Province's unbeaten run continues
MATCH REPORT: Western Province scored six tries in a comfortable 38-12 victory against Griquas at Newlands on Saturday to make it four straight wins in the Currie Cup this season.
It was a dominant performance from the defending champions as they made a fast start and then defended their advantage in the second half to maintain their unbeaten run this season.
Western Province did not waste time in getting the scoreboard ticking as a break in the 22 from Sergeal Petersen put them on the front foot for flyhalf Josh Stander to score after hitting the ball at pace.
Petersen scored his first try after exploring more space down the left wing and trading passes with Herschel Jantjies, with Stander slotting the touchline conversion.
Jantjies was next to score as a powerful scrum from his forward pack shunted the ball out for him to pounce on and dive over.
The next try came from big No.8 Juarno Augustus who finished off an attacking surge which began with a devastating step and offload from fullback Damian Willemse who had popped up at first-receiver.
Petersen got his second after chasing down a Willemse kick and then rounding a defender to gather his own grubber ahead just short of the dead-ball line.
Griquas got on the scoreboard with an intercept try from their captain Kyle Steyn, but they went into half-time trailing 33-7 following a polished display from the home side at DHL Newlands.
Things got even tougher for the visitors when No.8 Conway Pretorius was shown a yellow card for a late hit on Willemse early in the second half, but they would be next to score as fullback AJ Coertzen rounded off a sustained period of pressure by going over in the corner.
Western Province responded with a try from left wing JJ Engelbrecht, who showed impressive power and pace to score in the corner and seal the 38-12 win.
Man of the match: It was a great attacking performance by Province with some flashy runs by the likes of Damian Williemse, Ruhan Nel and JJ Engelbrecht. While the pack Wilco Louw, hooker Bongi Mbonambi, and Ali Vermaak, and loose forward Juarno Augustus also deserve a mention for their upfront. For his overall performance our nod goes to Sergeal Petersen
Tries: Stander, Petersen 2, Jantjies, Augustus, Engelbrecht
Cons: Stander 4
Tries: Steyn, Coertzen
Yellow card: Conway Pretorius (Griquas, 44 – Dangerous and late tackle)
Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Dan du Plessis, 22 Dillyn Leyds.
Griquas: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Kyle Steyn (captain), 12 Andre Swarts, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Conway Pretorius, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Eital Bredenkamp, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren, 4 FP Pelser, 3 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 2 Khwezi Mkhafu, 1 Devon Martinus.
Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Liam Hendricks, 18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Stephan Janse van Rensburg, 21 Wendal Wehr, 22 Christopher Bosch.
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant referees: Ruhan Meiring, Stephan Geldenhuys
TMO: Joey Klaaste-Salmans