Province showed yet again why they are the team to beat this year in the Currie Cup when they beat Griquas 38-12 at Newlands on Saturday.
They were quick out of the box and scored 6 tries against the two of Griquas. Province were on top in all aspects of the game with the only worry for coach Dobson the penalties they gave away.
Griquas never gave up and tried throughout the match but could not match the intensity from Province.
Province win over Griquas gave them their forth bonus point win in so many matches and sits on top of the log with the Sharks.
Province made a terrific start and two minutes into the match Josh Stander scored the opening try when he gathered a pass from Herschel Jantjies close to Griquas’ tryline after Petersen and Damian Willemse did well in the build up.
Province scored again with Petersen crossing the whitewash in spectacular fashion after trading passes with Jantjies.
The home side continued to dominate and tries from Jantjies and Juarno Augustus followed with Stander maintaining his perfect record off the kicking tee which meant Province held a 28-0 lead after 25 minutes.
Not long after that Petersen pounced on a defensive error from Enver Brandt before gathering the ball inside Griquas’ 22. He still had work to do but did well to stab a grubber kick through before diving on the ball behind the visitors’ tryline.
Griquas got one back when Andre Swarts intercepted a wayward pass from Stander inside Griquas’ 22 passing to Kyle Steyn, who crossed for the visitors’ first try.
That made the halftime score 33-7.
Griquas were more competitive during the second-half although they were dealt a blow in the 44th minute when Conway Pretorius was sent to the sin-bin for a late and dangerous hit on Willemse.
Province could not take advantage of the extra man and it was AJ Coertzen for Griquas who touched down in the right-hand corner in the 58th minute.
Three minutes later, the home side struck back when Willemse delivered a beautiful long pass to JJ Engelbrecht, who beat a couple of defenders before crossing for WP’s sixth try.
Province will face the Sharks next week at home.
|Stander, Petersen (2), Jantjies, Augustus. Engelberght||Steyn.|