Currie Cup

Elephants trump Border Bulldogs in Currie Cup

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In a tough physical encounter, the Border Bulldogs lost their Currie Cup first division battle 37-28 against neighbours Eastern Province at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium near East London on Saturday.

The win keeps the Mighty Elephants’ hopes of reaching the play-offs alive, while the Bulldogs live to fight another day. At times the field resembled a battleground with players from both sides scattered on the ground from either heavy tackles or cramp.

The Mighty Elephants fully deserved their win in that they controlled play for much longer periods, also outscoring the Bulldogs by five tries to three.

Outstanding for them were lock Ruhan van Jaarsveld, flanks Jacques Potgier and Enoch Panya and scrumhalf Marlon Lewis.

The Bulldogs were well in the game at halftime where they trailed 20-18 but it was Eastern Province who dominated after the break, shooting into a 34-18 lead in the space of 12 minutes.

During this period tries went to centre and captain De Wet Barry and left wing Howard Noble, with fullback Wesley Dunlop kicking a conversion and a drop-kick.

The Bulldogs, well served by eighthman Solly Tyibiklika and flanks Dumisani Meslani and Gareth Krause, fought hard in the final 15 minutes adding points from a try by replacement hooker Matthew Taljard and a penalty and conversion by replacement flyhalf Andisa Gqobo.

Despite Eastern Province having Panya and loosehead prop Pumlani Nodikida yellow carded, the Bulldogs were left with too much to do to win it.

Final Score Mighty Elephants 37 Border Bulldogs 28

Scorers:

Eastern Province:
Tries: Rocco Jansen, Marlon Lewis, Howard Noble (2), De Wet Barry.
Conversions: Ryan Brown, Wesley Dunlop (2).
Penalty: Brown.
Drop kick: Dunlop.

Bulldogs:
Tries: Solly Tyibilika, Lolo Waka, Matthew Taljard.
Conversion: Clifford Hodgson, Andisa Gqobo.
Penalties: Hodgson (2), Gqobo.

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