formed, and the Lions were gifted seven points.
Kurt Coleman kicked his third penalty, but the Lions were playing with greater confidence and made it 28-24 when Elton Jantjies sold the WP cover defence a dummy and dotted down under the posts.
The hosts then took the lead with 12 minutes to go, with Derick Minnie grabbing the bonus-point try.
WP had a chance to kick an easy penalty to draw level, but chose to kick for the corner. The gamble didn't pay off, though, but when they were awarded another penalty in the last minute of the game, coach Allister Coetzee instructed his team to take the points.
Province will be disappointed with the result considering how they dominated the first half.
They made the ideal start when De Allende barged through two tackles to score. Cheslin Kolbe then gathered a loose pass inside his half, and while he was brought to ground, he released the ball in the tackle, quickly regathered it and ran away to score in the left-hand corner. Coleman kicked the conversion and added a penalty to make it 15-0 after 16 minutes.
Boshoff got the Lions on the board with a penalty, before WP struck again when Tiaan Liebenberg went over from close quarters.
The hosts finally crossed the line through Helberg but Coleman's second penalty gave WP a 15-point cushion.
Five log points seemed a given for Province at that stage, but the Lions' fightback meant they had to settle for two.
Golden Lions – Tries: Deon Helberg, penalty try, Elton Jantjies, Derick Minnie. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (4). Penalty: Boshoff.
Western Province – Tries: Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe, Tiaan Liebenberg. Conversions: Kurt Coleman (2). Penalties: Coleman (4).
Golden Lions – 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Robert De Bruyn, 12 Dylan Des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Guy Cronjé, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Derick Minnie (c), 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Willie Britz, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Subs: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 JJ Breedt, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Andries Coetzee.
Western Province – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (c), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Tim Swiel, 22 Michael van der Spuy.
Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images
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