The educated boot of South Western District Eagles flyhalf Leighton Eksteen was the difference between the two sides in an exciting Absa Currie Cup First Division match between the Border Bulldogs and the Eagles played at a cool, windless Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Friday.
In the end there were 12 points in it, with the Eagles winning 31-19 and Eksteen succeeding with four penalties and two conversions for a personal tally of 16 points.
In contrast, Border fullback Masixole Banda missed a penalty and a conversion. However, he had a good all-round game, scoring a vital try in the second half.
The halftime score was 13-5 in the Eagles’ favour.
The game was played at an exhausting pace throughout with both sides determined to score tries. A number of kickable penalties went to lineouts as the sides sought vital bonus points.
But Eksteen dictated matters and on the night only missed one kick out of seven, a difficult one on the left touchline in the dying seconds of the game.
“We’re happy to go home with the four points,” said an ecstatic Eagles coach, Bevin Fortuin. “It’s always tough playing Border in East London.
“Our work rate was good and we made a few mistakes, but we’re glad to take the points with us.”
Border Bulldogs (5) 19: Try: Buhle Mxunyelwa, scrumhalf Ntando Kebe, fullback Masixole Banda. Conversion: Banda (2).
SWD Eagles: (13) 31: Try: wing Alshaun Bock, Reserve utility back Mthangola Skosana (2).Penalties: Flyhalf Leighton Eksteen (4). Conversions: Eksteen (2).