The Regent Boland Kavaliers won a nail-biting Vodacom Cup match against
the Sharks XV in Malmesbury as only one team remains unbeaten this
season as the MTN Golden Lions were too good for GWK Griquas in
Unbeaten DHL Western Province though had to work hard to beat the
defending champions, the Pampas XV, in Stellenbosch on Saturday
evening. Demetri Catrakilis kicked five penalty goals as the
Capetonians won their fifth game of the season, by 20-16, at the Danie
In Malmesbury, the Regent Boland Kavaliers beat the KwaZulu-Natalians
by 21-19 thanks to a converted try by Brendon April five minutes from
The home team outscored their more fancied guests by two tries to one
and the victory was just reward for a team that had promised a lot
earlier in the season, but had not always delivered.
GWK Griquas were dealt their first defeat of the 2012 Vodacom Cup
season as the MTN Golden Lions caused a minor upset to beat the
unbeaten team from the Northern Cape by 35-30 on Saturday afternoon.
A converted try by Garth April with less than 15 minutes left in the
game sealed it for the visitors, who outscored the home team by four
tries to two.
The EP Kings had to fight very hard to beat neighbours SWD Eagles by
27-25 in George on Friday evening, with a last-gasp try by Frank Herne
clinching the game for the visitors, a few minutes after the home team
took the lead through a try by Clint Wagman.
The result could’ve been different had the Eagles not missed numerous
penalty kicks at goal at Outeniqua Park during a game in which the lead
changed hands a few times.
The Leopards recorded a 30-19 victory over the Griffons in Welkom on
Friday evening, with former Springbok flyhalf André Pretorius kicking
15 points and midfielder Joubert Engelbrecht adding two tries for the
visitors from Potchefstroom.
It was only their second win of the season as the Griffons slumped to
their fourth consecutive defeat.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls scored seven tries as they trashed the Valke by
49-8 in Pretoria on Friday afternoon, with five of their tries coming
in the first half. Jurgen Visser collected a hat-trick of tries, while
his fellow speedsters, Sampie Mastriet and Clayton Blommetjies, also
crossed for the home team.
On Saturday afternoon, a hat-trick of tries by Nico Scheepers helped
the Toyota Free State XV to overcome a brave performance by the Border
Bulldogs to beat the visitors from the Eastern Cape by 36-28.
The Bulldogs lead 21-10 at the break and played some of their best
rugby of the season, but the Free Staters never gave up and score three
quick tries midway through the second half to take command of the game.
All the scorers:
Blue Bulls 45 (35) Valke 8 (3)
Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Jurgen Visser
(3), Clayton Blommetjies, Robbie Coetzee, Willie du Plessis, Sampie
Mastriet. Conversions: Wesley Dunlop (5), Du Plessis (2).
Valke – Try: John-Wessel Bell. Penalty
goal: Ruan Coetzee.
19 (14) Leopards 30 (23)
Griffons – Tries: Nicky Steyn (2),
Tertius Carse. Conversions: Reinhardt Erwee (2).
Leopards – Tries: Joubert Engelbrecht
(2), Berty Visser. Conversions: Andre Pretorius (3). Penalty goals:
SWD Eagles 25 EP Kings 27
SWD Eagles – Tries: Kempie Rautenbach,
Mzo Dyantyi, Clint Wagman. Conversions: Raynor Becker (2). Penalty
goals: Becker (2).
EP Kings – Tries: Norman Nelson, Frank
Herne. Conversion: Justin van Staden. Penalty goals: Van Staden (5).
Free State XV 36 (10) Border Bulldogs 28 (21)
Toyota Free State XV – Tries: Nico
Scheepers (3), Barry Geel (2); Conversions: Scheepers (3); Riaan Smit;
Border Bulldogs – Tries: Logan Basson,
Ntando Kebe, Lesley-Dean Luiter; Conversions: Ntabeni Dukisa, Louis
Kruger; Penalties: Dukisa (3).
Griquas 30 (17) MTN Golden Lions 35 (8)
GWK Griquas – Tries: Rynard Landman,
Jannie Boshoff. Conversion: Rudi Vogt. Penalty goals: Vogt (6).
MTN Golden Lions – Tries: Anthony
Volmink, Robert de Bruyn, Jaco Kriel, Garth April. Conversions: Guy
Cronje (3). Penalty goals: Cronje (3).
Boland Kavaliers 21 (8) Sharks XV 19 (16)
Regent Boland Kavaliers – Tries: Brendon
April, Milroy Isaacs. Conversion: Ricardo Croy. Penalty goals: Croy (3).
Sharks XV – Try: Sibusiso Sithole.
Conversion: Gouws Prinsloo. Penalty goals: Prinsloo (4).
Western Province 20 (11) Pampas XV 16 (6)
DHL Western Province – Try: Danie Poolman.
Penalty goals: Demetri Catrakilis (5).
Pampas XV – Try: Facundo Barrea.
Conversion: Benjamin Madero. Penalty goals: Madero (3).