Currie Cup

Province beat Boland comfortably

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Western Province’s Currie Cup aspirations are on track after an easy and well-deserved 38-7 win against the Boland Kavaliers in Wellington on Saturday.

Province led 8-7 at halftime and secured a much-needed bonus point for their five try effort. The bonus point came in the 76th minute when prop Brok Harris barged over in the corner.

But with the siren going, Province kept the ball in hand and a fine break by Sevens Springbok Gio Aplon saw young JJ Engelbrecht scoring the fifth and final try in the 81st minute.

Boland made life difficult for the visitors in the first half, but after halftime Province took control and Boland just had to defend for long periods.

WP had an early opportunity to take the lead in the 8th minute, but fullback Joe Pietersen missed a rather easy penalty.

Referee Marius Jonker awarded Boland a penalty try in the 18th minute after Province obstructed on their own goalline for Justine Peach to convert, but Province paid a double price when New Zealand lock Chris Jack was yellow carded for the incident (7-0).

Province got on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute when left wing Aplon scored an easy try in the corner with no Boland defender in sight (7-5).

Province took the lead for the first time in the 32nd minute when Pietersen succeeded with a penalty right in front of the Boland posts (7-8).

In the 33rd minute, Pietersen ran right through, but could not round off the move. Province let themselves down at crucial stages and their execution was not what you would expect from a team of their calibre. But the second half produced a different story.

Province started to control from the kick off and ran the ball with every opportunity. Pietersen increased WP’s lead to 11-7 with a straight-forward penalty then his next penalty increased their lead to 14-7.

In the 55th minute, exciting young centre Juan de Jongh scored WP’s second try next to the posts for Pietersen to convert (21-7).

This was a fine effort by the youngster who grew up next to the Boland Stadium. Right winger Tonderai Chavhanga scored WP’s third try in the 64th minute after a well-aimed grubber kick by flyhalf Peter Grant to increase their lead to 26-7.

Then the Harris and Engelbrecht tries pinned the final nails in the coffin. Province also excelled in defence and did not allow a single point in the last 62 minutes.

Boland and the Leopards are clearly set to fight it out for the wooden spoon.

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