Western Province moved a step closer into winning this year’s Absa Currie Cup competition after beating the Free State Cheetahs 34-29 at the Free State stadium on Saturday. The hosts looked better at the start of the game as this saw Willie Du Plessis running straight through and converting his try in the 14th minute of the game. It did not take too long for the visitors to respond as centre Juan De Jongh landed a try after some fancy footwork and fly half Demetri Catrakilis added the two points to level matters.
The Toyota Free State Cheetahs were rewarded with a five pointer and it was converted by Du Plessis. The Cape side got a penalty to allow Catrakilis to reduce the deficit to four points. Shortly after DHL Western Province took the lead through hooker Scarra Ntubeni with a try next to the upright. It was Catrakilis again who converted to give the visitors a three point lead.
Province extended their advantage at half-time as De Jongh received a cross kick from Catrakilis to convert and make the score 24-14 to the visiting side. Naka Drotske’s men managed to socre some vital points as Lappies Labuschagne ran around the defenders for a try, however Du Plessis missed the conversion. The five point deficit was increased by Catrakilis with a penalty kick.
The home side got back to the game by reducing the lead as centre Francois Venter scored a try in the 60th minute and Du Plessis scored the conversion leaving them one point behind. Du Plessis scored another penalty to give his side a two point lead but their lead was short lived as Allister Coetzee’s side sealed the game with a try courtesy of winger Kobus Van Wyk and Kurt Coleman scored the conversion.