While veteran prop Janro van Niekerk couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate his 100th game for Boland, flanker Junior Bester also had reason to celebrate since he scored a hattrick of tries for the Kavaliers.
Although the weather was perfect during the 80 minutes of rugby that was played, the field seemed quite heavy because of the heavy rainfall earlier in the day – something that showed in the body language of the SWD players. The Eagles seemed to struggle to keep up with the pace of the Kavaliers at times and the score could have been even bigger for Boland had their handling not let them down at crucial times during the match.
After the two teams traded penalty’s early on in the match, SWD’s Howard Noble crossed the tryline in the 15th minute for the first try of the match. Fullback Elric van Vuuren converted, but Boland hit back hard two minutes later, with Bester scoring his first five-pointer of the day, followed by tries through right wing Cornal Hendricks and loose forward Zandre Jordaan.
Bester’s second try followed, where after the ever present Willie le Roux dotted down for Boland late in the first half, after a brilliant offload by left wing PJ Vermeulen.
SWD’s Jeff Taljard scored his first of two tries early in the second half, but Boland’s big boys continued with the heavy grafting up front, which lead to further tries for Captain Bolla Conradie, Bester and Le Roux.
Regent Boland Kavaliers 49 (34)
Tries – Junior Bester (3), Willie le Roux (2), Cornal Hendricks, Zandre Jordaan, Bolla Conradie.
Conversions – Elgar Watts (3)
Penalty’s – Watts
SWD Eagles 24 (10)
Tries – Howard Noble, Jeff Taljard (2)
Conversions – Elric van Vuuren (3)
Penalty’s – Van Vuuren