WP edge Boland in Cape thrillier

Date published: September 30 2016

Western Province were able to survive a slick Boland attack to win 30-28 in Cape Town on Friday, booking a place in the semi-finals.

The home side were able to steal the game at the death with a penalty from Robert du Preez who made no mistake in claiming the victory with a 30 metre kick.

The win sees Western Province go to third place on the overall table and will now take on a formidable Blue Bulls outfit in Pretoria. Despite their brave effort Boland end their season with two wins but get a well deserved bonus-point from their final game.

Boland used their backline to keep the Western Province defence constantly confused as they darted around the park. It must be said that they did look like the dominant side throughout the game.

The half-time score was 17-7 to Western Province but the men from Wellington weren't done after scoring three tries in the second-half.

Boland scored first when they made a turnover from the kick-off with some good work at the breakdown before they set the phases with some big carries inside the Western Province 22. Shaun Adendorff picked up the ball and drove over for the pushover try.

Western Province replied quickly when Johnny Kotze put Cheslin Kolbe into space with a well timed pass before Kolbe combined well with Scott van Breda who ran up in support on the wing to score.

The home side then improved their lead when they secured possession from the lineout on the Boland five metre line. Western Province formed a rolling maul and Kobus van Dyk crashed over for the five pointer.

Boland struck back as full-back Adriaan Carelse's show and go before putting down the accelerator saw him run through the Western Province defence and dot down for the try after a great team effort that sent the home side's defence into dissarray.

Boland then closed the gap by a considerable margin when they won the ball from the lineout on the Western Province five metre. Boland formed a rolling maul and Francois Hanekom crashed over for the try with a good drive at the line.

The visitors gained the lead through a try from former Kings player Jacques Engelbrecht. The big loose forward picked up a ball inside the Western Province half and showed a clean pair of heels as he ran down the wing and dotted down for the five pointer.

But then the hosts responded with a close-range try from Dave Ribbans which put them within touching distance before Du Preez secured the come-from-behind victory that seals their progress into the semi-finals.

The scorers:

For Western Province:
Tries: Van Breda, Van Dyk, Ribbans
Cons: Du Preez 3
Pens: Du Preez 3

For Boland:
Tries: Adendorff, Carelse, Hanekom, Engelbrecht
Cons: Kotze 4

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Scott van Breda, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Mike Willemse, 1 Alistair Vermaak
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 JP Smith, 19 Dave Ribbans, 20 Jurie van Vuuren, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Werner Kok

Boland Cavaliers: 15 Adriaan Carelse, 14 Logan Basson, 13 Gerrit Van Wyk, 12 PJ Vermeulen, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Theuns Kotze, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 hanno Kisthoff, 4 Shaun McDondald, 3 Francois Hanekom, 2 Clemen Lewis(c), 1 Basil Short
Replacements: 16 Francois Esterhuyzen, 17 Enoch Mnyaka, 18 Linda Thwala, 19 Wayne Wilschut, 20 Joubert Horn, 21 Gerhard Jordaan, 22 Sergio Torrens

Referee: AJ Jacobs