Vodacom Cup is in full swing and here is the weekends results.
Friday, April 11
Border Bulldogs 26-40 SWD Eagles
The South Western Districts Eagles soared majestically to a 40-26 triumph over the home team, the Border Bulldogs, in a Vodacom Cup match at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Friday. The Bulldogs, who were playing their final home Cup match of the season, really had no chance of forcing a win in the match.
The outstanding player on the field was SWD Eagles centre Alshaun Bock, who scored four tries and on three occasions simply waltzed through the Bulldogs’ defence, without a finger laid on him, confirming their weaknesses in defence.
Bulldogs’ fullback Siphosenkosi Nofemele was one of the few home players to shine. He attacked well and managed to score his side’s first try with an excellent break and run from about 40 metres out early in the first half.
Another to catch the eye was reserve scrumhalf Bangihlombe Kobese, who replaced regular scrumhalf Mario Noordman five minutes before half-time and scored two conversions and had a good game with some excellent strategic kicking.
Griquas 64-34 Falcons
Griquas barely raised a sweat in beating the Valke 64-34 in their Vodacom Cup encounter at GWK Park on Friday afternoon. The result means that the Peacock Blues have moved into second place on the log in the Northern Section, pending Saturday’s encounter between the Pumas and Leopards XV. The Valke started with a bang, showing that their first half performance against the Golden Lions a couple of weeks ago was no fluke. The visitors scored the first try of the game, with prop Peet Vorster going over as early as the third minute with fly half Wayne Gardner converting.
The Valke again started the better of the two sides in the second half, with winger Sandile Ngcobo going over in the 47th minute for his first try of the afternoon. Again that sparked the hosts into action, with locks Jonathan Adendorf and Ligtoring Landman both crossing the white wash in the space of four minutes.
They did however deliver some enthusiastic play that resulted in tries for lock Shane Kirkwood and replacement Anrich Richter. Griquas finished on a high though, with replacement scrum half Dustin Jinka and winger Arendse again going over to give the hosts a convincing victory.
Griffons 10-49 Blue Bulls
The Blue Bulls have moved to the top of the log in the Northern Section of the Vodacom Cup after beating the Griffons 49-10 in the two sides encounter in the North West stadium on Friday evening. The Bulls, who are out in front pending the Pumas game against the Leopards XV on Saturday, enjoyed a steady lead of 25-10 at halftime and snubbed the hosts of any points in the second half to not only beat the Welkom based side comprehensively, but also earning a bonus point for four or more tries in the process.
The final ten minutes before fulltime the Bulls showed that they still had some grunt left with prop Van Wyk earning his second five pointer of the evening before Bulls centre Burger Odendaal rouned of a well deserved five pointer to put the Griffons to the sword
Eastern Province Kings 28-21 Boland Cavaliers
The Eastern Province Kings took advantage of their forward dominance to beat the Regent Boland Cavaliers 28-21 (halftime 10-8) in their Vodacom Cup rugby match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, in Port Elizabeth, on Friday. It was a tough battle of the also-rans and one in which the Kings took control largely in the second half as their pack scrummed Boland into the ground.
The victory broke a three-match losing streak for the Kings but it was still not good enough to help them qualify for the quarterfinals, a milestone which is beyond their reach. The flyhalves traded penalties to open the scoring with Boland’s Christiaan Rust slotting an attempt in the eighth minutes and the Kings’ Ntabeni Dukisa levelling matters 10 minutes later.
The Cavaliers were dealt a blow shortly after the half hour, when tighthead prop Martin Dreyer received a yellow card for collapsing the scrum. That disrupted the Cavaliers scrum and the Kings took advantage of their numerical numbers in that department forcing a penalty try in the 38th minute which Dukisa converted just before the break.
The Kings wore Boland down up front and eventually sealed the win as replacement Siphe Punguzwa dotted down with a minute left on the stadium clock.
Saturday, April 12
Tusker Simba XV 3-40 Cell C Sharks X
Tim Swiel and the Cell C Sharks XV were not in a forgiving mood as they hammered the Tusker Simba XV 40-3 (halftime 12-0) at City Park, Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.
