Western Province 2014 Currie Cup champions
Western Province are the 2014 Currie Cup champions after defeating the Lions 19-16
CAPE TOWN - Western Province have been crowned the 2014 Currie Cup champions after defeating the Lions 19-16 in a dramatic final at Newlands.
Province, who led 13-0 at halftime held their nerve to see off a strong second half comeback by the Lions.
However poor goal kicking cost the Lions the win, missing five penalty kicks at goal.
The match was played at a frenetic pace, as both sides hardly kicked and ran the ball at almost every opportunity.
The first points of the afternoon went to Western Province's man of the match flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis, slotting two penalties in the first 10 minutes for a 6-0 lead.
On the 14 minute mark, Lions flyhalf Marnitz had the chance to put the Lions on the scoreboard, but put his penalty attempt wide.
The often accurate Lions number 10 was finding it difficult kicking from the tee, as he missed his second penalty goal attempt on the 30th minute mark.
Jaco Taute's 35th minute try came after some great work by the Province forwards to secure the ball in the Lions 22, after which the ball was moved quickly down the backline, before Taute dotted down.
Catrakilis' deadly accurate boot added the extras, and Province lead 13-0.
The Lions changed goal kickers, as Ruan Combrinck instead had a go at a penalty attempt on the half time hooter.
That kick, a third Lions penalty goal was also put wide as Province took a deserved 13-0 lead at the interval.
Marnitz Boshoff got the Lions first points of the afternoon after 45 minutes as he put over a penalty to take the score to 13-3.
The momentum now seemed to be shifting the way of the Lions as fullback Jaco van see Walt crossed over in the corner for the team's first try. Boshoff nailed the conversion from the touch line to put the Lions within touching distance of WP - trialling 13-10 after 51 minutes.
58 minutes in, and the scores were level at 13-13 as Boshoff converted another penalty right in front of the posts.
Almost immediately from the restart, Province were awarded a penalty in the Lions 22. A Lions play not releasing the ball on the ground. Up stepped Catrakilis to convert the kick to put WP back in front for a 16-13 lead.
WP were awarded yet another penalty after 65 minutes, for a Lions offense at the breakdown. Catrakilis again nailing the penalty and stretched WP's lead to 19-13.
Boshoff then missed his third kick at goal on the 67th minute mark, as his kick struck the right hand upright.
Combrinck then slotted a monster penalty from 49 metres out, taking the score to 19-16 with 5 minutes to play.
Boshoff's poor goal kicking continued, as he had a chance to level matters after the halftime hooter sounded.
He however put the attempt wide, to hand Province a second Currie Cup title in three years.