Province scored seven tries to the Pumas’ two and produced a quality first half effort after the Pumas looked promising early on, but not all of that filtered into the second half at Newlands for the hosts.
The Friday afternoon result was needed for Province after falling short against the Sharks and the Lions, though, and if they get the job done in Kimberley and Bloemfontein - where they’ll face the Cheetahs in their last regular game - that home semi-final spot is almost a certainty.
After the game Van Zyl said: “We know it wasn’t perfect, but this was needed going into our next game. We still have a lot of things to fix, and I think mentally, the result and the work-ons put us in a good space.”
WP coach John Dobson also felt that the game ticked both boxes -positives to take forward and areas that can still be improved: “We wanted to focus on the contact situations and we were much, much better there. Our contact was a positive and there’s still some of our X-factor coming, but we threw away a few tries. We were a little bit tight on defence, but the joy was there.”