Banda stars as Border down Valke
September 09, 2016

Masixole Banda starred in his role as flyhalf to help Border secure an impressive 54-29 (halftime 19-19) victory over the Hino Valke in a Currie Cup First Division match at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park on Friday afternoon.

Banda played superbly, scoring two tries while converting seven of the eight tries to help himself to 24 points in the match. Banda scored a try in each half while only failing to convert his first try.

The first half proved to be a ding-dong battle with the lead changing numerous times with both sides scoring three tries apiece but it was one-way traffic in the second stanza with Border outscoring their hosts by five tries to two to register their third victory in four games and cement second place on the First Division log.

The home side were first out of the blocks, scoring as early as the second minute when left wing Etienne Taljaard dived over in the corner, giving the Valke a 7-0 lead with flyhalf Karlo Aspeling converting from a tight angle. Border though seized control with two tries through centre Lunga Dumezweni and Banda to lead by five points.

The Valke were back in front soon after as right wing Charles Mayeza scored with Aspeling converting. But Number 8 Ndzondelelo Gemashe then rumbled over from close range for Border with five minutes left in the half to give Border a five-point lead before centre Andrew van Wyk levelled matters shortly before halftime with an unconverted score.

The Valke got their noses out in front shortly after the restart with a try from fullback Damian Engledoe which Aspeling failed to convert. Banda then struck again, weaving his magic to score his second try, which he converted to give Border a slender two-point advantage.

The men from George increased their lead through a converted try by lock Lindokuhle Welemu before replacement scrumhalf, Anrich Richter darted over in the corner. Border then finished off the match with three tries in the final 13 minutes through left wing Makazole Mapimpi, replacement flyhalf Sonwabiso Mqalo and right wing Sipho Nofemele while Banda slotted all three conversions.

Both sides picked up a bonus point for scoring four tries but the Valke remain second from bottom with just seven points from their four matches.


Hino Valke - Tries: Andrew van Wyk, Anrich Richter, Charles Mayeza, Damian Engledoe, Etienne Taljaard; Converions: Karlo Aspeling (2).

Border - Tries: Masixole Banda (2), Lindokuhle Welemu, Lunga Dumezweni, Makazole Mapimpi, Ndzondelelo Gemashe, Sipho Nofemele, Sonwabiso Mqalo; Conversions: Banda (7).


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