DHL Western Province In Great Form Against The Cheetahs

The Western Province won their first game (47-28) of the 2020 SARU u/21 Championship against the Cheetahs with a much-needed bonus point. Both the Cheetahs and Western Province have a mathematical chance to still qualify for the final. A bonus-point win by Western Province over the Lions on 25 October however, will guarantee Western Province a place in the final against the Blue Bulls.

The Western Province opened their account after just six minutes of the game and continued to dominate during the first quarter to lead 14-7 after 20 minutes. With 20 minutes left in the first half, the Western Province scored two tries in quick succession to extend their lead to 26-7. Although the Cheetahs replied with a try of their own the Western Province continued to dominate proceedings and lead 31-14 at the halftime break.

The Cheetahs looked a lot better at the start of the second half. A great try by the Cheetahs, unfortunately, was immediately followed by an error at the kick-off which allowed Angelo Davids to scored his third try of the match for Western Province. Free State scored their fourth try shortly thereafter, to narrow the gap to 28-36.

The pace of the fourth quarter slowed down a lot as the Cheetahs set up camp in the Western Province half. Two converted penalties by Western Province took the win out of the reach of the Cheetahs. The Western Province deservedly the winners with 47-28.

The Cheetahs can look back at the game as a game lost due to inexcusable lapses of concentration throughout the game which cost them points, however a five-star performance by Western Province that could just help them to a place in the finals.

DHL Western Province u/21: Tries: De Wet Marais, Dian Bleuler, Angelo Davids (3), Sibabalwe Xamlashe, Waqar Solaan. Conversions: Christopher Schreuder (3). Penalties: Christopher Schreuder (2).
Toyota Free State u/21: Tries: Cohan Jasper (2), William Moffat, Cornel Korff. Conversions: Charles Williams (4).

Toyota Free State u/21: 15. Cohan Jasper, 14. Cham Mzondeki, 13. Conan LeFleur, 12. Shayne Bolton, 11. Sabbat Jaundre, 10. Charles Williams, 9. Cornel Korff, 8. Gideon van Wyk, 7. Lohan Potgieter, 6. Gustav Meyer, 5. Ruben Cronje, 4. Thabang Mahlasi, 3. JW Meads, 2. William Moffat, 1. Wihan Marais. Replacements: 16. Johan Schutte, 17. Janus Venter, 18. Gerrit Visser, 19. Thapelo Ramoshaba, 20. Pierre Uys, 21. Hlumelo Klaas, 22. Aya Matroos, 23. Franco Smith, 24. Henty Beukes, 25. Janco van Heyningen.

DHL Western Province u/21: 15 Sibabalwe Xamlashe, 14 Cristoffel Grobbelaar, 13 Mnombo Zwelendaba, 12 Waqar Solaan 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Christopher Schreuder, 9 Thomas Bursey, 8 Tyron Matthews, 7 De Wet Marais, 6 Matthew Cordy, 5 Dylan de Leeuw, 4 Matthys Kitshoff, 3 Dandre Degenaar, 2 Andre-Hugo Venter, 1 Dian Bleuler. Replacements: 16 JJ Kotze, 17 Rynhardt Rijnsburger, 18 Damian Swartz, 19 Xavier Haupt, 21Jarrod Taylor, 22 Dylan Alexander, 23 Dan Aspeling, 25. Mikyle Vraagom.