Province keep Lions at bay

2014-08-24 00:38

Western Province’s Jaco Taute, the man who broke the heart of the Sharks in Super Rugby, popped up to do the same to the Lions in the Currie Cup match at Newlands in Cape Town last night.

Taute kicked a crucial dropped goal to give the Stormers a win over the Sharks in the Super Rugby competition, and yesterday he came on as a substitute, ironically against his old province, and scored and converted the try that finally snuffed out a brave away performance by the Lions.

Up to Taute’s try, made possible by a wonderful break by Kurt Coleman, a player who perhaps deserves more recognition, Western Province had stayed in front thanks to a freakish second try by winger Kobus van Wyk.

Province seemed to be defending off-sides when they got a turnover, fly half Demetri Catrakilis miss-hit his clearance kick but Burger chased hard, won the ball in the air and raced away to the other end of the field for a try against the run of play.

Van Wyk’s brace gave Province a 14-8 lead at half-time, but a well-constructed try by Andries Coetzee just before the break gave the Lions heart and signalled that they were right back in the game.

The Lions were playing with the handicap of having lost two goal-kickers in Marnitz Boshoff and Jaco van der Walt, but winger Ruan Combrinck stepped into the breach and kept his side in touch; but on the debit side, the Lions also incurred the disapproval of referee Craig Joubert and Demetri Catrakilis was able to maintain Province’s buffer of points.

The victory pushed the Cape side to the top of the log after three rounds of this year’s Currie Cup competition.

Other results.

.?In the Currie Cup, the Sharks edged the Cheetahs 19-16, the Pumas beat the Griquas 33-15 and the Blue Bulls narrowly beat the EP Kings 30-25.

.?Meanwhile, in Auckland, the All Blacks beat the Wallabies 51-20 in their Rugby Championship match.

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