By: Jacques Nortier (Bunny)
A brilliant second half from Western Province gave them a bonus point win over the Sharks in Durban on Saturday. They scored four tries to win teh Sharks 37-27.
The first half started off with allot of kicking especially from the Sharks as they allied pressure through high kicks and chasing up with their fast men. Some of these kicks were pointless kicks and Western Province applied the same tactics.
With a few penalties coming their way Western Province were first to score a try after a quick tap from Groom spreading the ball quickly to Senatla who got over in the corner. Du Preez converted the try and gave Western Province an early 7-3 lead.
The Sharks were kept in the game with penalties conceded by Western Province ever time the Sharks came into their twenty two meters.
The Sharks got a brilliant try to get into the lead and stretch it to 17-10 just before half time.
In the first 7 min of the second half Western Province scored two brilliant tries to quickly go to a 24-17 lead, with du Preez the catalyst in both tries.
Western Province never really let the foot of the pedal in the second half and were by far the better team on the field, making less mistakes and dominating almost every aspect of the game.
The Sharks were getting into great positions on the field but handling and poor decision making cost them any real dominance. Given away too many penalties kept Western Province ticking over the scoreboard and extending their lead.
The Sharks were able to score a try in the second half and got within seven points of Province but gave another penalty in the scrum away just before the end of the game to close the game out. The Sharks had a change to get a bonus point at the end but missed it and end the game with nothing.
Western Province will feel very happy coming away from Durban with 5 points as they also scored their four tries.
Cloete was the man of the match and rightly so as the young Province flaker played the whole field full.
For Province the service of Du Preez at 10 was great and Province back line looked like a different outfit on attack.
This win take Province up to third position on the log and in a good position for the play-offs.