WP outmuscle Cavaliers
March 08, 2014

Hosts DHL Western Province outmuscled the visiting Regent Boland Cavaliers and scored two tries to record a 16-8 (halftime 3-3) victory in their Vodacom Cup match played at City Park, Cape Town on a windy Saturday afternoon.

The first points of the match belonged to WP flyhalf Gary van Aswegen as he slotted an early penalty for the home side.

The Cavaliers were under immense pressure in the scrums and Martin Dreyer was sent to the bin after repeatedly being dominated by his opposite number Alistair Vermaak.

WP were unable to make Boland pay for being a man down and it was the visitors who nearly scored the opening five pointer.

Boland were inches away from a superb score after a strong break by centre Albert Trytsman saw prop Khwezi Mkhafu held off by WP.

Fullback Eric Zana opened his account with a penalty as WP had transgressed earlier in the passage of play and the teams were level at 3-3.

With the clock winding down to halftime eighthman Rayn Smid was shown yellow after being the unlucky player to incur the ire of the referee.

Boland were the first team to score after the break after Dreyer made amends for his earlier transgression when he forced his considerable bulk over the line to score. Zana missed the conversion and the visitors held an unlikely lead at 8-3.

The hosts started to compose themselves and the young flyer Devon Williams crossed twice to draw his side level at 8-8 with Van Aswegen unable to convert.

After a superb run by centre Johnny Kotze it was Williams who rounded off to help WP reclaim the lead at 13-8 after Van Aswegen missed the kick at goal.

After replacement prop Os Hamman won a penalty in the scrum, Van Aswegen widened the margin to 16-8 with his second successful penalty.

Boland were down to 14 men again after Ashton Constant was sent to the sidelines for 10 minutes after a yellow for repeated infringements at the breakdown.

Cheswin Williams joined his teammate in the bin and WP were playing a rugby league side as Boland were down to 13 men on the field.

WP emptied their bench, with many of their players either getting a first taste of senior rugby or making a return to the field after recovering from serious injuries.

The game petered out towards the end and WP will have to make sure they can put together a complete 80-minute performance if they want to be among the leading teams in the competition.

Boland will have to sort out their discipline and decision-making quite quickly, otherwise a long season is in store for the team from Wellington.


REGENT BOLAND CAVALIERS – Try: Zandré Jordaan; Penalty: Eric Zana.

DHL WESTERN PROVINCE– Tries: Devin Williams (2); Penalties: Gary van Aswegen (2)

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