Cavaliers edge Free State in Bloem
Dorfling Terblanche
July 16, 2016

Despite playing at altitude the visiting Boland Cavaliers beat hosts Toyota Free State XV 24-17 (halftime 3-7) in Bloemfontein in their Currie Cup Qualifying match on Saturday afternoon.

The first half was a dour affair and the only scoring action saw Cavaliers fullback Nico Scheepers kick a penalty before the hosts struck back courtesy of a try by outside centre Carel-Jan Coetzee and a Sias Ebersohn conversion. The score line of 7-3 at the break spoke volumes of the quality the handful of fans had to witness at the Toyota Stadium.

An Ebersohn penalty and conversion, interspersed with a try by replacement back Lorenzo Gordon, saw the hosts lead 17-3 in the city of roses. Ebersohn missed a penalty shortly hereafter and the error proved to be vital in the context of the outcome.

The men from Wellington then gave themselves a glimmer of hope when outside centre Christopher Bosch went over the whitewash. The try was started when Shaun Adendorff had a strong run and the bearded flanker was at the forefront of the Cavaliers revival. Eightman Zandre Jordaan then broke through the Free State defence and his pass found the experienced winger Danwell Demas who ran to even it up at 17-17, courtesy of another conversion by Scheepers.

The result was sealed when Bosch doubled his tally a few minutes later and more faultless goal kicking from Scheepers saw the Cavaliers finish the game with the score 24-17 in their favour.

Next week the Boland wrap up their campaign by welcoming the Xerox Golden Lions XV to Wellington while the Free State will want to finish strong when they face Border in East London.

Scorers: Toyota Free State XV: Tries: Carel-Jan Coetzee, Lorenzo Gordon Conversions: Sias Ebersohn (2) Penalty: Ebersohn

Boland Cavaliers: Tries: Christopher Bosch (2), Danwell Demas Conversions: Nico Scheepers (3) Penalty: Scheepers

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