After holding their own in the first half, the Eastern Cape XV crashed to a 63-17 defeat at the hands of Western Province in their friendly played at East London’s Absa Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Report courtesy News24.
The home side trailed 18-17 at the break playing with a stiff wind at their backs and looked to have enough in them to remain competitive.
It was not to be as they started to lack defensively allowing Western Province to dominate enough to run in seven second half tries.
Eastern Cape coach Stanley Raubenheimer, who had only two days to work with the side, agreed his team’s defence was weak, especially in midfield.
“There was just not enough time to put adequate defensive structures in place,” he said afterwards.
Prior to the match, Raubenheimer said he was looking for a good 60 to 70 minutes but he only got 40.
Perhaps the glaring lack of fitness was mirrored in the way the home side gifted their opponents tries and a lot of work in this respect lies ahead prior to the next compulsory friendly against Lions in Port Elizabeth on June 13.
But make no mistake Western Province arrived an organised side.
Their big pack drove as a unit attacking the right channels and cleaning out the rucks well and when placed on the front foot, the Province backs sparkled with their handling and pace.
Province also used the wind cleverly employing long raking kicks upfield whenever under pressure.
As predicted, the Eastern Cape back three of captain Solly Tyibilika, Sebastian Hilpert and eighthman Michael Vermaak all made their mark with the latter being outstanding.
Eastern Cape scored their first half points through a Tyibilika try and four penalties to flyhalf Ryan Brown.
Western Province fullback Joe Pietersen scored twice for Province, the other two going to hooker Deon Fourie and left wing Richard Lawson.
Second half Province tries went to flyhalf Ricardo Croy (2), flank Pieter Myburgh, right wing Wylie Human, Pietersen replacement centre Terry Jacobs and replacement flank Terry Holmes.Tweet