A four-try, first-half, scoring spree paved the way for an overwhelming 59-17 win for Western Province over the Leopards in
their Currie Cup clash at Newlands on Saturday evening.
Province added five more tries in the second half to round off
their bonus-point victory which they thoroughly deserved after a
hattrick of defeats in recent weeks.
Province's early indiscretions at the breakdowns did not escape
the attention of referee Pro Legoete who sinbinned eighthman Duane
Vermeulen in the third minute. He also awarded the Leopards two
penalties in the first seven minutes of play, one of which flyhalf
Clayton Durand struck through the posts to secure an early 3-0 for
the visiting Leopards.
But when Vermeulen returned, Province struck up cohesion and
rookie flyhalf Lionel Cronje led the fightback with an excellent
display in the pivot position.
The line-outs in the subsequent passage of play proved an ideal
platform for Province to attack the opposition tryline and, after
hooker Deon Fourie made the initial breakthrough in the 14th
minute, the setpiece was again used effectively seven minutes
later, with Francois Louw the scorer this time.
Cronje was on target with both conversions (14-3).
While the Leopards were still recovering from this setback,
Province ran them ragged and twice crossed for tries in the space
of six minutes to claim a bonus point ahead of the break. Cronje
was on target with one conversion attempt (26-3).
Five minutes ahead of the break, the Leopards punished a lapse
of concentration by Province and flanker Reginald Kember ran in
unchallenged from 30 metres out to score his side's first try,
after which Durand added the conversion (26-10).
On the stroke of halftime, the Leopards were pressing hard for a
second try but they conceded a turnover a fraction away from the
Province tryline and, as a result, surrendered the advantage. The
sides changed ends with a 26-10 scoreline, which suggested the
match was over as a contest.
Just after play resumed, a lineout close to the Leopards'
tryline again proved an ideal platform and this time Louw rounded
off the driving maul. Cronje's conversion opened up a 23-point lead
The Leopards' response was immediate and telling, as their
scrumhalf Theo van Wyk scooped on a stray pass in the Province
backline to hare through from 35 metres out for a converted try
But the Leopards were put on the backfoot for the rest of the
match as Province added four more tries in a 20-minute onslaught.
The tryscorers were scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenhage, substitute flank
Yaya Hartzenburg, lock Anton van Zyl and Juan de Jongh. Substitute
flyhalf Willem de Waal converted three times for a 59-17 lead.
There were more points on offer for Province in the dying stages
of the match but handling errors denied them additional tries.
Western Province: Tries: Deon Fourie, Francois Louw (2), Brok Harris,
Nick Koster, Dewaldt Duvenhage, Yaya Hartzenburg, Anton van Zyl and
Juan de Jongh. Conversions: Lionel Cronje (4). Willem de Waal (3).
Leopards: Tries: Reginald Kember and Theo van Wyk. Conversions:
Clayton Durand (2). Penalties: Durand.