Currie Cup

Boland deny Province a Currie Cup bonus point

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The absence of Jean de Villiers probably cost Western Province a place in the Currie Cup’s semi-finals.
 
It came as a surprise when flanker Schalk Burger led Province onto the field against the Boland Kavaliers this afternoom.

Rumour had it that Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said De Villiers would not go onto the year-end tour had he played today.

It could, however, not be confirmed. Province failed to secure a bonus point try when they beat Bolandf 23-7 after trailing 6-7 at the interval. Had De Villiers played, the outcome could have been a totally different story.

Province were first to score when flyhalf Peter Grant succeeded with a penalty in the second minute.

Grant made it 6-0 in the 25th minute after another penalty. Although Province had the most possession, the Kavaliers tackled their hearts out.

Seconds before the halftime whistle the home team were rewarded for some excellent play when left wing Danwel Demas scored under the post after centre Piet van Zyl set up the movement.

Fullback Justin Peach succeeded with the easy conversion. It was a desperate Province who came out in the second half.Centre Sireli Naqelevuki scored far out in the second minute after halftime with Grant’s conversion striking the upright pole (11-7).

Six minutes later No 8 Luke Watson scored after the Province pack drove Boland over their tryline. Morgan Newman added the extra two points (18-7).

In the 60th minute a Province try was a begging, but Burger was bundled out on the corner flag.

Five minutes later a Wylie Human try was disallowed when the TMO indicated that the final pass to the winger was forward.

In the 70th minute Province once again drove Boland over their tryline, but the visitors were awarded a scrum after which the referee, Christie du Preez, was booed.

Five minute from the end Naqelevuki scored again after fine handling to make the score 23-7.

For Boland Van Zyl, playing in a record-breaking 141 matches for the Kavaliers, had an outstanding game on the attack and defence.

Sapa – CurrieCupRugby.com

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