Cavaliers Clinch Top Spot
The Regent Boland Cavaliers secured their place at the top of the Absa Currie Cup First Division standings with an emphatic 53-24 victory over the SWD Eagles at Outeniqua Park in George on Friday and will host the Tasol Solar Griffons in the semi-finals.
The EP Kings and the Valke will contest the other semi-final after the East Randers snuck into third position after an exciting last round of matches, thanks to a 34-31 victory over the Border Bulldogs at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London, also on Friday.
While the result in the match between the Eagles and Cavaliers was according to the form book – Boland and EP were in a class of their own this season and completely dominated the First Division, each losing only one match the entire season – the Valke had to erase a 21-point deficit to go through to the playoffs.
At half time, the Bulldogs were leading by 21-10, which they stretched to 31-10 midway through the second half. But four tries in the final half hour – two of them in the final seven minutes – saw the Valke sneak past to take the win and a place in the semi-finals.
The match-winner was scored by replacement wing Kyle Hendricks after the team from Kempton Park won a turnover, quickly swung the ball left as Hendricks beat the cover defence to score the Valke’s most important try of 2011.10.02
In George, Elgar Watts contributed 23 points as Boland crushed the Eagles, with Willie le Roux adding two tries to the visitors’ impressive tally.
The Regent Boland Cavaliers will play the Tasol Solar Griffons in Wellington, and the EP Kings will host the Valke in Port Elizabeth.
SWD Eagles 24 (17) Regent Boland Cavaliers 53 (22)
SWD Eagles – Tries: Wilhelm Koch, Braam Immelman, Mzo Dyantyi. Conversions: Elric van Vuuren (2), Deroy Rhoode. Penalty: Rhoode.
Regent Boland Cavaliers – Tries: Willie le Roux (2), Ashton Constant, Zandré Jordaan, Elgar Watts, Danwel Demas, Bolla Conradie. Conversions: Watts (6). Penalties: Watts (2).
Border Bulldogs 31 (21) Valke 34 (10)
Border Bulldogs – Tries: Ntabeni Dukisa, Vuyo Mboto, Shane Spring. Conversions: Dukisa, Dale Sabbagh. Penalties: Dukisa (2), Sabbagh (2).
Valke – Tries: Jaco Snyman (2), Kyle Hendricks, Chris Ehlers, Clinton Kayser. Conversions: Juan Kotze (3). Penalty: Kotze.