Cape Town - The Boland Cavaliers got their first win of the 2016 Currie Cup Premier Division, comfortably beating the EP Kings 28-10 (half-time 7-3) in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.The bonus-point victory will come in handy after the Cavaliers lost their opening game 44-16 against the Free State Cheetahs last week.
The Kings, who didn't play in the first week of the tournament due to confusion over their involvement, got off to a disappointing but somewhat predictable start.
Their first game was always going to be a struggle for the home side after they had to scramble to assemble a team for the competition, since their participation was only confirmed the day before the Currie Cup started.
They suffered from the usual pitfalls of a team who has only been together for a week with poor handling and poor defence resulting in a largely disjointed performance by the Kings.
The Kings didn't help themselves by twice being reduced to 14 men. Taz Fuzani was the first to be sin-binned in the first half for leading with the shoulder. This gave Boland the opening to score their first try through Sergio Torrens who took an inside pass after good build-up play by the Cavaliers.
Most of the first-half possession went to the Kings, but after missing his first penalty attempt Kobus Marais succeeded with his second as Boland took a 7-3 lead into the break.
The Cavaliers upped the tempo of the game when they came out for the second half and it paid dividends through tries by Zandre Jordaan and Christopher Bosch. Bosch's try was a prime example of the lack of organisation in the Kings defence, which the visitors exploited for a team try.
The second yellow card of the game went to Alcino Izaacs after he took Jordaan out in the air, after which Bosch and Kenan Cronje's tries followed for a commanding 28-3 lead.
The Kings managed to pull one back with five minutes to play when Johan Tromp dived over for his side's only five-pointer of the game.
In next weekend’s action, Boland host the Sharks in Wellington (Friday, August 19 - 15:00), while the Kings are away to the Blue Bulls in Pretoria (19:20) on the same day.
Tries: Torrens, Jordaan, Bosch, Cronje
Conversions: Scheepers (4)
Eastern Province Kings
15 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Alcino Isaacs, 13 Johan Tromp, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Ricky Schroeder, 8 Christiaan de Bruin, 7 Sebastian Ferreira, 6 Vince Jhobo, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Tazz Fuzani, 3 Vukile Sofisa, 2 Mike Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Justin Forwood, 18 David Antonites, 19 Brandon Brown, 20 Jacques Fick, 21 Burton Klaasen, 22 Lungelo Goza
15 Nico Scheepers, 14 Sergio Torrens, 13 Ryan Nell (captain), 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Adriaan Carelse, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Kenan Cronje, 5 Hanno Kitshoff, 4 Shaun McDondald, 3 Basil Short, 2 Chadley Wenn, 1 Stephanus Wessels
Substitutes: 16 Francois Esterhuizen, 17 Francois Hanekom, 18 Joubert Horn, 19 Chaney Willemse, 20 Jovelian de Koker, 21 William van Wyk, 22 Craig Pheiffer