Boland sneak narrow win
May 20, 2016

The Boland Cavaliers scored two tries in the last nine minutes of the match to overturn a 12-point deficit to edge out the Hino Valke 24-22 (halftime 10-10) in their provincial tournament match at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park on Friday.

Boland had looked dead and buried as the Valke held a 22-10 lead after 71 minutes but the visitors displayed wonderful determination as flyhalf Adriaan Carelse went over for a converted try in the 71st minute before, in the last minute of the match, No 8 Zandre Jordaan crashed over for a try that levelled the score. Replacement back Theuns Kotze then slotted the conversion to give Boland the narrowest of wins.

The win was Boland’s fifth in seven games and they maintain their place in second place on the log while the loss saw the Valke slip to their fourth loss in six outings.

The Valke fell behind due to a penalty from Boland fullback Nico Scheepers but they fought back well to take a 10-3 lead after 19 minutes thanks to a converted try from lock Shane Kirkwood and a penalty from pivot Karlo Aspeling.

However, in something of a precursor to what would happen at the end of the match, Boland levelled the score on the stroke of halftime when outside centre Ryan Neil went over for a converted try.

The Valke made a fine start after the restart with scrumhalf Anrich Richter dotting down for a converted try just five minutes after the resumption before replacement fullback Etienne Taljaard grabbed an unconverted try in the 68th minute.

But Boland were not to be denied as they roared back in the closing minutes of the match.


Hino Valke – Tries: Shane Kirkwood, Anrich Richter, Etienne Taljaard; Conversions: Karlo Aspeling (2); Penalty: Aspeling

Boland Cavaliers - Tries: Ryan Neil, Adriaan Carelse, Zandre Jordaan; Conversions: Nico Scheepers (2), Theuns Kotze; Penalty: Scheepers.

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