Western Province, the unofficial champions from 2013, held a slender 6-5 lead at half-time but were helpless to deal with the onslaught as SWD shifted gears to run in five tries during a sensational second half. With SWD leading 19-16 midway through the half, two tries in the space of three minutes from Sao Bras Secondary School’s Shadward Fillies turned the match on its head. The quickfire double moved SWD into a 31-16 lead before Province flyhalf Aidon Cupido narrowed the deficit. It was left to centre JT Jackson to round things off with his second try of the match as he completed an 18-point individual haul. The 38-23 win puts them in a favourable position to appear in the main match on Saturday for the first time since 2008.
Game 5: Western Province vs South Western Districts
Tries: Mervano da Silva, Aidynn Cupido
Cons: Tiaan Swanepoel (2)
Pens: Aidynn Cupido (2), Johndré Williams
Tries: Niven Langdown, Le Roux Baard, JT Jackson (2), Shadward Fillies (2)
Cons: JT Jackson (4)
Man of the Match: What a shock as tthe more fancied WP fall short to an impressive SWD side! For Province there were some good performers, as flank Mervano da Silva was all over the park and scored a superb try. Ryan Muller looked dangerous out wide, but saw far too little of the ball to demonstrate his blistering pace. For SWD it was a real team effort, as lock Eduard Zandberg had a strong game once again, while centre JT Jackson was marvelous with ball in hand, but struggled at times off the kicking-tee. Shadward Fillies was the perfect burglar, poaching two tries from an unclaimed re-start and an intercept, but our award goes to diminutive scrumhalf Niven Langdown. His service was great, he had a trusty boot to nudge the ball over the top and he started and finished what is arguably the try of the day.
WP: 15 Gerard Pieterse, 14 Ryan Muller, 13 Duncan Saal, 12 Edrich Venter, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Aidynn Cupido, 9 Johndré Williams, 8 Saud Abrahams, 7 Zain Davids, 6 Mervano da Silva, 5 Emile Cloete, 4 Jaco Willemse, 3 Jerome Korf, 2 Shane Farmer, 1 Wikus Groenewald.
Replacements: 16 Jacques van Zyl, 17 Gavin van den Berg, 18 JP Smith, 19 Ruben de Villiers, 20 Herschell Jantjies, 21 Justin Heunis, 22 Tiaan Swanepoel.
SWD: 15 Ruan Barnard, 14 Curtley Prins, 13 Johan Duvenage, 12 JT Jackson, 11 Shadward Fillies, 10 Boeta Hamman, 9 Niven Langdown, 8 Nevada Jacobs, 7 Armand Heunis, 6 Luvuyo Ndevu, 5 Eduard Zandberg, 4 Adré Smith, 3 Roux Swart, 2 Le Roux Baard, 1 Andrew Kuhn.
Replacements: 16 Vogien Talmaggies, 17 Wynand de Necker, 18 SW Odendaal, 19 Anton Smit, 20 Christopher Roelofse, 21 Domenic Smit, 22 Manie Libbok.