Province booked a spot into the final against the Sharks next week with a 19-5 victory over the Lions.

It was Province with the first points as Du Preez got an early penalty over for a 3-0 lead with in minutes of the match.

It was the Lions that scored the first try and showed their class early on with a perfect drive over the line.

This gave them a 5-3 lead as the two teams went at each other. WP made the most play throughout the first half with the Lions to defend for most of the time.

Province took the lead through another penalty from Du Preez to make the score 6-5.

The Lions had few attacking opportunities as they played most of the half in their own half.

Province at the end scored a try to take it to 13-5 just before halftime although the try looked like a double movement from Louw.

The second half saw a bit more attack from the Lions but Province defence were able to stop them every time.

With the pressure from the Lions, Province could get points on the board every time they got a chance with penalties from Du Preez.

It was not pretty as both teams tried to dominate upfront which cause a lot of penalties at the breakdown.

At the end it was just too far for the Lions to come back from a 19-5 lead and Province made sure that they will meet the Sharks in next weeks final.


Western Province – Try: Wilco Louw. Conversion: Robert du Preez. Penalties: Du Preez (4).
Golden Lions – Try: Jaco van der Walt.


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  1. Kudos to WP on this spirited win… but the Lions are not the same side without Kriel, Ackerman, Whiteley in their back row, Jantjies, Combrink and Coetzee in the back line.

  2. @bryce_in_oz:

    Also they only had Orie who can jump in the lineout. Once the Province jumpers started applying pressure on him Marx’s throw-ins started to suffer. ALong with the scrums, the Lions set piece was under pressure all game long, makes it very difficult for them to play their game with the pressure mounting.

    Will be interesting to see if there are any changes to the playing style with Swys doing coaching next year. As a coach he must have some tweaks of his own he would like to implement I am sure.

    As for Province, even with his faults I just have a lot more confidence in Dobson than Fleck. He has worked his way up through the ranks while Fleck had Toetie to learn from and now he is trying to implement a playing style different from the Toetie era.

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