Kurt Coleman’s boot proved decisive in Western Province’s one point win in Kimberley.
Province won 20-19 to remain unbeaten in this year’s Currie Cup, but they should have been more convincing in converting field position and possession into points.
The visitors outscored the hosts two tries to one, with Griquas’s try coming in the last minute of hte match.
Province top the Currie Cup log.
Griquas – Try: PJ Vermeulen. Conversion: Du Randt Gerber. Penalties: Nico Scheepers (4).
Western Province – Tries: Deon Fourie, Juan de Jongh. Conversions: Kurt Coleman (2). Penalties: Coleman (2).
Griquas – 15 PJ Vermeulen, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Hilton Lobberts, 6 Carel Greeff, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Jonathan Adendorf, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Ryno Barnes (c), 1 Steph Roberts.
Subs: 16 Matt Dobson, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 RJ Liebenberg, 19 Burger Schoeman, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Richard Lawson.
Western Province – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (c), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Tim Swiel, 22 Ryan Nell.
Run of play commentary as it happened
80 The full time score is 19-20 in favour of the visitors here at Kimberley. Griquas seemed to be playing most of the rugby but many unforced errors in contact as well as many turnovers prevented them from converting their play into points. Western Provinces’ tries were both opportunistic efforts from turnover play. They will be delighted to leave Kimberley with a win. As for the home side, they will look back on this match with much frustration with what could have been.
80 CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, GERBER, 19-20. The replacement back Du Randt Gerber adds the extras from the corner as the final act of the match!
80 TRY! GRIQUAS, VERMEULEN, 17-20. Very brave decision to go for the try but it pays off as Vermeulen goes over in the corner!
80 The hooter has gone in the background as they receive another penalty. Surely they should take the three points? They take it quick and manage to score in the corner to secure the bonus point!
79 Griquas have worked their way back into WP’s 22m. They need to score with this play now! They’ve received a penalty, and the decision now is whether to take the three to ensure the bonus point or go for the try? They take the yap and go for the 5 pointer!
76 Interesting decisions now. Griquas have been given a penalty from the corner of the half way. Scheepers probably has the distance but they’ve opted for touch. WP win the line out and punt he ball back into the Griquas half.
73 WP build momentum through 12 phases and work their way to the try line. Aplon spills the ball in contact and is hacked up field by the Griquas. Kolbe gets the ball and shows incredible foot work to get Province back on the front foot. The passage of play eventually ends as WP knock on.
70 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, SCHEEPERS, 12-20. Scheepers adds the three and keeps them in the game with 10 minutes to go!
69 Illegal scrumming by WP gets the Griquas a penalty straight in front. There’s still enough time and they opt for posts.
65 CONVERSION, WP, COLEMAN, 9-20. Coleman adds the extras. A long way back for the Griquas now.
64 TRY! WP, DE JONGH, 9-18. Another turnover by WP leads to a successful counteract for the visitors. Tiaan Liebenburg puts a grubber through for Juan de Jongh to chase. He gathers well and scores under the posts!
63 This is becoming a regular occurrence now. Griquas show some promising play before spilling the ball in contact. Some impressive physicality by Howard Mnisi, the Griquas centre. They really need to hold onto the ball and use the momentum that they gain.
60 The kick goes wide and Province breathe a sigh of relief!
59 Griquas run the ball from their own 22, and Jansen finds himself in some space. They manage to the retain the ball and gather some momentum. After 16 phases of Griquas best play they concede possession at the breakdown. WP kick deep into the Griquas half, and Cheslin Kolbe shows incredible skill and pace to keep the ball in play and score under the posts! The ref has gone upstairs to check foul play. The TMO has spotted that their was a dangerous tackle by De Jongh just before the turnover. Penalty to Griquas and in an amazing turn around, Scheepers has a long shot at the poles!
56 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, SCHEEPERS, 9-13. Scheepers shows a cool head to add the three points.
55 Deon Fourie gets penalized deep inside his own half after the reset. Griquas have chance to reduce the deficit to four points.
52 PENALTY, WP, COLEMAN, 6-13. Coleman strikes it clean to get Province their first points of the second half.
51 Good work from Griquas at the breakdown gets them a penalty and out of trouble! A skew line-out from Ryno Barnes concedes possession unnecessarily again. Griquas infringe at the scrum and WP have a penalty. They opt for poles this time.
48 Griquas make a break but give away possession as soon as the ball gets to ground. WP counter attack and finally Kolbe gets some ball in space. He puts a chip kick through and gets tackled extremely late! WP get a penalty from this. They’ve opted for touch.
47 Griquas knock the ball on after the kick off to give WP an attacking opportunity. Schreuder puts the ball in skew and gives away a short arm!
45 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, SCHEEPERS, 6-10. Scheepers adds the first points of the second half.
45 Griquas keep it tight as they build slowly into WP’s 22m. They are rewarded with a penalty and an easy opportunity for Nico Scheepers to reduce the deficit.
43 A forward pass results in a WP scrum. Another missed opportunity for the home side. WP clear from the resulting scrum.
41 Griquas get us underway for the second half. An early error from Kurt Coleman gives the home side an attacking scrum opportunity inside WP’s 22m
40 So the half time score at Kimberley is 3-10 to Western Province thanks to a great individual effort from Deon Fourie early in the match to give the visitors the sole try of the match so far. A mixture of a solid Western Province defense as well as a few unforced errors has resulted in the Griquas just not quite being in the match at this stage. Griquas definitely have the ability to win this one, but some sound leadership from Ryno Barnes may be needed to turn this one around. Aplon and Kolbe have not received much ball so far which has been disappointing. WP need to try get them more involved in the second half.
