Welwitschias bloom against WP

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:32
Large theuns kotze namibia

The Namibian Weltwitschias came from behind to record a 30-28 win over Western Province at the Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday.

The Namibian Weltwitschias came from behind to record a 30-28 win over Western Province at a jam-packed Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday.

The young WP team were leading 28-27 going into the final act of injury-time, but the hosts won a penalty which Theuns Kotze - who missed just one kick all day - landed for a famous win.

Province, with a host of Under-21 players in the selection mix and just a few Super Rugby players, won the try-count by three to two, but it was just not enough in the end for the youngsters from Cape Town who led 13-9 at half-time.

EW Viljoen, who is still eligible for the WP Under-19 team, scored his team's opening try in the third minute, with wingers JP Lewis and Devon Williams crossing in the second half as the visitors led 25-17 with eight minutes left.

Namibian replacement Johan Deysel crossed in the 77th minute of regulation time to put his team ahead by 27-25, but with seven minutes of injury-time being added on Province - despite also suffering a few injuries in the game - did not panic.

WP captain Gary van Aswegen calmly slotted a penalty goal with two minutes of injury-time remaining, but Namibia then won a penalty in the final passage of play - WP having been deemed to have been holding on in the tackle.

Kotze slotted the kick to bring about full-time and plenty of celebration for the hosts who will take on the Bulls in Windhoek next week as they continue to build up towards 2015 World Cup qualification.

The scorers:

For the Namibian Weltwitschias:
Du Plessis, Deysel
Con: Kotze
Pens: Kotze 6

For Western Province:
Viljoen, Lewis, Williams
Cons: Du Preez, Van Aswegen
Pens: Du Preez 2, Van Aswegen

The teams:

Namibian Weltwitschias: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Conrad Marais, 13 Heinrich Smith, 12 Darryl da la Harpe, 11 Johan Tromp, 10 Theuns Kotze, 9 Arthur Bouwer, 8 PJ Van Lill (captain), 7 Tinus du Plessis, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 Morne Blom, 4 Munee Tjiuza, 3 Andre Schlechter, 2 Rathony Becker, 1 Johnny Redelinghuys.
Replacements: 16 DG Wiese, 17 Jaco Engels, 18 Shaun du Preeez, 19 Stefan Neustadt, 20 Awie Thompson, 21 Eneill Buitendag, 22 Johan Deysel, 23 Divan Visser, 24 Thomasua Forbes.

Western Province: 15 EW Viljoen, 14 JP Lewis, 13 Pat Howard, 12 Gary van Aswegen (captain), 11 Devon Williams, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dylon Frylinck, 8 Rayn Smid, 7 Carel du Preez, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Jean Kleyn, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Justin Ackerman, 2 Neil Rautenbach, 1 Sti Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Freddie Kirsten, 17 Digby Webb, 18 Jan Uys, 19 Ruan Vermaak, 20 Niyaaz Johnson, 21 Kyle Lombard, 22 Craig Barry.

Referee: Oscar Lambert

There are currently no matches being played
Sat, 28 November 2015
Munster v Connacht 17h15 Thomond Park
Sun, 29 November 2015
Scarlets v Zebre 14h30 Parc y Scarlets
Leicester Tigers v Bath 15h00 Welford Road
Fri, 04 December 2015
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 19h05 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Ulster v Edinburgh 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Gloucester v Sale Sharks 19h45 Kingsholm
Sat, 05 December 2015
Treviso v Scarlets 15h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Glasgow Warriors v Leinster 15h00 Scotstoun
Harlequins v London Irish 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 15h00 Sixways
Bath v Northampton Saints 15h15 Recreation Ground
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 17h30 Ricoh Arena
Team P W D L Pts
Golden Lions 10 10 0 0 48
Blue Bulls 10 8 0 2 39
Western Province 10 7 0 3 35
Free State Cheetahs 10 3 2 5 24
Sharks 10 4 1 5 22
Pumas 10 3 1 6 17
EP Kings 10 2 0 8 12
Griquas 10 1 0 9 8