WP claim another victory
Dorfling Terblanche
July 09, 2016

DHL Western Province, with flyhalf Robert du Preez at the forefront, collected their 11th Currie Cup Qualifying victory of the season as they beat the Boland Cavaliers 25-14 (halftime 15-7) in Piketberg on Saturday afternoon.

The game was played in Piketberg, the first match the Cavaliers have hosted this season away from their normal home at Boland Stadium in Wellington.

The match was a special occasion for veteran winger Danwel Demas, who played his 50th match for the Cavaliers. His career, which started back in 2004 at the Pumas, has included stints at the Bulls, Cheetahs and Aironi in Italy, while also gaining national colours as a Blitsbok between 2003 and 2007. He also scored a try for the Emerging Springboks in 2009 when they played against the visiting British and Irish Lions.

Cavaliers centre Christopher Bosch opened the scoring for his side when he broke the stalemate between the two teams. The conversion by fullback Nico Scheepers, which put him past the 120 point mark for the season, saw the Cavaliers hold an early 7-0 lead.

A penalty, a try and a conversion by streeptrui pivot Du Preez saw WP lead 8-7 and they never surrendered this advantage. Hooker Chad Solomon scored with halftime looming, and Du Preez dutifully added the conversion.

At 15-7 both teams had much to play for and it was Du Preez who resumed his scoring with a penalty after the interval. The day was made even more special for Demas as he scored a try to bring his team back into contention. Despite the Scheepers conversion narrowing the gap to 18-14, it was the visiting side which finished the stronger.

Centre Johnny Kotze, who had been starting for the DHL Stormers just a few weeks ago, wrapped up the result with his late try, also depriving the Cavaliers of a bonus point. The home team travel to the City of Roses next week to battle the Toyota Free State XV at the Toyota Stadium while WP have a date with Border at DHL Newlands.


Boland Cavaliers: Tries: Christopher Bosch, Danwel Demas; Conversions: Nico Scheepers (2)

DHL Western Province: Tries: Robert du Preez, Chad Solomon, Johnny Kotze ; Conversions: Du Preez (2); Penalties: Du Preez (2)

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