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WP hang on against Griquas


  • 20 Sep 2013
WP fullback Gio Aplon against Griquas WP fullback Gio Aplon against Griquas

Western Province survived a late Griquas' onslaught to win 19-13 at Newlands on Friday night.

The hosts made life difficult for themselves when a poor pass was intercepted by Griquas centre Jean Stemmet with two minutes to go. WP were awarded a scrum in the 80th minute, only to concede a tighthead from which the visitors attacked again. But after three minutes of bashing away at the WP line, the ball was lost forward, much to the disgust of some Griquas players who believed they should have been awarded a penalty.

The heavy rain predictably resulted in a tight contest. WP dominated possession in the first half yet trailed 10-6 at the break, thanks to a try from Griquas winger Nico Scheepers.

Province were also reduced to 14 men in the 33rd minute when winger Gerhard van den Heever was yellow carded for 'punching' an opponent while going into the tackle. It was a shocking decision from the TMO, but fortunately it did not prove costly for the hosts, as scrumhalf Nic Groom went over from a ruck early in the second half.

Kurt Coleman kicked the conversion, to add to three penalties, before Demetri Catrakilis came off the bench and slotted a late penalty that meant Griquas had to score a try to win.

They came close, but just couldn't breach the WP defence.

Western Province – Try: Nic Groom. Conversion: Kurt Coleman. Penalties: Coleman (3), Demetri Catrakilis.
Griquas – Try: Nico Scheepers. Conversion: Scheepers. Penalties: Francois Brummer, Gouws Prinsloo.

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 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 De Kock Steenkamp (c), 4 Taz Fuzani, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rayn Smid, 20 Josh Katzen, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Demetri Catrakilis.

Griquas – 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Burger Schoeman, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Ryno Barnes (c), 1 Steph Roberts.
Subs: 16 Matt Dobson, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Patrick O'Brien, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Richard Lawson.

Photo: Luke Walker/Gallo Images

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