DHL Western Province were crown deserved SuperSport Challenge Champions on Sunday after beating Griquas 28-19.
Pictrure by:Michael Maytham
What makes this achievement even more special for Coach Dobson and his men was that they did not lost a game throughout the tournament.
Griquas came into the final also with a great record of only one lost the season and everyone expected a great final in-front of the passionate supporters at Florida Park Stadium. It was a great day of rugby and Western Province did not disappoint the local fans.
The game was almost a match of two half’s with Western Province scoring 28 unanswered points in the first forty minutes and Griquas coming back at them with 19 points in the second half.
That four tries in the first half was just too much for Griquas to catch-up with as they tried to come back in the match.
It all started with wing Bjorn Basson intercepting a wild pass and sprinted away. He was brought down before the line, but the ball was recycled quickly and Basson retained possession to score.
Marcello Sampson doubled the lead with a try that originated from a counter-ruck inside the opposition 22. Griquas deserved credit for their effort in the first 20 minutes, but they started to fall off more tackles in the second quarter and WP took full advantage, with lock Jurie van Vuuren and Sampson both scoring as the hosts took a commanding 28-0 lead into half-time.
The second half continued in the same vein, but WP failed to add to their tally and when they were reduced to 14 men, the momentum shifted in Griquas’ favour.
The team from Kimberley started to play with newfound vigour. With the numerical advantage, they breached WP’s defence twice, as first prop Nicolaas Oosthuizen, and then centre Koch Marx burst over for tries.
With 20 minutes remaining, WP lost their attacking edge and were made to defend for their lives as Griquas camped inside their half of the field.
WP’s defence held firm until the 78th minute when Tertius Kruger scored for Griquas, but it served as a mere consolation as the hosts celebrated the win.
This set Western Province and Griquas up for a good Currie Cup which starts this weekend.
Western Province – Tries: Bjorn Basson, Marcello Sampson (2), Jurie van Vuuren. Conversions: Kurt Coleman (4).
Griquas – Tries: Nicolaas Oosthuizen, Koch Marx, Tertius Kruger. Conversions: Andre Swarts (2).