Valke, Kavaliers play out entertaining draw
MWP
September 22, 2012

The Valke fought back from a 17-point deficit to secure a 52-52 draw (half-time 28-31) with the Regent Boland Kavaliers in a high-scoring Absa Currie Cup First Division match at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park on Saturday.

The two teams combined for 16 tries between them but the Valke had looked to be well behind the eight ball when they slipped to 14-31 after 33 minutes of the first half.

But they fought back thanks to tries from flank Frederic Eksteen and centre Juan Kotze to reach the break trailing by just three points.

The Valke and the defending champion Kavaliers have not enjoyed the best of seasons with the hosts having won just three matches from 12 heading into Saturday’s contest while the visitors had won three and drawn one game.

But the two teams turned on the entertainment for the sparse 500-strong crowd at a sunny ground with Meyer running in two tries for the hosts and right wing Vainon Willis grabbing a brace of five-pointers for the Kavaliers.

The Kavaliers held a 52-47 lead in the 73rd minute but the Valke, in keeping with the general theme of the match, fought back to secure the draw when replacement hooker Baksteen van Heerden barrelled his way over for a try in the fourth minute of injury time.

Valke replacement flyhalf Juan Kotze had the chance to win the match but his attempted conversion drifted wide.

Kavaliers flyhalf Elgar Watts ended the match with 17 points courtesy of a try and six conversions.

SCORERS:

Valke – Tries - Karlo Aspeling, Hendrik Meyer (2), Frederic Eksteen, Juan Kotze, Bruce Muller, Sandile Ngcobo, Baksteen van Heerden; Conversions: Aspeling (2), Juan Kotze (4).

Regent Boland Kavaliers – Tries: Elgar Watts, Eric Zana, Vainon Willis (2), Jacquin Jansen, Brendon April, Juwell Samuels, Siviwe Magaba; Conversions: Watts (6).