Province edge Pumas

Luke Watson gave another indication of his pedigree with a brace of tries in the opening Absa Currie Cup match on Friday.

Watson’s double was essential as he led Vodacom Western Province to a hard-fought 25-18 Absa Currie Cup win over the Pumas in Witbank.

Province led 15-8 at halftime. Apart from Watson’s two five-point efforts, Peter Grant – playing at inside centre – also contributed 10 points via two penalties and two conversions. Province though failed to secure the bonus point for four tries, but coach Kobus van der Merwe will have been pleased to get off to a winning start.

The Pumas were full value and matched their more fancied opponents with three tries, but goal-kicking proved to be a problem for the home side.

Scorers:

Pumas:
Tries: Sam Gerber, Lourens Dunn, Rian van der Merwe.
Penalties: Jeandre Fourie 1.

Western Province:
Tries: Luke Watson 2, JD Moller
Conversions: Peter Grant 2
Penalties: Grant 2