According to the supersport.com website, the log-leading Cell C Sharks XV have been in superb form going into the match while the Tusker Simba XV have not recorded a victory since the opening round of the competition. It was the metronomic boot of Swiel which saw the visiting team lead 12-0 at halftime, courtesy of four penalties within the first quarter. The Sharks were disrupted by two separate blood bin substitutions as both eightman Johan Meyer and hooker Franco Marais had to get some medical attention for their wounds.
The Sharks XV bench had made a big impact and replacement centre Andre Esterhuizen sealed the win with his try and conversion. The Sharks XV face the EP Kings next and essentially only need a single log point to seal the top spot on the log of South Section. The Simba XV will travel to Bloemfontein and will look to end their season on a high note as they have no chance of progressing further in the competition.
Pumas 44-31 Leopards XV
JC Roos kicked 16 points to lead the Pumas to a 44-31 win over the Leopards XV in their Vodacom Cup North Section match at the Kees Taljaart Stadium in Middelburg on Saturday. Flyhalf Roos kicked five conversions and two penalties while lock Rudi Mathee ran in a brace of tries as the Pumas stretched their winning run to six matches to remain unbeaten this season.
The Pumas raced in to a 17-0 lead after just 8 minutes thanks to early converted tries from hooker Jacques Momberg and left wing Ruwellyn Isbell before Roos kicked a monster 60-metre penalty. The hosts were looking in dominant form and they added to their lead 11 minutes later when flank Uzair Cassiem powered his way over for a converted try.
The visitors began the second half in a similar vein of form and they narrowed the gap to just three points, nine minutes after the resumption of play, when Tossel grabbed his second try.
However, the Pumas wrapped up their four-try bonus point when Mathee rumbled over for a converted try before scrumhalf Sinovuyo Nyoka stepped up to nail a long-range penalty attempt as the hosts eased to a 37-24 lead with 10 minutes left in the contest.
Mathee then made the match safe with his second try, seven minutes from time, before the Leopards grabbed a late consolation try, and a bonus point, through replacement hooker Jacques Vermaak
Limpopo Blue Bulls 0-110 Golden Lions
The Golden Lions have completed a 110-0 thrashing over the hapless Limpopo Blue Bulls in their Vodacom Cup North Section match at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium, in Polokwane, on Saturday. The Golden Lions led 68-0 at the half-time interval. The visitors ran in 16 unanswered tries while flyhalf Wille du Plessis ended with 30 points as he kicked 15 conversions.
The defeat was Limpopo’s sixth consecutive loss this season while the defending champion Lions moved in to fourth place on the log. The Lions eased to a 68-0 lead at half-time with Limpopo seemingly having no answer to the visitor’s power and craft.
De Witt, Brink, Botha twice and replacement Caswell Khoza all scored tries to complete the rout.
Western Province 28-15 Free State XV
Western Province were boosted by a few fresh faces as they recorded a 28-15 Vodacom Cup victory over the visiting Free State XV at City Park, Cape Town, on Saturday.
With the trio of Gary van Aswegen, Kyle Lombard and Johnny Kotze missing there was a new look to the Western Province midfield.
Kurt Coleman, who had staked a claim the previous week with his strong showing as a second half replacement, started at flyhalf with Varsity Cup player Robert du Preez partnering Huw Jones in the midfield. Both Du Preez and Jones were looking to make the step up to senior provincial rugby and show they could mix it up with the big boys.
For the visitors the big change was the one which saw Heinrich Brussow play at eightman in his first game back from his stint in Japan with the Docomo Red Hurricanes. The big question was always going to be how his fitness would hold up after being side-lined for three months with a toe injury picked up in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Jones had a fantastic start to his debut and scored the first try of the match with Coleman unable to convert the five-pointer. Flyhalf Riaan Smit got the Free State XV on the board with a penalty shortly thereafter. His halfback partner Renier Botha grabbed the lead when the scrumhalf went over for a try.
WP turned it on a few minutes later as Du Preez and winger Devon Williams both scored in quick succession. Du Preez joined Jones as a try scoring debutant and Williams scored a try for the ninth time this season to seal the victory.
Coleman had converted both tries and further extended the lead with late penalty.
The win sees the Province guarantee themselves a place in the quarterfinals and the chance to finish second if they beat the SWD Eagles at Outeniqua Park in George next week.
Free State XV, also guaranteed of a place in the business end of the competition, return home to Bloemfontein and will look for a maximum haul against the Tusker Simba XV as they have an outside chance of finishing in the top two of the South Section.