WP pummel Kings in one-sided Currie Cup encounter

2014-09-06 00:00

DHL Western Province made sure that they reached the halfway point of the Absa Currie Cup unbeaten by easing their way to a 49-14 victory over the EP Kings in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd last night at Newlands.

The question beforehand was never about whether WP would win or not, rather about whether they would do so while at the same time banking the four-try bonus point. They erased that question mark as early as the 48th minute, which was when diminutive fullback Cheslin Kolbe picked up a poor clearance down the middle of the field from an under pressure EP team and then ran through untouched to score near the posts.

WP scored seven converted tries to two, with EP scoring a consolation try off a length of the field counter-attack when Province were pressing for their eighth try after the hooter. The one-sidedness of the scoreline told the story of a game where the Currie Cup frontrunners were emphatically the better team from beginning to end.

The bonus point win means that Province reach the halfway point having dropped just two of a possible 25 log points. The home match against the Lions and last week’s trip to Pretoria are the only times this season that they haven’t picked up a full house.

The win and the four tries always looked probable, and WP could have won by more with some refinement to their attack off structured play and a tighter approach at the stages of the game where they fell into a tendency to become far too loose.

Not that the Kings didn’t conspire against themselves at times. Their attempts to play a high tempo game led to mistakes that WP capitalised on, and apart from the many occasions when WP were able to turn over Kings possession because the Port Elizabeth team just appeared to have no intention of employing any sort of kicking game. There were also two tries that were gifted through misdirected passes.

Although outplayed, the Kings did show rare touches of promise, and there is pace out wide, but they have a long way to travel before they can become consistently competitive in the big away games.

Had they conceded 70 in this game, it would have been a scoreline that would by no means have flattered the winners.

SCORES

DHL Western Province – Tries: Juan de Jongh 2, Siya Kolisi 2, Cheslin Kolbe, Kobus van Wyk and Rynhardt Elstadt; Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis 5 and Kurt Coleman 2.

EP Kings – Tries: Paul Schoeman and Tim Whitehead; Conversion: Scott van Breda 2.

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