Park - The Boland Cavaliers scored a converted try in the final minute of play
to snatch a nailbiting 24-22 (half-time 10-10) win over the Valke
in their Currie Cup qualifier at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton
Park on Friday.
Boland had been staring down the barrel as they trailed 22-10 with nine minutes of the contest left.
But the visitors showed remarkable fortitude as they clawed their
way back into the contest with a converted try from flyhalf Adriaan
Carelse in the 71st minute before eighthman Zandre Jordaan barged his
way over for a try in the 80th minute to level the scores.
Replacement back Theuns Kotze then held his nerve to slot the winning conversion.
Boland have been in fine form this season and came into the match in
second place on the log, eight points behind the log-leading Griquas,
after winning four of their six matches.
The Valke had not had the best of seasons and they were languishing
down in 12th place after winning just two of their five matches.
However, they were coming off a morale-boosting 32-30 win over the SWD Eagles.
The Valke fell behind due to a penalty from Boland fullback Nico
Scheepers, but they fought back well to take a 10-3 lead after 19
minutes thanks to a converted try from lock Shane Kirkwood and a penalty
from pivot Karlo Aspeling.
But Boland levelled the score on the stroke of half-time when outside centre Ryan Neil went over for a converted try.
The Valke could have been mistaken for thinking that they had taken
control of the match as they had the better of the second half as they
charged to a 22-10 lead after 68 minutes thanks to a converted try from
scrumhalf Anrich Richter and an unconverted score from replacement
fullback Etienne Taljaard.
But Boland were not to be denied and they deserve credit for their inspiring comeback.
Tries: Shane Kirkwood, Anrich Richter, Etienne Taljaard
Conversions: Karlo Aspeling (2)
Tries: Ryan Nel, Adriaan Carelse, Zandre Jordaan
Conversions: Nico Scheepers (2), Theuns Kotze