The Boland Cavaliers got their first win of the Currie Cup competition, comfortably beating the EP Kings 28-10 in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.
The bonus-point victory will come in handy after the Cavaliers lost their opening game last week against the Cheetahs. The Kings, who didn't play in the first week of the tournament due to confusion over their involvement, got off to a disappointing but somewhat predictable start.
Their first game was always going to be a struggle for the home side after they had to scramble to assemble a team for the competition, since their participation was only confirmed the day before the Currie Cup started.
They suffered from the usual pitfalls of a team who has only been together for a week with poor handling and poor defence resulting in a largely disjointed performance by the Kings.
The Kings didn't help themselves by twice being reduced to 14 men. Taz Fuzani was the first to be sin-binned in the first half for leading with the shoulder. This gave Boland the opening to score their first try through Sergio Torrens who took an inside pass after good build-up play by the Cavaliers.
Most of the first-half possession went to the Kings, but after missing his first penalty attempt Kobus Marais succeeded with his second as Boland took a 7-3 lead into the break.
The Cavaliers upped the tempo of the game when they came out for the second half and it paid dividends through tries by Zandre Jordaan and Christopher Bosch. Bosch's try was a prime example of the lack of organisation in the Kings defence, which the visitors exploited for a team try.
The second yellow card of the game went to Alcino Izaacs after he took Jordaan out in the air, after which Bosch and Kenan Cronje's tries followed for a commanding 28-3 lead.
The Kings managed to pull one back with five minutes to play when Johan Tromp dived over for his side's only five-pointer of the game.
For the EP Kings
For the Boland Cavaliers:
Tries: Torrens, Jordaan, Bosch, Cronje
Cons: Scheepers 4
Eastern Province Kings: 15 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Alcino Izaacs, 13 Johan Tromp, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Ricky Schroeder, 8 Christiaan de Bruin, 7 Sebastian Ferreira, 6 Vincent Jobo, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Tazz Fuzani, 3 Mzuvukile Sofisa, 2 Mike Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (c).
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Justin Forwood, 18 David Antoinites, 19 Henry Brown, 20 Jacques Fick, 21 Burton Klaasen, 22 Lungelo Goza.
Boland Cavaliers: 15 Nico Scheepers, 14 Sergio Torrens, 13 Ryan Nell (c), 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Adriaan Carelse, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Kenan Cronje, 5 Hanno Kisthoff, 4 Shaun McDondald, 3 Basil Short, 2 Chadley Wenn, 1 SP Wessels.
Replacements: 16 Francois Esterhuizen, 17 Francois Hanekom, 18 Joubert Horn, 19 Chaney Willemse, 20 Jovelian De Koker, 21 William Van Wyk, 22 Craig Pheiffer.
Referee: Rodney Boneparte
Assistant Referees: Jaco Pretorius, JP Clements