W. Province beat Cheetahs in Currie Cup

Western province notched up an away win in the first-round Currie Cup match against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.


Flyhalf Willem de Waal scored 20 of Province’s points. Only two tries, one apiece, were scored in the match that at times produced average rugby.


With 76 per cent of the territory in the first half and making the most of the play, the Cheetahs should have been ahead at the break. Instead they were behind.


It was a combination of good play especially by the Province tight five, poor first phases by the home side forwards and some sound defence by the visitors – in particular their centres Paul Bosch and Tim Whitehead – that gave Province a solid 16-8 lead at halftime.


A number of penalty transgressions by the Cheetahs players and poor finishing contributed to their woes, and in the second half De Waal slotted two more early on to take the score to 22-8.


In the second half the standard of rugby degenerated to quite average at times and resulted in not a single try being scored.


Again the Cheetahs were their own worst enemies when they allowed Province to turn over possession after a sustained attack from the home side on the Province tryline with about ten minutes remaining and a seven-pointer very important.


Earlier in the second half, a penalty by Free State flyhalf Louis Strydom, brought his team to a more acceptable 22-11 deficit, but withstanding that sustained pressure in the last quarter was enough to see Province home.


Coach Allister Coetzee will be relatively happy with the performance and a promise of better things to come was indeed there. For the Cheetahs there is a lot of work to be done.


They threatened but deceived, and the good work of especially fullback Hennie Daniller in the first half and an impressive 40 minutes from fit-again Springbok flank Juan Smith in the second half deserved a better return.


Bad discipline, finishing and better first phases will have to improve for them to turn things around.


Final Score Free State 11 Western Province 22


Scorers:


Free State:
Try: Tewis de Bruyn.
Penalties: Louis Strydom (2).


Western Province:
Try: Adriaan Fondse.
Conversion: Willem de Waal. |
Penalties: de Waal (6).

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