George - The SWD Eagles have needed a last-gasp drop-goal from
flyhalf Karlo Aspeling to edge out the EP Kings 23-21 in
their Vodacom Cup South Section match at Outeniqua Park in George on
The visitors led 9-6 at the half-time interval.
Aspeling nailed the winning drop-goal with just two
minutes left in the contest as the Eagles completed a fine comeback
after they had found themselves trailing by 15 points with 11 minutes
left in the match.
The hosts needed converted tries from left wing Alshaun
Bock and replacement hooker Wayne Khan to set up Aspeling who kept his
cool under enormous pressure as SWD claimed the narrow win.
The win kept SWD in the hunt for a playoff place as
they moved into second place in the log although the two teams
immediately below them, the Free State XV and Western Province, both
have a game in hand.
The first half had been dominated by the boot with the
Kings edging the first 40 minutes thanks to three penalties from
fullback Masixole Banda while Aspeling kicked two penalties for the home
The second-half produced some thrilling rugby and the
visitors could have been forgiven for thinking that they had the match
won as they raced in to a 21-6 lead after 59 minutes as No 8 Ivan-John
Du Preez crashed over for a converted try before flyhalf Ntabeni Dukisa
crossed for an unconverted score.
However, SWD broke the match wide open when Bock dotted down in the 69th minute.
Khan rumbled over with four minutes remaining before
Aspeling sealed the win with his last-gasp heroics as the Kings slipped
to their fourth defeat in five matches.
SWD Eagles - Tries: Alshaun Bock, Wayne Khan;
Conversions: Karlo Aspeling (2); Penalties: Aspeling (2), Drop goal:
EP Kings - Tries: Ivan-John Du Preez, Ntabeni Dukisa; Conversion: Masixole Banda; Penalties: Banda (3)