Vodacom Western Province made it two out of two in their Absa Currie Cup campaign by beating the Lions 32-0 at Newlands on Saturday.
The home team led 19-0 at halftime of an uneventful game that failed to give the 19 000-strong crowd much reason to get really excited about. Anton van Zyl and his WP team-mates never really had to dig into their reserves to subdue a poor Lions side.
The home side's pack was too strong for their opponents and provided the backs with plenty of good possession. The backline, however, could not penetrate the defensive line at will and it was the boot of flyhalf Willem de Waal that provided the backbone for the victory.
It was the home side who gave the scorekeepers their first bit of work when De Waal slotted a penalty in the 6th minute.
Flank Pieter Louw scored his 7th Currie Cup try after a strong charge in which he bumped off Lions flyhalf Herkie Kruger. The try came from a ruck close to the Lions try-line. Scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage fed the hard-running loosie.
De Waal then slotted two more penalties to hand WP a 16-0 lead with 10 minutes left to the halftime whistle.
In the 34th min. Province crossed the try-line again through wing Fabian Juries, but the referee called them back for a forward pass. He awarded the home side a penalty and WP opted to scrum.
Great defensive work from Lions wing Michael Killian prevented WP from scoring in the right-hand side corner.
Province added three points in the 40th when De Waal succeeded with another penalty after Lions prop Ross Geldenhuys was penalised for an illegal tackle on Duvenage.
De Waal's unerring boot was responsible for 3 more points in the 46th min.
In the 51st min. WP conjured up a good move with centre Tim Whitehead hitting a gap from a Duvenage pass before forcing a ruck. The ball went right where fullback Conrad Jantjes finished off.
From there on in the Lions upped the ante and for long periods pinned WP back in their own territory. Province's defence, however, was resolute and the Lions made a few line-breaks, but couldn't convert those into tries.
WP scored their third try from a lineout 5m from the Lions try-line when substitute flank Pieter Myburgh emerged with the ball after a strong forward drive. De Waal failed with his second conversion (32-0) and WP now had 8 minutes left to secure the fourth try for the bonus point.
It was, however, not to be, as WP butchered a gilt-edged try-scoring opportunity through bad option-taking in the last minute. They had another chance when wing Fabian Juries was tackled on the corner flag and the TMO ruled no try.
Vodacom WP - Tries: Pieter Louw, Conrad Jantjes, Pieter Myburgh; Conversions: Willem de Waal; Penalties: Willem de Waal (5).