Vodacom Cup – Round 1 roundup

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 25 Feb 2008 at 12:00
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A mixed bag in the opening round of this year’s Million Rand Vodacom Cup challenge, with defending champs Griquas and Western Province winning handsomely. Not so fortunate were the Bulls and Wildebeest, both of whom were soundly beaten by unfancied opposition.

Western Province opened their campaign in fine style with a 51-7 thrashing of the hapless Griffons in Belville. Province flanker Conraad Britz had a superb game, scoring twice in the first half to contribute to a handy 32-0 lead at the break. A hat trick of tries by right winger Terry Jacobs in the second half sealed the result for the home team.

In Port Elizabeth, the Mighty Elephants did well to hold the visiting Leopards to 14-all at half time, before ultimately capitulating 32-14. The Leopards forwards were superior throughout the game and fullback Anvor Schooney came through for the vistors, scoring twice in the second half. Further tries to Riaan Swanepoel, Andre Swanepoel and former Sharks hooker Pellow van der Westhuizen saw the Leopards win the try-count convincingly, five to one.

In Wellington on Saturday afternoon, the Boland Cavaliers took the points on offer, by beating the visiting Valke 31-22. The home side were never really convincing and at one stage trailed the visitors by 12 points. They came back and scored 21 unanswered points to take the spoils, with the evergreen Jutsin Peach proving deadly with the boot.

In Durban, the highly-rated Wildebeest team, packed with Shrks reserves and a number of internationals, were humiliated 30-10 by the lowly Pumas. The home side scored first through centre Andries Strauss, but never took control of the game, despite the big names on show. The visitors fought back to turn at 10-all, and then turned on the gas to score 20 unanswered points in the second half, leaving the hapless Wildebeest to look in in dismay.

In the lowest-scoring game of the opening round, defending champs Griquas downed the Border Bulldogs by 15-5 in East London. The visitors led 8-0 at the break, but a seeming inability for either side to grasp the new laws (the full set of ELV’s are being trialled in the Vodacom Cup this year) saw a flurry of yellow cards in the second half. The game ceased to be a spectacle as a result.

In the other matches this weekend, a young Blue Bulls team went down 33-27 to SWD in George, while the Free State prevailed in thrilling encounter to beat the Golden Lions by 42-36 in Bloemfontein.

Here are all the results:

Boland Kavaliers 31 – 22 Valke
Vodacom WP 51 – 7 Griffons
BA Mighty Elephants 14 – 32 Platinum Leopards
Wildebeest 10 – 30 Pumas
Border 5 – 15 Wildeklawer Griquas
SWD 33 – 27 Vodacom Blue Bulls
Free State 42 – 36 Golden Lions


  • I see the Beeste are playing at Loftus on Saturday – hope to catch some of that game. Let’s hope they put on a better performance – they certainly have the players to do it.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.08 12:19:45 by Nessa Reply
  • Bulls VC side is probably worse than ours! Not sure how they manage it, though

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.08 12:21:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ours is definitely better this year than last year. With the Sharks side being so short of players they used the Wildebeest players and that left the Beeste with a “C” string side. They didn’t stand a chance.

    This year should be different.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.08 12:23:14 by Nessa Reply

  • still, getting shunted by the Pumas by 20 points… that’s not an encouraging sign

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.08 12:28:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • I know!!! I was so surprised to hear that. They need to get their asses into gear.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.08 12:29:58 by Nessa Reply

  • they picked the wrong players for the new laws. You need at least one fetcher now, but preferably two. Beeste didn’t even have one on the bench.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.08 12:37:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • 😳 ol Sasha Marot must read this blog…he basically single handedly destroyed the Wildebeeste!

    It really is quite a shocking result though given that the Beeste squad had a Bok in it & a number of fellas with some S14 or at least Currie Cup A section experience. Whereas the Pumas was basically a bunch of relatively experienced chaps…guess they were hungrier though 🙄

    Still, this Beeste team should really be challenging for the Vodacom Cup – incentive or no incentive!

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.08 12:38:55 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Quin – reminds me of the VC final two years ago where the Beeste were unbeaten and faced the Valke. They had a few Bokke in their team and yet had an absolute shocker!

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.08 12:41:26 by Nessa Reply

  • Yeah. Seems like Henno “hands of soap” Mentz didn’t do so well. Got a yellow card to boot.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.08 12:48:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yeah Nessa that was quite an upset – if I recall correctly it should have been a home final for the Wildebeeste but due to some sort of ruling it was played in Brakpan on a cold autumn night. Still no excuse though really – the Wildebeeste have underperformed for years now, I don’t realy understand why though. At least its sweet consolation to know that the WP Vodacom Cup team also underperforms generally – they should be perennial favourites with their depth but always end up crashing out!

    As for Marot….

    :mrgreen: Destroyed by an ex-Durnanite nogals!

    Personal Details
    Full Name Sasha Serge David
    Surname Marot
    Height 187cm
    Weight 102kg
    Birth Date 18 December 1977
    Birth City Durban

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.08 12:48:49 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Quin – that’s the game. But of a strange rule – and that ground is particularly cold and hard. It is one of those places where, when the player hits the ground, you can feel the vibration in the stands.

    Marot – and ex Natalian! And no youngster! (not that 30 is old)

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.02.08 12:52:31 by Nessa Reply

  • wow… he is only two months younger than me!

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.02.08 12:56:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • RD – as I say, not that young! 😈

    Off to get some lunch.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.02.08 12:58:13 by Nessa Reply

  • hmmm interestiung titbit about Marot, he played for Stade Francais in 2005…& appears in one of their – ahem – “infamous calendars”!

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.02.08 13:02:05 by Le Requinny Reply
  • really? I guess the long hair probably covered the truly naughty bits…

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.02.08 13:05:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hi all okes
    none is going to stop WP in the Vodacom Cup.

    Please is there anyone linked with Durban Collegians RFC who can help me?

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.02.08 13:21:08 by H.O. Reply

  • What info do you need, HO?

    Try contact their webmaster at [email protected]… he might be able to point you in the direction of what you seek

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.02.08 13:30:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • No no I have already tried to contact Andre Botha or the webmaster people but they did not help me.
    I mean someone close to the club or who can contact some administrators on my behalf. Hope not to disturb anyone 😎

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.02.08 13:39:52 by H.O. Reply

  • Send me an email, HO… [email protected]… I will try get it passed on to the right person

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.02.08 14:06:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Andre Botha? The ex-Natal lock?

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.02.08 14:08:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good to see Asley Johnson come to age for the Cheetah team. Surely a lot of talent.

    As a Boland and WP fan also good to see them getting the good results specially WP. They are mostly the U21 of last year and hope they can break through. Terry Jacobs great stuff.

    RD you havent open a Varsity one yet. Tonight the Shimlas are playing on TV and the Ebersohn Twins worth a look at!

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.02.08 15:29:22 by PaarlBok Reply

  • oh really?

    Ok – will try get something up in a little while.

    Very interested in these Ebersohns. I hear they haven’t signed their Sharks contracts yet. They must hurry – their places at the Academy won’t stay open for long

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.02.08 15:37:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • The compo on

    Sorry RD , the Cheetahs have their own academy running from this year. No more Vrystaat poaching for the Sharks!

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.02.08 15:45:32 by PaarlBok Reply

  • he he. We will see about that 😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.02.08 16:17:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Clever plan of the Sharks to open a satelite academy in Bloem and then allow them to name it Free State Rugby Accademy. 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.02.08 16:47:20 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • salmo 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.02.08 16:56:53 by robdylan Reply
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