WP outlast Lions to go top
- 05 Oct 2013
Western Province achieved their first bonus-point win of the Currie Cup season when they beat the Golden Lions 36-23 at Newlands on Saturday.
WP are now a point clear of the Sharks at the top of the log, with one round of league matches remaining, while the Lions are four points ahead of the fifth-placed Bulls.
The Lions, who had fought back well to claim a 31-31 draw at Ellis Park earlier in the tournament, led 9-6 at Newlands after 27 minutes thanks to three penalties from Marnitz Boshoff.
But the flyhalf then missed an easy shot at goal before WP took control with two tries in the last six minutes of the half.
Quick hands saw the ball go wide to Damian de Allende, who went over in the left-hand corner, and then the TMO could find no reason not to award Deon Fourie a try. Demetri Catrakilis kicked one of the conversions, to go with two penalties, to give the hosts an 18-6 lead.
Catrakilis extended WP's advantage with his third penalty early in the second half, before WP attacked from a lineout and Gerhard van den Heever scythed through the Lions' defence to score.
No sooner had Schalk Burger come on to the field, in the 55th minute, than Derick Minnie went over from a driving maul for the Lions' first try. Minnie then scored a second, in exactly the same manner, to reduce the deficit to five with 13 minutes to go.
A Catrakilis penalty gave WP a 31-23 lead, and while they were reduced to 14 men when Scarra Ntubeni was yellow-carded for not rolling away, they still managed to score a bonus-point try through Michael Rhodes at the death.
Western Province – Tries: Damian de Allende, Deon Fourie, Gerhard van den Heever, Michael Rhodes. Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (2). Penalties: Catrakilis (4).
Golden Lions – Tries: Derick Minnie (2). Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (2). Penalties: Boshoff (3).
Western Province – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (c), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Frans Malherbe, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Schalk Burger, 19 Josh Katzen, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Ryan Nell.
Golden Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Chrysander Botha, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Lionel Cronjé, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie (c), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Willie Britz, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Subs: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Warwick Tecklenberg, 20 Ross Cronjé, 21 Kobus de Kock, 22 Deon Helberg.
Photo: Peter Heeger/Gallo Images
What we’ve learned
Five lessons from the past weekend's Vodacom Super Rugby matches, according to SIMON BORCHARDT.
Frans must fill flyhalf void
The decision to shift Frans Steyn to No 10 in the absence of Pat Lambie and Fred Zeilinga is a no-brainer, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Bismarck steals the show
Bismarck du Plessis was at the heart of a fine defensive performance by the Sharks at Ellis Park, writes JON CARDINELLI.