Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Vodacom Cup

DHL Western Province © Gallo Images

WP snatch first Cup title



DHL Western Province claimed their first-ever Vodacom Cup title when they snatched a last-gasp 20-18 victory (halftime 10-13) over GWK Griquas in the final at GWK Park in Kimberley on Friday evening.

Griquas, who dominated the possession and territory stakes throughout the match, led 18-13 with time up on the stadium clock.

But waves of late Western Province assaults eventually saw the home team's defences cave as flank Rohan Kitshoff went over for the try which levelled the score at 18-18.

Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis calmly slotted the conversion to break Griquas' hearts on the stroke of fulltime.

For Western Province it was their first win in 15 years of the competition and also their first-ever final, while Griquas were left ruing the fact that they missed out of their fifth title.

Western Province never held the lead in the match until after the final whistle sounded but must be commended for hanging in there and remaining patient until the death.

Griquas got off to a flyer and, after forcing Western Province into some early handling errors, opened the scoring as early as the second minute when their powerfully built No 8 Leon Karemaker burst through a lineout to score midway out. Flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff had no trouble with the conversion.

Boshoff increased the lead to 10-0 with a penalty 14 minutes later.

But the visitors hit straight back in the 19th minute as their backline employed slick hands to see right wing Danie Poolman over the tryline. Western Province flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis slotted the conversion.

Both sides played attacking rugby and probed each other's defences. The game threatened to open up at times in the first half but both teams were unable to finish off.

Both flyhalves kicked a penalty each shortly before the break to see Griquas leading 13-10 at the changeover.

Catrakilis levelled matters shortly after the restart with a well-taken penalty. But the homeside moved back into the lead in the 48th minute when prop Janro van Niekerk crashed over after sustained pressure on the Western Province line.

Missed penalty attempts by Boshoff (3) and replacement fullback Rudi Vogt (2) cost Griquas dearly on the night as Kitshoff went on to snatch a victory for Western Province which had looked unlikely for most of the evening.

SCORERS

GWK Griquas – Tries: Leon Karemaker, Janro van Niekerk; Conversion: Marnitz Boshoff; Penalties: Boshoff (2).

DHL WP – Tries: Danie Poolman, Rohan Kitshoff; Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (2); Penalties: Catrakilis (2).

Shop

SA rugby Annual 2014
The 2014 SA Rugby Annual is the official record of the South African season and is widely considered to be one of the finest yearbooks in world rugby
R175.89
SA Rugby Annual 2013
SA Rugby Annual 2013: The Official Year Book of the South African Rugby Union
R175.89


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Fri, 25 Apr @ 07:00
Fri, 25 Apr @ 05:00
Fri, 25 Apr @ 07:30
Fri, 25 Apr @ 09:30

Sports Talk



Brendan Venter
Asset management
Historically South African rugby has boasted a conveyor belt of talent and depth from which to...

Tony Johnson
It's tough being a super power
One of the downsides of being a rugby super power is that everyone wants a slice of your pie.

Brenden Nel
Think when you drink rugby fans
Everyone enjoys a drink now and then, and the sponsor’s product is sure to flow whenever there is...

Gavin Rich
Where rugby starts falling behind
The first time I can recall getting into an argument about the relative merits of the round ball...

Super Wrap
Our rugby can no longer sit on defence
It doesn’t matter how much of an optimist you are, it’s impossible to look at the SA rugby glass...