Western Province left it late but they managed to secure a bonus point in their 47-9 victory over the Leopards in a scrappy Currie Cup match in Potchefstroom on Friday night.
The accurate boot of rookie flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Cape side, but the game was really dominated by the sound of the referee's whistle as both teams made basic errors regularly.
Western Province left wing JJ Engelbrecht got over for the first try of the game after a slick set move from an attacking scrum put him in under the poles.
The visitors got their second try on the stroke of half-time when tighthead prop Brok Harris got over for a try that he had helped create. Harris hit a gap in midfield before offloading to his skipper Deon Fourie who was brought down just short of the line.
Harris then picked it up from the base of the ruck and powered his way over under the poles to give Western Province a 23-9 lead at the break.
Outside centre Johann Sadie crossed for Western Province's third try when the ball was spun out wide after a sustained period of pressure from the visitors in the Leopards' 22 halfway through the second half.
The Leopards managed to hang on to the ball for an extended period late in the second half, thanks to the high error count from their opponents, but the visitors' defence stood firm and they were unable to land the killer blow.
Western Province secured the bonus point, with eight minutes left when hard-working lock De Kock Steenkamp burst through on the 22 and crashed over for the try. Another late try to No.8 Nick Koster inflated the lead, but the performaces of both sides remained fairly unconvincing.
For the Leopards:
Pens: Durand 3
For Western Province:
Tries: Engelbrecht. Harris, Sadie, Steenkamp
Cons: Catrakilis 5
Pens: Catrakilis 4
Leopards: 15 George Tossel, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Joubert Engelbreght, 12 Charl Weideman, 11 Vainon Willis, 10 Clayton Durand, 9 Wesly Moolman, 8 Morne Hanekom, 7 MB Lusaseni, 6 Philip de Wet, 5 Ruan van Heerden, 4 Brendon Snyman, 3 Stefan Bezuidenhoud, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 BG Uys.
Replacements: 16 Stoffel Duvenhage, 17 Berend Botha, 18 Thabo Mamojela, 19 Christo van Niekerk, 20 Theo van Wyk, 21 Walter Venter, 22 Hoffman Maritz.
Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Köster, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie (captain), 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19 Nicholas Fenton-Wells, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Isma-eel Dollie, 22 Marcel Brache.
Referee: Lesego Legoete
Assistant referees: Sindile Mayende, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Johann Meuwesen
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