Western Province were full value for their 32-0 Currie Cup victory over the Lions at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
Three tries after a glut of possession was scant reward for the delightful fare which the home side dished up for the 20,000 fans who watched the match.
The Lions' were repeatedly punished throughout the match for playing offside and this made for a field day for Western Province fly-half Willem de Waal who banged over five penalties.
Province were rewarded for their enterprising start with a De Waal penalty in the fourth minute by which time the home side's pack had taken the initiative with penetrative drives in the Lions' half.
And when possession came the Lions' they too tried to play attractively and managed early forays up to the fringes of the Province 22 metre area where they driven back with smart tactical kicking by WP full-back Conrad Jantjes and De Waal.
However, handling errors often crept into the movements of both teams, often resulting in turn-overs which caused the game to flow to and fro. Province were easily the more dominant and as they applied the pressure they grew in confidence.
When they were awarded an 18th minute penalty smack bang in front of the Lions' posts, they opted for a kick to touch. From the resultant line-out flanker Pieter Louw peeled off to sneak past the Lions defence for the opening try of the match.
De Waal's 19th minute conversion was on target, as was his two penalty attempts in the ensuing 10 minutes (16-0).
There should have been at least one more try for Province soon afterwards but they were repeatedly held up just short of the tryline by stout defence from the visitors. Province also had the benefit of the feeds at two 5m scrums but they were unable to exploit their good fortunes.
On either side of the half-time break, De Waal's prolific boot kept the scoreboard ticking over with two penalties, after the Lions were ruled offside (22-0).
Province continued to enjoy the upper hand as the second half wore on but handling errors brought a premature end to several promising movements at this stage of the match.
The hosts did, however, manage to put one backline movement together without blemish in the 51st minute and Jantjes added the finishing touch by dotting down near the corner flag. De Waal's conversion attempt failed (27-0).
Just after this advance the Lions managed to undo Province's stranglehold on the match by pinning WP down in their own half. They launched several determined raids on the Province try-line but could not find a way past the defence.
A penalty for Province in front of their posts helped them to transfer play to the Lions half where they enjoyed a brief so-journ before the Lions sent them back-pedalling again.
A 70th minute break out from their own 10 metre line saw Western Province work their way down the left and their foray ended with an unconverted try by replacement loose forward Pieter Myburgh near the corner flag.
At the death the Lions were within sight of the home side's try-line but their best efforts just bounced off the stubborn Province defence.
For Western Province:
Tries: Louw, Jantjes, Myburgh
b>Cons: De Waal
Pens: De Waal 5
Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Fabian Juries, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Paul Bosch, 11 Frikkie Welsh, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynardt Elstadt, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 Anton van Zyl (c), 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 JD Moller, 18 JC Kritzinger, 19 Martin Muller, 20 Pieter Myburgh, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Lionel CronjÃ©.
Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg 13 Marius Delport, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Herkie Kruger, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Franco van der Merwe (c), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 David Bulbring, 4 George Earl, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Kevin Buys, 18 Trevor Hall, 19 Wikus van Heerden, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Pieter Engelbrecht.
Referee: Jaco Peyper