Western Province end Lions unbeaten run

Western Province ended the Golden Lions unbeaten run in the Currie Cup with a 28-26 victory at Newlands


It was a battle deemed to be defence against attack, and the undefeated Lions team provoked a solid Province defence. However the first half of the game saw a mixture of flair, finesse and error for both teams.


Western Province drew first blood in the fourth minute after Demetri Catralkallis converted his team’s first penalty after the Lions defence found themselves offside whilst rushing their defence.


The reliable boot of the flyhalf added another three points 10-minutes later and Western Province plotted their attack with their six point lead.


It did not take long for the Lions to open their account when Alwyn Hellenback dotted down the first try of the game a minute later, opening his team’s account from a scrappy Province defence.


The visitors struck again almost immediately as Lionel Mapoe intercepted a Province pass and ran 60-meters to score a well thought out but anxious try by almost diving over the dead ball line in celebration.


The second half was where Province showed their class and changed the tempo of their game.


The 13 968 spectators cheered as Springboks Gio Aplan and Juan de Jongh were introduced to start at the expense of Danie Poolamn and Conrad Jantjes respectively.


The tempo of the game turned the way of the home side as a traditional Province backline ran the ball through the hands of the backline and Johann Sadie scored in the right corner. A successful conversion saw Province one point adrift at 20-19.


The score line then see-sawed to-and-fro as both flyhalves gave a spectacular display of kicking, which included a dropkick each.


The duel however had to go the way of man-of-the-match Catrakilis as he successfully slotted his most difficult kick of the evening through the uprights with five minutes remaining on the clock.


Province then played cat-and-mouse as they secured possession through rucks and malls, only to give away a penalty after the full time hooter sounded for a deliberate knock down after the Lions turned over possession and threw the ball wide.


Jantjies however opted for a kick at poles from three meters within his half, but fell 10-meters short and Province celebrated their victory by kicking the ball into the second tier of the main grandstand.


While the win for Western Province wasn’t perfect, it was enough to beat the undefeated Lions.


Final Score Western Province 28 Lions 26


Scorers


Western Province
Tries – Sadie
Con- Catrakilis
Pens- Catrakilis 5
Drop- Catrakilis


Golden Lions
Tries- Hollenbach, Mapoe
Cons- Jantjies 2
Pens- Jantjies 3
Drop- Jantjies


 

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