40 Once again Griquas lose the ball after a few phases which brings the half to an end! A low scoring 40 minutes of rugby which was not expected. Griquas need to take more advantage of their possession if they want to have a chance next half.
36 PENALTY, WP, COLEMAN, 3-10. Coleman adds the three points for WP after another infringement by the home side
34 An infringement at scrum time gives WP a penalty. Coleman puts the ball into touch for a line-out just outside the Griquas 22m.
33 Good passage of play from the Griquas as they slowly build some phases and gain some momentum. A forward pass to Rocca Jansen from the breakdown brings the passage of play to an end. Small mistakes costing Griquas here.
27 Griquas bravely run the ball for a couple of phases before Francois Brummer sends the ball in to touch just before the half way. After the line out, a well placed chip by WP just doesn’t bounce in their favour, Rocco Jansen collects and finds some space but passes forward to Scheepers. Could have been on for the home side there!
25 Great tactical kicking from WP. A high kick is collected by Gerhaard van den Heever after which Louis Schreuder puts a well placed box kick deep into the Griquas 22m. Scarra Ntubeni gathers the ball after a loose line-out but knocks it on as he gets close to the try line! That was s gift for Province there!
23 A high tackle from Michael Rhodes gives the Griquas a chance to put the ball out in WP territory. They lose the resulting line-out and concede much needed possession WP’s half.
21 Griquas win a penalty during scrum time. WP’s scrum not looking the dominant force that it did last week. Brummer finds touch for the home team.
20 And WP have conceded possession after the line-out much to the home teams delight! Griquas need to get out of their half now.
19 WP get the maul rolling but fall just short of the try line. After a few more phases Griquas are penalized for being off their feet at the breakdown. WP set up another line out.
18 Griquas try to run it from their own 22m after the kick off and fail miserably after throwing a loose pass into touch. WP on the attack now in the Griquas 22m. Penalty to WP as Jonathan Adendorf infringes. WP kick for touch.
16 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, SCHEEPERS, 3-7. Great strike by Scheepers as he adds the first points for the home team!
15 After several reset scrums, Deon Fourie infringes at the breakdown. A much needed 3 point attempt here for Nico Scheepers just outside the 22m.
12 After 13 phases by the Griquas, they are finally bundled into touch. WP with early signs of some impressive defense.
10 Griquas have a short arm after an infringement in the scrum. They’ve opted for another scrum. Let’s see if the WP pack can be as effective as last week…Griquas get a solid scrum in finally get some good go-forward ball through centre Mnisi.
7 Great defense by WP as Griquas struggle to get any momentum with ball in hand. Eventually Leon Karemaker fumbles the ball and concedes possession.
6 CONVERSION, KURT COLEMAN, 0-7. Coleman adds the two points from the corner with a solid kick.
4 TRY! WESTERN PROVINCE, FOURIE, 0-5. Deon Fourie makes an incredible break from deep inside his own half. He shows his incredible versatility by speeding all the way to the try line in the corner! Great start for WP.
3 Griquas work a few phases without making much ground. Western Province eventually infringe at the breakdown and Nico Scheepers has an early shot from the halfway…and he slight pushes it wide! Missed opportunity there.
1 And Kurt Coleman gets us underway! He’s kicked it straight out, scrum to Griquas on half-way.
0 Springbok centre Juan de Jongh has been drafted straight back into Western Province’s starting XV today. De Jongh, who was released from the Bok squad at the weekend, replaces Pat Howard in the number 13 jersey, the latter dropping out with a slight hamstring strain. In one other injury-related change in the back-line from Saturday’s 15-14 win over the FS Cheetahs, Gary van Aswegen (shoulder) has not been passed fit, with Kurt Coleman taking over at fly-half in what will be his first Currie Cup start. In a final change to the WP run-on side this week, Springbok prop Pat Cilliers will make his first start for the Cape side, after two appearances off the bench, with recent centurion Brok Harris reverting to the bench. And joining Harris on the bench in Kimberley will be WP U21 fly-half Tim Swiel, one of four U21 players in this weekend’s matchday squad. Swiel will make his senior Currie Cup debut for Province should he take the field on Saturday.
0 Griquas coach Pote Human has made four changes to his side today. Young Nick Schonert comes in at prop for Lourens Adriaanse, who was called up to the Springbok squad for this weekend’s Rugby Championship clash against Argentina in Mendoza. In the only other change among the forwards, Leon Karemaker comes in at number eight in place of Burger Schoeman, who is relegated to the bench. In a positional switch, Human has also decided to select Hilton Lobberts at the side of the scrum, with Jonathan Adendorf slotting in at lock. In the back-line, Marnus Hugo comes in at scrumhalf, after Jacques Coetzee struggled with the new scrum laws against the Blue Bulls. Coetzee moves to the bench, while winger Rocco Jansen also gets his first start of this year’s competition in one of two positional switches. He covers for PJ Vermeulen, who moves to full-back in place of Gouws Prinsloo.
0 Hello and welcome to Kimberley for our Round 3 Currie Cup clash between Griquas and Western Province. The Griquas are always a tough challenge at home, but Western Province will be confident after their packs performance last week. The blistering duo of Gio Aplon and Cheslin Kolbe should also be a factor on a generally hard and fast paced pitch.