Currie Cup

Eagles still flying high





The South Western Districts Eagles continue to lead the race in the Absa First Division competition, but the Mighty Elephants have made a move and are into second place – ahead of the Griffons.

The Eagles are still well clear on the competition standings with 36 points – a ten point lead on Elephants, with the Griffons four points behind the Elephants and the Pumas a further two points back.

We look at week nine’s action!

SWD Eagles v Pumas

The SWD Eagles forwards were instrumental in helping the side produce a hard fought 14-8 win over a much improved Pumas side in George.

The Eagles started well with 70 per cent of the first-half possession, but despite dominating up front and in the mauls, they were unable to score more than a single try – through star winger Alistair Kettledas – and a penalty as poor finishing let down the side.

The Pumas hung in and came back in the second half, scoring all their points in the last 40 minutes and producing some good rugby to bring the lead down to a mere three points when wing Gordon Pangetti got their only try to make the score 11-8.

With just two minutes to go it was the Eagles who were on the offensive and they capitalised well as they forced the penalty and allowed replacement fly-half Danie de Beer to score the final points of the game.

The scorers:

South Western Districts Eagles:
Try: Alistair Kettledas
Pens: Jan Viljoen, Danie de Beer 2.

Try: Gordon Pangetti
Pen:Riaan Smit.

Mighty Elephants v Leopards

The Elephants were hardly challenged in the first half of their 34-15 victory over the Leopards in Port Elizabeth, as they ran in three tries to race to a 21-0 half-time lead over their visitors.

Winger Norman Nelson and centre Basil de Doncker both scored a brace in the game which saw the Leopards start dismally – they looked sluggish, were dominated in the scrums and fumbled the ball on attack … and ended the game in better shape.

The Elephants were down to 14 men for most of the second half, after hooker Paul Serfontein and then flank Elvino Koetaan were carded. This allowed the Leopards to take advantage of their superior numbers and score two tries – through right wing Warren Petersen and hooker Burgert van Dyk.

The Elephants came back through tries from De Doncker, his second, and scrum-half Chris Jonck before the Leopards got their third try with just six minutes remaining through winger Muhammad Samaai.

It was the Elephants who wrapped up the game with a Jonck penalty just three minutes from full-time.

The scorers:

Mighty Elephants:
Tries: Norman Nelson 2, Basil de Doncker 2, Chris Jonck
Cons: Jonck 3.
Pen: Jonck.

Tries: Warren Petersen, Burgert van Dyk, Muhammad Samaai.

Bulldogs v Griffons

The Border Bulldogs finally recorded their first win of the competition when they beat the Griffons 34-26 in East London on Saturday.

The Bulldogs were at their best, with great displays from the tight five and excellent tactical kicking from the backs as they ran in three tries in the opening 15 minutes of the game.

The Griffons finally retaliated in the 27th minute, but with two minutes left in the first half it was the Bulldogs who were again celebrating as fly-half Russel Jeacocks scored their fourth try to bank the bonus point.

The Griffons’ evening went from bad to worse after loosehead prop Sarel Louw unleashed a punch on Bulldogs tighthead Brett Nel moments before half-time and was given a red card for his trouble.

They launched a good counter attack early in the second half, but the Bulldogs held on and scored the next try in the 68th minute through flank Kaunda Ntunja – his second.

The Griffons replied through fullback Cecil Afrika, but it was too little too late as the Bulldogs hung in for the win.

The scorers:

Tries: Blackie Swart, Kaunda Ntunja 2, Oliver Fowles, Russel Jeacocks
Cons: Reinhardt Gerber 3
Pen: Gerber.

Tries: Japie Nel, Cecil Afrika
Cons: PD Terblanche 2
Pens: Terblanche 4
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