Cavaliers show heart in narrow victory
September 02, 2016

The Boland Cavaliers defended heroically and took the handful of chances on offer to record their second victory in the 2016 Currie Cup Premier Division, as they beat the Steval Pumas 25-22 (halftime 13-5) at Boland Stadium, Wellington on Friday afternoon.

Hooker Frankie Herne opened the scoring for the visitors with his try but flyhalf Francois Brummer as unable to convert the try, which would end up being vital in the context of the match. Namibian International Theuns Kotze, his opposite number, then kicked a penalty before flanker Shaun Adendorff was sent to the naughty chair for ten minutes.

Despite being down to fourteen men it was the home side who scored next, with the quick footed Adriaan Carelse dotting down. The youngster, who predominantly plays flyhalf, was at fullback for the match and continuously exploited the additional space on offer. Kotze added the extras and the Cavaliers were looking in control of the match.

The visitors were dealt a massive blow when outside centre Tyler Fisher was shown a straight red for leading with the elbow and had to play the rest of the match with a numerical disadvantage. Kotze rubbed some more salt in the Puma wounds when he struck a drop goal on the stroke of halftime.

Some stern words by coach MJ Mentz had an immediate effect and Namibian Captain Renaldo Bothma went over the try-line before Brummer missed the conversion. The Pumas took the lead for the first time when centre Leighton-Ray van Wyk finished off 27 phases of play to go over after a messy offload by Brummer. The pivot finally landed a conversion and with a quarter remaining in the match the visitors were looking to consolidate.

The Cavaliers had other plans and the burly Adendorff made a clever decision to attack the blind from ruck near the Pumas try-line and was rewarded with a five pointer. Kotze missed the conversion but made up when he converted the next try. With the clock winding down it was Robbie Louw, son of Springbok Legend Rob, who went over to score the match deciding try. At 25-18 the hosts had virtually wrapped up the victories and the Pumas had to chase an unlikely comeback.

Replacement scrumhalf Kevin Luiters showed some speed to grab a late try but the conversion was missed by fullback Devon Williams, who had over taken the kicking duties when Brummer had started to cramp. The match ended when referee Marius van der Westhuizen blew the whistle after a knock-on and the home side celebrated their second victory of the campaign.

Next up the Cavaliers face the Griquas at Griqua Park in Kimberley with the Pumas hosting the Blue Bulls at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.


Boland Kavaliers - Tries:Adriaan Carelse, Shaun Adendorff, Robbie Louw; Conversions: Theuns Kotze (2), Penalty: Theuns Kotze; Drop Goal: Theuns Kotze T Kotze

Steval Pumas - Tries: Frankie Herne, Renaldo Bothma, Leighton-Ray van Wyk, Kevin Luiters; Conversion: Francois Brummer

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