The Regent Boland Cavaliers moved one log point closer to the EP Kings, front runners in the Absa Currie Cup First Division, following their matches on Saturday.
While the Cavaliers crushed the Valke by 55-28 at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park, the Kings were made to work very hard by a determined Tasol Solar Griffons side at the North West Stadium in Welkom.
These results, coupled with the Border Bulldogs upsetting the SWD Eagles on Friday, means the scramble for the third and fourth places on the log intensified, with the Kings and the Cavaliers still comfortably ahead at the top of the standings.
InKemptonPark, Boland stepped on the gas in the second half as they scored 34 points. It was their seventh win this season and they ran in seven tries against the Valke, who answered with four. It was only the second time this season the Cavaliers conceded a try-scoring bonus point.
While the Cavaliers were amassing the points on the East Rand, the EP Kings were made to sweat in Welkom as the Tasol Solar Griffons produced one of their best performances of the season.
And in East London, flyhalf Ntabeni Dukisa contributed 16 points as the Border Bulldogs beat the SWD Eagles by 19-16 – their first victory over the team from George since 2008.
Dukisa scored a try, which he also converted, as well as three penalty goals to set up Border’s second victory of the season.
Only four log points separate the bottom four teams in the Absa Currie Cup First Division, although the Eagles and Valke each have a game in hand. Any of these four teams can still make it into the semifinals.
BORDER BULLDOGS 19 (16) SWD EAGLES 16 (9)
Border Bulldogs – Try: Ntabeni Dukisa. Conversion: Dukisa. Penalties: Dukisa (3). Drop-goal: Dale Sabbagh.
SWD Eagles – Try: Martin Ferreira. Conversion: Elric van Vuuren. Penalties: Van Vuuren (3).
VALKE 28 (14) REGENT BOLAND CAVALIERS 55 (21)
Valke – Tries: Warren Perkins, Juan Kotze, Anrich Richter, Chris-Erich Ehlers. Conversions: Kotze (4).
Regent Boland Cavaliers – Tries: Danwel Demas, Cornal Hendricks (2), Willie le Roux (2), Alwyn Bester, Ligtoring Landman. Conversions: Elgar Watts (4). Penalties:Watts(4).
TASOL SOLAR GRIFFONS 19 (16) EP KINGS 21 (11)
Tasol Solar Griffons – Try: Willie Britz. Conversion: Tiaan van Wyk. Penalties: Van Wyk (3). Drop goal: Van Wyk.
EP Kings – Tries: Marcello Sampson, Joe Breytenbach. Conversion: Louis Strydom. Penalties: Strydom (3).