W.Province brush aside Pumas in Currie Cup

Western Province proved to be too strong for the Pumas in the Currie Cup when they beat the Pumas 13-24 on Friday.

The victory is Western Province’s fourth win of the Currie Cup season and keeps
them in the top half of the table.

Province took the early lead and never looked back, with centre Johann Sadie
going over for the visitors to score the first try of the match in the 11th
minute, which was converted by flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis.

Sadie again played an influential role in the 28th minute when he offloaded
to wing JJ Englebrecht who dotted down for the visiting side’s second try, and
Catrakilis added two points with the conversion.

The Leopards, in search of their first win, struggled throughout the first
half, and flyhalf Coenie Van Wyk eventually made up for an earlier miss to get
them on the board with a successful penalty kick.

Van Wyk, however, missed again in the dying stages of the opening stanza after
Province fullback Conrad Jantjes was sent to the sin bin for a professional
foul, and the hosts trailed 14-3 at the break.

The hosts showed some teeth and came back out fighting, with scrumhalf Hendrik
van der Nest going over for their first try in the 52nd minute.

And while Van Wyk missed the conversion, they narrowed the gap to five points.

Catrakilis failed with two penalty attempts after the break, but Province scrumhalf
Dewaldt Duvenage dotted down midway through the second half to ensure they maintained
control of the game.

Catrakilis missed again with the conversion attempt, but the visitors enjoyed
a 24-8 advantage, and the hosts were all but dead and buried with 16 minutes

Pumas replacement JP Mostert went over for the Pumas on the stroke of full
time, scoring a consolation try, but Tiaan Marx missed the conversion.

The Pumas remain the only team in the competition without a win after seven

Final Score Pumas 13 (3) Western Province 24 (14)


Tries: Hendrik van der Nest, JP Mostert
Penalties: Coenie van Wyk

Western Province
Tries: Johann Sadie, JJ Engelbrecht, Dewaldt Duvenage
Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (3)
Penalties: Catrakilis.

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