Johannesburg - The South Western Districts Eagles soared majestically to a 40-26 triumph over the home team, the Border Bulldogs, in a Vodacom Cup match at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Friday.
The Bulldogs, who were playing their final home Cup match of the season, really had no chance of forcing a win in the match.
Bad handling with resultant knock-ons, coupled with poor tackling and plenty of defensive errors, saw to that and, as a result, the Bulldogs continue to prop up the South section of the Cup log, with only one win in the six matches they have played so far.
The SWD Eagles led 26-14 at half-time.
Interestingly, a feature of the game was that not one penalty kick for posts was undertaken by either side.
The outstanding player on the field was SWD Eagles centre Alshaun Bock, who scored four tries and on three occasions simply waltzed through the Bulldogs' defence, without a finger laid on him, confirming their weaknesses in defence.
Bulldogs' fullback Siphosenkosi Nofemele was one of the few home players to shine. He attacked well and managed to score his side's first try with an excellent break and run from about 40 metres out early in the first half.
Another to catch the eye was reserve scrumhalf Bangihlombe Kobese, who replaced regular scrumhalf Mario Noordman five minutes before half-time and scored two conversions and had a good game with some excellent strategic kicking.Scorers:
Tries: Siphosenkosi Nofemele, Makazole Mapimpi, Thembani Mkokeli, Michael Makase.
Conversions: Scrumhalf Mario Noordman, reserve scrumhalf Bangihlombe Kobese (2).
South Western Districts Eagles 40: Tries: Lyndon Hartnick, Alshaun Bock (4), Alwyn Bester. Conversions: Flyhalf Karlo Aspeling (5).