Four tries from the Eastern Province Kings were enough to see off a fiery Regent Boland Cavaliers outfit by a score of 27-23 (halftime 8-13) in their exciting Vodacom Cup match at the Wesbank Stadium in Malmesbury on Saturday.
The EP Kings opened up the scoring through outside centre Scott van Breda after Boland infringed at the ruck and the visitors led 3-0 after just three minutes. Two penalties from fullback Jacquin Jansen in the space of five minutes gave the Boland a 6-3 lead before winger Senan van der Merwe intercepted on his own line and ran the length of the field to score a fantastic try.
Jansen added the conversion and Boland had their noses in front 13-3. Paul Schoeman scored for the EP Kings with 31 minutes gone and Van Breda missed the conversion. The two teams went into the halftime break with Boland still leading 13-8.
The home team had the opportunity to extend their lead after halftime but Jansen couldn’t slot the penalty. This proved to be costly as Stefan Willemse drove over the line from a maul to draw the scores level and Kayle van Zyl kicked the conversion to edge the visitors ahead 15-13.
After an aimless kick a quick throw in was taken by Van Zyl, who found winger Brian Skosana on his inside. Skosana bamboozled his way through the Boland defence and gave a long pass out to Van Zyl who ran in untouched. Van Zyl converted his own try and the EP Kings lead 22-13 after 56 minutes. Jansen closed the gap to 22-16 with another penalty before missing another kick.
With 10 minutes left in the game it was captain Ashton Constant who barged over the line to get the home crowd on their feet. Jansen kicked the conversion and Boland lead 23-22 with only six minutes left.
The EP Kings didn’t give up and after some luck and determination flanker Devon Oosthuizen went over to score the match winning try. Reserve flyhalf Wesley Dunlop couldn’t convert the try, but it didn’t matter in the end as the visitors recorded a bonus point victory and booked their place in the quarterfinals.
Regent Boland Cavaliers – Tries: Senan van der Merwe, Ashton Constant ; Conversions: Jacquin Jasen (2); Penalties: Jacquin Jasen (3)
Eastern Province Kings – Tries: Paul Schoeman; Stefan Willemse, Kyle van Zyl, Devon Oosthuizen Conversions: Kyle van Zyl (2); Penalties: Scott van Breda (1)