Cape Town - The Regent Boland Cavaliers played some thrilling rugby as they thrashed
the Valke 79-26 (half-time 34-19) in their Absa Currie Cup First
Division match in Worcester on Saturday, according to a report on SuperSport.
With the country's head coach, Heyneke Meyer, in attendance for the
Springbok squad announcement after the game, the Cavaliers used their
backline to great effect, strolling through for 12 tries. It has to be
admitted, however, that they were up against an exceptionally naive
Boland also used the rolling maul superbly to score four of their tries,
two of them going to captain and flank Franzel September.
Impressive outside centre Senan van der Merwe pounced on a dropped pass
to turn the opening three minutes of Valke pressure into counter-attack
and a try to eighthman Zandre' Jordaan in the corner.
September scored his first from a rolling maul in the seventh minute,
with flyhalf Elgar Watts, who did much to spark his backline, adding the
conversion and a penalty to stretch the lead to 15-0 after just 10
The flags had barely gone down from that kick when hooker and man of the
match Ashton Constant went on a bullocking run and then produced a
lovely pop-pass inside for Watts to score and convert his own try
Two tries provided some salve for the Valke, powerful centre Jaco
Oosthuizen cutting back through some poor defending to score and prop
Nico Pretorius going over from close range, but the visitors still could
not solve their defensive problems and the Cavaliers scored two more
tries before the break to keep the Gautengers at bay.
September used the rolling maul to grab his second, before fullback Eric
Zana burst through, finding good support from flank Junior Bester, who
passed back inside to scrumhalf Neil Papier, who dashed over.
Wing Cornal Hendricks, a constant threat, sped away to score to give
Boland the ideal start to the second half and more faulty defending by
the Valke allowed Papier to roar over for his second try after a
half-break by Watts.
The Cavaliers were really starting to pull away with a 48-19 lead just
six minutes into the second half and the half-century was up after 58
minutes as the home team were disallowed a try, but then won the ball
from the Valke's scrum feed, Hendricks wrong-footing the defence with
ridiculous ease to score his second try.
The Valke were better with ball in hand and replacement wing JC Greyling
scored their bonus-point try on the hour, after centre Willie Odendaal
had broken straight through some poor midfield defence.
The Eastern Gautengers soon infringed, however, and replacement hooker
Madoda Yoka picked up the ball from a ruck after the rolling maul from
the penalty and dotted down.
The Valke were near-exhausted by then and the Cavaliers scored three
more tries in the closing stages - wing Brendon April grabbing two and
lock PJ van Zyl the other.
Regent Boland Cavaliers - Tries: Zandre' Jordaan,
Franzel September (2), Elgar Watts, Neil Papier (2), Cornal Hendricks
(2), Madoda Yoka, Brendon April (2), PJ van Zyl. Conversions: Watts (5),
Ricardo Croy (3). Penalty: Watts.
Valke - Tries: Jaco Oosthuizen (2), Nico Pretorius, JC Greyling. Conversions: Karlo Aspeling (2), Juan Kotze.