Currie Cup

Eagles soar past Bulldogs

2014-07-04 21:31
Shaun Raubenheimer (Gallo Images)

East London - The Border Bulldogs remain winless after four Currie Cup qualifying matches, losing Friday to South Western Districts 33-31.

Despite leading 23-14 at half-time, the Bulldogs relinquished their lead towards the final whistle.

The game ended in a nailbiting finish when fullback Masixole Banda missed a conversion which would have left the game a draw.

Towards the middle of the first half, two runaway tries ensured 14 easy points to Border, and gave them a 20-7 lead after Banda had succeeded with two penalties, one in the second minute, and Eagles skipper Roy Godfrey had scored a try after eight minutes, converted by fullback Elric Vuuren.

Centre Lundi Ralarala and Banda scored for the Bulldogs, both converted by the number 15.

On the stroke of half-time, SWD flank Shaun Raubenheimer managed to breach the Border defence, with Van Vuuren succeeding again with the kick.

Banda tried a drop goal early in the second half which just slipped past the left upright, but moments later he succeeded with his third penalty from the 22-metre line after the Eagles were offside.

Thereafter the Eagles clicked into top gear and ran in three tries – two converted - with only another penalty to Banda in reply. The tries went to scrumhalf Dwayne Kelly and replacements Kurt Haupt and Daniel Roberts.

With time running out and the score 33-26 to the Eagles, Border wing Lindani Ndlela broke away and streaked down the left side to score in the corner but Banda pushed the conversion wide and the hooter sounded moments later.

Scorers:

Border Bulldogs: 31 - Tries: Lundi Ralarala, Masixole Banda, Lindani Ndlela; Penalties: Banda (4); Conversions: Banda (2).

SWD Eagles: 33 Tries: Roy Godfrey, Shaun Raubenheimer, Dwayne Kelly, Kurt Haupt, Daniel Roberts; Conversions: Elric van Vuuren (4)

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
01 July 2016
Cell C Sharks XV v Leopards, Durban 16:45
Blue Bulls v Boland Cavaliers, Pretoria 19:00
02 July 2016
Free State XV v Hino Valke, Bloemfontein 12:15
Xerox Golden Lions v Griffons, Johannesburg 14:10
Western Province v SWD Eagles, Cape Town 16:00
Windhoek Draught Welwitschias v Border Bulldogs, Windhoek 16:00
EP Kings v Griquas, Port Elizabeth 16:00
07 July 2016
Griquas v Pumas, Kimberley 19:00
08 July 2016
SWD Eagles v Free State XV, George 19:00
09 July 2016
Hino Valke v Xerox Golden Lions, Kempton Park 15:00
Border Bulldogs v Blue Bulls, East London 15:00
Leopards v EP Kings, Potchefstroom 15:00
Boland Cavaliers v Western Province, Piketberg 16:00
15 July 2016
Blue Bulls v Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, Pretoria 13:00
Cell C Sharks XV v Hino Valke, Durban 16:15
EP Kings v Griffons, Port Elizabeth 18:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

The new-look Currie Cup format for 2016 is,

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.